The Bookshop

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Turns out, opening a bookshop can be quite the dramatic venture! Or at least that’s what Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is going to discover when she attempts to do so in a conservative coastal town in England in 1959. She may have found a key customer in a reclusive book lover (Bill Nighy), but she’s also earned the ire of the influential Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson) – a woman who has bigger plans for the bookshop’s location. What follows is a story of cultural awakening, political machinations, and a power struggle for the soul of a town that maybe isn’t quite ready to read “Lolita” yet… Written and directed by Isabel Coixet, The Bookshop is based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald.


  • Emily Mortimer
  • Bill Nighy
  • Hunter Tremayne
  • Honor Kneafsey
  • Michael Fitzgerald
  • Frances Barber
  • Reg Wilson
  • James Lance
  • Patricia Clarkson
  • Lucy Beckwith

Did You Know?


  • Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson have also worked together in Shutter Island (2010), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and in The Party (2017) which was released in the same year as this film.
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  • A book purporting to be Philip Larkin's Collected Poems appears several times in this film. However, Larkin's poetry was not brought together in a single volume until 1988, 29 years after this film was set.
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    • Milo North: Has anyone ever told you that you have a marvelous pair of ankles?
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Aug 21, 2018

Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.

Metacritic review by Jonathan Holland
Jonathan Holland
The Hollywood Reporter