England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.


Glasgow Film Festival Review

The Bookshop is set in the 1950’s and feels as if it could have been made by Ealing Studios in the 1950’s.

This charming period piece is a slow burner but if you sit back and let its charm waft over you you’ll be rewarded by a wonderfully acted and charming film, the likes of which we don’t often see nowadays.

Emily Mortimer is without a doubt the star of the show and shines in every scene that she’s in. However Mortimer’s fine performance doesn’t detract from the rest of the cast, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson give their usual top notch performance but the surprise of the film is young Honor Kneafsey who particularly steals ever scene that she’s in.

If you enjoy nostalgic 1950’s whimsy films then The Bookshop will be right up your street.

Highly recommended.



The Bookshop (PG)

1h 53m

Director: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson

UK Release:  Friday 29th June 2018