The Means of Escape, Paperback
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A collection of Penelope Fitzgerald's short stories.

Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most highly-regarded writers on the English literary scene.

Apart from Iris Murdoch, no other writer has been shortlisted so many times for the Booker.

Her last novel, 'The Blue Flower', was the book of its year, garnering extraordinary acclaim in Britain, America and Europe.

This superb collection of stories, originally published in anthologies and newspapers, shows Penelope Fitzgerald at her very best.

From the tale of a young boy in 17-century England who loses a precious keepsake and finds it frozen in a puddle of ice, to that of a group of buffoonish amateur Victorian painters on a trip to Brittany, these stories are characteristically wide ranging, enigmatic and very funny.

They are each miniature studies of the endless absurdity of human behaviour.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9780007105014



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I don't generally care for these stories, but one of the better ones is titled "Out Lives Are Only Lent to Us" and it apparently only appears in the paperback edition, which includes an additional two stories over the original eight in the hardcover. For the sake of completeness, if acquiring this book, get the paperback for that reason.

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