The Golden Child

Author(s): Penelope Fitzgerald

Literary Fiction

The Golden Child, Penelope Fitzgerald's first work of fiction, is a classically plotted British mystery centred around the arrival of the 'Golden Child' at a London museum. While a new exhibit lures thousands of curious spectators, it also becomes the sinister focus in a web of intrigue and murder. The Golden Child shows how Fitzgerald's distinctive wit and humour and her sense of the absurd were present at the very beginning of her career. It shows, as always, how acutely perceptive of human nature she is, how understanding and how forgiving. It is also, perhaps more than any other of her books, a minor comic masterpiece.


Product Information

Reissued with a beautiful new jacket, as part of our revitalisation of Fitzgerald's entire backlist.

Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. Three of her novels, The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She won the Prize in 1979 for Offshore. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the 'Book of the Year'. It won America's National Book Critics' Circle Award, and this helped to introduce her to a wider international readership. She died in April 2000, at the age of eighty-three.

General Fields

  • : 9780006546252
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : Fourth Estate
  • : 0.19
  • : January 2014
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Penelope Fitzgerald
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 261