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The Gate of Angels

The Gate of Angels

In 1912 Fred Fairly is a Junior Fellow at the college of St Angelicus in Cambridge, where for centuries no female has been allowed to set foot. He lectures in physics and the questionable nature of matter, and worries about the universal problem known in Cambridge at the time as ‘the absurdity of the Mind-Body relationship’. To Fred this is tormenting rather than absurd. The young woman beside him when he wakes up one evening in the Wrayburns’ spare bedroom might help to resolve it, but how can he tell if she is quite what she seems? Fred is a scientist. To him the truth should be everything, and indeed he thinks it is. But scientists make mistakes.

 

The Gate of Angels

About the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald was born in December 1916. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford and she worked for the BBC during World War II. She started writing at the age of 60 and was the author of nine novels, three of which - The Bookshop in 1978, The Beginning of Spring in 1988 and The Gate of Angels in 1990 - were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She won the prize in 1979 for Offshore. Penelope Fitzgerald died in April 2000 aged 83.

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