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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Katie Couric Media, Audible, the CBC, the Globe and Mail, BookBub, POPSUGAR, SheReads, Women.com and more!

“Juliet Stevenson’s luminous narration is a delight for the ears and makes for an entertaining and moving listening experience.”–Library Journal (Starred review)

"Juliet Stevenson's performance of this novel about a post-WWII bookshop is vocal virtuosity."—AudioFile

“Juliet Stevenson narrates the novel in her lovely, versatile voice, nicely capturing different personalities of the book”–The Washington Post

Multi-award-winning actor Juliet Stevenson narrates this Earphones Award-winning, heartwarming audiobook from the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society. Natalie Jenner returns with a compelling story of postwar London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances—most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time—Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others—these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

©2022 Natalie Jenner (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Juliet Stevenson's performance of this novel about a post-WWII bookshop is vocal virtuosity. Stevenson enlivens a multitude of characters through a spectrum of dialects spanning from plummy to country.... Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish." (AudioFile)

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Thoroughly enjoyable

If you enjoy a character-driven story, with a strong sense of place (Lamb’s Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London) with actual historical figures (Daphne Du Maurier, Sonia (Blair) Orwell, Ellen Doubleday) playing minor roles in the plot, then you’ll likely enjoy Bloomsbury Girls. It’s 1950, and Bloomsbury Books is static, stuck in long-worn traditions and rules, including keeping the women employees as underpaid, low position hires. The three main characters are finely drawn, sympathetic, interesting women. Jenner’s writing is absorbing, and Juliet Stevenson’s performance is outstanding. I didn’t want this novel to end.

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Don't give up

I listened to this following the wonderful "Jane Austen Society" by same author. It started slowly, lots of details on each of the characters. This made the ending so much better! Don't give up on this wonderful story.....you'll love how it ends.

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It went on forever. I got to the point where I was hoping someone would just burn the bookstore down and be done with it.

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so not my genre

I struggled with this one! It was so tedious. The characters were bland. There was no climax.

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More please!

Just like The Jane Austen Society, this book is a treat! It would be able to stand alone, but I feel the first book enhances your understanding of this story. Excellently crafted, this book carries you away with the brilliant characters and scenes, sprinkled liberally with real places, people, and history. I was so sorry to see it end!