It is 1959. Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) opens a bookshop - the first ever in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough. She struggles to establish herself, and by exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day, she causes a cultural awakening in a town unchanged for centuries. She finds an ally in the figure of Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy), himself sick of the town's stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies, including the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), Hardborough's vengeful, embittered alpha female, herself a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.
Directed by Isabel Coixet.