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Penelope Lively

(b. 1933)


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(1933– ),

novelist and children's writer, born in Cairo, educated at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1957 she married Jack Lively, tutor in politics at St Peter's College, Oxford. The intrusion of the past upon the present is a recurrent theme in her work. She began by writing a number of successful novels for children. Her first adult novel, The Road to Lichfield (1977), juxtaposes a woman's visits to her dying father with a summer love affair. Moon Tiger (1987, Booker Prize), presents the recollections of a dying woman, a successful historian, from her childhood just after the First World War to the 1970s. Other works of fiction include Treasures of Time (1979); Perfect Happiness (1983); According to Mark (1984); Pack of Cards (1986, short stories); City of the Mind (1991), a multi‐layered vision of London; Cleopatra's Sister (1993), set in the imaginary country of Callimbia; and The Photograph (2003). Oleander, Jacaranda (1994) and A House Unlocked (2001) are autobiographies. Making it Up (2005) is an experimental alternative autobiography.

Subjects: Literature.


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