Penelope Lively





Penelope Lively


Born
in Cairo, Egypt
March 17, 1933

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Penelope Lively CBE (born March 17, 1933) is a prolific, popular and critically acclaimed author of fiction for both children and adults. She has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize, winning once for Moon Tiger in 1987.

Born in Cairo in 1933, she spent her early childhood in Egypt, before being sent to boarding school in England at the age of twelve. She read Modern History at St Anne's College, Oxford, and settled in England.


Average rating: 3.59 · 26,869 ratings · 3,758 reviews · 95 distinct works · Similar authors
Moon Tiger

3.84 avg rating — 6,487 ratings — published 1987 — 35 editions
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How It All Began

3.46 avg rating — 5,051 ratings — published 2011 — 20 editions
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The Photograph

3.28 avg rating — 3,603 ratings — published 2003 — 31 editions
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Consequences

3.52 avg rating — 1,589 ratings — published 2007 — 25 editions
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Family Album

3.25 avg rating — 1,932 ratings — published 2009 — 24 editions
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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

3.84 avg rating — 1,103 ratings — published 1973 — 28 editions
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Dancing Fish and Ammonites:...

3.60 avg rating — 611 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
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Heat Wave

3.66 avg rating — 533 ratings — published 1996 — 13 editions
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Passing On

3.78 avg rating — 492 ratings — published 1989 — 12 editions
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The Road to Lichfield

3.80 avg rating — 446 ratings — published 1977 — 11 editions
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“Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.”
Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

“It seems to me that anyone whose library consists of a Kindle lying on a table is some sort of bloodless nerd.”
Penelope Lively

“Forever, reading has been central, the necessary fix, the support system. Her life has been informed by reading. She has read not just for distraction, sustenance, to pass the time, but she has read in a state of primal innocence, reading for enlightenment, for instruction, even. ... She is as much a product of what she has read as of the way in which she has lived; she is like millions of others built by books, for whom books are an essential foodstuff, who could starve without.”
Penelope Lively, How It All Began

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