Penelope Lively





Penelope Lively

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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: 3.57 · 22,504 ratings · 3,247 reviews · 88 distinct works · Similar authors
Moon Tiger
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 5,358 ratings — published 1987 — 33 editions
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How It All Began
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 4,308 ratings — published 2011 — 18 editions
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The Photograph
3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 3,162 ratings — published 2003 — 12 editions
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Family Album
3.24 of 5 stars 3.24 avg rating — 1,705 ratings — published 2009 — 24 editions
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Consequences
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 1,392 ratings — published 2007 — 24 editions
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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 856 ratings — published 1973 — 28 editions
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Heat Wave
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 451 ratings — published 1996 — 13 editions
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Passing On
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 401 ratings — published 1989 — 12 editions
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Making it Up
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 418 ratings — published 2005 — 13 editions
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Dancing Fish and Ammonites:...
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 427 ratings — published 2013 — 10 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.”
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“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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