Margot Livesey

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Margot grew up in a boys' private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published in Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published eight novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy and Mercury. She has also published The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing. Her ninth novel, The Boy in The Field, will be published by HarperCollins in August, 2020.

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The Flight of Gemma Hardy

3.61 avg rating — 15,000 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Boy in the Field

3.75 avg rating — 4,860 ratings — published 2020 — 11 editions
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Eva Moves the Furniture

3.66 avg rating — 2,312 ratings — published 2001 — 10 editions
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The House on Fortune Street

3.52 avg rating — 2,045 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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Mercury

3.34 avg rating — 1,288 ratings — published 2016 — 20 editions
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Banishing Verona

3.42 avg rating — 623 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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The Missing World

3.28 avg rating — 538 ratings — published 1999 — 11 editions
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Criminals

3.59 avg rating — 456 ratings — published 1995 — 17 editions
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Homework

3.47 avg rating — 250 ratings — published 1990 — 7 editions
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4.02 avg rating — 185 ratings — published 2017 — 3 editions
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The Pelton Papers by Mari Coates
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The Pelton Papers recreates in vivid detail the life and the work of the American modernist painter Agnes Pelton. Coates is a wonderfully graceful writer and from the opening pages, with the heartfelt scenes of Pelton's childhood, I felt the utmost c ...more
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Reading Haunting Paris for the second time, I appreciated it even more than the first - which is saying a great deal. The novel, which is set in 1989, has a wonderfully suspenseful plot, revolving around the harrowing deportation of the French Jews. ...more
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The Secret Music at Tordesillas by Marjorie Sandor
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Sandor's new novel transported me to a world about which I know almost nothing - sixteenth century Spain and the court of the Spanish queen. The plot follows the life of her musician, Juan de Granada and explores the complex betrayals and loyalties a ...more
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“Running, I soon realized, was the best way to stay ahead of fear.”
Margot Livesey, The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“As far as I'm concerned it's the other way round. We repeat what we remember. Only forgetfulness sets us free.”
Margot Livesey, The Missing World

“so often my own emotions were hidden not only from other people but from myself. or perhaps it was the other way round: i was hiding from them. ”
Margot Livesey, The House on Fortune Street

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