Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively


Born
in Cairo, Egypt
March 17, 1933

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Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.

Her other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra’s Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlis
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Average rating: 3.64 · 35,596 ratings · 4,942 reviews · 100 distinct worksSimilar authors
Moon Tiger

3.87 avg rating — 8,417 ratings — published 1987 — 42 editions
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How It All Began

3.51 avg rating — 6,532 ratings — published 2011 — 22 editions
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The Photograph

3.33 avg rating — 4,502 ratings — published 2003 — 34 editions
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Family Album

3.30 avg rating — 2,448 ratings — published 2009 — 28 editions
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Consequences

3.57 avg rating — 1,957 ratings — published 2007 — 31 editions
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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

3.87 avg rating — 1,481 ratings — published 1973 — 29 editions
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Dancing Fish and Ammonites:...

3.61 avg rating — 817 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
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Heat Wave

3.73 avg rating — 729 ratings — published 1996 — 17 editions
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Passing On

3.84 avg rating — 644 ratings — published 1989 — 13 editions
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The Purple Swamp Hen and Ot...

4.02 avg rating — 626 ratings — published 2016 — 7 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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