Penelope Lively - Author

About the Author

Penelope Lively is an author with a shelf full of awards.  For her book, A Stitch in Time, she scooped the Whitbread award; The Ghost of Thomas Kempe earned her the Carnegie Medal in 1973 and she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize several times for her adult novels. Penelope has written a number of Yellow Banana books for Egmont including Dragon Trouble and Debbie and the Little Devil.

Penelope regularly reviews books and writes articles for the national papers.  She has also written radio and TV scripts; and acted as presenter for a Radio 4 programme on children's literature.

Penelope Lively was born in Cairo, Egypt and spent her childhood there.  She came to England at the age of twelve, in 1945, and after boarding school she studied Modern History at Oxford University.

In 1957 Penelope married Jack Lively (who died in 1998) and they had two children, Josephine and Adam. Penelope now lives in London close to her four grandchildren. With her great sense of humour, Penelope describes herself as a working nanny!

 

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Moon Tiger

Moon Tiger

Author: Penelope Lively Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/11/2018

Claudia Hampton - beautiful, famous, independent, dying. But she remains defiant to the last, telling her nurses that she will write a 'history of the world . . . and in the process, my own'. And it is her story from a childhood just after the First World War through the Second and beyond. But Claudia's life is entwined with others and she must allow those who knew her, loved her, the chance to speak, to put across their point of view. There is Gordon, brother and adversary; Jasper, her untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool conventional daughter; and then there is Tom, her one great love, found and lost in wartime Egypt.

Life in the Garden

Life in the Garden

Author: Penelope Lively Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/11/2017

Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today. It's also a wise, engaging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland.

Life in the Garden

Life in the Garden

Author: Penelope Lively Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

**A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 2017** 'Rich and unusual, this is a book to treasure' Alex Preston, Observer Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today. It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.

The Voyage of QV66

The Voyage of QV66

Author: Penelope Lively, Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2005

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