A House Unlocked By Penelope Lively


A House Unlocked By (author) Penelope Lively ISBN:9780141001647

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The only child of divorced parents, Penelope Lively was often sent to stay at her grandparents’ country house, Golsoncott. Years later, as the house was sold she began to piece together the lives of those she knew fifty years before. Through a needlework sampler, she sees her grandmother and the wartime children that she sheltered, in 1940. Potted-meat jars remind her of doing the flowers for church. The smell of the harness room brings her Aunt Rachel – avant-garde artist, fervent horsewoman – vividly back to life.

In A House Unlocked, Penelope Lively delves into the domestic past of her former home, unearthing the stories surrounding the house and family, not only telling of her own youth but also brilliantly evoking the contrasts between life today and the way they lived then.

A House Unlocked By (author) Penelope Lively ISBN:9780141001647


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Weight 180 g
Dimensions 17 × 129 × 197 mm
About the Author

Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the war and took a degree in history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.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 novels include Passing On, shortlisted for the 1989 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave. Many of her books, including Going Back, which first appeared as a children's book, and Oleander, Jacaranda, an autobiographical memoir of her childhood days in Egypt, are published in Penguin.Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 programme on children's literature. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.



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