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Penelope Lively

UK (1933 - )
Mother of Adam Lively

Penelope Lively's adult novel Moon Tiger won the Booker Prize. In addition, her children's book The Ghost of Thomas Kempe won the Carnegie Medal, and A Stitch in Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year award.

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Penelope Lively recommends
The Maid of Buttermere
The Maid of Buttermere (1987)
Melvyn Bragg
"A vivid and erudite tour de force."
An Experiment in Love
An Experiment in Love (1995)
Hilary Mantel
"It is vivid. It is moving and entertaining in equal measures. Buy it and find out for yourself."
Blame Hitler
Blame Hitler (1997)
Julian Rathbone
"A shrewd and intricate narrative by a skilful novelist."
Larry's Party
Larry's Party (1997)
Carol Shields
"A brilliant fictional reflection on what it may be like to be a man in the late twentieth century."
Heaven Forbid
Heaven Forbid (2002)
Christopher Hope
"A potent rendering of childhood."
Those Who Save Us
Those Who Save Us (2004)
Jenna Blum
"I was much impressed. A powerful evocation of terrible events, moving and persuasive. A remarkable first novel, with memorable characters."
Only Human
Only Human (2004)
Susie Boyt
"She has a deft touch... Boyt is a dab hand at dialogue... there is much here to enjoy."
The Republic of Trees
The Republic of Trees (2005)
Sam Taylor
"A bold debut . . . one wants to see what Taylor does next."

22 Britannia Road (2011)
Amanda Hodgkinson
"A most accomplished first novel. Powerful story-telling and entirely convincing in its evocation of post-war England. Very good."

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