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Penelope Lively

Autor(a) de Moon Tiger

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About the Author

Penelope Lively has written over 18 books for children, and over 15 titles for adults, distinguishing herself on both levels. Among the awards she has received are the coveted Booker Prize for the adult novel "Moon Tiger" (1987) and the Carnegie Medal for the highly acclaimed juvenile work, "The mostrar mais Ghost of Thomas Kempe" (1973). In Lively's writing, for both adults and children, the recurrent theme is interpreting the past through exploring the function of memory. "My particular preoccupation as a writer is with memory. Both with memory in the historical sense and memory in the personal sense." Beginning her writing career in the early 1970's, Lively wrote exclusively for children for over a decade. Because children have limited memories, devices were used to explore their perceptions of the past, such as ghosts in "Uninvited Ghosts and Other Stories" (1985), and a sampler in "A Stitch in Time' (1976). Lively's first adult novel, "The Road to Lichfield" (1977) was the result of turning to an older audience when she felt inspiration running out. Her adult novels include "Passing On" (1995), the story of a mother's legacy to her children and 'Oleander, Jacarandi: A Childhood Perceived' (1994) which is a memoir of Lively's childhood. Penelope (Low) Lively, born March 17, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt, had a most unusual childhood. She grew up in Cairo with no formal education until age 12, when her family put her in boarding school in England. After earning a B.A. in history at Oxford in 1955, she married Jack Lively, a university professor, whom she calls her most useful critic. They have a son and a daughter, Adam and Josephine. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Penelope Lively

Moon Tiger (1987) 2,119 exemplares
The Photograph (2003) 1,357 exemplares
How It All Began (2011) 956 exemplares
Consequences (2007) 690 exemplares
Family Album (2009) 645 exemplares
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) 496 exemplares
Passing On (1989) 425 exemplares
Heat Wave (1996) 385 exemplares
City of the Mind (1991) 384 exemplares
Making It Up (2005) 351 exemplares
Spiderweb (1998) 330 exemplares
Cleopatra's Sister (1993) 306 exemplares
The Road to Lichfield (1977) 285 exemplares
Life in the Garden (2017) 270 exemplares
A Stitch in Time (1976) 234 exemplares
A House Unlocked (2001) 224 exemplares
According to Mark (1984) 220 exemplares
The House in Norham Gardens (1974) 198 exemplares
Judgement Day (1980) 189 exemplares
Pack of Cards: Stories 1978-1986 (1986) 158 exemplares
Treasures of Time (1979) 144 exemplares
The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy (1971) 134 exemplares
Perfect Happiness (1983) 133 exemplares
The Whispering Knights (1971) 128 exemplares
Astercote (1970) 123 exemplares
Going Back (1975) 107 exemplares
A Long Night at Abu Simbel (1995) 105 exemplares
Next to Nature, Art (1982) 96 exemplares
The Five Thousand and One Nights (1997) 93 exemplares
The Driftway (1972) 80 exemplares
The Voyage of QV66 (1978) 77 exemplares
The Revenge of Samuel Stokes (1981) 72 exemplares
Dragon Trouble (1984) 49 exemplares
One, Two, Three, Jump! (1999) 36 exemplares
Fanny and the Monsters (1982) 30 exemplares
A House Inside Out (1988) 23 exemplares
Metamorphosis: Selected Stories (2021) 14 exemplares
Good Night, Sleep Tight (1994) 13 exemplares
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1997) 11 exemplares
Picador New Writing: Vol 10 (2001) 11 exemplares
Presence of the Past (1657) 8 exemplares
A Martian Comes to Stay (1995) 7 exemplares
Boy Without a Name (1975) 6 exemplares
Corruption (1984) 6 exemplares
Fanny's Sister (1976) 6 exemplares
Ghostly Guests (Banana Books) (1998) 4 exemplares
Abroad (Penguin Specials) (2013) 4 exemplares
A Martian in the Supermarket (2002) 2 exemplares
Judy and the Martian (1993) 1 exemplar
Virago Ghost Stories (1992) 1 exemplar
Summer Heat 1 exemplar
Anel de Areia 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Age of Innocence (1920) — Introdução, algumas edições13,556 exemplares
The Stone Diaries (1993) — Introdução, algumas edições5,691 exemplares
The Lantern Bearers (1959) — Introdução, algumas edições1,265 exemplares
Birds of America (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições340 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 290 exemplares
Granta 65: London (1999) — Contribuidor — 218 exemplares
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories Volume 2: The Twentieth Century (1991) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
A Late Beginner (1966) — Prefácio, algumas edições68 exemplares
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Young Oxford Book of Timewarp Stories (Young Oxford Books) (2001) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night (1945) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 4: Now we're shut in for the night (2004) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 21: All Washed Up (2009) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 69: The Pram in the Hall (2010) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
In the Garden (2021) — Autor — 20 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 57: A Crowning Achievement (2018) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 42: Small World (2014) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Good Housekeeping Short Story Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
The Wrong Turning: Encounters with Ghosts (2021) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Puffin Book of Ghosts and Ghouls (1992) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
To Break the Silence (1986) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Snapshots (1995) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
A Love Letter to Europe: An Outpouring of Sadness and Hope (2019) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Young Winter's Tales 6 (1975) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Lively, Penelope Low
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Cairo, Egypt
Locais de residência
Sussex, England, UK
London, England, UK
Cairo, Egypt
University of Oxford (St Anne's College)
short-story writer
Lively, Jack (husband)
Lively, Adam (son)
The Society of Authors
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 1989)
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 2001)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature
Order of the British Empire (Dame Commander, 2012)
David Higham Associates

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Novelist and children's writer Penelope Lively was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1933 and brought up there. She came to England in 1945, went to school in Sussex, and read Modern History at St Ann's College, Oxford. Penelope Lively contributes regularly to a number of national daily newspapers and literary and educational journals including the Sunday Times, The Observer and the Times Educational Supplement. She has written radio and television scripts and was presenter for a BBC Radio 4 programme on children's literature. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a member of PEN and a former Chairman of The Society of Authors. She was awarded an OBE in 1989 and a CBE in 2001.



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - JANUARY 2015; LIVELY & ISHIGURO em 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (Março 2015)


4.5 stars- just wonderful. Penelope’s extraordinary prose makes everyday events glow with reality and importance. As usual her lead character, Annie, is someone you wish you knew. I guess a couple of things Annie does are odd and don’t quite ring true with the rest of her character- one is her choice of husband. The other will be clear to you upon finishing.
diveteamzissou | 7 outras críticas | Nov 28, 2023 |
A tale from the early 1970s with a supernatural element. Lucy who is about 12 years old goes to stay with her aunt for the summer in a country village. She hasn't been back for seven years so her expectations that childhood friends would have remained the same are overturned when the two girls she played with have become horse-mad and are uninterested in anything else, and the boy Kester is initially standoffish. However, she and Kester do eventually reinvent their friendship but by then a subtle thread of disquiet has crept into village life with the discovery by the vicar of an old ritual involving a 'dance' by men and boys dressed in stag antlers and masks. Despite the grumbles by older residents who oppose its return, and hint at dire consequences - the Wild Hunt of folklore is alluded to early on - rehearsals begin for the forthcoming village fete, and the boys begin to turn on Kester who is an outsider now that he goes to a grammar school and doesn't want to continue the family tradition of working as a blacksmith, his uncle being the last of a dying breed in the whole district.

Despite the statement on the back cover that this is suitable for children of ages 11 - 14, it reads as being for a younger age group, possibly because the character relationships belong to a more 'innocent' age when girls and boys of that age could be friends without any sexual overtones. Also, although the countryside is well evoked and there is the odd moment of supernatural tension, the potential of what could be a dangerous and murderous intent by the boys in the vein of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, is never allowed to become really threatening and even the supernatural element is defused in the finale so it isn't really disturbing and compared to modern day YA fiction such as 'The Hunger Games' series or the 'Noughts and Crosses' books or even 'His Dark Materials' comes across as more suitable for the 8 -10 year age range.
… (mais)
kitsune_reader | 1 outra crítica | Nov 23, 2023 |
Glyn, an historical landscape academic, find an old photograph of his wife (Kath and now dead) showing her holding hands with Nick, the husband of his sister-in-law. The novel spends time with Glyn as he processes this and with Elaine, the sister-in-law, a celebrated landscape gardener. The reader also spends time with Nick, portrayed as child-like, and Elaine and Nick's daughter. The themes revolve around what we know about people, how little attention some people give to people they say we love and how focussing on a career can be easier than focussing on relationships. Glyn meets people who knew Kath and finds a different woman to the one he knew. There are landscape features and gardening too.… (mais)
CarolKub | 52 outras críticas | Nov 8, 2023 |
While this was only about 200 pages, it felt longer to me.
The narrator, Claudia, is on her death bed, and tells us she will write a history of the world. It is mainly HER history, of a life (and love) with her brother, Gordon, throughout their teen years and then later. She is jealous of his wife. However, she meets a man who is the love of her life.
The story goes back and forth, highlights times of war and peace, and is a reflection of her life and loves.
This has received critical acclaim, but it wasn't for me.… (mais)
rmarcin | 85 outras críticas | Oct 17, 2023 |


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