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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 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)
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Moon Tiger 1,964 copies, 81 reviews
The Photograph 1,299 copies, 48 reviews
How It All Began 899 copies, 59 reviews
Consequences 656 copies, 32 reviews
Family Album 606 copies, 39 reviews
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe 466 copies, 10 reviews
Passing On 401 copies, 5 reviews
City of the Mind 362 copies, 11 reviews
Heat Wave 348 copies, 9 reviews
Making It Up 336 copies, 11 reviews
Spiderweb 311 copies, 12 reviews
Cleopatra's Sister 300 copies, 5 reviews
The Road to Lichfield 257 copies, 6 reviews
A house unlocked 209 copies, 6 reviews
Life in the Garden 208 copies, 7 reviews
A Stitch in Time 208 copies, 7 reviews
According to Mark 201 copies, 5 reviews
The House in Norham Gardens 193 copies, 7 reviews
Judgement Day 179 copies, 1 review
Pack of Cards: Stories 1978-1986 149 copies, 2 reviews
Treasures of Time 137 copies, 5 reviews
Perfect Happiness 126 copies, 2 reviews
The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy 123 copies, 1 review
Astercote 115 copies, 4 reviews
The Whispering Knights 115 copies, 3 reviews
Going Back 101 copies, 2 reviews
Next to Nature, Art 89 copies, 1 review
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The Revenge of Samuel Stokes 69 copies, 3 reviews
The Voyage of QV66 69 copies, 4 reviews
Dragon Trouble 42 copies, 2 reviews
Fanny and the Monsters 29 copies, 2 reviews
Corruption 4 copies, 1 review
Abroad (Penguin Specials) 2 copies, 1 review
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The Stone Diaries (Introduction, some editions) 5,427 copies, 114 reviews
The Lantern Bearers (Introduction, some editions) 1,121 copies, 18 reviews
Birds of America (Introduction, some editions) 321 copies, 4 reviews
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Granta 65: London (Contributor) 210 copies, 1 review
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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.
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