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A House Unlocked By Penelope Lively

A House Unlocked
by Penelope Lively

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The only child of divorced parents, the author was often sent to stay at her grandparents' country house Golsoncott. Years later, she began to piece together the lives of those she knew fifty years before. In this title, she delves into the domestic past of her former home, and the contrasts between life today and the way they lived then.
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A House Unlocked by Penelope Lively

A House Unlocked is Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively's classic memoir.

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 out of the family, she began to piece together the lives of those she knew fifty years before.

In a needlework sampler, she sees her grandmother and the wartime children that she sheltered under her roof in 1940. Potted meat jars remind her of the ritual of doing the flowers for church. The smell of the harness room brings her Aunt Rachel - avant-garde artist, fervent horserider - vividly back to life.

In A House Unlocked, Penelope Lively delves into the domestic past of her former home, and tells of her own youth and the contrasts between life today and the way they lived then.

'Wonderful. Lively is brilliant and original . . . Every page of this book captures your attention' Daily Mail

'Remarkable, richly enjoyable . . . a captivating memoir' Helen Dunmore, The Times

'Engaging, curious, compelling, remarkable . . . Any time spent with Penelope Lively is a joy' Observer

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 other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra's Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London.

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A House Unlocked Reviews


Wonderful. Lively is brilliant and original . . . Every page of this book captures your attention * Daily Mail *
Remarkable, richly enjoyable ... a captivating memoir -- Helen Dunmore * The Times *
Engaging, curious, compelling, remarkable ... Any time spent with Penelope Lively is a joy * Observer *
An ingenious memoir. The enchantment lies in its personal narrative: the portrait of a family and its progress through the twentieth century * Literary Review *

About Penelope Lively


Penelope Lively has written many prize-winning novels for adults and children. They include: The Road To Lichfield, According To Mark, Moon Tiger (which won the 1987 Booker Prize), Heat Wave, Spiderweb, The Photograph, Making It Up, Consequences and Family Album. Penelope Lively lives in London.

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GOR001201880
A House Unlocked by Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2002-06-27
240
014100164X
9780141001647
N/A
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