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Penelope Lively - How it all Began

Released: 03/11/2011 Fig Tree
Set in contemporary urban England, one broken hip sets off a chain of events and chance encounters among a web of diverse characters, some with life-changing ramifications. Lively draws us in to an absorbing narrative tangle, with her usual comic flair and clever elusion of the novel's conventions. For more information visit: http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781905490882,00.html?/How_I Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1905490887/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cul…
80 %
Financial Times“There is no diminution in Lively's skills...” Lively is such a practised pair of hands that you give yourself over to her instantly as she introduces each of the characters whose bumpers have been dented...
 
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60%
Evening Standard“An ideal book to be seen with in a hospital waiting-room...” Marriage in general is gently anatomised. The omniscient narrator tells us a great deal about the states of mind of the various characters - and perhaps a certain amount about the state of mind of the author...
 
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80 %
The Independent“A novel full of stories...” As always, Lively has a precise control of the comic, and an ear for dialogue honed over more than 40 years of writing...
 
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90%
The Telegraph“A splendid tonic...” Her real subject – as it has always been – is memory, how the accumulating wealth of arbitrary detail colours our daily lives...
 
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80 %
Guardian“Being knocked down has a knock-on effect...” Lively remains a sublime storyteller – the opening sentence has us riveted with curiosity as to what will happen next...
 
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