Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time
In this powerful and compelling 'view from old age', Penelope Lively, at eighty, reports back on what she finds. There are meditations on what it is like to be old as well as on how memory shapes us. There are intriguing examinations of key personal as well as historical moments she has lived through and her thoughts on her own bookishness - both as reader and writer. Lastly, she turns to six treasured possessions to speak eloquently about who she is and where she's been - fragments of memories from a life well lived.
'Sharp, unsentimental and ruefully funny. A fascinating portrait not only of Lively but of the times through which she has lived.' Daily Telegraph
'Incredibly cheering, powerfully consoling, sagacious, interesting and vital.' Observer
'A superb study of memory and of her own voyage into the ninth decade of her life. Lively is a compelling, vitally interested witness to time past.' Helen Dunmore, Observer, Books of the Year
'Enthralling. Will delight all those who love Lively's novels.' Daily Mail
'Wise, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. A must-read.' Woman & Home
'Clever and poignant . . . there is much to enjoy. This is Lively at her best.' Sunday Express
Shortlisted for PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014.
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; Beyond the Blue Mountains; Oleander, Jacaranda; Spiderweb; 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 was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List, and DBE in 2012.