Penelope Lively’s timeless, Booker Prize-winning novel explores the shifting nature of reality and identity through the many lives of its narrator.

Claudia Hampton, a famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: ‘a history of the world… and in the process, my own’. Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter; and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt.

The Booker Prize 1987
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Penelope Lively

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About the Author

Penelope Lively won the Booker Prize in 1987 and has also been shortlisted twice - in 1977 and 1984. She was born in Cairo and is the author of many prize-winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children.
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