Through the life-changing experiences of 40-year-old Ann, Penelope Lively offers a subtle exploration of memory and identity, chance and consequence.

Ann Linton leaves her family in Berkshire and sets up camp in her father’s house when he is taken into a nursing home in distant Lichfield. As she is sharing her father’s last weeks, she meets and falls in love with David Fielding. This unexpected passion brings her feelings into sharp focus, leading to intimations of an intricate weave of generations across a past never fully known, and a future never fully anticipated.

The Booker Prize 1977
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Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively

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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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