Man Booker Prize–winning novelist Penelope Lively's latest masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked "DON'T OPEN—DESTROY." But Kath's husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that...
Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War, with a chance meeting in St. James's Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action.
Twenty years later, their daughter, Molly, happens upon a forgotten newspaper---a seemingly small moment that leads...
The Man Booker Prize–winning author "charts the efforts of a middle-aged brother and sister to begin a new life after their tyrannical mother's death" (The New York Times).
In Passing On, "the richest and most rewarding of her novels," Penelope Lively applies her distinctive insight and consummate artistry to the story of an abusive and manipulative mother's legacy to her children (The Washington Post
An "abundantly rich collection" of short stories by the Man Booker Prize–winning author (The New York Times Book Review).
In Pack of Cards, Penelope Lively shares moments in the everyday world that are not always open to observation, as she delves into the minutiae of her characters' lives.
Whether she writes about a widow on a visit to Russia, a small boy's consignment to boarding school, or
A Man Booker Prize–shortlisted first novel and a "searing study of the peculiar state of being in love" (The Sunday Telegraph).
In The Road to Lichfield, Penelope Lively explores the nature of history and memory as it is embodied in the life of forty-year-old Anne Linton, who comes to her father's aid when he is moved into a nursing home in a distant town. As she shares his last weeks, she unexpectedly learns