Author(s): Penelope Lively
'I'm writing a history of the world,' she says . . . And in the process, my own.' Claudia Hampton is dying. A professional historian in her seventies, she casts her mind back through her own life to identify the currents and winds upon which she has been cast adrift. We see how this strong, independent woman, growing up between the wars, finds her life subtly entwined with others. She meets and loses her true love in war-torn Egypt, finds an untrustworthy lover, gives birth to a daughter she cannot love and attempts to reconcile who she has become with the woman she always wants to be . . . Winner of the Booker Prize'Leaves its traces in the air long after you've put it away.' Anne Tyler
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; Cleopatra's Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, 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 is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London.