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Life in the Garden
By (author): Penelope Lively
9780525558392 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Jun 11, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8.03 x 0.53 in 208 pages Penguin Books
From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life

Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom. “Her body of work proves that certain themes never go out of fashion,” writes the New York Times Book Review, as true of this beautiful volume as of the rest of the Lively canon.

Now in her eighty-fourth year, Lively muses, “To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time.”

Story Locale: London, UK

READER AND REVIEWER FAVORITE: Lively’s profile is as strong as ever. For her recent story collection, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories, she was profiled by Chip McGrath for the cover of the New York Times Book Review and interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition, in addition to receiving her customary widespread review coverage.

HARDCOVER PUBLICATION: Viking published the hardcover in June and it received media attention and reviews from The Wall Street Journal, BookPage, and Parade among others.

ELEGANT ILLUSTRATIONS: Black-and-white line art throughout will bring the spirit of the garden alive on the page.

Penelope Lively is an award-winning novelist and author of children’s literature. She received the Booker Prize for her novel Moon Tiger and wide acclaim for The Photograph and How It All Began. Lively is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. In recognition of her contributions to British literature, she has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Author Residence: London, UK

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Author Website: PenelopeLively.net

Praise for Life in the Garden:

“You need not be a devoted gardener to enjoy this slim, lovely volume from the consistently superb Penelope Lively…Lively has been a voracious gardener her entire adult life, and it shows in her nearly encyclopedic knowledge of gardening…Lively’s trademark British wit makes several delightfully acidic appearances, but Life in the Garden is also at times almost unbearably poignant, coming as late as it does in the life of the wonderfully prolific author.”—BookPage

“The book falls together beautifully, organically and carefully, like the English gardens Lively loves…She particularly shines in her chapter about the garden, time, and order.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“Many writers have a special relationship to gardens, a link the British author and Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively harvests beautifully and honestly in an elegant memoir.”—Garden & Gun



Praise for Penelope Lively:

“One of our most talented writers.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Lively writes with an astringent blend of sympathy and detachment, emotional wisdom and satiric wit.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“In her own late seventies now, with a legion of regular readers and newcomers with every book, Lively continues to surprise and illuminate, writing to ever more dazzling effect.” —The Boston Globe

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