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A dream house that is hiding something sinister; two women having lunch who share a husband; an old woman doing her weekly supermarket shop with a secret past that no one could guess; a couple who don't know each other at all even after fifteen years together; and, in the story from which this collection takes its name, a bird and a servant girl in ancient Pompeii who cannot converse, but share a perfect understanding.
'Spry and world-wise, The Purple Swamp Hen is an enchanting story that sets the tone for the rest of this stellar collection.' Observer
'More stylish than many writers half her age ... Lively knows a thing or two about storytelling.' The Times on How It All Began
'Lively is now nearly 80 but, as How It All Began shows, there is no diminution of her skills ... Lively is a writer of craft and sagacity and such old fashioned virtues trump the chic but meretricious every time.' Financial Times on How It All Began
'Penelope Lively at her best, sharp-eyed but sympathetic, deftly steering the reader from one point of view to another. This novel should delight her regular readers and ensnare new ones.' Evening Standard on Family Album
'Lively skilfully mingles past and present, as she peels away the layers to uncover a family secret of which no one speaks...Lively's astute skewering of family relations reverberates in the mind long afterwards.' Daily Mail on Family Album
Publication date: 04/05/2017
|Publication date:||4th May 2017|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,|
Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the war and took a degree in history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.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 ...More About Penelope Lively