Family Album (Paperback)
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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 27/05/2010
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*NOMINATED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD*

Family Album
'a hugely enjoyable read' from Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively

'This novel should delight her regular readers and ensnare new ones' Evening Standard

Allersmead is a big shabby Victorian suburban house. The perfect place to grow up for elegant Sandra, difficult Gina, destructive Paul, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare.

But was it?

Now adults, the children return to Allersmead one by one. To their home-making mother and aloof writer father, and a house that for years has played silent witness to a family's secrets.

And one devastating secret of which no one speaks . . .

'One of those ridiculously simple, ridiculously readable novels whose artistry only becomes apparent when you put it down' Sunday Telegraph

'A pleasure to read, hugely enjoyable, consistently absorbing, hilarious' Independent

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141041223
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 199 x 134 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lively immediately plunges us into an entirely convincing world of bustling family life...exceptionally well observed and gloriously enjoyable...this should be rated as one of her most impressive works * Guardian *
One of those ridiculously simple, ridiculously readable novels whose artistry only becomes apparent when you put it down with a sign of regret, having devoured it in one sitting...Lively still displays an economy and an elegance that put younger writers to shame * Sunday Telegraph *
Lively's brilliance is of the creeping kind. There is a sense of formality, which falls away as the novel gains pace and builds towards an unforeseen end. She is particularly good at bending language to make it fit her cool and clear voice...Lively succeeds brilliantly in getting a hold on the climate of family life. Slowly we absorb the details that get lost in the bluster and flurry until we are so drawn in, so tightly contained in the dynamics of this one, that the end, when it comes, is simply devastating * The Times *
A pleasure to read, hugely enjoyable, consistently absorbing, hilarious * Independent *
An involving emotional drama and an insightful examination of changing family values * Easy Living *
The complexities and silences of family life are intelligently and subtly explored...a very engaging novel, continuously interesting and often moving * Scotsman *
Gorgeous -- David Vann * Guardian Books of the Year *
Sympathetic and observant, Lively moves fluidly between present-tense set-piece scenes and silent monologues, placing the novel's revelations where they will be most effective, and allowing implications - about marriage, feminism and personal ambition - to blossom slowly * Sunday Times *
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 *
A very readable, well-paced novel peopled with Lively's customary immaculately observed and impeccably rounded characters * Independent on Sunday *
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 *
Lively plays her sleight of hand with admirable dexterity. The dialogue is pitch-perfect, the writing crisp and the humour wonderfully dry * Tatler *
Gripping. An intelligent look at family relationships and the knock-on effects of past events on the present. It's an absorbing tale of mystery and intrigue that will leave you wondering what lies behind even the nicest facade * Woman & Home *
A deeply satisfying, eloquent family-fabric novel * Good Housekeeping *

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“An album with some pictures missing?”

“Any family is intriguing – if you look closely” Intriguing, dysfunctional – all families have its ups and downs. Penelope Lively book gives us a close-up of a family, over time, from beginning to end. And a part of... More

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“An heartwarming family tale”

‘Alison is at the head of the kitchen table, pouring tea from the big blue pot’ sums up the warmth of this contemporary study of a family. However, this unit is unusual by its size – six children – excluding the... More

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“compelling tale of a large family and its secrets”

Reading a Penelope Lively novel is like meeting up with an old friend. This book is well written and covers the lives of a large family with 6 children. We hear most of the family history through Gina who, when the... More

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