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Life in the Garden (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 02/11/2017
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The two central activities in my life - alongside writing - have been reading and gardening.

Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today.

It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.

An understated and quietly brilliant exponent of her craft, Penelope Lively is an award-winning author of novels and short stories for adults and children. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice, for The Road to Lichfield in 1977 and According to Mark in 1984 and later won the prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.

From the azaleas at Manderlay to the ordered vegetable plots of Mr Mcgregor's garden, read Penelope Lively's recommendations of the best gardens in literature.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241319628
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 223 x 140 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Rich and unusual, this is a book to treasure. Few recent gardening books come anywhere close to its style, intelligence and depth. Moves between Lively's own horticultural life and a broad history of gardening * Alex Preston, Observer *
Exquisite and original * Daily Telegraph *
A gentle, scholarly progress through the lives and works of Penelope Lively's favoured authors - from Jane Austen to Beatrix Potter, Philip Larkin to Tom Stoppard * The Times *
Wonderful. A manifesto of horticultural delight * Literary Review *
Beautiful. Perfect for literary garden lovers * Good Housekeeping *
Enchanting. Reading this book is like walking with a wise, humorous guide through a series of garden rooms . . . and finding that vistas suddenly open out, on to history, fashion, politics, reflections on time and the taming of nature * Tablet *
A perfect bedside book. In part it's a memoir of the gardens in Lively's life, starting with the exotic Egyptian garden of her childhood and continuing up to her small present-day garden in a north London square * Sunday Express *
A gentle survey of the garden's place in Western culture, which morphs into a personal meditation on time, memory and a life well lived * i *
Scholarly bedtime reading * The Times, Books of the Year *
Lively finds memories of her own gardens scrambling like roses through insights into the history of gardening and the artists - including Woolf, Monet and PG Wodehouse - who have been inspired by their gardens * Daily Mail *
Delightful * Lady *
Elegant, entertaining and inspirational * Woman & Home *
It's always a joy to enter the world of one of our finest living authors, Penelope Lively. . . She will take you on a thought-provoking journey through Paradise Lost and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and give you fresh insights into writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin * Period Ideas *
The perfect book for dedicated garden lovers * S Magazine *

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