Book List in Order: 43 titles

  • From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and lifePenelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosop...


  • In such acclaimed novels as The Photograph, Family Album, and How It All Began, Penelope Lively has captivated readers with her singular blend of wisdom, elegance, and humor. Now, in her first story collection in decades, Lively takes up themes of hi...


  • A brilliantly funny original short story from Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively.'Anyone artistic needed Abroad in the 1950s.'Paul and his girlfriend are artists in need of subject matter. Arresting, evocative subject matter. So they decide ...


  • A vibrant new novel from Penelope Lively-a wry, wise story about the surprising ways lives intersect. When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of a...


  • Maria is always getting lost in the secret world of her imagination. So when she begins to hear things that nobody else does, she's not sure if they are real. Then Maria finds a Victorian embroidered picture, and feels a strange connection with the t...


  • "In this haunting new novel, the act of forgetting is as strange and interesting as the power of remembering." —The New York Times Book Review Look out for Penelope Lively’s new book, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penelope Lively is re...


  • A chance meeting in St. James's Park begins young Lorna and Matt's intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together--Matt's woodcarving, Lorna's self-discovery, their new ...


  • The fall of Troy, the wanderings of Aeneas, the descent into the underworld -- these phrases from Virgil?s seminal story continue to resonate more than 2,000 years after he wrote it, and Penelope Lively retells this timeless tale with pitch-perfect p...


  • Look out for Penelope Lively’s new book, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories.Hailed by critics as a benchmark in a career full of award-winning achievements, Making It Up is Penelope Lively's answer to the oft-asked question, "How much of what y...






  • A retelling of the traditional children's tale. Goldilocks is walking through the woods when she comes across a cottage. She lets herself in to explore and causes chaos. Will the three bears come home and find her?...


  • It opens with a snapshot: Kath, at an unknown gathering, hands clasped with a man not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked DON'T OPEN -- DESTROY. But Kath's husband does not heed the warning. The mystery of the photograph, and of Kath...


  • Based on the Yellow Bananas series, this resource for teachers helps reinforce and enhance what students learn in their core reading program through engaging activities that focus on reading skills. Teachers will find: - activities that highlight the...



  • The Martian's spaceship needs repairs, but when he returns with the spanner he's borrowed from Peter and his gran, he finds he's been abandoned! Luckily, Gran and Peter take him in, and introduce him to life in the country. It's all going well until ...


  • Judy first sees the Martian when her mom's looking for fish fingers. She isn't scared, but he's a bit nervous. His rocket's engine won't start, so Judy takes him back to her house while they think of a plan. They soon become good friends, and avoid d...


  • One morning, Joe wakes up to find two young grizzly bears in his bedroom. Throughout the day, all around the house, they play together - climbing trees in the hall, playing rough and tumble in the snow, playing on till the end of the day, till happy ...


  • All her life Stella Brentwood has considered herself a bird of passage. As an anthropologist she studied social networks - in the villages of the Nile Delta, Greece and Malta, and the community of an Orkney island. She has known love, but she remains...



  • It is a long, hot summer at World's End, a two-family grey stone cottage in the English countryside. Pauline is editing a romance novel in the smaller dwelling, and the larger part is occupied by her daughter, Teresa; Teresa's baby; and her husband, ...







  • A cat and a crow, who live together under a banyan tree, explore their imaginations as they tell each other rich fantasies into which they are swept up to visit the mountains of the moon and travel at supersonic speed....



  • A palaeontologist by choice-and perhaps due to the accidental discovery of a fossil fragment on the north coast of England when he was six years old-Howard Beamish is flying to Nairobi on a professional mission when his plane is forced to land in an ...


  • The Booker Prize-winning author of Moon Tiger now offers a rich confrontation with the mystery of London, with the buried lives that make us what we are, and evokes a varied, contemporary cast of characters. "A novel of lapidary brilliance . . . full...


  • The Man Booker Prize–winning author “charts the efforts of a middle-aged brother and sister to begin a new life after their tyrannical mother’s death” (The New York Times).   In Passing On, “the richest and most rewarding of her novels...


  • This “beautiful and brilliant novel” follows an agnostic woman’s relationship with a religious village’s people and its past (Auberon Waugh).  Judgment Day takes us into the life of Clare Paling, who has just moved with h...


  • In Pack of Cards, Penelope Lively introduces the reader to slivers of the everyday world that are not always open to observation, as she delves into the minutiae of her characters' lives. Whether she writes about a widow on a visit to Russia, a smal...


  • The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history, lies alone in a London hospital bed. Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, Moon Tiger is her own h...


  • The classic ghost story from Penelope Lively, one of the modern greats of British fiction for adults and children alike.When James'' family moves to a ancient cottage in Oxfordshire (with grounds that are great for excavations and trees that are perf...






  • Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can't wait to eat "his "afte...


  • Mark Lamming is happily married--until he falls for the lovely daughter of his latest biography subject. Nothing can prepare him for the ensuing circumstances in this witty novel of memory and expectations....




  • The Road to Lichfield is the Booker Prize shortlisted first novel by Penelope Lively, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time on the 40th anniversary of its publication.Ann Linton leaves her family in Berkshire and sets up camp in her fat...


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    Treasures of Time is the twelfth novel by Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively, a spellbinding story of the dangers of digging up the dark secrets of the past. This edition features an introduction by Selina Hastings. Penguin Decades b...




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    Fanny is an extraordinary girl, not at all the demure, speak-only-when-spoken-to sort of girl she should be. After all, a girl living in the Victorian times does not have a mind of her own. And she most certainly does not have a burning ambition to s...



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    Penelope Livelys amazing animal odyssey follows a group of seven animals, including Stanley, as they explore a flooded, people-less world on board QV66 and search for another animal like Stanley. Age 9+...


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