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 an 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.
About the Author
Penelope Lively was born in Cairo, Egypt and spent her childhood there. She came to England at the age of twelve, in 1945, and went to boarding school in Sussex. She went on to read Modern History at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1957 she married Jack Lively (who died in 1998). They had two children, Josephine and Adam. Jack Lively's academic career took the family from Swansea to Sussex and Oxford, and eventually to Warwick University, where he was Professor of Politics. Penelope Lively now has six grandchildren and lives in London.
In Life in the Garden, [Penelope Lively] has given us something quite new; rich and unusual, this is a book to treasure . . . A book that gives words to something that those of us who garden know by instinct - how being in the garden raises the spirits, modulates the seasons * Alex Preston, Observer * The perfect book for dedicated garden lovers * S Magazine * 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 *
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 2nd November 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.2 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1