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Moon Tiger : Winner of the 1987 Man Booker Prize - Penelope Lively

Moon Tiger

Winner of the 1987 Man Booker Prize

Paperback Published: August 2010
ISBN: 9780141044842
Number Of Pages: 224

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Claudia Hampton – beautiful, famous, independent, dying.

But she remains defiant to the last, telling her nurses that she will write a 'history of the world . . . and in the process, my own'. And it is her story from a childhood just after the First World War through the Second and beyond. But Claudia's life is entwined with others and she must allow those who knew her, loved her, the chance to speak, to put across their point of view. There is Gordon, brother and adversary; Jasper, her untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool conventional daughter; and then there is Tom, her one great love, found and lost in wartime Egypt.

Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire.

Industry Reviews

Leaves its traces in the air long after you've put it away -- Anne Tyler
A complex tapestry of great subtlety. Lively writes so well, savouring the words as she goes * Daily Telegraph *
Very clever: evocative, thought-provoking and hangs on the mind long after it is finished * Literary Review *
Lively's ability to bring her character and the world she inhabits into full technicolour is beautiful. This is a unique book about a fascinating unpredictable woman way ahead of her time and yet absolutely of her time * Lemn Sissay *
One of Britain's most celebrated novelists. Moon Tiger's multiple, shifting viewpoints weaves an eloquent disquisition on memory, identity, age, love and regret * Financial Times *
Atmospheric, inventive. Few books I've read recently have given me so much pleasure. * Sam Jordison, Guardian *

ISBN: 9780141044842
ISBN-10: 0141044845
Series: Penguin Essentials
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: August 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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Penelope Lively

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 subsequently 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.

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