Saturday, August 13, 2011

Penelope Lively's six favorite books

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.

Her novels include Passing On, shortlisted for the 1989 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave, and Family Album.

One of Lively's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
What Maisie Knew by Henry James

James’s 1897 novel shows adult duplicity through the eyes of a child who does not understand what she is seeing—but you, the reader, do, because you are looking over her shoulder. You feel complicit, and even guilty.
Read about the other books on the list.

See Penelope Lively's five best list of books that evoke time & place.

--Marshal Zeringue