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    • Life in the Garden

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Heather Lloyd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom. Now in her 84th year, Lively writes, "To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time."

    Regular price: $21.00

    • How It All Began

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful and beautifully written

    • By Molly-o on 02-15-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In such acclaimed novels as The Photograph, Family Album, and How It All Began, Penelope Lively has captivated readers and listeners with her singular blend of wisdom, elegance, and humor. Now, in her first story collection in decades, Lively takes up themes of history, family, and relationships across varied and vividly rendered settings.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just OK

    • By bill klibanow on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Dancing Fish and Ammonites

    • A Memoir
    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Kelly Birch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    Memory and history have been Penelope Lively’s terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given listeners a glimpse into her influences and formative years. Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s 20th century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey - including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A most pleasant diversion

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Photograph

    • A Novel
    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Booker Prize¿winning novelist Penelope Lively's latest masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked "DON'T OPEN - DESTROY." But Kath's husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that reveals a tight web of secrets within marriages, between sisters, and at the heart of an affair.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good but sad

    • By Rebecca on 09-15-06

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Consequences

    • A Novel
    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War, with a chance meeting in St. James' Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I remember now why this is my favorite Lively

    • By Thomas J. Otto on 06-26-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Cleopatra’s Sister

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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    Paleontologist Howard Beamish is flying to Nairobi when his plane is forced to land in Callimbia. Journalist Lucy Faulkner, on assignment to write a travel piece for a Sunday magazine, is on the same flight. What happens to Howard and Lucy in Callimbia is one of those accidents that determine fate, that bring love and take away joy, and that reveal the precariousness of our existence. With intelligence, grace, and gentle irony, Penelope Lively illuminates the age-old dance of myth and reality.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent reading of a difficult book

    • By Cyd on 11-22-12

    Regular price: $18.80

    • Family Album

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In her 16th novel, Penelope Lively shows her extraordinary understanding of what makes us human as she delves into the mystery of family life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Our Family Members We Have Not Known

    • By P. Carson on 07-10-10

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Life in the Garden

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This audiobook 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's also a wise, engaging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland.

    Regular price: $16.73

    • How It All Began

    • A Novel
    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Charlotte is mugged and breaks her hip, her daughter, Rose, cannot accompany her employer, Lord Peters, to Manchester, which means his niece, Marion, has to go instead, which means she sends a text to her lover which is intercepted by his wife, which is…just the beginning of the ensuing chain of life-altering events.

    In this engaging, utterly absorbing and brilliantly told novel, Penelope Lively shows us how one random event can change the courses of many lives.

    Regular price: $15.34

    • Family Album

    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A big shabby Victorian suburban house, the smell of raincoats and coq au vin in the hall, the six mugs for the children slung from the kitchen dresser hooks: for destructive Paul, difficult Gina, elegant Sandra, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare, Allersmead was the perfect place to grow up. But was it?

    Regular price: $19.96

    • Ammonites and Leaping Fish

    • A Life in Time
    • By: Penelope Lively
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    This is not quite a memoir. Rather, it is the view from old age. And a view of old age itself, this place at which we arrive with a certain surprise - ambushed, or so it can seem. One of the few advantages of age is that you can report on it with a certain authority; you are a native now, and know what goes on here. Taking in old age, the context of one's life and times, memory, reading and writing, and the identifying cargo of possessions - two ammonites, a cat, a pair of American ducks, and a leaping fish sherd, amongst others - this is an elegant, moving, and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A book that inspires!

    • By Harriet Meikle on 04-18-14

    Regular price: $14.14