Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively audiobook

Life in the Garden

By Penelope Lively
Read by Heather Lloyd

Penguin Audio
5.94 Hours Unabridged
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From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life 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. "Her body of work proves that certain themes never go out of fashion," writes the New York Times Book Review, as true of this beautiful volume as of the rest of the Lively canon. Now in her eighty-fourth year, Lively muses, "To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time."

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now Out in Paperback

From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life

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. "Her body of work proves that certain themes never go out of fashion," writes the New York Times Book Review, as true of this beautiful volume as of the rest of the Lively canon.

Now in her eighty-fourth year, Lively muses, "To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A consummate storyteller. The Seattle Times
In her own late seventies now, with a legion of regular readers and newcomers with every book, Lively continues to surprise and illuminate, writing to ever more dazzling effect. The Boston Globe
Witty, gentle-humored, sharp . . . Lively is a keen observer and an engaging narrator. NPR’s All Things Considered
One of our most talented writers. The New York Times Book Review
Lively writes with an astringent blend of sympathy and detachment, emotional wisdom and satiric wit. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“There are moments of poignant observation.” Washington Post
“She glides through a review of history, from the Garden of Eden through ancient civilizations to the earth-moving landscape approach of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton.” Wall Street Journal
“It is a rambling and informative celebration of life, human and vegetable. The Times (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Penelope Lively

Author Bio: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is an award-winning novelist and author of children’s literature. She received the Booker Prize for her novel Moon Tiger and the Carnegie Medal for British Children’s Books for The Ghost of Thomas Kempe. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. In recognition of her contributions to British literature, she has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 5.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English