Due for release 1st November 2017

Life in the Garden

Penelope Lively

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The two central activities in my life - alongside writing - have been reading
and gardening.

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.

  • Fig Tree
  • Published 1st November 2017
  • 272 Pages
  • £14.99