Making It Up – Penelope Lively

Making It Up - Penelope Lively
Making It Up – Penelope Lively

A speedy read this one, started on Sunday and polished off on Monday at home where a pot of tea and a good book managed to shift a trying tension headache.

Penelope Lively selects a handful of key moments in her life, and adds a fictional spin to each scenario to explore “what might have been” for someone else in the same circumstances.

If you liked Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, I think you’d like this.

 

Author’s page: Making It Up – Penelope Lively

The Photograph – Penelope Lively

The Photograph - Penelope Lively
The Photograph – Penelope Lively

Glyn finds a photo of his (dead) wife surreptitiously holding hands with another.

This novel traces the fall out as he proceeds to question family and friends about his wife’s fidelity during their marriage.

Why did Glyn feel the need to persist in his selfish pursuit for The Truth? I’d say it’s part of his nature. At least he continued his compassion-free quest to the bitter end, and I would love to know what happened next.

Author’s page: The Photograph – Penelope Lively

The Photograph – Penelope Lively

A tale of relationships built on the ties of blood, marriage, business and friendship, of infidelity, secrets and depression.

You learn early on that Kath, the central character, is dead, although the photograph of the title only surfaces many years later, causing family and friends to reassess their views, memories and ultimately the truths of their own lives as well as hers.

It’s time to read more Penelope Lively I think.

Amazon.co.uk link: The Photograph – Penelope Lively