How It All Began – Penelope Lively

How It All Began - Penelope LivelyA chance find on the Walton bookshelves, I suspect this was one of the books we inherited from Janet or John at the caravan. Just right for a blustery Bank Holiday Monday and ensuing working week.

We spend a few months in the company of multiple Londoners, born, bred and immigrant, whose lives are all affected by the random mugging of 77 year old Charlotte. An exploration of the butterfly effect and the characters that inhabit modern middle class London.

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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.

 

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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