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Book Title: How It All Began|
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The author of the book: Penelope Lively
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: May 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9780241957271
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 385 KB
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Another charming and erudite novel from Penelope Lively, whose books are always a pleasure to read.
This one was conceived as an illustration of the butterfly effect. Charlotte, an old widow, is mugged and falls, breaking her hip. This sets in chain a series of events that demonstrate the interconnected nature of modern lives and the way lives are derailed by random events.
This feels like a companion piece to her book Making it Up, in which she imagined alternative versions of her own life that might have followed different choices or events at key moments. Another of her novels is called Consequences so she is clearly interested in causality.
As so often in Lively's writing, the best things are the small details - it is full of wisdom, humour and perceptive observation, if a little lacking in drama.
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Read information about the authorPenelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.
Her other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra’s Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began.
She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.
Penelope Lively lives in London. She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998.
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