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Ammonites and Leaping Fish A Life in Time A memoir that addresses ageing memory time and a life in the 20th century by one of our greatest writers Penelope Lively 'This is not uite a memoir Rather it is the view from old age And a view of old age itself this place at which we arrive with a certain surprise ambushed or so it can seem One of the few advantages of age is that you can report on it with a certain authority; you are a native now and know what goes on here' In this charming but powerful memoir Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and considers the implications of this new demographic She looks at the context of a life and times the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time in her case World War II; post war penny pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day She examines the tricks and truths of memory She looks back over a lifetime of reading and writing And finally she looks at her identifying cargo of possessions two ammonites a cat a pair of American ducks and a leaping fish sherd amongst others This is an elegant moving and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers



10 thoughts on “Ammonites and Leaping Fish A Life in Time

  1. says:

    Grey PowerOur idea of a ‘person’ derives from the ancient Greek conceept of the ‘prosopon’ the mask worn by actors in the theatres of Attica The Romans litigious folk that they were put this idea to work i


  2. says:

    I learned Penelope Lively’s three favourite novels are What Daisy Knew by Henry James The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford and The Inheritors by William Golding I’d like to say I learned lots of interest from Live


  3. says:

    After reading Dancing Fish and Amonites I feel like I've been on a retreat for a few days with an especially erudite friend talking the days away while taking a ramble on this or that trail enjoying cups of tea and perhap


  4. says:

    The subtitle of this book is A Memoir But it is not a memoir in the traditional sense of covering a person's life chronologically In fact the author says in this book that she has no interest in writing that kind of memoirRat


  5. says:

    I began on a spring morning in the Anglo American Hospital in Zamalek which was a residential suburb on Gezira the island in Cairo’s Nile; 17 March 1933 Elsewhere things were going on that would lead to turmoil in North Africa


  6. says:

    I wondered if I was a fraud of some sort for wanting to read the memoir of a writer for whom I actually haven't read any of her books I've hovered around her intrigued by her novels when I worked with them in the bookstore but failed


  7. says:

    Years ago Penelope Lively surprised me with Moon Tiger a fine autobiographical exploration of the past by a rather eccentric and unreliable female narrator It seemed to me that Lively had made it her trademark in literature to explore th


  8. says:

    This was a memoir I had to read for many reasons Lively has long been one of my favorite novelists a Booker Prize winner although her Booker Prize winner Moon Tiger is very good it is by no means my favorite of her work the female author I'v


  9. says:

    A beautiful memoir of aging reading writing family history; Penelope Lively sat down to write about the things that have been most important to her She was 80 at the time of writing and although her body is breaking down and often painful her mi


  10. says:

    I do enjoy Penelope Lively Brisk wry to the point keen eye sharp mind wonderful turns of phraseThe very first sentence of the Preface announces 'This is not uite a memoir Rather it is the view from old ageAnd a view of old age itself this place a wh


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About the Author: Penelope Lively

Penelope 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 TigerHer other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Nex