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"The house as I knew it exists now only in my mind. The furnishings are precise and clear, the sounds and smells are as they ever were" Penelope Lively recalls Golsoncott, the country house in Somerset bought by her grandparents in 1923, when it required the services of eleven people; by the 1990s this was remembered only in the wages book buried in the hall chest and the bell system in the pantry. As she remembers the sometimes strange articles there - the gong- stand, the potted-meat jars, the bon-bon dishes - Lively charts the social changes and shifting attitudes of the last century, for Golsoncott was touched by the cataclysmic events of the 20th century: the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust and the Blitz. All made their mark on the house, if you know where to look.
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Penelope Lively is the author of over twenty books of fiction and non--fiction, including the Booker Prize-winning novel Moon Tiger and the Whitbread Award-winning novel A Stitch in Time, as well as numerous children's books.Lively's awards include the Booker Prize, the Whitbread Award, the British Arts Council National Book Award, and the Carnegie MedalFrom AudioFile:
In the late 1990s, critically acclaimed English author Penelope Lively had to sell her country home, which had been in the family since 1925. It is to our benefit that its loss triggered her decision to "see if the private life of a house could be made to bear witness to the public traumas of a century." In a rich, clear voice, Sheila Mitchell gives a nuanced reading of the fascinating story that resulted. It's a history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century England revealed through familial artifacts. The house's extensive tulip garden leads Lively to the botanical adventurers who found the unusual specimens. An unused wing of the house reminds her of the London children housed there throughout WWII, and causes her to explore the way in which that temporary but huge migration changed English society forever. I could keep giving examples--far better that you listen yourself. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description ISIS Publishing, 2002. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In good all round condition. Seller Inventory # 6835509
Book Description Isis Large Print, 2002. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020753197332