Making It Up by Penelope Lively

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Hailed by critics as a benchmark in a career full of award-winning achievements, Making It Up is Penelope Lively's answer to the oft-asked question, "How much of what you write comes from your own life?" What if Lively hadn't escaped from Egypt, her birthplace, at the outbreak of World War II? What would her life have been like if she'd married someone else? From a hillside in Italy to an archaeological dig, the author explores the stories that could have been hers, fashioning a sublime dance between reality and imagination that confirms her reputation as a singular talent.


About Penelope Lively

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PENELOPE LIVELY was born in Cairo, Egypt, and studied at Oxford University. She is the author of many children's books and adult novels, including the Man Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger and The Photograph, a Today show Book Club selection. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of the OBE and CBE, Lively lives in north London. Visit
Published September 26, 2006 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Making It Up by Penelope Lively 288pp, Viking, £16.99.

Jul 29 2005 | Read Full Review of Making It Up

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Also, she seems happy with the choices she made, giving.

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