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  • Published: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780241960257
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Beyond the Blue Mountains




A collection of short stories by Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively

A collection of short stories by Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively

The fourteen warmly humorous stories in Beyond the Blue Mountains range from the fantasy of Scheherazade to a dazzling example of chaos theory, depicting in exquisite prose the subtle but significant events that go to create everyday experience.

  • Published: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780241960257
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the war and took a degree in history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.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 Tiger. Her novels include Passing On, shortlisted for the 1989 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave. Many of her books, including Going Back, which first appeared as a children's book, and Oleander, Jacaranda, an autobiographical memoir of her childhood days in Egypt, are published in Penguin.Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 programme on children's literature. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

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Praise for Beyond the Blue Mountains

Penelope Lively is a genius and this collection is a joy. In any circumstances, from a wedding to a Christmas shopping expedition, Lively finds an emotional dilemma, engaging the reader as thoroughly as if they were reading a novel and leaving them speechless.

Daily Mail

Relationships, in many strange and beautiful manifestations, are danced around in this collection of short stories. Lively's stories are as delicate as they are powerful and are a joy to read.

The Times

Penelope Lively is rightly celebrated for her elegant, understated style and her piercing perceptions, and each individual story is a pleasing morsel. Take one at bedtime.

Sunday Telegraph

The fourteen brief stories in Beyond the Blue Mountains reveal Penelope Lively at her most polished and perceptive. "The Slovenian Giantess" is a condensed masterpiece.

Sunday Times

The title story in this marvellous new collection gives us a portrait of a marriage in ten short pages, saying more than many authors would tell us in a book.

Express on Sunday

This is a crafted, talented display.

Daily Telegraph

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