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A memoir of the author's life in gardens, and an exploration of gardens in literature.

Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today. It is also an a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.

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  • Paperback

    9780241982181

    June 18, 2018

    Fig Tree

    RRP $22.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241319628

    November 13, 2017

    Fig Tree

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9780241982174

    November 2, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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Also by Penelope Lively

The Road To Lichfield (Penguin Essentials)
The Purple Swamp Hen And Other Stories
The House In Norham Gardens
Moon Tiger
Ammonites And Leaping Fish
Heat Wave
According To Mark
How It All Began
Family Album
Consequences
Making It Up
Oleander Jacaranda
The Photograph
A House Unlocked
City Of The Mind
Pack Of Cards
Treasures Of Time
Perfect Happiness

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