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  • Published: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780241960318
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Spiderweb




Spiderweb is the twelfth novel by Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively

Spiderweb is the twelfth novel by Booker Prize winning author Penelope Lively

Stella Brentwood has led an exotic life for a woman of her time. Her frivolous best friend at Oxford, Nadine, knew early what she wanted: marriage and children. Stella, too, has had her share of passion, but her work as an anthropologist - always the outsider, the observer, was her priority.

Now she has decided to root herself in Somerset landscape. But she finds that village society in England us far more chaotic, more unpredictable, and even more cruel, than she has known before. And that she cannot - or will not - conform to its rules.

  • Published: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780241960318
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

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 Spiderweb

The work of one of Britain's most talented and experienced writers. The closer you look, the more mystery you see.

The Times

The mad, mendacious and relentlessly spiky Mrs Hiscox is the book's special triumph and her dopey sons are a treat.

Express

She is a writer of great subtlety and understanding, and this is her best novel since Moon Tiger, which won the Booker Prize in 1987

The Scotsman

Evokes an escalating atmosphere of menace . . . Lively at her deceptively easy-to-read best

Daily Mail

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