Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time by Penelope Lively

By: Penelope Lively

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9780241146385
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Pages
288
Dimensions
156 x 235mm

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'This is not quite a memoir. Rather, it is the view from old age. And a view of old age itself, this place at which we arrive with a certain surprise - ambushed, or so it can seem. One of the few advantages of age is that you can report on it with a certain authority; you are a native now, and know what goes on here.'

In this charming but powerful memoir, Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age. She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and considers the implications of this new demographic. She looks at the context of a life and times, the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time, in her case World War II; post war penny-pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day. She examines the tricks and truths of memory. She looks back over a lifetime of reading and writing. And finally she looks at her identifying cargo of possessions - two ammonites, a cat, a pair of American ducks and a leaping fish sherd, amongst others.

This is an elegant, moving and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers.
ISBN:
9780241146385
Publication Date:
02 / 12 / 2013
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
156 x 235mm

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