Literary Birthday - 17 March - Penelope Lively

Happy Birthday, Penelope Lively, born 17 March 1933

12 Quotes

  1. You learn a lot, writing fiction.
  2. You write out of experience, and a large part of that experience is the life of the spirit; reading is the liberation into the minds of others.
  3. I’m intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person’s life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one.
  4. All history, of course, is the history of wars.
  5. The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form.
  6. It seems to me that anyone whose library consists of a Kindle lying on a table is some sort of bloodless nerd.
  7. All I know for certain is that reading is of the most intense importance to me; if I were not able to read, to revisit old favourites and experiment with names new to me, I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself.
  8. I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.
  9. I’ve always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.
  10. Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.
  11. History is a slippery business; the past is not a constant but a landscape that mutates according to argument and opinion.
  12. For me, reading is my essential palliative, my daily fix.

Lively is a popular and critically acclaimed author of fiction for children and adults. She won both the Booker Prize for Moon Tiger and the Carnegie Medal for The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.

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