Penelope Lively

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 other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra’s Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began.

She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.

Penelope Lively lives in London. She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998.

Books in order of publication:

Fiction for children

Astercote (1970)

The Whispering Knights (1971)

The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy (1971)

The Driftway (1972)

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) – Carnegie Medal

The House in Norham Gardens (1974)

Going Back (1975)

Boy Without a Name (1975)

A Stitch in Time (1976) – Whitbread Children’s Book Award

The Stained Glass Window (1976), illustrated by Michael Pollard

Fanny’s Sister (1976)

The Voyage of QV66 (1978)

Fanny and the Monsters (1978)

Fanny and the Battle of Potter’s Piece (1980)

The Revenge of Samuel Stokes (1981)

Uninvited Ghosts and other stories (1984), collection

Dragon Trouble (1984), illus. Valerie Littlewood

Debbie and the Little Devil (1987)

A House Inside Out (1987)

Princess by Mistake (1993)

Judy and the Martian (1993)

The Cat, the Crow and the Banyan Tree (1994), illus. Terry Milne

Good Night, Sleep Tight (1995), illus. Adriano Gon

Two Bears and Joe (1995), illus. Jan Ormerod

Staying with Grandpa (1995)

A Martian Comes to Stay (1995)

The Disastrous Dog (1995), illus. Robert Bartlett

Ghostly Guests (1997)

One, Two, Three … Jump! (1998), illus. Jan Ormerod

Dragon Trouble (1999), new edition illus. Andrew Rowland

In Search of a Homeland: The Story of The Aeneid (2001), illus. Ian Andrew

Fiction for adults

The Road to Lichfield (1977) – Booker Prize finalist

Nothing Missing but the Samovar, and other stories (1978), collection – Southern Arts Literature Prize

Treasures of Time (1979) – Arts Council National Book Award

Judgment Day (1980)

Next to Nature, Art (1982)

Perfect Happiness (1983)

Corruption, and other stories (1984), collection

According to Mark (1984) – Booker Prize finalist

Pack of Cards, collected short stories 1978–1986 (1986), collection

Moon Tiger (1987) – Booker Prize; Whitbread finalist

Passing On (1989)

City of the Mind (1991)

Cleopatra’s Sister (1993)

Heat Wave (1996)

Beyond the Blue Mountains (1997), collection (U.S. title: The Five Thousand and One Nights)

Spiderweb (1998)

The Photograph (2003)

Making it up (2005)

Consequences (2007)

Family Album (2009) – Costa finalist

How It All Began (November 2011)

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other stories (May 2017)


The Presence of the Past: An introduction to landscape history (1976)

Oleander, Jacaranda: a Childhood Perceived (1994), autobiographical

A House Unlocked (2001), autobiographical

Ammonites and Leaping Fish (2013), memoir (subsequently Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir)

Life in the Garden (2018), memoir

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