The Road to Lichfield is the Booker Prize shortlisted first novel by Penelope Lively. Ann Linton leaves her family in Berkshire and sets up camp in her father's house when he is taken into a nursing home in distant Lichfield. As she shares his last weeks she meets David Fielding, and the love they share brings her feelings into sharp focus. Deeply ...
The Road to Lichfield is the Booker Prize shortlisted first novel by Penelope Lively. Ann Linton leaves her family in Berkshire and sets up camp in her father's house when he is taken into a nursing home in distant Lichfield. As she shares his last weeks she meets David Fielding, and the love they share brings her feelings into sharp focus. Deeply felt, beautifully controlled, The Road to Lichfield is a subtle exploration of memory and identity, of chance and consequence, of the intricate weave of generations across a past never fully known, and a future never fully anticipated. "A searing study of the peculiar state of being in love ...there are few contemporary novelists to match her on this subject". (Sunday Telegraph). 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.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0802111343. Signed by Lively on the title page. Publisher's remainder stamp to the bottom page edges. This is Lively's first novel, originally published in England in 1977.; Remainder; Signed by Author.
Octavo in quarter orange cloth and three quarters black paper over boards. VG+/VG+. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Minor shelfwear. DJ shows light wear to edges; protected by mylar Brodart cover. Minor age-toning to top edge of text block. Pages are crisp and clean; binding is square and solid. A nice signed first edition. 215 pp. [DJ spine is yellow-orange with black text. Shelved Hardcover Fiction]. Rockville.
Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First US edition, first prnt. First published by Heinemann in 1977 in the UK. Signed by Lively on the title page. Bright, tight copy in Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Imof actual book; not a stock photo.
Good in good dust jacket. UK first impression of this uncommon Booker shortlisted title. SIGNED to title page. The book is Good only with some spotting to page edges and a spine lean and one knock to bottom rear board edge. The jacket has some spotting to flaps, a touch of spine fade and some rubbing to spine ends. Heinemann 1977. 0.0 0.0" 0.0 0.0 0.0.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-11-23 Lively's growing audience of discriminating readers will welcome the belated U.S. publication of her first novel, issued in England in 1977. This quiet but moving book betrays few earmarks of the neophyte: Lively's economical yet evocative use of language, her preoccupation with history as a force in individual lives, and her dry wit are all in evidence here. The year she turns 40, two crises interrupt Anne Linton's orderly routine as the wife of an uncommunicative and slightly boring solicitor, mother of two teenagers, and part-time teacher of history. Her father's terminal illness necessitates her frequent traveling to Litchfield in the Midlands from her Berkshire home, and throws her into contact with schoolmaster David Fielding, with whom she begins an affair. On the surface her existence remains the same, but as she discovers a major secret in her father's life and pursues a clandestine life of her own, she must acknowledge the subjective nature of memories and reassess her own attitudes about the past. She is moved to question her involvement with a group of architectural preservationists who fight the demolition of old buildings, no matter how decrepit and useless, and turn antique artifacts into chic decorative objects. (Lively goes a bit overboard in her portrayal of one character who is obsessed with doing good--``a prettier woman would have taken up adultery''--but her humor has bite.) (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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