Join us for an evening with one of our best loved authors as all manners of flora and fiction are discussed.
Life in the Garden is a treat of a book, one brimming with delightful musings on lives, art, books and memories, all told with Lively's delightful style. This promises to be wondrous evening.
'The two central activities in my life alongside writing have been reading and gardening.'
Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today. It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.
'Something quite new: rich and unusual, this is a book to treasure' -The Observer
'Wonderful. A manifesto of horticultural delight' -Literary Review
Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger, and has been shortlisted twice. In 2018, Moon Tiger was shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker Prize. She was appointed CBE in 2001 and was made a DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London.
Lucy Scholes is a freelance critic. She writes for the Financial Times, the New York Times Book Review, Literary Hub, NYR Daily, and Granta amongst others. She also hosts the monthly feminist book group Bitch Lit at Waterstones Gower Street.
Ticket includes a glass of wine.