|Pages/Publication Date:||208 / 2018|
A Booker Prize winning novelist whose career has spanned half a century, Penelope Lively has also found time to garden in grand style. In this memoir, Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening. Describing gardening as "a defiance of time," Lively travels from the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London. Lively also conducts a historical tour, taking us from Eden to Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Jekyll, and Philip Larkin while imparting her own spare, sly wisdom.