A House Unlocked

Penelope Lively (Author)


'A House Unlocked' charts the social changes and transforming moments of the last century. Shifting attitudes to class, the tension between town and country, and how one learns to see the world.

Product Details

$13.00  $11.96
Grove Press
Publish Date
April 07, 2003
5.48 X 0.63 X 8.3 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

Penelope Lively is a novelist, short story writer and author of children's books. Her novels have won several literary awards including the Booker Prize for Moon Tiger in 1987, the Carnegie Medal for The Ghost of Thomas Kempe in 1973, and the Whitbread Award for A Stitch in Time in 1976.


"Lively's one great subject...concerns the wages of time and the persistence of the past... In this elegiac yet resolutely unsentimental book, the house becomes a Rosetta stone for the author's familial memories and an unwitting index of social change... A House Unlocked is a free-associative excursion into the past."
"[A House Unlocked] possesses far more depth than most other books two or three times its length.... [Lively's] comments on what she imagines and recalls invariably are interesting and perceptive; in one instance, they are also unexpcetedly moving."
"Lively writes the sort of graceful, unobtrusive English that is rare these days....A House Unlocked is a very personal book, and the personality that shines through is an attractive one: diffident, thoughtful, gentle."
"In this beguiling book, Lively describes the contents and customs of the house....By meticulously tracing the provenance of these objects [in the house], she re-creates the life they once furnished."