A House Unlocked
Description'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.
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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.
"[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."