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Publication Order of Fanny Books

Fanny's Sister (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fanny And The Monsters (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fanny and the Battle of Potter's Piece (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Astercote (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whispering Knights (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Driftway (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House in Norham Gardens (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going Back (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Stitch in Time (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to Lichfield (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Voyage of QV66 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judgment Day (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treasures of Time (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Revenge of Samuel Stokes (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Next to Nature, Art (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perfect Happiness (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
According to Mark (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Tiger (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of the Mind (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Passing On (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cleopatra's Sister (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heat Wave (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spiderweb (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A House Unlocked (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Photograph (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making it Up (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Consequences (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Album (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How It All Began (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Abroad (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Boy Without a Name (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stained Glass Window (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Trouble (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A House Inside Out (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judy and the Martian (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cat, the Crow, and the Banyan Tree (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Martian Comes to Stay (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Staying with Grandpa (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghostly Guests (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Debbie and the Little Devil (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Martian in the Supermarket (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Princess By Mistake (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Night, Sleep Tight (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Bears and Joe (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Disastrous Dog (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One, Two, Three, Jump! (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Nothing Missing But The Samovar (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Corruption (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uninvited Ghosts (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pack of Cards (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Long Night at Abu Simbel (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Dog and Other Stories (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Five Thousand and One Nights (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Blue Mountains (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spooky Stories (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Purple Swamp Hen (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Metamorphosis (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Presence Of The Past (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oleander, Jacaranda (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Search of a Homeland (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dancing Fish and Ammonites (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ammonites & Leaping Fish: A Life in Time (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life in the Garden (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Travellers in Time: Past, Present, and to Come(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Penelope Lively is an Egyptian literature and fiction books author. She is also the author of many award-winning novels and short stories for children and adults. She was twice shortlisted for Booker Prize According to Mark and The Road to Lichfield in 1984 and 1977, respectively. Penelope is a famous author for children and has won Whitbread Award and Carnegie Medal. She lives in London.

Moon Tiger
Every generation is like a vast ocean wave moving towards the shoreline, and like the waves, it breaks upon the shore and vanishes; yet the ocean remains, and the cycle goes on. Each wave creates its unique narrative, each person focusing and starring role in their own lives, and yet we all are a collective ocean with each playing their role in the narrative of what’s known as human history.

In her Award-winning novel, Penelope Lively digs deeper into the innermost debris of human lives spanning centuries of history, examining the most trying moments while simultaneously being private and personal through the eyes of her protagonist Claudia Hampton and her close friends and acquaintances.

Even though they dismissed Penelope’s novel as the “housewife choice” during the reception of the 1987 Booker Prize, do not let this strong prejudice against women discourage you. This book gives a heavy dose of grit, through well narration of war, love, loss, incest and the delicate ties between people that bind and break.

In a kaleidoscopic tale that shows the friction of life passing and rebounding with one another and the human will in the struggle with the tragedies of history, Moon Tiger glides with the ebb and flow of history while effortlessly sashaying over the lifespan of Claudia Hampton.

Moon Tiger is the type of novel that promises to divide the reader’s opinion, simply because some consider the narrator opinionated and egotistic while others find her fresh and fascinating. But that’s what life is like, as different people will have different opinions about you.

The protagonist, Claudia, doesn’t care what others think. This may be seen in how she acts and her connection with her brother throughout her childhood. As she proclaims she will be a war journalist and reside in Egypt during WWII, the conversation shifts to her studies and profession.

It goes beyond her relationships with guys while single and includes the affair that resulted in her becoming pregnant. Even though she is a parent, she never feels very maternal. (The novel opens with her on her deathbed, and the story periodically reverts there. There is one heartfelt and poignant interaction involving mother and daughter.) She disdains the wife of her brother, who is her complete opposite.

The timeline leaps from Claudia’s hospital bed through her most major life events. She was a strong, opinionated lady who didn’t give a damn what people thought of her. She was a contentious historian who broke social norms in her private life. However, she managed to harm a few individuals, particularly her family, by acting as she pleased. We follow her strangely intimate and close-knit relationship with her brother, her time spent in Egypt during World War II, her most notable romantic relationships, and her bond with her daughter.

You will find three narrative voices in Penelope’s novel. There is a 1st person perspective narration, 3rd person perspective narration from Claudia, and 3rd narration from another character telling the same scenes as previously told by Claudia. Penelope Lively uses this stylistic device to help the narrative spiral around in a vortex of overlapping and discordant perspectives.

The reader can witness the same event from a different point of view, giving us a chance to decide for ourselves what truth is. The author utilizes this narrative to help focus on the dramatic ironies of life, digging deeper into the psychology of the secrets we take into the grave with us, the lies we tell, and probes the extent of hurt we inflict on others due to misunderstanding or acting on unproven information.

Penelope Lively’s prose is flexible and easily adapts to different unique and distinctive voices that operate uniquely, adding to the authenticity of the style rather than condemning it to gimmickry.

How it All Began
Lively creates a remarkable sense of synchronicity in her novel by exposing her characters’ loads of regret and shame as they race around London in a mammoth whirlwind of inevitability and catastrophe. A twenty-year marriage is exposed to the promises of a new love amid accusations of adultery and guilt as the global economic crisis exacts a horrible toll.

After being harassed on the street, old Charlotte Rainsford had no intention of remaining at her daughter Rose’s residence. Charlotte is thrown into an unfamiliar closeness while dealing with a damaged hip and a sudden loss of faith in her movement. She is forced to stay in the spare bedroom, where she becomes frustrated and restless, while her clothing and other essentials are brought from home.

Charlotte vows to recover from her unexpected derailment, so she sets aside small grudges and starts teaching Anton English. Anton, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who develops a lifelong fascination with children’s literature, unavoidably feels pulled to the attractive Rose despite her happy marriage to Gerry.

Lively diligently executes a sequence of impromptu set pieces, much like a chess player who plans out numerous moves in advance. Henry, Rose’s boss and the recently retired, brisk, and arrogant Henry, is invited to a conference in Manchester. Rose has learned to be cautious with his Lordship, a pompous scholar living in Lansdale Gardens.

Marion, an interior designer and Henry’s niece is tasked with attending the conference when her mother’s injuries delay Rose’s plans. The day before the trip, Marion is a little tardy and disorganized. In a phone conversation, her lover, Jeremy, informed her of Stella’s rampages, hysterical fits, and weeping calls to her sister, continuing requests for his resignation.

In addition to the stress of their secret relationship, Marion and Jeremy already face issues. Marion is concerned about the significant decline in her clientele, and Jeremy is having trouble getting a bank loan to finance his most recent company growth.

All the tales were arbitrarily sparked by Charlotte, who continues to be their catalyst; one day, something unexpected happened to her on the street. Like many ambitious literary authors, Lively bases her story on the idea that individuals cling to life’s periphery while living on the edge of things. Overdrafts, divorce, and crazy spouses all play a role in the author’s sequence of tenuous ties in her vibrant London setting.

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