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    DescriptionThe beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing "The memory that we live with . . . is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been." Memory and history have been Penelope Lively's terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years. "Dancing Fish and Ammonites "traces the arc of Lively's life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain's twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey--including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands.

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    Dancing Fish and Ammonites
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    By (author) Penelope Lively
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 234
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780670016556
    ISBN 10: 0670016551

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    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 823.914
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    B&T General Subject: 170
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
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    LC classification: PR6062.I89 Z46 2013
    Thema V1.0: DNC, DNBL
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Viking Books
    Imprint name
    Viking Books
    Publication date
    06 February 2014
    Author Information
    PENELOPE LIVELY is the critically acclaimed author of many books for both adults and children, including the Man Booker Prize-winning novel "Moon Tiger." In recognition of her contributions to literature, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012. She lives in London.
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    Praise for "Dancing Fish and Ammonites" "Buoyant and propulsive . . . "Dancing Fish and Ammonites "is about growing old, about memory and history, about reading and writing. . . . Lively communicates ideas and experiences with flashes of narrative color: the tins of water in which the feet of her crib stood in childhood, to spare her from Cairo's ants; the layout of a beloved garden; the sight of women in felt hats and gloves as they walked past the bombed-out rubble of wartime Britain." "--The New York Times Book Review" "Lively describes how literature shaped her from the time she was a small girl growing up in Cairo, and gives a deeply thoughtful account of the formative powers of consistent literary engagement. . . . She moves with agility between a wide range of observations on the personal and social consequences of being old, providing her readers with a perspective from 'an unexpected dimension.'" "--The New Yorker" "Funny, smart, and poignant . . . Admirers of Penelope Lively's many fine novels will find the same lucid intelligence at work in her elegantly written 'view from old age.' . . . Memory, history, archaeology, paleontology--for Penelope Lively, they are all part of our individual and collective effort to retrieve lost time. She chronicles her personal engagement in that quest with wit and rue." "--Los Angeles Times" "Witty, gentle-humored, sharp . . . Throughout Lively is a keen observer and an engaging narrator. . . . Subjects that may, at first glance, seem random and somewhat scattershot take on the elegant coherence of a deeply satisfying conversation." "--All Things Considered" "Lively looks out at the world and then back at herself in it, examining everything through the scrim of a prodigious intelligence and a memory that is 'the mind's triumph over time.' . . . "Dancing Fish and Ammonites "is chock full of anecdote, opinion, insight, lore and the sheer delight of a life lived fully."