Penelope Lively's Quotes
Biography of Penelope Lively
I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years - first, the house that had been my grandmother's since 1923, and then my own country home, which we had lived in for over twenty years.Tags: Country, Family, Home
I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems, drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement.Tags: History, Interested, Used
I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian, but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life has been dictated by it too, as all our lives are.Tags: Change, Life, Write
I'm not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.Tags: Interested, Past, Whether
I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.Tags: After, May, Writing
It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature, which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just have a go and see if I could do it.Tags: Children, Feeling, Interest
Since then, I have just read and read - but, that said, I suppose there is a raft of writers to whom I return again and again, not so much because I want to write like them, even if I were capable of it, but simply for a sort of stylistic shot in the arm.Tags: Again, Said, Write
Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are.Tags: Else, Getting, Someone
I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one.Tags: Beautiful, Life, Woman
The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form.Tags: Pleasure, Story, Writing
I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for.Tags: Agnostic, Grateful, King
All I know for certain is that reading is of the most intense importance to me; if I were not able to read, to revisit old favorites and experiment with names new to me, I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself.Tags: Able, Old, Writing
Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country.Tags: Country, Deep, Feeling
Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present.Tags: History, Past, Present
I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children.Tags: Children, Might, Thought
I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements.Tags: Book
I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.Tags: Character, Fictional, Occupation
I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.Tags: Fascinated, Memory, Operation
It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.Tags: Choice, Happens, Seems
The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss.Tags: Change, Rather, Social
The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard.Tags: Past, Power, Time
The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction.Tags: After, Past, Time
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There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history.Tags: History, Memory, Rather
We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears. And the Bible.Tags: Bible, Read, Until
Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view, but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story.Tags: Book, Story, Wanted