Facts about Penelope Lively

Occup.Author
FromEngland
BornMarch 17, 1933
Age90 years

Summary

Penelope Lively is a famous Author from England, he/she is 90 years old and still alive, born March 17, 1933.

Zodiac:
He/she is born under the zodiac pisces, who is known for Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive. Our collection contains 30 quotes who is written / told by Penelope.

30 Famous quotes by Penelope Lively

Small: Since then, I have just read and read - but, that said, I suppose there is a raft of writers to whom I
"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"
Small: It was a combination of an intense interest in childrens literature, which Ive always had, and the feel
"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"
Small: I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation
"I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation"
Small: We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance
"We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance"
Small: Im now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which Im eternally grateful for
"I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for"
Small: Im intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a persons life things happen diff
"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"
Small: It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency
"It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency"
Small: I rather like getting away from fiction
"I rather like getting away from fiction"
Small: I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tr
"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"
Small: I didnt write anything until I was well over 30
"I didn't write anything until I was well over 30"
Small: Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country
"Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country"
Small: Ive always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmente
"I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence"
Small: Im writing another novel and I know what Im going to do after, which may be something more like this ag
"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"
Small: Im not an historian and Im not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century
"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"
Small: I didnt think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children
"I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children"
Small: We all need a past - thats where our sense of identity comes from
"We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from"
Small: Theres a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in histo
"There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history"
Small: The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time - an
"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"
Small: The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bo
"The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard"
Small: I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years - first, the house that had been my gran
"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"
Small: Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are
"Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are"
Small: Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to s
"Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present"
Small: The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain r
"The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss"
Small: I didnt want it to be a book that made pronouncements
"I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements"
Small: I can walk about London and see a society that seems an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s,
"I can walk about London and see a society that seems an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s, that seems completely and utterly different, and then I can pick up on something where you suddenly see that it's not"
Small: Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view, but for this book I wanted a struct
"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"
Small: All I know for certain is that reading is of the most intense importance to me if I were not able to re
"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"
Small: The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way o
"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"
Small: Im not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, wh
"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"
Small: Every novel generates its own climate, when you get going
"Every novel generates its own climate, when you get going"