Penelope Lively Quotes

32 Penelope Lively quotes:

"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."
"I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children."
"I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements."
"I married young and had children young."
"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."
"You learn a lot, writing fiction."
"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."
"Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country."
"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."
"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."
"Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present."
"I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for."
"It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency."
"The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss."
"The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard."
"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."
"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."
"I rather like getting away from fiction."
"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."
"Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are."

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