Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

I’m writing a history of the world,’ she says. And the hands of the nurse are arrested for a moment; she looks down at this old woman, this old ill woman. ‘Well my goodness,’ the nurse says…”



An extremely moving tale of love and loss, Penelope Lively‘s Booker Prize-winning novel follows the life of Claudia Hampton, a once beautiful and famous writer, now an old woman, dying in hospital. As the nurses tend to her, Claudia plans her greatest work, ‘a history of the world … and in the process my own’. Moving from Claudia’s childhood and her own tragic and disturbing relationship with her brother, Gordon, to World War II, where Claudia, working as a war correspondent in Cairo, meets the love of her life, Tom, to her career as a historian for the masses, Lively’s novel cleverly melds different voices, with flashbacks and other literary techniques to tell Claudia’s story. It’s a beautiful book.

This Penguin Modern Classics edition features an introduction by Anthony Thwaite.


FORMAT: Paperback

SPECIAL FEATURES: Introduction by Anthony Thwaite

EDITION: Penguin Modern Classics


CONDITION: Very good

CLASSIFICATION: Fiction/Modern classics/Women’s writing/Contemporary



Price: £2.50

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