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Penelope Lively

Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist Penelope Lively about her long writing career and new book Consequences, the story of three generations of women from the same family.

Penelope Lively

In a special programme, Mariella talks to novelist Penelope Lively about her life as a writer. Now 74, Penelope Lively describes her latest book Consequences as her romantic novel, one she has always wanted to write. She talks about her aunt, the acclaimed wood engraver Rachel Reckitt, who inspired one of her characters, about why she no longer writes children's books despite her lifelong fascination with and love for children and why she always finds it difficult to explain what she actually does as a novelist and why it counts as a 'proper' job.

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