It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Booker-Prize-winning novelist Penelope Lively. Last with us to discuss her fine memoir, Ammonites and Leaping Fish, she returns to bring us Life in the Garden.
Always a keen gardener, this book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother’s garden in Somerset , then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today. It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.
Helena Attlee, author of many books on the cultural history of gardens, including the bestselling The Land Where Lemons Grow, will be here to chat to Penelope.