Making It Up

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Penguin, Sep 26, 2006 - Fiction - 215 pages
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'Making it up' is Lively's engrossing and deftly constructed response. What if her family's escape from Egypt during World War II had a different outcome? What would her life have been like if she'd become pregnant at eighteen? Or if she had married someone else? As Lively weaves through very plausible hesitations, choices, and definitive moments of a life, she also offers a meditation on the nature of fate, destiny, and choice. An examination of those junctures when a split-second decision can change everything, 'Making it up' is a striking testament to Lively's distinctive gifts and a rare opportunity to glimpse how real life can inspire great fiction.

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User Review  - pamjw - LibraryThing

This is a selection of stories that show how different life could have been if different choices had been made at several points. In the end it is quite fascinating and compelling, but also a bit confusing. Read full review

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User Review  - bodachliath - LibraryThing

Lively describes this book as "an exercise in confabulation". Each chapter starts with a key decision that affected the path her life took, and builds a counterfactual story imagining what might have ... Read full review


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Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the war and took a degree in history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Her novels include Passing On, shortlisted for the 1989 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave.

Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 program on children's literature. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

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