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A house unlocked

Author: Penelope Lively
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"'I thought that I would see if the private life of a house could be made to bear witness to the public traumas of a century'. Here Penelope Lively recalls Golsoncott, the country house in Somerset her grandparents bought in 1923. Through the sometimes strange, unfamiliar articles there - the gong stand, the picnic rug, the potted meat jars and bon bon dishes - she charts the social changes and transforming moments  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Penelope Lively; Penelope Lively
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope Lively
ISBN: 0802117120 9780802117120 0802140076 9780802140074
OCLC Number: 48550857
Notes: Originally published: London : Penguin Books, 2001.
Description: x, 225 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The Hall Chest, the Photograph Albums and the Picnic Rug --
The Children on the Sampler --
The Gong Stand, The Book of Common Prayer and the Potted-Meat Jars --
The Woman in White and the Boy on the Beach --
The Cedar of Lebanon and Erigeron karvinskianus --
The Sunset Painting and the Harness Room --
The Dressing-Room, the Nursery and the Grand Piano --
The Knife Rests, the Grape Scissors and the Bon-Bon Dish.
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Lively takes readers on a journey of her familial country house in England, purchased by her grandparents in 1923. As her narrative shifts from room, object to object, she paints a moving portrait of  Read more...

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"In this beguiling book, Lively describes the contents and customs of the house....By meticulously tracing the provenance of these objects [in the house], she re-creates the life they once furnished." Read more...

 
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