DAME Penelope Lively!

Penelope Lively has just become a Dame of the British Empire (the female equivalent of being knighted). Although she's perhaps best known for her adult fiction, such as Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger, for me she will always be a chidren's author. Her books for children include The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Astercote, A Stitch in Time, The Driftway (my review) and The House at Norham Gardens (my review).

How nice to see her recognized! And now I am feeling a great urge to read (and write about) more of her books....


  1. Thanks for the tip - I hadn't looked at the New Year Honours List yet. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is one of the Carnegie Medal books I haven't read.

    There's also an MBE for Alex Brychta, illustrator of the Magic Key books, used as readers in British schools.

  2. Very cool! Read both Stitch in Time and Ghost of Thomas Kempe in my early (early) days in the library. Loved and book talked them both. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. This is such great news. I am a huge fan of both her children's and adult books. Can't wait to get my hands on the latest one :)


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