The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

In her early eighties, Penelope Lively shows no signs of retiring. In 2013 she published a memoir, Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time, but it wasn’t the last word of a life of writing; rather an account of objects and moments from her past that continue to inspire her. Now, almost 20 years since the publication of her last book of short stories, she has rediscovered the form with this superb collection.

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