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Metamorpho­sis by Penelope Lively


Penelope Lively’s latest treasure trove is a compilatio­n of previously published stories, bookmarked by two new lengthier tales. Together, the 26 vignettes map her journey as a friend, parent and lover – but most importantl­y as a writer. She asks the question: what does it all amount to? Lively has mastered the art of her craft with each story encapsulat­ing its own vividly imagined universe, leaving the reader with a sometimes sombre, often challengin­g moral sentiment. Tales range from one set in the Devonshire countrysid­e to an Egyptian airport, a bus ride through central London and a journey back to ancient Rome.

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