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    All I know for certain is that reading is of the most intense importance to me; if I were not able to read, to revisit old favorites and experiment with names new to me, I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view, but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    Every novel generates its own climate, when you get going. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years - first, the house that had been my grandmother's since 1923, and then my own country home, which we had lived in for over twenty years. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems, drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I married young and had children young. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I rather like getting away from fiction. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian, but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life has been dictated by it too, as all our lives are. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I'm not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard. Penelope-LivelyPenelope Lively
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    The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction. Penelope-Lively/">Penelope Lively
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    We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from. Penelope-Lively/">Penelope Lively
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    We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance. Penelope-Lively/">Penelope Lively
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    We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears. And the Bible. Penelope-Lively/">Penelope Lively
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    You learn a lot, writing fiction. Penelope-Lively/">Penelope Lively