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According to Mark

According to Mark

A respected literary biographer, Mark is working on the life of Gilbert Strong - a writer about whom he thinks he knows everything. A happily married man, dedicated to a life of letters, he nevertheless manages to fall in love with Strong’s granddaughter, a vague and unsophisticated young woman more interested in bedding plants and alpines than books or passion. As the summer of Mark’s obsessions steams along, he begins to understand that nothing is ever exactly what it seems - certainly not Gilbert Strong. And certainly not himself.


About the Author

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively was born in March 1933 in Cairo, Egypt.

She came to England at the age of 12, in 1945, and subsequently read Modern History at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

Lively is a prolific and critically acclaimed author of fiction for children and adults.  Her books include Astercote (1970); The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973), winner of the Carnegie Medal; A Stitch in Time (1976), winner of the Whitbread Award for best children's book; The Road to Lichfield (1977); According to Mark (1984); and Moon Tiger (1987), winner of the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Whitbread Award.

Penelope Lively lives in London.

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