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.