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Metamorphosis
  • ISBN: 9780241514764
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Fig Tree
  • Binding: Hardback

Metamorphosis

Selected Stories

Penelope Lively
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Penelope Lively has selected the best of a lifetime’s worth of her short stories in a handsome new volume.

Wry, witty and compassionate, these stories get beneath the everyday to the heart of human experience. In intimate tales of growing up and growing old, chance encounters and life-long relationships, Lively explores the ways that individuals can become tangled in history and how small acts can ripple through the generations. The title story, ‘Metamorphosis, or the Elephant’s Foot’, is one of two new novella-length pieces that bookend the collection.

‘Lively has the gift, rare and wonderful, of being able to peel back the layers one by one and set them before us, translucent and gleaming’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A sublime storyteller . . . she has us riveted with curiosity as to what will happen next, yet also keeps us consistently aware of the nature of the illusion’ Guardian



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