Famous writer Claudia Hampton lies dying in hospital.
But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: ‘a history of the world . . . and in the process, my own’. Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up the people she has known. Moon Tiger weaves an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, in a haunting story of loss and desire.
Having the Last Word
According to a paperback column in the Daily Telegraph (15 August 1988) I greatly admired Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger (1987) and thought its closing pages ‘among the most moving I have read in...Read more