Home Penelope Lively The House in Norham Gardens. Penelope writes for adults and children, and in 1973 she won the Carnegie Medal for her children’s book The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and the Whitbread Award in 1976 for A Stitch in Time.
Home Penelope Lively The House in Norham Gardens. The House in Norham Gardens, . Penelope is regarded as one of the most talented British authors and was awarded the OBE in 1989 and the CBE in 2002 for her outstanding services to literature. Penelope is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in London. I know not how it may be with others. It snows more heavily outside cities. Beyond the houses the fields were ranged one beyond another in pure, receding squares of white. 2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18. ‘Perfectly. Snow was piled against the dark hedges, too, untrodden and unfouled. From the top of the bus Clare looked down upon small grey villages huddled around church spires. Knowing about time does. Being able to remember
Home Penelope Lively The House in Norham Gardens. 3. Being able to remember. Back at Norham Gardens, they drank hot soup in the kitchen, and thanked each other for the day. It had, Clare thought, been one of the best days for ages, but now that it was over she felt tired, and a silence had grown up between them. John read the newspaper, frowning at something, withdrawn into a world of other, adult, preoccupations.
Back at Norham Gardens, making tea, she remembered the Christmas roses. Clocks ticked, the fire sighed and shifted. If there was a world beyond Norham Gardens, where urgent and consuming things went on, it seemed very far away. At the far end of the garden, under the wall, there was a place where Christmas roses grew, left over from years ago when the garden had been cherished and cared for. They must be very persistent, Christmas roses. She put on wellingtons and went out into the dusk to find them. Clare thought: I am like the aunts, we are both at a time when nothing much is happening to us. They have finished having things happen to them, and I haven’t started yet.
Penelope Lively's story concerns what was then the vast noble decay of Victorian North Oxford, a mossy, creaking estate . The actual road, Norham Gardens, is still very much there. The actual house in the book, Number 40, is an invention and never was.
The actual road, Norham Gardens, is still very much there.
Norham Gardens' is so perfect for stuff like that. appear in the landscape, and of interpreting the past through examination of these layers. Butler calls this "applied archeology".
There is a lot more I could say about this book and about how Ms Lively includes themes such as: the passing of time, the fear of change, the importance of family and friends, the relevance of history - both family history and history in the wider sense, and a whole lot more, but I shall leave all of that for those who have. yet to read the book to discover.
40 Norham Gardens, Oxford, is the home of Clare Mayfield, her two aged aunts and two lodgers. The house is a huge Victorian monstrosity, with rooms all full of old furniture, old papers, old clothes, memorabilia - it is like a living museum. Clare discovers in a junk room the vividly painted shield which her great-grandfather, an eminent anthropologist, had brought back from New Guinea. She becomes obsessed with its past and determined to find out more about its strange tribal origins. Dreams begin to haunt her - dreams of another country, another culture, another time, and of shadowy people.