by Penelope Lively
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
This worked very well as an audio book. It’s a short but rambling look back over 76 year old Claudia’s life as she lies in hospital dying. In a way it’s a family saga but one told from an odd angle. There’s no real plot here but the events are beautifully woven together and the book is full of small surprises. We look back over Claudia’s life, from her childhood arguments on the beach at Lyme Regis with her elder brother Gordon, through her career as a war correspondant in Egypt and on to the rest of her unusual and interesting adult life. There’s a great cast and this is a really worth picking up.