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The author of the book: Penelope Lively
ISBN: 0525304959
ISBN 13: 9780525304951
Language: English
Edition: Dutton Juvenile
Date of issue: September 25th 1973
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Annual re-read. First encountered at the age of ten, in primary school (in fact I still have Mrs. Halsall's own copy, sorry, Miss) and loved since. Lively's enduring ghost story tells of James Harrison being haunted by a bad-tempered C17th poltergeist whose distaste of the modern world manifests itself in vandalism and arson as well as writing angry notes.

Entertaining and engaging, although much of the language is probably, and sadly, beyond a lot of today's ten-year-olds - phlegmatic for example. Beautifully written, with some lyrical descriptions of the Oxfordshire countryside, the ending of this, is, possibly one of my favourite pieces of fiction. Lively captures the atmosphere of James, drained after what has occurred with Kempe, walking home to tea, with time stretching both ahead and behind, perfectly.

This was my introduction to Lively's other supernatural themed children's novels and an awakening of a taste for the gothic which has never disappeared. I even wrote my PGCE dissertation on it.

Have to add that the old adage of never meeting one's heroes rings true in this case. Several years ago, I met Penelope Lively at a conference and asked her what did she think made Thomas Kempe such a favourite. Her response? 'I don't know.' Exit one very crushed former ten year-old.


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Ebook The Ghost of Thomas Kempe read Online! Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.

Her other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra’s Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began.

She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.

Penelope Lively lives in London. She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998.


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