Sophia Watson

The History Woman

Moon Tiger

By Penelope Lively

André Deutsch 208pp £9.95 order from our bookshop

Claudia Hampton, aged seventy-six and dying of cancer, wants to write a history of the world. And, in a curious way, she does.

Claudia is an extraordinary woman. During the course of the book we see her through many different pairs of eyes – her brother Gordon’s, his silly wife Sylvia’s, her lover Jasper’s and of course her own. And every time we think we are drawing closer to her, she succeeds in sidestepping us once again.

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