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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe( )
Author: Lively, Penelope
ISBN:978-0-435-12204-1
Publication Date:Feb 1992
Publisher:Pearson Education
Imprint:Heinemann Educational Publishers
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $28.95
Book Description:

One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novel won the 1973 Carnegie Medal. A 17th-century sorcerer materalizes and tries to make a modern boy his apprentice, and this troublesome spirit has to be exorcised from James's ancient cottage.

Book Details
Pages:160
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):14.5 x 17.7 x 1.3 cm
Book Weight:0.22 Kilograms
Author Biography
Lively, Penelope (Author)
Penelope Lively has written over 18 books for children, and over 15 titles for adults, distinguishing herself on both levels. Among the awards she has received are the coveted Booker Prize for the adult novel "Moon Tiger" (1987) and the Carnegie Medal for the highly acclaimed juvenile work, "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe" (1973).

In Lively's writing, for both adults and children, the recurrent theme is interpreting the past through exploring the function of memory. "My particular preoccupation as a writer is with memory. Both with memory in the historical sense and memory in the personal sense."

Beginning her writing career in the early 1970's, Lively wrote exclusively for children for over a decade. Because children have limited memories, devices were used to explore their perceptions of the past, such as ghosts in "Uninvited Ghosts and Other Stories" (1985), and a sampler in "A Stitch in Time' (1976). Lively's first adult novel, "The Road to Lichfield" (1977) was the result of turning to an older audience when she felt inspiration running out. Her adult novels include "Passing On" (1995), the story of a mother's legacy to her children and 'Oleander, Jacarandi: A Childhood Perceived' (1994) which is a memoir of Lively's childhood.

Penelope (Low) Lively, born March 17, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt, had a most unusual childhood. She grew up in Cairo with no formal education until age 12, when her family put her in boarding school in England. After earning a B.A. in history at Oxford in 1955, she married Jack Lively, a university professor, whom she calls her most useful critic. They have a son and a daughter, Adam and Josephine.

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