"Margot Livesey is one of my favorite contemporary writers," reflects Julia Glass, author of the National Book Award winner, Three Junes. "For her keen wit and wise heart, for her mingling of the tender with the diabolical -- never mind her knack for holding the reader in thrall to a suspenseful story -- she is a master, pure and simple."
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Date of Birth:
July 24, 1953
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of York, England
|Good for Your Book Club|
A couple begins an intense affair, only to be separated abruptly-and perhaps irrevocably-in this surprising, suspenseful love story from Livesey. Deftly plotted and filled with unexpected twists, Banishing Verona marks the arrival of another lyrical and wise novel from a writer whose work "radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery," according to Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold.
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|Good and Bad Gigs|
|"My worst job was a very brief stint at a Hare Krishna factory in Toronto, packing incense," Livesey reveals in our exclusive interview. "The combination of compulsory prayers and of having my friends get out their handkerchiefs whenever I entered a room soon made me give notice. My favorite job was working as a cleaner at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. We managed to do the work in half the time we were paid for and I loved pushing my broom around the galleries, getting to look at the art day after day." |
|Livesey's Reading Recommendations|
|The Fountain Overflows |
In our interview, we asked Livesey about some of her favorite books. Of Rebecca West's The Fountain Overflows, she reflects, "From the moment I read the opening sentence, 'There was such a long pause that I wondered whether my Mamma and my Papa were ever going to speak to each other again,' I was hooked on this gorgeous, eccentric novel about a family of musicians."
"I laughed, I cried, I sighed with readerly delight and writerly envy," Livesey recalls of her experience reading another favorite, Lolita. "Recently, my pleasure in Nabokov’s tour de force was deepened by reading The Annotated Lolita," she explains. Read our interview with Livesey to learn more about her favorite writers and reads, including: