City of the Mind

City of the Mind

by Penelope Lively
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City of the Mind by Penelope Lively

Matthew Halland is an architect, intimately involved with the new face of the city, while haunted by earlier times of destruction and loss in its history. Although he is divorced and lonely, Matthew has a rich and moving relationship with his daughter Jane. She offers a fresh perspective on love, loss, and even the city of London.

Matthew becomes entangled with an array of fascinating characters, from Rutter, a corrupt real estate developer whose mafia-like ways disgust him, to Sarah Bridges, a romantic ray of hope who enters his life. Mathew’s relationships with Jane, Sarah, and Rutter allow his mind to rove freely as the past, present, and future interweave and he strives to look ahead and forge new beginnings of his own..

In Lively’s most ambitious novel, she has created a wonderfully rich and audacious confrontation with the mystery of London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802140203
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 831,781
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Beloved memoirist (A House Unlocked), children's book author (The Ghost of Thomas Kempe), and Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively is perhaps best known for smart, literate thrillers that look to the past for keys to understanding, like 2003's The Photograph. "I'm not an historian," Lively told Britain's The Observer, "but I can get interested -- obsessively interested -- with any aspect of the past."


London, England

Date of Birth:

March 17, 1933

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt


Honors Degree in Modern History, University of Oxford, England, 1955

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