13/08/2000

Treasures of Time (by Penelope Lively)

'Treasures of Time' is a fairly short modern novel by Penelope Lively.

Tom, an academic, lives with Kate, whose father was a famous archaeologist. A BBC programme is to be made about Kate's father, and Tom is drawn into the family: the lively self-centred mother Laura, and her sister Nellie who is in a wheelchair.

As the past and present intertwine, we learn more about each person, with Tom involved emotionally and Tony, the TV producer, involved in other ways.

Skilfully written with a realistic ending.

Recommended.

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