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Dame Penelope Margaret Low Lively was born on March 17th 1933 inCairo Egypt Lively was born into a high socially ranked family whichincluded her mother Vera Greer Low and her father Roger Low who was abank executive of the National Bank of Egypt Because of her familyshigh social rank Livelys parents were rarely involved in her childhoodlife As an infant Lively grew up being homeschooled in a largeservant-staffed dwelling and enjoyed reading the Bible Greek mythologyand works of Charles Dickens In 1939 the outbreak of World War II mademany families including Lively and her parents escape to Jerusalem Atthe end of World War II Livelys mom divorced her father over numerousdisagreements causing Lively to return to England with her fatherwhere she was enrolled in a boarding school Throughout her adolescent years Lively continued to feel the isolationbetween her and her parents especially because of the recent divorceAlthough Lively felt distant from her family she grew to be very socialonce she registered at St Annes College of Oxford University Sheattended Oxford studying Modern History and in 1956 earned anundergraduate degree in history A year later after studying at OxfordPenelope Lively fell in love In 1957 Penelope Lively married auniversity professor of politics Jack Lively Shortly after the couplestarted a family with their daughter Josephine and their son AdamBecause of Jack Livelys job as a successful university professorLively and her family were forced to move consistently throughoutEngland living in several cities such as Oxford and Swansea Once Livelys children started school full-time Lively began writingLively explained in an interview with The Observers Robert McCrum Ididnt write anything until I was well over 30 Id never even thoughtof it before It was a combination of an intense interest in childrensliterature which Ive always had Livelys interest in childrensliterature was the engine that jump-started her successful career inwriting books especially children books Lively wrote her first bookAstercote which was published by Heinemann in 1970 Astercote is achildrens book about
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