pompeii purple

They’re the most perverse things, short stories, but they’re wonderfully different from writing a novel, which is hacking at the rock face.
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Penelope Lively, one of the world’s most lauded novelists has produced her first collection of short stories in decades. The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories looks at life in ancient Pompeii and modern-day western metropolises. They’re often short, even for short stories, and subtly simple.

Penelope Lively Ponders Pompeii — And Other Stories — In ‘The Purple Swamp Hen’