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Penelope Lively
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11 April 1994
Maria, an only child, comes to spend the summer holidays with her family in Lyme Regis. She finds a sampler stitched by a girl, Harriet, in 1865 and it becomes clear that something odd happened to Harriet - but what?

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth; New edition edition (11 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749707895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749707897
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gentle and humorous with a touch of mystery.” Michelle Magorian, bestselling author of ‘Goodnight, Mister Tom’

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Penelope Lively spent her early childhood in Egypt before coming to England aged twelve. She is an award-winning writer for adults and children, with prizes including the Booker, Whitbread and Carnegie to her name. We are delighted to be publishing A STITCH IN TIME on the Essential Modern Classics list.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fantastic 12 Nov 2004
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This is a wonderful, quiet little book. Published in the 1970s, it tells the story of Maria, a lonely only child who thinks very deeply about things and also has a marvellous imagination. The plot itself is not shocking or violent in any way - Maria finds a friend, they go fossil-hunting on the beach together; Maria discovers an old sampler, and starts to think about the girl who made it. Added to this quietness are the elegant way the book is written, the author's sensitivity to how people behave and change with their surroundings, and Maria's own imaginings. I especially like the part when Maria imagines herself grown up:
"And having thought of this, in an off-hand sort of way, the thought suddenly took shape... so that a grown-up Maria (wearing spectacles, for some reason... and dressed in a tweed suit like Aunt Ruth's) stood before her, smiling quite benevolently, and so real it seemed almost possible that other people might see her also".
Penelope Lively's interest in history and the way time changes places can be shown through Maria, as she explores the old house and thinks about the people who used to live there. There are some very interesting thoughts in this book. Also, it's very funny. Please read it - I'm the only person in my school who has. Thank you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Admittedly, the last time I read this book was 8 years ago. But Maria is one of the most memorable characters I have come across. Extraordinarily ordinary - just a child, wanting to be left alone to try and grow up. She goes on holiday with her parents, and its really one of those holidays you dream of as a child - big house to yourself, the beach, a special friendship and a mini adventure. Its a good read for the summer....and a chance to remember what it was like during those years when you were neither child nor adult.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical timeless classic for all ages 26 Nov 2007
By sarah J
I first read this novel in the 1970s when i was a child, and have re-read it several as an adult. It is a lovely amospheric novel. It has a magical sense of timelessness. The character of Maria is beautifully and skillfully written. Penelope Lively cleverly evokes the feelings of a lonely eleven year old child. The reader really gets under the skin of of Maria. my favourite part of the story is how the character of Maria developes as the story progesses. I really feel that the novel gets better with each re-reading. A classic suitable for all ages. It is in part a mystery and the story of a shy young girl. The description of an english seaside holiday in 1970s britain is how i remember my own childhood holidays.
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