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Moon Tiger

Penelope Lively
1987, 208 pages

Claudia Hampton, historian and author, lies in a hospital bed, recalling a life full of adventure and relationships, while making a last attempt at writing a world history as seen through her eyes and connected to events that have happened in her life. Focusing especially on the Second World War, when she was stationed in Egypt as a newspaper correspondent, she tells the story of the tragic romance that has influenced her life ever since. ‘Moon Tiger’, a classic haunting story of loss and desire, won the Man Booker Prize in 1987. In 2018, it was decided to mark the prize’s 50th anniversary by awarding the Golden Man Booker Prize. Although ‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje won this prize, Moon Tiger was chosen by Guardian readers as their all-time favourite winner.


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