ISBN: 9781783191017
Binding: PaperBack

Moon Tiger

Simon Reade, Penelope Lively


Claudia Hampton is a popular historian, a strong, beautiful and difficult woman. Now in her seventies, she is plotting her greatest work – a history of the world. She looks back over her life growing up between the wars and remembers the people who have shared its triumphs and tragedies. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of her daughter, and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost during the El Alamein campaign when she worked as a war correspondent. 

Against a background of world events, Claudia’s own remarkable story provokes a sharp combination of sadness, shock and amusement. Simon Reade’s adaptation is introduced by Penelope Lively herself. 

Compelling, moving and eloquent, one of the great novels of the 20th century is brought to the stage for the first time. Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize, Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire.

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ISBN13 9781783191017
Binding PaperBack


Reade’s adaptation is undoubtedly faithful to the book’ Daily Express

‘A moving, thought provoking play which sends you home questioning. Moon Tiger is a worthy addition to theatre history’ Gloucestershire Echo

‘An excellent adaptation that offers an evocative portrayal of one woman’s life remembrances. Some fascinating reflections on the history of the 20th century’ Four Stars – Everything Theatre

‘What hits one within minutes of the play opening is the beauty of the language, the clever use of words that make for gentle humour and how often the play nudges us in the direction of remembering our own history’ Bath Chronicle