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A poignant and bittersweet memoir from the distinguished British fiction writer Penelope Lively, <em>Oleander, Jacaranda</em> evokes the author's unusual childhood growing up English in Egypt during the 1930s and 1940s. Filled with the birds, animals and planets of the Nile landscape that the author knew as a child, <em>Oleander, Jacaranda</em> follows the young Penelope from a visit to a <em>fellaheen</em> village to an afternoon at the elegant Gezira Sporting Club, one milieu as exotic to her as the other. Lively's memoir offers us the rare opportunity to accompany a gifted writer on a journey of exploration into the mysterious world of her own childhood.