This makes me happy:
Penelope Lively made a Dame (that's the female equivalent of being knighted).
She is an amazing writer, a favourite of mine, one of the only authors who has her own tag on my blog ;)
She has a new book out, How It All Began. I can not wait to read it. I've been reading her steadily for a few years and only have one or two titles left unread so very delighted to know there is another.