The Story of Beatrix Potter

The Story of Beatrix Potter

by Sarah Gristwood

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To this day, Beatrix Potter’s tales delight children and grown-ups around the world. But few people realise how extraordinary her own story is. She was a woman of contradictions. A sheltered Victorian daughter who grew into an astute modern businesswoman. A talented artist who became a scientific expert. A famous author who gave it all up to become a farmer. Bestselling biographer Sarah Gristwood follows the twists and turns of Beatrix Potter’s life and its key turning points – including her tragically brief first engagement and happy second marriage late in life. She traces the creation of Beatrix’s most famous characters – including the naughty Peter Rabbit, confused Jemima Puddleduck and cheeky Squirrel Nutkin – revealing how she drew on her unusual childhood pets and locations in her beloved Lake District. She explores too Beatrix’s role as a pioneering conservationist, whose work with the National Trust helped to save thousands of acres of the Lake District – a legacy that, like her books, continues to enrich our lives today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911358091
Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date: 06/09/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,071,933
File size: 27 MB
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Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Sarah Gristwood is a best-selling biographer, former film journalist, and commentator on royal affairs. She has appeared in most of the UK’s leading newspapers and magazines.She wrote two bestselling Tudor biographies, Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester; and the eighteenth-century story Perdita: Royal Mistress, Writer, Romantic which was selected as Radio 4 Book of the Week. A regular media commentator on royal and historical affairs, Sarah was one of the team providing Radio 4’s live coverage of the royal wedding. She is a Fellow of the RSA, and an Honororary Patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I 1866-1900

Beginnings: 'my unloved birthplace' 16

Alarums: 'up one day and down another' 30

Adventures: 'a good summer's work' 42

Experiments: 'a fine fat fungus' 52

Feature: Peter Rabbit 58

Part II 1900-1913

Acceptance: 'these little books' 62

Sideshows: 'Dear Mr Warne…' 72

Hill Top: 'something very precious to me' 80

Feature: Pigling Bland 98

Part III 1913-1943

Mrs Heel is: 'a woman farmer' 102

Community: 'though many changing seasons' 112

Trust: 'a quixotic venture' 126

Endings: 'very far through' 130

Feature: Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs Tiggy-winkle 130

Afterlife 144

Discovering More 150

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