Alison Uttley: Spinner of Tales: The Authorised Biography of the Creator of Little Grey Rabbit

Alison Uttley: Spinner of Tales: The Authorised Biography of the Creator of Little Grey Rabbit

by Denis Judd
     
 

Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig are just two characters created by Alison Uttley, loved by millions and still very popular today. But who was the real woman spinning enchanting tales of country life and lore, magic and friendship?

Alison Uttley gathered much of the inspiration for her stories from the fond memories of her Derbyshire childhood and her love of the

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Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig are just two characters created by Alison Uttley, loved by millions and still very popular today. But who was the real woman spinning enchanting tales of country life and lore, magic and friendship?

Alison Uttley gathered much of the inspiration for her stories from the fond memories of her Derbyshire childhood and her love of the countryside. A talented and prolific writer, she was still producing stories in her late eighties. Yet she was often plagued by self-doubt, and extremely possessive over her close friends, family and work - having bitter quarrels with her illustrator, Margaret Tempest. Tragically, Alison's husband committed suicide before her writing successes. She soon developed a smothering relationship with her only child John, even convincing him to jilt his first fiancée and escape with her to Scotland - the honeymoon destination.

With exclusive and unrestricted access to her personal diaries and private letters, Denis Judd paints an intriguing portrait of one of the most successful, creative and troubled children's authors of modern times.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Anyone who grew up with the stories of the Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit - books the Queen read to her children, six million copies sold in the first thirty yeaS - will be enchanted to learn their secret, which is that all three characters were self-portraits ... as Denis Judd makes clear in this fascinating biography."

"Little was known about Alison Uttley until the welcome arrival of this authorised biography"

"Denis Judd has written a very full and enthralling biography of Alison Uttley."

"He shows Alison Uttley as a self-deluding romantic, a shrewd and quarrelsome businesswoman and a compulsive housekeeper, patching and jam-making in an heroically untidy kitchen ... it is impossible not to think of her as a sorceress, a storyteller whose tales were produced only at mortal cost."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719084560
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Denis Judd is an acclaimed author, having written biographies of Prince Philip, Nehru, Joseph Chamberlain and George V. His last publication was The Private Diaries of Alison Uttley, 1932-1971 (2009).

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