A Traveller in Time

A Traveller in Time

by Alison Uttley

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Penelope Taberner Cameron is a solitary and a sickly child, a reader and a dreamer. Her mother, indeed, is of the opinion that the girl has grown all too attached to the products of her imagination and decides to send her away from London for a restorative dose of fresh country air. But staying at Thackers, in remote Derbyshire, Penelope is soon caught up in a new mystery, as she finds herself transported at unforeseeable intervals back and forth from modern to Elizabethan times. There she becomes part of a remarkable family that is, Penelope realizes, in terrible danger as they plot to free Mary, Queen of Scot, from the prison in which Queen Elizabeth has confined her.
 Penelope knows the tragic end that awaits the Scottish queen but she can neither change the course of events nor persuade her new family of the hopelessness of their cause, which love, loyalty, and justice all compel them to embrace. Caught between present and past, Penelope is ever more torn by questions of freedom and fate. To travel in time, Penelope discovers, is to to be very much alone. And yet the slow recurrent rhythms of the natural world, beautifully captured by Alison Uttley, also speak of a greater ongoing life that transcends the passage of years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590175132
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,043,170
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alison Uttley (1884–1976) was born Alice Jane Taylor in Derbyshire, England, into a tenant farming family that had lived on the same land for two hundred years. Uttley would return to the Derbyshire landscape and the house she grew up in, Castle Top Farm, in many of her books, including A Traveller in Time. A bright scholarship student throughout her childhood, Uttley went on to Manchester University, and in 1906 became the second female student to graduate with honors in
physics from the university. Marriage and motherhood put an end to her teaching career, and it was only after her son, John, began school that she published her first book, The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit (1929). Uttley’s husband died the next year, and she began publishing books at a rapid rate in order to support herself and her son. Among her works are naturalistic novels of youth, adventure tales, and a cookbook, as well as books that grew out of her belief in enchantment, time travel, and the supernatural. By the end of her life, Uttley had written some one hundred books of fiction and nonfiction, including thirty in the Little Grey Rabbit series, and become one of twentieth-century Britain’s most popular children’s writers.

Phyllis Bray (1911–1991) was an English painter, illustrator, and muralist. She excelled at the Slade School of Fine Art and later married John Cooper, founder of the East London Group of artists, of which she was also a member. Her work is in several public collections in Britain, and through her collaborations with the well-known muralist Hans Feibusch, on display in churches and other buildings throughout the country.

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A Traveller in Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
anglemark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The real purpose of this book is in a way purely didactic; Uttley strives to paint a vivid picture of life in the Elizabethan era, to tell the reader about life in the country when she grew up around 1900, and to show how that life hadn't changed much since 1600. The protagonist is just an onlooker, she doesn't interfere herself in the storyline. A modern author would have used the time travel and interconnexions to create a much more dynamic story. Nevertheless, Uttley is an excellent storyteller and succeeds admirably in painting her milieus.Well worth reading.
Imprinted on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Never think of this as a children's book! Alison Uttley paints a hauntingly beautiful portrait of rural England in two centuries that will captivate any adult. Her descriptive passages of the people and the landscape will stay with you forever. Although the plot is certainly enjoyable, and you can learn more about a controversial episode in history, it's the author's mastery of dialogue, character, and place that make this book so successful to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this I was about 10 or 12. Then it was a delightful story and I read it again about a year later. As an adult I came across the book in a public library and promptly checked it out. The story still intrigues me not only for the Tudor period history but also for the concept of parallel lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago