Alison Uttley: Spinner of Tales: The Authorised Biography of the Creator of Little Grey Rabbit
By: Denis Judd (author)Paperback
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Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig are just two of the inspired 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. 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 fiancee and escape 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.
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).
Introduction 1. The Snow Baby 2. Castle Top Farm 3. The Country Child 4. Lea Board School 5. The Grammar School Girl 6. Manchester University 7. Going South: Cambridge and London 8. Marriage and Motherhood 9. Frustrated Housewife and Aspiring Author 10. The Making of The Country Child and Little Grey Rabbit 11. Tragedy 12. Living Alone 13. Making Progress 14. Wanting to Move 15. Beaconsfield in Wartime 16. Much Fame, A Modest Fortune and Great Anxiety 17. Bereft Mother and Prolific Author 18. Seventy Years Old, But Still Going Strong 19. Dropping into Old Age? 20. Joyous, Despite the Mounting Years 21. Full of Honours 22. Last Years Endnotes
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