The Story of Beatrix Potter

The Story of Beatrix Potter

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"Sumptuous...a fitting legacy for a pioneering conservationist who helped save thousands of acres of the Lake District" - The Mail on Sunday, August 2016

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.

In The Story of Beatrix Potter, 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, the last 30 years of Potter's life, when she abandoned books to become a working farmer and 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.

Main text: 30,000 words. Approx 3,000 words for captions and index.

Publisher: London :, National Trust Books, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Ltd,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781909881808
Branch Call Number: 823 POT G
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 26 cm


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LoganLib_Phoebe May 07, 2017

A charming and easy to read biography of Beatrix Potter, with illustrations and photographs throughout.

d2013 Jan 10, 2017

Another interesting read and insight into the life of Beatrix Potter. Added to this book are lovely photos and drawings. Fascinating story!

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