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Alison Uttley - Author

Alice Jane Uttley (1884-1976) was born Alice Taylor at Castle Top Farm, near Cromford, Derbyshire, and was educated at the Lea School in Holloway and the Lady Manners School in Bakewell, where she developed a love for science which culminated in a scholarship to Manchester University to read physics. In 1906 she became only the second woman to graduate with honours in Physics at the university. Whilst an undergraduate, she lived in Ashburne House, which later became Ashburne Hall, and was the University of Manchester's first Hall of Residence for women.

Having trained as a teacher in Cambridge, she took up the post of Physics teacher at the Fulham Secondary School for Girls in 1908. In 1911, she married James Uttley, the brother of her old university friend, Gertrude Uttley, and by whom she had one son, John Corin Uttley (1914-1978). James Uttley's mental health was permanently impaired by his service in the first World War, and he took his own life in 1930, leaving Alison with the need to support herself and her son. This she did by becoming the author of a series of tales about animals, including Lttle Grey Rabbit, the little Red Fox, Sam Pig and Tim Rabbit. (As an author, she was known as Alison Uttley.) Her writing career blossomed, and she continued to write stories for children, whilst expanding her range by writing for older children and adults. Her `country' books, beginning with The Country Child and continuing with series of essays on country themes, such as Country Hoard, were extremely popular, due to her uncanny ability to remember the smallest details of her Derbyshire childhood and express them with beautiful poeticism.

She remained fascinated by dreams and fantasy, and this is shown most clearly in her book A Traveller in Time which blended dreams and historical fact, although she also wrote a factual work The Stuff of Dreams. Eventually settling in Beaconsfield, in a house named Thackers after the manor house in A Traveller in Time, Alison Uttley wrote over 100 books and was given an honourary Litt.D by Manchester University in 1970 in recognition of her literary achievements. She died in hospital on 7th May 1976.

Biography courtesy of the University of Manchester.

Click here to visit the website of the Alison Uttley Society, full of fascinating information and archive material about this author.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Alison Uttley

Little Grey Rabbit: Squirrel Goes Skating
Alison Uttley - illustrated by Margaret Tempest
Hare is the star of the show as he leads a skating party out onto the snow. Despite complaining of bumps and bruises he ends up having a very good time indeed and the three friends return home triumphant. But,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2012
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Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas
Alison Uttley - illustrated by Margaret Tempest
Packed full of Christmassy warmth, this busy story about Little Grey Rabbit and her friends Hare and Squirrel is a welcome reissue of a delightful classic. All three have fun sledging with their friends in the snow until Hare scares...
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Little Grey Rabbit: Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit
Alison Uttley - illustrated by Margaret Tempest
April 2012 Book of the Month. A great story of courage and loyalty. The three friends have to show great bravery and stick together to survive the danger of a weasel who has come to live nearby. How the little community...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2012
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Little Grey Rabbit: The Adventure of Hare
Alison Uttley - illustrated by Margaret Tempest
Hare is the boldest of the animals in these charming classic stories. Here, he bravely sets off from his home in the wood on an expedition to visit Toad. Toad lives on the other side of the valley. How Hare...
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Little Grey Rabbit: Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog
Alison Uttley - illustrated by Margaret Tempest
Little Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog is one of the sweetest characters in these classic stories. It is Fuzzypeg's first birthday. Now he his old enough to go out on his own. But, will he be safe? Fuzzypeg's first outing goes horribly...
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Little Grey Rabbit: How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail
Alison Uttley - illustrated by Margaret Tempest
Classic stories with beautiful illustrations bring to life the gentle woodland world of Little Grey Rabbit and her friends. Little Grey Rabbit has lost her tail. She lent it to Owl for a door knocker and now he won't give...
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A Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
One of the first, and finest, of all time-slip stories that travels between the 16th century and pre-war 20th century Britain. It is alive with the sounds and the smells of both centuries making it an incredibly mysterious yet compelling...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2007
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The Sam Pig Story Book
Alison Uttley
Sam Pig lives in a thatched cottage with Tom, Bill and Ann Pig - and also Brock the Badger. Here are 20 of the best Sam Pig stories .
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/10/2000
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A Country Child
Alison Uttley - illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe
A perennial favourite for Julie Hearn, August 2011 Guest Editor: "If I had to choose just one book, as my all-time favourite read, this would be it. First published in 1931, it captures, in delicious detail, a year in the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2000
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