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Kenneth Grahame - Author

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but in early childhood, after being orphaned, moved to live with his grandmother on the banks of the River Thames in southern England. He was an outstanding pupil at St Edward's School in Oxford and wanted to attend Oxford University but was not allowed to do so by his guardian on grounds of cost. Instead he was sent to work at the Bank of England in 1879, and rose through the ranks until retiring as its Secretary in 1908 due to ill health. In addition to ill health, Grahame's retirement was precipitated in 1903 by a strange, possibly political, shooting incident at the bank. Grahame was shot at three times, all of them missed. Grahame's marriage to Elspeth Thomson was an unhappy one. They had only one child, a boy named Alastair, who was born blind in one eye and was plagued by health problems throughout his short life. Alastair eventually committed suicide on a railway track while an undergraduate at Oxford University, two days before his 20th birthday on 7 May, 1920. Out of respect for Kenneth Grahame, Alastair's demise was recorded as an accidental death. Kenneth Grahame died in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 1932.

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Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by Richard Johnson
A luxury, illustrated clothbound gift edition of Kenneth Grahame's timeless classic, in its complete and unabridged form. A perfect gift for almost any occasion and a wondrous heirloom to hand down the generations.
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2015
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The Wind in the Willows Small Gift Edition
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic story of Ratty, Toad and Badger – three friends who live on the riverbank – is full of adventure, excitement and wonderful characters. David Roberts' illustrations bring a touch of sophistication to the familiar story and capture perfectly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Wind in the Willows with Game Cards
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic adventure of Mole, Ratty, Mr Badger and, of course, Mr Toad is beautifully presented in this gorgeous edition with illustrations by David Roberts. In addition to illustrating the story, David Roberts has also created 32 beautiful playing cards...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 03/10/2013
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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by Richard Johnson
Friendship, hospitality and having fun propel the adventures of these four animals as they go about their lives against the watery landscape in this classic tale. Life on the riverbank with close-friends Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger is mostly peaceful....
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2012
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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by E.H. Shepard
Kenneth Grahame's classic story of friendship and the countryside is at its best when published with the original illustrations by E.H Shepherd. The story tells of the mostly peaceful life of close friends Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger who do...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2012
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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic story of Ratty, Toad and Badger – three friends who live on the riverbank – is full of adventure, excitement and wonderful characters. David Roberts' illustrations bring a touch of sophistication to the familiar story and capture perfectly...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame
Friendship, hospitality and having fun propel the adventures of these four animals as they go about their lives against the watery landscape in this classic tale. Life on the riverbank with close-friends Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger is mostly peaceful....
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated Edition
Kenneth Grahame
Stunning is definitely the best word to describe this book that is bulging with superb illustrations that complement the moving story by Kenneth Grahame of Ratty, Moley and of course the irascible Toad. It is part of the Walker...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2009
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The Wind In The Willows
Kenneth Grahame
This is a wonderful hardback edition (part of the Oxford Children's Classics Collection), perfect as a gift or to last and last when read and reread from the nursery bookshelf. With the complete and unabridged text, 100 years on this...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/08/2008
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The Wind In The Willows (with an Introduction by Brian Jacques)
Kenneth Grahame
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman remembers: "One of our teachers, Oscar Outlaw, realised that most of the class had no books at home. He started bringing in his own books and reading to us on Friday afternoons if it...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2008
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The Reluctant Dragon
Kenneth Grahame
A touching classic story of a dragon who doesn't want to do any of the frightening things dragons should do. Published in a handsome 70th anniversary edition with the original illustrations. The LoveReading Comment: This is a funny story of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2008
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The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated by Robert Ingpen)
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by Robert Ingpen
This timeless tale has never been out of print and remains one of the best loved children's titles in English literature. Grahame's wonderful imagination and quiet humour continue to charm children and adults alike and this edition is beautifully complemented...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2007
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