The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Borrowers

Written by Mary Norton
Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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An enchanting classic that will fire up a child’s imagination as the storyline unfolds of little creatures living under the floorboards and borrowing everything they need from the humans above the boards. The author describes quite brilliantly what it would be like to be as small as a borrower and to go off on frightening and exciting adventures to borrow what they need. I’m ashamed to say I never read it as a child but have now and it’s equally perfect for parent and child to read together as it is for a child to gain a great deal of enjoyment alone.(7-9)

Carnegie Winner in 1952.

If you enjoyed this then why not check out The Honourable Ratts or Tumtum and Nutmeg.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Have you ever lost a safety-pin. a box of matches? If so, the Borrowers who live under your floorboards have probably found it and put it to good use as a clothes pulley or chest of drawers in their diminutive home. Mary Norton's fantasies about the tiny Borrowers with their half-heard human names (Pod. Homily. Arriety). their canny wisdom, and their desperate adventures are already classics.


The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Borrowers lived in the secret places of quiet old houses, behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They owned nothing, borrowed everything, and thought human beings were invented just for their use. Until one of the Borrowers made friends with a human.

About the Author

Mary Norton (1903 – 1992), was born in London, the only girl in a family of five children. She was brought up in the Manor House in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, which later became the setting fof her most famous book, The Borrowers. She was educated at convent schools and, after a brief and unsuccessful time as a secretary, she became an actress. She was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Company for two years and always thought of herself more an actress than a writer. She remembered her most thrilling moment as the time she first went on stage as an understudy at the Old Vic. She gave up the theatre when she got married and went to live with her husband in Portugal. There her two sons and two daughters were born, and she began to write.

When war broke out in 1939, Mary’s husband joined the Navy and she brought her children back to England via the United States – she lived there for a while waiting for a passage home. She returned to the stage in 1943. The Borrowers was published in 1952 and won her the Carnegie Medal, the most important prize in children’s fiction. The story was based on fantasies from her childhood when her short-sightedness made her aware of the teeming life in the countryside around her. C S Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, wrote to her in 1956: “May a stranger write his thanks and congratulations for ‘The Borrowers’ and ‘The Borrowers Afield’? They have given me great and (I anticipate) lasting pleasure…”. Films and TV series continue to bring new generations of children to Mary Norton’s books.

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Paperback (b Format)
224 pages
Interest Age: From 9


Mary Norton
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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

28th October 1993




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