Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape by Emily Bearn

Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape

Written by Emily Bearn
Part of the Tumtum and Nutmeg Series

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An absolutely delightful tale of secret friends and a cosy world in miniature told very simply with some charming detail. It’s very much Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. The life of the mice, Tumtum and Nutmeg who live at Nutmouse Hall, in under the stairs at Rose Cottage become intertwined with Lucy and Arthur, two children who live in Rose Cottage. This is the second Tumtum title, the first Tumtum and Nutmeg has been a huge hit for 6+ year olds everywhere. Don’t miss this one...

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Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape by Emily Bearn

In the broom cupboard of a small dwelling called Rose Cottage, stands a house fit for a mouse - well, two mice actually. The house belongs to Mr and Mrs Nutmouse, or Tumtum and Nutmeg as they affectionately call each other. Tumtum and Nutmeg are enjoying a quiet life in Nutmouse Hall, when General Marchmouse comes to stay.


> On Tumtum and Nutmeg, the Sunday Times said: 'Told simply, with charming detail, this old-fashioned and well-published story... will delight children who are of an age to relish secret friends and a cosy world in miniature'; the Financial Times said: 'Bearn is a fine writer and her tale... is a gently humorous page-turner full of little details... Highly recommended'; Writeaway.org said: 'The illustrations are superb...'; The Times said: 'Bearn's style is as crisp and warm as a home-baked biscuit.'

About the Author

Emily Bearn

Emily Bearn was born in London, and has been a journalist since the age of 20 when she joined the staff of Harpers & Queen magazine. She then worked for a year as a diary reporter on The Times, before becoming a commissioning editor, and subsequently a senior interviewer, on the Sunday Telegraph. She became freelance in 2005 following the birth of her daughter, Freya.

The idea for the Tumtum and Nutmeg books was sparked one evening when, while feeding her baby in the kitchen, she saw two tiny mice scuttling across the floor, then disappearing behind the skirting next to the cooker. She started to wonder what sort of life the mice led behind the skirting board, and slowly the plot for the first Tumtum and Nutmeg book came to life.

She and her daughter live in Hammersmith, and still share their house with two (very helpful) mice.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

1st September 2008




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