The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford

The Wombles

Written by Elisabeth Beresford
Part of the The Wombles Series

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A Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection 2011 - Fluent Readers

The classic stories of the Wombles are back! Great Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory, Bungo and the rest – these heroes of recycling who lived underneath Wimbledon Common appearing in the early morning to tidy up after the humans had gone home - were well-ahead of their time when they were first published. But their delightful individual characters and their combined charm brought them a devoted following as they pottered about their business in endearing adventures involving gathering and sorting rubbish, braving meetings with humans and dogs and, in the nicest way possible, making sure the world is a better place.

The Wandering Wombles is also recently released.


The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford

The Wombles is the first ever Wombles book and introduces the stern but kindly Great Uncle Bulgaria; Orinoco, who is particularly fond of his food and a subsequent forty winks; general handyman extraordinaire Tobermory, who can turn almost anything that the Wombles retrieve from Wimbledon Common into something useful; Madame Cholet, who cooks the most delicious and natural foods to keep the Wombles happy and contented; and, last but not least, Bungo, one of the youngest and cheekiest Wombles of all, who has much to learn and is due to venture out on to the Common on his own for the very first time...


'A lively, entertaining and humorous book, stuffed with ingenious ideas and endearing characters'

'Over 40 years after the original book, The Wombles is reprinted, their recycling ways more relevant than ever'

About the Author

Elisabeth Beresford

Elisabeth Beresford first came up with the idea for the Womble characters when walking on Wimbledon Common with her two children. She started sketching out the characters that day: Great Uncle Bulgaria was based on her father-in-law, Tobermory on her brother (an inventor), Orinoco on her son, and Madame Cholet on her mother. She hoped that the Wombles stories would encourage children to fight pollution and to think up ways of ‘making good use of bad rubbish’. In fact, the Wombles so charmed the nation that they were chosen as the mascots for the Tidy Britain campaign. Since then they have had their own television series, first broadcast on 'Jackanory'.

Elisabeth Beresford was awarded an MBE for her services to children’s literature in 1998 and she lived in Alderney, the Channel Islands. She died in December 2010.

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256 pages


Elisabeth Beresford
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st November 2010




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