A Country Child by Alison Uttley
  

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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 life of a nine year-old girl, growing up on a remote Derbyshire farm at the end of the 19th century. If you like a fast-paced, plot-driven tale this book might not do it for you. But if you’re something of a solitary, sensitive scrap (as I was) you will find a kindred spirit in Susan Garland, the book’s young protagonist. The Country Child instilled in me a lifelong fascination with the rituals, household objects and domestic routines of a bygone age. I can lose myself in it as readily, and as happily, now as I did when I was ten."

Synopsis

A Country Child by Alison Uttley

Alison Uttley has drawn on her own youth to produce these vivid and nostalgic memories of a girl growing up in the English countryside.

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'One of those happy books with appeal for all ages.' School Librarian

About the Author

Alison Uttley

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.

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Format

Paperback
216 pages
Interest Age: 8-12+

Author

Alison Uttley
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Author's Website

www.alisonuttley.co.uk/

Publisher

Jane Nissen Books

Publication date

1st May 2000

ISBN

9781903252017

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Publisher Profile

Jane Nissen Books is an imprint of Jane Nissen Books

logo Upon retirement from Penguin in 2001, and with the belief that children of the 21st Century should have access to some of the best-loved books of the 20th Century, many of which have gone out of print over the years, Jane Nissen set up her own publishing company with the sole purpose of bringing lost children's classics back into print. In 2007, Jane was granted the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of British children's books.

Publisher's Website

www.janenissenbooks.co.uk/


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