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Alison Uttley - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Alison Uttley

A Country Child

A Country Child

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2000

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

Other books by Alison Uttley

Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas

Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/07/2019

Since publication of the first Little Grey Rabbit book in 1929, the series has become a classic of children's literature, capturing the hearts of many. The popularity of Alison Uttley's magical stories and Margaret Tempest's lively illustrations meant that generations of children grew up with Grey Rabbit, Squirrel, Hare, Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg. These lovely versions of four favourite original titles will bring the world of Little Grey Rabbit to a new generation.

The Country Child

The Country Child

Author: Alison Uttley, C. F. Tunnicliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

THE COUNTRY CHILD is a semi-autobiographical story about a girl growing up in the country. Alison Uttley has drawn on her own youth to produce memories so vivid and nostalgic that you can almost smell the honeysuckle and hear the owls calling at dusk. She writes about the small intense joys and sorrows of life on a small farm: the fun of haymaking, the sadness of favourite animals being slaughtered, and the close sweetness of Christmas celebrations in the farmhouse kitchen. Also in A Puffin Book: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley

Little Grey Rabbit: Water Rat's Picnic

Little Grey Rabbit: Water Rat's Picnic

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

One fine bright day, Water Rat invites his friends to join him on his beloved little boat, the Saucy Nancy. He has planned a picturesque journey down the river and, afterwards, a sumptuous feast beneath the trees, with egg and cress sandwiches, marigold sponge and watermint jellies. But when some cackling ducks cause a commotion on the river, and Hare decides to man the boat, it looks like Water Rat's picnic mightn't be so perfect after all...

Little Grey Rabbit Goes to Sea

Little Grey Rabbit Goes to Sea

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

When Squirrel, Hare and Little Grey Rabbit come down with colds, their friends decide the only cure is a trip to the seaside. They pack a tent, a hamper and a bucket and spade and set off along the winding lanes to the sandy cove below the cliffs. It's not long before everyone is enjoying the bracing sea breeze and the rolling green tide. Water Rat and Hare swim in the shallows, Squirrel makes a cockleshell hat and dances near the waves. All of a sudden, mischievous seagulls descend; they steal Hare's red coat and Water Rat's frills! Will these naughty birds spoil the friends' special day out?

Little Grey Rabbit: Rabbit and the Weasels

Little Grey Rabbit: Rabbit and the Weasels

Author: Alison Uttley, aint Margaret Mary Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Down in the dell, behind a curtain of foxgloves, lives a family of crafty weasels. They steal from all the little animals as they walk by; Speckledy Hen's eggs, Moldy Warp's axe... One day, as Little Grey Rabbit bravely hurries past the weasels' haunt, they jump out and snatch her away. We've been waiting for you, the weasels say, we want somebody to bake and wash and clean. Now it is up to her woodland friends to save Little Grey Rabbit and finally teach those weasels a lesson!

Little Grey Rabbit: Wise Owl's Story

Little Grey Rabbit: Wise Owl's Story

Author: Alison Uttley, aint Margaret Mary Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2016

During a terrible storm, the tree hollow where Wise Owl lives is battered and bashed beyond repair! His precious things are left scattered around the wood, damp and muddy from the downpour. Little Grey Rabbit and her friends decide to help Wise Owl find a new home. After a long day of searching, Little Grey Rabbit discovers another tree hollow. With a spruce and a tidy she's sure that Wise Owl will be right at home there, but will Wise Owl agree?

Little Grey Rabbit's Story Treasury

Little Grey Rabbit's Story Treasury

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/10/2015

Little Grey Rabbit's Story Treasury

Little Grey Rabbit's Story Treasury

Author: Alison Uttley Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2015

Little Grey Rabbit's Year of Stories

Little Grey Rabbit's Year of Stories

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

A long time ago there lived in a little house on the edge of a wood, a Hare, a Squirrel, and a Little Grey Rabbit. Little Grey Rabbit is a country Rabbit and, together with her woodland friends, she celebrates each year's changing seasons. From spring and summer to autumn and winter, there is always a new adventure for Hare, Squirrel and Little Grey Rabbit. Alison Uttley's Little Grey Rabbit Stories have captured the imaginations of generations of children since their first publication in 1929. In Little Grey Rabbit's Year of Stories, six seasonal tales are brought together in one beautiful book. The stories are published with a foreword by Alison Uttley's biographer, Professor Denis Judd.

A Traveller in Time

A Traveller in Time

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Penelope lives in the 20th Century, and it is only when she visits Thackers, a remote, ancient farmhouse, that she finds herself travelling back in time to join the lives of the Babington family, and watching helplessly as tragic events bring danger to her friends and the downfall of their heroine Mary, Queen of Scots, whom they are seeking to rescue.

Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday

Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Tempest Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2015

Little Grey Rabbit lives with Squirrel and Hare in a little house on the edge of a wood. It's going to be Grey Rabbit's birthday on Midsummer Day, and Squirrel and Hare are planning a wonderful surprise for her. They've invited all their woodland friends to a birthday party, and are making a birthday cake, all by themselves! But they are keeping it a secret from poor Grey Rabbit, who feels very left out. She'll just have to wait and see.

Little Grey Rabbit: Fuzzypeg Goes to School

Little Grey Rabbit: Fuzzypeg Goes to School

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Tempest Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2015

It's time for Fuzzypeg the hedgehog to start school and he is very excited. He leaves home and heads through the hedgerows to his village school. When Tim and Bill Hedgehog see their cousin Fuzzypeg trotting down the road with his fine new school bag, they want to go to school too. But then they meet Hare and their whole day is turned upside down.

Little Grey Rabbit: Hare and the Easter Eggs

Little Grey Rabbit: Hare and the Easter Eggs

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2015

When Hare ventures into town one night he is delighted to see a display of chocolate eggs in the window of the store. But no one really knows why they are there. Join Hare, Little Grey Rabbit, Squirrel and all the creatures of the countryside as they celebrate their first Easter.

Little Grey Rabbit's Valentine

Little Grey Rabbit's Valentine

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2015

It's nearly Valentine's day and Robin the postman is struggling to keep up with all the letters he has. Little Grey Rabbit, Hare and Squirrel don't know what Valentine's Day is, but as soon as they learn, they all do their best to write the perfect Valentine. A beautiful, classic story about love and sharing from the classic Little Grey Rabbit series.

Little Grey Rabbit: Squirrel Goes Skating

Little Grey Rabbit: Squirrel Goes Skating

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

One cold day, Little Grey Rabbit, Squirrel and Hare decide to go skating. But when they come home they find an unwelcome guest in Squirrel's bed. So the animals teach their visitor a lesson that will get him into a twist... Since publication of the first Little Grey Rabbit book in 1929, the series has become a classic of children's literature, capturing the hearts of many. The popularity of Alison Uttley's magical stories and Margaret Tempest's lively illustrations means generations of children have grown up with Grey Rabbit, Squirrel, Hare and all their friends. This wintry tale is beautifully foiled, and perfect to snuggle down with when the weather gets cold.

The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit

The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Tempest Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

Since publication of the first Little Grey Rabbit book in 1929, the series has become a classic of children's literature. The popularity of Alison Uttley's magical stories and Margaret Tempest's lively illustrations meant that generations of children grew up with Grey Rabbit, Squirrel, Hare, Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg. These lovely versions of favourite original titles will bring the world of Little Grey Rabbit to a new generation. Titles: The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit; How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail; The Great Adventure of Hare; The Story of Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog.

Little Grey Rabbit: The Story of Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog

Little Grey Rabbit: The Story of Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Tempest Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

Since publication of the first Little Grey Rabbit book in 1929, the series has become a classic of children's literature. The popularity of Alison Uttley's magical stories and Margaret Tempest's lively illustrations meant that generations of children grew up with Grey Rabbit, Squirrel, Hare, Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg. These lovely versions of favourite original titles will bring the world of Little Grey Rabbit to a new generation. Titles: The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit; How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail; The Great Adventure of Hare; The Story of Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog.

How Little Grey Rabbit got back her Tail

How Little Grey Rabbit got back her Tail

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Tempest Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

Since publication of the first Little Grey Rabbit book in 1929, the series has become a classic of children's literature, capturing the hearts of many. The popularity of Alison Uttley's magical stories and Margaret Tempest's lively illustrations meant that generations of children grew up with Grey Rabbit, Squirrel, Hare, Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg. These lovely versions of four favourite original titles will bring the world of Little Grey Rabbit to a new generation. Titles: The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit; How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail; The Great Adventure of Hare; The Story of Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog.

The Great Adventure of Hare Little Grey Rabbit

The Great Adventure of Hare Little Grey Rabbit

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Tempest Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

Since publication of the first Little Grey Rabbit book in 1929, the series has become a classic of children's literature, capturing the hearts of many. The popularity of Alison Uttley's magical stories and Margaret Tempest's lively illustrations meant that generations of children grew up with Grey Rabbit, Squirrel, Hare, Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg. These lovely versions of four favourite original titles will bring the world of Little Grey Rabbit to a new generation. Titles: The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit; How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail; The Great Adventure of Hare; The Story of Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog.

A Traveller in Time

A Traveller in Time

Author: Alison Uttley, Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

The Sam Pig Storybook

The Sam Pig Storybook

Author: Alison Uttley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2000

Sam Pig lives in a thatched cottage with Tom, Bill and Ann Pig - and also Brock the Badger. Here are twenty of the best Sam Pig stories from Alison Uttley, whose magical imagination has brought Sam's exploits to life for generations of children.

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