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Philippa Pearce - Author

About the Author

Philippa Pearce spent her childhood in Great Shelford, a village near Cambridge, and was the youngest of four children of a flour-miller and corn-merchant. The village, the river, and the countryside in which she lived appear more or less plainly in Minnow on the Say, and Tom's Midnight Garden.

Philippa later went on to study English and History at Cambridge University. She worked for the BBC as a scriptwriter and producer, and then in publishing as an editor. She has written many books including the Modern Classic, Tom's Midnight Garden, for which she won the Carnegie Medal. She has been awarded the OBE for services to Children's Literature.
Sadly, Philippa died in 2006, at the age of 86.

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Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/09/2017

Peter England, Una Stubbs and Crawford Logan star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Philippa Pearce's enchanting time-slip tale. When his brother catches measles, Tom is sent away to stay with his Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan, and is thoroughly fed up about it. What a boring summer it's going to be! But tedium turns to adventure when, lying in bed one night, he hears the old grandfather clock in the hall strike thirteen. What can it mean? As Tom creeps downstairs and opens the door, he finds a beautiful garden, and glimpses a girl in old-fashioned clothing. As he revisits the garden over the next few nights, he watches the seasons change from spring to autumn, and children come and go. But no-one seems to see him - until he meets Hatty, and the two become firm friends. With his new playmate, Tom embarks on the adventure of a lifetime... This magical drama stars Peter England as Tom, with Una Stubbs as Aunt Gwen and Crawford Logan as Uncle Alan. The wonder and excitement of much-loved children's classics lives on in BBC Radio's acclaimed full-cast dramatisations, complete with evocative music and sound effects. Duration: 2 hours 15 mins approx.

The Ghost In Annie's Room

The Ghost In Annie's Room

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

At Great Aunt Win's house, Emma is happy to sleep in her cousin Annie's old attic bedroom. But when bedtime comes she suddenly feels nervous. Her brother Joe insists that the room is haunted. Could he be right? Emma must face her fears and uncover the mystery of the ghost in Annie's room. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

A Finder's Magic

A Finder's Magic

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A beautifully crafted fantastical mystery from Philippa Pearce, one of the twentieth century's greatest children's novelists, with beautiful illustrations by Helen Craig. A mysterious stranger called Mr Finder offers to help Till find his dog, and they interview various witnesses including a heron, a mole, a riddling cat - and Miss Mousey, whose sketch of a peaceful riverbank offers a vital clue. The quest to find Bess is full of magic but Till begins to mistrust his supposed ally Mr Finder - until at last he realizes the truth, and they track down the real culprit, a finder who likes to keep what he finds. At the end of this enchanting story Till is reunited with his beloved Bess and a new book - of the story - will be born.

Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/08/2016

A beautiful adaptation of the classic novel. Renowned graphic novel artist, Edith, has created an enchanting version of the classic Tom's Midnight Garden. This is a new and special way to read and share one of the best-loved and most enduring children's stories of all time. A story with a special place in the hearts of grandparents, parents, and children everywhere, this wonderful graphic novel adaptation is faithful, accessible, and stunningly illustrated. A perfect gift for all the family.

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it's clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with a pair of gerbils might not be so bad after all.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle's house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. As he lies awake in his bed he hears the grandfather clock downstairs strike . . .eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! Tom races down the stairs and out the back door, into a garden everyone told him wasn't there. In this enchanted thirteenth hour, the garden comes alive - but Tom is never sure whether the children he meets there are real or ghosts . . . This entrancing and magical story is one of the best-loved children's books ever written.

A Dog So Small

A Dog So Small

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

A Puffin Book - stories that last a lifetime. Puffin Modern Classics are relaunched under a new logo: A Puffin Book. There are 20 titles to collect in the series, listed below, all with exciting new covers and fun-filled endnotes. Philippa Pearce's poignant story of a young boy who longs for a pet dog. In A DOG SO SMALL young Ben Blewitt is desperate for a dog. He's picked out the biggest and best dogs from the books in the library - and he just knows he's going to get one for his birthday. Ben is excited when the big day arrives, but he receives a picture of a dog instead of a real one! But the imagination can be a powerful thing, and when Ben puts his to work, his adventures really begin! Philippa Pearce grew up in a millhouse near Cambridge and read English and history at Girton College. She was a scriptwriter-producer for the BBC, a children's book editor and reviewer, a lecturer, a storyteller and freelance writer for radio and newspapers as well as writing some of the best-loved books of the 20th century. She won a Carnegie Medal for TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN and a Whitbread Prize for THE BATTLE OF BUBBLE AND SQUEAK. She died in December, 2006. Also available in A Puffin Book: GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM and BACK HOME by Michelle Magorian CHARLOTTE'S WEB, STUART LITTLE and THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by E. B. White THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton STIG OF THE DUMP by Clive King ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor A DOG SO SMALL by Philippa Pearce GOBBOLINO by Ursula Moray Williams CARRIE'S WAR by Nina Bawden MRS FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Richard C O'Brien A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle THE CAY by Theodore Taylor TARKA THE OTTER by Henry Williamson WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams SMITH by Leon Garfield THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende ANNIE by Thomas Meehan THE FAMILY FROM ONE END STREET by Eve Garnett

Amy's Three Best Things

Amy's Three Best Things

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

A wonderfully reassuring bedtime book about staying away from home for the very first time by two major children's-book talents. Amy is going to stay with her granny on her own and she packs her three best things to take with her. On the first night she misses her family and one of her three best things - a little mat - turns into a magic carpet and flies her home to see they're all right. The second night her little horse gallops her back. But the third night, when she sails home in a magic boat, the family aren't there. Amy cries all the way back to Granny's where she finds her mum, brother and dog waiting for her. They have come early so they can all go to a funfair the next day. A wonderfully reassuring, magical tale, written by Philippa Pearce and beautifully imagined by Helen Craig.

Amy's Three Best Things

Amy's Three Best Things

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

A wonderfully reassuring bedtime book about staying away from home for the very first time by two major children's book talents. Amy is going to stay with her granny on her own and she packs her three best things to take with her. On the first night she misses her family and one of her three best things - a little mat - turns into a magic carpet and flies her home to see they're all right. The second night her little horse gallops her back. But the third night, when she sails home in a magic boat, the family aren't there. Amy cries all the way back to Granny's where she finds her mum, brother and dog waiting for her. They have come early so they can all go to a funfair the next day. A wonderfully reassuring, magical tale, written by Philippa Pearce and beautifully imagined by Helen Craig.

A Dog So Small

A Dog So Small

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Ben Blewitt is desperate for a dog. He's picked out the biggest and best dogs from the books in the library - and he just knows he's going to get one for his birthday. Ben is excited when the big day arrives, but he receives a picture of a dog instead of a real one! But the imagination can be a powerful thing, and when Ben puts his to work, his adventures really begin!

Mrs Cockle's Cat

Mrs Cockle's Cat

Author: Philippa Pearce, Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2009

Minnow on the Say

Minnow on the Say

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

It's a great discovery. Right there, at the bottom of the garden, bobbing on the river, is a canoe. The Minnow. David can't help wishing he could keep her . . . The Minnow leads him to Adam, and an extraordinary summer begins. Armed with a mysterious, ancient clue, the two boys set out along the river by boat. They're determined to find the legendary lost treasure, hidden by one of Adam's ancestors hundreds of years before. But they are not the only people looking for treasure, and soon they are caught in a dangerous race against time . . .

The Way to Sattin Shore

The Way to Sattin Shore

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Kate never knew her dad, but that doesn't stop her missing him. She often secretly visits the gravestone with his name on it. But when the gravestone disappears Kate has a mystery on her hands. She has to find out what has happened and as she delves deeper into her family's past, she realizes that there are many secrets to uncover and that all the clues point to one place. As Kate races to Sattin Shore her mind is a whirl of emotions: what she finds there will change the shape of her life for ever.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Tom's Midnight Garden is one of the best-loved works of children's literature of the last century and to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary Oxford University Press is proud to be publishing this special hardback edition. Featuring original setting and illustrations inside, together with original cover artwork, this book will delight fans old and new and will herald this book's rightful place as an all time classic children's book.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Lying awake at night, Tom hears the old grandfather clock downstairs strike ...eleven ...twelve ...thirteen ...Thirteen! When Tom gets up to investigate, he discovers a magical garden. A garden that everyone told him doesn't exist. A garden that only he can enter ...A Carnegie-Medal-winning modern classic that's magically timeless.

The Little Gentleman

The Little Gentleman

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

When Bet is first asked to go into the meadow and read a passage aloud from a book - apparently to no-one - she wonders why. But then she realises that her audience is a little mole, who listens attentively. This isn't just any mole. This mole can speak, he is more than 300 years old and he has an amazing tale to tell. So begins an extraordinary friendship between a lonely little girl and The Little Gentleman in Black Velvet.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2005

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2005

Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it's clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with 2 gerbils might not be so bad after all.

Lion at School and Other Stories

Lion at School and Other Stories

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2001

A collection of gorgeous, classic stories from award-winning Philippa Pearce, bringing a little bit of magic to the everyday!

Minnow on the Say

Minnow on the Say

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

David can't believe his eyes when he discovers the canoe at the bottom of the garden - The Minnow. He traces the owner and together they begin a summer of adventure, looking for treasure along the river.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/1999

Peter England, Una Stubbs and Crawford Logan star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Philippa Pearce's enchanting time-slip tale. When his brother catches measles, Tom is sent away to stay with his Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan, and is thoroughly fed up about it. What a boring summer it's going to be! But tedium turns to adventure when, lying in bed one night, he hears the old grandfather clock in the hall strike thirteen. What can it mean? As Tom creeps downstairs and opens the door, he finds a beautiful garden, and glimpses a girl in old-fashioned clothing. As he revisits the garden over the next few nights, he watches the seasons change from spring to autumn, and children come and go. But no-one seems to see him - until he meets Hatty, and the two become firm friends. With his new playmate, Tom embarks on the adventure of a lifetime... This magical drama stars Peter England as Tom, with Una Stubbs as Aunt Gwen and Crawford Logan as Uncle Alan. The wonder and excitement of much-loved children's classics lives on in BBC Radio's acclaimed full-cast dramatisations, complete with evocative music and sound effects.

Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/1998

When Tom hears the grandfather clock strike thirteen he is not prepared for what is going to happen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him doesn't exist. But the magical place in which Tom finds himself is certainly a garden - his midnight garden. Tom's Midnight Garden won The Carnegie Medal when it was first published in 1958.

A Dog So Small

A Dog So Small

Author: Philippa Pearce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/1974

Ben Blewitt is desperate for a dog. He's picked out the biggest and best dogs from the books in the library - and he just knows he's going to get one for his birthday. Ben is excited when the big day arrives, but he receives a picture of a dog instead of a real one! But the imagination can be a powerful thing, and when Ben puts his to work, his adventures really begin!

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