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Mary Norton - Author

About the Author

Mary Norton (1903 – 1992), was born in London, the only girl in a family of five children. She was brought up in the Manor House in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, which later became the setting fof her most famous book, The Borrowers. She was educated at convent schools and, after a brief and unsuccessful time as a secretary, she became an actress. She was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Company for two years and always thought of herself more an actress than a writer. She remembered her most thrilling moment as the time she first went on stage as an understudy at the Old Vic. She gave up the theatre when she got married and went to live with her husband in Portugal. There her two sons and two daughters were born, and she began to write.

When war broke out in 1939, Mary’s husband joined the Navy and she brought her children back to England via the United States – she lived there for a while waiting for a passage home. She returned to the stage in 1943. The Borrowers was published in 1952 and won her the Carnegie Medal, the most important prize in children’s fiction. The story was based on fantasies from her childhood when her short-sightedness made her aware of the teeming life in the countryside around her. C S Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, wrote to her in 1956: “May a stranger write his thanks and congratulations for ‘The Borrowers’ and ‘The Borrowers Afield’? They have given me great and (I anticipate) lasting pleasure…”. Films and TV series continue to bring new generations of children to Mary Norton’s books.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Author: Mary Norton Illustrator: Anthony Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2021

A brand new paperback edition of BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, comprising the two favourite magical classics THE MAGIC BEDKNOB and BONFIRES AND BROOMSTICKS. When prim and proper Miss Price from next door falls off her broomstick, Carey, Charles and Paul discover that she's actually a witch. In order to keep them quiet, Miss Price gives the three children a gift - an enchanted bedknob that will whisk them off anywhere they want, for as long as they keep her secret. And so their adventures begin... Discover The Magic Bedknob and Bonfires and Broomsticks, two stories full of magic from much-loved author Mary Norton, and the inspiration behind the classic film.

The Complete Borrowers

The Complete Borrowers

Author: Mary Norton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

The complete collection of the classic Borrowers stories by Mary Norton. Arietty Clock isn't your typical little girl. Although she is little. Very little, in fact. She's a Borrower. She lives with her family in a large house that isn't technically theirs- it belongs to the 'human beans'. Arietty and her father, Pod, spend their days borrowing the human beans' possessions- her father is very good at borrowing. He can scale curtains using a hatpin and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it! The Borrowers are very happy with their life and borrowing ways. Until Arietty makes friends with a boy. A human bean boy. And from that moment, danger is never far away. Can they avoid the great disaster of 'being seen'? In this complete collection, you can join Arietty on all of her adventures! The Borrowers Afield: The Clock family escape to the fields where their cousins live, but it's a long and dangerous journey. At last they find a new home and adapt to country life. The Borrowers Afloat: Homeless again, Arrietty looks forward to a life away from the dark country cottage, to one full of sunshine. The Borrowers Aloft: The family are now living in the model village of Little Fordham - a complete village tailored to their size. All they have to do is avoid being seen by the visitors, but one night the owner of a rival village comes with a cardboard box ready to catch them . . . The Borrowers Avenged: Pod, Homily and Arrietty have managed to escape with the help of Spiller. They move into the old rectory where they live happily until the Potters come looking for them. After a horrifying encounter in the church, the Potters get their just desserts and the Borrowers can live peacefully once and for all. Poor Stainless: Young Stainless, a Borrower boy, goes missing on a mission to borrow some parsley and an enormous search ensues.

The Borrowers

The Borrowers

Author: Mary Norton Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

Penguin presents for the first time the complete, unabridged audio CD of Mary Norton's The Borrowers, read by Christopher Eccleston. The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...

Borrowers

Borrowers

Author: Mary Norton Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

Penguin presents for the first time the complete, unabridged audio edition of Mary Nortons The Borrowers, read by Christopher Eccelston. The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arriettys father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a dolls teacup without breaking it. Girls werent supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...

The Ministry of Flowers And other Poems

The Ministry of Flowers And other Poems

Author: Mary Norton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/04/2017

Die Borger auf dem Fluss

Die Borger auf dem Fluss

Author: Mary Norton Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2016

Die Borger sind in ihrer Art kaum von Menschen zu unterscheiden, aber winzig klein und alles, was sie besitzen, ist geborgt - sogar ihre Namen. Seit Pod, Homily und Arrietty ihr Zuhause unter den Dielen eines viktorianischen Landhauses verlassen mussten, sind sie auf der Flucht. Doch kaum haben sie Unterschlupf bei ihren Verwandten im Forsthaus gefunden, da bahnt sich auch schon die nachste Katastrophe an: Arriettys Freund Tom und dessen Grovater, die einzigen menschlichen Bewohner des Forsthauses, ziehen fort. Von wem sollen die Borger aber in Zukunft etwas borgen, wenn es keine Menschen mehr gibt? Pod, Homily und Arrietty bleibt keine Wahl: Sie mussen sich eine neue Bleibe suchen. Und die finden sie in einem alten, am Flussufer gestrandeten Wasserkessel. Schon gemutlich, vor allem, als ein Unwetter aufzieht. Dass der Fluss vor lauter Regen uber das Ufer tritt und den Wasserkessel wegspult - damit hat ja nun wirklich niemand gerechnet. Und so beginnt fur die kleinen Borger eine neue, gefahrliche Fahrt ins Ungewisse... Das dritte Abenteuer der kleinen Borger - mit marchenhaft schonen Illustrationen von Emilia Dziubak Ein Meisterwerk voller Poesie und Atmosphare - ausgezeichnet mit dem Lewis-Carroll-Shelf-Award

Borrowers

Borrowers

Author: Mary Norton Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2016

Penguin presents the abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Borrowers by Mary Norton, read by Samantha Bond. Pod, Homily and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the human beans who dont even know they exist. Arriettys father, Pod, is an expert borrower. He can scale curtains using a hatpin and bring back a dolls teacup without breaking it. Girls arent supposed to go borrowing, but as Arrietty is an only child, Pod breaks the rules. But when she is in the house borrowing, something happens which changes their lives. Arrietty makes friends with the boy upstairs.

Die Borger in den Feldern

Die Borger in den Feldern

Author: Mary Norton Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2016

Das zweite Abenteuer der kleinen Borger - Mit marchenhaft schonen Illustrationen von Emilia DziubakHolterdipolter mussen die kleinen Borger Pod, Homily und ihre Tochter Arrietty ihr beschaulich eingerichtetes Zuhause unter den Dielen eines viktorianischen Landhauses verlassen. Der Kammerjager ist hinter ihnen her! Wahrend Arrietty das groe Abenteuer geniet, suchen ihre Eltern fieberhaft nach einem neuen Zuhause. Auf ihrem gefahrvollen Weg zum Dachsbau in den Feldern, wo entfernte Verwandte von ihnen leben sollen, mussen die Borger sich nicht nur eine angriffslustigen Krahe stellen, sondern auch gefraige Feldmause Ratte austricksen. Groe Gefahren fur kleine Borger!Ein Meisterwerk voller Poesie und Atmosphare - ausgezeichnet mit dem Lewis Carroll Shelf-Award

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