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Kenneth Grahame - Author

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but in early childhood, after being orphaned, moved to live with his grandmother on the banks of the River Thames in southern England. He was an outstanding pupil at St Edward's School in Oxford and wanted to attend Oxford University but was not allowed to do so by his guardian on grounds of cost. Instead he was sent to work at the Bank of England in 1879, and rose through the ranks until retiring as its Secretary in 1908 due to ill health. In addition to ill health, Grahame's retirement was precipitated in 1903 by a strange, possibly political, shooting incident at the bank. Grahame was shot at three times, all of them missed. Grahame's marriage to Elspeth Thomson was an unhappy one. They had only one child, a boy named Alastair, who was born blind in one eye and was plagued by health problems throughout his short life. Alastair eventually committed suicide on a railway track while an undergraduate at Oxford University, two days before his 20th birthday on 7 May, 1920. Out of respect for Kenneth Grahame, Alastair's demise was recorded as an accidental death. Kenneth Grahame died in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 1932.

Featured books by Kenneth Grahame

Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

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Author: Kenneth Grahame Illustrator: Richard Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2015

Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad in their adventures and antics, from venturing into the dark and dangerous Wild Wood to simply messing about in boats.

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Other books by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in The Willows

The Wind in The Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame, Judith John Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2021

A stunning new edition with deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader. Kenneth Grahame's treasured and perennially popular The Wind in the Willows follows the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger as they spend their time 'simply messing about in boats', getting lost in the Wild Wood and getting Toad out of scrapes. The endearing characters, evocatively idyllic setting of the gentle Thames Valley and the message of friendship make this an enduringly heart-warming tale. The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library.

Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame, Rene Cloke Illustrator: Rene Cloke Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2021

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2021

With an Introduction by A.A. Milne and Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Far from fading with time, Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of fantasy has attracted a growing audience in each generation. Rat, Mole, Badger and the preposterous Mr Toad, have brought delight to many through the years with their odd adventures on and by the river, and at the imposing residence of Toad Hall.

Wind in the Willows Minibook - Limited Gilt-Edged Edition

Wind in the Willows Minibook - Limited Gilt-Edged Edition

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2021

The Wind in the Willows Annotated

The Wind in the Willows Annotated

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2021

The Golden Age Annotated

The Golden Age Annotated

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2021

The Wind in the Willows; Illustrated

The Wind in the Willows; Illustrated

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2021

The Golden Age Annotated

The Golden Age Annotated

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2021

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