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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

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Kenneth Grahame 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

Pagan Papers

Pagan Papers

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2020

Pagan Papers

Pagan Papers

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Pagan Papers

Pagan Papers

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

The Wind in the Willows Illustrate Your Own

The Wind in the Willows Illustrate Your Own

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2020

Ever wanted to illustrate a book? Now you can. 'There goes the great Mr. Toad! And that's the gallant Water Rat, and yonder comes the famous Mr. Mole!' The Wind in the Willows follows the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger. Their stories of friendship and mischief have captivated readers of all ages for over a hundred years. Join them as they scull on the river, deal with Toad's latest fad and explore the mysterious Wild Wood. In this edition, the original story is accompanied by empty frames waiting to be filled with your own art. Bring this peaceful countryside to life in your unique version of this classic tale and capture Otter watching by the ford, wise Badger in his underground home and the recovery of Toad Hall from the wicked weasels and ferrets.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Dream Days Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Dream Days Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2020

The Golden Age Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

The Golden Age Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2020

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