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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

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, Judith John Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2021

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.

The Golden Age Annotated

The Golden Age Annotated

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/04/2021

The Wind in the Willows - 90th anniversary gift edition

The Wind in the Willows - 90th anniversary gift edition

Author: Kenneth Grahame Illustrator: E. H. Shepard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

There's nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.... One of the all-time great animal stories. Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book, with exclusive illustrations from EH Shepard has delighted generations.The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous and bestselling animal stories of all time. This exclusive 90th anniversary paperback edition celebrates E.H. Shepherd's classic illustrations that brought Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad to life 90 years ago and have captivated children and adults alike ever since. The Wild Wood seems a terrifying place to Mole, until one day he pokes his nose out of his burrow and finds it's full of friends. He meets brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the rascally Mr Toad, and together they go adventuring ... but the Wild Wood doesn't just contain friends, there are also the sinister weasels and stoats, and they capture Toad Hall when Mr Toad is in jail. How will he escape? And can the friends fight together to save Toad Hall? Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows is a classic animal adventure that charms and enthrals. This new paperback edition contains the original black and white illustrations by E H Shepard, the man who drew Winnie-the-Pooh. The perfect adventure for children aged 9 and above.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2021

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Illustrator: Tor Freeman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2021

Depicting the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger and the pretentious Mr Toad, The Wind in the Willows sees these four animals getting into all sorts of trouble as they wander along the river, through the Wild Wood and around the grand Toad Hall. Adapted for the stage by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall, and recreated for film and TV numerous times, Kenneth Grahame's tale has been an essential part of every English child's formative reading for over a century, with new generations of readers succumbing to its charm, wit and wonder.

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