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Sir J. M. Barrie - Author

About the Author

J.M. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He was the ninth child and third son of David and Margaret ( Ogilvy ) Barrie. His father was a handloom weaver.
Barrie attended Glasgow Academy, Forfar Academy and Dumfries Academy. In 1887he enrolled in Edinburgh University, where he graduated in four years with a master's degree. He worked as a journalist for the Nottingham Journal before moving to London in 1885 to freelance.
When Barrie was six years old his older brother David died. Barrie set himself to console his mother, and later attributed this as his start down the road to becoming an author.
In 1894 he married the actress Mary Ansell. The marriage was childless and ended in divorce in 1909. However, he was friends with Arthur and Sylvia Llewellyn Davies, and when they died, became the legal guardian to their five sons: Peter, John, Michael, Nicholas and Arthur.
In later life, Barrie was struck by writer's cramp, and being ambidextrous, switched hands. He mentions in several places that what he wrote with his left hand had an altogether eerier quality than the more rational right.
Barrie died on 19th June 1937. His grave is in Kirriemuir cemetery, and his birthplace at 4, Brechin Road is maintained as a museum by the National Trust for Scotland.

Books by Sir J. M. Barrie

Illustrated Classic: Peter Pan

Illustrated Classic: Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Follow the Darling children as they fly away to the Neverland with the captivating Peter Pan, to battle pirates and play make-believe with the lost boys. With a stunning foiled jacket, ribbon marker and beautiful original colour illustrations throughout, this is a book to treasure.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2018

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

'All children, except one, grow up.' It was Friday night. Mr and Mrs Darling were dining out. Nana had been tied up in the backyard. The poor dog was barking, for she could smell danger. And she was right - this was the night that Peter Pan would take the Darling children on the most breath-taking adventure of their lives, to a place called Neverland, a strange country where the lost boys live and never grow up, a land with mermaids, fairies and pirates - and of course the terrible, evil, Captain Hook. Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the most famous and best-loved stories for children, an unforgettable, magical fantasy which has been enjoyed by generations. The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

A Storyteller Book Peter Pan

A Storyteller Book Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/2017

A charming retelling of J M Barrie's classic tale about the little boy who refused to grow up, specially adapted by Lesley Young. Bright illustrations by Jenny Press portray Peter's exciting adventures in Never-Never Land with the fairy Tinker Bell and his new friends Wendy, John and Michael. You can meet Tiger Lily, the brave Indian chief, and the villainous pirates commanded by Captain Hook. The lively narrative is carefully worded to appeal to youngsters - perfect for reading aloud to small children, or for more confident readers to enjoy by themselves. Little Wendy Darling awakes one night to find Peter Pan in the bedroom she shares with her brothers, John and Michael. Peter is searching for his missing shadow. After Wendy helps Peter to reattach the shadow, he offers to take her and her brothers to the magical realm of Never-Never Land. This is a world inhabited by mermaids, the Lost Boys - children who fell out of their prams when their mothers were not looking - friendly Indians and terrifying pirates. Together, Peter and his pals do battle against the pirates' infamous leader, Captain Hook...

Read-Aloud Classics: Peter Pan

Read-Aloud Classics: Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie, Charles Nurnberg, Joe Rhatigan Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Share this classic character and his quintessential stories about adventure, daring, and cleverness with a whole new generation of adventurers, with Read-Aloud Classic: Peter Pan. Introduce your children to the characters of J. M. Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan. Join Peter, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Wendy, and many more in this age-appropriate picture book. Barrie's novel is presented in a way that children will understand and enjoy, and provides a faithful retelling they will recall when they are older and ready for the original text. Peter Pan has been a children's favorite since its original publication, and this edition adapts the classic into a story young children will love. The modern world is bursting at the seams with technological games and distracting screens for kids to occupy themselves with. The Read-Aloud Classics series is the perfect thing to shows them that you can go on incredible adventures without a controller and experience wonderful stories without a touch screen. Best of all, you will create memories as you read the stories together.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2017

Seven Seas is excited to present Peter Pan, an all-new illustrated edition of the beloved story of the boy who never grows up, accompanied by manga-style artwork that will appeal to readers of any age who still believe in magic. Peter Pan is a literary classic, and has been adapted into numerous plays, movies, cartoons, and novels. This new edition reintroduces readers to J. M. Barrie's original novel, Peter Pan, in its entirety, accompanied by delightful black-and-white manga-style illustrations by Kriss Sisson, illustrator of Seven Seas' popular Alice and Oz illustrated books. Look for the second star to the right and it's straight on 'til morning as you follow young Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they're whisked away from their London home to the magical world of Neverland. Their guide, the brash ruler of Neverland, is none other than Peter Pan - the boy who never grows up. With a little fairy dust and a lot of happy thoughts, the Darling children soar through the skies of Neverland as Peter befriends mermaids, plays alongside the Lost Boys, and confronts the pirates led by the vengeful Captain Hook!

Peter Pan BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation

Peter Pan BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2017

When Peter Pan flies into the night nursery of Wendy, John and Michael Darling, he takes them on the journey - and the adventure - of a lifetime. Mermaids, wolves and Indians weave their spell in the magical Never Never Land - where also lurks the wicked Captain Hook. Relive the wonder and excitement of J.M Barrie's timeless classic in this spectacular, swashbuckling full cast dramatistion, directed by award-winning producer Dirk Maggs.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie, Silke Leffler Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/03/2017

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/07/2016

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a thrilling adventure for all ages - the story of the boy who refuses to grow up is a tale that never gets old. It follows the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, who befriend the magical Peter and are whisked away to Neverland, where the villainous Captain Hook and the brave Lost Boys await. With illustrations by F. D. Bedford, gorgeously coloured by one of Britain's leading colourists, Barbara Frith, this majestic Macmillan Collector's Library edition brings to life one of the world's favourite tales. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Second to the right, and straight on till morning! Meet Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, Tinkerbell the mischievous fairy, the Lost Boys and the villainous Captain Hook. A swashbuckling children's adventure classic for generations, this edition has beautiful two colour illustrations by beloved illustrator Shirley Hughes. Pan - a new film prequel to Peter Pan - is out summer 2015. Praise for Shirley Hughes: 'A remarkable artist and author whose picture books should be on every child's shelf.' The Times 'Shirley Hughes is the doyenne of the picture book world.' TES

Peter Pan (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)

Peter Pan (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

J. M. Barrie's classic children's story is reimagined in this delightful full-color deluxe edition filled with all-new illustrations and ten removable features specially designed by MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter films. For more than a century, the adventures of Peter Pan-the boy who can fly and never grows up-and Wendy Darling have captured the hearts of generations of readers. In this enchanting illustrated volume, the fantastical world of Neverland and its magical inhabitants, including the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and the beloved Tinker Bell, are brought to life like never before. Peter Pan is packed with a lush array of colorful illustrations and interactive removable features, including a detailed map of Neverland, a croc o'clock with hands you can rotate to tell time, Peter's shadow, and more. Beautiful and captivating, filled with breathtaking artwork, this stunning book is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of all ages.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `Second to the right ... and then straight on till morning!' Desperate to hear bedtime stories, Peter Pan waits outside the nursery window of Wendy, John and Michael Darling. When Peter asks Wendy to fly with him to Neverland, the Darling children are whisked away to a world of adventure - of daring fairies, wondrous mermaids and The Lost Boys.But there is danger in Neverland too: the villainous Captain Hook is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to take it. Poignant and unforgettable, J. M. Barrie's classic tale is one of the greatest works of children's literature of the last century. Its imaginative scope, tender humour and vivid characters will enchant adults and children alike. Published in association with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie, F. D. Bedford Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Originally told as a tale by J.M. Barrie to five brothers and first produced as a play in 1904, Peter Pan is the beloved and classic story about the boy who never grows up. Follow the Darling children- Wendy, John, and Michael- as they fly over the rooftops of London to Neverland and have adventures with the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, mermaids, and the dreadful Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Including 12 gorgeous illustrations, this beautiful, vibrant cloth-bound hardcover is unabridged and makes a great addition to every child's library. The Knickerbocker Classics bring together the essential works of classic authors from around the world in stunning editions to be collected and enjoyed.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie, Gyeong-Hwa Kim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles...

A Storyteller Book Peter Pan

A Storyteller Book Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2013

This is a fresh new version of J M Barrie's classic tale about the little boy who refused to grow up, specially adapted by Lesley Young. It provides bright illustrations by Jenny Press portray. Peter's exciting adventures in Never-Never Land with the fairy Tinker Bell and his new friends Wendy, John and Michael. Meet Tiger Lily, the brave Indian chief, and the villainous pirates commanded by Captain Hook. The lively narrative is carefully worded to appeal to youngsters - perfect for reading aloud to small children, or for more confident readers to enjoy by themselves. Little Wendy Darling awakes one night to find Peter Pan in the bedroom she shares with her brothers, John and Michael. Peter is searching for his missing shadow. After Wendy helps Peter to reattach his shadow, he offers to take her and her brothers to the magical realm of Never-Never Land. This is a world inhabited by mermaids, the Lost Boys - children who fell out of their prams when their mothers were not looking - friendly Indians and terrifying pirates. Together, Peter and his pals do battle against the pirates' infamous leader, Captain Hook...

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

The Little White Bird - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

The Little White Bird - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2013

The Little White Bird - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

The Little White Bird - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2013

Ladybird Classics: Peter Pan

Ladybird Classics: Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

This beautiful hardback Ladybird Classic edition of Peter Pan by Sir J. M. Barrie is a perfect first illustrated introduction to the classic Neverland story for younger readers. It has been sensitively abridged and retold to make it suitable for sharing with young children from 5+, whilst retaining all the key parts of the story including Peter's ongoing feud with Captain Hook, his adventures with Wendy, John and Michael as well as the friendship between the Lost Boys. Detailed full-colour illustrations throughout also help to bring this classic tale to life. Other exciting titles in the Ladybird Classics series include Alice in Wonderland, Black Beauty, Gulliver's Travels, The Secret Garden, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island.

Peter Pan From the Story by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan From the Story by J.M. Barrie

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2009

From stage to page and age to age, Peter Pan has flown into the lives of children and adults since 1904. The timeless tale of the Darling children's adventures into Neverland is one of wonder and pure imagination that Costa captivates beautifully with full-colour illustrations. Generation after generation pass on to each other the gift of great storytelling. The story of Peter Pan is one of those enchanting presents you will always remember receiving.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2008

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where the lost boys play. Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook has his way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles . . .

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2006

The night that Peter Pan flies into the Darling children's nursery is the night that magic flies into their lives. It's the night that Wendy and her brothers follow Peter out of the window and soar through the sky to Neverland. It's the night that they discover a world of mermaids, fairies, and pirates, of lost boys, and of the terrible Captain Hook. It's the night the adventure begins...Step into Neverland with this magical, timeless classic.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1998

This is a delightful edition of one of the greatest children's stories ever written. When Peter Pan flies through the window of a nursery one evening, he entices Wendy, Michael and John to follow him to the magical island of Neverland. They soon learn how to fly and encounter the Lost Boys, mermaids and fairies. But the children soon learn that Neverland has very real dangers too - not least of all a band of blood-thirsty pirates lead by the notorious villain, Captain Hook.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie, Edward Benjamin Britten, et al Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/10/1996

Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie's famous play, is novel filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children-Wendy, John, and Michael-who fly off with Peter Pan to Never Never Land, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Now their amazing adventures have been brought to life by the magical brush of Michael Hague. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/1995

It was Friday night. Mr and Mrs Darling were dining out. Nana had been tied up in the backyard. The poor dog was barking, for she could smell danger. And she was right - this was the night that Peter Pan would take the Darling children on the most breath-taking adventure of their lives, to a place called Neverland, a strange country where the lost boys live and never grow up, a land with mermaids, fairies and pirates - and of course the terrible, evil, Captain Hook. Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the most famous and best-loved stories for children, an unforgettable, magical fantasy which has been enjoyed by generations.

Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1993

The magical Peter Pan comes to the night nursery of the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael. He teaches them to fly, then takes them through the sky to Never-Never Land, where they find Red Indians, wolves, Mermaids and... Pirates. The leader of the pirates is the sinister Captain Hook. His hand was bitten off by a crocodile, who, as Captain Hook explains 'liked me arm so much that he has followed me ever since, licking his lips for the rest of me'. After lots of adventures, the story reaches its exciting climax as Peter, Wendy and the children do battle with Captain Hook and his band. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is the magical tale that first introduces Peter Pan, the little boy who never grows any older. He escapes his human form and flies to Kensington Gardens, where all his happy memories are, and meets the fairies, the thrushes, and Old Caw the crow. The fairies think he is too human to be allowed to stay in after Lock-out time, so he flies off to an island which divides the Gardens from the more grown-up Hyde Park - Peter's adventures, and how he eventually meets Mamie and the goat, are delightfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

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