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The Story of Beatrix Potter

Sarah Gristwood

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  • July 2016 is the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth.

  • She remains one of the best-selling children's authors today. Her books have been translated into over 35 languages. 

  • Beatrix Potter was strongly involved with the early days of the National Trust, and left it over 4000 acres of land in the Lake District. Her home, Hill Top, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. 

  • This book includes a previously unpublished letter written by Beatrix late in her life.

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    Product Description

    To this day, Beatrix Potter’s tales delight children and grown-ups around the world. But few people realise how extraordinary her own story is.


    She was a woman of contradictions. A sheltered Victorian daughter who grew into an astute modern businesswoman. A talented artist who became a scientific expert. A famous author who gave it all up to become a farmer. 


    Bestselling biographer Sarah Gristwood follows the twists and turns of Beatrix Potter’s life and its key turning points – including her tragically brief first engagement and happy second marriage late in life. She traces the creation of Beatrix’s most famous characters – including the naughty Peter Rabbit, confused Jemima Puddleduck and cheeky Squirrel Nutkin – revealing how she drew on her unusual childhood pets and locations in her beloved Lake District. 


    She explores too Beatrix’s role as a pioneering conservationist, whose work with the National Trust helped to save thousands of acres of the Lake District – a legacy that, like her books, continues to enrich our lives today. 

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    Imprint National Trust
    ISBN 9781909881808
    Publication Date 9 Jun 2016
    Format Hardback
    Dimensions (246 x 189)
    Page Extent 160
    Illustrations Illustrations throughout
    View Inside Pages Not Yet Available
    Author Sarah Gristwood
    About the Author

    Sarah Gristwood is a best-selling Tudor biographer, former film journalist, and commentator on royal affairs. She has appeared in most of the UK’s leading newspapers and magazines.She wrote two bestselling Tudor biographies, Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester; and the eighteenth-century story Perdita: Royal Mistress, Writer, Romantic which was selected as Radio 4 Book of the Week. A regular media commentator on royal and historical affairs, Sarah was one of the team providing Radio 4’s live coverage of the royal wedding. She is a Fellow of the RSA, and an Honororary Patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

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