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Over The Hills & Far Away – The Life of Beatrix Potter

Over The Hills & Far Away[B]eatrix Potter is one of the world’s bestselling, most cherished authors, whose books have enchanted generations of children for over a hundred years. Yet how she achieved this legendary status is just one of several stories of Beatrix Potter’s remarkable and unexpected life.

Inspired by the twenty-three ‘tales’, Matthew Dennison takes aselection of quotations from Potter’s stories and uses them as a starting point to explore her multi-faceted life and character: repressed Victorian daughter; thwarted lover; artistic genius; formidablecountrywoman. They chart her transformation from a young girl with a love of animals and fairy tales into a bestselling author and canny businesswoman, so deeply unusual for the Victorian era in which she grew up.

Embellished with photographs of Potter’s life and her own illustrations, this elegant short biography will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter’s work.  This year is the 150th anniversary of her birth.


Matthew Dennison is the author of five critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, a Book of the Year in The Times, Spectator, Independent and Observer. He is a contributor to Country Life.

Publication Date: 6th OCTOBER 2016 Price: £20.00

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