Johanna Spyri

Heidi
  • Heidi

  • Including an introduction from writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis, curator of Sunday Times Bestseller Feminists Don't Wear Pink.

    When five year old Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather high up in the Alps, no one really knows how they will get on.

    Even though her grandfather can be fierce, Heidi loves it up in the beautiful Alps, playing with the goats and birds.

    But when her strict aunt decides that she must leave her mountain home, Heidi is determined to return to her happy life with her grandfather.

    The Sisterhood collection celebrates the best-loved classics, written by some of the best female authors in history for International Women's Day. Read the rest of the collection:

    The Railway Children
    Little Women
    Pride and Prejudice
    A Little Princess
    Anne of the Green Gables

Johanna Spyri was born in a country village in Switzerland in 1827. Her father was a doctor and she had five brothers and sisters. Later she moved to the capital Zurich to go to school and she eventually settled there with her husband Bernhard,who was a lawyer. Johanna began writing in 1871 and wrote many stories which quickly became very popular. Her husband and son both died tragically in 1884, but Johanna consoled herself with charity work and writing, as well as looking after her orphaned niece. She died in her Swiss village home in 1903. Heidi is Johanna Spyri's best known and most popular novel - it has been translated from German into over fifty languages and over fifty million copies have been sold worldwide.


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