Between the ages of 15 and 30 Beatrix Potter kept a secret diary written in code. When the code was cracked by Leslie Linder more than 20 years after her death, the diary revealed a remarkable picture of upper middle-class life in late Victorian Britain. The original diaries run to over 200,000 words so for this edition Glen Cavaliero has made a careful selection of complete entries and excerpts which provide an illuminating insight into the personality and inspiration of one of the world's best loved children's authors.
The fashion designers behind the new Beatrix Potter book covers share the inspiration for their designs. Unexpected and playful, the new collection celebrates these timeless stories and their influence on British culture today.
Editor Jo Hanks tells us about the discovery of the manuscript, hints at the return of our favourite Beatrix Potter characters and why she chose Quentin Blake to illustrate the new tale