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Alison Uttley (17 December 1884 - 7 May 1976), née Alice Jane Taylor, was a British writer of over one hundred books and was given an honourary Litt.D by Manchester University in 1970 in recognition of her literary achievements. She is now best known for her children's series about Little Grey Rabbit, and Sam Pig


The Country Child

Alison Uttley (and others)

THE COUNTRY CHILD is a semi-autobiographical story about a girl growing up in the country. Alison Uttley has drawn on her own youth to produce memories so vivid and nostalgic that you can almost smell the honeysuckle and hear the owls calling at dusk.
She writes about the small intense joys and sorrows of life on a small farm: the fun of haymaking, the sadness of favourite animals being slaughtered, and the close sweetness of Christmas celebrations in the farmhouse kitchen.

Also in A Puffin Book: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley

A Traveller in Time

Alison Uttley

Penelope lives in the 20th Century, and it is only when she visits Thackers, a remote, ancient farmhouse, that she finds herself travelling back in time to join the lives of the Babington family, and watching helplessly as tragic events bring danger to her friends and the downfall of their heroine Mary, Queen of Scots, whom they are seeking to rescue.