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Alison Uttley (1884–1976)

Author of A Traveller in Time

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Works by Alison Uttley

A Traveller in Time (1939) 626 copies
The Country Child (1931) 224 copies
Little Grey Rabbit's Party (1936) 102 copies
Wise Owl's Story (1935) 88 copies
Magic in My Pocket (1974) 86 copies
Fuzzypeg Goes to School (1938) 83 copies
Water-Rat's Picnic (1943) 77 copies
Squirrel Goes Skating (1934) 77 copies
Hare and the Easter Eggs (1952) 65 copies
The Speckledy Hen (1945) 63 copies
Moldy Warp the Mole (1940) 57 copies
Adventures of Sam Pig (1940) 48 copies
The Knot Squirrel Tied (1937) 47 copies
The Great Adventure of Hare (1931) 45 copies
Hare and Guy Fawkes (1956) 42 copies
Grey Rabbit and the Circus (1961) 39 copies
Adventures of Tim Rabbit (1945) 39 copies
Grey Rabbit's May Day (1963) 38 copies
Tales of Little Grey Rabbit (1980) 37 copies
Little Red Fox (1970) 34 copies
Hare Joins the Home Guard (1941) 31 copies
Foxglove Tales (1754) 24 copies
Squirrel Goes Skating (1980) 20 copies
Hare goes shopping (1965) 19 copies
Sam Pig Goes to the Seaside (1978) 17 copies
Grey Rabbit Finds a Shoe (1960) 17 copies
Little Red Fox Stories (1992) 15 copies
Fuzzypeg's Brother (1971) 14 copies
Country Hoard (1976) 13 copies
More Little Red Fox Stories (1975) 13 copies
Sam Pig and Sally (1942) 10 copies
Buckinghamshire (1950) 10 copies
Magic Water (1939) 10 copies
Sam Pig Goes to Market (1951) 9 copies
Ten Candlelight Tales (1991) 9 copies
Ambush of young days (1974) 8 copies
Country Things (1946) 8 copies
Sam Pig at the Circus (1943) 7 copies
Sam Pig at the theatre (1940) 7 copies
Hare and the Rainbow (1975) 7 copies
Sam Pig in Trouble (1948) 5 copies
Here's a New Day (1951) 5 copies
The Brown Mouse Book (1971) 4 copies
A Year in the Country (1976) 4 copies
Plowmen's Clocks (1952) 4 copies
Some Moonshine Tales. (1945) 3 copies
Nine Starlight Tales (1942) 3 copies
Ten Tales of Tim Rabbit (1941) 3 copies
Cuckoo in June (1966) 2 copies
High Meadows (1964) 2 copies
Macduff (1950) 1 copy
Enchantment 1 copy
Wild Honey (1962) 1 copy
A peck of gold (1966) 1 copy
Tim Rabbit's dozen (1964) 1 copy

Associated Works

Round the Christmas Tree (1983) — Author — 45 copies
A Golden Land (1958) — Contributor — 42 copies
Open the Door (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Country Child (1992) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Children's Own Treasure Book (1947) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Uttley, Alice Jane Taylor
Date of death
Burial location
Holy Trinity Churchyard, Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Cromford, Derbyshire, England, UK
Place of death
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Places of residence
Derbyshire, England, UK
Fulham, London, England, UK
Bowden, Cheshire, England
Knutsford, Cheshire, England, UK
Lea Board School, Holloway
Lady Manners Grammar School, Bakewell
Owen’s College, Manchester University
Lady’s Training College, Cambridge
children's book author
Uttley, James Arthur (husband)
Uttley, John (son)
Taylor, Henry (father)
MacDonald, Ramsay (friend)
Taylor, Hannah (mother)
Judd, Denis (biographer)
Awards and honors
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Manchester, 1970
Blue Plaque
Short biography
Alison Uttley was the pen name of Alice Jane Taylor, born and raised in rural Derbyshire. She was educated at a local grammar school and at Manchester University, where she became only the second woman honors graduate. She did postgraduate studies at Cambridge to qualify as a teacher. In 1911, she married James Uttley, a scientist. After her husband’s suicide, she took up writing to support herself and her son under the name Alison Uttley and produced the popular work The Country Child (1931), a fictionalized account of her own childhood, illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe. Although she also wrote for adults, her best remembered works are her stories for children, for whom she invented the beloved characters of Little Red Fox, Little Grey Rabbit, Sam Pig, Little Brown Mouse, and Brock the Badger, among others. She was a prolific writer and published more than 100 books, including the classic A Traveller in Time (1939). She wrote about 20 volumes of memoirs as well as her autobiography, Ambush of Young Days (1951).



Twelve delightful country tales about Tim Rabbit of the kind heart and big adventures.
PlumfieldCH | Dec 17, 2023 |
Childhood favourite, stil loved and red
Jennywren1445 | Apr 8, 2022 |
Worried about her youngest daughter’s health, Mrs. Cameron arranges for all three of her children – Alison, Ian, and Penelope – to stay with her elderly aunt and uncle on the Derbyshire farm where she herself was raised. All of the children, and especially Penelope, soon take to the rhythms of country life. However, it isn’t as restful for Penelope as the adults hoped. Penelope finds she has the ability to slip between past and present. She spends more and more time in 16th century Thackers, the country home of Anthony Babington, whom Penelope knows is destined to be executed for his role in plotting the escape of Mary, Queen of Scots. Penelope feels herself caught between the two worlds, as tragedy draws ever closer for her 16th century friends and Penelope is powerless to change the outcome.

This book combines many elements that I love, including old houses with secret passages and time travel into the past. The time travel element reminds me very much of Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand, with past and present coexisting in the same physical space for the time traveler. The descriptions of the house, its furnishings, the farm buildings, and the landscape are vivid enough that I could easily picture them in my mind. The continuity between past and present, with furniture and tools in use over many generations of the farm’s inhabitants, will resonate with family historians who either cherish physical objects passed down in their own family or who mourn their lack.
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cbl_tn | 21 other reviews | Jan 9, 2022 |



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