Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison
The Life of Beatrix Potter

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Potter described her stories as giving “pleasure without ugliness.” The same can be said of this respectful biography.
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Beatrix Potter is one of the world's bestselling, most cherished authors, whose books have enchanted generations of children for over 100 years. Yet how she achieved this is just one of several stories of Beatrix Potter’s remarkable and unexpected life. Inspired by the 23 'tales', Matthew Dennison takes six quotations from Potter’s stories and uses them to explore her multi-faceted life and character: repressed Victorian daughter; thwarted lover; artistic genius; formidable countrywoman. 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 straightened Victorian era in which she lived. Embellished with photographs of Potter’s life and her own illustrations, this is a book that will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter’s work.
 

About Matthew Dennison

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Matthew Dennison is the author of The Twelve Caesars, The Last Princess, and Queen Victoria.
 
Published October 6, 2016 by Head of Zeus. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jan 04 2017

Potter described her stories as giving “pleasure without ugliness.” The same can be said of this respectful biography.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Oct 05 2016

...Dennison attempts to work this kind of close and sceptical reading into a narrative that is essentially a cradle-to-grave biography. This fresh approach is most effective for the early books...What is missing is a full understanding of Potter’s diminishing creativity...

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