I spent quite some time this morning putting several of Alison Uttley’s books on the internet for sale. I was not familiar with her work at all, being a childhood devotee of her rival, Enid Blyton and not a collector of children’s books. I certainly could not have guessed at the complexity behind the woman who wrote 100 books. A 2009 article in the Guardian written at the time her edited diaries were published, revealed her to be only the second woman to have graduated from the university of Manchester but also to be someone who believed in time travel and fairies. Quite a paradox as described by her biographer, Professor Denis Judd. Her life was not without tragedy, her husband committed suicide in 1930, as did her son two years after she died in 1976. There is now a society devoted to her and her work with a website run by Denis Judd. Her portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.
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