Philippa Pearce (1920- )

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Philippa Pearce had an idyllic childhood growing up in a beautiful old mill house on the banks of the River Cam just outside Cambridge. The youngest of four children, she and her brothers and sister canoed, swam and fished in the river and, in really cold winters, skated on it. Philippa was ill for several years of her childhood and so didn't start school until she was eight or nine. Once she did, she worked hard at the things she was interested in, particularly English, and went on to study English at Girton College, Cambridge. Philippa worked as a scriptwriter/producer for BBC schools radio and as an editor for a publishing company before really getting going writing her own books. Her first two books drew on her childhood experiences, for example the house where Tom goes to stay with his aunt in Tom's Midnight Garden is the mill house in which Philippa grew up. Later stories, such as the Battle of Bubble and Squeak, were written for her daughter Sally who was a passionate animal-lover. Philippa now lives just down the lane from where she grew up with her dog, cat and a huge vegetable garden.

Bibliography

The Minnow Leads to Treasure
Tom's Midnight Garden
Still Jim and Silent Jim
From Inside Scotland Yard
The Children of the House
The Elm Street Lot
The Squirrel Wife
Minnow on the Say
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak
The Way to Sattin Shore
Bubble and Squeak
Freddy
Old Belle's Summer Holiday
In the Middle of the Night
At the River-gates
The Ghost in Annie's Room
The Pedlar of Swaffham
The Little Gentleman