Sarah Gristwood – biographer, historian, and broadcaster.

The Story of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

This highly illustrated biography looks at the iconic work and fascinating life of one of our national treasures – Beatrix Potter. Bestselling historian Sarah Gristwood follows Potter from her constricted Victorian childhood to the success and tragedy of the years 1901–13, when she published nearly all her major books yet was denied love by the death of her fiance. Finally, she traces the last 30 years of Potter’s life, when she abandoned books to become a working farmer and pioneer of the conservation movement in the early days of the National Trust. Special features throughout the book will show how Beatrix Potter developed many of her most famous characters, including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddleduck.

July 2016 is the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth. She remains one of the best-selling children’s authors today.

Beatrix Potter was strongly involved with the early days of the National Trust and left it over 4000 acres of land in the Lake District. Her home, Hill Top, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

You can order the book from NT’s page for The Story of Beatrix Potter.

Sumptuous … a fitting legacy for a pioneering conservationist who helped save thousands of acres of the Lake DistrictThe Mail on Sunday, August 2016

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