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Philippa Pearce

Philippa Pearce

  • 5 stars across 23 books
Philippa Pearce was born in 1920 and spent her childhood in Great Shelford, south of Cambridge, where her father was a flour-miller. The village and the river that ran by the mill played a large part in shaping her stories, especially Minnow on the Say and Tom's Midnight Garden. For most of her adult life she lived within a few yards of her childhood home.

After she graduated from Cambridge in 1942, she worked as a children's book editor, and as a scriptwriter and producer for BBC Radio. She won a number of awards for her children's books, including the Carnegie Medal for Tom's Midnight Garden. In 1997 she was awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature. She died in 2006, aged 86."
2nd April 2015

Tom's Midnight Garden

When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle's house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. A... MoreTom's Midnight Garden

(16 reviews) Review
1st September 2016

Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

A beautiful adaptation of the classic novel. Renowned graphic novel artist, Edith, has created an enchanting version of ... MoreTom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

(3 reviews) Review
28th July 2009

Mrs Cockle's Cat

(1 review) Review
3rd July 2014

A Dog So Small

'Philippa Pearce - one of the finest children's writers of the 20th century' - GuardianIn A DOG SO SMALL young Ben Blewi... MoreA Dog So Small

(1 review) Review
4th September 2008

Minnow on the Say

It's a great discovery. Right there, at the bottom of the garden, bobbing on the river, is a canoe. The Minnow. David ca... MoreMinnow on the Say

(1 review) Review
7th July 2016

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

'Philippa Pearce's books are outstanding' - GuardianSid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but the... MoreThe Battle of Bubble and Squeak

(1 review) Review
6th July 2017

The Ghost in Annie's Room

At Great Aunt Win's house, Emma is happy to sleep in her cousin Annie's old attic bedroom. But when bedtime comes she ... MoreThe Ghost in Annie's Room

(1 review) Review
2nd November 2009

A Finder's Magic

A beautifully crafted fantastical mystery about a little boy called Till who loses his dog Bess. A mysterious stranger ... MoreA Finder's Magic

(0 reviews) Review
1st May 2014

Amy's Three Best Things

A wonderfully reassuring bedtime book about staying away from home for the very first time by two major children's-book ... MoreAmy's Three Best Things

(0 reviews) Review
4th August 2005

The Little Gentleman

When Bet is first asked to go into the meadow and read a passage aloud from a book - apparently to no-one - she wonders ... MoreThe Little Gentleman

(0 reviews) Review
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