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Ursula Moray Williams

Ursula Moray Williams

  • 5 stars across 7 books
Ursula Moray Williams wrote and illustrated over 70 children's books in her lifetime. Born in 1911, she was one of identical twins, both of whom started to write and illustrate their own books at a young age. After spending time in France, Ursula's first book Jean Pierre was published when she was just twenty. Set in the Haute-Savoie region which she knew so well, it followed the adventures of a small boy and his pet goat.

Moray Williams wrote her most famous story, The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, in 1938, in which a little toy horse is separated from his toymaker `uncle' and must endure many dangerous adventures before finally finding a happy ending. A few years later in, 1942, she went on to write Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat, which soon became a firm favourite with children.

Her books have been illustrated by Edward Ardizzone and Shirley Hughes, among others.

A new edition of Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat was published in February 2012 on the 70th anniversary of its publication, and Moray Williams' classic tale of courage and hope, The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, was reissued in October 2011.
3rd July 2014

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Celebrating 80 years of Gobbolino - the charming tale of a witch's cat who would rather be a kitchen cat, with the origi... MoreGobbolino the Witch's Cat

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9th October 2014

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse: Macmillan Classics Edition

When Uncle Peder the toymaker falls on hard times, his little wooden horse must go out into the world to seek his fort... MoreAdventures of the Little Wooden Horse: Macmillan Classics Edition

(1 review) Review
7th September 2017

The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse

When Gobbolino receives his sister Sootica's call for help he leaves his comfortable new life as a kitchen cat and sets ... MoreThe Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse

(1 review) Review
18th July 2005

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Proud and brave, Uncle Peder had never made so fine a horse before. The little wooden horse loves Uncle Peder like a fat... MoreAdventures of the Little Wooden Horse

(1 review) Review
15th November 2012

Spid

One day Spid comes up the plughole in Henry's bathroom. Within minutes, Henry and this very large black spider are best ... MoreSpid

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1st February 2008

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

The charming tale of a witch's cat who would rather be a kitchen cat. Gobbolino has one white paw and blue eyes and isn'... MoreGobbolino the Witch's Cat

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18th July 2005

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Why was I ever born a witch's kitten? Why - oh, why?" With his bright blue eyes and sparky magic whiskers, no one could ... MoreGobbolino the Witch's Cat

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