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Wind In The Willows

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Wind In The Willows

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Wind In The Willows

Discovering this lovely book later in life gave me the English childhood I never had.

Nominator: Oona Goodman Photo: Courtesy of Penguin Books


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Kenneth Grahame was Scottish, but spent almost his whole life in England. His best known book, published in 1908, is one of the most popular of all children's books, and is enjoyed by adults and children alike. He wrote it when he was Secretary of the Bank of England. Even those who have never read the book immediately recognise its characters, especially Toad! It has been illustrated by many artists, including Arthur Rackham, but E.H. Shepard's drawings are the best known. The central characters are all animals, but also people at the same time. The friendship between the four (all male) characters - Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad - is one of the strengths of the book. It contains lyrical descriptions of the English countryside, broad farce and much else.
David Adams

All the typically british animals: toad, mole otter, plus all the adventures and scrapes and hot buttered toast make this a perfect novel.
gail Percival

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry