Friday, August 02, 2013

The Button Box And Other Essays - Alison Uttley

I have only recently discovered the work of writer, Alison Uttley. Best known for her children's series about Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig, Ms Uttley was a prolific British writer of over 100 books. Alice began writing to support herself and her son financially after she was widowed and by all accounts, she had a pretty sharp tongue - describing her contemporary, Enid Blyton, as a "boastful, vulgar and curled woman"!

One of her books that I would love to get my hands on, is 'The Button Box And Other Essays'. Published in 1968, it was illustrated by renowned naturalistic painter, Charles Tunnicliffe, with whom Alice had a 30 year working relationship with - even though they never met in all that time! Both the book and the illustrations look utterly charming.

images via eBay here


  1. Hi,
    Abe Books sells this book. Some are quite pricey, but affordable. Here's the link:

    Kind regards, Francine



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