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The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated Edition by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated Edition

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Stunning is definitely the best word to describe this book that is bulging with superb illustrations that complement the moving story by Kenneth Grahame of Ratty, Moley and of course the irascible Toad.

It is part of the Walker Illustrated Classics, a new series which brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated by some of today's finest artists. These exquisitely designed books, with their magnificent words and glorious pictures, are a pleasure to read - and re-read. The classics have never looked so good.

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The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated Edition by Kenneth Grahame

A word from the Illustrator, Inga Moore:

'Anyone who has ever read The Wind in the Willows knows how delightful it is to get lost, even for an hour or two, in the world within its pages. Illustrating the book, of course, takes a lot longer. In my case it took over two years, two wonderful years spent in the company of Ratty, Mole, Mr Badger and The Toad. As I worked I found myself thinking more about their creator, Kenneth Garhame. Perhaps this is inevitable when you go deeply into a work, but I like to think it was also because I share his love of the English countryside. Searching there for inspiration for my illustrations, it was as if I had - even if it was just for a while - come upon a common spring.'

Twelve large format paperback classic children's books illustrated by today's finest artists will be published this year, perfect for building the definitive children's classic library:

The Wind in the Willows - January

Classic Poetry - February

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - March

The Secret Garden - April

The Jungle Book - May

Alice through the Looking Glass - June

Moby-Dick - July

Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - August

A Christmas Carol - September

Classic Fairy Tales - October

Gulliver's Travels - November

Pinocchio - December


'A stunning achievement - Moore's illustrations are just so perfect for the book, that you can almost feel Kenneth Grahame smiling down upon it.' Sunday Telegraph

'A book for your child to treasure - and, in time, share with their own children.' The Good Book Guide

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but in early childhood, after being orphaned, moved to live with his grandmother on the banks of the River Thames in southern England. He was an outstanding pupil at St Edward's School in Oxford and wanted to attend Oxford University but was not allowed to do so by his guardian on grounds of cost. Instead he was sent to work at the Bank of England in 1879, and rose through the ranks until retiring as its Secretary in 1908 due to ill health. In addition to ill health, Grahame's retirement was precipitated in 1903 by a strange, possibly political, shooting incident at the bank. Grahame was shot at three times, all of them missed. Grahame's marriage to Elspeth Thomson was an unhappy one. They had only one child, a boy named Alastair, who was born blind in one eye and was plagued by health problems throughout his short life. Alastair eventually committed suicide on a railway track while an undergraduate at Oxford University, two days before his 20th birthday on 7 May, 1920. Out of respect for Kenneth Grahame, Alastair's demise was recorded as an accidental death. Kenneth Grahame died in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 1932.

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Publication date

5th January 2009


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