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The audiobook edition of Judy Taylor’s classic biography, Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman, read by the actress Patricia Routledge.

Starting with the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in 1902, Beatrix Potter went on to become one of the world’s most successful children’s authors. This biographical audiobook takes the reader through the whole of her life, from her Victorian childhood in London to her final years farming in the Lake District.

Regarded as a standard work on Beatrix Potter’s life, this work has been updated regularly to include fresh material that has come to light as interest in Beatrix Potter continues to grow.

©2012 Judy Taylor (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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Loved it!

Wonderful story about the beloved children's author! The narrative is superb! It takes me back to my introduction of these wonderful 📚

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Beatrix Potter was an artist and so much more!

The author presents a straightforward yet inspiring recount of Beatrix Potter's life and legacy. I commend her for not adding unnecessary padding in the writing of this book. Instead she has let Beatrix Potter's life speak for itself. My enjoyment of the book was further enhanced by Patricia Routledge's excellent narration. Here I learned that Beatrix Potter was a remarkable, unconventional woman with many talents. Her deep love of nature and animals was interwoven into them all.

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I am a big fan of Beatrix Potter - listening to it made for a very enjoyable trip in my car.

Recommend to anyone wanting to know more about a woman who wrote the children's books

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  • jen
  • 04-07-13

Brilliant reading by Patricia Routledge

In the 1990's Patricia Routledge toured in a one-woman play about the life of Beatrix Potter- "Beatrix"- to great acclaim. Later, the play was recorded for BBC Radio 4, but it is not available to buy as a cd or on Audible. However, this recording of Judy Taylor's excellent book is a wonderful alternative to the play, and being a reading rather than a dramatisation, includes far more information. Patricia Routledge's reading is perfect.

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  • Angelcritique
  • 10-04-18

Bittersweet story

Judy Taylor has done an excellent work of this Beatrix Potter biography, narrated in style by the redoubtable Patricia Routledge. Judy gives us detailed information about Beatrix and the characters and animals featuring in her life, paintings and writings which are not available from other sources. Causes of flaws in Beatrix and her brother Bertram's characters can be traced back to their childhood and family life, offering a possible explanation for them. Whilst not always loving Beatrix as an individual, understanding the parental and social opression under which she lived untill she had her own funding made me sympathetic to her struggles. The personal losses and ill health she undured made me empathetic toward her. Good business acumen and a strong intellect mark Beatrix out as a special individual who had great forsight which was the platform for her philanthropy: and we enjoy it to this day.