The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne (Hardback)
- As featured in the Mail On Sunday's Event magazine and the Mail Online: 'A new Disney film paints a rosy picture of the real Christopher Robin. In truth, A A Milne's bear-loving son loathed his father, was tormented by his fame, and enraged his family with an incestuous marriage.'
- As featured by The Sun: 'Winnie-the-Pooh author AA Milne hated children, cheated on wife and fell out with son who inspired book – new movie reveals'
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VERY few authors can ever dream of coming close to the legacy left by A A Milne. He remains a household name in almost every corner of the globe thanks to a phenomenally popular collection of whimsical children’s stories about a boy named Christopher Robin and his beloved teddy bear.
Generations of children have grown up loving the tales of Winnie The Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, which are still among the most popular – and profitable - fictional characters in the world.
But while the adorable poems and stories have brought unparalleled joy to millions, Alan Alexander Milne, himself was never able to enjoy the fame and fortune they brought him. He died deeply resenting Pooh’s success, as far as he was concerned those stories were just such a tiny fraction of his literary work, but nothing else he produced came close in terms of public appreciation.
Milne died still unable to reconcile the fact that no matter what else he wrote, regardless of all the plays and stories for adults he had published, he would always be remembered as a children’s storyteller.
And his son, widely hailed as the inspiration for the adorable character of Christopher Robin, could never accept his unique place in literary history either. He had barely reached his teens before he grew to loathe his famous father, who he bitterly accused of exploiting his early years.
The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne delves deep into the life of Milne and sheds light on new places, and tells stories untold.
It's a well known fact that both Christopher Robin and Alastair Milne were deeply affected by the success of Winnie-the-Pooh, something which is covered in last month's book of the month, the true story of the real Winnie-the-Pooh. Nadia Cohen explores the extraordinary life of A A Milne, not only in relation to Pooh, but also to other facets of his life and world. A fascinating character brought perfectly to life by Nadia.Books Monthly
Full review-A Writer's Blog, July 2019
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As featured inThe Irish Mail 19/8/18
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As featured inThe Mail on Sunday 29/7/18
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Kim Lidgard
This book is definitely a page turner, I grew up with Winnie The Pooh so wanted to know more about the author, really found it hard to put down which surprised me as this isn't my usual kind of read, anyone wanting to read the history behind Winnie The Pooh will love this book.
Anyone who has been curious about Winnie the Pooh's backstory -- or the life of a celebrated author between the wars -- will find this an engrossing book.NetGalley, reviewed by Kristen Nelson
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Concert Katie
This book was fascinating to find out about all that was going on behind the scenes. I love Winnie the Pooh and his crew and the stories, but I didn't realise how it was Daphne that seemed to play more with the toys than Christopher and all that went on with Alan and how he wanted to be known for his other writings as well. Definitely a fascinating read.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Charity Howard
This book truly is wonderful. I have enjoyed the Winnie the Pooh stories my entire life. They have been very important to me and my first books were this collection. When I had children of my own Winnie the Pooh was a big part of their life too. Reading this book gave me more information about the man and his family that wrote the stories. I always enjoy learning about the writer and their inspiration. The book was well written as well.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Cristie Underwood
Wow! I grew up reading A.A. Milne’s books and they were a great part of my childhood. It was really interesting to read about the author behind so many of my cherished books.
It was nice to have a better understanding of A.A Milne and readers will find out things that they probably previously did not know.NetGalley, reviewed by Rachel McKitterick
This is the story of A. A. Milne’s life; sympathetically written, which shows the depth of this extraordinary man’s character and talent...Love of Books
...I loved this book and I’m sure you will too.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Amy Doram
What a superbly written insight into one of the world's best loved authors! We all best know Milne for his children’s books and for the legacy that is Winnie the Pooh. This book strips back his life, his work and his views on life. A really interesting read for all book fans.
A fascinating tale of the author A. A. Milne, his writing, his family, and the time in which he lived. Milne was a mass of contradictions, both proud and hounded by the success of the Winnie the Pooh stories, close and yet ultimately estranged from his only son, and a pacifist who supported the second World War in several critical ways. This is a readable biography that had me returning to Milne’s works with curiosity and a lively interest.NetGalley, reviewed by Melissa McDaniel
As featured inWestern Morning News
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Andrea Stoeckel
I highly recommend this book.
I appreciated Nadia Cohen’s extensive research, her way of writing Alan’s story and her insight into his interactions with his closest friends.NetGalley, reviewed by Sandra Brower
I thoroughly enjoyed The Extraordinary Life of AA Milne.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Heather Mulvihill
Great book. Huge Disney fan. Loved learning about A A Milne and his fascination with teddy bears.
Recommended.NetGalley, reviewed by Eileen Hall
Altogether an interesting look at a very special family.NetGalley, reviewed by Bonnye Reed Fry
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Sharon Adair
Wow! Thanks so very much to Netgalley, Pen and Sword and the author, Nadia Cohen, for the opportunity to rave about this book!
I loved it and was surprised at how difficult it was to put down. I finished it within 48 hours of starting and that was down to the excellent way the book is put together. It's a fascinating insight into the mind, life and family of this great Author. I didn't realise what a prolific a writer he was (he'd be gutted to know that I knew him solely for his Winnie the Pooh books) and I found his relationships with his wife and son riveting.
I also enjoyed the 'Winnie the Pooh' quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the photographs at the end of the book. Just wonderful.
5 stars without hesitation.
I give The Extraordinary Life Of A.A Milne five out of five stars!NetGalley, reviewed by Michelle Kidwell
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Tracy Shephard
Every so often there comes along, a book that you just have to read. The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne is such a book, and if you grew up with the tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, then this book will delight you.
This is quite a story, and one that is far away from a fairy tale. A A Milne was a man who was a brilliant writer, but Pooh's success meant that he wasn't quite known for most of his work and he was very resentful of this fact.
Even Christopher suffers because of Pooh and I feel that Pooh was some kind of Nemesis for Christopher.
I highly recommend this book, as it is a complete dossier of the man we have all heard of. The writing flows brilliant and it's more than a memoir.
It is truly quite remarkable.
As featured inThe Sun 19/9/17