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The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne (Hardback)

British History Social History Memoirs

By Nadia Cohen
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 206
ISBN: 9781526704467
Published: 2nd November 2017

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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.

Altogether an interesting look at a very special family.

NetGalley, reviewed by Bonnye Reed Fry

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, reviewed by Sharon Adair

I give The Extraordinary Life Of A.A Milne five out of five stars!

NetGalley, reviewed by Michelle Kidwell

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, reviewed by Tracy Shephard

As featured in

The Sun 19/9/17

About Nadia Cohen

Nadia Cohen is an entertainment journalist who has worked at a number of national newspapers and magazines including Grazia and the Daily Mail. As a show-business correspondent she covered film festivals, premieres and award ceremonies around the world. Nadia was headhunted for the launch of a new American magazine, In Touch Weekly, and spent several years living and working in New York. She now lives in London and juggles family life with writing contemporary and historical biographies.

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