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The Real Beatrix Potter (Hardback)

Social History Women of History

By Nadia Cohen
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 16 black and white
ISBN: 9781526752758
Published: 30th April 2020


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The Real Beatrix Potter is a fascinating and revealing biography of one of the world's most cherished children's authors.

Beatrix Potter's famous little white books have enchanted generations of young readers who adored the characters she created and of course her own distinctive illustrations.

Born into a typically repressed Victorian family it was assumed that Beatrix would achieve little more than finding herself a rich husband, and so there was no point in bothering to educate her.

But the Potters underestimated their daughter. Stifled by the lack of stimulation, she educated herself in art, science, and of course a great love of the natural world.

The success of Peter Rabbit proved her to be creative genius who could have become the toast of the London literary scene, but when her fiancé tragically died Beatrix retreated to the Lake District where she reinvented herself as a successful farmer, a canny businesswoman and an early environmental pioneer.

Passionately campaigning to save the area from development she helped establish the National Trust, and despite her great wealth Beatrix lived out her days in humble anonymity.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As many did; I grew up with Beatrix Potter books. The simplicity and magic inside every page was wonderful.
Having the opportunity to read more about Beatrix Potter has left me awe inspired. This is one incredibly talented woman who overcame many obstacles.

Pick up this book and read it.

NetGalley, Natalie Lonsdale

I never really wondered about Beatrix Potter, I knew she wrote and illustrated books such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, but never gave the author a thought.

However, this book was fascinating - covering the unhappy childhood of an extremely bright Beatrix, her relationship with her controlling parents, her difficult personal life and her final freedom in the Lake District. The philanthropic Potter was a huge supporter and contributed to the newly-formed National Trust and, whilst she didn't believe in suffrage and would never have considered herself a feminist, she certainly shunned the conventional life expected of her, instead becoming a famous author and a business woman.

NetGalley, Jo Young

What an intriguing story about the woman who penned such magical stories that intrigued both children and adults alike throughout the world and still does so! Coming out from under the thumbs of domineering parents, Ms Potter made an impact on the English countryside to an extent that many may not know about... It was wonderful reading about the unconventional woman behind the books.

NetGalley, Flora Fung

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Real Beatrix Potter is an absolutely fascinating read. I loved learning more about this remarkable woman. I highly recommend this great book.

NetGalley, Jessica Murdock

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What an honour it was to read about a lady we have all grown up knowing about and her Fantastically beautifully presented books.
It was like stepping into the past and living the often lonely life of this OUTSTANDING Author it was intriguing and whimsical in many parts sheet hard work and determination were her solicitude one remarkable lady I just loved everything about this book.

NetGalley, Jeanie Mckinlay

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WoW..........Wishes to come true...........Now, who doesn't love Beatrix Potter characters - Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Benjamin Bunny when you were growing up?...............I know I did and I still have all the books this day. So when this book The Real Beatrix Potter by Nadia Cohen I just wanted to learn more about the wonderful person who created these magical characters we all grew up and loved! and still do.

This book is a biography of one of the world's most loved children's author to this day. I am so glad this book has been written about Beatrix Potter so we can learn more about her. This book it vert detailed about her life and has photo's that have never been shown before of her home, inside her home, etc which I found very interesting just like this wonderful book.

I highly recommend this book.......You will bot be disappointed. I loved it

NetGalley, Nessa Thompson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Real Beatrix Potter by Nadia Cohen is a fascinating insight into one of the world’s best known and loved children’s author. Beatrix Potter was so much more than just a famous author. She was a woman ahead of her time, caring little for the fashionable drawing rooms of Kensington and preferring the rugged outdoors of her beloved Lake District... Thank you Nadia Cohen for a fascinating look into a favourite and much loved children’s author.

NetGalley, Julia Wilson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It was a great book for those who are interested in learning about a remarkable woman.

NetGalley, Michael Petkus

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This biography covers the life of one of the most famous children’s authors of all time, Beatrix Potter. We meet her in her latch key childhood and say goodbye to her on her deathbed at her famous Hill Top Farm. This book does a great job at telling the story of her life, helping the reader to learn more about this extraordinary woman... I think Beatrix Potter has now become of one of my favourite women in history. I think her life is a lesson for us all, that we should pursue what we love even if society disagrees, and use it to make a difference in the world.

NetGalley, Tanja Flanjak

I found this to be an absolutely fascinating read and was engrossed by Beatrix Potter's life. I think this will be one of the best biographies in 2020. Will be recommending it highly in my library.

NetGalley, Sinead Noonan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to read this very special book. Author Susan Branch and a special cousin opened my door into the lovely world of Beatrix Potter, but I knew so little. Along came this refreshing biography and I just can't get enough. From misunderstood shy child of a wealthy family to financial freedom from her published works, Beatrix became her own person. Author, landowner, landlord, neighbor, shepherdess, wife..she was all this and more. My interest was held from the first to the last page. Bravo!

NetGalley, Donna Pingry

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received "The Real Beatrix Potter" as an ARC, in exchange for honest opinion and boy am I eternally grateful for the opportunity to read this book. As an avid fan of all things Beatrix Potter this book is now my number one favorite. It is very well written and adds some information to the life of Beatrix Potter I was not aware existed. It is interesting to see how many obstacles she had to overcome to get to where she finally felt valued.

I loved to see her perseverance above all. I am so thrilled to read about such a pioneer. As I continued to collect all things "Beatrix Potter" and her lovable characters I am definitely adding this to my collection.

This book is a must in your library. I highly recommend it for young and old! I give this a 5 star rating - higher if available.

NetGalley, Ily Renfroe

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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