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Matthew Dennison is the author of five critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, a Book of the Year in The Times, Spectator, Independent and Observer. He is a contributor to Country Life.
'A fascinating read' Choice Magazine. 'Embellished with photographs of Potter's life and her own illustrations, this short biography will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter's work' Westmorland Gazette. 'A carefully written and perceptive drawing together of Beatrix Potter's life and art ... A valuable and beguiling introduction to a fascinating story' The Beatrix Potter Society magazine. 'Dennison has had the brilliant idea of telling Beatrix Potter's life story through her work' Daily Mail. 'The story of the extraordinary boom in children's literature over the last 100 years could be bookended with a 'Tale of Two Potters' - Beatrix and Harry. The adventures of the latter have sold millions, but the foundations of his success were laid by the former, whose series of 'little tales' Matthew Dennison estimates in his equally condensed new biography 'are purchased somewhere in the world every 15 seconds'' The Spectator. 'Charming, affectionate and warm' This is England. 'Enjoyable, thoughtful, impressionistic ... enhanced by Dennison's laconic narration' The Tablet. 'Cleverly designed to resemble one of her iconic children's books' Christmas pick, Choice Magazine. 'The Potter that emerges from his pages is complex, contradictory, fully faceted ... Dennison's attentiveness, intelligence and lack of sentimentality make it a work of weight and substance that carries the distinction of seeing its subject whole ... Potter once referred to "the deepest me, the part one has to be alone with". Dennison's achievement is to have sounded those depths, and to have shown us something of their scale' The Irish Times. 'Fascinating ... Dennison's clever, searching account of her life shows the incredible fight she had to make herself into the kind of woman she wanted to be' The Times. 'One suspects that Potter would approve of the elegant subjectivity of Mr Dennison's account as he recasts the constraints of her era and milieu as priceless fuel for personal reinvention ... this beautifully produced biography unveils Potter as ahead of her time' Country Life. 'This fresh approach is most effective for the early books, with Dennison providing a persuasive account of how the best Potter tales grew out of the oppressive frustrations of Bolt Gardens' The Guardian. 'Finely written and dancingly quick' TLS. 'For fans who cherish the books, and anyone who has ever been in thrall to the intricately conceived world of bunnies' Sunday Times.