Winner of the 2007
"Read Beatrix Potter by Linda Lear and you sense a woman poised between late-
"Lear paints an appealing, revealing picture of an independent, accomplished and
loving woman who used her art and research to educate herselve and a host of readers."
"Lear is not only an impeccable historian but a grand storyteller...a magisterial
and definitive biography, a delight in every way."
"As an appreciation of a life well-lived and a talent almost accidentally nurtured,
Beatrix Potter, tells an absorbing story well worth reading."
"Potter was a famously close observer of the world around her, and Lear is an equally
close observer of her subject. The result is a meticulously researched and brilliantly
re-created life that, despite its length and accretion of detail, is endlessly fascinating
and often illuminating. It is altogether a remarkable achievement."
"In this remarkable biography...the author's meticulous attention to detail is obvious
throughout, not to mention her elegant writing and exceptional scholarship. Highly
"Potter's witty journals, with their close observations of people, animals, objects
and places, serve as the basis for Lear's engrossing account, which will appeal
to ecologists, historians, child lit buffs and those who want to know the real Squirrel
Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Benjamin Bunny."
"The great achievement of this book is the way it knits together Potter's lifelong
activities in art and science and shows how they are all part of an extraordinarily
integrated life: how her feeling for plants and animals and her finely detailed
observations of the natural world were the foundation stones of her children's books
as well as her land management skills and environmental awareness."
"An in-depth biography of Beatrix Potter is long overdue and here Linda Lear fills
that gap with a thoroughly well-researched and compelling book."