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  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241340370
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 944
  • RRP: $24.00

The Complete Borrowers


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The complete collection of the classic Borrowers stories by Mary Norton.

The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses - behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. Everything they have is borrowed from the 'human beans', who don't even know they exist. But then young Arrietty makes friends with a boy - a 'human bean' - and from that moment danger is never far away for, above all else, they must avoid the great disaster of 'being seen'.

In The Borrowers Afield the Pod family escape to the fields where their cousins live, but it's a long and dangerous journey. In The Borrowers Afloat Arrietty looks forward to a life away from the dark country cottage, to one full of sunshine. In The Borrowers Aloft: the family are now living in the model village of Little Fordham. All they have to do is avoid being seen by the visitors . . . In The Borrowers Avenged Pod, Homily and Arrietty have managed to escape with the help of Spiller. They move into the old rectory where they live happily until the Potters come looking for them.

Poor Stainless: Young Stainless, a Borrower boy, goes missing on a mission to borrow some parsley and an enormous search ensues.

  • Pub date: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241340370
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 944
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Author

Mary Norton

Mary Norton (1903 - 1992), was born in London, the only girl in a family of five children. She was brought up in the Manor House in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, which later became the setting fof her most famous book, The Borrowers. She was educated at convent schools and, after a brief and unsuccessful time as a secretary, she became an actress. She was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Company for two years and always thought of herself more an actress than a writer. She remembered her most thrilling moment as the time she first went on stage as an understudy at the Old Vic. She gave up the theatre when she got married and went to live with her husband in Portugal. There her two sons and two daughters were born, and she began to write.
When war broke out in 1939, Mary's husband joined the Navy and she brought her children back to England via the United States - she lived there for a while waiting for a passage home. She returned to the stage in 1943. The Borrowers was published in 1952 and won her the Carnegie Medal, the most important prize in children's fiction. The story was based on fantasies from her childhood when her short-sightedness made her aware of the teeming life in the countryside around her. C S Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, wrote to her in 1956: "May a stranger write his thanks and congratulations for 'The Borrowers' and 'The Borrowers Afield'? They have given me great and (I anticipate) lasting pleasure...". Films and TV series continue to bring new generations of children to Mary Norton's books.

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