How it all began

In 1980 Collins published four little picture books by a young author and illustrator, Jill Barklem. SPRING STORY, SUMMER STORY, AUTUMN STORY and WINTER STORY chronicle in astonishing illustrative detail the lives and adventures of a community of mice who live in Brambly Hedge. Brambly Hedge is an idyllic spot where old values flourish and seasonal self-sufficiency is the order of the day. Intended for small children, the books were an immediate success with readers of all ages and in a short time Brambly Hedge Stories had been translated into thirteen languages and over five million copies have been sold. This is the story of how Brambly Hedge went from a scrap of paper on a Tube Train in the late 1970’s to a worldwide children’s classic.

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