Holy Terrors

Penelope Fitzgerald

  • ‘Elizabeth’: The Author of ‘Elizabeth and her German Garden’ by Karen Usborne
    Bodley Head, 341 pp, £15.00, October 1986, ISBN 0 370 30887 5
  • Alison Uttley: The Life of a Country Child by Denis Judd
    Joseph, 264 pp, £15.95, October 1986, ISBN 0 7181 2449 9
  • Richmal Crompton: The Woman behind William by Mary Cadogan
    Allen and Unwin, 169 pp, £12.95, October 1986, ISBN 0 04 928054 6

These three women writers were mythmakers. Alison Uttley created Little Grey Rabbit (1929-1973), Richmal Crompton thought of Just William and kept him going for 48 years, May Annette Beauchamp invented herself as Elizabeth.

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