The Cambridge Guide to Children’s books in English

The Cambridge Guide to Children’s books in English

2001, The Cambridge University Press

Victor Watson edited this massive alphabetised Guide to children’s books, described by Philip Pullman as ‘indispensable’. He went on to say: ‘What I particularly like is the considered and richly informed writing by people of real stature in their fields.’

In recognition of the fact that a great deal of what children read has little to do with classrooms, or with what many adults think of as ‘literary’, there are entries on drama, television, comics, adventure game-books, and the growing range of media texts. The Guide also seeks to ensure that entries are neither blandly descriptive nor loftily patronising towards young readers – whose reading interests wherever possible should be acknowledged alongside the more available and articulate views of literary critics.

Lucy Boston – An Artist in Everything She Did

Lucy Boston – An Artist in Everything She Did

2021, Oldknow Books, Hemingford Grey

Lucy Boston – An Artist in Everything She Did draws on the expertise of a wide variety of writers to explore and illuminate the achievements of Lucy M. Boston. Although she is best-known for her Green Knowe series of children’s books, her extraordinarily wide-ranging and passionate imaginative life took her into other realms of creativity too. She wrote adult novels and memoirs, a number of supernatural stories, and poetry. Sound and music were also important to her, as were her garden, her patchworking, and her paintings.

Her creativity was supple and volatile, and her work mercurial, iridiscent, full of sound and colour and light, a personal patchwork of poetry, painting, novel-writing, needlework, gardening, and house restoration. Each of the contributors addresses and elucidates one of these aspects of Lucy’s life and thought.

The aim of this collection is to stitch together these disparate threads in a single work. Accordingly, there are chapters on her children’s books, her adult novels, her supernatural stories, her garden, her patchworking, her paintings, her extremely private poetry, and the importance of sound and music in her life.

An Artist in Everything She Did will be of interest to academics and to the many enthusiasts not predominantly concerned with either scholarship or children’s literature.

Other Academic Works

  • After Alice ~ Exploring Children’s Literature (eds Morag Styles, Eve Bearne, & Victor Watson), 1992, Cassell.
  • The Prose and the Passion ~ Children and Their Reading (eds Morag Styles, Eve Bearne, & Victor Watson), 1994, Cassell.
  • Voices Off ~ Texts, Contexts and Readers (eds Morag Styles, Eve Bearne, & Victor Watson), 1996, Cassell.
  • Talking Pictures ~ Pictorial Texts and Young Readers (eds Morag Styles & Victor Watson), 1996, Hodder & Stoughton.
  • Opening the Nursery Door ~ Reading, Writing and Childhood 1600-1900 (eds Morag Styles, Mary Hilton & Victor Watson), 1997, Routledge.
  • Where Texts and Children Meet (eds Eve Bearne & Victor Watson), 2000, Routledge.
  • Coming of Age in Children’s Literature (Margaret Meek & Victor Watson), 2003, Continuum.
  • Reading Series Fiction ~ from Arthur Ransome to Gene Kemp (Victor Watson), 2000, Routledge/Falmer.