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Beatrix Potter 150th anniversary

Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher and Benjamin Bunny - just a few of Beatrix Potter's loveable characters that have enriched the lives of countless children - and adults alike.

Today (28 July) marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of English writer Potter in 1866, best known for her children's books - the most famous being The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

To commemorate the occasion, Sarah Wood from the Library's Special Collections has written a staff blog inviting people to rediscover their favourite Beatrix Potter books such as: The Story of Miss Moppet, The Tailor of Gloucester, and of course The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Early editions of these can be viewed in the David Wilson Library in the Special Collections reading room.

Sarah said: "I think one of the main reasons why Beatrix Potter’s books remain popular over a century later is her use of familiar wildlife and household pets to present stories which are amusing, witty and memorable. For example, The Story of Miss Moppet is a great read for any who own and have experienced the curious nature of cats! 

"Her stories also manage to convey moral messages very simply, which are relatable throughout the generations."

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