Monday, 4 February 2013

The Wind in the Willows and Wastelands to Wonderlands

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The Wind in the Willows courtesy of The Folio Society //

'Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands' - British authors courtesy of The British Library 

For those that know me well enough, you'll know that I went to extreme lengths as a child to exhaust my Wind in the Willows VHS; You will also know that I forced my Grandma to play my Wind in the Willows board game with me on a bi-weekly basis. If you're as nerdy enthusiastic as me, I urge you to spend the next hour or so watching the version I had on VHS on Youtube. With all of this in mind, you can sort of imagine the state I was in when I was contacted and asked whether I'd like a beautifully illustrated version of the book! Um, yes!

I cannot really put into words how much I have fallen in love with this book, from the quality of the paper to the stunning illustrations. Furthermore, the story is just absolutely timeless; I still find myself being scared half to death at the prospect of venturing into 'The Wild Wood'. The Wind in the Willows is one of those novels that just captures the imagination like no other and you'll soon find yourself in a love/hate relationship with Mr Toad. I can imagine this book making the ideal gift for so many: sentimental grandparents, expectant Mama's and Papa's, bookworms like myself. I was also lucky enough to be sent 'Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands', a book that explores the relationships between writers and landscapes. It's one of those books that you can peruse at your own leisure, dipping in and out of when you have a spare ten minutes. I've found that it's best accompanied by a tall drink and a pack of biscuits! I'm very lucky indeed.

If you don't mind, I'm going to go and read The Wind in the Willows from start to finish and weep at the fact that I am in my twenties and will never truly experience childhood ever again. What were some of your favourite books as a child? Do you sometimes give them a re-read? Even if you aren't a fan of this particular book, I urge you to head to the website regardless because they have soooo many other books to offer! I want one of each, thanks!



Altogether now, 'The mole had been working very hard all morning....' ♥ 

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25 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, that is such a beautiful copy of Wind in the Willows and you've taken some gorgeous photos as well. I absolutely adored Wind in the Willows when I was younger, and would always insist on playing Badger! x

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  2. What a gorgeous edition of Wind in the Willows - I bloody love the folio society! xxx

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  3. Gorgeous photos, as always Bee! You make me want to read this again :)

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  4. i had never read the Wind in the Willows books until I was ill last year and then started reading them - flipping loved them. The Wind in the Willows and the three follow up books (The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant and The Willows and Beyond) take me to a happy place, they're just so lovely and peaceful!!! xxxx

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  5. That is such a beautiful copy of the book, mine's a bit old now! Gorgeous pictures! x

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  6. Such a beautiful edition of one of the best children's classics in the world. You really must watch 'Moles Christmas' It is such a sweet story. I used to watch it loads as a kid. He seems to adore his cordials in it ;)

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  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxgtFoo_zk

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  8. This is such a beautiful book - I'm always on the lookout for old books in charity shops. This was a childhood favourite!
    Sophie
    X

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  9. Gosh, that Wind in the Willows book is just so beautiful to look at let alone have it in your hands to read! xx

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  10. That book is so lovely. I used to play the wind in the willows game with my grandma every week before brownies when I was young, such good times.
    -x-

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  11. i used to love this book as a kid. i've read it sooo many time..
    I've even been told before i could read i'd look through the pictures time and time again
    xoxo

    www.caitlinannexo.com

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  12. The Wind in the Willows was my childhood film, every week my dad use to rent it from the Video shop untill I eventually got it on VHS. He also bought me the book when I was younger, it was a lovely emerald green hard cover, with the prettiest illustrations.

    Hannah
    www.daintyandivory.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh, that's beautiful!! The Folio Society books are all so lovely, but that is just stunning. (Way over-excited about books. Ah well.)

    I went to the Wastelands to Wonderlands exhibition when it was at the British Library in the summer and it was fantastic - ridiculously exciting to see the Bronte's ACTUAL HANDWRITING. Haha

    Terri-Jane xx

    {twoninethree}

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  14. Fantastic illustrations! What a gorgeous edition. I once saw this acted out in the open in Lancaster park, amazing!

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  15. That is stunning! There's something about a beautifully bound classic isn't there. I'd never read any Oscar Wilde until I found 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' bound in amazing purple and gold and now it's one of my all time favourites.

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  16. This is so cute!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  17. I re-read The Wind in the Willows a few months back for a university project to redesign the cover and enjoyed it just as much as I did as a child! This book is beautifully printed and designed

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  18. This absolutely beautiful, if it were possible to fall in love with a book it would be with this one! My favourite books as a child were The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass and Brambly Hedge which was wonderful :) xxx

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  19. Oh wow, this edition of The Wind in the Willows is awesome!

    Olive xox

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  20. How pretty! I love books like thatxx

    http://paprikapassion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. The wind and the willows are so cute!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  22. Such an amazing book and I adore the illustrations.
    A beauty <3

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  23. Beautiful post

    the-lovenest.blogspot.com

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  24. How beautiful, books are endless beauty. Loved this post xxx

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  25. Such a beautiful book; reminds me of my childhood!

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