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The 1904 edition of 'The Tales of Beatrix Potter', which Britain's Prince Charles had in his nursery. (MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)


Long-lost Beatrix Potter novel becomes instant bestseller

By WITW Staff on January 28, 2016

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, a Beatrix Potter novel that was rediscovered 100 years after it was written, immediately became a bestseller just two days after it was announced the book would be published on September 26, to mark the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth. The book immediately rose to the eleventh spot on Amazon’s UK bestsellers list. This new novel by the creator of children’s classic Tale of Peter Rabbit features a black cat with a secret crime-fighting double life and has “guest appearances” from other Potter favorites, including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and an all-grown-up version of Peter Rabbit. Potter had completed the text in 1914, but hadn’t finished the illustrations when her work was “interrupted” by the outbreak of World War I, illness and marriage — and left unfinished. It came to light after Jo Hanks, U.K. publisher of Penguin Random House Children, caught a reference to the story in of the author’s letters and went digging. Two years ago, she found a sketch of the cat and several manuscripts in the archives of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Quentin Blake, the famous children books illustrator was asked to come in and do the illustrations for the book.  He said he had liked the story immediately: “It’s full of incident and mischief and character … I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.”

Children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.
Children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.

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