• Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman

  • By: Judy Taylor
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman

By: Judy Taylor
Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
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Publisher's Summary

The audiobook edition of Judy Taylor’s classic biography, Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman, read by the actress Patricia Routledge.

Starting with the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in 1902, Beatrix Potter went on to become one of the world’s most successful children’s authors. This biographical audiobook takes the reader through the whole of her life, from her Victorian childhood in London to her final years farming in the Lake District.

Regarded as a standard work on Beatrix Potter’s life, this work has been updated regularly to include fresh material that has come to light as interest in Beatrix Potter continues to grow.

©2012 Judy Taylor (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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Loved it!

Wonderful story about the beloved children's author! The narrative is superb! It takes me back to my introduction of these wonderful 📚

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I am a big fan of Beatrix Potter - listening to it made for a very enjoyable trip in my car.

Recommend to anyone wanting to know more about a woman who wrote the children's books

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A delightful and inspirational biography

After watching the movie, Miss Potter, I was compelled to learn more about Beatrix Potter. This book is very well written by Judy Taylor, and Patricia Routledge’s presentation is fabulous. It was is a joy to listen to. Beatrix Potter was truly an amazing woman. In today’s current world of CoVid lockdowns, people can learn a lot about how isolation can awaken the imagination. Creativity is the a driving force of making this world a better place. Beatrix Potter is a prime example of how one person can make a difference in this world.

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Everything I wanted to know about a beloved artist

This was remarkably fast passed and fascinating about the life of Beatrice Potter.
An inspiring listen.

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Beatrix Potter was an artist and so much more!

The author presents a straightforward yet inspiring recount of Beatrix Potter's life and legacy. I commend her for not adding unnecessary padding in the writing of this book. Instead she has let Beatrix Potter's life speak for itself. My enjoyment of the book was further enhanced by Patricia Routledge's excellent narration. Here I learned that Beatrix Potter was a remarkable, unconventional woman with many talents. Her deep love of nature and animals was interwoven into them all.

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  • 04-07-13

Brilliant reading by Patricia Routledge

In the 1990's Patricia Routledge toured in a one-woman play about the life of Beatrix Potter- "Beatrix"- to great acclaim. Later, the play was recorded for BBC Radio 4, but it is not available to buy as a cd or on Audible. However, this recording of Judy Taylor's excellent book is a wonderful alternative to the play, and being a reading rather than a dramatisation, includes far more information. Patricia Routledge's reading is perfect.

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  • Deborah Jackson
  • 07-17-19

Perfection!

Beautiful, poignant and in places, laugh out loud funny. A pleasure from start to ens. Enjoy x

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  • Dan & Kim
  • 02-07-19

Wonderful!

A really fascinating account of Miss Potter’s life, delightfully narrated by Patricia Routledge. What could be better?! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Angelcritique
  • 10-04-18

Bittersweet story

Judy Taylor has done an excellent work of this Beatrix Potter biography, narrated in style by the redoubtable Patricia Routledge. Judy gives us detailed information about Beatrix and the characters and animals featuring in her life, paintings and writings which are not available from other sources. Causes of flaws in Beatrix and her brother Bertram's characters can be traced back to their childhood and family life, offering a possible explanation for them. Whilst not always loving Beatrix as an individual, understanding the parental and social opression under which she lived untill she had her own funding made me sympathetic to her struggles. The personal losses and ill health she undured made me empathetic toward her. Good business acumen and a strong intellect mark Beatrix out as a special individual who had great forsight which was the platform for her philanthropy: and we enjoy it to this day.

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  • 09-17-22

Listened whilst in the Lake District

This proved to be a delightful and informative audio book whilst holidaying recently in the Lake District. The perfect narrator for this story and I could visualise it all.

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  • Julieb
  • 06-10-22

patricia routledge does it proud

loved this very much. factual. interesting and so well narrated. wish it had been longer

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  • S M Grigg
  • 04-15-22

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really interesting overview of her life, easy to listen to and engaging, loved it it

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  • Thamesis
  • 01-09-22

Absolutely lovely.

This enchanting biography of Beatrix’s life is read quite beautifully, compassionately, and sensitively by Patricia Routledge. It is a beautiful escape from our daily travails and you feel genuine sadness when the last chapter arrives in the book describing the last chapter of Beatrix’s own story. Highly recommended.

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  • Tikkun Olam
  • 11-22-21

Very enjoyable

Very well read and informative! Patricia Routledge's ,down to earth narration was well suited to Beatrix Potter's 'no nonsense' approach to life.