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Beatrix Potter is the most successful classic children’s author of all time. The escapades of Peter Rabbit and his friends have charmed generations of children. Her appeal lies not just in the stories – she was also a skilled artist and illustrator. What is less well known is her business acumen. Peter Rabbit became the first licensed soft toy, laying the foundations for the development of branded merchandise.

‘In the Footsteps of Beatrix Potter’ looks at her story as well as the characters which made her famous. It outlines the most popular stories, and tells of her determination to have a career and marry the man she wanted, rather than fall into line with her parents ideas.

The book looks in detail at the places you can go that are linked to Beatrix Potter. Her connections with the Lake District are well known – but there are other locations such as Gloucester, Exeter, Long Melford, London and Scotland. It shows how the Peter Rabbit stories have been portrayed in literature, film, television and drama; as are portrayals of her own personal story. You can visit many of the film locations including Lincoln’s Inn, The Rum Story, Yew Tree Farm, Osterley Park, and Loweswater.

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