After Christmas is over and the baubles are packed away, we have birthdays month in our house (three out of the five of us!), so the celebrations keep on going for several weeks here, however, there are lots of bookish dates to celebrate in January and here are just a few author’s birthdays and book anniversaries worth a special mention…
1st January ~ MARY NORTON, author of The Borrowers and Bed-knob and Broomstick, was born 1903
I’ll admit I did watch the Borrowers TV series before I read the books, but still, they captured my young imagination and I’m sure I’m not the only one who would’ve loved to discover little people under the floors boards. It’s also where my love of miniatures grew from and even today I love anything Borrower-sized.
3rd January ~ J R R TOLKIEN, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, was born 1892
I have a small copy of the Hobbit which sits beside my bed, reminding me that dreams and fantasy are realms to be explored and relished. The stories, world and characters Tolkien gave us deserve their pedestal.
8th January ~ WILKIE COLLINS, author of The Woman in White and Moonstone, was born 1824
Oh, Wilkie Collins you master of the mystery, how I love thee
18th January ~ A A MILNE, author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, was born 1882
I grew up on A A Milne, I had all the books, had them read to me when I was little and read them over and over to myself when I could, where would I be without Piglet and Pooh?
27th January ~ LEWIS CARROLL, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was born 1832
Lewis Carroll gave the world fantasy bizarre, weird and wonderful ~ The White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter are my favourite characters; scatter-brained and loves afternoon tea… I can’t think why?
And January is also the month to celebrate the publication of JANE AUSTEN’s Pride and Prejudice, which was published in 1813
Pride and Prejudice, does it need me to say why it’s such a great book… really?
Thank you Ms Austen, I salute you and raise a glass to your genius x
Also, my DH bought me this delicious Penguin cloth bound copy of Pride and Prejudice for Christmas, isn’t it lovely?
All of the above are classic authors, and I’m aware that there are lots of different Bookish dates to celebrate in January (and if you’d like to mention them in the comments below, that would be grand x) but my pick are those who have been in my life for many years and are still read and loved today by many. Just think, Pride and Prejudice is over two hundred years old; how awesome would it be to write something today, that will still be read in the 23rd century?