Celebrating forty years of the enchanting world of Brambly Hedge

Sep 9, 2020 | NEW BOOK COVERS

This classic treasury of stories has been adored by generations across the globe and will be celebrated with a year-long publishing programme commencing in autumn 2020 giving fans a chance to escape, once again, into the magical miniature world.

Jill Barklem’s adventures of a community of mice living in self-sufficient harmony, have touched the hearts of millions worldwide.

These glorious tales, celebrating family and the natural world have never chimed so perfectly with the mood of our times.

First published in 1980, written and illustrated by Jill Barklem, Brambly Hedge titles have sold over seven million copies worldwide in 24 languages.

We begin the milestone anniversary celebrations this September with the publication of  The Complete Brambly Hedge available as an exquisite 40th Anniversary hardback gift edition with a brand-new look.

This collection brings together all eight of the classic stories in one beautifully printed volume, perfect for snuggling up with the family over the festive season.

The Complete Brambly Hedge (Brambly Hedge)

In addition to The Complete Brambly Hedge, HarperCollins will release the core seasonal titles in paperback, beginning with Winter Story in October 2020 and then continuing with Spring Story, Summer Story and Autumn Story through 2021.


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brambly hedge books for children summer story 2020 edition
brambly hedge books for children spring story 2020 edition
brambly hedge books for children autumn story 2020 edition

Gorgeous new mini hardback editions, in the eye-catching new livery, will also be available along with a refreshed audio collection of the first four stories A Year in Brambly Hedge (available July 20).

With this array of wonderful publishing, Brambly Hedge fans will once again be able to step back into this enchanting world and cherish these stories for years to come.

brambly hedge books a year in brambly hedge boxed set 2020 edition

Jill Barklem was drawn to the natural world ever since childhood. While training as an illustrator at St Martin’s School of Art, her long journeys to college on the London Underground gave her time to escape into the imaginary world of a colony of mice, which she later developed into the delightful escapades of Wilfred Toadflax, Primrose Woodmouse and all the beloved animals of Brambly Hedge. On publication, her intensive research and astonishing attention to detail did not go unnoticed with The Sunday Times Magazine describing her books as “the most research-crammed fantasy ever set before small children”. Jill passed away in 2017, but her legacy lives on in these enchanting tales.

Jill Barklem’s glorious illustrations now appear on a growing range of merchandise and in February 2020, Lupus Films, the animation studio behind The Tiger Who Came to Tea, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Snowman & The Snow Dog, announced it will adapt the Brambly Hedge stories for the screen.

Share your adventures with us on Twitter @bramblyhedge_ as well as on Facebook and Instagram at Brambly Hedge Official. If you are looking for ideas for how to get out and about, head over to the Wildlife Watch website for some inspiration.

Brambly Hedge Team