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21 Childhood Books Every British Person Will Remember

Five go on a trip down memory lane.

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1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

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Remember the horror of discovering your local supermarket didn't stock cans of tiger food? Cat kibble just wasn't the same (tigers are very particular about their brand of food).

2. The Worst Witch by Jill Muphy

Mildred Hubble made you feel so much better about your own school life. No matter how clumsy and awkward you felt, at least you never turned anyone into a pig.


3. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton.

Remember Julian, Dick, Anne, and George? Remember Kirrin Island? REMEMBER ALL THE TONGUE SANDWICHES? So many tongue sandwiches.

4. The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Everything Diana Wynne Jones wrote was gold (Howl's Moving Castle was THE BEST), but the Chrestomanci series wins, mainly because there was more than just one book to read. Finishing the whole series and realising there weren't any more was the actual worst.

5. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb! The original I Spy picture book – Where's Wally didn't have anything on this.

6. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

This was probably the book that started your love affair with Eva Ibbotson – once you'd gone with Maia down to the Amazon, there was The Secret Countess and The Star of Kazan waiting for you.

7. The Mr Men and Little Miss stories by Roger Hargreaves.

The best part was collecting all the books and lining them up on your bookshelf to spell out "My Mr Men Library".


8. The Winnie the Pooh Collection by AA Milne.

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” Was there ever a honey-loving bear as wonderful as Pooh?

10. The Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter.

Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle... the names alone were the stuff of dreams.

11. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger set the bar for friendships. Plus, the battle of Toad Hall against the horrid weasels was so epic.

12. The Wind Singer by William Nicholson.

The first book in the Wind on Fire trilogy, this was a hell of a fantasy novel. An early precursor to series like Divergent (dystopian city + rigid caste system + rebellious girl hero), following Kestrel's quest to restore the Wind Singer's voice and save the city of Aramanth was beyond enthralling.


13. Malory Towers by Enid Blyton. / Via Flickr: thriftyuk

This plus The Naughtiest Girl in the School was the fuel behind every boarding school fantasy. Boarding basically just involves midnight feasts and swimming in your own sea pool, right?

14. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

Prince Caspian was a total babe. Nuff said.

15. The Paddington books by Michael Bond.

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Before the blockbuster film and all the merchandise, there were just the books, and hours spent poring over the adventures of a little bear from Peru.

16. Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley.

Millicent Margaret Amanda, what a girl. And that pink and white dress? Fabulous.

18. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

Moonface, Silky the fairy, and Saucepan Man! And all the lands at the top of the Faraway Tree! The Land of Do-As-You-Please and The Land of Goodies were obvs the best.

20. The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Everyone knows that dreams come direct from a Big Friendly Giant who blows them into your room at night. If you had the Roald Dahl cookbook, you definitely tried to make snozzcumbers and frobscottle too.

21. Five Minutes' Peace by Jill Murphy.

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This was the book that gave you a bit of sympathy for your poor mum. And made you try to be quiet for five minutes. Sure, you only lasted three, but it's the thought that counts, right?


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