The Wind in the Willows: Toad Edition (Paperback)
Ah, the legendary exploits of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad! While intended for children, Grahame's classic is essential reading for even high-minded existentialists, with meditations on nature, individuality, friendship, responsibility, courage, and addiction. This edition features Ernest H Shepard's expert illustrations that perfectly capture the charm and complexity of this great book.— Jon
"There's nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." Fed up of spring-cleaning, the Mole flees his underground dwelling to discover a world full of adventure - from boating on the river with the Water Rat to the forbidden Wild Wood, over which the Badger keeps watch, and Toad's obsession over anything with four wheels and a motor. After Toad commits a series of car-related felonies, he is sentenced to a lengthy imprisonment in a maximum-security dungeon. Can he escape and atone for his reckless behaviour? And can the four friends reclaim Toad Hall, the finest home on the riverside, from the Weasels of the Wild Wood? The Wind in the Willows is a classical tale of adventure and friendship that can be enjoyed by anybody, of any age. This is edition 1 of 4, whose front cover depicts Toad.
About the Author
Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859. He grew up in Cookham Dene, Berkshire, in an idealised country cottage. Water meadows ran down to the River Thames; his passion for rivers can be seen in The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth went to school at St Edward's, Oxford. Prevented for family reasons from continuing on to university, he became a clerk at the Bank of England. By 1879 he belonged to several literary societies, and was writing pieces for papers, including the National Observer. A collection of his magazine articles were published in 1893: Pagan Papers. In 1898 he became Secretary to the Bank of England. Soon after, in 1899, he married Elspeth Thomson. Their son Alastair was born in 1900. It was on the evening of his fourth birthday that Kenneth Grahame first told his son a story about moles and water rats. This story was continued over the next three years, but it was only when Constance Smedley suggested that he make a book out of it that it took shape as The Wind in the Willows, and published by Methuen. The book was published on 8 October 1908. In 1931 Ernest H Shephard was asked to illustrate it, following his success with the illustrations in Winnie-the-Pooh. In 1908 Kenneth Grahame retired before moving to Pangbourne in 1924 where he lived until his death in 1932.