How do series work?
To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.
Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.
Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."
What isn't a series?
Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).
Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.
|Born||Alice Jane Taylor|
(1884-12-17)17 December 1884
Cromford, Derbyshire, England
|Died||7 May 1976(1976-05-07) (aged 91)|
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
|Residence||13 Higher Downs, Bowdon, Cheshire, England|
|Alma mater||Manchester University|
Hughes Hall, Cambridge
|Notable work||Little Grey Rabbit|
|Spouse(s)||James Uttley (m. 1911; d. 1930)|
|Awards||HonoraryDoctor of Letters, Manchester University|
Alison Uttley (17 December 1884 – 7 May 1976), néeAlice Jane Taylor, was a British writer of over 100 books. She is best known for a children's series about Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig. She is also remembered for a pioneering time slip novel for children, A Traveller in Time, about the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots.
Born in Cromford and brought up in rural Derbyshire, she was educated at the Lea School in Holloway and the Lady Manners School in Bakewell, where she developed a love for science which led to a scholarship to Manchester University to read physics. In 1906 she became the second woman honours graduate of the university and she made a lifetime friendship with the charismatic Professor Samuel Alexander.
After leaving university, she trained as a teacher in Cambridge and in 1908 took up a post as physics teacher at Fulham Secondary School for Girls in West London. Around 1910, she was living at The Old Vicarage in King Street in Knutsford. In 1911 she married James Arthur Uttley, and in 1914 had her only child, John Corin Taylor. James Uttley was prone to depression and drowned himself in the River Mersey in 1930.
From 1924 to 1938 the Uttleys lived at Downs House, 13 Higher Downs, Bowdon, Cheshire, which now has a blue plaque marking the association. In 1938 she moved to Beaconsfield, where Enid Blyton was a neighbour whom she came greatly to dislike, describing her as a boastful and "vulgar, curled woman". She also quarrelled bitterly with her best known illustrator, Margaret Tempest.
In later life Uttley said that she began writing to support herself and her son financially after she was widowed, but in fact her first book was published in 1929 before her husband's death. Uttley recorded that one inspiration was a meeting in 1927 with Professor Alexander at a painting exhibition in Altrincham at which he confused her with another ex-student and asked if she was still writing. Her first books were a series of tales about animals, including Little Grey Rabbit, The Little Red Fox, Sam Pig and Hare. She later wrote for older children and adults, particularly focusing on rural topics, notably in The Country Child (1931), a fictionalized account of her childhood experiences at her family farm home, Castletop, near Cromford.
One of her most popular works is A Traveller in Time (1939). Based on the Babington Plot of Anthony Babington at Dethick, near her family home, this romance mixes dream and historical fact in a story about a 20th-century girl who is transported to the 16th century, becoming involved in a plot to free Mary, Queen of Scots from nearby Wingfield Manor. Uttley later settled in Beaconsfield, in a house named Thackers after the house in the book. In January 1978 BBC TV showed the five-part series A Traveller in Time based on Uttley's story. It starred 15-year-old newcomer Sophie Thompson and then rising star Simon Gipps-Kent.
In 1970 the University of Manchester awarded Uttley an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of her literary work.
In 2009 her private diaries were published, and she has been the subject of two biographies.