This book will delight adults and children equally. It is a book to linger over, to savour and enjoy, and is destined to become a classic.
Roald Dahl had an abiding love for and interest in nature. He kept notes about the habits of moles and foxes, the colour and song of birds and the different flowers, plants and berries that blossomed in the countryside around his home, Gipsy House, throughout the year. In the last year of his life he worked on a diary. But what was originally intended to be a few lines turned into a memorable account of the passing year. Reminiscences of childhood and adolescene, combined with tips about how to rid your lawn of moles or attract birds to your garden, are interwoven with observations about the changing seasons and the festivals we celebrate.
Roald Dahl is celebrated not only for his fabulously popular children's books, which have won many awards and are read by children all over the world, but as a master of the adult short story. with collections such as Kiss Kiss and Over to You.
Roald Dahl spent most of his working life in Great Missenden. Buckinghamshire, an area of the countryside that features in My Year as well as in many of his stories. He died in November 1990.
Quentin Blake is internationally renowned for his children#s book illustrations - besides Roald Dahl, he has collaborated with such well-known authors as Russell Hoban and Joan Aiken - and for his own quirky picture books, including Mister Magnolia and Cockatoos. He was honoured with the OBE in 1988. Quentin Blake lives and works in London.