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Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781912559053
Pages: 180
Publication Date: October 27, 2020

From Notting Hill Editions

Happy Half HoursSelected Writings

by A. A. Milne, introduction by Frank Cottrell Boyce


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A. A. Milne, best known as the author of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories, was a successful writer long before his children’s stories launched him to overnight fame. Milne himself disliked being defined as a children’s author. At the age of twenty-three, he was appointed the assistant editor of Punch. He claimed, “I know no work manual or mental to equal the appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.” Yet Milne had a talent for regularly turning out a thousand whimsical words on lost hats and umbrellas, tennis, dogs, faulty geysers, dotty maids, women loading film in a camera, the English obsession with rank and titles, cheap cigars, and any amount of life’s other little difficulties.

But there was another, more serious side to Milne. After serving in World War I, where he survived the Somme, Milne was invalided home with trench fever in 1916. His experiences made him a committed pacifist.

This selection of Milne’s articles from 1910 to 1952 are collected here for the first time. The writings demonstrate his trademark wit, varied genius, political views, and nostalgia for a lost era.