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The secret staircase

The secret staircase

Barklem, Jill

The Brambly Hedge mice are preparing for their traditional midwinter celebrations. Primrose Woodmouse and Wilfred Toadflax go up to the attic to practice their recital in peace, but when Primrose finds a key, all thoughts of rehearsing disappear

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
New ed.
Published London: Collins, 1996
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Available at Bream Community Library and Painswick Community Library.

  • Bream Community Library – One available

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    9938389694 Start To Read Available
  • Painswick Community Library – One available

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    9936568583 Picture Book Available


Statement of responsibility: Jill Barklem
ISBN: 0001840851, 0006645895, 9780001840850, 9780006645894
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Previous ed.: 1983.
Physical Description: [32]p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Series: Brambly Hedge
Subject: Children's stories, English.

Author note

Jill Barklem was born in Epping. On leaving school, she studied illustration at St Martin's in London. The inspiration for Brambly Hedge appeared during her daily train journey to and from London: shutting herself off from the outside world, she became obsessed with the way of life of a band of hedgerow mice, later to be developed as the world of Brambly Hedge.


Step into the exquisite, miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book.

It is Midwinter's Eve and the mice of Brambly Hedge are very busy. This evening, after dark, they will all be gathering round a blazing fire for the traditional midwinter celebrations. A grand entertainment is planned and Primrose and Wilfred have chosen to recite a poem.

They go up to the attics to rehearse in pace and quiet but there are so many things to look at and places to explore, it is hard to concentrate. And when they stumble upon a dusty staircase, all thoughts of practising are put aside.


".the most research-crammed fantasy ever set before small children." Sunday Times Magazine

"Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story and Winter Story are beautiful tales.nostalgic Mums can enjoy them with their own kids." The Sun (Natasha Harding)