Mary Norton


Born
in Leighton Buzzard, The United Kingdom
December 10, 1903

Died
August 29, 1992

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Mary Norton (née Pearson) was an English children's author. She was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers. She married Robert C. Norton in 1927 and had four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Her second husband was Lionel Boncey, who she married in 1970. She began working for the War Office in 1940 before the family moved temporarily to the United States.

She began writing while working for the British Purchasing Commission in New York during the Second World War. Her first book was The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to
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Average rating: 4.03 · 121,863 ratings · 2,746 reviews · 44 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Borrowers (The Borrower...

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4.03 avg rating — 85,645 ratings — published 1952 — 110 editions
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The Borrowers Afield (The B...

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4.08 avg rating — 11,071 ratings — published 1955 — 50 editions
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Bedknob and Broomstick

4.03 avg rating — 10,159 ratings — published 1943 — 47 editions
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The Borrowers Afloat (The B...

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4.06 avg rating — 6,498 ratings — published 1959 — 42 editions
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The Borrowers Aloft (The Bo...

3.99 avg rating — 3,734 ratings — published 1961 — 31 editions
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The Borrowers Avenged (The ...

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3.96 avg rating — 2,040 ratings — published 1982 — 30 editions
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The Borrowers Aloft: With t...

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4.02 avg rating — 636 ratings — published 1961 — 3 editions
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The Magic Bedknob

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3.84 avg rating — 417 ratings — published 1943 — 3 editions
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The Complete Adventures of ...

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4.27 avg rating — 628 ratings — published 1966 — 26 editions
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Are All the Giants Dead?

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4.04 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 1975 — 11 editions
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“Mrs. May looked back at her. "Kate," she said after a moment, "stories never really end. They can go on and on and on. It's just that sometimes, at a certain point, one stops telling them.”
Mary Norton, The Borrowers

“Misfortunes make us wise”
Mary Norton, The Borrowers Afield

“Keep your warm hearts, your gentleness, and your courage. These will do just as well as magic.”
Mary Norton, Bedknob and Broomstick

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