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Wild Wood by Jan Needle - the first of the Golden Duck publications NOT to contain the words Allingham or Jones! ISBN 9781899262212  publication date 1.5.2014

Wild Wood was first published in 1981. It was illustrated by Willie Rushton and was an immediate success. It's an alternative view of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows and is set in 1908 when life for the rural working class (the stoats, ferrets and weasels) was hard and precarious. Wild Wood was presented as a children's book but has always been appreciated by adults who relish its humour, humanity and social understanding. The Golden Duck edition is intended to accessible to readers of any age. It has good size print and, crucially, gives plenty of space to the wonderful illustrations by the late Willie Rushton which add so much to the story. Golden Duck is grateful to Toby Rushton for making this possible.

Click here for the Wild Wood press release from Golden Duck

Jan Needle, the author, has had a long and prolific career. Click here for a biographical note.  Two interviews published 2012 in the Oldham Evening Chronicle offer additional information. Through the Eyes of Needle by Martin Torr & Storyteller So Nearly had a Tragic Ending by Martin Torr

Click here for reviews of Wild Wood by Sandra Horn (Eclectic Electric) , Julia Jones (Awfully Big Reviews), Andrew Rosthorn (The Lancashire Magazine)