About the Author
Rumer Godden was one of the UK's most distinguished authors. She wrote many well-known and much-loved books for both adults and children, including The Story of Holly and Ivy and The Dolls' House. Her children's novel, The Diddakoi, won the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1972. She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and died in 1998, aged ninety. Gary Blythe is a successful illustrator best-known for The Whale Song , which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award, and I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo. He lives in Merseyside.