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Alison Uttley (17 December 1884 – 7 May 1976), née Alice Jane Taylor, was a British writer of over 100 books. She is best known for her children's series about Little Grey Rabbit, and Sam Pig.
Born in Cromford and brought up in rural Derbyshire, she was educated at the Lea School in Holloway and Lady Manners School in Bakewell, where she developed a love for science which led to a scholarship to Manchester University to read physics. In 1906 she became the second woman honours graduate of the University.
After leaving university she trained as a teacher in Cambridge and in 1908 took up the post of physics teacher at Fulham Secondary School for Girls in West London. Three years later she married James Arthur Uttley.
Alice began writing to support herself and her son financially after she was widowed. Her first books were a series of tales about animals, including Little Grey Rabbit, The Little Red Fox, Sam Pig and Hare. She later wrote for older children and adults, particularly focusing on rural topics, notably in The Country Child (1931), a fictionalised account of her childhood experiences at her family farm home, Castletop, near Cromford.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Manchester University in 1970 in recognition of her literary work.
In 2009 her private diaries, covering the period 1932 to 1971, were published for the first time -