Discover this extraordinary lost classic of nature writing – a fable about wildness and the desire to escape – beautifully illustrated by beloved artist and ‘The Lost Words’ creator Jackie Morris
Little Eepersip doesn’t want to live in a house with doors and windows and a roof, so she runs away to live in the wild – first in the Meadow, then by the Sea, and finally in the Mountain. Her heartbroken parents follow her at first, bringing her back home to ‘safety’ and locking her up in the stifling square of the house. But she slips away once more, following her wild heart out of the door and far away…
Barbara Newhall Follett was just thirteen years old when she published ‘The House Without Windows’ in 1927. The book went on to become a million-copy bestseller. Years later, as an adult herself, Barbara followed in the footsteps of her radical heroine – dissatisfied with the limitations of life as a respectable married woman, she walked out of her house one day and simply disappeared.
Penguin are delighted to republish Barbara Newhall Follett’s extraordinary feminist fable for the next generation of nature lovers and escapees to discover and cherish. Newly introduced by Jackie Morris, and filled with her beautifully inked artwork, ‘The House Without Windows’ is an irresistible paean to the natural world and its transcendent effect on the human heart.
‘Miraculous – a fearless odyssey into a dreamtime of wildness and enchantment. Gloriously illuminated by Jackie Morris’s moving art, this is a work of strange power for our own bewildered times’ Nick Drake