(1920-2006) UK writer of juvenile fiction; her earliest books were signed A Philippa Pearce. She followed the nonfantastic Minnow on the Say (1955), illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, with the Carnegie Medal-winning Tom's Midnight Garden (1958), a classic Timeslip romance whose young hero meets a girl from Victorian times in a ghostly garden and learns several important lessons in the course of their problematic relationship. Although not a fantasy, A Dog So Small (1962) is a celebration of the power of the imagination. Some of PP's works for younger children are fantasies; more interesting material is found in her collections, especially the eerie tales in The Shadow-Cage and Other Tales of the Supernatural (coll 1977) and Who's Afraid? and Other Strange Stories (coll 1986), which deftly adapt the tradition of M R James for teenage readers. The title story of the former collection, about the effects of an enigmatic bottle upon its various custodians, is particularly notable. [BS]
other works: The Strange Sunflower (1966); The Children of the House (1968; vt Children of Charlecote) with Brian Fairfax-Lucy; Squirrel Wife (1971); Beauty and the Beast (1972); What the Neighbours Did and Other Stories (coll 1972); A Lion at School and Other Stories (coll 1985); The Battle of Bubble and Squeak (1987); Emily's Own Elephant (1987 chap); Old Belle's Summer Holiday (1989 chap); The Toothball (1987); In the Middle of the Night (1991); Fresh (1992); Here Comes Tod (1992).
Ann Philippa Christie Pearce