Lost Beatrix Potter Story: Beatrix Potter Story

Published: January 29, 2016

Lost Beatrix Potter Story: Beatrix Potter Story, Beatrix Potter’s long-lost story about “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life” has shot to the top of Amazon’s book charts months ahead of publication.

Potter’s manuscript for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was found by publisher Jo Hanks two years ago in the V&A archive. Featuring some of the author’s most beloved characters, including Mr Tod, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tabitha Twitchit and what Hanks called an “older, slower and portlier” version of Peter Rabbit, it will be published in September by Frederick Warne & Co, just over a century after Potter wrote it.

The day after the first news of the book, set to be illustrated by Quentin Blake, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is already topping sales charts: on Wednesday morning, it was No 1 in Amazon’s “movers and shakers” category, for those titles that have seen the biggest gains in sales ranks over the past 24 hours. It was the second bestselling children’s book on Amazon, and the eighth bestselling book overall.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Hanks. “You never know how something is going to be received. I know there’s a lot of love out there for Beatrix Potter but the response has been overwhelming. Kitty is a really fun character – a bit of a lovable rogue.”

At Waterstones, children’s buyer Florentyna Martin predicted that publication of the book this September would be “a highlight of the autumn publishing calendar”.

“The rediscovery of a Beatrix Potter tale is an incredibly exciting moment for children’s literature,” she said. “The combination of Potter’s classic storytelling and Blake’s signature illustration style is sure to make The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots a book to treasure for generations to come.”

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