Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives.
'Oh dear,' exclaimed Mrs May lightly, 'don't say they're in this house too!' Pod, Homily and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floorboards. Everything they have is borrowed from the 'human beans', who don't even know they exist. That is, until the fateful day when Arrietty makes friends with 'the boy upstairs' . . .
Mary Norton was born in 1903 and brought up in a house in Bedfordshire, which was to become the setting for The Borrowers. First published in 1952, The Borrowers was an immediate success, winning the Library Association's Carnegie Medal. There followed four more Borrowers books: The Borrowers Afield (1955), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961) and The Borrowers Avenged (1982). Poor Stainless was the last Borrowers story that Mary Norton wrote. She died in 1992.
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