The Complete Brambly Hedge

Jill Barklem

The Complete Brambly Hedge
HarperCollins Publishers
United Kingdom
1 December 2011

The Complete Brambly Hedge

Jill Barklem

The mice of Brambly Hedge have been delighting adults and children alike for more than thirty years. All eight of the classic picture books are brought together in this exquisite volume.

The mice of Brambly Hedge made their first appearance in 1980 when the four seasonal stories were published. Ever since, readers have loved exploring the miniature world of the hedgerow and meeting the families that live there.

In this collection the mice have many adventures, but they always have time for fun and relaxation too. Whatever the season, and whether they are by the sea, in the High Hills, or simply at home by the fire, there is always someone ready to lend a helping hand.

Contains: Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story, Poppy “s Babies, Sea Story, The High Hills, The Secret


It is such a joy to dive back into the world of Brambly Hedge with my child. And what a world it is, if house prices increased by 26% during lockdown, they would have increased 10-fold on the hedge. The community of mice are delightful, and the adults are patient, industrious and all work together to live the most marvellous lives, from building a stunning ice hall in a day for the winter ball (where they dance until dawn), to renovating an old cottage to surprise a family struggling to raise triplets in an unsuitable space. There is also adventure; trips to the high hills to deliver goods to neighbours in need; and journeys to the seaside to gather salt for the village. And there’s fun – in more than one story, they stop, all of them, to celebrate an occasion (such as Young Wilfred’s birthday) with a surprise picnic or a dance until they drop.

The tales are heartening and the pictures sublime. I read this aloud near nightly, by request, to my five- year-old who loves the soothing world of Brambly Hedge as much as me.

Rosalind McClintock is the marketing manager at Readings

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