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About Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1805. He endured a lonely, impoverished childhood consoled by little more than his own imagination. He escaped to a theatre life in Copenhagen aged 14 where the support of a powerful patron enabled him to complete his scant education, and to write. His poetry, novels and travel books became hugely popular. But it was his Fairy Tales, the first children's stories of their kind, published in instalments from 1835 until the time of his death in 1875, that have immortalised him. Translated into more than 100 languages and adapted to every kind of media, they have made Andersen the most important children's writer in history.

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National Share-a-Story Month

Who doesn't love storytime. Curl up with your kids and Best Fairy Tales. The perfect read for storytime! Hans Christian Andersen from Macmillan Collector's Library.

1 month ago

National Share-a-Story Month

Why not read Best Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Published by Macmillan Collector's Library.

1 month ago

National Gardening Week (UK)

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen from Pushkin Children's Books. A great outdoors read to start #NationalGardeningWeek.

1 month ago

Happy birthday Hans Christian Andersen

Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen! Now's the time to read Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales published by Puffin Classics.

2 months ago

Happy birthday Hans Christian Andersen

Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen! Now's the time to read Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales published by Penguin Random House Children's UK.

2 months ago

Happy birthday Hans Christian Andersen

Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen! Now's the time to read The Snow Queen published by Pushkin Children's Books.

2 months ago

Happy birthday Hans Christian Andersen

Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen! Now's the time to read The Wild Swans published by Pushkin Children's Books.

2 months ago

Happy birthday Hans Christian Andersen

Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen! Now's the time to read The Snow Queen published by Andersen.

2 months ago

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