Kathleen Fidler

(born August 1899 - died August 1980) - Edinburgh

Kathleen Fidler

Kathleen Fidler was born in Coalville, Leicestershire in 1890, and was raised in Wigan and North Wales, where he became a teacher and later school headmistress. She married in 1930 and moved to Edinburgh shortly afterwards, where she began writing stories for her children. She finally settled in Lasswade in Midlothian. Over the course of her career, she wrote over 80 novels and non-fiction books for children. Many of her novels followed the adventures of two families, The Brydons and The Deans. Her work has been praised for the depth and detail of research into the background of her stories.

After Fidler died in 1980, her publishers and members of the Edinburgh Children's Book Group established the Kathleen Fidler Award in memory of her work and support for children's literature. The award, which closed in 2002, was awarded to previously unpublished authors for novels for children aged 8 to 12.

  • Cover scan of The Boy With The Bronze Axe
    The Boy With The Bronze Axe - Paperback
    Kali and Brockan are in trouble. They have been using their stone axes to chip limpets off the rocks, but they've gone too far out and find themselves trapped by the tides. Then, an unexpected rescuer appears, a strange boy in a strange boat, carrying a strangely sharp axe of a type they have never seen before.
  • Cover scan of The Desperate Journey
    The Desperate Journey - Paperback
    The Murrays are forced to move to the slums of Glasgow - the first step in a journey that takes them across the seas to Canada, and to the Red River. All of the events described by Kathleen Fidler actually happened to the Red River colonists.
  • Cover scan of Flash The Sheepdog
    Flash The Sheepdog - Paperback
    Tom Stokes is an orphan. His sister is going to America to get married, but where can he go? His only other relatives are an uncle and aunt he scarcely knows who live in the Borders of Scotland.
  • Cover scan of Haki The Shetland Pony
    Haki The Shetland Pony - Paperback
    There is no future for Adam at his parent's croft in the Shetlands, so he makes a deal with a circus owner that he can buy Haki, Adam's Shetland pony, on the condition that Adam is employed as her trainer.
  • Cover scan of Turk The Border Collie
    Turk The Border Collie - Paperback
    After the death of his master, Turk is sent to a faraway farm to finish his sheep-dog training. But the longing for 'Old David' and familiar fields is so powerful that he runs away and tries to find his way home again. He encounters many adventures and varied companions on the way until at last, he arrives home.

Selected Scottish Bibliography