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Five Minutes' Peace


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Jill Murphy (1949-2021) was one of Britain’s most treasured author–illustrators. She wrote and illustrated her first book, the bestselling The Worst Witch, while still only eighteen, and went on to create the award-winning Large family series, which has sold over ten million copies worldwide and been adapted for television. Jill’s other characters include a small monster called Marlon who starred in the acclaimed picture books The Last Noo-noo and All for One.


Thirtieth anniversary edition of the astutely observed Large family classic, well timed for Mother’s Day purchases.
*The Bookseller*

It works because it is such a familiar scenario to both parent and toddler.
*Families Magazine*

I am sure I’m not alone in rating this as one of my all-time favourite picture books. Mummy elephant is someone we can all identify with.
*Angels & Urchins*

Mothering Sunday is nearly upon us and no other series has ever quite captured the highs and lows of parenthood as effectively as Jill Murphy’s Large Family series. […] Murphy’s shrewd observations and her knack for recreating the chaotic yet loving warm and loving environment of family life will resonate with all members of the family. It is simple, funny, heartwarming , relatable and it never gets old; the sure signs of a true classic.
*Library Mice*

A tale that parents everywhere can relate to […] and with the release of this beautifully illustrated special edition, no doubt many more children and parents will fall in love with the Large family.
*Cornwall Living*

Mrs Large’s endeavours to find five minutes peace will resonate with parents across the country in this lovely book by Cornish author Jill Murphy.

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