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Barbara Euphan Todd was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the only child of Anglican minister Thomas Todd and Alice Maud Mary (née Bentham), but was brought up in the rural village of Soberton in Hampshire. She was educated at a girls' school in Guildford in Surrey. She worked as a VAD during World War I, and after her father's retirement lived with her parents in Surrey and began writing. Her early work was published in magazines such as Punch and The Spectator.

In the 1920s, she started writing books for children and collaborated with her husband Commander John Graham Bower, RN (1886–1940), whom she married in 1932. The couple moved to an artistic colony in Blewbury near Oxford, where Bower, an officer in the Royal Navy, wrote fiction and essays under the pseudonym 'Klaxon'. As Barbara Euphan, in 1935 Todd wrote 'South Country Secrets' and 'The Touchstone' with her husband. In 1946, after the death of her husband in World War II, she wrote her only adult novel, 'Miss Ranskill Comes Home' (1946), about a woman who returns to England after being stranded on a desert island during the war. It was reissued in 2003 by Persephone Books. Among other works written by Todd were folkstories adapted for radio, plays and stories written in collaboration with other writers, and two volumes of poetry, 'Hither and Thither' (1927) and 'The Seventh Daughter' (1935).

In 1936 she wrote what would become her best known-work, 'Worzel Gummidge or The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook'. The title character is a scarecrow that comes to life. She would later write nine other books featuring the character.

In the 1950s Denis and Mabel Constanduros collaborated with Todd on a series of Worzel Gummidge radio plays for children. In 1967 five Worzel Gummidge stories were narrated by Gordon Rollings in five episodes of the BBC children's serial Jackanory. Todd continued to write novels into the 1970s, but her best work was by then behind her. She died in 1976, just as negotiations were in progress for the television rights to the Worzel Gummidge books.

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ISBN9780237449216
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PublisherEvans Bros
Release date 01.12.1978
Pages count111
File size1 Mb
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