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Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE (24 December 1895 –11 September 1986) was an English author best known for her children’s books, and in particular her Shoes series. Not really a series though, as her American publisher Random House published some of Streatfeild’s subsequent children’s books using the word Shoes in their titles to capitalise on the popularity of her first children’s novel, Ballet ShoesBallet Shoes is one of the first career novels, written by the English author Noel Streatfeild and published in 1936.Ballet Shoes is one of the first career novels, written by the English author Noel Streatfeild and published in 1936. (1936); thus Circus Shoes (originally called The Circus is Coming), Party Shoes (originally called Party Frock), Skating Shoes (originally called White Boots) and many more.[1]

Works are listed in order of their date of first publication in the lists shown below.

Children’s fiction

  • Ballet ShoesBallet Shoes is one of the first career novels, written by the English author Noel Streatfeild and published in 1936.Ballet Shoes is one of the first career novels, written by the English author Noel Streatfeild and published in 1936. (1936)
  • Tennis Shoes (1937)
  • The Circus Is Coming (1938), also published as Circus Shoes
  • The House in Cornwall (1940), also published in the USA as The Secret Of The Lodge (1940)
  • The Children of Primrose Lane (1941), also published as The Stranger in Primrose Lane
  • Curtain Up (1944), also published as Theater Shoes
  • Party Frock (1946), also published as Party Shoes
  • The Painted Garden (1949), significantly abridged and published in the U.S. as Movie Shoes
  • White Boots (1951), also published as Skating Shoes
  • The Fearless Treasure (1953)
  • The Bell Family (1954), also published as Family Shoes
  • Wintle’s Wonders (1957), also published as Dancing Shoes
  • New Town (1961)
  • Apple Bough (1962), also published as Traveling Shoes
  • A Vicarage Family (1963)
  • The First Book of the Ballet (1963)
  • The Children on the Top Floor (1964)
  • Away from the Vicarage (1965)
  • The Growing Summer (1966), also published as The Magic Summer
  • Caldicott Place (1967), also published as The Family at Caldicott Place
  • The “Gemma” series (1968–1969)
  • Thursday’s Child (1970)
  • Beyond the Vicarage (1971)
  • Ballet Shoes for Anna (1972)
  • When the Siren Wailed (1974)
  • Far To Go (1976), a sequel to Thursday’s Child
  • Meet the Maitlands (1978)
  • The Maitlands: All Change at Cuckley Place (1979; a sequel to Meet the Maitlands

Adult fiction

  • The Whicharts (1931)
  • Parson’s Nine (1932)
  • Tops and Bottoms (1933)
  • A Shepherdess of Sheep (1934)
  • It Pays to Be Good (1936)
  • Caroline England (1937)
  • Luke (1939)
  • The Winter is Past (1940)
  • I Ordered a Table for Six (1942)
  • Myra Carroll (1944)
  • Saplings (1945)
  • Grass in Piccadilly (1947)
  • Mothering Sunday (1950)
  • Aunt Clara (1952), made into an Ealing Comedy film (1954)
  • Judith (1956)
  • The Silent Speaker (1961)

Non-fiction

  • The Years of Grace (1950)
  • Queen Victoria (1958)
  • Magic and the Magician: E. Nesbit and her Children’s Books (1958)
  • The Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamen (1972)
  • Tea by the Nursery Fire (1976)

Edited

  • Growing up Gracefully (1955), illustrated by John Dugan
  • To the Garden of Delights (1960)

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