|About the Book|
Mrs. L.T. Meade (Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Toulmin Smith), was a prolific childrens author of Anglo Irish extraction. Born in 1844, Meade was the eldest daughter of a Protestant clergyman, whose church was in County Cork. Moving from Ireland to London as a young woman, after the death of her mother, she studied in the Reading Room of the British Museum in preparation for her intended career as a writer, before marrying Alfred Toulmin Smith in September 1879.The author of close to 300 books, Meade wrote in many genres, but is best known for her girls school stories. She was one of the editors of the girls magazine, Atalanta from 1887-93, and was active in womens issues. She died in 1914.