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Author Information: Elisabeth Beresford

 
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British writer Elisabeth Beresford was born in Paris in 1928. She invented the Wombles as a story for her children Kate and Marcus while walking on Wimbledon Common; "Womble" is a child's mispronunciation of "Wimbledon", and the character Orinoco was based on Marcus. The first Womble book came out in 1968. The numerous Womble books have been translated into many languages, and the Wombles have starred in more than one BBC TV series. (Because Beresford's creatures are recyclers, many environmentalists now proudly identify themselves as "Wombles".) Beresford has traveled the world as a radio and TV journalist and is married to sports commentator Max Robertson. Besides the Wombles series, she has written many other books, both for children and adults. In February of 1998, Elizabeth Beresford was invested as a Member of the British Empire for her contributions to children's literature and her charity work in Alderney.

Ms Beresford died 24th December 2010.

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