A Traveller in Time

Style: Good

Attitude: Positive

In Brief: A gentle story with the time-travel elements played down, rather as in Penelope Farmer's "Charlotte Sometimes". There is a homely feel about the farmhouse in both eras. Religion does enter into the story since the Tudor peoples are living in a time of religious change where political partisanship is bound up with religious beliefs. Interestingly, although Penelope would seem to be C of E if anything, Catholicism is portrayed positively without any fanatical overtones.

Cover of A Traveller in Time

Author: Alison Uttley

Age Range: Pre Teens+

Period: Mid 20th C

Genres:  ClassicHistoricalTime-Travel


Penelope visits her aunt and uncle in their farmhouse “Thackers”. She finds that she flits between the present day and the time of Elizabeth the First, when Mary Queen of Scots is being imprisoned in a nearby house. Penelope makes friends with the people of that time, most of whom are Catholics and allies of Mary.

Tuesday 1st January 2002