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Q & A with Emma Thompson

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 23-Aug-12 12:13:38

We are delighted to be doing a Q & A with Emma Thompson on 7 September to celebrate the publication of "The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit".

This is the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories and the first time that Frederick Warne has published as additional title to Beatrix Potter's original series.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Peter's adventures take him all the way to Scotland where he meets the gentle ginat Finlay McBurney.

Emma was inspired to set the tale there and create this new character by her knowledge of Beatrix Potter's childhood holidays there.

We also have a signed copy to give away - to enter simply add your question below. Emma will pick her favourite on the day.

jd5761 Thu 23-Aug-12 17:51:09

Did you always picture Peter Rabbit going to Scotland when you read it as a child?

jeni Thu 23-Aug-12 18:30:44

Is he going to meet 'The old man of lochmaghar?'

janmast Thu 23-Aug-12 18:38:56

Will Peter see the Loch Ness monster?

lacemaker Thu 23-Aug-12 19:15:56

I wonder if Peter Rabbit will go to Edinburgh Zoo to visit the Pandas

tanith Thu 23-Aug-12 19:23:31

Could join in the Rabbit Highland Games I wonder? can't you just see all those rabbits with their kilts on?

tanith Thu 23-Aug-12 19:24:17

Could Peter .......... is what it should of said..

GrannyB2005 Thu 23-Aug-12 19:50:42

will Peter visit Balmoral to see the Queen and sample the carrots in the kitchen garden?

Gally Thu 23-Aug-12 23:48:32

I have just googled you and gone into Penguin Publishers and found that 'Two sumptious new Peter Rabbit Books' will be available, but not yet, to the public for the magnificent sum of £110 shock. Crikey Emma - poor Beatrix Potter must only have dreamed of a sum like that grin. I'm not sure what to think about a new Peter book. I think things are well left alone. I have read one or two other follow-ups by modern authors and have felt - well - disappointed. I'm sure it will be a lovely tale but I think I am inclined to say just let Peter Rabbit remain the Peter Rabbit we Grans have in our minds and let him rest! (Although once I have read/seen the book I may change my mind.........hmm

grannyactivist Thu 23-Aug-12 23:59:21

Hello Emma. I wonder, do you remember your first meeting with Peter Rabbit, or was he always 'just there' with you from when you were a child and you have no memory of how or when he came into your life?

Gally check out the link here and you may be reassured.

stephgr Fri 24-Aug-12 02:33:47

do you think it might be time for Peter to have a girlfriend or perhaps a boyfriend?

lucid Fri 24-Aug-12 13:46:32

Would Nanny McPhee approve of this new book? I think she would smile

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 28-Aug-12 15:28:28

For Gally and anyone else who would like the details...The price you mentioned is only for a special limited edition. The normal hadback is £12.99 in the shops (which will vary slightly on Amazon) and you can find out more at

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 28-Aug-12 15:28:55

Oh - and it's not officially out until 6th Sept but is available for pre order!

getmehrt Wed 29-Aug-12 10:55:50

I would like to ask Emma whether she was torn between writing and acting when she started her career?

rosiemus Wed 29-Aug-12 11:33:54

Hello Emma

I would like to ask what your reaction was when you were approached to write the book? Following in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter must have been a scary prospect.

Thank you

janepearce6 Thu 30-Aug-12 15:26:32

Does the 'new' Peter Rabbit book contain illustrations by you or your lovely mother (she looks as though she ought to be able to draw!)?smile

inishowen Thu 30-Aug-12 15:42:35

What is the age of Peter Rabbit now. Is he a "boy" or a "man"?

pennwood Sat 01-Sep-12 15:34:24

What do you think makes the 'magic' Peter Rabbit is so loved for?

Alidoll Sat 01-Sep-12 15:42:59

Is Finlay, the giant rabbit that Peter meets when he is in Scotland based on someone we know like Robbie Coltrane or Billy Connolly as you "acted" with both in the latest Pixar film Brave?


waterbabymum Sat 01-Sep-12 19:16:20

Did you run your ideas for the book past your daughter before finally deciding on a story?

Gally Sun 02-Sep-12 08:19:23

Thanks Cari I shall reserve judgement and start saving for the cheaper version! grin
I would just like to say to Emma - a propos of nothing - that The Winter Guest which she made with her Mum some few years ago, is absolutely my most fave film of all time, probably partly because the area is so familiar to me as is the weather (!) but also the story line is close to my heart. If I want to have a good old blub and a laugh, I watch it and achieve all emotions sad/smile

Funkyferret Sun 02-Sep-12 15:13:36

Which Peter Rabbit character do you think most resembles you?

kathrob Sun 02-Sep-12 23:07:53

what would Beatrix Potter think of this ?

diva1977 Tue 04-Sep-12 12:11:21

Does MR MacGRegor have family in Scotland and does Peter get into a pickle in his garden?
Does Peter have Scottish cousins ofr his sisters to play with ?