J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie, Victorian novelist, playwright, and author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, led a life almost as magical and interesting as as his famous creation. Childless in his marriage, Barrie grew close to the five young boys of the Llewelyn Davies family, ultimately becoming their guardian and devoted surrogate father when they were orphaned. Andrew Birkin draws extensively on a vast range of material by and about Barrie, including notebooks, memoirs, and hours of recorded interviews with the family and their circle, to describe Barrie’s life and the wonderful world he created for the boys.

Originally published in 1979, this enchanting and richly illustrated account is reissued with a new preface to mark the release of Neverland, the film of Barrie’s life, and the upcoming centenary of Peter Pan.

“A psychological thriller . . . one of the year’s most complex and absorbing biographies.”—Gerald Clarke, Time

“A terrible and fascinating story.”—Eve Auchincloss, Washington Post

Title:J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780300098228

    J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan Reviews

  • Laura

    Hmm...yep, not going to happen, thanks to this book.This is undoubtedly a powerful story, but I honestly wish that I hadn't read it. It left me deeply unsettled, and a bit shaken. The juxtaposition o...

  • Tony

    J. M. BARRIE & THE LOST BOYS: The Love Story that Gave Birth to Peter Pan. (1979). Andrew Birkin. ****. This biography focuses almost entirely on the relationship Barrie had with the five sons of Sylv...

  • ALLEN

    Well-told book whose sales really took off after it became the basis for the movie FINDING NEVERLAND (2004). Informative, but this is one of those cases in which seeing the movie is about as good....

  • Denis

    Perhaps the best biography I have ever read so far. Incredibly moving. Breaks your heart. Birkin tells the story of Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, and of the family he fell in love with, and for wh...

  • Simon

    I am not a big fan of Peter Pan, but I have liked some of Barrie's other plays, particularly Dear Brutus. However, I knew very little about Barrie's life, although there was a vague sense of him using...

  • H. Anne Stoj

    I couldn't say when Peter Pan became important in my life. Like Carroll's Alice, Peter has, no doubt, influenced and shaped a lot of my own writing. The images Barrie created then remain strong. Barri...

  • Lucy

    While reading this biography, I couldn't help noticing similarities between J.M. Barrie and Michael Jackson. Both men were considered very child-like. Both were more comfortable with children than wit...

  • Miz Lizzie

    This very academic biography is touted as the "story behind the movie Finding Neverland" but it quickly becomes clear that the movie (not surprisingly really) is a highly romanticized version of the t...

  • Jessica

    3.5. There's a reason Birkin is the definitive JMB expert. With a delicate hand, he weaves together a variety of primary sources to tell the story of J.M. Barrie and his intimate relationship with the...

  • Steve

    This book absolutely haunts me....