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Ian Serraillier (24 September 1912 — 28 November 1994) was a British novelist and poet. He was also appreciated by children for being a storyteller retelling legends from Rome, Greece and England. Serraillier was best known for his children's books, especially The Silver Sword (1956), a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.

He was born in London, the eldest of four children. His father died as a result of the 1918 flu pandemic when he was only six years old. He was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and became an English teacher. He taught at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire from 1936 to 1939; at Dudley Grammar School in Worcestershire from 1939 to 1946; and at Midhurst Grammar School in West Sussex from 1946 to 1961. As a Quaker, he was granted conscientious objector status in World War II.

In 1946 his first children’s novel was published. It was followed by several more adventure stories of treasure and spies. His best known work, The Silver Sword, was published in 1956 and has become a classic, bringing to life the story of four refugee children. Three of the children are siblings: Ruth, Edek and Bronia. Jan is another of the many Warsaw war orphans who somehow had met their father, and then fainted near the bombed out basement which served as home for the siblings, and was taken in by them. The four joined together in their search for the siblings' parents in the chaos of Europe immediately after the Second World War. In the United States the book was published under the title Escape from Warsaw.

As well as children’s novels and poetry, Serraillier produced his own retellings of classic tales in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and Greek myths. Together with his wife, Anne Margaret Rogers, he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories. He continued as co-editor of the series until the onset of Alzheimer's disease in the early 1990s. The illness finally contributed towards his death in November 1994 at the age of 82.

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Total Books: 105
The Silver Sword
2012 - The Silver Sword (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099572855
ISBN-10: 0099572850
Genre: Children's Books
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The Silver Sword 1400 Headwords
2008 - The Silver Sword 1400 Headwords [Oxford Bookworms Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780194791854
ISBN-10: 0194791858
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Silver Sword
2006 - Silver Sword (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780224070775
ISBN-10: 0224070770
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Through Sand Snow and Steam Historical Short Stories Streetwise
2004 - Through Sand Snow and Steam Historical Short Stories Streetwise [Literacy Land] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780582796317
ISBN-10: 0582796318
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Beowulf the Warrior a Tale of Monsters
2000 - Beowulf the Warrior a Tale of Monsters (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780590024518
ISBN-10: 0590024515
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Escape from Warsaw
1999 - Escape From Warsaw (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780881034080
ISBN-10: 0881034088
Genre: Children's Books
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Escape from Warsaw
1990 - Escape From Warsaw [aka The Silver Sword] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780590437158
ISBN-10: 0590437151
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Goodwood Country in Old Photographs
1987 - Goodwood Country in Old Photographs (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780862993566
ISBN-10: 0862993563
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme IntroStage Basic Rdr Look Alive
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Introstage Basic Rdr Look Alive (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117719
ISBN-10: 0435117718
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Making Good Pap Wide Horzn Intro
1986 - Making Good Pap Wide Horzn Intro (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117726
ISBN-10: 0435117726
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme I Dare You Stage 1 Basic Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme I Dare You Stage 1 Basic Rdr (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117740
ISBN-10: 0435117742
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Jungle Adventure Stage 1 Cont Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Jungle Adventure Stage 1 Cont Rdr (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780435117757
ISBN-10: 0435117750
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Guns in the Wild Stage 2 Cont Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Guns in the Wild Stage 2 Cont Rdr (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117788
ISBN-10: 0435117785
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Katy at School Stage 2 Cont Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Katy at School Stage 2 Cont Rdr (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117795
ISBN-10: 0435117793
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Treasure Ahead Stage 3 Cont Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Treasure Ahead Stage 3 Cont Rdr (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780435117818
ISBN-10: 0435117815
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Whatever the Odds Stage 4 Basic Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Whatever the Odds Stage 4 Basic Rdr (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117825
ISBN-10: 0435117823
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Mountain Rescue Stage 4 Cont Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Mountain Rescue Stage 4 Cont Rdr (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117832
ISBN-10: 0435117831
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Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Fight for Freedom Stage 4 Cont Rdr
1986 - Wide Horizon Reading Scheme Fight for Freedom Stage 4 Cont Rdr (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780435117849
ISBN-10: 043511784X
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I'll Tell You a Tale
1982 - I'll Tell You a Tale (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780722651902
ISBN-10: 0722651902
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New Windmills The Road to Canterbury
1981 - New Windmills the Road to Canterbury [New Windmills] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780435122591
ISBN-10: 0435122592
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The Challenge of the Green Knight
1981 - The Challenge of the Green Knight [New Windmills] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780435122157
ISBN-10: 0435122150
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1973 - Heracles the Strong [Carousel Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1973 - New Windmills Selected Tales [New Windmills] (Hardcover)
1972 - Have You Got Your Ticket [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
1972 - Clashing Rocks [Carousel Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1970 - A Puffin Quartet of Poets [Puffin Books] (Paperback)
1963 - Ivory Horn [New Windmills] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Flight to Adventure [New Adventure Library] (Hardcover)
They Raced for Treasure [New Adventure Library] (Hardcover)Paperback
Pop Festival [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
The Mouse in the Wainscot [Beastly Verse Board Books] (Other)