Jill Murphy

Born on 5 July, 1949, Jill Murphy is the author of The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books including the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Peace at Last and Five Minutes’ Peace. Jill Murphy claims to have based Mildred Hubble’s experiences of not being able to fit in at her witching school on her very own experiences studying at a very strict convent.


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Jill Murphy Books

  • WWAC 7 years +

    The Worst Witch Audio Collection - 12 CDs (Audio)

    Jill Murphy

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    Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch is one of the all-time children's classics and this audio collection contains unabridged adaptations - read by Gemma Arterton - of all seven stories in the spellbinding series.

    Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches as she's always getting her spells wrong. But she always manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

    Format: CD. Unabridged. Approximate Running Time 11 hours, 9 minutes.

    CDs in this collection:
    The Worst Witch, The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for The Worst Witch - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch All at Sea - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch Saves the Day - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch to the Rescue - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star - Disc 1-2 .
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  • WZW2 7 years +

    The Worst Witch (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
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  • JLL2 3 years +

    Peace at Last (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

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    The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he tried.Snore, snore went Mrs Bear.Tick-tock, tick-tock went the clock.Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy's the delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere. This is a beautiful refreshed edition of a much-loved picture book classic.
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    Whatever Next! (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    The moon and back before bath time? Whatever next!Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon. Celebrate thirty-five years of the bear family with this very special edition of the classic bedtime story, Whatever Next!, a beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of the characteristic warmth and humour of Jill Murphy, author of The Worst Witch.
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    Five Minutes' Peace: 30th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

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    A story that will resonate with parents who want nothing more than a break from it all, this is a stunning 30th anniversary edition of Jill Murphy's classic, Five Minutes' Peace.

    Mrs Large needs nothing more than five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children. She tries to take refuge in the bathroom so fills herself a nice, foamy bath and takes in her breakfast - but it's not long before this quiet time is shattered.

    A beautiful and hilarious observation of family life.

    Please note this does not come with a slipcase.
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  • AHRAX 5 years +

    The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    The Worst Witch Strikes Again is a classic Worst Witch book by Jill Murphy. The Worst Witch Strikes Again is the second of Jill Murphy's much-loved series The Worst Witch, the original story of life at a magical boarding school. Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches...'I wonder,' said Miss Cackle, 'if there is any hope for you in this Academy, Mildred.' Summer term at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches has just begun and disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is in deep trouble again - all because of the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isn't nearly as placid as she looks ...Jill Murphy started putting books together (literally with a stapler), when she was six. The Worst Witch was first published in 1974 and this much-loved classic has been enjoyed by readers for more than 30 years. Jill Murphy also written and illustrated several award-winning picture books for younger children.
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  • WWP2 7 years +

    First Prize for the Worst Witch (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

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    Hold on to your broomstick... Mildred Hubble is back in First Prize for the Worst Witch.

    It's summer term at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches and somehow Mildred has made it through to Year Four. Even though everyone knows she's the worst witch, she sets her sights on the school's highest honour: she wants to be Head Girl!

    Will Mildred be able to stay out of trouble and prove she's worthy of this accolade? Not if Ethel Hallow has anything to do with it... The latest addition to Jill Murphy's spellbinding series is just as magical and engaging as ever.
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  • AKSUW 5 years +

    The Worst Witch Saves the Day (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    The Worst Witch Saves the Day is a classic Worst Witch story by Jill Murphy. The Worst Witch Saves the Day is the fifth adventure in the much-loved Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, in which lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is in trouble once again. She is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches...'What this cat needs is to pull himself together!' Something is up at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches: Mildred Hubble's new form teacher is really weird. Or is she? Investigating isn't easy, especially when Mildred's potions go wrong, the class know-it-all insists on being 'helpful' and her beloved cat is having a nervous breakdown..
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  • AHRAS 5 years +

    A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch is a classic Worst Witch story by Jill Murphy. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch is the third of Jill Murphy's much-loved The Worst Witch series. Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches...A new term spells disaster for Mildred! After a disastrous first year, Mildred is determined to lose her embarrassing reputation as the worst witch Miss Cackle's Academy has ever seen - but things rapidly get out of hand when her arch-enemy Ethel turns her into a frog..
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  • AIXCV 5 years +

    The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy is back in an exciting, very funny 7th adventure. In The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star - and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom. It's a disaster waiting to happen ...and it does...!
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  • FPF2 7 years +

    First Prize for the Worst Witch (Hardback)

    Jill Murphy

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    Mildred Hubble is back in First Prize for the Worst Witch - and her story is just as spellbinding as ever.

    Summer term has started at Miss Cackle's Academy and Mildred has clumsily made her way through to Year Four. Now, she's made it her mission to become Head Girl!

    Will Mildred be able to stay out of trouble and prove to everyone she's worth of this position? We're sure her rival Ethel Hallow will have something to say about it...
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  • AIOYO 5 years +

    The Worst Witch to the Rescue (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    The Worst Witch to the Rescue is a classic Worst Witch story by Jill Murphy. The Worst Witch to the Rescue is a fantastic new Worst Witch adventure from Jill Murphy. The much-loved Worst Witch series told the original story of life at a magical boarding school. Loveable but accident-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches...'It isn't actually a known spell. I sort of made it up myself.' Mildred Hubble always tries her best, but her spells never seem to go right. She may be the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, but she's the best friend you could ever have. Millions of readers love her and so will you... Jill Murphy started putting books together (literally with a stapler), when she was six.
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  • ALKSH 5 years +

    The Worst Witch All at Sea (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    The Worst Witch All At Sea is a classic Worst Witch story by Jill Murphy The Worst Witch All At Sea is the fourth of Jill Murphy's classic, much-loved The Worst Witch series, the original story of life at a magical boarding school. Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches...Mildred is in deep water on the school trip! Mildred Hubble, the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, can't bear to leave behind her beloved cat, Tabby, when the class goes for a week beside the seaside. But keeping Tabby leads Mildred into yet more trouble.
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  • BUIWT

    On the Way Home (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    On the Way Home is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child who tells the occasional tall tale will relate to! Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla?! Filled with a little girl's inventive stories, On the Way Home is by Jill Murphy, the author and illustrator of the bestselling Peace at Last and Whatever Next!
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  • AGINT 3 years +

    On the Way Home (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    "Well," said Claire, "there was a very big, bad wolf ...Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen ...? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla? By the author and illustrator of the bestselling "Peace At Last" and "Whatever Next", this is a fantastic journey of the imagination that every child can relate to.
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    Whatever Next! (Other)

    Jill Murphy

    It's very nearly bath time for Baby Bear, but he just wants to go on one more adventure - a quick trip to the moon. Mrs Bear isn't pleased, and anyway, she says, Baby Bear doesn't have a rocket. Luckily, there's one under the stairs . . . Join Baby Bear as he makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon, all before bath time. Whatever Next! This is a board book edition of a beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of the characteristic warmth and humour of Jill Murphy, author of Peace at Last and The Worst Witch.
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  • ADPDZ 5 years +

    Dear Hound (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    Alfie the deerhound is a large grey puppy. He loves his boy Charlie, and cheese, and he's very good at digging holes. But poor Alfie has got lost and he's scared - of thunderstorms and being hungry and never seeing Charlie again ...Meanwhile, Charlie doesn't know what to do - but one thing is for sure: he'll never stop looking for his dear hound. Can Alfie ever find his way back to Charlie - and his great big squashy beanbag in the kitchen?
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  • AXDDG 3 years +

    A Piece of Cake (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    A stunning new edition of a modern classic in the bestselling Large Family series. "If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ...you just couldn't get better" Guardian A hilarious tale of family life and the difficulties of dieting, this is a beautiful new edition of a modern classic in the Large Family series. Mrs Large the elephant is feeling a bit wibbly-wobbly - so decides the whole family need to shape up! Biscuits and crisps are out, veggies and jogs are in! But, when you're a hungry elephant ...healthy eating and exercise is no piece of cake! With a foreword and gorgeous foil lettering on the cover and spine, this is a beautiful book to treasure.
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  • BPOUW 3 years +

    Meltdown! (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    From the creator of the Large Family series comes another perfectly observed family comedy about a baby bunny rabbit and her mum on the supermarket shop ... a shop which doesn't go quite to plan! "Jill Murphy deserves a constellation of gold stars for consistently writing picture books that please children and enrapture parents" Observer From the bestselling author of The Worst Witch and the Large Family series comes a true-to-life, laugh-out-loud family comedy about a toddler tantrum. Ruby the rabbit likes to be helpful, but she often gets a bit overexcited ... especially in the supermarket. Crisps are so CRUNCHY! Tins of beans are fun to ROLL! And when Ruby sees a cake, a cake in the shape of a cute pink piggy, she wants it ... she wants it now. Introducing Ruby, a completely loveable new bunny, Jill Murphy observes the oh-so familiar supermarket sulk with all of her trademark warmth and wit, and perfectly depicts family life - in all its hectic glory - once again.
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  • AXDDU 3 years +

    A Quiet Night in (Paperback)

    Jill Murphy

    A stunning new edition of a Kate Greenaway-shortlisted, modern classic in the Large Family series. "If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ...you just couldn't get better" Guardian A great birthday gift for Dad, this is a beautiful new edition of a Kate Greenaway-shortlisted story of family life in the bestselling Large series. It's Mr Large the elephant's birthday and Mrs Large is planning a nice, quiet night in - a night for just the two of them. But even with the children washed and in their pyjamas before half past four, the night doesn't unfold quite to plan! With a foreword and gorgeous foil on the cover and spine, this is a beautiful book to treasure.
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  • AQGVN 3 years +

    Five Minutes' Peace (Other)

    Jill Murphy

    There's never a dull moment with the Large family! One morning Mrs Large, needing some peace and quiet away from her boisterous children, decides to take refuge in the bathroom. She fills herself a foamy bubble-bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast ...but finds her peace to be very short-lived.
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  • BUIAF

    Five Minutes' Peace (Hardback)

    Jill Murphy

    Celebrate the joys of motherhood with this gorgeous Mother's Day gift edition of the modern picture book classic! Mums everywhere will understand the plight of poor Mrs Large. All she wants is five minutes' peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there's never a dull moment with the Large family, and it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy. "If you are not familiar with these stories, you really have not lived ... you just couldn't get better" Guardian
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    Peace at Last (Other)

    Jill Murphy

    Jill Murphy's bestselling classic Peace at Last has delighted children for almost fourty years, and is equally beloved by tired parents who are all too familiar with the plight of poor Mr Bear. With a snoring Mrs Bear, an excitable Baby Bear and a house full of tapping and dripping and ticking, peace is hard to come by - will Mr Bear ever get a decent night's sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy's delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere. This edition comes in a chunky cased board book format, so even the youngest children can enjoy this classic story.
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    First Prize for the Worst Witch (Audio)

    Jill Murphy

    Accident-prone Mildred Hubble is the Worst Witch at Miss Cackle's Academy. She's always getting her spells wrong and landing herself in trouble. But Mildred is in the last term of Fourth Year and determined to prove that she's not as useless as everyone thinks - could it be First Prize for the worst witch after all?
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