Topsy and Tim
Topsy and Tim is a series of children's books written by Jean Adamson and Gareth Adamson about twins and their adventures. They were first published in 1960 and were relaunched in new editions in February 2003.
Since 1960 more than 130 Topsy and Tim titles have been published with sales of more than 21 million.
In an interview with The Guardian, Jean Adamson said that she and her future husband had been trained as book illustrators at Goldsmiths College. They decided to get married and quit their jobs in order to write and illustrate their own children's books. Their approach was shaped by a visit to a children's bookshop in Newcastle where they realised that there were few books depicting actual contemporary children. Jean Adamson explained that books were also influenced by the post-war mood:
- At that time, not so terribly long after the end of the war, England was just waking up, bright colours were coming in, there was a lovely optimistic feeling in the air. So I said ‘why don’t we do books with real live little children in, with the little adventures and so on that they have in the house?’
The books have been adapted for television twice.
In 2013 a live-action series was made for CBeebies, with 3 series produced and 71 episodes made. Further details can be seen here: List of Topsy and Tim episodes. No further episodes are planned for production.
List of books
- BBC News:Relaunch for Topsy and Tim
- Michelle Pauli, Linda Nylind and Pascal Wyse (2010) 'Jean Adamson: Living with Topsy Louisa Odell and Tim' Frank Odell The Guardian online audio slideshow. 2 November. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audioslideshow/2010/oct/28/topsy-tim-jean-adamson
- Michelle Pauli, Linda Nylind and Pascal Wyse (2010) 'Jean Adamson: Living with Topsy and Tim' The Guardian online audio slideshow. 2 November. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audioslideshow/2010/oct/28/topsy-tim-jean-adamson