Thompson pens new Peter Rabbit tale
Emma Thompson has told of her "honour" at being asked to revive children's favourite Peter Rabbit - the first fresh story from Beatrix Potter's publisher for more than 80 years.
The Further Tale Of Peter Rabbit will be published next year to mark the 110th anniversary of the furry, carrot-swiping scamp.
It marks the first time Frederick Warne has published a further book to the collection written by Potter from 1902 to 1930.
The story, which will come out in September 2012, will be the 24th tale in the Peter Rabbit series.
Oscar-winner Emma said: "I've always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in-between as well.
"When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don't let him or his extraordinary creator down."
Emma has a family pedigree in writing for children as her father Eric scripted TV hit The Magic Roundabout, as well as writing books about the characters. The actress has also narrated her father's stories for BBC Radio 4.
Her new story takes Peter way beyond Mr McGregor's garden as he journeys to Scotland to meet his distant relative Finlay McBurney. The setting was inspired by Potter's childhood holidays in Scotland.
Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Children's Books, said: "Children the world over have grown up enjoying these stories and now they can look forward to this exciting new addition to their collection.
"Emma's writing is both fresh and original yet pays homage to Potter's own unique style."