Saplings (1945) is an adult novel by Noel Streatfeild, published by Collins, about the Wiltshire middle-class family living in the Regent's Park in pre-Second World War London. With the breakdown of society under German attack, the family undergoes its own rapid disintegration. The novel is written from the perspective of four children - Laurel, Tony, Tuesday, and Kim, as well as from the perspective of their mother, Lena.[1]

First edition
AuthorNoel Streatfeild
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Media typePrint

Streatfeild mixes fantasy themes of children's books and a more mature psychological realism, to show the total damage caused by war.

In 2004 Saplings was adapted into a ten-part radio series on BBC Radio 4. It was also featured on Radio 4's 'A Good Read' in October 2009.[2]

Saplings was republished by Persephone Books in 2000


  1. ^ The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers, Joanne Shattock, (Oxford University Press 1994) pp. 406, ISBN 0-19-280021-3
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - A Good Read, Vanessa Feltz and Johann Hari".