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The magic of Tom’s Midnight Garden

I have been reading Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce to my eldest daughter at bedtime. We’re down to the final two chapters and will doubtless finish the book this evening. This is another book that I missed in my childhood – even though lots of folks think it’s a children’s classic.

Pearce won the Carnegie Medal in 1958 for this novel. I love the debate halfway through the book about who is the ghost – the little Victorian girl or the boy who can travel back in time when the clock strikes 13. This book is really all about the garden, which appears to be huge. In that way, it is the most English of stories as I believe the English love their gardens more than any other nationality.

Around a year or so ago, we read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and also enjoyed that one. The Railway Children by E Nesbit was another hit – the children spend most of that book haring around the English countryside. I love these rather old fashioned stories when being outdoors is an adventure in itself.

Pictured is the lovely Folio edition of Tom’s Midnight Garden.

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