The Secret Garden

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Posted by Methersgate on June 14, 2017 at 14:19:58 user Methersgate.

In Reply to: Re: Do boys read girls books? posted by Alex Forbes on June 08, 2017 at 07:25:24:

My father was born in 1903 and "The Secret Garden" was the favourite book of his sickly childhood (he spent quite a time in an isolation hospital with diptheria).

He came back from a trip to Nairobi ("Civilisation" - we lived in Mogadishu!) with a copy of S&A for my seventh birthday. It was obviously the book that he would have wanted to be given as a child, but he was 26 when it came out!

Unsurprisingly, the other favourite books in his juvenile library were by E. Nesbit, but he also suffered the sort of thing that Lewis Carroll lampooned in "Alice", because he used to come out with remarks about "improving the shining hour", and suchlike.

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