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Theresa May's choice

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Posted by Peter Hyland on December 16, 2021 at 05:43:03 user Peter_H.

In the current 'Christmas Special' edition of the Spectator magazine (UK) various well-known persons in the literary and political world were asked to name their favourite children's novel. I am pleased to say that one of them - Theresa May, the former UK Prime Minister - chose Swallowdale.

Mrs May writes that as a child she longed to be Nancy Blackett, but she couldn't swim and had never been in a boat. In reality she was more like Susan Walker, but she found Swallowdale captivating. I am glad that, rather than Swallows and Amazons, she chose Swallowdale because it is surely the better book. She sums it up by writing: "Swallowdale evinces adventure, resilience, pragmatism, inventiveness and, above all, friendship. I recommend it to all."

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