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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

P is for Philippa Pearce

Tom's Midnight Garden is a children's novel by Philippa Pearce. It won the Carnegie Medal in 1958, the year of its publication. It has been adapted for radio, television, the cinema, and the stage, and it a worthy addition to these wonderful children's books that I am listing. Having read it as part of an Open University Course on Children's Literature, it was one book that I wished I had written. 

The book is regarded as a classic, but it also has overtones that permeate other areas of Pearce's work. We remain in doubt for a while as to who exactly is the ghost; there are questions over the nature of time and reality; and we end up believing that the midnight garden is in fact a projection from the mind of an old lady. These time/space questions occur in other of her books, especially those dealing with ghosts. The final reconciliation between Tom, still a child, and the elderly Hatty is, many have argued, one of the most moving moments in children's fiction.

7 comments:

Glynis said...

I had forgotten this book! Thanks for the memory, Carole.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Lovely, it's great to find something you'd long forgotten, isn't it, Glynis :0)

Glynis said...

Yes. I remember 13 O'clock and a pretty garden. I must read the book again!

Carole Anne Carr said...

It is so cleverly written, Glynis, and the description of their skating on the river is breathtakingly lovely.

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Isn't that cover super adorable Carole! Makes me want to read it again.

Denise

Carole Anne Carr said...

I do return to old favourite's Denise, and as a children's author I learn so much.

Deniz Bevan said...

It took me a while to discover this book. I think I was in University when I first read it - and loved it!

 
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