A to Z Challenge - Favourite Books - The Children of Green Knowe

Children of Green Knowe, and all the other stories in the series by L. M. Boston.

I came to these stories late, long after I'd already reread Tolkien and Lewis, and so at first their magic felt a little esoteric, a little foggy. But they're English, and their charm is all English, and so I couldn't resist.

Also, I've just discovered that the house in the books is real! Not only that, Boston wrote two memoirs about her childhood, and the house, which is a Norman manor house, built in about 1130 and one of the oldest continually inhabited houses in the British Isles. More books for the two wishlists...

Hemingford Grey Manor House, near Huntingdon:

All that, and a secret garden, too!

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