The magic of Frances Hodgson Burnett

  New Statesman 

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The Secret Garden has enchanted readers for more than a century. But few pay attention to the remarkabe life of its author.  " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> The Secret Gardenis one of those rare books with a title that is familiar to millions who often do not know who wrote it. But when its author Frances Hodgson Burnett died in 1924 no one realised it would be this novel that would keep her name alive. Published in 1911, the book begins with the orphan Mary Lennox arriving unwelcome at the home of her widowed uncle on the Yorkshire moors. It is Mary’s growing friendship with Dickon, the local boy, and the entirely convincing transformation of the neglected garden and two unhappy children – Mary and her cousin Colin – that give the book its enduring appeal. One of more than 50 books that Burnett published in her lifetime, it was not mentioned in the Times obituary, which praised her work in bringing about the 1911 Copyright A

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