The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden


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This is a full-cast dramatisation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's enchanting tale starring Beryl Reid and Harriet Walter. These audio editions, especially dramatised for BBC Radio, are of timeless stories that have enchanted generations of readers. The wonder and excitement of these much-loved tales live on in these acclaimed full-cast dramatisations, complete with evocative music and sound effects. When spoilt young orphan Mary Lennox is brought back from India to live in her uncle's house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds the blunt ways of the staff at Misselthwaite Manor an unpleasant shock. Bored and miserable, it seems as though life in England will be awful. But Misselthwaite has hidden delights and, when Mary begins to discover them, nothing is the same again. First, there is the secret garden - and with it comes a boy who knows all the wonders of the country. He can even talk to the birds! Then, as the old house gives up its biggest secret, Mary forms a magical friendship.

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  • CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • 120 x 142 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • BBC Audio A Division Of Random House
  • BBC Physical Audio
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1846071100
  • 9781846071102
  • 9,781

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About Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett was born Frances Eliza Hodgson in Manchester in 1849, the daughter of an ironmonger. Her father died when she was three years old and her mother took over the family business. As a schoolgirl Frances used to entertain her friends by writing short stories in old kitchen notebooks. By the time she was in her teens, the family business had ceased to prosper. In 1865, her mother accepted an invitation for the family to emigrate to the United States to join her brother who owned a grocery store in Knoxville, Tennessee. The new surroundings did not improve their poverty-stricken lives and Frances tried to earn money by writing for American magazines to supplement the family's meagre income. In 1870, her mother died and Frances was left at the age of twenty to support her family. She wrote furiously and, over the next few years, prestigious magazines, including "Scribner's," accepted her stories and commissioned her to write more. In 1873, Frances married Dr Swan Burnett, the son of the local physician, and it was under her married name that she became a famous children's story writer. In 1886, as a result of writing to entertain her two young sons, "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was published in book form and received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Its success encouraged her to write again for children and "Sara Crewe" (1888) and "Two Little Pilgrims' Progress" (1895) were equally well-received. (In 1902 she dramatised "Sara Crewe" as" A Little Princess" and then re-wrote the book, giving it that title). By this time Frances had begun to divide her time between America and England, with homes in Long Island and Kent. In 1898, she divorced Dr Burnett for desertion and married a young actor and medical student called Stephen Townesend. Her second marriage was no happier than her first and Frances eventually managed to leave him. Between 1906 and 1909 she wrote a number of children's books, several of which had been stories narrated to her boys. In 1911 she published her most enduring work, "The Secret Garden," which has been described as one of the most satisfying children's books ever. Frances Hodgson Burnett died four months before her seventy-fifth birthday in 1924 at her home in Long Island. She had written over forty books for adults and children.

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