Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

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When the grandfather clock downstairs mysteriously strikes thirteen, it seems to be connected with a magical garden. Tom - who is lonely and unhappy - has been told the garden is no longer there, but he discovers it, enters it, and makes friends with Hattie. While he wants to stay in the garden for ever, Hattie yearns to grow up and escape. Tom works out that the garden somehow belongs to the past, and that Hattie probably died long ago. He struggles to outwit the passing of time but he fails, and everything seems to have ended in disaster. However, there is a brilliant and unexpected ending in which Hattie's past and Tom's present are happily reconciled.

Illustrated by Susan Einzig, with an Afterword by Victor Watson.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 100 x 157 x 15mm | 158g
  • Macmillan Collector's Library
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 190962120X
  • 9781909621206
  • 196,264

About Philippa Pearce

Philippa Pearce was born in 1920 and spent her childhood in Great Shelford, south of Cambridge, where her father was a flour-miller. The village and the river that ran by the mill played a large part in shaping her stories, especially Minnow on the Say and Tom's Midnight Garden. For most of her adult life she lived within a few yards of her childhood home.

After she graduated from Cambridge in 1942, she worked as a children's book editor, and as a scriptwriter and producer for BBC Radio. She won a number of awards for her children's books, including the Carnegie Medal for Tom's Midnight Garden. In 1997 she was awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature. She died in 2006, aged 86."
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