The Life Of The Secret Gardener

It's almost 100 years since the childrens' classic The Secret Garden was written, a work constantly cited as one of the most influential books upon generations of readers.

But its author, Frances Hodgson Burnett - who liked to portray herself as a model of Victorian propriety - was a person of contrasts and paradoxes.

Anne Fine, the author and former children's laureate, looks at the woman who wrote herself out of debt, endured two disastrous marriages and was vilified by the press for neglecting her children to become a pen-driving machine.

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It's almost 100 years since the childrens' classic The Secret Garden was written, a work constantly cited as one of the most influential books upon generations of readers.

But its author, Frances Hodgson Burnett - who liked to portray herself as a model of Victorian propriety - was a person of contrasts and paradoxes.

Anne Fine, the author and former children's laureate, looks at the woman who wrote herself out of debt, endured two disastrous marriages and was vilified by the press for neglecting her children to become a pen-driving machine.