12.2.08

Placing the reader

Just last week I read Bed-Knob and Broomstick for the first time. If I'd realised it was a Mary Norton book I might have read it sooner because I am such a fan of The Borrowers.

Bed-Knob and Broomstick has a fantastic opening:

"Once upon a time there were three children, and their names were Carey, Charles, and Paul. Carey was about your age, Charles a little younger, and Paul was only six."

Lovely! I've just gone looking to see what else there is I can read and find that there are 472 Borrowers books. Or thereabouts.

You can read more about Mary Norton at Fantastic Fiction which is where I learned that she only began writing when she was roughly my age. Which is, of course, the same as Carey's.

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