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About Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, but emigrated to Tennessee after the death of her father in 1865. A few years later, her mother also died and an eighteen-year-old Frances was left to bring up a family of four younger siblings. Largely self-educated, she began by trying to run a private school, but soon turned instead to selling romantic stories to Godey’s Lady’s Book and in a short space of time she was being regularly published by other women’s magazines.

A few years after her marriage to Dr Swan Burnett in 1873, she began writing novels and, during the period of her marriage, produced several books including Little Lord Fauntleroy  and what is probably the most popular, The Secret Garden.

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The Secret Garden Audiobook

The Secret Garden Audiobook
Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Read by Virginia McKenna OBE

The celebrated English actress Virginia McKenna OBE reads this delightful unabridged audiobook of one of  Frances Hodgson Burnett's most popular novels. The Secret Garden has been adapted for film, stage and television, but it is hard to beat this wonderful audio book reading of the original story.

What the Narnia books did for wardrobes, The Secret Garden did for the walled garden. Few readers can fail to share with Mary Lennox that inexplicable thrill of anticipation at the notion of an enclosed and secret world, bursting with potential life and beauty but remaining hidden from view.

When she finds the key to the secret garden, Mary embarks on a journey of self-discovery and enables other characters in the novel to open doors and windows into their own lives, bringing vitality and vigour back to the inhabitants of Misselthwaite Manor. The author’s interest in Theosophy is perhaps reflected in the journey of the crippled Colin, who believes he can heal himself through positive thinking. And, as the roses return to the garden, so they bloom in Mary’s cheeks - as she discovers an ancient and timeless magic that every gardener will recognise and understand.

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