The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett (this edition: Puffin Books,)

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye


I love the wintery cover of this Puffin Books edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. This title is very much on my mind. Yesterday through a series of peculiar but satisfying coincidences we sold a first edition of this book – a beautiful decorated green cloth volume with illustrations by Charles Robinson published by Heinemann in 1911.

The book had started on a charity stall in Hampshire earlier this year and ended up being a present a lovely young woman bought herself with the few hundred pounds her grandma left her. I cannot tell you the joy I got from hearing her say “Granny would have been so happy to know I bought this book”. The Church and Village Hall committee who we sold it for are also very happy. If it were not for the sharp eyes of @botanicalbea‘s father and friends this could have been sold for a few pounds!

I am still enjoying the Japanese Anemones from @lowerhousegardenhay one of our top bed and breakfast establishments in Hay. The food side of the #booksellersbreakfast is a slice of apple pie I made last night. It was delicious this morning with frozen fruit and my new favourite thing @rachelsorganic set Greek yoghurt – look at that texture – it is like a healthy version of clotted cream. I also added a handful of locally grown grapes.

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Some other beautiful editions of The Secret Garden here.

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