Mary Lennox is an unhappy and unloved little girl.
After her parents die suddenly, young Mary Lennox would rather be alone than in the company of others. She has no friends. But Mary's lonely life changes when she is sent to live at her Uncle's gloomy manor in Yorkshire. She is determined to hate her new home, but when she unlocks a hidden garden in the grounds, the magic of the place starts to weave its spell on Mary and those around her. There she discovers an astonishing and mysterious secret garden. Follow Mary's story as she finds her own place in the world.
Frances Hodgson Burnett's best-loved story is guaranteed to enchant readers of all ages. Featuring illustrations by Charles Robinson
Frances Hodgson Burnett lived from 1849 to 1924. She was born in Manchester and lived in great poverty after the death of her father in 1853. She escaped the horror of her surroundings by writing stories and often returned to a rags-to-riches or a riches-to-rags theme. In 1865 her family accepted a relative s invitation to emigrate to America. They were still poor but the wide open spaces of Tennessee were better than the slums of Manchester. Frances had to earn money so began writing short pieces for American magazines. In 1873 she married Dr Swan Burnett, and it was under her married name that she became a world-famous children s writer.
Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote over forty books; the two that are best-known today are The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy. In later life she became rather eccentric, turned to spiritualism and mystic cults and took to wearing frilly clothes and titian-colored wigs this earned her the nickname Fluffy .