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L.M. Montgomery achieved international fame in her lifetime, putting Prince Edward Island and Canada on the world literary map. A prolific writer, she published some 500 short stories and poems and twenty novels. Nineteen of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, even though she lived in Ontario for the last thirty-one years of her life.
Today, Montgomery's novels, journals, letters, short stories, and poems are read and studied by general readers and scholars from around the world. Her writing appeals to people who love beauty and to those who struggle against oppression. In the Second World War, Polish soldiers were issued copies of Montgomery's novels to take to the front. A post-war Japan turned to Anne for lessons in optimism and imagination. A musical based on Montgomery's first best-seller, Anne of Green Gables, has drawn packed houses for over twenty-five years. Recent television movies and series based on her novels have had international success and have made Montgomery a household name once again.
This excellent second sequel to Anne of Green Gables has the same direct tone and close attention to detail which makes everything Anne does feel so recognizable and familiar- even though the experiences are also very much of their time. Here, with her friends Priscilla and Gilbert, Anne leaves her home to go to study at Redmond College. Anne feels lonely and out of things coming from the country setting of her home but she soon gets into the swing of student life – including falling in love.
To celebrate the centenary of its first publication, Puffin have produced this most fantastic edition. To coincide they’ve also published a prequel – Before Green Gables. Anne of Green Gables is the story of a girl who wins a place in everyone’s heart and will appeal to readers both young and old. A feisty and much-loved heroine. Orphan Anne has always dreamed of being part of a proper family. So when she's chosen to go and live with the Cuthberts, life looks grand. But the Cuthberts wanted a little boy to help them on Green Gables farm, not a girl. They cannot keep her.
This is the story of Anne, a girl who wins a place in everyone’s heart who will appeal to readers both young and old. A feisty and much-loved heroine. Orphan Anne has always dreamed of being part of a proper family. So when she's chosen to go and live with the Cuthberts, life looks grand. But the Cuthberts wanted a little boy to help them on Green Gables farm, not a girl. They cannot keep her . . . Anne of Green Gables in a nutshell: Grumpy couple want boy to help at Green Gables farm. Disaster! Orphanagesends Anne instead. Gradually her chatter, spirit and humour wear downfarmers, friends and animals. Soon all love Anne. Happiness and harmonyreign for ever more. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics.
In the first sequel, Anne is growing up and she is determined to fulfil her ambitions and, as a teacher in her old school, to inspire those who are growing up behind her. Anne has left behind her childish ways but not her enthusiasm and zest for life. Teacher and pupils flourish in this optimistic picture of the first steps towards responsibility. With a superb introduction by Budge Wilson who tells us how Anne managed to inspire him and why it remains so special in his mind. In this terrific pocket size Puffin edition there’s lots of additional material at the end of the book including an author profile, a guide to who’s who plus many activities beyond the book.
From the pen of one of the greatest writers of children's fiction comes a remarkable story of romance and rebellion. Valency Stirling is a 29-year-old woman trapped in a stifling household, surrounded by domineering family members who are all too eager to observe her perceived failings. Her only refuges are the novels of John Foster and her fantasies of the 'Blue Castle', an imaginary world where her dreams can come true. When she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decides to seize control of her own life, leading her on a liberating journey of personal and romantic discovery. Renowned for Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery demonstrates that her remarkable talent stretches to the world of adult fiction too. The only book set outside of Prince Edward Island, one of her few stories to feature an adult protagonist, The Blue Castle is rightly acclaimed as one of Montgomery's most powerful tales.
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