Illustrated by Rebecca Green and introduced by Jane Gardam, this gorgeous Folio Society edition of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women celebrates its status as a timeless classic, an early feminist novel and a wonderfully engaging read.
Anne of Avonlea
Illustrated by Anna C. Leplar
Produced in series with Anne of Green Gables, this book sees L. M. Montgomery’s celebrated heroine growing into adulthood. Anne Shirley becomes a teacher and helps to raise young twins, but she remains the impulsive, imaginative heroine beloved by readers the world over.
‘The dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice’
- Mark Twain
In her 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery created one of the best-loved heroines in children’s literature. Spirited and open-hearted, impulsive and determined, Anne Shirley is admired the world over. In this sequel, a teenaged Anne becomes a teacher and helps her guardian, Marilla, to raise six-year-old orphaned twins. While she thrives in her new grown-up roles, Anne is still impetuous and wilful – and prone to anxiety over her freckled nose. Anna C. Leplar’s charming illustrations show a young woman whose efforts to be sophisticated are often thwarted by finding herself in embarrassing scrapes.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Fournier
Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations, 7 black & white tailpieces
9˝ x 6¾˝
The timeless classic
Never one to take the easy way out, Anne strives to remain true to her principles and make good her mistakes – whether she’s arguing against corporal punishment or repenting for accidentally selling a neighbour’s cow. Her stubborn idealism continues to exasperate Marilla, and many an incident leaves Anne ‘flushed and dishevelled’. Her daydreams often baffle her pragmatic friend Diana, but Anne is always searching for ‘kindred spirits’, and happy to discover so many as she grows. Among them is Miss Lavendar Lewis, the enigmatic lady who lives in an ivy-covered house in the woods, and whose life Anne will help to transform …
Thousands of readers have travelled to Canada’s Prince Edward Island to explore the landscape that Anne cherishes. Her love of the natural world is infectious – and familiar to anyone who shared a childhood fascination with nature. Growing up in a world of babbling brooks, woodland glades and ‘tiny ferns … unrolling like curly-headed green pixie-folk wakening up from a nap,’ Anne revels in the discovery of countless ‘beautiful nooks’, giving her favourites evocative names. Picnicking with her girlfriends, she vows that they will ‘make friends with wind and sky and sun, and bring home the spring in our hearts’.
Montgomery’s novel includes scenes of sadness – like the bittersweet story of young Hester Gray, whose beautiful garden outlives her – but, despite such moments, the reader can’t help but agree with Anne when she declares happily that hers is ‘a pretty good world, after all’.