31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 18


Today’s post is: My favourite childhood book.

My favourite book when I was little was the Brambly Hedge series. I loved it – the adventures of Wilfred and Poppy and the rest were, and still are, totally magical.

I treated myself to a brand new copy of the complete anthology a few years ago, and I re-read all the stories in one sitting. I had forgotten how magical and how genteel the stories were. They’re a far cry from some of the children’s books of today.

Jill Barklem passed away in 2017 and throughout the Brambly Hedge fandom (yes, we exist, and there’s a lot of us all of a certain age) there was a massive sadness. Her creations touched a lot of people’s hearts and souls, including mine. I of course had to re-read the book the day I found out she had died, and I did so with a tear in my eye. What an amazingly talented woman she was, to create this little perfect world and share it with us.

I recommended to a friend with a young daughter that she should get a copy of the Brambly Hedge books, and was met with the response ‘but they’re not relevant any more, what does anyone care about a bunch of field mice?’ which I think is a terrible attitude. The mice and their world offer a peaceful escape in a busy society that’s dominated by technology. To go on an adventure with Wilfred and his friends is a step back from our smart phones and the shambles that Britain seems to be in at the moment. Where better to forget that there’s a knife crime epidemic, or that Brexit is a Thing, than in a wonderful world where there’s very little danger beyond the standard ‘mild peril’?

There was also a Brambly Hedge stop-motion animated series, which I remember being aired in the mid-90’s. I think we had that on VHS! I have just found out that there’s a DVD compilation of all the episodes, so after I’m done typing this post, I’m straight on Amazon to order it. I fancy a bit of nostalgia.

What was your favourite childhood book, readers? Let me know in the comments!


Published by West Surrey Style

Personal stylist, blogger, foodie, cat mummy and petrolhead based in Surrey, UK. Lover of all things local. Crohn's sufferer, Volvo driver, experimental cook and avid reader. Nice to meet you!

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