- Tom's Midnight Garden
infobox Book |
name = Tom's Midnight Garden
image_caption = Classic UK edition cover by Susan Einzig, thought to be original 1st edition
language = English
genre = Children's, Adventure Novel
Oxford University Press
release_date = 31 December 1958
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 232 pp (first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 0-19-271128-8 (first edition, hardback)
"Tom's Midnight Garden" is a children's novel by
Philippa Pearce. It is considered a masterpiece of English children's literature, and won the Carnegie Medalin 1958, the year of its publication. It has been adapted for radio, television, the cinema, and the stage.
When Tom Long's brother Peter gets
measles, Tom is sent to stay with his uncle Alan and aunt Gwen in a flat with no garden and an elderly and reclusive landlady, Mrs Bartholomew. Because he may be infectious he is not allowed out to play, and feels lonely. Without exercise he is less sleepy at night and when he hears the communal grandfather clock strangely strike 13, he investigates and finds the small back yard is now a large sunlit garden. Here he meets another lonely child called Hatty, who is the only one who can see him. They have adventures which he gradually realises are taking place in the 19th century. And each night when Tom visits, Hatty is a different age, chronologically out of sequence.
Allusions/references to actual history, geography and current science
The historical part of the book is set in the grounds of a mansion, which in many details resembles the real house in which
Philippa Pearcegrew up: the Mill House in Great Shelford, near Cambridge, England. At the time she was writing the book, the author was again living in Great Shelford, just across the road from the Mill House. [cite news|first=Nicholas|last=Tucker|publisher=The Independent|title=Philippa Pearce (obituary)|date=23 December 2006|accessdate=2006-12-27 |url=http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article2097792.ece]
The book is regarded as classic, but it also has overtones that permeate other areas of her work. We remain in doubt for a while as to who exactly is the ghost; there are questions over the nature of time and reality; and we end up believing that the midnight garden is in fact a projection from the mind of an old lady. These time/space questions occur in other of her books, especially those dealing with ghosts. The final reconciliation between Tom, still a child, and the elderly Hatty is, many have argued, one of the most moving moments in children's fiction. [cite news|first=Nicholas|last=Tucker|publisher=The Independent|title=Philippa Pearce (obituary)|date=23 December 2006|accessdate=2006-12-27 |url=http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article2097792.ece]
The theories of
timeof which the novel makes use derive in part from J. W. Dunne's influential 1927 work " An Experiment with Time", which also inspired others, including J. B. Priestley.
Awards and nominations
The Novel won the prestigious
Carnegie Medalin 1958. In 2007it was selected by judges of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children's literature as one of the ten most important children's novels of the past 70 years.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
It was dramatized by the
BBCthree times, in 1968, 1974, and 1988(which aired in 1989). It was released as a full-length movie starring Anthony Wayin 1999, and adapted for the stage by David Wood in 2001.
*1958, UK, Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-271128-8), Pub date: 31 December 1958, hardback (First edition)
*1992, UK, HarperCollins (ISBN 0-397-30477-3), Pub date: 1 February 1992, hardback
*2001, Adapted for the stage by David Wood, Samuel French (ISBN 0-573-05127-5)
2007 (ISBN 978-0-14-131999-5)
* " [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146315/ IMDB link for movie] "
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