23 May 1985
Show More Secret Gardens by Humphrey Carpenter.
Allen and Unwin, 235 pp., £12.95, April 1985, 0 04 809022 0Show More
Reading and Righting by Robert Leeson.
Collins, 256 pp., £6.95, March 1985, 9780001844131Show More
Pipers at the Gates of Dawn by Jonathan Cott.
Viking, 327 pp., £12.95, August 1984, 0 670 80003 1Show More
“... in the encapsulation of whimsy? Animated toys, perhaps, like Winnie-the-Pooh. Carpenter would have us believe that the sentimentalities of A.A. Milne, so greatly in evidence throughout the Pooh and Christopher Robin saga, are never very far removed in spirit from an adult mockery of the whole business of childhood. Milne, he says, is simultaneously sentimentalist and scoffer, and his own undercover ...”