|from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery|
|a Canadian fantasy|
I was an independent reader from an early age. I especially enjoyed historical fiction. I devoured the historical fiction of Jean Plaidy (Eleanor Hibbert) who also wrote as Norah Lofts and as Philippa Carr. The Queens of England and The Plantagenet series were my favourites. I loved Mazo de la Roche (even her name) who wrote the Jalna series, a saga (another Canadian work) of the Whiteoaks family. Both of these authors were prolific and their works were widely available in the 1950's and 1960's.
and I admired Anne Shirley's way with words in Anne of Green Gables. Descriptive language and uncommon words were my friends.
I recently had a conversation with a former colleague over coffee in a second-hand bookshop. It turned out that we had both enjoyed Daddy-Longlegs by Jean Webster as young readers. How odd to reconnect over a book that was written in 1912, long before either of us was born.
I wonder how many of us read those same books? Who were your favourite authors or characters? Did you write as a child? Has reading enriched your life? My love of reading lead me to study English and French literature at university, to work in a bookshop and for a book distributor, leading to my career as a teacher-librarian.