The Secret Life of Children's Books is a Documentary programme.

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The Secret Life of Children's Books

Edith Nesbit is probably best known these days for The Railway Children, but her earlier book Five Children and It was even more influential, its blend of magic and the everyday paving the way for the Narnia stories and Harry Potter. A classic fantasy story about a group of siblings who discover a creature that can grant wishes, Nesbit's warm, witty children's fable was shaped by her own troubled family life. In this film, actress and Nesbit fan Samantha Bond discovers how a rootless childhood and terrible personal tragedy influenced Five Children and It, delving into the origins and legacy of a book that can be arguably said to have kick-started modern children's fiction.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

When is The Secret Life of Children's Books next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 March 25th, 11:30pm. See more...