The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Anne of Green Gables
Anne Shirley, an opinionated and decidedly red-haired 11-year-old orphan, is mistakenly sent to Nova Scotia to live with a middle-aged brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla, at their farm, Green Gables.
At first, stern Marilla is set to send Anne back to the orphanage. However, as Anne brightens up their quiet life, Marilla reconsiders…
Anne Shirley is one of literature's finest heroines, and this first book of her adventures is the perfect book about growing up, friendship and family.
The bond that grows between Anne, Marilla and Matthew is incredibly touching. Anne's friendship with the shyer and more conventional Diana is also full of warmth, as Diana provides the (mostly) sensible foil to Anne's madcap schemes. Anne's relationship with the initially hated Gilbert Blythe, her rival at school, develops beautifully into a friendship in the tradition of a classic romance.
Meanwhile, the beautiful wildness of Nova Scotia, the location for this much-loved story, complements Anne's dreamy imagination perfectly.