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At the Back of the North Wind

At the Back of the North Wind (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) - George MacDonald


bookshelves: published-1871, fantasy, kiddlewinks, winter-20102011, victorian, play-dramatisation

Read from December 22 to 23, 2010



Stars Juliet Stevenson, Joss Ackland and Tom Fleming.


A Victorian fairy tale that has enchanted readers for more than a hundred years: the magical story of Diamond, the son of a poor coachman, who is swept away by the North Wind -- a radiant, maternal spirit with long, flowing hair -- and whose life is transformed by a brief glimpse of the beautiful country -- at the back of the north wind. It combines a Dickensian regard for the working class of mid-19th-century England with the invention of an ethereal landscape, and is published here alongside Arthur Hughes's handsome illustrations from the original 1871 edition.