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A golden age for the kids?

Is children's fiction more interesting than that being written for adults? Angela Lambert talks to Philip Pullman and concludes that this is, indeed, a golden age

By Angela Lambert   March 2002

Few books read later in life take root in the memory like those we loved when we were very young. They determine our response to words, rhythm and story-telling and expand in the imagination like yeast. Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester, begins: “in the time of swords and periwigs, and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets-when gentlemen wore ruffles and gold-lace waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta-there lived a tailor in Gloucester.” My heart lifts to meet the sonorous phrases. They resonate down more than 50 years, from the 1940s when my mother read them to me as a child, the…

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