L. M. Boston
(1892 - 1990)
Lucy M. Boston (1892–1990), born Lucy Maria Wood, was an English novelist who wrote for children and adults, publishing her work entirely after the age of 60. She is best known for her “Green Knowe” series: six low fantasy children’s novels published by Faber between 1954 and 1976. The setting is Green Knowe, an old country manor house based on Boston’s Cambridgeshire home at Hemingford Grey. For the fourth book in the series, A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961), she won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book by a British subject.
During her long life-time, she distinguished herself as a writer, mainly of children’s books, and as the creator of a magical garden; she was also an accomplished artist, who had studied drawing and painting in Vienna and an accomplished needlewoman who produced a series of beautiful and artistic patchworks.
The Castle of Yew (1965)
Joseph is pulled into a yew bush shaped as a castle chess piece and shrinks to lilliputian size He joins the owner of the castle in the adventure of living as the smallest creatures in the garden.
The Children of Green Knowe (1954)
Tolly comes to visit his great-grandmother at her ancient manor house, Green Knowe, and meets some of his forbears.
The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958)
Tolly returns to Green Knowe for the Easter holidays and learns about Susan Oldknow, a blind girl who lived there during the Regency.
An Enemy at Green Knowe (1964)
Tolly and Ping learn the story of Dr. Vogel, an evil magician who came to his end at Green Knowe, but now a modern-day witch is searching for his book of spells.
Nothing Said (1971)
On a visit with her mother’s friend Maud, Libby meets water nymphs and dryads.
The River at Green Knowe (1959)
Three children are invited to spend the summer at Green Knowe - they must be able to swim - and explore the river.
The Sea Egg (1967)
Toby and Joe learn to swim with a triton.
Spooks, Spooks, Spooks (1966)
A collection of ghost stories including Demon at Green Knowe.
The Stones of Green Knowe (1976)
As Roger’s father is building their new home, Roger discovers the standing stones that send him through time to meet the other children of Green Knowe.
A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961)
On his way to a vacation visit, Ping visits the London Zoo and discovers Hanno, the gorilla - whom he meets unexpectedly at Green Knowe.