George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a minister who was rejected by his congregation, and struggled thereafter to support his family of eleven children by writing. In his own day he was celebrated as poet, preacher, and lecturer, and as the author of numerous novels. He is best known today for his vivid children's stories.
October 2009 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Philippa Gregory... I find a lot of children’s books too drab and realistic – they should have a bit of magic. I read this book when I was six and had to spend months in bed with bronchitis. The story is of a boy and a princess who go into a mountain inhabited by goblins. It’s scary, but not so scary that you think the protagonists won’t triumph, and it taps into a child’s desire for adventure when they are starting to discover the world. Philippa Gregory's new book, The White Queen, is out now.