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Amanda Craig praises those who manage to keep old favourites in print, and admires even more those who bring forgotten books back into the fold:

The granddaughter of Lucy M. Boston, whose ravishing and thrilling Green Knowe series about a small boy and his grandmother living in a haunted house, has just republished her work (under the Oldknow Books imprint at ?4.99 each), but few enjoy such a dedicated fan base. Not every reprint is going to appeal, of course. Philip Pullman has long cited The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay as his favourite ? ?the funniest children?s book ever written?. It has just been reissued by The New York Review Children?s Collection (?10) and, alas, did not raise a single smile in my own family.

Two new champions of forgotten children?s fiction who seem to get it right are Jane Nissen and Young Spitfire. If you?re searching for something timelessly enchanting to give a child of 8 to 12, their lists are well worth checking out... ...

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