It is said that he was the most widely read man of his generation.
how could a middle-aged bachelor professor write good books for children (later of course he married an American divorcee who brought her two boys into his family)…what were his influences…and why do children still like them? I saw the trailer earlier and was put off because it seemed to major in battle scenes and they turn me right off! I thought the scenery and action sequences stunning – even the battle ones.
The special effects were marvellous, and so was Lucy, the youngest of the children. But, the casting let the whole thing down, which is a major tragedy, considering how much better it could have been.
‘In the author’s mind there bubbles up every now and then the material for a story. You then have to marry this with a suitable ‘form’, verse or prose, short story, novel, play or whatever.
When these two things click you have the author’s impulse complete.