'She held back the swinging curtain of ivy and pushed back the door which opened slowly - slowly ... She was standing inside the secret garden'Thin, pale and haughty, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is determined to hate everything about her new life at Misselthwaite Manor, just as she had hated everything about her over-indulged life in India. But it is not long before the Yorkshire air puts colour in her cheeks, plain food adds flesh to her bones, and the forthright chatter of her maid, Martha, stirs new feelings of interest and affection in Mary. For Misselthwaite Manor holds two mysteries, a strange unhappy crying in the night and a walled garden with a door locked and forgotten for ten years. On the day a robin shows Mary where the key lies buried, the Magic begins ...A collection that will be coveted by children and adults alike, this list is the best in children's literature, curated by Virago. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), L. M. Montgomery (The Anne of Green Gables series) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.