Bridget Kendall MBE on the books that inspired her as a child

It’s always fascinating to find out what books were important in the childhoods of well-known people, so we wrote to a number of UK politicians, authors and actors asking them to let us know about the books that inspired them as children. You can read Prue Leith’s comments in our latest (Jan 2018) Newsletter. Bridget Kendall MBE, now Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and formerly the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent in Russia, sent us a fascinating list, showing a real fondness for works of fantasy:

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