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Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection) Paperback – August 15, 2006
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For every child who has fallen in love with The Secret Garden or A Little Princess, Julie Andrews Edwards's 1971 novel will be a heartwarming discovery. Any sometimes-lonely child with a giant imagination will recognize Mandy's dreams and rejoice in her ultimate fairy-tale happy ending. Judith Gwyn Brown's Edward Gorey-esque pen and ink drawings (with none of Gorey's sinister air) are quietly memorable. Fans of Julie Andrews Edwards--Sound of Music star of stage and screen--will be thrilled to see her latest children's book, Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea, or to an earlier favorite, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I had been really interested in Mandy's cottage and the house since first reading the book (it may have sparked my interest in English country houses), so I was intrigued to read in Julie Andrews' introduction to the new edition that she got the idea for the story while on location for a film shoot at a big, old country estate that included a shell cottage. I looked into it and found that part of Andrews' 1970 film Darling Lili (by husband Blake Edwards) had been filmed near Dublin, Ireland and the estate in question was Carton House, ancestral home of the earls of Kildare (family name: Fitzgerald) for hundreds of years. The beautiful Georgian manor house described in Mandy was built about 1739 for the 20th earl (later 1st Duke of Leinster), and it was his wife Emily Lennox who decorated the shell cottage in 1766. It was named "Waterstone" and had formerly been a laborer's cottage. In 1999 there was a Masterpiece movie about Emily and her sisters, Aristocrats (based on a book by Stella Tillyard) and it was filmed partly at Carton House, including a scene at shell cottage. You can also find pictures of the manor and cottage on-line if interested. Maybe they will promote the Mandy connection someday and there will be "Shell Cottage" pilgrimages as there are now to Green Gables!
I would definitely recommend this book. And if you enjoy this story, you'll probably like The Secret Garden (HarperClassics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett.