When Marnie Was There (novel)

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When Marnie Was There
When Marnie Was There by Joan G Robinson first edition.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorJoan G. Robinson
IllustratorPeggy Fortnum
Cover artistPeggy Fortnum
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy
Set inNorfolk, England
PublisherCollins
Publication date
1967
Media typeHardcover
Pages224
OCLC38977

When Marnie Was There is a novel by British author Joan G. Robinson (1910-1988), first published in 1967. The story follows Anna, a young girl who temporarily moves to Norfolk to heal after becoming ill. There she meets a mysterious girl named Marnie who lives in a house overlooking the marshes. In 2014, it was adapted by Studio Ghibli as an animated film of the same name.

Background[edit]

The book was inspired by a house in Burnham Overy and the character of Anna was based on Robinson's own experiences as a child.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

A young girl named Anna lives with her foster mother in London. Due to illness, she is sent away to Norfolk to recover, where she meets a strange girl called Marnie who lives in a house overlooking the local marshes.[2]

Film adaption[edit]

In 2014, Studio Ghibli released an animated adaption of the book, with the story set in Hokkaido. The anime was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.[3] Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki had previously recommended the book.[4] The anime won the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and an Oscar nomination in 2015.

Awards[edit]

When Marnie Was There was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 1967.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Chris Bishop. "Author would have approved of Japanese re-make of mysterious story set at Burnham Overy Staithe in north Norfolk | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News - Eastern Daily Press". edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  2. ^ "When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson". PenguinRandomHouse.com. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  3. ^ "Omoide no Mânî (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  4. ^ "Ghibli Adapts Joan G. Robinson's When Marnie Was There Novel Into Anime - News". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  5. ^ "Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency". carolinesheldon.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-21.