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
Set inNorfolk, England
Publication date
Media typeHardcover

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.


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.


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


  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.