I first read this book at the Christmas after the BBC had dramatised it on Children's Hour. I managed to read it through over a few days, and it was really exciting and gripping for me - I don't remember how old I was at the time. I have read it to classes at school on occasion, and they have enjoyed it. It induced me to read some of Masefield's adult books, and was a good preparation for Sard Harker, which is a very odd book. It is rambling and discursive, but I didn't notice as a child. It draws on a lot of folklore and history I didn't know, but that didn't matter, either. It introduced a strange and enticing world of characters whose allegiances were not always obvious, where the reader had to work to make sense of them, and was a book I reread several times with great pleasure.