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on 16 April 2013
This book was the long-awaited sequel to "Mister God, This is Anna", originally published in 1974. It continues the extraordinary story of Anna, the five year old girl who had run away from home in the London of the 1930s, and was taken in by "Fynn" and his family and friends. This book introduces us to other people in Anna and Fynn's lives, notably John D. Hodge, Fynn's old schoolmaster from Cooper's Company College, known to his pupils as the "Black Knight", a profound sceptic where matters of religion were concerned, who had suffered badly during the First World War, and had become a rationalist, to whom the mere mention of the word "God" provoked an outburst of scorn. However, as John Hodge got to know Anna, while being puzzled as to how to use his educational knowledge to help this "exceedingly bright" child, who had had little formal schooling, he warmed to her exuberant personality and her ability to discover meaning in life related to Mister God. Towards the end of the book Fynn relates how the "Black Knight" eventually came to a fresh understanding of religious belief, realising that it wasn't a "cosy hideaway", but "hard work". We must be grateful to little Anna herself for what she achieved in a few short years, and to Fynn, for his ability to recreate her life and her impact on all those she met. A magical book, which will influence for good all who read it.
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on 16 May 2013
In my top ten of favourite books of all time! A book like no other and based on the true story of a real-life 'angel' with the wilfulness and wiles (and laughter) of a child. A book you'll end up reading (and buying as a gift for others) many times over. The illustrations are pretty bad, but the picture it conjurs of East End 1930s life and its characters (and the inimitable Anna, whose life may have been short, but not for one second in vain) is unforgettable.
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on 4 August 2012
I bought this and the original Mr God this is Anna for my wife and sshe loves them. Profound, funny, sentimental and thought provoking. Can't be bad eh?
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on 28 May 2009
loved this book so bought this for a friend. Chose this edition because cover so beautifu. Wasn't disappointed - even lovelier in real life.
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on 14 April 2016
Flynn is a joy to read... You'll find some but not annoying repetitive if you have read his first Anna book (Mister God, This is Anna)
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on 22 April 2013
As with "Mister God this is Anna" it was a very enjoyable read. I most enjoyed Anna's own bit at the beginning of the book.
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on 13 July 2013
Enjoyed reading it and will do so again. Would recommend it to any one. A very good book for a discussion group.
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on 14 April 2014
A retired teacher learns everything he needs to know from a small child - whose outlook on life is sublime.
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on 14 June 2015
I did love it - funny - sad and very memorable
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on 10 October 2015
not read it all yet but good up till now
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