“Don’t try to make me grow up before my time…”
Generations of readers have fallen in love with the four March sisters in Louisa May Alcotts most loved novel.
Based on the authors own early life, of growing up with a free thinking abolitionist father, acutely aware that her and her sisters futures were set to be governed by “womens” work.
Little Women’s famous four sisters couldn’t be more different grown up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth and precocious Amy, yet dispite their differences they are bound together by their love for one another, of their family and of adventure.
Little Women is far from being a “girl’s book” it explores timeless themes of love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities. First published in 1868 it is of course of its time, but still holds relevance for todays young folk.