TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN by Philippa Pearce

Winner of the Carnegie Medal


When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle’s house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. As he lies awake in his bed he listens to the grandfather clock chiming in the hall downstairs.


Thirteen! Tom races down the stairs and finds, outside the back door, a wonderful garden. A garden everyone told him didn’t exist. Tom’s midnight garden is full of magic and adventure, and children too. Are they ghosts? Or is it Tom who is really a ghost?



“This is a rare, moving story, beautifully written, and true in every way that matters.” THE GUARDIAN


“…This brilliant fantasy on the theme of time has a quality capable of capturing all ages… It is a work of the greatest distinction.” NEW STATESMAN

TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN by Philippa Pearce
On behalf of
Laura Cecil
Published in the UK by
Oxford University Press
First published 1959