I have to confess, I never read Anne of Green Gables, the 1908 novel by L.M. Montgomery, despite hearing great things about it. It was a hugely popular book, having sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and been translated into many languages.
Green Gables is now being brought to the small screens, as Irish actress, Amy Beth McNulty takes on the role of Anne in this coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world.
Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centres on Anne Shirley, a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an ageing sister and brother.
Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Anne’s adventures will reflect timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice.
Anne of Green Gables premieres on Netflix on May 12.
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