An early Christian classic by John Bunyan, born 1628, who was a poor tinker and later a soldier with Cromwell's Parliamentarian army. He married a poor girl whose dowry was two books, 'The Plain Man's Guide to Pathway to Heaven' and 'Practice of Piety'. Bunyan became a lay preacher at a time when it was illegal for the laity to preach in Britain and while in prison for the second time he wrote 'Pilgrim's Progress'.
This version is an abridged version by Geraldine McCaughrean, which won a prestigous book prize in the UK. It is a highly enjoyable retelling of the story, with some simplifications in language for the younger reader. Some of the names are altered, for example, the most lugubrious 'Slough of Despond' is called 'The Great Bog Misery' - which is good, if not quite the same. The book is richly illustrated with very good colour and black and white illustrations. A great introduction to the full work.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose