Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Philip Hensher's diatribe against C S Lewis's children's stories ("Don't let your children go to Narnia", 4 December) has all the qualities he despises, moral bullying and smug self-satisfaction.

His final bon mot, "Give them anything else - Last Exit to Brooklyn, a bottle of vodka, a phial of prussic acid, even Winnie the Pooh - but keep them away from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" - smacks of the most tedious kind of schoolboy witticism. No one cares if Philip Hensher likes Narnia; many adults do not. Children do. Why take it away from them because of priggish right-thinking?

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