Brian Sibley, contributor to a new Winnie-the-Pooh 90th-anniversary edition, celebrates the magic of AA Milne

Reading Winnie-the-Pooh, it may be tempting to think that AA Milne’s charming and insouciant tales about the Bear of Little Brain and his companions in the Hundred Acre Wood tripped easily on to the page with scarcely any authorial involvement. That is not quite the case, as I discovered in contributing to the official sequel, The Best Bear in All the World, which was published on Thursday for Pooh’s 90th anniversary.

Today, Milne’s reputation is as a writer for children, but before Christopher Robin and Pooh he was an acclaimed playwright and an accomplished essayist, novelist and writer of light verse. A 1920s polymath, his lighter-than-air wit caught and reflected the gaiety of the decade.

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