‘The Little Match Girl’ by Hans Christian Andersen

This is a great story. It makes me cry. It’s very much of its time, but it is also a story for our time. There are children in the world today whose lives aren’t very much different to the little match girl’s life 170 years ago. We all need to get better at looking after each other.

First published in 1845. This translation by Jean Hersholt is my favourite