*a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.

In The Book of Forgotten Authors (2017), Christopher Fowler writes of Clifford Mills”:

“Once upon a time, Where the Rainbow Ends was a book considered ideal for every young child’s bedroom…

The author was Clifford Mills, who wrote the piece as a Christmas entertainment with music for adults and children, and opened it at the Savoy in 1911 with Jack Hawkins and Noel Coward among the forty kids in the cast. The show was produced by Italia Conti. It was Rainbow‘s phenomenal success that led to Conti setting up her children’s acting school.

In fact, “Clifford Mills” was a woman who had taken her husband’s name to write the play…

For forty years, Where the Rainbow Ends was as big as Peter Pan – it had everything: goblins, elves, a magic carpet, a battle between good and evil, horrible foreigners, songs and a cuddly animal. Unfortunately it had something else in it: the roots of fascism.

And a personal footnote here. Remembering nothing of the book’s disturbing undercurrents, I tried to buy the edition I’d owned as a child, and after much hunting found a copy for sale in Kent. I spoke to a very nice lady who said she would send it to me for the princely total of £7. When it arrived, it was indeed the version I’d owned. Opening the front cover I found my name written inside, aged seven.”

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