A journey to the New England home that inspired Little Women

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To appreciate the real story behind Little Women, there’s no better place to start than where it all began – Orchard House, the home of the book’s author Louisa May Alcott.

After disembarking my cruise ship, I took a 40-minute train ride from Boston’s North Station to Concord, Massachusetts. From there I took a short cab ride to see the bedroom where in 1868 the 36-year-old sat at the half-moon desk her father built for her and wrote her most famous work.

It was to this house that director Greta Gerwig brought the cast of her new film of Little Women, which goes on general release across the UK today, to learn about Alcott and her real family that the book was so closely modelled on.

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