The Winnie the Pooh stories – where the fictional character Christopher Robin plays in the woods with his teddy-bear friends – can perhaps lead us to form the assumption that the real boy’s childhood, too, was both idyllic and magical. Naturally, many of us imagine his experience to be one of innocence, playfulness and adventure.
But this wasn’t quite the case. In fact, the true Christopher Robin actually faced many difficulties in his childhood and also later in adult life. What’s more, he even came to dislike the bear that ended up being such a big part of his life.