No Ordinary School Story

Or so we are lead to understand. Toddy Scores Again: Being the School Adventures of No Ordinary Boy.  By Alfred Judd. Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, n.d. (40s or 50s. My copy has 1954 written on the flyleaf in pencil)

No Ordinary School Story

Or so we are lead to understand. Toddy Scores Again: Being the School Adventures of No Ordinary Boy.  By Alfred Judd. Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, n.d. (40s or 50s. My copy has 1954 written on the flyleaf in pencil)

Children can be cruel

Children’s authors even more so. Having invented an unkindly childish nickname for her protagonist, the author proceeds to use it relentlessly all the way through. Lead by example: that’s what I say! Thistledown Tony.  By Constance Savery. Victory Press, London,

Children can be cruel

Children’s authors even more so. Having invented an unkindly childish nickname for her protagonist, the author proceeds to use it relentlessly all the way through. Lead by example: that’s what I say! Thistledown Tony.  By Constance Savery. Victory Press, London,

There’s a Ladybird book for everything

Tasseltip and the Boozle. By Sarah Cotton. Illustrated by Earnest Aris & Roy Smith. Ladybird Books, London, 1975. I mean … really? Is this someone’s joke, or did no one put even a second’s thought into this? I very often

There’s a Ladybird book for everything

Tasseltip and the Boozle. By Sarah Cotton. Illustrated by Earnest Aris & Roy Smith. Ladybird Books, London, 1975. I mean … really? Is this someone’s joke, or did no one put even a second’s thought into this? I very often

At it again!

Enid Blyton, I mean. Hello, Mr. Twiddle! By Enid Blyton. Dean & Son, London, (this edn, 1968). Was Mr Twiddle a friend of Mr Pinkwhistle? I’m a little afraid to read it — I might find out.

At it again!

Enid Blyton, I mean. Hello, Mr. Twiddle! By Enid Blyton. Dean & Son, London, (this edn, 1968). Was Mr Twiddle a friend of Mr Pinkwhistle? I’m a little afraid to read it — I might find out.

Nice to have a classic on board

The African Queen. By CS Forester. Michael Joseph, London, 1946 (this edition 1970). I love being able to return to classic works with fresh eyes. You never know what you’ll suddenly notice. (Is this a classic? It was a classic

Nice to have a classic on board

The African Queen. By CS Forester. Michael Joseph, London, 1946 (this edition 1970). I love being able to return to classic works with fresh eyes. You never know what you’ll suddenly notice. (Is this a classic? It was a classic

Which side?

Fly Dressing and Some Tackle-Making. By WE Davies. Elliot’s Right Way Books, Surrey, 1963. My favourite chapter is 14: Lures, Demons, Terrors and Streamers. You’d have to be really poorly dressed to get that sort of reaction, surely? Or maybe

Which side?

Fly Dressing and Some Tackle-Making. By WE Davies. Elliot’s Right Way Books, Surrey, 1963. My favourite chapter is 14: Lures, Demons, Terrors and Streamers. You’d have to be really poorly dressed to get that sort of reaction, surely? Or maybe

Once seen…

… cannot be unseen. The Scene in Skinny Ribs. Patons, Australia. no date, but sometime in the darkest 70s, I assume. This is not the only knitting pattern in my collection. Stay tuned wool-gatherers. (I’m sorry. I seem to have

Once seen…

… cannot be unseen. The Scene in Skinny Ribs. Patons, Australia. no date, but sometime in the darkest 70s, I assume. This is not the only knitting pattern in my collection. Stay tuned wool-gatherers. (I’m sorry. I seem to have