Category Archives: Improving literature

Works to be read for Personal Growth, and stories with an Important Message for the Young.

For our Australian readers

The Date Boy of Baghdad, by the Reverend Cocker. London, HR Allenson Ltd, circa 1925. The subtitle is ‘Thirty-five story-talks to young people’, and the Rev J Cocker was keen on primitive Methodism and prohibition. So, clearly, he needed other

For our Australian readers

The Date Boy of Baghdad, by the Reverend Cocker. London, HR Allenson Ltd, circa 1925. The subtitle is ‘Thirty-five story-talks to young people’, and the Rev J Cocker was keen on primitive Methodism and prohibition. So, clearly, he needed other

Adventures in trade

Pet and the Baby she Bought. By Faith Chiltern. Epworth: London, nd (circa 1925). Another from the ‘random babies are Improving for Girls’ genre, only this time she’s gone to greater lengths to get one. And it seems to mean

Adventures in trade

Pet and the Baby she Bought. By Faith Chiltern. Epworth: London, nd (circa 1925). Another from the ‘random babies are Improving for Girls’ genre, only this time she’s gone to greater lengths to get one. And it seems to mean

It’s all lies

I don’t care what they told you on the Home Shopping Network, it’s not going to work. You’re wasting your money. Maximized Manhood. Edwin Louis Cole, Whitaker House, Dallas TX, 1982 This is basically Improving Literature for grown-ups. Frankly, I’d

It’s all lies

I don’t care what they told you on the Home Shopping Network, it’s not going to work. You’re wasting your money. Maximized Manhood. Edwin Louis Cole, Whitaker House, Dallas TX, 1982 This is basically Improving Literature for grown-ups. Frankly, I’d

It’s in the details

Be Prepared! or the Making of a Scout. By Argyll Saxby, London: SW Partridge, (nd, circa 1935). Not captured for the title, or the wonderfully improbable picture on the front board*, but simply for its thrilling list of Other Titles

It’s in the details

Be Prepared! or the Making of a Scout. By Argyll Saxby, London: SW Partridge, (nd, circa 1935). Not captured for the title, or the wonderfully improbable picture on the front board*, but simply for its thrilling list of Other Titles

Just come out and say it

Stranger with a Tent. By Margaret Warde, London: Kingfisher Books, 1958. Why this book? Well, it seems to want to live on the shelf with all my other camp literature, but it’s too shy to just come right out and

Just come out and say it

Stranger with a Tent. By Margaret Warde, London: Kingfisher Books, 1958. Why this book? Well, it seems to want to live on the shelf with all my other camp literature, but it’s too shy to just come right out and

A load of bullocks

The Steering of Stephen. By A Lang Ordon London: Lutterworth, 1954. I’m reliably informed by the foul-minded person who bought me this book* that animal behaviour enthusiasts, readers of Temple Grandin’s books, and cattle fans will be rolling about over

A load of bullocks

The Steering of Stephen. By A Lang Ordon London: Lutterworth, 1954. I’m reliably informed by the foul-minded person who bought me this book* that animal behaviour enthusiasts, readers of Temple Grandin’s books, and cattle fans will be rolling about over

It’s really quite a big one

The Farmer and the Cock. by Phyllis Groom London, Lutterworth, 1969. Actually, when you really come to look, it’s enormous! It wakes him up every morning, according to the blurb. And he thinks about it all the time. It’s from

It’s really quite a big one

The Farmer and the Cock. by Phyllis Groom London, Lutterworth, 1969. Actually, when you really come to look, it’s enormous! It wakes him up every morning, according to the blurb. And he thinks about it all the time. It’s from