Category Archives: Just … what?

Titles that defy the imagination.

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.

Tragedy comes in many guises

Cut off from Crumpets. Margaret J Baker, Methuen, London (duh), 1964. Such an English title, and such an English double entendre, but very much of the book’s time. But according to the blurb, it was very cold in England in

Tragedy comes in many guises

Cut off from Crumpets. Margaret J Baker, Methuen, London (duh), 1964. Such an English title, and such an English double entendre, but very much of the book’s time. But according to the blurb, it was very cold in England in

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

How very awkward

The Enemy in the Mouth. By Joseph Kessel, London, Hart-Davis, 1961. (Translated from the French by Frances Partridge.) Well, at least it said enemy, I suppose. For those of you unfamiliar with the work, its subtitle is: An Account of

How very awkward

The Enemy in the Mouth. By Joseph Kessel, London, Hart-Davis, 1961. (Translated from the French by Frances Partridge.) Well, at least it said enemy, I suppose. For those of you unfamiliar with the work, its subtitle is: An Account of

…if a wood-pecker could peck wood…

One-a-pecker, Two-a-pecker. Ruth Park, Melbourne, Angus & Robertson (1959, Book Club edn) Well, naturally, this is about the Otago gold rush of the 1860s. But that still doesn’t answer the question. Either question: Firstly, how much wood would a wood-pecker

…if a wood-pecker could peck wood…

One-a-pecker, Two-a-pecker. Ruth Park, Melbourne, Angus & Robertson (1959, Book Club edn) Well, naturally, this is about the Otago gold rush of the 1860s. But that still doesn’t answer the question. Either question: Firstly, how much wood would a wood-pecker

Antibiotics might help with that

Rimfire on the Prod Charles Ballew, London: Wright & Brown, 1944 It just sounds so uncomfortable: no wonder he looks like he’s in a bad mood. Also, just to add insult to … unfortunate condition … it seems that he’s

Antibiotics might help with that

Rimfire on the Prod Charles Ballew, London: Wright & Brown, 1944 It just sounds so uncomfortable: no wonder he looks like he’s in a bad mood. Also, just to add insult to … unfortunate condition … it seems that he’s

Just the thing for the lap of luxury

Velvet Johnnie (and other stories). By Peter Cheyney, London: Collins, 1952. Chaps, if you really want to impress that special friend …

Just the thing for the lap of luxury

Velvet Johnnie (and other stories). By Peter Cheyney, London: Collins, 1952. Chaps, if you really want to impress that special friend …