Category Archives: Happy campers

There are so, so many camp books that it seems a little unfair collecting them. Still, life isn’t fair, is it?

The notable sequel

Kiddie of the Camp. By Robert Leighton.  Pearson, London, 1922. This, of course, is the absolutely fabulous sequel to Kiddie the Scout. Which is a vast relief for me, because I’ve already made all of my camp kiddie jokes. You

The notable sequel

Kiddie of the Camp. By Robert Leighton.  Pearson, London, 1922. This, of course, is the absolutely fabulous sequel to Kiddie the Scout. Which is a vast relief for me, because I’ve already made all of my camp kiddie jokes. You

Feel the wind in your riah

The Camp at Sea View Meadow. K.N. Abbott, Blackie, London nd. circa 1929. Well, it’s not very funny, or even very camp, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The prose is dire, but I’d expect nothing less. This is one

Feel the wind in your riah

The Camp at Sea View Meadow. K.N. Abbott, Blackie, London nd. circa 1929. Well, it’s not very funny, or even very camp, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The prose is dire, but I’d expect nothing less. This is one

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

Get ’em into it young

Camp Kiddies. By Lillian M Pyke, Melbourne: The Specialty Press, 1919. How to dress au courant, which kindergartens do the best cocktails, where to be seen way after bed-time, Polari for the under-fives … [Oh all right then it’s actually

Get ’em into it young

Camp Kiddies. By Lillian M Pyke, Melbourne: The Specialty Press, 1919. How to dress au courant, which kindergartens do the best cocktails, where to be seen way after bed-time, Polari for the under-fives … [Oh all right then it’s actually

Testing, testing …

Camp Contact E.N. Bradley Nelson, London, 1956 Illustrated by J. Phillips Paterson Well what would you call a book about bright-eyed young chaps getting into camping and radios and smugglers? Eh?  

Testing, testing …

Camp Contact E.N. Bradley Nelson, London, 1956 Illustrated by J. Phillips Paterson Well what would you call a book about bright-eyed young chaps getting into camping and radios and smugglers? Eh?  

Better than a gloomy mystery

The Holiday Camp Mystery by W. Murray. Loughborough: Wills & Hepworth, 1966. Illustrated by J.H. Wingfield. There really was a Ladybird book for everything, wasn’t there? In case you couldn’t guess, this one features Smugglers! My goodness there must have

Better than a gloomy mystery

The Holiday Camp Mystery by W. Murray. Loughborough: Wills & Hepworth, 1966. Illustrated by J.H. Wingfield. There really was a Ladybird book for everything, wasn’t there? In case you couldn’t guess, this one features Smugglers! My goodness there must have

It runs in families

Cousins in Camp: A Lakeland Tale. By Theodora Wilson Wilson. London: Blackie (n.d) It really is extraordinary how much camp literature was written in the early C20th.

It runs in families

Cousins in Camp: A Lakeland Tale. By Theodora Wilson Wilson. London: Blackie (n.d) It really is extraordinary how much camp literature was written in the early C20th.