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Date: 23/01/06 8:05:15 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: robthailand@yahoo.com (Robert)
Frank Richards: great site – congratulations - bookmarked it immediately.
I have a question on pronunciation: if anybody can answer it I’d be extremely grateful: Mauleverer.
My Mom, who bought me five hardcover books as a kid, which I still have (and read), said she pronounced it “Maul”, plus “ever”, and throw in the extra “er”. . . with the accent on “ever”. My instinct (if that’s the right word) says “Maul”, plus “Vera”. With the accent on “Vera”. But, knowing our lovely “English” English language, it could even be “Moon” (or – why not? - Falstaff)! “Mauly” gets round the problem, but anybody know how CH intended it to be pronounced?
And while we’re about it, what about Lascelles? I can only come up with “Lass” plus “kell” (as in wrapped around faggots and eaten with peas) – and I’m afraid that whether the “s” on the end should be pronounced or not just defeats me: suppose I should have taken more care in French classes . . . But I can rabbit on in Thai if you want!
Anyway, thanks for a great site. Rob.

Date: 2/02/06 9:39:08 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: frankolla@fsmail.net (francis)
I just came across your website when I punched in the name "Pocomoto". I was talking to a friend about how I enjoyed reading the Pocomoto books when I was a boy...I got them from the library in my hometown of Warrington in Northern England. I found your website interesting, but could not get into the guest book or sign a guest book link.
I know nothing about the author of Pocomoto but was interested to see that he had connections with England (Nottingham). Are there any publications that deal with his life.
Also I am afraid I was never aware of "Kemlo" and dont know what those books were about.
I would like to get some leads into the availability of the Pocomoto books as I never see old copies in England....normally childrens books are well represented in charity shops in the high streets here...but no sign of Pocomoto.
Altho' I enjoyed all the Poco books that I read, the one that sticks in my mind was where Poco "falls for" a girl in a circus....I suppose it posed interesting moral dilemmas about duty and ambition. On the whole in retrospect I think I liked all the Poco books because, altho' written for boys (I dont think girls read them) they wrote and treated readers in an adult mature manner.
I look forward to hearing from you to point me in the right direction, incuding web sites which deal with this author and his books. - Thank you. Frank O'Reilly
I've forwarded your message to the page author who may be able to find you some Pocomoto books.

Date: 18/02/06 3:40:25 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: g151138@ntlworld.com (Tony)
I live in the UK am now retired. My dad who died 3 years ago at 91 years of age collected the weekly issues of the Modern Boy paper from Issue 1 Vol. 1 when he was a boy. I have several volumes from the first, some bound in hardback & some partly bound. They all include all the covers and advertisements.
When I was a boy I remember reading the stories avidly. It is a pity that publication ceased due to the world war. English boys magazines after the war were not a patch on the Modern Boy. However I suppose that the boys' comic the Eagle partly replaced the pre-war boys magazines. I will not be parting with my collection of Modern Boy however.
Tony Grice

Date: 5/03/06 4:28:54 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: jannette.formby@btinternet.com (JANNETTE)
I was fascinated to read the web page on Elsie Jeanette Oxenham and especially as she was born in Southport (I live adjacent to Southport). I have been sorting through my books and came across "The Girls of Gwynfa" which was given to me in 1944. I have just put the book on Ebay for auction, not knowing the history of the author. Have you heard of the author, Mrs. R. T. Nicholson? I have a book of hers, personally autographed, called "Dust and Cobwebs". She also painted my portrait in 1944.
Thanks for the excellent information on the your site.
Best wishes, Jannette

Date: 16/03/06 8:06:27 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: wynnep@ihug.co.nz (Peter)
When I was growing up in New Zealand, I read all the "Carey" novels by Ronald Welch. Few books that I have read over my lifetime have made such an impact. The books were not only interesting (and addictive) but also instilled in me a love of history as seen by the people living in the various eras. I distinguish this from the dry as dust history that teachers have inflicted on countless students over the centuries. To me, seeing from the perspective of a person is infinitely more interesting than an academic's (often revisionist) assessment. I would dearly love to one day own a set of these books together with The Gauntlet. I find it said that such worthwhile books seem to now be out of print.

Date: 21/03/06 7:48:12 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: zcarab@hotmail.com (Michael)
Ref' the 'Kemlo' series of books, I am now 54 years old, but have very fond memories of these books, 'Kemlo and the SpaceWays' was my very first science fiction book, within weeks I had read the entire series, and years later I can claim to have read every one of the 'major' and most of the 'minor' works in this genre ever published in the English language. I had never found another reader of these delightful books until just last year, a then 78 yr old, who had happy memories of these ground-breaking books.
I owe a debt to the author, not just for the books themselves, but for opening a new area of imagination and interest to a kid with a brain as big as a planet, and more time on my hands than was good for me...
My interest in 'science' as well as it's accompanying fiction has grown with me, and I am a far richer person for the experience...
Thank you Mr Elliot, from and for 'way back', for a holistic 'today', and a brighter 'future' for all mankind!!! Without your vision, we would still be rooted in the Stone-Age?
Mick McGuinness

Date: 27/03/06 10:51:23 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: janette.king
What a lovely surprise - to find there are others who share my secret passion! Can anyone give me the title or author of a book which I read in the 1960s. The storyline is of a girl (Jaclin/Jacklyn?) whose mother had died/was ill, and found herself being taken from Manchester to Switzerlandfor a summer where she lived with a Mrs Kynaston and assorted children in Kandersteg. The book enchanted me as a child and indeed fuelled my ambition to live in Switzerland. I would love to read it again.
Best wishes, Janette
This is Seven in Switzerland, by Mabel Esther Allan.
Helen (From the CB&M Yahoo Group)

Date: 6/05/06 5:46:07 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: jim@fdaweb.com (Jim)
I came across your page by linking from The Silver Jacket, a wonderful magazine I was completely addicted to as a teenager in Burnie, Tasmania. As an amateur bookbinder, I saved them all, bound them into two or three volumes with covers sold by the publisher for the purpose, and bound at home according to the magazine's published directions (the binding technique was different from one I had learned at school, but it was just as successful).
I then left home and began my life's journeys, ending up here in America. Now I want those old bound volumes back. What did Mum do with them? She (aged 89) can't remember, but she's sure they must have been thrown out with all the other kids' stuff when they sold the house and moved to Bridport, Tas.
So The Silver Jacket site was a real trip down memory lane for me -- but frustratingly sparse! Now I'm looking for more (preferably copies in good condition that I'd be happy to purchase), also, any information/copies of an equally ill-starred boys' magazine published in Cheltenham, Vic., by E.J. Trait about that same time - The Australian Boy. I loved those with a passion also, and bound them - and they met the same fate as The Silver Jacket!
I was such a nut at binding publications others thought useless that I bound a half-year of the Australian Women's Weekly (between plywood covers, because they were so heavy and unmanageable) and presented them to my grandmother as a birthday present because she was such a devotee of the Weekly. She loyally kept the monstrosity till her death out of respect, but I doubt she ever opened it (it took me a long time to learn that magazines once read aren't often lovingly re-read and re-read). I did the same thing with a couple of months' worth of the daily Sun News-Pictorial! If I hadn't moved out of the house and become poor, who knows where my bindings would have stopped!
Anyway, anybody who can lead me to intact copies of The Silver Jacket and/or The Australian Boy will earn my undying gratitude and a respectable fee.
Jim Dickinson

Date: 7/05/06 6:25:31 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: stephen-smith@ntlworld.com (Steve)
Love the site - I remember reading many of the featured Pony books as a child which fueled my love for horses along with the movie 'Snowfire'. The Pullin-Thompsons, Pat Smyth, Ruby Ferguson and others consumed my pocket money at a furious rate!
However, my favourite author was Monica Edwards and 'Wish for a Pony' was the first installment in an excellant series (Romney Marsh). I was wondering if anybody reading this recognises the following two books that have played upon my memory.
The first is set in a summer long riding couse or camp and I recall that at the end, a boy sportingly and deliberately fell off his pony to enable a girl to win the best rider award. The other is a Black Beauty style story of a Pony or Horses life - it ends with the original owners reuniting with the now very old horse/pony in a bleak field - they recognise it (I think) by a penny sized white spot somewhere on its leg or withers. Just remembering this ending brings tears to my eyes!
I would love to re-read these books (especially the latter) so if anyone recognises either of them I would welcome some info - whether posted on this web-site or to my e-mail address - steve at michaelston.freeserve.co.uk Thanks in anticipation.

Date: 30/09/06 7:57:03 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: leoniephillips@optushome.com.au (Leonie)
I am trying to find a book that I read many times as a young girl when I was totally consuming by girls boarding school books. I loved the Dimsie and Mallory Towers series but this one I think was a stand alone. Problem is I dont know the author and can't remember the title except for the word 'Princess' in the title.
The story was about a family of young girls whose governess converts their huge house into a boarding school to help defray the costs of upkeep. I remember a sister named Cassandra and there was a fabulous dolls house in the woods and a scene with cleaning out the pig pens.
I hope someone can give me a lead on this.
The book is Princess Charming, by Katherine L Oldmeadow. The girls are called Penelope, Cassandra, Pandora and Aurora. The house is Idle Pines, and it is turned into a school.
Louise Benson

Subj: Goblin Island
Date: 18/10/06 4:11:40 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: alison@campbell6797.fsnet.co.uk (Alison)
I have a copy of this book, given to me by my grandmother when I was small. It was a school prize for needlework to her sister (my great aunt Chrissie who died before I was born) in 1910. I read it so many times when I was young, scared me silly the first couple of times so was too scared to put the light out when I went to sleep lol. I refound my copy when we were having a clear out after my mum died last year. The hard cover is gone as is the paper jacket, and the last chapter or so of the book is also missing. I did come across another copy in an antique bookshop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile several years ago and how I wish I had bought it when I had the chance. Would love to find another copy so I can read the whole thing again.

Subj. Wide World
Date: 3/11/06 8:36:15 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: PDnsfrd
In the darkest days of the war two of us, both boys aged 14, camped for three weeks by a stream in a remote part of the Peak District. Actually our "tent" was a little hut and half a mile downstream was another hut occupied by Jim Ingram. Jim was probably in his early thirties and had travelled extensively despite severe mobility problems. At least this disability kept him out of the Forces and he earned a bit of a living writing for, amongst others, Wide World. His cabin was a treasure trove of exciting literature and we visited him most days.
I heard many years later that he had trained as a teacher but would love to be directed to information about him. I am now 80 so Jim must have gone on his final adventure but it would be wonderful to be able to read some of his contributions again.
Phil Dunsford.

Date: 13/12/06 6:09:56 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: regans@aapt.net.au (Linda)
During the 60's in Victoria, Australia we subscribed to a magazine ( not sure how often it came out). On the back page were featured "pixies" in the three primary colours. I think the magazine was called "Treasure Magazine" Anyone have any ideas to help me? Also, during the same period we enjoyed reading a brown hard covered Disney book which featured diagonal lines of coloured text on the covers using the names of featured stories. Inside were beautiful colour plates which included one of Easter rabbits colouring and preparing eggs for "Easter hunt". The main rabbits were painting their egg in blue and white checkered pattern with a brush loaded with blue and whit checkered paint. Any ideas where I can purchase one of these? Hope someone can help
Posted to online newsletter.

Date: 13/12/06 5:30:59 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: andrew_family@hotmail.com (Andrew Family)
Hi I am wondering if you could help me my mother who is in her 70's is 'hankering' after a book she had in her childhood called maybe 'The True Story Of Santa Claus',I remember it vaguely as a A4 sized book with the face of Santa on the front but the print inside almost looked like it had been typed up and bound into the book(maybe 1940's to 1960).My Mother thinks it was put out by a radio station? and some how the family copy has disappeared over the years.Would you by any chance have a copy for sale or be able to suggest where to start looking to perhaps obtain a copy or find out about the book.
Kindest Regards
Posted to online newsletter.

Date: 25/01/07 10:15:17 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: lrichardson@iprimus.com.au (Lachlan)
On short biography of author Arthur Upfield he moved to Aireys Inlet (not Aireys Point) in 1951 where he wrote a book featuring a murder in the Split Point lighthouse at Aireys Inlet.

Date: 25/01/07 3:04:59 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: lee_vb@yahoo.com (Lee)
I am seeking assistance for a poem my Grandfather said stuck in his mind in 1944 or 1945 from an issue of MAN Magazine. I think this may have been from when he was posted in New Guinea during the war (?).
The poem goes something like:
Lack & the laz (?)
when you squeeze out the toothpaste you can't put it back in ....
when your mind makes a contract your body can't fulfill, you know you're over the hill.....
Any help you might be able to give me from these few detais he can remember would make him a happy old man. If you know of anyone else that could help if you can't that would be great.
Posted to Greg and our online newsletter for assistance.

Date: 1/02/07 4:01:20 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: rgerard@attglobal.net (RLG)
My ancestor, Captain William H. Gerard contributed an article to The World Wide Magazine, "Twenty Days on a Derelict". He was the uncle of Seymour Gerard whose wife told me of the article. I would be grateful to receive any information on this article by Captain Gerard.
Sincerely, Roger Gerard
I've found the article in the September 1904 issue of Wide World.
Regards, Greg.

Date: 2/02/07 6:25:10 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: cs@edubkk.org (HR)
Anthony Buckeridge and Jennings
I discovered the Jennings books at the beginning of the 60s and I am now nearing the end of a long career in education. 47 years ago, our small, boys' boarding school in the Worcestershire/Herefordshire countryside including its buildings, staff and pupils, even Matron, was so extraodinarily similar, in fact near identical, that it was rumoured amongst the 11 year olds that Buckeridge based his stories on it. Otherwise, how could anyone have had so much accurate inside information?
I am of the last generation that can identify with that kind of schooling and I don't really regret its passing; but who can really relate to Hogwart's?
I came across nothing so hilarious in the English language until Fawlty Towers arrived on the scene. There's been nothing so funny since.
Chris Carter-Smith PhD

Date: 5/03/07 4:25:01 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: peter@newell510.freeserve.co.uk (peter)
I've just been routing through some of my late fathers papers and I have come across a rather battered copy of "World Wide Magazine" dated January 1913 ... No178. Starting on page 358 is a wonderful account of when my dare-devil Grandmother, one of the worlds first female parachutists, almost came to grief when she landed in a river. My grandfather, Professor William Newell was the first person in Britain to leap from a plane with a parachute - a trick he tried once to often as he died in Denmark during an exhibition. Although I have myself done static line decent for Cancer Research UK I cannot see me following on in the tradition of daring do!
Is it at all possible that a copy of the original article exists somewhere? Perhaps on disc? I fear my original copy will not stand up to being handled and it would be a terrible shame if it were to suffer.
Best Wishes,
I've forwarded your letter to WWM page author, Greg.

Date: 7/03/07 3:46:01 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: johngiles05@aol.com
Re: Wide World Magazine
I have kept a copy dated May 1954 since I bought it for 1/6d and I still read it sometimes. How I enjoyed these books and Hotspur, Skipper, Rover, Adventure and another of which I have forgotten the name. I had them all delivered weekly. Reading these books helped me gain a scholorship to a grammar school. We didnt have much but what we had we appreciated.
Sincerely, John Giles

Date: 15/03/07 12:30:38 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: thomasleenas@gmail.com (thomas leena susan)
Can anyone tell me where I can purchase the entire 23 series of Jennings books by A Buckeridge?
Try ABE http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchEntry

Date: 30/03/07 1:10:27 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: pmswaff@bigpond.com
I am led to believe my great grandfather William Oliffe (born 1858-61?, died 29.01.1949) of Bordertown South Australia related incidents of his life as a cattle drover and pastoralist in Western Queensland and Central Australia for an article titled "DOING a PERISH" in the Wide World Magazine. The narrative was set down by H.A.Lindsay and illustrated by W.R.Stott. Sir David Gordon, President of the Legislative Council of South Australia vouched the guenuineness and faithful accounting of William Oliffe's related stories.
How could I get a copy of that article to keep for posterity? I would like to be able to have a date that this article appeared also.
Michelle Swaffer PO Box 59 Tumby Bay Sth Australia 5605

Date: 17/07/07 7:36:00 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: tomfrost@earthlink.net (Tom)
Thanks for your well written and extensive information regarding Geoffrey Trease. I recently returned from a month long visit to England and Wales and as a 'welcom home' gift was given a book by a good friend. Published in 1953 in New York, it was written by Mr Trease and Edited by the former Superintendent of Work with Children for the New York Public Library.
The Young Traveler in England and Wales, was I am sure, chosen with tongue in cheek since I qualified as a young traveler at the time the book was written!. I might have shelved it but almost idly glanced through a couple of pages and in a matter of seconds was taken aback by the quality of the work. I reccomend it highly and think it ranks with any travelogue around and yet he never loses the thread of the young people and the families through whom he takes us on a lovely journey.
Your website is pleasure! Tom Frost, St. Augustine,Florida.
Thanks for your kind comments, Tom.

Date: 18/07/07 5:42:31 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: stevenbutten@btinternet.com (Steve)
Suddenly remembered a book I read as a child circa 1960: "Mettle Dives Deep." A Google search revealed this website and a book cover I remember very well. I must have read this book at least ten times, along with Patrick Moore's "The Boy's Book of Space" and R.M. Ballantyne's "Coral Island." I think I also read "Captain Mettle V.C." Thanks for the memories. Anyone remember the name of his athletic sidekick? A left-tenant I think.
Steve Butten

Date: 1/08/07 1:04:16 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: Peter@hunterhall.com.au (Peter)
Like Peter Wynne I always enjoyed Ronald Welch's books which instilled a deep love of history and a desire to travel to all the interesting places described in the books. Any reminisces such as those of "Thormac" are greatly appreciated.
The power of writers such as Ronald Welch, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Alfred Duggan and Henry Treece to open up new worlds to children is a wonderful thing.
Best wishes, Peter Hall

Date: 1/08/07 4:23:23 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: Patchor@xtra.co.nz (Pat)
Ahhhhhhhhh........... such wonderful memories.
I don't know how I procured a subscription to the paper in 1941, I certainly had no money as I was only 8 years of age, but I did like filling in forms and posting them off. I think the publishers must have just been charitable to me. I received a regular copy for years.
How I loved those "magazines"! I always hankered for the next one.
Bravo! Delighted to find your great site.
Thank you indeed.

Date: 6/08/07 11:35:59 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: Alana.Garwood-Houng@aiatsis.gov.au (Alana)
I am looking to find an article that was published in a 1938 edition of Man Magazine. The article was about the Day of Mourning and the battle for citizenship status, if anyone has this issue and is willing to scan the article with the photos and send it to me I would really appreciate it. If you know of anyone else that could help if you can't that would be great.
Thanks Alana
I've forwarded your request to our MAN page author for assistance.

Date: 20/08/07 1:19:46 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: mregts@aapt.net.au (Mary)
Found your website from a look up for Ion. L. Idriess. 'Lasseter's Last Ride' was first book of his I found in a Victorian school library, then went on to read many more, including 'Stone of Destiny' and 'Drums of Mer'. Of latter years I was surprised to read of the Mer connection to Mabo.

Date: 19/10/07 7:09:28 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: Naomi, USA
I found your website and was intrigued by your knowledge and obvious love for "The Magnet", the old boys paper that was issued from 1908 through 1940, and was discontinued due to the paper shortage in England during the war. ... I was born in London England during the war and my family emigrated to Australia in 1949. My brother and I grew up in Melbourne; and David developed an enthusiasm for the Magnet and Greyfriars stories from our father. I always knew about them, but being a girl, I was not interested in reading them. David acquired all of the Bunter books, plus a few individual Magnets, and eventually a few of the Howard Baker facsimiles. When he passed over in 1999, I inherited his vast library of books among other things. I found the HB Magnets and individual copies that he had acquired. About 300 individual Magnets and about a dozen HB Magnets. I discovered online "The Friars Club;" which is situated in England , and has members all over the world. (I live in the USA now.) I contacted them wondering if a grown woman would enjoy these stories originally written for adolescent boys. I was informed that there are several grown women who are members and devotees of the stories. In fact the club's secretary/treasurer is a woman; Frances ... . She encouraged me to read the stories, and we have become close chums. She is very knowledgable about all of the stories, and suggests which ones are especially worth reading. Over the year of my induction into the club I have become hooked. I have added several more of the HB Magnet series to my collection, and intend to acquire more. If you are not a member of "The Friars Club," I strongly urge you to look up their website and contact them.They welcome articles to include in the club magazine.
I am contributing modest articles. ( I am no way near as knowledgeable as you are.) I'm certain they would welcome your input.
I hope you continue to inspire new readers. You are right; the pre-war Magnets were much more adult and sophisticated than the Bunter Books that replaced them. I can't understand why Charles Hamilton changed course. He could have restarted where he left off in 1940.
Thanks for your interesting message, Naomi, which I've answered direct.

Date: 20/12/07 1:53:17 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: e.hutchings@talktalk.net (Elizabeth)
I am so pleased to have found you and been fascinated in the article about the Boy's Own magazine. I have just started writing my biography which starts in 1926. On July 19th 1950 my husband Richard and I set off for New Zealand from Hampshire on 2 Humber Cob bicycles and he wrote regular articles about our travels. We had a small tent, billycan and minimum clothing. We arrived 9 months later and returned with three sons by boat in 1961. I have never felt the need to fly. I wonder if these 1950/1 magazines have survived.
Elizabeth Hutchings née Hedley.
2 Gate House, Gate Lane, Freshwater Bay. Isle of Wight PO40 9QT
I'm sure someone will be able to turn up copies of the issues, Elizabeth.

Date: 31/12/07 10:34:52 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: s.bigger@worc.ac.uk (Stephen Bigger)
Always enjoy your pages. On the Westerman's, can confirm father-son relationship. We hold some unpublished material by Percy (not terribly good) here in the university, and some other material, given to us by son Jack (John). Also interested in Eileen Marsh/Dorothy Carter via her family.
Keep it up, Stephen

Date: 2/02/08 5:04:05 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: jamesjava1@optusnet.com.au (James)
I have enjoyed reading nostalgia in your web page, my experience with Boys Own was from 1937 to 1946 when I went to sea in the Merchant Navy, the paper had inspired me to be adventurous, !945 and part of 1946 I attended the Indefatigable Sea Training School and then off to the Orient. /
I was intrigued by a serial story called, "The Fourth Finger of Li Chan Sui," or such title, and never discovered what the finger might point to. / This has intrigued me all these years, any clues? / Boys Own gave me many happy hours of reading through the war years and helped keep up my spirits.

Date: 4/02/08 5:24:28 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: chris_paula.dasilva@sympatico.ca (Chris)
I have inherited from a family member some British story papers and would like to get a feel as to their monetary value. They are THE MARVEL, THE MARVEL (with which is incorporated The Nugget Weekly), THE MARVEL & SPORTS STORIES, and finally THE MARVEL & SPORTS STORIES (with which is incorporated The Boys Herald) / Should I be locking them up in a safety deposit box, or just my dry basement.? They are all sealed in plastic, in pretty good condition. I have many issues, some of interest are issue 880, dated Dec.4, 1920 with the great title on the front "QUEERING PETE'S PITCH", by S.Clarke Hook (who seemed to right alot for Marvel during this time. Also interesting is issue 903, dated May 14, 1921 where I start to see Zane Grey yarns starting to be featured in this weekly. Amazing. / Can someone assist me to determine the historical importance of these weeklies and their value.
Thanks a lot, Chris, Toronto, Canada,
There's not much interest in these but maybe someone reading this will contact you; good luck.

Date: 6/02/08 11:35:26 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: turpsta@bigpond.net.au
I have a copy of FRANK CLUNE The Blue Mountains Murderer. I am looking for any information on its real value. MY email adress is
Ring Ross at Burnet's Books, Uralla; he's the expert.

Date: 24/02/08 10:30:26 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: ferouzeh@hotmail.com (karen)
I have linked your excellent page on BRAZIL to my entry ANGELA BRAZIL in my site
http://www.bibliothequedesuzette.com/BMR/AUTORI.htm on an Italian children book collection in which one of her book The Manor House School 1911 was published under the title Il Castello delle Avventure from the French edition Une Ecole dans un Manoir, 1936 I trust this is in order. If not, let me know and I will delete the link.
Kind regards
Anna Levi
http://www.bibliotecadeimieiragazzi.com http://www.bibliothequedesuzette.com
Thanks; I'll link you from our Angela Brazil page.

Date: 23/03/08 7:40:26 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: paulcraft@mac.com (Paul Craft)
What an excellent site! / And coming out of my own country too. / I sell books on eBay, mostly, and specialise in decorative publishers' bindings. / This includes a lot of books that were marketed to young readers. / I have found your site extremely useful as I like to give links in my listings to encourage people to learn more about what they are bidding on. / I also like to make my listings bibliographically correct and informative. / Just in case you are interested I have just linked one of my listings to your site. It is a copy of Talbot Baines Reed's "Willoughby Captains". I sell on Australian eBay under the seller name 'booknspoon' and my 'shop' is called "Decorative Bindings"
Regards Paul Craft

Date: 1/07/08 9:00:49 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: pa@hamilton-litestat.com (Barbara)
Hi, my name is Barbara Hewitt and I came across a Membership Card in my father's name whilst going through papers of my mothers. / My father was Beverly Stevens Hewitt and his membership number was 12,702, he died in 2002 aged 85. I am wondering did he have any pen-pals?? It would be very interesting if he did. / I had no idea about the Wide World Magazine until I found this card. Is there anyone out there that did correspond, if so, I really would like to hear from you.
With best regards, Barbara S Hewitt (Ms)

Date: 13/08/08 10:12:42 AUS Eastern Standard Time
veracityattraction@hotmail.com (Cinderella Preetender)
Just want to say thank you for your site and the guest book place, I think it is interesting on hearing peoples views, what they have read and collected over the years and some dating back many years.
My husband loved reading "Alfred Hitchocks" Books, while this may sound a little simple, but I myself grew up with and still recomend "Dr Seuss" books, I love them and the sence of humour! I learn't to read through his books by rhyming things (as being dyslexic), I read them to my children, and now to my granchild, my first encounter was "Cat in the Hat"
Thank you for the enjoyment your site brought to me, what a wonderful world now to have technology to reach sites like yours without having difficulties leaving the house due to severe disabilities.
Thank you and God Bless! CP

Date: 11/09/08 11:57:53 AUS Eastern Standard Time
From: JAVIER.ATECID@telefonica.net (JAVIER.ATECID@telefonica.net)
I am writing from Spain,
We have allways have had a collection from 1880 to 1916 of this wonderfull publication. At my parents any of the books is permanently opened on a table in the living room. Is there anyone who could tell us what would be the price of one hard cover year book? TERRA

Date: 28/12/08 3:58:54 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
From: cresscourt.stark50@gmail.com (Julian Stark)
Your webpages provide a fascinating history and set of recollections of some much-loved popular "literature". I wrote quite a few pieces - some fiction and much non-fiction - for Man and Digest of Digests in 1954 to 1955 and perhaps a little later. As a public servant, I had to use a pseudonym: I called myself C.W. James.

K.G. Murray and his staff were wonderful people to deal with. They appreciated what we sent them and, yes, they paid promptly. As I recall, my pieces were mainly about great Australian fighters - Bungaree, Perry the Black, George Hough, Ned Sparkes and the like. I wrote a piece too on the New Zealander who fought Tunney for the World Heavyweight Title in the late nineteen-twenties too; and of course the Burns v Johnson fight in Sydney in 1907. Writing those stories helped me recover from an illness which was attributed to my service with New Guinea Force, Merauke Force and 1 Aust Corps in New Guinea from 1942 to 1944. There is a reference to Man in the newly published novel "The Handkerchief" which is as racy as Man would have become if it had survived into the twentieth century. "The Handkerchief" calls Man "The Australian equivalent of Esquire and Playboy." It is displayed in the cabin of an Australian teenager on his way to England in 1955 in one of the great ocean-liners of the period. Man is said to be "As close as Andrew had ever got to sexual gratification until that early morning of the twentieth of November 1955 when the ship was docked in Las Palmas..." For anyone who would like to see more of an updated Man style, you might like to go, cautiously, to-
Looking back, I suppose many of us got some part of our education on many fabulous activities by reading books of the kind of Man and Digest of Digests, as well as the other publications on your pages.
James Cumes (alias C.W. James)

2004-2005 GUESTBOOK
2006-2008 GUESTBOOK is this page.

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