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Learning with Harry

Did anyone else see the Antiques Roadshow this evening? I caught the tail-end of the piece on Ladybird Book original artwork and had to catch up on what I’d missed on the BBC iPlayer. Just one comment (leaving aside the…

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The Guardian – Douglas Keen

On Saturday, The Guardian – Keen’s favourite newspaper – published an obituary. If you missed it, you’ll find a version of it here. It was written by Cressida Connolly , who I’ve never met but who I think must be…

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Douglas Keen 1913 – 2008

I learnt today from a family friend that Douglas Keen has died. Douglas Keen was Editorial Director of Ladybird over the period of the 1960s and 70s – the publisher’s ‘golden age’ – and was in no small part responsible…

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Martin Aitchison on ‘See Hear’

If you missed the feature on Martin Aitchison on BBC2’s “See Hear” yesterday, you’ve got a week to catch it on the BBC iPlayer. A great mini-feature on a wonderful man and a very interesting life. BBC iPlayer: See Hear

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The BBC 2 programme ‘See Hear’ is planning to make a Ladybird feature “along the lines of a montage of illustrations, photos of children through the ages reading Ladybird books”. ‘See Hear’ is a deaf magazine programme presented entirely in…

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The FT-reading collector

Do you collect Ladybird Books? Do you read the Financial Times? I have been contacted by a journalist who is considering writing a feature on Ladybird Book collecting. If you have the sort of job typically associated with an FT…

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Some oddities

Well, what a washout this car-boot season has proved to be! No interesting finds at any of the few that weren’t rained off. I have come across a couple of other oddities in the last couple of months, though. The…

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Your thoughts on reading schemes

Did Peter and Jane do it for you? Ladybird Books are looking for help from parents and carers. Please read the following message from Shaleeza on behalf of Ladybird: *Free Ladybird book !* Dear Parents/Carers, My name is Shaleeza and…

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Describing old books

“Tootles the Taxi, in mint condition (no spine, missing page 3)” Ok, I made that one up. But bookselling is now no longer the province only of the professional. Now that books are bought and freely sold on the internet,…

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