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A Ladybird Christmas

How does that John Lewis ad go? If you know the person, you’ll find the present. Here is a quick insight into what my friends and family think of when choosing a gift for me. These are some, but not…

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This year’s Christmas quiz.

Better late than never … This year’s Ladybird Books Christmas Quiz is here.Click the white arrow in the green box below. (Below, not the one to the side). Watch the video. Which two featured books are intruders and shouldn’t be…

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Two more broadsheets have printed full obituaries to Douglas Keen this week. Here are the online versions: The Times The Independent Following The Guardian obit, readers wrote letters for days afterwards saying why Ladybird had been important for them too….

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The Daily Mail article

Here’s the link to the online version of the article on Douglas Keen, which was published in the Daily Mail today.

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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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Last Word

I’m pleased to say that BBC Radio 4 decided to feature a Douglas Keen’s life on the programme ‘Last Word’ this week. I got a phone call on Wednesday asking if I’d be interviewed for the programme – apparently to…

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Why the silence?

Douglas Keen was a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life. He was: visionary; arguably the main reason for the transformation of Ladybird from jobbing printers to publishing phenomenon the man who led Ladybird to enter the market of non-fiction…

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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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