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A video history

To do something a bit different, I’ve made a video history of Ladybird Books in the 20th century – which you’ll find here: www.ladybirdflyawayhome.com/videos.htm It’s very homespun and you’ll need to turn the volume right up to hear it, but…

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Martin Aitchison’s artwork

I’ve just put the (almost) finishing touches to a brand new gallery of artwork by the wonderful Ladybird Book artist, Martin Aitchison. Martin, now 88, was one of the most prolific of Ladybird’s artists during the ‘golden years’ of the…

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A bit of history

I am delighted to have recently acquired the rather odd-looking book in the picture. It was owned (and probably made) by William Murray – author of the Key Word Reading schemes: Peter and Jane and ‘Read with Me’. It’s a…

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Ladybird Times

I’ve have a very Ladybird focused few weeks. I’ve been corresponding with an ex-employee of Ladybird, the son of a Ladybird artist and with a relative of Willima Murray (author of the Key Word Reader scheme), met some of the…

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Libby and Ladybirds

First of all I should say that I like Libby Purves. I think she is always witty and usually wise and often find myself in agreement with her. In the article she wrote recently in The Times recently, she makes…

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Vintage Ladybird

The Penguin Group are really beginning to revel in the increasing awareness of Ladybird Books as ‘national treasures’ – the nostalgia and recent social history. Combining this with the growth of social software sites, they’ve now launched a website called…

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There’s going to be a free event at Foyles bookshop in London on Monday 15th October at 6.30 pm. It’s to publicise Ladybird’s new book ‘Boys and Girls’ which explores with nostalgia the childhood of the Ladybird Book generation. You…

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Fun stuff

I’m trying to set up a new area on my website that will contain a few ‘coffee-break’ activities and trivial stuff (as opposed to the deadly serious business of Ladybird Book collecting!). Pretty dresses in well-remembered books seem to have…

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Newby Hall and The Independent

There was another Ladybird Book article in a national newspaper last week – this time The Independent on Saturday. Here’s the link to it:http://arts.independent.co.uk/books/news/article2833919.ece The article was written as a prelude to the opening of the exhibition of Martin Aitchison’s…

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