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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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Antiques Roadshow

Had some fun yesterday. I had been ‘invited’ down to the south coast, Bexhill on Sea, where they were filming an edition of the Antiques Roadshow on Modern Collectables. I’d been asked to bring a small sample of books as…

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Janet and John!

Thanks to Terry Wogan, I think, – there seems to have been a revival of interest in Janet and John books recently. People muddle up Janet and John (which were NOT Ladybird Books) with Peter and Jane – which, of…

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Financial Times?

There was a piece on me and my Ladybird Book collecting in the FT at the weekend. Strange old world that of all newspapers, this one should contact me. The piece is online if anyone’s interested.

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Updating site

I’m in the process of giving my Ladybird website a bit of a (much needed) update and revamp. I’m only about half-way through – but when I get around to uploading it (after the Bank Holiday weekend) you’ll find rather…

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Cinderella

I couldn’t put it off any longer. Cinderella. If you’re male, skip this posting. You won’t get it. It’s a girl thing. This is the most popular Ladybird Book of all time, by miles, according to the long-standing poll on…

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Dewy-eyed nostalgia

Simmy’s comment below got me digging out my old copies of The Book or Prayers, which is where I think the “yellow umbrella in April shower” picture comes from. Looking through the revised version of this and other prayer books…

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Jonathan’s Shopping Day

This was the first ‘rare’ book that I ever found. It was shortly after I started collecting Ladybird Books, about 7 years ago. I always checked out my local charity shops and, in those days, usually found an old LB…

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