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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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More on Ladybird Prints …

I am pleased to say that the company offering the Ladybird Prints has agreed with my comment below about the fact that the artists should be credited on the website. They got in touch to acknowledge the point (as did…

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Ladybird prints

I see that Ladybird have now started to sell prints of their artwork archive: Ladybird prints There are hours of fun to be had here, browsing through some wonderful prints. I think I would have spent quite a lot of…

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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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Jane!

‘Jane’ of the Peter and Jane reading scheme books was my heroine. She is the same age as me – but was never like me as a child. She always looked so neat and trim, with here little white frock…

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