The Encyclopaedia of Girls’ School Stories was
first published in 2000 and is long out of print. We are delighted to
announce that this will be reissued by GGBP in a revised and expanded
two-volume edition in 2020. We are announcing the first volume now,
because we have no idea how many we will sell, so although publication
is some way off (February 2020) we do hope you will order Volume One
long-awaited revision of the essential guide for any enthusiast of the
girls’ school story is compiled by Sue Sims and Hilary Clare, who are
the acknowledged experts in the field and have spent decades
researching the subject. They have scoured records and copyright
libraries and read thousands of books (Sue has the largest collection
of girls’ school stories in private hands in the UK) to compile the
most extensive data in existence on girls’ school story writers and
their books. Among readers of the genre the first edition acquired such
status that it is affectionately known simply as ‘The Book’. Not only
does it act as a complete reference guide to any writer and her or his
books, but the authors’ scholarly, often humorous and always insightful
assessments of the writers are a delight to read, guiding readers
towards new writers and helping them view old favourites with fresh
enlightenment. Our battered copy of the first edition is in sore need
of replacing as it’s been browsed so often to see what it has to say
about a new acquisition or simply for the pleasure of the writing.
wonderful book is an absolute treasure trove of information about one
of the most important literary genres - the girls' school story. For a
long time it was considered a poor second cousin to the boys' school
story, dominated largely by the prolific Frank Richards and his many
aliases. Two further volumes are published later in the year, but for
now, volume one contains a wealth of first class, spellbinding material
on authors A-F, including the incomparable Enid Blyton, of course,
together with Elinor M Brent-Dyer and Angela Brazil, and a huge
collection of fascinating and beautiful colours, with a centre section
of these in colour. I was hooked on the girls' school story from the
moment I "borrowed" my older sister's School Friend comic, and have a
good collection of my own, many coming from the brilliant GIRLS GONE BY
PUBLISHERS. I'm already looking forward to volumes two and three!
Staggeringly collectable and brilliant in every way.
Captain Tom: My Autobiography
by Michael Joseph 17th September 2020
Who is Captain Sir Tom Moore?
seen him on the television walking the length of his garden. A frail
elderly man, doing his bit at a time of crisis. But he wasn't always
like this. Where did he come from? Where was he made?
a childhood in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, Tom Moore grew up
in a loving family, which wasn't without its share of tragedy. It was a
time of plenty and of want. When the storm clouds of the Second World
War threatened, he raised his hand and, like many of his generation,
joined up to fight. His war would take him from a country he had never
left to a place which would steal his heart, India, and the Far East,
to which he would return many years later to view the sight he had
missed first time around, the distant peak of Everest.
Tom's story is our story, the story of our past hundred years here in
Britain. It's a time which has seen so much change, when yet so much
has stayed the same, the national spirit, the can-do attitude, a belief
in doing your best for others.
this rich, happy life packed with incident you will encounter time and
again the curiosity, courage and generosity that saw Captain Tom look
around him during our current crisis and decide that something had to
be done . . .
Andrew Cotter: Olive, Mabel and Me
by Black and White Publishing 15th October 2020
Andrew Cotter turned his brilliant sporting commentaries from the
Masters, the Open, Wimbledon and the Six Nations to the lockdown
contests between his two Labradors, Olive and Mabel, the result was an
internet sensation. The series of videos - including Game of Bones -
has been viewed well over 50 million times on social media, and the
videos have resonated with dog owners and sports fans everywhere.
OLIVE, MABEL AND ME, Andrew gives us a commentary of a different kind
as he tells the heart-warming story of life with his two famous
Labradors, Olive and Mabel. This is the full story of their rise to
internet stardom and how walking and climbing in the mountains helps
them all find peace, joy and happiness away from the hectic world of
all, however, this is a book about the love we have for our dogs and
the companionship and joy we can find from sharing our lives with our
fabulous canine friends, as Andrew has done with dogs throughout his
Beautifully written, touching and laugh out loud funny, OLIVE, MABEL AND ME is a treat for dog lovers everywhere.
Boris Starling and David Bradbury: The Official History of Britain
by Harper Collins 15th October 2020
wonderfully written and entertaining book which places Britain under
the microscope and asks who we are today and how we’ve changed as a
1841 there were 734 female midwives working in Britain, along with 9
artificial eye makers, 20 peg makers, 6 stamp makers and 1 bee dealer.
Fast forward nearly two centuries and there are over 31,000 midwives
working in the UK and not an eye maker in sight!
the past two centuries, through the Census and national surveys, the
Office for National Statistics and its predecessors have charted the
lives of the British: our jobs, home lives and strange cultural habits.
With questions on occupation, housing, religion, travel and family, the
Census findings have informed the economy, politics, and every other
national matter. Its collected data forms the single most valuable
ongoing historical resource of modern times.
Now, for the first time ever, The Official History of Britain collects these findings into a wonderfully written and entertaining book by Boris Starling and assisted by the ONS’ statistical advisor, David Bradbury.
Delving deep into statistics surrounding our occupations, our working
lives, relationships; our quirks, habits, weird interests and cultural
beliefs, and, of course, the latest findings on the Covid-19 pandemic, The Official History of Britain places Britain under the microscope and asks who we are and how we’ve changed as a nation.
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