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Please post your favourite books you read as a youngster - any topic is fine. My own personal favourite came about via a 1966 `Jackanory` story titled "The Forgotten Door" (Read by actress Betty McDowall) This story so intrigued me that I managed to get my local Library to get a copy! I truly loved it!! Was written (In 1965) by Alexander Key- who later wrote "Escape From Witch Mountain" (Later a feature film)

The "Forgotten Door" concerns an alien (Jon) who somehow falls through a `Door` leading from his world to Earth! Though human looking- he does find humanity very strange indeed! Book concerns his quest to re-find the `door` back to his world.

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For some reason a book called 'Angus the Tartan Partan' sticks in my mind - though I haven't seen it for more than half a century! :)


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Back in 1966/67 for about a whole school term I kept a school book called "Britains's Wonderland Of Nature" in my desk. It was published in 1936. When I left the school in 1967 aged eleven I sneaked the book out with me in a box. I still have the book today. The funny thing is that a couple of years ago I came across another copy in the flea market and bought it. I wondered if I should return the original to the school but I figured it would probably just die a slow and agonising death and it was better off being preserved for posterity by me. I have always been fascinated by insects and must have read the chapter on ants a doxen times at school.


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Sounds fascinating Steve! I once had a School copy of `Alice in Wonderland` also 1967 like you. but I eventually returned it in about 1973 when I was working! They were just glad to get it back- said no more!

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I looked on google and found my book is quite easy to come by. It was published in 1934 not 1936. My school has open days on Wednesday mornings - I haven't been back there since I left and would love to walk up the staircases again and go into the hall where we had our dinner.

The country dancing I could have done without though. Heel toe, heel toe. What was that all about?

I doubt if today's kids would appreciate the old book with black and white photos.


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Given that Roy of the Rovers also played for Melchester Rovers it sounds to me as though his creator Frank Pepper must have been a fan of the same book Phoenix!


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I think Melchester was also a major town in Thomas Hardy's Wessex!

Incidentally, I can understand why you haven't included Thomson's Romance titles like Romeo and Jackie since they belong to a different genre and were mainly aimed at an older age group, but did you consider Thomson's late 1980s girls' comic Hi!? I only own a couple of issues but I seem to remember that it carried one or two strips of the traditional 'Bunty' type alongside a load of photo strips and features.


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I'm pretty sure Melchester is mentioned in a number of Hardy's novels as a fictional stand-in for Salisbury; I think parts of Jude The Obscure take place there for example.

Your new book certainly seems like a herculean undertaking Derek. As far as Hi! is concerned it's probably enough of a hybrid between comic and magazine to leave out of your main text. Unlike Jackie, however, it does seem to be aimed at a similar age group to Bunty and M&J (albeit with rather more of an emphasis on boyfriends), and the inclusion of some contemporary school stories might at least make it worth considering for a brief mention at the end. If it's any help here are a couple of pages from two strips that appear in no.13.




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Thanks for posting those pages, Phil. Not all that inspiring are they?


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