Look what's NOT back in print...

(165 Posts)
forgottoremember Thu 20-Sep-12 22:37:40

I'm feeling v frustrated that so many books I loved in childhood AREN'T in print, and are only available for insane amounts of money second hand.

For eg
Tilly's House
books by Gunilla Wolde (Thomas bakes a cake etc. etc.)
Benjamin and Tulip

Why is this? Why aren't they republished?

What are your other longed-for books, that can't be got without (not quite) a second mortgage?

ILoveAFullFridge Fri 21-Sep-12 09:11:34

The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles by Julie Andrews

kittenspjs Fri 21-Sep-12 09:18:04

Used to be all the Antonia Forest books, but then a couple of people set up their own publishing company to republish. I think it was Girlsgoneby. It only helped if you knew about the publication dates though, as only a limited number of copies were made so you didn't get one of those, you were back looking at silly prices.

Pascha Fri 21-Sep-12 09:20:31

The Flying Postman by V.H. Drummond. I made my dad read it every night at bedtime for months and months. I would cry and cry when the postman lost his job and cheer when the strawberry ice cream was a success grin

I imagine its not in print any more because no bugger but us bought it. It was an appallingly bad story.

BikeRunSki Fri 21-Sep-12 09:23:52

We have a very battered and scribbled 40 year old copy of "William the Dragon". I looked on Amazon, then eBay to replace it. 50p or something in 1972, £80 now!

Shirley Hughes' Lucy and Tom books - some of them are, some of them inexplicably aren't. confused They're all equally dated (and equally charming and timeless) so I don't get it. Lucy and Tom's Christmas comes up as a no. 1 MNs' favourite Christmas book, but you have to pay silly prices on Amazon for second hand copies.

(I did something very very bad - there was a dog-eared copy of it at a holiday cottage this summer, disregarded at the bottom of a pile of children's books. I half-inched it. blush I did leave a stack of my own paperbacks as payment though!)

Takver Mon 24-Sep-12 09:53:16

The Beverly Nichols books - The Stream that Stood Still, the Mountain that Moved etc. Mind you I don't know if they would be terrible on reading now! Some books I've gone to great effort to track down and then realised that actually they just weren't that good (Children on the Oregon Trail was one of them).

Frontpaw Mon 24-Sep-12 10:02:33

Can't get the Shoe Shop Bears either...

dotty2 Mon 24-Sep-12 10:06:57

Fullfridge - I bought The Last of the etc from Amazon (new) a year or two ago having been reminded of it by a MN thread. So if it's out of print now, it has been in print pretty recently.

Colyngbourne Mon 24-Sep-12 10:38:04

Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is definitely in print and available, though I found my copy in a library sale about fourteen years ago, so it has the old hardback illustrations I remember from my own childhood. It is one of my kids' favourite books from their own childhood too.

Beverley Nichols' books are also available (though not all in print) on Amazon marketplace. I have read them since I was young, and I would still rate The Tree That Sat Down and The Stream That Stood Still as the best of the four. And my children (all pretty much grown up now) would agree.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 24-Sep-12 10:39:51

I've got all the B Nichols books, dd loved them! Mountain of Magic is a bit mental though.

festereagain Mon 24-Sep-12 11:24:52

when they reprinted Carbonel and The Kingdom of Carbonel they did not bother reprinting Carbonel and Calidor confused

Meglet Mon 24-Sep-12 11:26:21

Mr Rabbit and the Lovely present. My copy is almost 40yrs old and sellotaped together.

unsureunderneath Mon 24-Sep-12 11:30:20

I found Lucy and Toms Christmas in a charity shop and bought it for 25p last Christmas. 4yo dd1 loved it as much as me.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 24-Sep-12 11:32:59

'Tom got very excited and rather cross' - loved that book.

paddingtonbear1 Mon 24-Sep-12 11:42:41

The Chalet School series.
You can still get some of them but they're fairly expensive. Would be rather out of date for today's kids but I loved them!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 24-Sep-12 11:51:20

The When The War Began series. The first 3 have recently been republished but not the later ones. I managed to track some down from America but expensive.

Themumsnot Mon 24-Sep-12 12:06:43

The Drina Ballerina books. I tracked them all down very painstakingly in charity shops but some of them go for £££ online.
Also the Chalet school books and most of the Sadler's Wells series.
DH doesn't understand why I won't get rid of the books the children have grown out of but I want to be sure that they will be able to share them with their own children eventually.

Themumsnot Mon 24-Sep-12 12:07:34

Viva - I have all the When the War Began series - some of them did have to come from the US! I thought DD1 would like them but she won't read them.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 24-Sep-12 12:37:51

They're fab books. I hope dd enjoys them when she's a bit older. Sadly she's never even touched any of my chalet school books. Reckons they look old fashioned and boring!

Themumsnot Mon 24-Sep-12 12:39:59

Strangely DD1 and 2 loved the Drina and Sadler's Wells books and also Malory Towers, Angela Brazil and Antonia Forest, but wouldn't read the Chalet School at all.

JimbosJetSet Mon 24-Sep-12 12:44:14

Me and my brother loved the Whatamess' books in the 80's. I have been looking out for those at boot sales and charity shops without success, they are no longer in print sad

wintersnight Mon 24-Sep-12 12:50:46

I loved the Flying Postman and the What a mess books when I was little. Luckily my mum kept them and so I can now read them to my son. Bit of a tangent but this shows how Richard Scarry books have been changed when re-published.

festereagain Mon 24-Sep-12 13:48:46

Whatamess is out of print? Gah. They were great. Did anyone ever read Sherlock Hound?

drjohnsonscat Mon 24-Sep-12 22:15:03

Rebecca's World - the one with the Larry Learmonth illustrations. Going for around £150 on Abe Books sad

Jusfloatingby Tue 02-Oct-12 11:27:59

Most of Noel Streatfeild's books are out of print. I have bought some on Amazon but I think children would still love them today. She was definitely my favourite writer as a child.
I also used to love a series of books about a girl called Jill who was pony mad. They were really witty and I'd love to re read them.
I also remember a brilliant story called 'Charlotte Sometimes' about a girl at an English boarding school who goes back in time and becomes a girl who attended the school years before her. I've tried to find it a few times in bookshops but it doesn't seem to be available.

Jusfloatingby Tue 02-Oct-12 11:33:45

Oh, and also 'The Swish of the Curtain' by Pamela Browne.

Themumsnot Tue 02-Oct-12 11:46:00

I lent my copy of Charlotte Sometimes to a friend a couple of years ago. Never got it back. Remind me not to do that again.

Diana2000 Tue 02-Oct-12 11:50:51

justfloating I used to love the Jill books! Expect you can still get them on amazon marketplace. I actually bought Charlotte Sometimes from there purely out of nostalgia, along with some others that I remember fondly from my childhood like Tom's Midnight Garden and Marianne Dreams smile

I wish they'd reprint Phoebe And The Hot Water Bottles. It's a brilliant story about a little girl who wants a puppy but her dad keeps buying her hot water bottles instead and she puts them all on leads and pretends that they are dogs. But then she fights a fire with the hot water bottles and finally gets a puppy as a reward for saving the day. It's about £80 on eBay and amazon now sad

Jusfloatingby Tue 02-Oct-12 13:15:10

Thanks Diana.
So glad other people remember Charlotte Sometimes. smile

Poledra Tue 02-Oct-12 13:20:30

Oh, I remember Charlotte Sometimes! The bit at the end when she gets the letter from Claire's little sister, who's now a grown woman with her own children at the school was spine-tingling for me.

Poledra Tue 02-Oct-12 13:20:46

Emily! (the little sister).

SomebodySaveMe Tue 02-Oct-12 13:21:35

Drina Ballerina. Have rescued some from
Mums loft though! Admittedly not a great literary classic but I loved them!

SorrelForbes Tue 02-Oct-12 13:21:50

Takver I have a copy of all the Beverly Nichols' books and they still read really well (I agree though, that the Mountain of Magic is bonkers!).

I also have a copy of Rebecca's World. It's one of the few books that I don't lend out.

I've managed to track down all the Sadler's Wells and NS books over the years but they do seem to be getting more and more pricey.

I've been looking for some Mara Kay books for ages. A Circling Star is currently selling for about £200!

Charlotte Sometimes is an amazing book (and also a often-listend to song in my house)

I lent my copy to a friend a few years ago, and she lost it, the twit. I keep meaning to get another one.

mummytime Tue 02-Oct-12 13:26:51

I ahve a copy of "The Youngest Lady in Waiting" which is apparently worth £200, I found it in Hay on Wye about 20 years ago for 50p. I'm still cross that I didn't buy "Masha" fro 50p from Cambridge library about 25 years ago.
"The Swish of the Curtain" is available on Amazon for £6.97.

SamsGoldilocks Tue 02-Oct-12 13:27:05

Themumsnot - sometimes just sometimes they do come back. I lent a book i loved to my sister who lent it to a work colleague. Ten years later and both of them living in different town to where they used to work, they bumped into one another. The colleague still had my book, returned to my sister and i now have been reacquainted with it. I thought it was lost to the ether.

stealthsquiggle Tue 02-Oct-12 13:28:36

Bottersnikes and Gumbles.

I am shock that Noel Streatfield books are out of print. I shall have to raid my parents' bookshelves when they are not looking.

imperialstateknickers Tue 02-Oct-12 13:28:39

Noggin The Nog.

Ekka Tue 02-Oct-12 13:28:42

Swish of the curtain series are being republished by Longwater books (unabridged) - only the 5th in the series Maddy Again has yet to be published. Check amazon - they are all about £10 new.

Noel Streatfield are also republished but for some inexplicable reason they seem to have changed most of the titles to ones ending in 'shoes' eg Party Frock has become 'Party Shoes' hmm

DilysPrice Tue 02-Oct-12 13:30:35

Swish of the Curtain and Charlotte Sometimes are both in print and readily available online or to be ordered from all good bookshops.

Some Streatfeilds are out of print, (though the best known ones are still in print) but you can get almost all of them for 1p plus p&p on Amazon.

I want to get the sequels to Bottersnikes and Gumbles - now those really are expensive.

Poledra Tue 02-Oct-12 13:36:14

Does anyone remember a book about a little girl called (I think) Comfort Jones? She is mixed-race, and lives with her mother, Margaret, who is killed in a car accident. Her father comes to claim her, and takes her back to Ghana to live with his mother in the village he comes from. I can remember most of the story, but not the title! She is called the 'been-to' child, as in she's been to the UK, and the grandmotehr talks about finding her a 'been-to' boy for a husband, though she's only about 12.

Ekka Tue 02-Oct-12 13:39:25

There was a book my mum had when we were little called Susannah of the Mounties - we read it to pieces! I looked on Amazon to see if I could find a copy and found there were sequels as well, but they cost over £100 - ouch!

Jusfloatingby Tue 02-Oct-12 14:18:01


Tht 'Shoes' thing with Noel Streatfeild books seems to have been an American marketing technique. They changed all her titles to one with 'shoes' in it eg Curtain up is now Theatre Shoes, Wintles Wonders is now Dancing Shoes.
I think it's horrible and much prefer the original titles. I think Ballet Shoes, Party Frock (Shoes) and Curtain UP (Theatre Shoes) are the only ones that have been reprinted to date. Certainly they are the only ones in the bookshops here in Ireland. I still have my childhood copies of Ballet Shoes, Apple Bough, The Growing Summer, Gemma and Sisters and The Grey Family and have obtained a couple more on Amazon. Most of her books are still worth rereading.

Themumsnot Tue 02-Oct-12 14:35:05

I have loads of the Noel Streatfeild's bought quite cheaply on Amazon Marketplace. Apple Bough is one of DD1's favourite books. I find it fascinating which of the older books my DDs will love and which leave them cold. All of mine have loved the Little House books and Anne of Green Gables and most of the Streatfeilds, as well as Lorna Hill and Drina but have turned their noses up at the Chalet School. Malory Towers are fine though, and DD1 developed an obsession with Angela Brazil when she was about 10. But the Pullein-Thompson pony books remain completely unread (except by me). And they didn't find Nancy Drew too thrilling either.

I love this thread! So many books I had forgotten that I loved.
Poledra, the book you are thinking of is Comfort Herself by Geraldine Kaye.

I would love a copy of Valley of Song by Elizabeth Goudge, currently cheapest is about £60...

nancerama Tue 02-Oct-12 14:47:26

The Woodland Gospels - it would make such a lovely christening gift, but it's such a risk buying second hand as the condition can be hit and miss.

SorrelForbes Tue 02-Oct-12 14:50:20

Some later reprints of Charlotte Sometimes have a different (not as good IMHO) ended so buyer beware!

Yes, the 'Shoe' title was a marketing device for the US market. I'd forgotten about the Gemma books. Must hunt them out...

Jusfloatingby Tue 02-Oct-12 15:08:46

Are the House at One End street still in pring? They were about a very large working class family with fancy names like Violet-Rose. I loved them when I was a child.

Poledra Tue 02-Oct-12 15:31:09

Oh, thanks Goat - must ear-mark that one for the DDs when they're older.

I still have a copy of Charlotte Sometimes, and four of the Sadlers Wells books. I also remember The Shoe Shop Bears - I remember reading it at school, and bursting into tears when the new shop manager decided he didn't want to use the bears in the displays any more! blush

Colyngbourne Tue 02-Oct-12 15:56:26

I still have my copy of Charlotte Sometimes (I can see it from here), and also The Swish of the Curtain (with the BBC production pic on the front).

I picked up a copy of The Valley of Song by Eliz Goudge at a church book sale just last week, for 50p.

Themumsnot Tue 02-Oct-12 16:08:59

House at One End Street was reprinted a few years ago. I know I had a copy then because I remember reading it to DD1, but I can't find it any more. But there should be secondhand copies around.

Colynbourne, I am very very envy!!!

Cheddars Tue 02-Oct-12 17:24:40

Once there were giants - Martin Waddell

I keep seeing this mentioned on mn but I've never read it. I'd love to read it but don't want to pay ££££

HiHowAreYou Tue 02-Oct-12 17:33:29

Diana2000 I can't believe someone else remembers the hot water bottle book. I used to love that!

notcitrus Tue 02-Oct-12 17:38:02

It was Lily Rose at House from One End St. The others were Kate, James and John, sweet William, maybe a couple more.

Early Chalet Schools are dirt cheap on Ebay - only the later ones are rare.

Was sad to find that charity shops can't sell tatty books of wonderful kids' stories - shelves are filled with shiny nearly-new books and much of the well-thumbed stuff has to be pulped if they don't have a volunteer to sell stuff online.

forgottoremember Wed 03-Oct-12 20:44:32

So interesting to see what people remember... I LOVED Noel Streatfeild - have masses and masses of her books in old editions.

Am not at all surprised that the Chalet School books haven't 'kept': I hated them first time round!

But I still am left wondering WHY these books aren't in print. Take the Antonia Forest ones - someone reprinted them, they ran out, and they're probably more in demand than ever.

It just makes me think that there must be some mileage in someone, somewhere, reprinting all these old favourites...

vesela Wed 03-Oct-12 22:07:58

Great thread! (I nearly added "and what ought to be" to the "look what's back in print" thread).

I wish Ursula Moray Williams' Toymaker books (The Toymaker's Daughter etc.) were in print.

festivalwidow Wed 03-Oct-12 22:08:03

Whatamess is out of print? No! I was really hoping to get some Whatamess books for DD who loves animals (they can't stop printing Hairy Maclary!)

Do Choose Your Own Adventure books still exist? I loved them as a primary schooler and would love to get them for my goddaughter. It was a lovely idea as it encouraged you to work out an ending for yourself. There were a lot of medieval ones IIRC.

Jusfloatingby Thu 04-Oct-12 11:32:57


Did you get your Noel Streatfeild's from Amazon or are they ones you've kept from your childhood?
I recently ordered two from Amazon - The Bell Family is a lovely old tatty hardback with the name of a girls' school library stamped on the inside. Caldicott Place is a 1990s edition paperback with kids in brightly coloured dungarees and t-shirts on the front. It just doesn't have the same magic. sad.

Kveta Thu 04-Oct-12 11:46:56

What A Mess is brilliant - my parents kept all our copies so DS and DD can see them when we visit - I got a copy of What a mess goes to school from ebay recently too, so I can relive the drama of the brick being taken for a walk too grin

wish the chalet school was still in print, my parents got rid of my whole collection after I went to uni. god knows how much it would be worth now.

Jusfloatingby Thu 04-Oct-12 12:22:32

Does anyone remember a book/series about dolls that lived in a dolls' house. There was a very snooty doll called something like Anastasia. Can't really remember much else but I know I loved it/them as a child.

nickeldaisical Thu 04-Oct-12 12:24:38

But what about the fabulous books that are in print?

there are currently 14million books in print, and it's impossible to keep all books in print.

sometimes, the books that we remember and loved when we were children, actually turn out to be total crap when we re-read them as adults.
Maybe that's all you had available at the time?
Maybe they weren't actually any good then, but you just imagined them to be?

suburbandream Thu 04-Oct-12 12:26:02

I got a copy of Rebecca's World second hand on ebay recently for about £6. Impossible to find it anywhere else. It's such a great book, am reading it with the DCs at the moment grin.

nickeldaisical Thu 04-Oct-12 12:26:38

Noel Streatfeild are almost all in print - you might prefer to get them from your local high street bookshop rather than that online site that doesn't pay UK taxes and also doesn't care about the high street...

They are mostly published by Jane Nissen books, but the better known ones are published by Penguin, Harpercollins, Hodder and Oxford.

go to www.hive.co.uk and type in his name - they'll all come up (and you're supporting local indies by buying from there)

nickeldaisical Thu 04-Oct-12 12:27:50

you can get the Chalet School books from GGBP publishing - www.ggbp.co.uk/


nickeldaisical Thu 04-Oct-12 12:28:26

his name??? confused

her name

Wigeon Thu 04-Oct-12 12:30:12

Whatamess is out of print?!

Discovered that Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles is out of print when a Mnetter PM'd me (because I mentioned it on a thread) asking if I'd scan in one of the pages of my copy, because her copy was missing a page and it now costs 120!!!

However, in better news, the BBC has recently released a CD of Johnny Morris reading his animal Bedtime Stories ("When I said goodnight to all the animals, I said, well goodnight Gladys..."). Here and and here. I had these on cassette as a child and loved them! Now I love playing them for DD.

BiscuitNibbler Thu 04-Oct-12 12:34:16

Noel Streatfeild was a woman, by the way.

BiscuitNibbler Thu 04-Oct-12 12:34:35

Ah, cross-posts!

nickeldaisical Thu 04-Oct-12 12:40:57

Charlotte Sometimes is available - I've got that here.

I've also got most of the Noel Streatfeild ones here - Theatre Shoes (Curtain Up), Circus Shoes, White Boots, Ballet Shoes, Ballet Shoes for Anna, Party Shoes (Frock)
you can also get Tea By The Nursery Fire, Tennis Shoes,Saplings are all in print again, and a lot of others are going to follow, I'm sure.
the Shoes titles are the American titles.

Once there were Giants is "reprint pending" right now.

Ursula Moray Williams - currently just Bogwoppit and Gobbolino back in print, but I'm sure, again, others will follow.

Choose your own adventures were published by a publisher that's no longer around, and no, they're all out of print too.
but there are similar books coming out gradually.

nickeldaisical Thu 04-Oct-12 12:41:15

Biscuit - I can't type. blush

suburbandream Thu 04-Oct-12 18:00:06

nickeldaisical - can you recommend anything for 10 year old boys? My son is a good reader but doesn't really enjoy reading IYSWIM, I find it hard to find books that will interest him and I personally can't bear all the beastquest/teenage spy type books. He's reading Terry Pratchett's Amazing Maurice and his marvellous rodents (or whatever it's called) at the moment and is enjoying that one.

DilysPrice Thu 04-Oct-12 18:46:22

<dons Nickel mask>
Have you tried Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series)? Or Charlie Higsons Young Bond is meant to be better than average teen spy tosh.

Diana2000 Fri 05-Oct-12 12:36:12

Does anyone remember a book/series about dolls that lived in a dolls' house. There was a very snooty doll called something like Anastasia. Can't really remember much else but I know I loved it/them as a child.

I think that might be Tottie, The Story Of A Dollshouse by Rumer Godden. Lovely, lovely story.

This thread is making me wish I had a DD to pass on all my favourite books to. Am looking forward to DS enjoying Roald Dahl and the Narnia books but don't think he'll be too fussed about the likes of Malory Towers!

nickeldaisical Fri 05-Oct-12 12:44:26

very good impresssion Dilys grin

i agree, suburban
there are millions of Terry Pratchetts if he wants to continue down that line (without having to go discworld adults) - Johnny Maxwell series (Johnny andthe Bomb, Johnny andthe Dead, Only you can save Mankind); the Bromeliad trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings); Dodger (which is the new one)

or Philip Reeve, whose Mortal Engines series has been reprinted recently - Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, ?Infernal Devices, A Darkling Plain.

They've also reprinted all of the Willard Price Adventure books - they're really good smile

nickeldaisical Fri 05-Oct-12 12:45:31

therre are loads of Rumer Godden back in print, if it that one Dianna

Jusfloatingby Fri 05-Oct-12 13:49:18

I don't think it was that one Dianna, but it sounds like a lovely book.

Thewidewideworld Fri 05-Oct-12 13:54:32

Suburban - Alex Scarrows Timeriders series is good. My 10-yr-old DD who likes boy books also loves the Percy Jackson books and The Hunger Games trilogy. Also Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes. She's reading The Falcon's Malteser by Antony Horowitz at the moment - not all of his books are suitable for 10 year olds but this series - The Diamond Brothers - is.

stealthsquiggle Fri 05-Oct-12 14:03:25

Jusfloatingby - your description rings lots of bells, but I can't think what the book was. I really must go and raid stare at some bookshelves in my parents' house...

WhyTheBigGoldPaws Fri 05-Oct-12 14:05:10

I had completely forgotten about The Growing Summer by Noel Streatfield - off to hunt down a copy now as I know DD would love it - have just read her the whole of the Gemma series and The Painted Garden but surprisingly not Ballet Shoes yet. I'm determined to brainwash encourage her to enjoy the books I loved as a kid, we're on The Ghost of Thomas Kempe at the moment which she was worried was going to be scary but seems to be reluctantly enjoying! She's 10 now though and I don't think there will be enough years of me reading to her left to get in all my old favourites sad

I was asking for a particular book in Waterstones the other day and got chatting to the assistant, she was very knowledgeable, turned out she is studying English Lit and writing her dissertation on children's literature. I was both impressed and envy although when I was at art school I based my final major project on children's book illustration which is almost as good!

suburbandream Fri 05-Oct-12 17:58:32

Thanks everyone for the suggestions for boys' books, I will definitely look into these - I have a sister and grew up reading girly books, so being a laydee I have no idea what boys would like grin

perceptionreality Fri 05-Oct-12 18:02:21

My mum threw all my Drina Ballerina books away while I was at university and some of them now sell for a lot on ebay. I don't know why they are out of print but Dacey Bussell has now written a new series.

Sephy Fri 05-Oct-12 18:36:52

This thread is making me so nostalgic- how about the Malcolm Savile books- detective stories about the Lone Pine Club. My mum struggled to find them for me as they were out of print mostly when I was young, but she'd lived them as a child. The couple we did have were great

RustyBear Fri 05-Oct-12 18:51:42

The 'one end street' book is actually 'The Family from One End Street' and available from Amazon (if I'm allowed to mention that in front of Nickel) Much better to get it from a proper bookseller if you can, of course...

There was also 'Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street' and 'Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn'. The children were Lily Rose, Kate, Jo, James and John (the twins) Margaret Rose (Peg) and William, the baby.

CMOTDibbler Fri 05-Oct-12 19:01:18

I didn't think anyone else had every read One End Street, though I'm told it was groundbreaking in having a very working class family as the main characters.

Girls Gone By are worth checking for many out of print books. They are run by an utterly lovely couple of ladies, and print runs are short as they can't afford to take risks on remainders. I am very obliged to them for many books grin

EssieW Fri 05-Oct-12 19:03:09

I have a box full of Noel streatfield, drina and chalet school books. Probably Jill ones and all the Enid blyton ones as well.

I also loved Tottie by rumer godden - can't remember the story though. . Also another one by her called Greengage summer - probably for slightly older readers. I loved that book as a teenage.

Also loved Gobbolino; the witch's cat - guess that is out if print too? I have a copy though.

DilysPrice Fri 05-Oct-12 19:04:43

The first One End St book can be ordered from all good book sellers, the sequels will need to be ordered from Amazon Marketplace or Abe, and will set you back about a tenner incl postage.

stealthsquiggle Fri 05-Oct-12 19:28:01

There are loads of Malcolm Saville books in my parents' house if DB1 hasn't pinched them I loved those books.

Jusfloatingby that has been tickling my brain... Then suddenly popped into my head while watching tv tonight. Do you mean Five Dolls in a House by Helen Clare?
I loved Malcolm Savile too. He is def on my list for DS when he is old enough.
There were the Cherry books by Will Scott too, e.g. The Cherrys on Zigzag atrial. Saw one on That Website for £600!!!

niminypiminy Fri 05-Oct-12 23:09:15

The Uncle books by JP Martin. Uncle and Uncle Cleans Up were republished a few years ago, but the rest of the series - including the marvellously namely Uncle and the Treacle Trouble are incredibly sought after and expensive. (if you haven't heard of these fantastic books, they are about a millionaire elephant who lives in a castle made up of skyscrapers and wages a constant battle against a crew of baddies headed by a character called Beaver Hateman. Surreal doesnn't really do justice to them.)

deleted203 Fri 05-Oct-12 23:36:18

I've got 'Charlotte Sometimes'. Justfloatingby they were 'The Family from One End Street', 'Further Adventures of the Family...' and 'Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn'. I loved them too! (And still have them). Lots of us seem to have loved the same books. I loved Noel Streatfield and 'The Swish of the Curtain' books. Loved the Sadlers Wells stories. Also the 'Jill' books and the Gemma stories. Also have all the Beverley Nichols. I really liked the Antonia Forest 'Cricket Term' 'End of Term' etc - and the one I'm missing is 'Peter's Room' which I never got to read as a child. Cheapest I have found it is about £60 (gulp). I am so fortunate that my mother never threw any books out and I still have (and re-read) all my childhood books. It's the ones you loved from the library that I keep trying to track down! Lots of these books are still in print but try abebooks.co.uk for second hand/out of print books.

deleted203 Fri 05-Oct-12 23:50:26

Oops, missed a page, somehow! Justfloating I think it sounds like 'Five Dolls in a House' by Helen Clare. The dolls were Vanessa, Amanda, Lupin, Jane and Jacqueline - and they had a monkey that lived on the roof and was naughty. The little girl that owned the dolls house used to shrink and go and call on them, saying she was their landlady. Does that sound like it?

I loved Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine series, not keen on the other ones as much. Joan Aiken anyone? Loved the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series particularly. And 'Midnight is a Place'.

EugenesAxe Fri 05-Oct-12 23:51:47

I second or third Whatamess.

For me it HAS to be the Ladybird Talkabout books, and Garden Gang books. Doing fairly well out of second hand stalls, and the fact my DM and DMIL still have all the ones DH and I had as children.

Several picture Puffins: Leo The Late Bloomer. The Wind Blew. The Chick & The Duckling. All still at M&Ds house but would be nice to have a copy here. Rosie's Walk is fucking boring compared to the Wind Blew; both Pat Hutchins. I don't understand.

Bottersnikes and Gumbles

Oh and all the Joan Aitken, Alan garner, Susan cooper, the tree that nvere sat down trilogy.

Also I have the original tottie book, one end street books and for the fans of Thomas kempe dont forget the revenge of Samuel Stokes!

deleted203 Sat 06-Oct-12 00:04:36

Oh yes! Susan Cooper and Alan Garner for definite! And Narnia. And Diana Wynne Jones and The Children of Green Knowe. I could go on for ever, sigh....Bagthorpes, anyone?

Also, am I the only one who, when very stressed, can retreat with a quarter of sweeties and happily re-read these books? I'm nine again, la, la, la, and I don't have bills/mortgage/housework/teenage kids/ to think about.

DilysPrice Sat 06-Oct-12 00:15:48

The majority of Cooper, Garner and Aiken's books are still in print and freely available to order from bookshops or A****n.

Tree That Sat Down will need to be bought secondhand though - a tenner if you're lucky.

BardOfBarking Sat 06-Oct-12 00:17:29

'The seven times search' I ache for this book.

steppemum Sat 06-Oct-12 00:28:55

Dianne 2000

was it : Five Dolls in a House? I have it upstairs, my dds are not inerested sad

deleted203 Sat 06-Oct-12 00:42:33

BardofBarking How much do you ache? It's on Amazon for £120.00 (gulp). Christmas present from someone who loves you? (A lot!)

nickeldaisical Sat 06-Oct-12 11:02:03

The Family from One end Street is available in all good bookshops

DorsetKnob Sat 06-Oct-12 11:04:16

Ant and Bee

nickeldaisical Sat 06-Oct-12 11:11:54

Essie - gobbolino is in print. i have it here

i loved the garden gang! definitely out of print, but i found some in a charity shop and i snapped them up!

lots of Joan Aiken's are back in print - Black hearts in battersea, wolves of willoughby close, dido & pa, necklace of raindrops, cuckoo tree, stolen lake etc.

nickeldaisical Sat 06-Oct-12 11:20:05

yes, most Susan Coopers are available - in fact, one of my schools is doing the Dark is Rising sequence!

nickeldaisical Sat 06-Oct-12 11:23:19

I've got loads of Diana Wynne Jones here.
I've never sold a copy of any of them in the entire 4 years I've been here.
And yet, I would call them classics.

piprabbit Sat 06-Oct-12 11:28:02

The Parlicoot books by Alex McLeod.
There were copies of them at my GPs house. We still have them but are very, very fragile (well-loved). I'd love to buy new copies so I can actually read them to my DCs properly.

Someone has very kindly put the story and pictures on www.parlicoot.com. But it's just not the same.

Luckily I managed to buy some Pookie books when they were breifly republished a few years ago.

Ah yes - I have oodles of Diana Wynne Jones and AND - claim to fame, I have been round Green Knowe! We had all the books and I remember the TV series one Christmas, frightened me so much!

reshetima Sun 07-Oct-12 16:02:02

OP have you tried abebooks? I searched for Gunilla Wolde and there seem to be loads within reach cost wise: www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Gunilla+Wolde&bt.x=0&bt.y=0&sts=t.

And can I join everyone in the love fest for Streatfield, One End Street et al? I was delighted to see my DS happily read through all the ballet focused ones of Streatfield. They're just such good stories.

For the person up-thread looking for books for her DS. I'd recommend another oldie: The series by Elizabeth Enright that starts with The Four-Story Mistake seems to be back in print: www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=8006965315&searchurl=kn%3Dfour%2Bstory%2Bmistake%26sts%3Dt%26x%3D0%26y%3D0. Fab series about a close-knit family of children, first set in New York, then in the countryside (Long Island, I think).

So many more I could list here. Thankfully I hoarded most of my childhood loves, although I had to chuck out a few really musty ones from the 60s that were printed on inferior paper and binding.

stealthsquiggle Mon 08-Oct-12 10:38:24

Are the Bagthorpe books out of print too, then?

I was trying to explain tin shaking to DS the other day.

deleted203 Mon 08-Oct-12 11:57:31

stealthsquiggle I don't know if Bagthorpe's are out of print, but the tin shaking is in 'Absolute Zero', and I discovered whilst tidying the other day that we have 2 copies of this! If you would like it pm me with your address and I'll post you a copy!

Mrskbpw Mon 08-Oct-12 12:11:08

I am a HUGE Noel Streatfeild fan. I just read Tea by the Nursery Fire, which is the story of her dad's nanny in Victorian England and is brilliant. Weirdly it only came out last month - I'm sure it's been published before though.
You can see where she got ideas for lots of the nannies in her books from. I've also recently read Saplings, her adult novel which is wonderfully bleak.

Lots of the children's ones are out of print, sadly.

I also loved Charlotte Sometimes and Antonia Fraser. I liked the Jill books too. I never quite got to grips with the Chalet School though.

Thinking about books I loved when I was little is the only time I have a pang about only having boys. I did buy Gobbolino for my oldest and he wasn't having it, so I don't fancy my chances with Ballet Shoes. Mind you, no guarantees a girl would like it either!

My sons have the Johnny Morris CD and they love, love, love it.

drjohnsonscat Mon 08-Oct-12 12:12:47

Slightly OT but the Johnny Morris cd of him reading the Just So Stories is also lovely.

The Flying Postman is on eBay from time to time for £90-ish shock
I bought a copy last year for £30-ish.

Can anyone help me name this book (I've trawled book shops & can't find it); it's a picture book
A teddy (wearing dungarees & a red and white check/plaid shirt) is put in the attic, he finds a mouse & a lady doll (possibly a toy soilder too) in a dolls house...and they become their own family or something like that.

stealthsquiggle Mon 08-Oct-12 13:33:19

sowornout thank you for the lovely offer - but I gave in to temptation this morning and ordered cheap used copies of Ordinary Jack and Absolute Zero this morning grin - they would appear to all be out of print, but widely and cheaply available.

nickeldaisical Mon 08-Oct-12 15:25:31

Bagthorpes are out of print, yes.

reshetima - if it's on AbeBooks, then it's 99% certain to be out of print. smile

AWomanCalledHorse is it teddy robinson?

Yes, I agree the book that justfloatingby is thinking of could be "Five Dolls in a House". I had that as a child. The snooty one was Vanessa, and one of them (Jacqueline I think it might have been) was a "paying guest".

Nickel, it's not Teddy Robinson...but by happy coincidence that's another book (Dear Teddy Robinson) I loved when I was a kid & have been looking for! So thanks! thanks

deleted203 Mon 08-Oct-12 19:03:56

stealthsquiggle You're welcome! I know what it's like to ache for a book you had as a child. We've still got all the Teddy Robinson books. I don't recognise the teddy bear in the attic I'm afraid.

nickeldaisical Tue 09-Oct-12 10:46:10

that's a shame Horse.
there was something else that came back into print, too - Jane Hissey's Old Bear Stories.
but no clothes so I didn't think it would be that./

nickeldaisical Tue 09-Oct-12 10:46:41

but the description says they rescue him from the attic!

vesela Tue 09-Oct-12 11:35:36

nickeldaisical - I started a thread on books back in print (here) - would be very grateful if you could add to it anything you come across!

nickel, please get out of my head. I was watching episodes of the Old Bear tv show on youtube yesterday after this thread! grin

I may have to start a thread about this book, it's bugging me!

Found Oldchildrensbooks, although most of the books on this thread sound vair English, so don't think it will help many people?

nickeldaisical Tue 09-Oct-12 12:45:50


nickeldaisical Tue 09-Oct-12 12:46:08

vasela - i'll have a go! smile

Jusfloatingby Wed 10-Oct-12 11:08:16

Re my query on the dolls house book: Yes, it was definitely Five Dolls in A House. Thanks for that.
I have to say, I'm loving this thread. I didn't realise so many other people would remember the same books as I do.

Jusfloatingby Wed 10-Oct-12 11:15:12

By the way, I am so jealous of people whose parents kept all of their childhood books. I found some of mine up in the attic but an awful lot got given away as my mother was fed up of books all over the house - and in fairness when I was in my twenties I didn't really envisage a time when I would feel nostalgic about children's books. I have held onto a few Noel Streatfeilds and found some of the Wells books, a Drina book, a Jill book, a couple of Enid Blyton's and some Bobbsey Twin books (remember them) in mum's attic recently. Also a very battered copy of Little Women. But there are loads of other books I wish I'd held onto. sad

stealthsquiggle Wed 10-Oct-12 11:22:45

My parents kept all our books, but the problem is that with 3 of us, there is no real way of saying who any given book belonged to (there are exceptions, given that I was the only girl) so in an attempt to stop DB1 just taking them all they have decreed that they all stay there and can be read by visiting GC..

deleted203 Wed 10-Oct-12 16:00:44

Five Dolls in a House on Amazon for £2.28....

sprout Fri 12-Oct-12 13:03:04

Oh, so many great memories! Can anyone remember a book set in Old Testament times, basically retelling the story of sisters Rachel and Leah? I can visualise it now in our local library... possibly "teen/young adult" section. I could have sworn blind it was called "I am Rachel" - but neither Google or Amazon have turned up anything and I'm starting to think I've misremembered it. I think I read it around the same time as "Up a Road Slowly", "My darling villain" and "See you Thursday", if that helps place it at all.

nickeldaisical Fri 12-Oct-12 13:03:52

yes, i do.
i shouls imagine they're waaaaay out of print now.
couldn't tell you the author.

deleted203 Sun 14-Oct-12 00:37:11

I don't know your Rachel/Leah books, I'm afraid, sprout. 'See you Thursday' was by Jean Ure, and I remember reading that.

I'm massively excited today because 'Maddy Alone' arrived from Amazon! I've still got 'The Swish of the Curtain' but Maddy alone was one I borrowed from the library and only read once, about 35 years ago.

reshetima Sun 14-Oct-12 14:26:11

sprout have you tried to see if this is a Lynne Reid Banks book (bearing in mind 'My Darling Villain', which I loved as a teenager BTW)? I know she wrote 'Sarah and after', which is about another of the biblical matriarchs - www.goodreads.com/book/show/613406.Sarah_and_after

thaliablogs Sun 14-Oct-12 14:40:56

I'm so with all of you. I have been collecting my favourite children's books since I was a young adult, so via a combo of never selling or giving away anything, and buying the ones |I had always borrowed from the library (masha/the youngest lady in waiting) I've got a lot of the age 8 and up, (esp streatfield/forest/wynne jones/aiken/storr/farmer) but less good on the little kids ones.

By the way, did anyone know [[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Sometimes_%28novel%29 charlotte sometimes]] was the third in a series of books about the makepeace sisters? Just found out while googling for this thread. Also that there was a version where charlotte does not get the package from Emily, which surely must ruin the end of the book?

thaliablogs Sun 14-Oct-12 14:41:20

with link corrected [[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Sometimes_%28novel%29 charlotte sometimes]]

thaliablogs Sun 14-Oct-12 14:42:24

charlotte sometimes third time lucky?

sprout Mon 15-Oct-12 08:23:24

Thanks, thaliablogs. My sister also remembered it (as "My name is Rachel") but wondered if if was Lynne Reid Banks. No luck so far, but maybe reading "Sarah and after" will trigger that middle-aged memory of mine a bit more!

Colyngbourne Mon 15-Oct-12 09:18:14

The old Jean Ure's were really good - she lowered her target age after the 90's, I think; but See You Thursday, After Thursday, If It Weren't For Sebastian, A Proper Little Nooryeff, the Plague 99 trilogy, are really her best work. They're on my shelves still right now/

NicknameTaken Fri 19-Oct-12 15:42:48

I used to love Helen Cresswell's Bagthorpe Saga. The earlier books in the series are easy and cheap to get, but the last book in the series, which I still haven't read, is on sale on Amazon for £197.93!!!!

deleted203 Mon 22-Oct-12 18:41:55

OMG nickname! I haven't read that one either.

BUT.....I just found Bottersnikes and Gumbles upstairs in a box and I'm going to re-read it!

(Maddy Alone was a bit disappointing, TBH).

Jusfloatingby Fri 26-Oct-12 13:27:43

I've just reread A Dream of Sadlers Wells which I bought on Amazon. I really enjoyed it but had forgotten there was so much about horseriding in it.
Sebastian really was lovely wasn't he smile.

deleted203 Sun 28-Oct-12 20:09:48

Loved Sebastian too! I think I have all of the 'Sadlers Wells' books, but they deteriorated slightly (IMO) as they went on. I really liked the first ones best. Also loved the 'Dancer' ones better, starting with 'Dancing Peel'.

Bloodybridget Mon 29-Oct-12 13:01:05

I have spent a small fortune trying to collect childhood favourites; have a complete set of Ruby Ferguson's Jill books, which I still like a lot for their humour and lack of sexism, but I have to say the Lorna Hill books I once adored are truly dreadful on the whole, especially those featuring Guy Mannering who is a patriarchal, domineering pain in the butt (however, reading them in inner London in the 60's did make me long to visit Northumberland, and when I did it was even more wonderful than I'd imagined).
Can't understand why Girls Gone By have not reprinted all Antonia Forest's novels, and kept them in print. Am still short of 3 and would have to shell out about £100 for each.

MorrisZapp Mon 29-Oct-12 13:26:10

Amazing thread! I had almost all of these, although I never did the Ballet Shoes thing. I'll fling out some more titles, see what sticks:

My Friend Mr Leaky

Felicia the Critic

King of the Barbareens

The Diddakoi

The Saturdays (same kids as Four Storey Mistake)

Private, Keep Out

Mary Mary

That Crazy April

Pardon Me, You're Stepping on my Eyeball (whole lot of these by Paul Z...?)

The Christmas Bower

Allalonenow Mon 29-Oct-12 13:43:07

Oh yes! Sebastian was lovely, but my favourite was Marcus from Eagle of the Ninth!

Viviennemary Mon 29-Oct-12 13:46:33

I used to like a series of books about John and Mary By Grace James. They were very old even when I was a child so I expect hardly anybody will remember them.

deleted203 Mon 29-Oct-12 20:23:36

Morris They are Paul Zindel....I loved Mary Mary (and it was my childhood nickname!). The Diddakoi was Rumer Godden and I liked that too.

BloodyBridget Nooooooo! I LOVED Guy best of all! He was sort of Mills and Boony domineering male which really appealed to me aged 12 ish. (And he does grow up to be kind, patient and calmly male).

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 29-Oct-12 20:29:18

I was flicking through Felicia The Critic the other day, wondering if dd's reading was up to it yet because she keeps criticising everything and would benefit from the moral lesson.
It's a v funny book.

Anyone remember The Worst Kids In The World?

fraktion Mon 29-Oct-12 20:45:49

I used to love the Jinny books - a devil to ride?

I have a complete set of Chalet School, some in double blush

I would love to get all the Antonia Forest books - I only have Autumn term.

nickel I need to talk to you, I think!

fraktion Mon 29-Oct-12 20:47:21

Oh and for much smaller children but dies anyone know whether Ant and Bee (who lived in a Cup) are still in print?

bialystockandbloom Mon 29-Oct-12 20:50:45

Oooh I loved Ant and Bee! <wistful> Remember vividly the one about the chalk (red and white). Wasn't Ant always getting one over on Bee? I'd love to know if you can get hold of any now.

HumphreyCobbler Mon 29-Oct-12 20:56:01

Have any of you read the Bagthorpe Saga as an adult? Just HILARIOUS. So much I didn't get as a child.

Napsalot Mon 29-Oct-12 21:07:23

I too have searched for What A Mess in the past -I feel like I have found kindred spirits seeing that others also miss it!

I think of it a lot as I clear up all the darn toys and mutter whatamess

Matsikula Mon 29-Oct-12 22:04:20

Just looking through this thread is making me feel misty eyed. I don't have any of my childhood or young teen books (except a copy of Voyage of the Dawn Treader I used all manner of devious methods to get my Mum to buy). All my books came from the library. Can't blame my parents for this, we were a big family and I was a seriously voracious reader.

The ones I remember loving which are mentioned here are the Saddlers Wells ones, the Four Storey Mistake and the Saturday Club, Charlotte Sometimes, Felicia the Critic, the Family from One End Street, and also the Trebizon books. I would love love love to own some of these, but I don't have any girls (or shelf space) so I am not sure I can justify it. Maybe a little Christmas present to myself.

One book I definitely wouldn't buy is Brother in the Land by Robert Swindell. It was set in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse. It kept me awake at night for weeks afterwards. Even googling the plot synopsis just now made me shudder. anyone remember it, and was it that scary or was I just a freak?

Aethelfleda Mon 29-Oct-12 22:18:23

Ooh so many cool books! CharlOtte sometomes is fab.

I have a 1960s two book set called The Swing in The Summerhouse amd the Diamond At the Window (at least I hope I do, in the attic! ) they were great concepts.

And does anyone remember StarStormers about a group of children who built their own working spaceship out of junk and then went on a series of adventures?!?!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 29-Oct-12 22:20:44

Yes, Brother In The Land was terrifying. It was one of the few books I wished I hadn't read.

MorrisZapp Mon 29-Oct-12 22:22:40

The Worst Kids in the World! That was my first Amazon purchase! Was so thrilled to find it.

I remember exact lines from it, like the kid who said his dad hangs about the house in his underwear.

Such a funny and touching book. The bit where Imogene Herdman (dressed as Mary) cries at the end of the nativity play absolutely kills me.

deleted203 Mon 29-Oct-12 22:50:30

Brother in the Land! And Z for Zachariah! If you grew up in the early 80s they force fed you post nuclear war literature left, right and centre I seem to remember.

We read Z for Zachariah at school and then watched a film of it which starred Jeremy Irons, which I chiefly remember because he jumped into a stream at one point and it was the first ever willy we'd all seen, aged about 13. And it was very disappointingly small.........(although to be fair, Jeremy, it was probably very cold in that stream). I'll throw you another one, folks. Anyone remember 'A Quest for Orion'?

I am hugely fortunate that my parents kept everything, and I've just eaten a Walnut Whip and finished reading Milly Molly Mandy to DS2 (7), who is loving it. The book was my mother's when she was a little girl, and then ours, and now all the DCs have been through it. I LOVE the original books we've got.

And yes, I've read the Bagthorpes' as an adult and hugely enjoyed them still. Please tell me I'm not the only person who reads my favourite kids books again and again.......

Aethelfleda Tue 30-Oct-12 07:44:30

Ooh, post apocylyptic whotsit! children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence was a heebie jeebie inducing read. Also A Rag A Bone and a Hank Of hair by ? Nicolas Fisk, was it? I think it was one of the "puffin Plus" Teen series.

Stiffybyng Wed 31-Oct-12 20:46:08

I adore the Bagthorpes. I must get my missing ones from Amazon. I have a feeling I actually own that last one but I may be wrong. DSS got the unabridged audio version of Bagthorpes V the World from the library at the weekend and I am eyeing it covetously.

I cannot believe anyone would tamper with the ending of Charlotte Sometimes and I am rather horrified that I've been recommending it to adult friends, and buying it for them, in such an altered state.

comeonbishbosh Sun 11-Nov-12 00:34:52

I am one of the lucky ones with hoarder parents. When mum finally moved last year my sister got her mitts on a good amount of furniture and the 'Christmas Crockery' (yeah, whatever) but I Do NotCare because I got custody of 'The Pirates under the Deep Green Sea' by Eric Linclater which was my absolute favourite book for ages. Fantastic adventure story with a beautiful inked map in the covers. I shall at some point also be smuggling out BB's 'Little Green Men' and 'Down the Bright Stream'.

For Ant and Bee fans I have news! Was randomly given one (the tainbow) for DD by an American friend. Maybe they are still in print there? It appeared to be brand new.

Colyngbourne Sun 11-Nov-12 18:34:20

It was Anthony Andrews in "Z for Zachariah", not Jeremy Irons. I think those early Eighties years were full of nuclear terror - Threads and the like - it felt quite appropriate at the time.

Puffin Plus were good in a time when YA fiction was beginning to find a voice of its own.

wearymum200 Tue 13-Nov-12 19:50:36

I also remember being freaked out by the post apocalyptic ones (another grown up in the eighties child here).
On my current wishlist for republishing are Ronald Welch's historical novels. Ds1 loves the ones I have managed to get my mitts on (our local charity shops are fab), but most are £70 plus. Some are in the library ,but a good number are not.
Girls gone by is a good source for old books, also Fidra books republishes some oldies.
What we really need is for all these old favourites to be available as "print on demand"

deleted203 Thu 15-Nov-12 02:45:01

Was it Anthony? Gosh...that makes even more sense as to how disappointed we were about the willy grin. We'd all loved him best in Brideshead.

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