|We mourn the passing of:
Harry Wingfield, illustrator more than 65 Ladybird books, who
has died at the age of 91. Children who grew up in the 1960's and 1970's
will remember with fondness Peter and Jane from the Key Words Reading Scheme.
The first Peter and Jane books were published in 1959 and are still in print
having sold 85 million copies to date. Wingfield retired in 1980 having produced
around 600 pictures which are now collectable items in their own right.
| Radio 4's Book Club (first
Sunday of every month) features for April Kazuo Ishiguro, in discussion
with James Naughtie about his Booker prize-winning novel (1989) Remains
of the Day (the only modern novel known to have been read by the Queen).
Transmission is due at 4.00pm on Sunday, 7th April, repeated the following
Thursday also at 4.00pm.
Radio 4's Book of the Week for the first
week of April is a special selection of five of Richmal Crompton's
'William' stories new to radio, read by Martin Jarvis, so
prepare for a surge of interest. Scheduled on FM only at 9.45am Monday-Friday,
they are repeated the following morning at 12.30am.
|from Stella and Rose's Books of Tintern
and Alluring'.......Natural History Books?
true, when it's a New Naturalist!
|Look at a collection of New Naturalists in their beautiful
dust wrappers; touch the green buckram bindings, the top quality paper. Savour
the visual and tactile sensations. Sensual and alluring - absolutely!
New Naturalist Library is a series of about one hundred books first issued
in Great Britain by William Collins in 1945 and continuing into the 1990's
with it's peak in the 50's and 60's.
series covers every aspect of British Natural History from Moles to
and Rosemary Ellis painted most of the dustwrappers. The series is worth
acquiring simply for these works of art.
the subtlety of the Swallowtails for Butterflies (the first title published
in 1945) to the dramatic and terrifying mole for the monograph The Mole.
original aim was:
"To interest the general reader in the wild life of Britain by recapturing
the inquiring spirit of the old naturalists."
They are not science for the masses and though enjoyable are not light reading
being scientifically accurate and detailed. Indeed many became standard reference
works in their field. Persist and your efforts are rewarded, magnificent
colour plates and a real insight into the subject. In most cases the information
is still valid with some notable exceptions; Man and The Land is a little
outdated in it's views on the origins of landscape.
was barely a familiar word when Nature Conservation in Britain was published
back the series can now be viewed to have been produced in five broad
Habitats, Animal and Plant Groups, Specials and Monographs on single species.
includes The Broads (1965) and Snowdonia (1966)
includes Mountains and Moorlands (1950) and Hedges (1974)
and plant groups includes Wild Orchids (1951) and Ants (1953)
include The Art of Botanical Illustration (1950) and An Angler's Entomology
range from The Badger (1948) to The Trout (1967)
is perhaps a slight bias towards Birds in the 100 titles but every aspect
of the Natural History of Great Britain is covered so not only are your visual
and tactile sensations stimulated your brain is as well.
SENSUAL AND ALLURING?
of our members, Chris Tomaszewski of Stella Books participated
in the national Radio 4 programme Shoptalk last month. The subject under
discussion was customers' attitudes towards second-hand goods and how they
had changed over the years particularly since the advent of buying via the
Internet. She was invited to speak about collectable second-hand books and
selling on the Internet.
||Cheltenham Literary Festival takes place
April 5-7th. Talks and discussions with authors and critics including William
Boyd, Margaret Thatcher, Sue MacGregor, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Marina Warner
and Carole Angier.
|The judging panel for the 2002 Booker Prize
has been announced as:
Lisa Jardine - Chairman, David Baddiel, Russell Celyn Jones, Salley Vickers
and Erica Wagner. The shortlist of titles will be announced in September
and the prize will be awarded late October 2002.
|In May 2002 we will be
presenting an illustrated article submitted by Books and Bygones of Reading
on books about cookery.