Moving on with my updates on children’s authors, which are—it should be obvious by now—as much as anything an excuse to luxuriate in some of the lovely cover art that was used on these books, here are 15 more authors that have been added to my main list.
Of these, I seem to be most intrigued by ANTONIA FOREST, as I have already acquired a copy of her 1948 debut, Autumn Term. At the same time, however, I acquired quite a few other books, so sadly it may have to gather dust on the “to read” shelves for a while before I get around to it, but it looks very charming.
Meanwhile, PRIMROSE CUMMING is best known for her horse stories, a genre I haven’t quite gotten excited about yet, but I noticed that she also wrote a novel called Owls Castle Farm (1942), which was in part based on her experiences as a Land Girl in World War II, and that immediately piqued my interest.
OLIVIA FITZROY’s Orders to Poach also comes out of World War II, written as it was to entertain her sisters as they were spending the war in the comparatively quiet surrounds of
. Several of FitzRoy’s titles have been
reprinted by Fidra. Inverewe, Scotland
PENELOPE FARMER just barely makes the cut to be on my list (I'm sure she's thrilled...), with her first title, a collection of fairy tales, having appeared in 1960. She is best known today for Charlotte Sometimes (1969), and as I occasionally have a hankering for time travel stories, its tale of a girl from 1969 who travels back to 1918 may well prove irresistible. It has been reprinted by New York Review Books.
As some of you might recall from my recent posts, I recently acquired two of Elinor Brent-Dyer’s
novels, and I have been really pleasantly surprised by them. Although
they are idealized in some ways and are really quite perky and cheerful, they nevertheless contain elements of
realism and strong characterization that I wasn’t entirely expecting, and I'm finding it hard not to become addicted to them, which, since there are around 60 of them, would be a significant undertaking. But along the same lines, then, I was intrigued
by the description of MARY KATHLEEN
HARRIS’s Gretel at St. Bride's
(1941), in which the title character is a refugee from the Nazis. Chalet School
And OLIVE DEHN seems to have been interesting as much for the events of her life as for her writings. Sister of film critic Paul Edward Dehn, she was arrested and deported from Nazi Germany in the early 1930s for a satirical poem she published in Punch. Later in life, she was deported from the Soviet Union for protesting the holding of political prisoners, and after that she and her husband bought a farm in
trailblazers in the movement toward organic farming. Whew!
Sadly, I haven’t so far been able to locate a photo of Dehn. Sussex
Below is the full list of new additions. All 15 writers have already been added to the Overwhelming List.