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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 08 Apr 2016, 15:01

I like the cover of Demon Island, Rob - it looks intriguing even if some parts of the story are rather bloodthirsty!

I remember as a child being somewhat taken aback when I read R. M. Ballantyne's The Coral Island and C. S. Lewis's Narnia books, as the child heroes were shown injuring and killing people (albeit in self-defence)! It came as a shock after Blyton! About 18 months ago I also encountered gun-toting children in Gwendoline Courtenay's The Grenville Garrison, though I can't now recall to what extent the weapons were used.
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby John Pickup » 08 Apr 2016, 17:15

I've just bought The Stolen Painting by Jill Stevens off ebay. It appears that Jill Stevens is a pseudonym of Stephen Mogridge in much the same way that Eric Leyland also wrote books as Sylvia Little.
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Rob Houghton » 08 Apr 2016, 17:20

I was wondering about C Bernard Rutley and Cecily M Rutley on Tony's list of Tower House books. Were they related, or was it the same person?! 8)
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Rob Houghton » 08 Apr 2016, 17:25

Some of the books in the collection I just bought look very interesting. The Stolen Painting looks a good one, though maybe slightly more simple than the rest. The Inn Of Mystery is one I'm definitely looking forward to reading for some reason - although mine has a much better condition wrapper than this one - ! :-D

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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Tony Summerfield » 08 Apr 2016, 19:30

Having just finished Man Overboard by Eric Leyland (another Max and Scrap), I am going to try Demon Island on your recommendation, Rob! I have had it for about 20 years but I don't think I ever read it.

Incidentally the illustrations in The Llewellyn Jewel Robbery are pretty awful. They are by Mays and just on the chapter headings.
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Rob Houghton » 08 Apr 2016, 19:37

Tony Summerfield wrote:Having just finished Man Overboard by Eric Leyland (another Max and Scrap), I am going to try Demon Island on you recommendation, Rob! I have had it for about 20 years but I don't think I ever read it.
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Well no one can accuse you of rushing into it, Tony! ;-) :lol:

The illustrations in 'Demon Island' are really nice, I think. W Bryce Hamilton had a very easy style similar to some of Enid's illustrators of the same period. :-)

Hope you enjoy 'Demon Island', Tony! :-)
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 14 Apr 2016, 08:42

I've just read Eric Leyland's Village Under the Water. It's slow to start and not as intriguing as All Hands on Deck, though the last few chapters are very exciting and there are some good descriptive passages. However, there are also intrusive explanations by the author - I think Enid Blyton tends to deal with such explanations more naturally and subtly by revealing them through the conversations, thoughts and actions of the main characters. The chief strengths of Village Under the Water are the atmosphere of forlornness and loss that Leyland conjures up, and the Swiss mountain setting.

Another strength is the look of the book. It has a gorgeous dustwrapper and attractive endpapers depicting mountains, flowers, a reservoir and a village. John Woods' illustrations (some of which have a soft blue colouring) capture the characters and location well. The boards are unusual in that the top half of the book is red and the bottom half is light blue. In addition, the boards have panels embossed with Scottie dogs (the Brockhampton Press logo) and stars.
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby John Pickup » 21 Apr 2016, 18:30

Reading Peril On The Ridge by Michael Poole earlier today which included illustrations by Arnold Bond. His heads and faces are awful and I don't like them at all. Even a google search didn't reveal much information about him so I assume he wasn't a popular choice for either authors or publishers.
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby PatrickB » 30 Jul 2017, 15:16

Tony Summerfield wrote:I should have said that if anyone wants to see any of the Mary Pollock Tower House books they are all in the Cave apart from the one I have just bought! I added two more yesterday.

http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/nove ... arypollock

Just seen your request, Rob!

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1 Six in a Caravan (November 1945) by Bridget Mackenzie (ill Eileen Soper)
2 The Kennys on Their Own (November 1945) by Jill Latimer (ill G. E. Breary)
3 Ringed Round With Foes (November 1945) by C. Bernard Rutley (ill C. P. Shipton)
4 Smuggler Ben (November 1945) by Mary Pollock (ill E. H. Davie)
5 Those Turbulent Twins! (November 1945) by Agnes M. Miall (ill Dudley C. Cowes)
6 Three Boys and a Circus (December 1945) by Mary Pollock (ill Edith Wilson)
7 The Luck of Riverlands (November 1945) by Cecily M. Rutley (ill Dorothy White)
8 The Children of Kidillin (December 1946) by Mary Pollock (ill Edith Wilson)
9 Demon Island (October 1946) by Cecil R. Baldock (ill W. Bryce Hamilton)
10 The Secret of Cliff Castle (July 1947) by Mary Pollock (ill W. Lindsay Cable)
11 The Adventures of Scamp (July 1947) by Mary Pollock (ill uncredited)
12 Mischief at St. Rollo’s (July 1947) by Mary Pollock (ill Hilda McGavin)
13 The Runaway Four (April 1948) by Ann Beverley (ill G. W. Backhouse)
14 Peril on the Ridge (April 1948) by Michael Poole (ill Arnold Bond)
15 Kidnapped on King’s Moor (May 1948) by Cecily M. Rutley (ill Jessie Land)
16 The Mystery Man (January 1949) by Charlotte M. Kelly (ill S. Bright)



Interesting piece by Charlotte Kelly about how she became a writer, tried to find books by her, but looks like The Mystery Man was one of the few she wrote . Note she say while under contract to a publisher , none of her work was published, owing to a slump I'm the juvenile market ( late 40,s early 50's). Wonder if that was the case .


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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Jul 2017, 16:06

Interesting that a slump in the juvenile market in the late 1940's and early 1950's was blamed - as this was Enid's peak time of writing! She wrote more books during this period than at any other time. Maybe children only wanted Enid Blyton books - leading to the criticisms Enid was soon to face. 8)
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby sixret » 30 Jul 2017, 16:54

KIFARAH & KARMA- What goes around comes around.


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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby sixret » 30 Jul 2017, 16:57

Thank you, Patrick. Just bought a juvenile book titled Those Terrible Trents by Charlotte M. Kelly from US seller. :D
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby sixret » 30 Jul 2017, 17:02

Sales Order # 110562773
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby PatrickB » 31 Jul 2017, 14:06

sixret wrote:Thank you, Patrick. Just bought a juvenile book titled Those Terrible Trents by Charlotte M. Kelly from US seller. :D


Yes she says she couldn't get her books published in the uk so she got them published/ serialised in America. Has it a dustwrapper and is it a similar small format like the Tower House books ?
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Re: Other Illustrators

Postby sixret » 31 Jul 2017, 18:19

From the description, the book has a dw but I am not sure whether it is a small format like Tower House books. I'll let you know when the book arrives.
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