At the market this morning I bought a copy of Eric Linklater’s The Dark of Summer because the cover looked promising. This edition was published by The Popular Book Club and inside was the newsletter detailing forthcoming books for 1958.
The interesting thing about it is how few of the books and/or authors I’ve heard of. For instance, Patrick Quentin, author of The Man in the Net is described as ‘America’s “number one” in crime fiction’ but he’s completely new to me. I like the sound of The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Henriette Roosenburg, a true story of three Dutch girls, now displaced persons, travelling across Europe after Liberation in 1945. Another future attraction is Ice Cold in Alex by Christopher Landon, with the exciting news that the book is being filmed and ‘one of the very first stills from the studio’. I’ve seen the film several times without realizing it was based on a well known (then) novel. Fascinating stuff, with lurid pictures and lots of offers, all packed into six sides of paper.