callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Hands across the sea

This morning’s post brought a letter from friends in the Gulf and a book for me from Australia. The book is Breton Holiday (1939) by Jane Shaw. Hurrah! I had to seek this out after learning that the Children’s Press edition (retitled Breton Adventure) is quite heavily cut. Now I shall have to read the two books in tandem, to see where the butchery took place. I am very pleased with the book, which is a lovely fat one with nice white pages. Why is it that so many of the scarcer Jane Shaw titles seem to be available in Australia but not here?


This book came from a dealer via ABE. During our correspondence I asked if he would be kind enough to have real postage stamps put on the packet, rather than a computerised label, and he did! So I have some nice Australian stamps to add to the collection, plus some more from UAE. Not everyone would be bothered, so I am grateful to him. Australia Post, like our own dear Royal Mail, issues more and more stamps while fewer are used all the time. I will save my rant on this subject for another day.

Tags: books, jane shaw, stamps

  • At last: The Chalet School prospectus

    As previewed here. The Chalet School is situated by the side of the Tiern See (or Tiernsee) in the beautiful Austrian Tyrol (or Tirol). The lovely…

  • A Girl Called Justice, Elly Griffiths

    I’ve enjoyed Elly Griffiths’ Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries, so when I learned that she’d written a children’s book about a schoolgirl detective, I…

  • March books

    The Property of a Gentleman, Catherine Gavin The Missing Sister, Dinah Jefferies Teddy: her Daughter, Anna Chapin Ray Spella Ho, H E Bates…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.