Friday again already, and still no result of any kind from yesterday’s General Election.
Today’s topic is childhood books, so here is my list:
1. The Chalet School Series by Elinor M Brent Dyer. I was a big fan of boarding school stories as a child, and this series totally captured my imagination. There were somewhere in the region of 60 books, written between 1925 and 1970, and I just loved them. I still have all the books, and will one day re-read them all.
2. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. I remember reading this book over and over and over – it was first published in 1936 and is the story of three orphaned girls – Pauline, Petrova and Posy – who get jobs working the theatre while they’re still very young.
3. The “Jill” series by Ruby Ferguson. Being somewhat horse-mad as a child, these books were regularly in and out of my bookcase. There were nine in total, starting with Jill’s Gymkhana, all about Jill and her two ponies, Black Boy & Rapide.
4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – loved loved LOVED this book! A riches to rags to riches again story, written in 1904, it tells the story of Sara Crewe who is sent to a boarding school in London run by the vile Miss Minchin.
5. The Sue Barton Nurse series by Helen Dore Boylston. The wonderful tool that is Wiki has just informed me that these books were written in the 1930s/40s – I see something of a theme in my chosen literature as a child! This series of seven books followed Sue Barton through her nursing career until she married and was expecting her first baby.