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Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

PAN Fans Club - Let's talk about PAN paperbacks, the blog for those that do judge a book by its cover. Main site is at or

What is the record for the same edition?

Fellow Panfan Dave Browining wrote “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1965 6th printing text block…. with a 1972 Still Life wrap…. so 7 years between print and sale. Don’t suppose you know who at Pan was responsible for these ‘still life’ covers? I really like them, often wonder who the models in the little B/W photographs were”
This made me double check my copy of “The Pan Book Of Card Games” dated 1960 but with an extra page in the back with an address for a website set up in 1996 so this makes 36 years. Can anyone beat that?

As for Dave’s question regarding the Fleming ‘still life’ covers I’ve never found any definitive answer as to who might have been responsible. Some say it was the photographer (who?) others the PAN art director at the time (possibly David Larkin) As for the girls in the photos of this series I often wondered if they were just pictures of celebrities of the time as I’m sure the one on FRWL is Sophia Loren and my wife reckons it’s Twiggy on Goldfinger. Can anyone provide any more information?

Finally while mentioning the ‘still life’ series my 6th printing from 1972 of Octopussy has a bound in tear off card for the Prudential. I’m often finding lose cards for the Prudential, Co-op or Creative Writing courses but this is only the second one I have with it actually attached. Again does anyone know any more?

Problem with search now fixed

Sorry if anyone found the search did not produce the results expected, usually saying nothing found. This was because when I moved to a new server half the links to pages from the catalogue refused to work even though they were shown on the server. I asked my hosting company to fix it which they failed to do so I found the only answer was to rename the pages, reset the¬†links, send them up and all was well! The site has now be ‘spidered’ again so fingers crossed. Although it is now Sunday I do intend to add a new post every Monday when possible so keep visiting.

PAN’s Books Despatch Centres Part 1

Fellow Panfan Jules Burt sent me a scan of the back cover of the PAN Record Magazine number 20 from 1956 (I’m still after a copy if anyone has one to spare or any other PAN Records for that matter)
The scan shows the new despatch centre for PAN Books situated in West Molesey which set me wondering if it still existed? I used Google to ‘walk’ the streets but no luck so I decided to write to local organisations. After sending the 9th email and getting no response to any of them (I tried residents associations, history clubs, old folks homes, estate agents, schools and even the vicar) I tried ‘walking ‘ again and I don’t know how I missed it before but found it the second time. It is now a printers and I have an invite from the director to pop in for a look around if I’m in the area. This will probably be in the summer and I’ll add another post if I get there.

Now all I’ve got to do is identify all the books the ladies are packing in the¬†lower photograph on the Record, I’ve managed three so far, answers to follow in a later posting.