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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

The Littlehampton Connection

No blog last week as I was camping in Hampshire and stayed away from the internet which was by choice and not because I couldn’t get it. It was a disappointing area as far as second-hand bookshops went but there did seem to be a plethora of titles from the “Bestsellers Of Literature’ series in charity shops.

I managed to find one connection to the area and PAN Books in that Ian Fleming was stationed in Littlehampton and there is information about his time there in the museum and another at the ‘Look and Sea’ centre where I saw, just lying on a windowsill, a PAN copy of ‘Thrilling Cities Part 1’ along with three Granada titles. There was also an audio display about Fleming but as someone had vandalised the earphones I have no idea what it said!



Neville Dear

Although I have had a link to artist Neville Dear and a photo for quite a while I’ve not actually shown any of his covers. Now I’ve added a couple of PANs, ‘Fiddlefoot’ being signed (as are the two Corgi covers) but I’m including ‘Place Called Estherville’ as Neville told me it was one of his although I can’t spot a signature.
It is strange but I may forget important events and dates but I rarely forget from where I got a book especially if it was a shop. There is probably a name for this sort of thing but I think I’d rather not know. ‘Fiddlefoot’ was bought from a dealer on the net but ‘Place Called Estherville’ was from a cabinet outside Shakespeare and Company in Paris where Ernest Hemingway was supposed to have slept on the bookshelves!
Shakespeare and Company Paris

Good News X 2

Having bitten the bullet I am now the proud owner of an ‘all singing all dancing’ computer running Windows 8 which I have to confess I quite like having progressed from DOS through Windows 3.0, 3.1 (and variants),’95, ’98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista but skipping Windows 7 and I think it turns out to be better than I was lead to believe.

But I digress as the big story of the week is thanks to Tom O’Toole in Harwich who saw my wants list and emailed to say he had a copy of E13 ‘The Boston Strangler’ and that I could have it! This means I am now down to one known remaining title (there may be more that I’ve not discovered yet)  and that is X705 ‘PAN Junior Crosswords Book 3’

Boston Strangler