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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

Godley and Creme

While idly searching for all things PAN I found a reference to a book “The Charge of The Light Brigade” which including a cardboard model to cut out and make of a Hussar by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The site stated it was published by PAN but it was not one I knew. I do have “The Railway Children”  and “Cromwell” both published by PAN and both including cardboard models by Godley and Creme. On further investigation I found it was actually published by Cato O’Brien and even though not PAN I’m going to add it to my informal ‘wants’ list so if anyone out there has a spare copy …….?

If Godley and Creme sound vaguely familiar it is because they were part of ’10cc’ before splitting up and becoming ‘Godley & Creme’ in the late 1970’s

Gino D’Achille

Photograh from the website of Gino D'AchilleGino D’Achille was born in Rome in 1935  and was a prolific book cover artist for numerous publishers including PAN. I will be adding a selection of his covers over the next few weeks but for now I’ve made a page to show all the 10 HART titles by John B Harvey with artwork by Gino. I have been in contact with him via Simona D’Achille who tells me “He remembers painting these covers very well, he had free reign in terms of artistic choices and he retains all publishing rights. He also retains his originals and we are presently working on making prints available soon” Some of the originals can be seen on Gino’s website. Gino now lives in London but unfortunately suffers from Parkinson’s Disease though he is still able to sketch.

James Alfred Wright and Golden PAN Awards

Click here to visit The World Of James Herriot website.

Just back from our annual jaunt up north to do another 15 miles walking the ‘Yorkshire Wolds Way’ (we should finish it in about 3 years at this rate !) and this time we made an excursion to the market town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire. I had found a reference on the BBC ‘History Of The World’ site to there being a Golden PAN Award belonging to James Alfred Wright, better know as James Herriot, in the ‘World Of James Herriot’ museum in the town so a visit became a priority. I contacted Ian Ashton, the MD, and he kindly got the award out of safe storage as it is not normally on display. I could not only see one at last close up but best of all I actually got to hold it. Thanks to all at the museum which is  well worth a visit with room after room of fascinating material.

 Click this link to go to the James Herriot Golden PAN Award
Click this link to see other other Golden PAN Award authors