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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

Failure Moan!

Not quite PAN but more a TiKiT website name related post. For years I’ve had the same registration number and transferred the plate from car to car. Sometimes some  of these cars have needed an MOT. Now for the first time my car did not pass until I had spent £10 on another set of number plates and the reason being there was not a  space between the 4 and the following T! Now looking around at other cars I can only presume they must change theirs if they need an MOT as some are almost illegible in an effort to try and make it spell something. I have to say my favourite was a BMW convertible with two blonde ladies on board and the plate read BOO8 with the two black fasteners strategically placed.


Warning – this is an illegal number plate!

‘The Land Of Shinar’


Headdress of Princess Puabi

I recently acquired a glass photographic plate as it said on it ‘PAN Books F466’ I thought the image looked vaguely familiar and thanks to a quick Google images search I had the answer which is that it is the head on the front cover of TP148 The Land Of Shinar by Leonard Cottrell. I presume the image was to to be used in a publication to advertise the book but the photo is not of the PAN edition as you can see there is a description under the headdress and another image to the left.

Fame At Last

I was recently cajoled into putting on a display to run for a month at our local museum where they have an area called ‘Your Corner’. I was Mr October with a selection of PAN related material following on from Mr September ’90 Years of the Radio Times’ and before Mr November Geoff Tristram an artist who designed stamps and banknotes. It started of locally and went wider and I’m pleased to say the newspaper coverage included a plea for the last known title I’m still after so fingers crossed. Interestingly none of the books shown in the newspaper photo are actually part of the collection being ones with ISBNs. Click on the blurb below to see some of the display.

Pan Paperbacks Display

James Herriot

Following on from my recent post about James Herriot I came across a edition on eBay from Canada. The seller said it was PAN but gave no ISBN so I posted a question to ask but got no reply and the sale has now ended. Does any one recognise it as being published by PAN?Herriot

UPDATE I have now spoken to the seller and they say they can’t find it anymore!