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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


Golden WonderAs this will be the last blog before Christmas I thought I’d join in the festivities by looking through my book(s) of party games written by Joseph Edmundson. The problem arises as to which one as PAN actually published nine variations over the years from 1958 to at least 1974 with some as PANs, some as Pipers and one for Golden Wonder crisps. Later versions became amalgamations of the first and second books. Click HERE to see all the versions I’ve found so far.
Image1Joseph Edmundson, according to the cover blurb, was Director of Physical Education at the London Polytechnic and was an expert of many branches of entertainment and the author of ‘The PAN Book of Health’ PAN did publish another book of party games but under the Piccolo imprint but this was not by Edmundson but by Deborah Manley and Peta Ree ‘The Piccolo Book of Party Games’

I was watching ‘O What I lovely War’ when I noticed in the credits the name Charles Chilton and found it was the same¬†writer as featured in a previous blog. There is also a connection in that Brian Sanders painted the original film poster as well as many PAN covers. There is a third tenuous link in that Len Deighton is also credited as a writer and Raymond Hawkey designed three of Deighton’s book covers including ‘The Ipcress File’ as well as ‘Thunderball’ for PAN who then used¬†Hawkey’s format for the other thirteen Bond titles.Lovely War

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  • fred says:

    Hi Tim, Happy Christmas!
    Your reference to Charles Chilton & ‘Journey into Space’ reminded me of Dad & I sitting close to the “wireless” week in year out asking my Mum & sister to Shhh! while we were enthralled. And of course I was an ‘Eagle’ consumer so Charles Chilton’s Jeff Arnold was also in play. It all seems such a long time ago. Once again a good holiday to all.

    December 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Happy Christmas to you too Fred.
      I’m afraid I was just too young for ‘Journey Into Space but I did read ‘Eagle’ My parents were very organised and produced a child every three years then decided four children was enough which resulted in my older brother having ‘Eagle’ my older sister having ‘Girl’ I had ‘Swift’ and my younger brother had ‘Robin’ We kept The Hulton Press in business. Luckily I shared a room with my older brother so I could always find his copy of ‘Eagle’ Keep in touch in the New Year, Tim

      December 22, 2015 at 7:58 am

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