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Walpole/Forester, Proof Copy and Paul Davies.

Just checking dates of births and deaths and this weeks is a bit contrived. Sir Hugh Walpole, a very good friend of Alan and Josephine Bott, died on the 1st June 1941 and is quoted on the back of ‘Death to The French’ by C S Forester (Cecil Scott Forester the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith) I have found three Forester covers in the same style from around 1975/6 but only one is credited to David Tayler. Click HERE to see them and also the quote.

While we were down in Basingstoke, Alysoun Sanders the archivist, showed us a very interesting book, a proof copy of Scenes of London Life’ which she found in the PAN library and quickly moved to the archives. I don’t suppose there are many of those around, probably as scare as X705 which I may have mentioned before and which is top of my wants list, now just above a proof copy of ‘Scenes’

A while ago I met up with Paul Davies in Cheltenham and last week came across another of his covers, this time for a title in the PAN Information series namely  ‘Taking Off’ I think I mentioned previously that the Leslie Thomas covers he drew were not amongst his favourites so I asked him about this one to which he replied “Yes! One of mine. Not as bad as some!!! I’m very happy with retirement and my drawing has improved a tad” and then in a later email he added “Just a quick note to say how much I am enjoying reading the site and the blog” which is a bit worrying as that is now at least three people who say they read it including Alysoun as above!

Category: PAN Books
  • fred says:

    Hi Tim, I hope you include me in your three readers????????

    An enjoyable & informative blog, the most comprehensive lens on Pan Books history there is.


    May 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm
    • tikitnet says:

      Hi Fred, Of course you are included. I think it is a little more than 3 as I’m actually getting about 500 hits a month but as to whether or not they read the blog ……? I don’t think I’ll ever get to that one magical week when visitors reached over 64,000, it’s amazing what a little bit of publicity can do. Thanks for the kind words and keep reading, lots more to come. Cheers, Tim

      May 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

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