Joan Lingard MBE (08/04/1932 – 12/07/2022) was a Scottish writer born in Edinburgh. I think PAN published four of her adult titles of which I have found three HERE but one is proving illusive. The newspaper clipping on the left reviews ‘The Women’s House’ but trying to track down a copy, even an image, on line has been unsuccessful even with the ISBN 033031193X. PAN also published her ‘Maggie’ quartet in the 1990s. intended for teenagers. ‘Maggie’ was made into a TV programme by the BBC (6th March 1982) and was based on ‘The Clearance’, ‘The Resettling’, ‘The Pilgrimage’ and ‘The Reunion’. She wrote sixteen books for adults and over forty for children
Christmas brought me a few more stereo viewers including the rare Junior RoMo. This means I have a least one example of the three types but not in all the colours. It was while looking at variants I came across the Graf from Dole Jura, who normally made cheese, who licensed their version from RoMo. I also discovered the Lestrade and annoyingly bought one then two days later seven appeared for the same price and with more cards!
I’m hoping that someone out there knows something about the author Simon Finch (was that his real name?) Unfortunately Simon Finch is a more common name than I though and searches have thrown up many Simon Finch’s including the book dealer but not the author. PAN published four of his titles including the ‘Voyager Trilogy’. The second title ‘Pagan Voyager’ was published by Bantam in the US and retitled ‘The Pagan’ The covers are by three well know names with the artwork for ‘Golden Voyager’ being recycled from the Fawcett edition of ‘Rogue Roman’