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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

Georgette Heyer, Ephemera x 2 and and Hans Helweg x 2

Over the years PAN published many Georgette Heyer titles with one series of 40(?) titles in the early 80s with full cover paintings, some have a continuation on the back.  So far I have managed to get 32 of them which I have scanned in and put on a page HERE. I have included images I have found elsewhere to be replaced when I find actual book to scan. Unfortunately the images are mainly from sellers who use a stock images so it is not proving that easy. Nor is dating them as the are all over the place using new and old text blocks. A couple are listed as by John Rose but I’m wondering how many more of them he might have painted? PS The blue plaque above can be found at 103, Woodside, Wimbledon, London.

i was pleased to receive an email from my friend Jules Burt to tell me of something he had  found in a book he had bought at the recent Paperback and Pulp Book Fair. It is a card that was a tie-in to the film The Diary of Anne Frank” which was showing at the local cinema. This was very much encouraged, especially in the film press books, plus there were often window displays of the book at the same time the film was on locally. Oddly, Jules tells me, the card was not in a copy of the Anne Frank book but in The Cataclysm’ by R C Sherriff
The second piece was a slip to send to the publicity manager at PAN to order material to tie-in with the release of’You Only Live Twice’ This specifically mentions the book tuck-in which I have seen but, sadly don’t possess.

By a strange coincidence two Hans Helweg related items arrived on the same day. The first was a first of ‘Lassie Come Home’ illustrated by Hans Helweg which looks as though it has never been read which is not bad considering it is a children’s book neatly 70 years old. The second was an email from Niels in Denmark to say his father was a good friend of Hans when they were around 16 or 17. He has sent me scans of some of them, three including drawings, which I’ll be added to his page shortly. Niels has a friend who is a graphic artist and we are looking into the possibly of producing a book(let) about Hans and his work.

Dust Jackets, A Display Card and ‘The Art of Pulp Horror’

Dust jackets, dustjackets or dust wrappers or whatever else you want to call them have been around for a very long time to do just what the name implies. PAN followed Penguin in using DJs on some of their titles but as to which ones seems to be a bit random. ‘Mr Perrin and Mr Traill’ is a film te-in so understandable, some have a higher price, completely different artwork or a variation of the original but ‘Maigret to the Rescue’ is exactly the same! Several people have said to me they thought there were only a couple but so far I have found 19 titles with 21 covers in the just numbers series but why did a couple need two versions, was it just to follow the current house style? I’m always on the look out for more or ones in better condition as one or two are a little the worse for wear over the years. Click HERE to see them in detail.

I’ve been going through the bits and pieces I got from Steve Chibnall at the Paperback Book Fair and one of them was a display card for new titles of the month but as to which one? I think it must be around October 1969 as a quick check lists most from then. Click HERE to see the card and a compilation of the featured titles. I did wonder if the holes were a later addition but they seem to be more die cut than punched.

It was good to see Steve Jones at the Paperback Book Fair and just wished I’d taken my copy of ‘The Art of Pulp Horror’ for him to sign but as it is a bit weighty I did the same as I did with Steve Chibnall’s heavy volume ‘Minatare Masterpieces’, and that is leave them at home. Seeing Steve Jones made me get my copy of his book down off the shelf and I noticed something I had missed up to now and that is I actually have the original artworks for those on page 186.

The Paperback Book Fair, Things to Come and ‘Nancy Wake’

In spite of the threat of disruption to the trains the day turned out fine and I got to the Paperback and Pulp Book Fair in London in good time last Sunday. I’d like to say I took hundreds of photos but unfortunately my camera had decided to play up a couple of days before. I bought another but didn’t really have time to test it out so most of the ones I did take I have rejected. Instead, for a full report click on the photo above for another of Jules Burt’s excellent videos covering the show.

It was good to meet up again with so many fellow enthusiasts including Steve Chibnall who had sorted out some PAN bits and pieces for me. Steve is on the left in the photo above, with Steve Walker of Telos Books next to him and Jules Burt on the right. Below is a photo taken by Jules of me holding my’ goodies’ which I’ll show over the next few weeks. I had believed the forecast of rain all day so arrived over dressed and very hot but felt smug in the afternoon when it poured down. 

Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, AC, GM was born 30th August 1912 and died on this day, the 7th August 2011. She was a nurse and journalist who joined the French Resistance and later the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II, and briefly pursued a post-war career as an intelligence officer in the Air Ministry. Her story was written by Russell Braddon asNancy Wake while she wrote her version asThe White Mouse’ PAN published the Braddon edition at least five times including a film tie-in.

 And finally a very big “Well Done” to Jules for achieving a colossal 5,000,000 views on his YouTube channels, I don’t know how he keeps them coming but please don’t stop!