Today I was out shopping and went into the charity shop I often visit. I thought I wouldn't bother looking at the few 'old' books they have, as they are usually the same every time - they don't sell many as they're rather overpriced. However, as I left the shop I looked at the shelf, and scanned through two Sunday School prize books of the type we've been discussing recently. There was one more I hadn't seen before, and as it's title was faded I took it off the shelf and looked at the first page - and, lo and behold, it was the book I've been searching for for 30 or more years! How's that for serendipity!
The title of the book is 'Ups and Downs' (so looking for 'Janet' I would never have found it), and the author is someone called Violet Bradby. She is not listed in The Book, nor anywhere else as far as I can ascertain, although she wrote - according the the list in the book I found, about a dozen other books, including 'The Capel Cousins' (1912), 'Judy and the Other' (1916), 'Managing Jane' (1927). 'Ups and Downs' was published by Oxford University Press in 1930. Do any other GOers know anything about this author? I'd be interested to find out more about her, and I shall now look out for her other titles.
Sorry to rave on like this, but it is such a good feeling to have found this book by accident, it almost makes up for my being 60 next week (I said 'almost'!).
Christine Ward Stilton Cambridgeshire
"We build our own ladders to climb to the sky." (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
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