by Mabel Esther Allan
ISBN 978-1-907503-59-7

From Katherine Oldmeadow to Elsie Oxenham via Dorothea Moore, Angela Brazil and others, Mabel Esther Allan discusses the books she loved – and didn’t love – in her own forthright way.  She examines school and campfire stories, Ruritania, incredible co-incidences and alleged plagiarism with her mature professional eye, all in the context of her own early life.
She emphasises “You can love, and you can criticise,” and can label a book “damn silly” then, having pulled it to pieces, confess she loves it despite its faults.
Originally privately published in 1993.
The cover shows a detail from an early dustwrapper of Ragged Robin by Katherine L. Oldmeadow.

This book is in the smaller pocket format, 11cm x 17.8cm.

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