J M Bar­rie first edi­tion find is a bit of a fairy­tale

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An 1896 first edi­tion of a book writ­ten by JM Bar­rie about his mother was dis­cov­ered in a Dum­fries char­ity shop.

And Ox­fam de­cided that the Moat Brae Trust would be the best home for the biog­ra­phy of Mar­garet Ogilvy.

Staff at the shop handed the book to Lucy Brann of the trust last week.

It will now be in­cluded in a col­lec­tion of im­por­tant works by and about JM Bar­rie when the na­tional cen­tre for chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture and sto­ry­telling fi­nally opens in Dum­fries.

Trust mar­ket­ing man­ager Cather­ine Cald­well said: “It was re­ally nice when Ox­fam con­tacted us and asked if we wanted the book. It’s lovely be­cause JM Bar­rie’s mother was a huge in­flu­ence in his life.

“It’s also timely as a new edi­tion of this book has just been pub­lished by the JM Bar­rie Lit­er­acy So­ci­ety which was launched on May 9 in Kir­riemuir where he was born and where his mother lived.

“It’s a good qual­ity book and means a lot to us.”

De­light Moat Brae Trust’s Lucy Brann with the book

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