RO­MANY’S BOOKS

Evergreen - - Clippings -

MADAM: What a lovely sur­prise to see the ar­ti­cle about Ro­many, Ge­orge Bramwell Evens (“The Lit­er­ary Pil­grim”, Spring 2017). I loved hear­ing him on Chil­dren’s Hour when I was a girl and I col­lected all his books and read them over and over. Alas when I had chil­dren of my own they were not in­ter­ested ei­ther in me reading the books to them, or reading them them­selves and so when we “down­sized” our house, I re­luc­tantly took them to Hay- on- Wye to the chil­dren’s book­shop and sold them. See­ing the ti­tles re­pro­duced in Ever­green was pure nos­tal­gia. Ro­many brought the coun­try­side to life and made the an­i­mals friends.

Thank you for your won­der­ful magazine and I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing it ev­ery three months. — GWEN HEWLETT, FRAMP­TON- ON- SEV­ERN, GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE.

MADAM: How I en­joyed reading the fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­cle about Ro­many’s books. Some time ago I read Vic­tor Can­ning’s book Mr. Finch­ley Takes the Road. It is set in the 1930s and tells a sim­i­lar kind of tale in which Mr. Finch­ley, upon his re­tire­ment, buys a yel­low car­a­van to­gether with a horse called Church War­den and travels around the Suffolk area look­ing for a house to pur­chase. He meets lots of peo­ple mostly when parked up for the night. It is a de­light­ful story and one I re­turn to now and again. It has been on the ra­dio with Richard Grif­fiths as Mr. Finch­ley.

In those days I would think it was pos­si­ble to do this as the roads were qui­eter and noth­ing like to­day. There were fewer cars and life was taken at a much slower pace. We have a mo­torhome and only wish we could spend the night parked up along some coun­try lane sit­ting out­side in the evening sun like Mr. Finch­ley in

the book. Any­one in­ter­ested in th­ese books should look out for: Mr. Finch­ley Dis­cov­ers His Eng­land; Mr. Finch­ley Takes the Road and Mr. Finch­ley Goes to Paris. They are worth reading. — CHRIS NORTH, BROMSGROVE, WORCES­TER­SHIRE.

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