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.
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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.