QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. Sir: “My Beloved Books” (“Forget-me-nots”, Spring 2016) took me on a wonderful stroll down memory lane. I, too, still have many of the books from my childhood and teenage years: Enid Blyton, Angela Brazil, Susan Coolidge, Louisa May Alcott, Hugh Walpole, Howard Spring and many more. I also, have a copy of One Thousand Beautiful Things, which was a Christmas present from my parents in 1957. One of my greatest treasures is a copy of Cicely Mary Barker’s Fairies of the Trees, inscribed “To Patricia, for trying hard in elocution classes”, dated December 1949, when I had just turned five.
I always loved history so, when Winston Churchill’s A History of the English-speaking Peoples project was launched in the mid-fifties (at 30 shillings per volume — a small fortune back then) I started saving