Book­ish Trea­sures

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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

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