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Published by Pushkin

My big sister (whom I have mentioned before), would have loved these. Actually she would probably love them now.

A series of books for those who are into the theatre, drama and performance.

Pamela Brown is sadly deceased, however, Pushkin books are reprinting these rather lovely books – and they keep sending me the proofs…I have just finished Maddy Alone, enjoyed The Swish of the Curtain some time ago and yesterday I received a proof of Golden Pavements.

The Swish of the Curtain relates how seven children get together to organise and perform in their own theatre. In the second volume Maddy Alone, the older children have left home and are now attending drama school, leaving Maddy behind. She is disappointed to hear they wouldn’t be returning at the end of term and this precipitates a state of siege – much to her mother’s frustration. The story of what happens when a Maddy finds out about a local legend and she makes a friend is when the story really begins. It is  perhaps a traditional story, but generally better written than many, and when Maddy runs away…

I shall enjoy Golden Pavements, I’m certain and I hope and trust the fourth in the quartet, Blue Door Venture will be sent to me soon too…

These were originally published in the 1940s – they are good, solid stories about things that can happen. No fantasy here…nothing nasty – what I refer to as ‘friendly’ books. They are, I suppose, from another time, maybe more innocent, but none the less the books are a joy.

I’m not sure what I did with my proof of The Swish of the Curtain.I shall have to see if I can find it. Clare is following this blog and may well want to read it…

There is a lovely quote about The Swish of the Curtain allegedly by Dame Maggie Smith, no less –

“I wanted to act before I read this book,” Dame Maggie Smith once said of Pamela Brown’s classic children’s novel The Swish of the Curtain, “and afterwards there was no stopping me.”

Well, after that – this is obviously a ‘must-buy’ series…

 

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