Thinking back to the days when I would take out six books on my library card, then return the following day to take out another six, and the hold those stories had on me.
Some I remember reading over and over, although I probably couldn’t even tell you now what they were about. Others have made it into my read-forever list, and get hauled out every so often for a refresher.
If it had magic, or animals, or magic AND animals, I was probably sold.
Dogsbody remains one of my favourite all-time reads. The dragon dogs in When the Sea is Rising Red are a deliberate nod to the Wild Hunt dogs, which obviously Diana Wynne Jones lifted straight from mythology. But oh! The things she does with them.
Yep. Enid Blyton. I was never into her other stuff so much, but I loved the Famous Five. Well, let’s be honest. I loved George.
If you’re at all familiar with the Famous Five, you’ll spot a cookie in WtSiRR. (I do this a lot? Oh dear…)
This was the first of the Dark is Rising Books I read (yep, I read lots of books out of order. This is what happens with libraries. And no, I still haven’t learned patience). That cover sticks in my memory and I remember being awed by it, and loving all of Cooper’s books. Amazing writer. LOVE.
What are some of your battered and beloved childhood books?