I originally posted this a couple of years ago, but I’ve just had a nice message from the Author’s son, so I though I would bump the posting up!
I came across a children’s book from the early 70s in a charity shop, and bought it as much for the cover as anything. I love the artwork in old children’s books. I’m also of the opinion that the 60s and 70s were the golden age of children’s literature. The stories could still be innocent and maybe not as completely realistic as modern novels are expected to be, but were tighter and less wordy than much older ones. Basically, they were great form of escapism and good, old-fashioned story-telling.
This one is called The Midwinter Violins by Sally Bicknell. I really enjoyed it and I wanted to find out more about the author but it wasn’t easy because it was a long time ago and she wasn’t a best-seller. She didn’t write many books and it’s just about the only one you can still find in print.
It struck me…
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