From: John Allsup
Welcome to the guestbook. Please leave a message, query or whatever. I hope you've enjoyed your visit, please call again sometime,Cheers,John
Posted on: Monday, August 19, 2002, 06:28 PM
From: Clive Gee
JohnExcellent idea for a site and, whilst I haven't had time to peruse it fully as yet, I look forward to doing so in due course and am sure I will learn some interesting factsClive
Posted on: Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 10:20 PM
From: Richard Griffiths
Thank you for sharing your accumulated knowledge and collection of illustrations in this way. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to this site and I know that I will return again and again.Richard
Posted on: Friday, August 23, 2002, 02:37 AM
From: Anne Ayres
What a great site, I 'm so pleased to have happened on it so soon after its inception. Many thanks for snippets of information about illustrators - one of my chief enjoyments in collecting the books. My favourite is the "Lone Pine London" wrapper by Charles Wood. When I first was able to hold that book in my hands after 38 years it felt like touching my childhood... Silly old romantic! Thanks, Anne A.
Posted on: Monday, August 26, 2002, 11:05 AM
From: John Case
Hi, John, I've just come across your new site after browsing the MS Society website and I'm certainly impressed. You've done a great job. Thanks for the information on Bertram Prance. Like you, he is my favourite Lone Pine illustrator, even though I started out on the 1970's paperbacks. His drawings are so evocative of the period. Incidentally, I can confirm that there was a hardback edition of "Portrait of Rye" published, as I have a copy in my collection.All the bestJohn Case
Posted on: Tuesday, August 27, 2002, 02:07 PM
From: tim hall
Congratulations on a fantastic web site. I particularly enjoy seeing pictures of the dust wrappers etc.
Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 01:52 PM
From: Peter Oates
A great site. Lots of interesting information added to the existing store of knowledge about MS on the web. Well done!
Posted on: Sunday, September 01, 2002, 04:14 PM
From: steven handy
Hi Johnthank you VERY much for letter and goodies.Managed to call up website easily (tried some time back & didn't access):terrific !Can I help you with the odd missing cover ? Could photocopy them, haven't got a scanner at work.Steven
Posted on: Tuesday, September 03, 2002, 05:56 PM
From: David Cass
Was in your Monica Edwards site yesterday, now exploring this one! My test of a good book when I was in my early teens was whether there was a map of the locality where the story was set, on the book endpapers. It didn't always work, but I was seldom disappointed when applying this test. Malcolm Saville passed the test! Thanks v much for setting up these sites. David Cass - retired librarian, now living in New Zealand.
Posted on: Monday, October 21, 2002, 05:05 AM
From: Anne Ayres
Any chance of information soon on my two favourite "Lone Pine" artists - Charles Wood and Terry Freeman? Are they still alive? I really appreciated the information on Bertram Prance, he was obviously a hugely talented artist outside the illustrating. How unfair that "illustration" is looked on with such contempt compared to what one might call "Real Art". Just found the link from here to the Monica Edwards site, also v. enjoyable. I seem to be the only female to have contributed to the this guest book so far, a bit puzzling as there are so many on the Monica Edwards site. C'mon girls, I know you're out there - I'm surrounded by blokes here!!
Posted on: Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 07:28 PM
From: Mike McGarry
Great site and has gone right to the head of my favourites list. Lots of interesting nuggets of info, keep it up.
Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2002, 10:52 PM
From: Philip Marshall
Curiosity about a book by Malcolm Saville read in my childhood and Google led me to your site. Thanks - it's excellent. I'm planning to create a site for the children's book writer W E Cule and yours has given me some ideas.
Best wishes, Philip
Posted on: Thursday, November 28, 2002, 05:18 AM
From: Angie Farbrace
Malcolm Saville really started my lifelong love of books, from romances through thrillers to the 'chick-flick' books I chill out with today. It was a real pleasure to see that there are hundreds of individuals out there who also fondly remember the Lone Pine books, and, like me, avidly collected the entire series, treasuring them to be read, re-read, and passed down through the generations. This site is like a visit to my long lost youth (and I'm only 37)!
Posted on: Saturday, March 15, 2003, 09:37 PM
Have just discovered this site - wonderful! I've been a fan of this series since I was a teenager. Had all the books but they gradually disappeared over the years. I've just finished replacing them all (mostly Armada paperbacks - better than nothing!) through abebooks.com. I wondered whether anybody had ever entertained the idea of writing a sequel? I toy with plots at night when I can't sleep, but I don't think I'd ever dare try to write anything!! Keep up the good work. Kind regards, Fiona (in Australia)
Posted on: Friday, April 11, 2003, 11:43 AM
From: Karen Huxtable
Having just cleared out the attic, I have rediscovered my Malcolm Saville books, which I collected as a child. The discovery certainly brought back many happy childhood memories. The most precious find of the day, were 2 hand-written letters from Malcolm in which he had very kindly replied to my letters to him.My daughter is now 11, just about the same age that I was when I started enjoying the books, so I hope she will love them as much. Yours sincerely Karen Huxtable
Posted on: Tuesday, May 13, 2003, 09:57 PM
From: Anne Ayres
Well done on your find Karen. Wish mine had been in the attic - I had to buy every one except my original five (Gay Dolphin, Not Scarlet, Mystery Mine, Treasure at Amorys and Rye Royal)I got them through a website booksearch, and have paid the earth in some cases!! You may perhaps see a Penny and Jon preference there! In fact when I got engaged in 1967, I described my chap to a pal and she said "You're marrying Jon Warrender!" I wouldn't dream of taking him away from Penny, he was just my version - and a smashing bloke too. Thirty good years till he died in '99.So it was a real thrill to hold Lone Pine London again after all those years, but it still wasn't as good as saving up my two shillings and sixpence pocket money until I'd got ten and six (about 53p now) and could afford my very own copy of a
Posted on: Sunday, May 25, 2003, 12:51 PM
From: Anne Ayres
oops! got cut off in me prime! As I was saying - "My very own copy of a Malcolm Saville book, which previously I'd only obtained from the local library" Now I'm here I might as well continue - I met up with a school friend last year for the first time since we left, through that famous Reunion organisation of course! She has lived all over the world but is now happily settled in Church Stretton, Shropshire, with her Lone Pine books. She was able to take me to see Witchend itself, and the farm where Malcolm Saville wrote the books. She's just up the road from "Onnybrook" and I have now stood on the Long Mynd for the first time in my life! And I think my favourite spot was Clun Castle, just like the Bertram Prance pictures. Fabulous. We're thinking of meeting up in Rye sometime later this year.
Posted on: Monday, May 26, 2003, 10:53 AM
From: Jamie Webster
What a fantastic surprise!! I loved the Lone Pine and Marston Baines stories and grew up with them as a child. Sadly I do not have any of them now as a 35 year old however, having visited Florence and Tuscany many times, I would love to re read "Two Towers in Tuscany". This was probably the first proper "grown up" book I read. Thanks for reviving some very happy memories.
Posted on: Sunday, June 08, 2003, 09:28 PM
From: David Hunter
Congratulations on a great site, packed with good stuff. I read many of the Malcolm Saville books as a child. Although this was the early 80's many years after the first books were written I was hooked. I too recently found some in my parents attic and I have since been finishing off my collection of lone pine books (only the elusive "Home to Witchend" to go). I grew up near Rye, so those books were always a bit special. Hoping to go on the Mynd sometime next year!
Posted on: Monday, September 22, 2003, 02:55 PM
From: Robert Smart
Have just had a look at the pictures. Newnes made two mistakes in describing the locations and so these need to be changed.
4 - is Hatcholt valley looking up towards the reservoir.
8 - is also Hatcholt look back down the same valley.
How they came to get the idea it was the Gliding Club is beyond me.
Posted on: Tuesday, September 23, 2003, 07:01 PM
not really interested in ur books,just wanted to say hi! cool site tho.
Posted on: Sunday, October 05, 2003, 03:10 PM
From: Karen Z
Thanks for this site, it has brought back many fond memories of reading Lone Pine and Jillies books every summer while visiting my mother's side of the family in the Midlands during the U.S. school holidays. I still have a few Armada paperbacks left from those years and have thus far re-collected all the Jillies and most of the Lone Pine series (have all but Rye Royal and Where's My Girl), mostly paperbacks but from this distance I consider myself lucky to have anything at all! Please let me know if you have extras for sale of the two titles I need. Karen
Posted on: Tuesday, November 04, 2003, 04:32 AM
From: Roy Brunnen
I am trying to obtain a copy of Christmas at Timothy's, by Gee Denes, published by Nelson. Are you able to advise at to where I might find one.
Posted on: Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 09:06 PM
From: iain mitrenga
It's reassuring to see such interest in an author I thought, during the 1970's, to be exclusive to a kind of sensitivity very rarely communicated so fluently and sensitively as he did during such times when children's authors appeared to be in such decline. Thank you for (intuitively) setting up a site dedicated to a time long gone. It breaks my heart that the innocence and adventure so wrought then has disappeared so easily now.
Posted on: Tuesday, January 13, 2004, 01:19 AM
my daughter was browsing your site and noticed people looking for 'home to witchend' (she has a copy 1979 hardback as in one of your photos) and wondered why it is harder to find than the other books as it her least favourite!
Posted on: Monday, February 09, 2004, 09:51 PM
Hi Alix, I don't think that 'Home to Witchend' is that difficult really. I've had about five of the Armada editions from Charity shops in the last ten years or so. The hardback was mainly for Library use. It sits better on the shelf with hardbacks, so it's desireable. But I agree with your daughter. I think the earlier books were best, but then I read them as a youngster !
Posted on: Thursday, February 12, 2004, 08:26 AM
From: Roy Notley
Hello John and everyone, this is a lovely site. Great to see all of the different dust jackets. I was 13 in 1965 when I read my first lone pine book - secret of grey walls.
Anne Ayres, I understand about the magic of holding a book and touching one's childhood. I rang Malcolm Saville in 1973 and had a long chat. He was so sweet and wrote me a lovely letter, which I still have and cherish. I do say thank God for this author! Roy notley.
Posted on: Monday, March 22, 2004, 10:58 PM
Fantastic website for a fantastive set of book! Im looking foward to expoloring the location of the books!
Posted on: Sunday, April 04, 2004, 10:32 PM
From: Trudie Mann
My Aunty Peggy introduced me to Malcolm Savilles books back in the mid seventies. She had no television so I spent my time reading and picking blackberries as I remember!
I have most paperbacks in the loft, and a lovely letter from Mr Saville, I never believed he would actually write back to me!
What great adventures they were, and I have holidayed in all the locations, but Shropshire is my very favourite. We go every year, and I hope to be able to retire there one day and walk on the Mynd or The Stiperstones everyday. Thanks for the site and reminding me to dig out the books.
Posted on: Monday, April 05, 2004, 11:31 PM
From: Peter Graham
I've really enjoyed my visit to your website. I remember my father reading me The Treasure at the mill in the mid 60's when I was about 6 or 7 it is still one of my favourite books and I still read it occasionally.(The last time was earlier this Year.)This prompted me to dust off my Lone Pine books and I'm now working my way through them.Keep up the good work, Up The Lone Piners
Posted on: Friday, May 07, 2004, 06:36 PM
From: Louise Simmonds
Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org >
I have a number of Malcolm Saville paperbacks and a few hardbacks for sale - none are the really rare ones I am afraid but there is a reasonable choice. If anyone would like a list please email me at: email@example.com
I also keep many other childrens authors for sale and have a long sales list if anyone is interested.
Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 01:14 PM
From: Bill Purvis
Email: <bil 'at' beeb.net>
Hi, Like the site. I read most of the Lone Pine books as a
boy (1955-ish) and have been buying paperbacks from charity
shops over the past 20 years. They seem to have thinned out
so I started looking on the internet and have just ordered
the remainder of the set (from various on-line shops via ABE).
Looking forward to filling in the gaps...
We love the Shropshire area and hope track down a few more
of the MS references in the near future.
Posted on: Wednesday, June 02, 2004, 11:56 AM
From: Chris Sagar
It's been a real nostalgia trip, browsing this site - have looked at many of the book desciptions and cover designs and feel pangs for a childhood long gone! I first came to Malcolm's books in the mid-70s, I suppose, and spent a few years ensuring I had copies of every title. Not necessarily rare editions, so only the 70s editions of the Lone Pine series, for example; but even by then so many other titles were out of print, so I have alot of the 60s Mayfair/Armada editions too, many in extremely good condition, and I still read the odd one. Tempting though it is to collect the hardback editions, prices are quite high these days! Even 20 years on, I still intend to pay a visit to Rye some time, to try and capture the atmosphere I first encountered in the gay Dolphin Adventure...ah well, one day.
Posted on: Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 01:46 PM
From: Bill Cran
I was given the book as a child growing up in the Highlands of Scotland around 1957. Childrens books were thin on the ground in our house-I read it numerous times and it was still in my cupboard when I joined the Air Force in 1966. Bits of the book have always been at the back of my mind since Ginger Whiskers hiding his sandwiches in the train for instance. The Splishy Splashy song!! Huberts only got one toe!!Ironically, I ended up living in Yorkshire and am a fanatical hill walker. My favourite place being Goredale Scar. This site has been a joy, thought I was the only one in the world who knew about this book
Posted on: Tuesday, August 03, 2004, 09:19 PM
From: Cecilia Abad
Just to say this is a lovely site to remember a good children and adolescent writer. I fell in love with "The Gay Dolphin Adventure" and with all the characters, particularly Penny an Jon. I had great memories of the first time I read this book.
The atmosphre and the setting got me and I am Spanish
Posted on: Monday, August 30, 2004, 11:04 AM
From: terry sole
Nice to find this site. I first tried to read Saville in the school library in about 1953 but without success. I wne of to try agaqin later and became a fac. I think that the Gay Dolphin adventure is my favourite because of its associations with Rye - a fascinating place but enjoy many other. I now deal in childrens books as a hobby and am always please to find one in good condition. I never wrote to M.S. although I knew of his fan club. I cant think of anything to add to your info except that with digital radio there is some hope that things might be re-broadcast and I do not remember having heard any in the south (but I would think they were run on London childrens hour). Sincerely Terry Sole
Posted on: Thursday, September 09, 2004, 09:18 AM
Recently moved to Shropshire and remembered those stories from primary school about Peter, David and the twins.Only a few miles from Long Mynd, no Stiperstones yet .... too scary! Lifelong affinity with this area, Rye and Devon can only be attributed to Mr Saville's books. May his memory never fail.
Posted on: Tuesday, October 05, 2004, 12:24 PM
From: Margaret Morton
The first proper book I read at the age of 4 was "The Secret of the Gorge" a book club edition which I still have. I went on to read most of the Lone Pine series as a child.
I recently rediscovered Malcolm Saville as an author having taken early retirement from my work as a Health Visitor and beginning to write myself.
I still love the Lone Pine series but I am now expanding my reading to The Buckingham's, The Jillies, and The Marston Baines series. Also just bought The Biography for my birthday next week and have joined the Society.
I have greatly enjoyed reading the information on your site.
With all Best Wishes, Margaret Morton (Mrs Morton, with a son called Robin)
PS. I fell in love with David Morton as a child and went on to marry a Morton (not David but Brian) Happily married 25+ years now.
Posted on: Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 01:03 PM
As a fellow Malcolm Saville enthusiast now wallowing in nostalgia by buying books from my childhood, have you seen this very useful website listing all his published titles on one page
They are still as exciting as over 40 years ago.
Posted on: Saturday, October 30, 2004, 01:21 PM
From: Alistair Brockbank
Hi there, I've just discovered your site via the Malcolm Saville society site and i'm both very happy that there is such an evident enthusiastic interest and disappointed that the little project i was developing at the back of my mind to develop just such a site is now stymied ! I inherited the 1st 4 Lone Pine books (original editions) from my mum when i was about 11 and went on to read most of the rest during the 70's and have now passed them on to my own 12 yr old son who is equally keen. I'll now pass on this site for him to explore, back soon! Great stuff, thanks, Alistair.
Posted on: Monday, November 29, 2004, 11:51 AM
From: Eric Balinghasay
This site brings bittersweet memories of my childhood..how I loved reading adventure books, of which the Lone Pine series was my favorite. I grew up in the Philippines and was only lucky enough to discover the series because my mother was a member of a British library. Without that, i don't think I'd ever have discovered the Mortons, Peter, et al. "Wings over Witchend" with Jenny and Tom in the forest fire was the first book, followed by either Treasure at Amory or Lone Pine Five. I was around ten then. At around 13, I found a small shop (it wasn't even a bookstore) selling the books ; and I was able get about 10 of the series through the years.
Now that I'm 37, among my life dreams are to : (1) Complete the series or at least, read all of them -- still searching for Mystery at Witchend, Secret of t
Posted on: Sunday, December 12, 2004, 03:01 AM
From: Sankar Krishnan
Terrific site - brings back many childhood memories. The Lone Piners books were special to me for the settings they portrayed so vividly and brought to life for someone like me growing up in South America and India - and the sense of togetherness and freshness of the characters. I especially liked the Jon and Penny books - always been my favourites.
I'm keen now to complete my collection - anyone know if there are any reprints coming up ?
Again, thanks for creating such a good site, John.
Posted on: Monday, December 13, 2004, 11:55 AM
From: chris sagar
Since my last posting I've given is and started to collect more Lone Pine books! Only the William Collins revised editions, and a few Goodchild editions from the 80s, to fill gaps where Collins missed out! I would love to go for the Newnes, but...
I'm looking forward to receiving Richard Griffith's facsimile ediiton of 'Home to Witchend', which is imminent, and I think it's time to start re-reading the whole LP series from 1 to 20...
Posted on: Thursday, March 10, 2005, 11:35 AM
Hi everyone, don't want to take up too much of your time,but felt I had to let you know how excited I was to find this site, I can't believe it has escaped me for this long! have been a long term fan of John's Monica Edwards site - and stumbling across this one as well was like a small slice of heaven!!
As a child i devoured the lone pine books, I had the fortune to have the original collins editions handed down through the family! I am now off to hunt those copies up and start collecting them again properly!Am looking forward to wonderful reunion with old favourites!and hopfully be able to fill in some of the gaps with some new ones!
Posted on: Wednesday, April 06, 2005, 08:22 PM
Hello! Can someone help me??!!
I have just re-discovered the Lone Pine Books (thanks to GGBP)and have decided to collect them, but am a little confused regarding the publication. Am I right in assuming that the only ones that have not been revised in any way are all those published by NEWNES in HARDBACK up to and including Man With Three Fingers, but books 17 - 20 are complete in both paperback and hardback?
My other query is that as a child I remember that one of the books had not only details of which lone pine members appeared in which books, but also the villains and their psydonames (ie Miss Ballinger also known as Mme Christabel!). This has been frustrating me because for some reasone I keep thinking it must be Home To Witchend, and although I know I also recognise the armarda cover (thanks john)I a
Posted on: Sunday, July 10, 2005, 02:25 PM
Wotcha Katie ! Rats ! I knew that 'abridged' would crop up sooner or later ! I don't know if some or all of the Armada paperbacks are abridged. I'm pretty sure that a lot of them are, missing out Twins stuff etc. The Newnes and CBC editions are complete, and the Collins hardbacks. I assume that the Collins ones weren't abridged for Armada, but I'm not sure of that. The Hippo books are full text. You need to repeat the last part of your message, as the system only allows a limited amount to be displayed. Please do, because some expert will respond I'm sure.
Posted on: Sunday, July 10, 2005, 10:22 PM
From: John: continued:
P.S. All the editions of 'Home to Witchend', including the beautiful new 'Newnesish' one published by Richard Griffiths, have the Appendix which lists the main characters and the books they appear in. Mark's book, 'The Complete Lone Pine' contains an exhaustive index of both people and places. The Girls Gone By texts will be complete. I shall set smething up soon to see about other abridged editions, Cheers, John
Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2005, 06:46 AM
Your a star John! Thanks for letting me know about the possible abridgements - if I get hold of any HBs that I already have in armarda I'll let u know if there are any differences! Am going to have to get hold of Mark O Hanlon's book as well as Richard Griffiths'...any excuse! The end of my last message wasn't that interesting - just me moaning that at some time i must have looked at H to W and yet Ive never read it and as far as i know never owned it!!
Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2005, 08:40 PM
From: Kathleen Elliott
I joined the Malcolm Saville Society last year, but have only just found this splendid website. Have just spent the bank holiday in Shropshire with the Society and walked from Witchend to the Devils Chair in the footsteps of David and Peter in 'The Neglected Mountain'. Quite a feat, but no doubt easier at 16 than 60! How I wish I had written to MS to thank him for all the pleasure his books gave me. Up the Lone Piners!
Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 12:10 AM
Glad you like the site, Kath. I was tempted to join the expedition last week-end but chickened out - too far for the old codger. I'll toddle around the area again soon by car, before the evenings draw in !
Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 07:30 AM
From: colin larkin
Wonderful to see a website. Well done, especially seeing scans of the few missing dust jackets. Many thanks for this labour of love.
Posted on: Thursday, November 17, 2005, 12:07 PM
From: John Allsup
Just a short, special greeting to all readers/browsers:
Have a lovely, peaceful and happy Christmas and here's looking forward to a whole New Year ahead, full of the usual mix of delight and despair. Don't let the latter hide the former ! With best wishes, John.
Posted on: Friday, December 23, 2005, 06:49 AM
From: Andrew Facherty
In 1971 (2?) I cycled from Crawley to Seaford to visit Malcolm. I knocked on the door, and was met by a woman, who showed me upstairs, and went into a very small study. Malcolm wasn't overjoyed by having a fan present, but neither did he appear annoyed. After I said that I wanted to express how much I enjoyed the books, he politely asked where I had come from, and the conversation dwindled. He finished by showing me the original jackets from his books, and that was it...
Glad I did it.
Posted on: Monday, March 27, 2006, 01:33 AM
From: Robert Mullin
You mention Joan Kiddell-Monroe as an illustrator for some of Saville's books - is this the same illustrator that did the artwork for some Ladybird books - see example: http://www.theweeweb.co.uk/ladybird/ladybird_book_detail.php?id=784
Do you know anything about this illustrator?
Posted on: Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 02:43 AM
I've sent you some information about Joan Kiddell-Monroe, Robert. I really must start adding to the Artist pages bit by bit; and the Publishers pages as well for that matter. Anyway, I recommend your Site at www.theweeweb.co.uk to those interested in illustrators, and Children's authors for that matter. . Cheers, John
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Posted on: Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 08:00 am
First, sad but true, u've made a good move in making the guest book less accessable!
Am moving house soon and desperatly want to protect my books - Collins, CBC, GGPP editions - from damage (and hopefully not lose any, last time it was a 1st Ed of Storm Ahead, sorry but it still hurts!!), anyway to get back to the point does anyone know where I can get hold of protective covers to fit them? All help gratefully received!!
Thanks Harriet x
From: Phil Bailey
Posted on: Tuesday, May 23rd 2006, 12:26
Thank you for an excellent website. Malcolm Saville's books deserve to be remembered
- they should be at least as popular as Enid Blyton.
I've been reading them to my son, Iain, - now onto our 7th book.
We are looking forward to our first visit to the Shropshire hills next week,
exploring the locations described in the stories.
From: Julia Bradley
Posted on: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 13:14
What a wonderful discovery.Your website is super.
The 1st Lone Pine book I read was Treasure at Amorys
followed by Mystery at Witchend, both from the school
library back in the early 1970s. From that moment I
was hooked. I managed to get all but one of the series.
I've just started to re-read them 30 years later and
am still thoroughly enjoying them. So delighted you have
created this website. Never a great Penny + Jon fan my favourites
were always Peter and David. Keep up the great work. Julia