Guestbook Vol 2: 2007-

Latest entries added at bottom of page

From: Adrian Barritt
Posted on: Sunday, 04 Nov 2007 00:21

Hi there I like your site and am interested by the amount of attention it's getting (and the growth of the Malcolm Saville Society). Superficially it could be suggested that this reflects a nostalgia for our childhood and teenage years, in the same way as music takes us back and jerks the emotions of the past. Yet it's more than that. Young people read (still read?) and thrilled to these stories. I think I got more from them at the time than the T S Eliot and Dryden I was studying! The Lone Pine novels must have sensitised so many young people to the diversity and value of our landscape, and drawn them to places they had never heard of ( I certainly hadn't, and well remember the thrill of first cycling into Rye in 1966, Barcombe in 1965, or walking the Mynd in 1968, a thrill which I experienced again as recently as last week in Clun!). I can recall rationing my own reading of the Lone Pine library copies I borrowed, to one chapter a night, because otherwise the buzz would finish too soon.

So what's it all about? Let me indulge in the benefit of hindsight. Somehow Malcolm Saville succeeded in "enchanting" these parts of the country with the personalities and passions of his characters, their lives and adventures. We the readers engage with this enchantment, are almost a part of it, members of the club. So we thrill at the understated eroticism of their evolving relationships, perhaps ourselves falling a little in love, unscripted competitors to David or Peter for their friend's attention? As we shift emotionally between fiction and childhood or teenage realities, we maybe long to meet our own Peter or David? Why not? A lifelong engagement with literary and poetic imagination has begun.
And yet, as the author took pains to point out, whilst the places are real, the characters are not. I think a priceless kind of magic is being worked here. Whilst the characters are imaginary, their personalities, beliefs and passions are "real": they reflect life as it can be lived, and invite us to do so. Hence the Lone Piners are calling for us to live engaged, passionate, human and warm lives. In practice, as we live our lives, we can "write" our own Lone Pine stories, existing in both the objective world and the world of imagination, as all great art must (and, surely, if life is not art it is nothing?) Lone Pine stories are taking place everywhere, in the adventure of life. I could say the same about Hardy, Victor Hugo, Dickens, Conrad. That's how it should be.

I hope Malcolm Saville would have agreed with me. It's good to see people reaching beyond black-and-white and petty criticisms, to explore and try to understand the underlying depth and value of his work.

With best wishes from:-
Adrian Barritt
Warden, Worthing Quaker Meeting House

From: Michael Clarke
Posted on: Monday, 10 Dec 2007 22:45

Thanks for your work on the Malcolm Saville website. I was hesitant to put a reply on as its link started a new email service up.
I hope copying it to my usual one works and is acceptable.
I came across Malcolm Savilles work due to friends telling me of him, after I bought a holiday home a few miles from the Stiperstones. Having borrowed and bought a number of the Lone Pine series plus Janes country year, I have really enjoyed them. I found this site a while ago but came back to get Mark O'Hanlon's address to obtain the Complete Lone Pine.
I look forward to exploring more of this beautiful area, having walked and cycled the Stiperstones and parts of Long Mynd.
Thanks again for your work on the site, Best Wishes

Michael Clarke

Thanks, Michael. The link should open your own email service - something funny there. Simply send messages to me at jo() or Jo() if you like (remove brackets from the addresses first !) Cheers, John

From: Jill Burgess
Posted on: Thursday, 21st February 2008 16:06

For some obscure reason this afternoon, Sunny Stories flashed into my mind and I remembered my weekly dose of what was then a two colour publication in the mid-to late 40s.
I checked it out on the internet, not expecting anything to be there and up popped the name Malcolm Saville which was a real connection to childhood.
I felt quite odd when I saw the title Mystery at Witchend, which I remember borrowing from the Exeter public library at age about 10 and well remember listening to the Gay Dolphin Adventure as a play on Childrens Hour.

Jill Burgess,
Coastal Times,
WA 6210.

From: Pat
Posted on: Saturday, 22nd March 2008 16:01

Hello John
Just happened across your site, and was thrilled to see I get a mention .... Anne A, who has a couple of entries, mentions visiting me here in Church Stretton and going to the special Lone Pine sites. We used to both read Lone Pine books at school and I actually moved here some 20 years ago and live on the slopes of the Mynd.

If any MS fans are visiting singly (not the big groups, they already have leaders!) and want to email me or meet in the pub or something, I'd make every effort. email: pollock* (remove the * before using)

Best wishes and thanks for all the work you've put into your site

In three weeks' time there'll be more than a hundred Saville 'fans' pottering around the Lond Mynd as the annual gathering is in Church Stretton this year. You may have difficulty in getting into a pub !!. John.

From: Roy Notley
Posted on: Monday, 25 May, 2009 8:24 AM
Hi John,
there is an edition of "The Ambermere Treasure" on the US site.
The title is "The Secret of the Ambermere Treasure" have you seen this one before? I've sent you the link,
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Dear Roy,
Many thanks for the email - I have already obtained a copy - now I look at it I realise I haven't updated the description on the site although I bought the copy via Ebay back in 2006 ! Somewhat behind the times I fear. I must do that, soon.
Many thanks for the email though - I wasn't aware of its being offered.

Thanks for your reply John,
I reckoned you'd probably got it or seen it. You are to be congratulated on your site - it is a labour of love and I refer to it often when I have a query in my mind about some detail etc. Just a thought, but how many children do you think are reading Malcolm Saville novels like we used to do as children? Anyway, must go, just seen Slinky turn the corner at the end of our street .............................. regards, Roy.

Flatterer - but glad it's of use -
Just to embarrass you I might add this exchange of emails to the very sparse 'Guestbook' on the site - it might stimulate something !
Take care if Grandon's about - you know who will be sitting smoking in a semi-detached somewhere close . . .

Hi John,
please do add our emails if you want to - it takes a lot to embarrass me - been an SRN for nearly 40 years. Indeed the guest book has been a bit quiet of late, come on people where are you. What was that - the call of the peewit - sorry I've got to go ................. RN

From: Penny Graham-Jones
Posted on: Saturday, 30 May, 2009 6:15 PM

Open Air Scrap-Book for Boys and Girls
I found this book today at our Village Fete. It was serendipidous to find such a quintesentially English book in such a quintesentially English setting. With no date to be found any where I looked for clues through out the book and decided it must have been published at the end of, or just after the Second World War. I hoped Google could help clarify things and was so pleased to find your website.
I must admit to not having heard of Malcolm Saville before but having read only a portion of this little book I am enchanted by his prose and love the line drawings. I am sad that the book was alas minus the dust jacket but it is still a little treasure evoking a time sadly lost forever.

Penny Graham-Jones

From: Allan & Fiona Napier (Australia)
Posted on: Saturday, 20 June, 2009 6:46 AM

Just come across your very useful site.

I’ve been collecting Malcolm Saville for several years now and your site was very useful in helping me identify which editions I’ve got. I had all the books as a child, but they disappeared over the years so I am now on a bit of a mission to replace them.
Tracking them all down again is fun – the thrill of discovering a Lone Pine story at a church fete stall or tucked away in a second hand book store makes it all worthwhile!

I’ve got all the Lone Pine stories now in softcover (mostly the Armada editions) and am now looking to get hold of the original unabridged stories. I’m searching for the Buckingham stories now – interestingly the “holy grail” of Malcolm Saville stories is proving to be “Diamond in the Sky.” Very hard to come by.

Thanks again for an informative and useful site.

Allan & Fiona

From: Anthony Ivers-Read
Posted on: Saturday, 11 June, 2009

Thanks for a great site. I am an Englishman living in America. I loved the Lone Pine books as a child and now would love to re read them. It is not easy getting hold of any of them especially here in America. I do have an old copy of Not Scarlet but Gold that I won at school 40 years ago. Hmm I am getting old. I was wondering if you think anyone is ever going to publish the books as ebooks. I have a kindle and would love to be able to use it to read some of Malcolm Savilles works. any thought at all, I am surpirsed that no one has decided to reissue them as ebooks.

Anthony Ivers-Read, I may be 52 years old but still love his books.

Sorry about this, Anthony - I missed adding it last month !!

From: Ray Ham-Longman-Read
Posted on: Wednesday, 15 July, 2009

Dear John,
Firstly I must apologise for never reading your web site in great detail, but I'm sitting here at 1.40 in the morning Acksherley loving it. I think its great. Perhaps being a M.S. committee member I should pay more attention.
I also enjoy the Wise Owl, when's the next one coming out?

Hope to see you soon

P.S. I have a Diamond in the Sky in stock if Allan & Fiona want it?

Wise Owl 3 Imminent !

Ray runs the Booksearch facility for the Malcolm Saville Society and also sells books. He can be found via the Society page link on the (you've guessed it) 'Links' page above. Once there - select 'His Books' and then 'Booksearch'

From: John Pickup
Posted on: Monday 7 September 2009

Hello John

45 years ago I read my first ever Saville book, Strangers At Snowfell when I was 10 years old.
It was an Armada paperback and I've still got it. Since then I've been hooked and collected most of his work including a few 1st edition hardbacks. However, it is only since I've acquired a computer that I've found how popular Malcolm Saville remains.

Your website is everything one wants it to be, totally brilliant. In fact I only discovered that Two Fair Plaits
and The Secret Of Grey Walls had been reprinted in hardcover with new dustwrappers since I've visited your site.
Something else to save up for now.

I'm also collecting the Girls Gone By editions as they are published which are excellent copies.
Hope your site keeps expanding.

Best Wishes
John Pickup

Many thanks, John, and glad you found the site. It was discovering the two dustwrappers for SOGW which triggered me off, in the early 1990s, collecting more amd more . . . So beware !
I'm particularly glad that you like the GGBP editions - it is, after all, an event which none of us ever thought would happen - all the Lone Pine books becoming available again to the general public to buy in shops, at an affordable price. It was certainly something I never thought would happen. And then there's the extras in the books as well - I'm surprised they are not more widely celebrated. Even Society members have turned up who aren't aware they are being published with full text and illustrations !

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