Guestbook Vol 3: 2013 -

Latest entries added at the top of the page

From: John Fisher
Posted on: Saturday 11th July 2015 (Received on 22nd June 2015 !)

Hi John.
Someone was asking about the secret code card and stamps. I've still got mine, complete with a strip of three stamps. I have had it since around 1949-50 and I'll be taking it with me to see the new production at Carding Mill Valley (National Trust) Church Stretton on July 19. Should be fun and could help to introduce the stories to a whole new generation of youngsters..... and not so young!

Ps. I'm currently working on a book titled "net.bandits", for kids of all ages.

Kind regards

Many thanks for the email, John, and apologies for the delay in adding it to the site. I hope you enjoy the play ! J.

From: Ben Morris
Posted on: Tuesday, 5th May 2015

Until I found this Web Site I thought I was the only member of The Lone Pine Club left in the world.
I read and re read all of the Lone Pine Books in the mid 1960's when I was a little boy.
I think that these books taught me the value of loyalty to one's friends and of personal courage. In my mind I imagined Ludlow, Romney Marsh, Rye and Jonathan watching Tottenham Hotspur on a foggy day in London.

A lot of time and water has passed under the bridge since those days and it gladdens my heart to know that I am not alone !

Ben Morris

From: Primrose Lockwood
Posted on: Wednesday, 18th September 2013

I read “Jane’s Country Year” some months ago (which I greatly enjoyed) and when I reached the end I realised I didn’t know which of Jane’s parents was related to Mr or Mrs Watson. (I’m sure it must have said and I just missed it!) Can anyone help please?

I’ve also recently been reading (several for the first time) some of the Susan and Bill series. I was pleased that Susan was a very sympathetic character and didn’t like the idea of rabbits on the farm being shot, and Jane had been the same. Probably both of them would have been equally sympathetic to badgers in today’s time!

I was quite surprised to read in “Susan, Bill and the Vanishing Boy” that both families had televisions. Then I remembered that my own parents bought a television in time for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. They lived in the north of England. Probably in the south people had them even earlier so it was very likely after all. Does anyone know how far in advance of the publication date, 1955, Malcolm Saville would have written this? I thought maybe a year before but it would be interesting to know for certain.

Was the new estate where Susan and Bill lived a council one?

I’m in the middle of reading the first book in the Jillies series, “Redshank’s Warning” and it’s nice to find literary references, e.g. to a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (“Romance”) and to J M Barrie’s “Dear Brutus”. I remember Richard Jefferies’ “Bevis” being mentioned in some of the Lone Pine books too. Do you think Malcolm Saville included poems, plays and stories in his writing that he particularly liked himself?

Thanks for the great website and for including a guestbook with the opportunity to ask questions.


From: Primrose Lockwood
Posted on: 22nd June 2013

Dear John Allsup,

I'm writing to say thank you to you for creating such a wonderful website. Since I started to want to read some Malcolm Saville books again, a few months ago, I've looked at it continually and been inspired every time and I'm sure I'll be visiting lots more times as I've not explored it fully yet. I've also joined the society.

I was especially interested in your Link to the Ladybird website. I've loved the illustrations by P B Hickling since I was a child (I loved his illustrations for Tiptoes the Mischievous Kitten especially) but I've never managed to find out anything about him, until now. So, thank you!

I've also found your index very helpful. I'm now trying to read the books in the Susan and Bill series that I missed as a child (currently Susan, Bill and the Saucy Kate). I can really identify with this series, and during the last few months I've also read some of the ones I missed, or don't remember, about Michael and Mary too.
I'm also wanting to work my way through the Lone Pine books (My younger sister loved this series). I read some as a child, and later too, but not all of them. I've got a few of them and have just ordered Mystery at Witchend from Oxfam, an early edition hardback at a very reasonable price, but with no dustwrapper though! I also remember reading at least one in the Jillies series (I remember really liking Strangers at Snowfell) and I read some of the Marston Baines ones at some point too.

I also enjoyed reading about how you wrote to Malcolm Saville. When I was teaching in primary school a boy in my class wrote to Malcolm Saville and got a reply and was really thrilled. I think we were doing something about writers and illustrators at the time, something I loved to do.
I also wrote to Malcolm Saville myself around that time and looked at his reply to me again recently (sent in 1981). I'm not sure exactly what I wrote to him about but I received a lovely reply.

So, thank you again for inspiring me!

Best wishes,

Primrose (Lockwood)

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