MAN WITH THREE FINGERS

First Published 1966 by Newnes

first edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=34KB)
first edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Richard Griffiths
Illustrated by Michael Whittlesea

The 16th book in the Lone Pine series.

Tom Ingles is getting restless with the life on the farm. He longs for the coffee bar life, motor cycles and working for a living, like his new friend Ned, a lorry driver from Shrewsbury.
Tom's new ideas make Jenny feel rather estranged, but a violent crime leads to an adventure which binds the pair even closer.

First edition: green boards with gold blocking, tree front board; top page edges not coloured; 130x190mm; 183pp; map endpapers; 13 chapter head illustrations. Dustwrapper picture full colour, by Michael Whittlesea.

Other Editions:

Collins edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=26KB)
Collins edition dustwrapper
courtesy of Steven Handy
Collins 1969:
revised hardback; with dustwrapper; green boards with gold blocking on spine; 192pp; one map after contents page; cover illustration not credited; cp 12s 6d.
[For information on this edition, thanks to Steven Handy]

Armada 1971:
Paperback edition; revised (Collins 1969 revision); 191pp; map redrawn but only lettering changed; no illustrations; Armada number C454; cp 20p.
Reprinted 1974: cp 30p; 1977: cp 45p.
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Armada cover

Collins Budget Edition.  Click to enlarge
Collins Budget edition cover
Collins Budget 1971:
Hardback edition; 123x188mm; pictorial boards; 191pp; one map; ISBN No. 0-00-160223-3; no cover price.

Girls Gone By 2013:
New paperback edition, using the original text and illustrations and with extra material.
130x190mm; 264pp; ISBN 978-1-84745-169-9; no cover price - but available (2013) direct from the publishers for £13 inc postage within the UK - see their site via Links above.

The cover reproduces original wrapper artwork by Michael Whittlesea on the front and the spine continuation on the back. The 'blurb' from the original front flap is reproduced on the back cover.
Additional material includes introductions by Tony Gillam and Mark O'Hanlon, publishing history, by me, additional notes on The Malcolm Saville Society and related topics by Laura Hicks, and notes on the text by Sarahs Mash and Woodall.

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cover of
new paperback edn
Girls Gone By 2013

Foreign editions:

? Bonnier 1956: Swedish translation. - mentioned to Mark O'Hanlon, but not confirmed.

Molino 1970:
Spanish translation as 'El Hombre De Los Tres Dedos'.
Hardback with pictorial boards and dustwrapper with the same design; 195x135mm; 200pp; translation by M. Giménez; eight full page illustrations in black and white by José Ma Bea; pictorial endpapers of two children reading.
The dustwrapper and front board illustration is a full colour painting of a boy lying beside a road where a lorry robbery is taking place; painted by Badía-Camps. The rear board shows the Club membership document signed by the members and buried in the tin under the Lone Pine.
the Spanish wrapper. Click to enlarge
Spanish edition dustwrapper
by Badía-Camps
Molino 1970


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