SUSAN, BILL AND THE BRIGHT STAR CIRCUS

First Published 1960 by Nelson

Illustrated by Terence R Freeman
First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (file size=38KB)
First edition wrapper
courtesy of Colin Harding
The seventh in the Susan and Bill series, and the first one illustrated by Terry Freeman.

Susan and Bill are given tickets to the Circus when it visits their home town. The experience prompts Bill into changing the name of their club and starting a Circus of their own.
A mysterious youth is discovered in the grounds of the hall, and the youngsters rapidly become involved in helping him to clear his name.
Jimmy plays an important role in this story, and Peter has his moment of triumph as well, with a cabbage !

First edition:
Red boards, black figuring: title, author and logo on front board; 122pp; colour frontispiece and seven b/w illustrations; dustwrapper picture wraps to include the spine; cp 6/-

Other editions:
White Lion edition wrapper. Click to enlarge (File size=35KB)
White Lion dustwrapper
courtesy of Steven Handy
White Lion 1973:
Hardback edition with dustwrapper; blue boards with gilt blocking; seven illustrations by T R Freeman with a b/w frontispiece; 121pp.

[For information on this edition, thanks to Steven Handy]

Inquerito, Lisbon c1960: as O Circo Ambulante
A Portuguese paperback edition; not dated; text illustrations by Terence Freeman; translated by Jose Parriera Alves; cover artwork not credited.
One of the series Aventuras de Susana e Guilherme

[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGarry]

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Mr Hawkins gets a surprise, thanks to Peter.

The frontispiece of the first edition by Terry Freeman

Colour frontispiece of first edition
'It hit the man in the face'


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