First Published 1956 by Newnes

First Edition dustwrapper.  Click to enlarge
First Edition wrapper by Charles Wood
Not Illustrated

Set in Shropshire, the Lone Piners battle against the theft of trees from the new Forestry on the Long Mynd.

First edition: light tan boards, with red blocking, tree on front board; top page edges red; map endpapers; no illustrations; 247pp; d/w by Charles Wood; cp 10/6.

Reprinted 1967: light tan cloth and red blocking as first edition. Dustwrapper varies in that there is a portrait of author on the rear flap.
A variant I have seen has very pale cloth - almost cream, and has gilt lettering on the spine only. The front board is blank - no lettering or logo.

Other Editions:

first Armada cover. Click to enlarge (File size=25KB)
first Armada edition
Armada 1964:
Paperback edition; map; no illustrations; 190pp; cover credited to Peter Archer; Armada number C86; cp 2/6.

Re-issued 1969: new cover picture, not credited; new Armada number C292; cp dual ' 2/6 12½p'.

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second Armada edition

Goodchild edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Goodchild edition dustwrapper
by Gordon King
Goodchild 1986:
revised hardback edition; black cloth with gold blocking on the spine; 192pp; no map; no illustrations; dustwrapper by Gordon King; ISBN 0-86391-037-8.

Girls Gone By 2010:
Mary Cadogan's introduction is followed by a brief article on the author by Mark O'Hanlon and the book's publishing history, illustrated by covers of the different editions and an illustration from the Spanish edition.

The story is reproduced in the full text of the first edition. Although there are no illustrations, as in the original, the map is included as are the two variant forewords which appeared in some later editions.
The beautiful dustwapper is reproduced in full as a wrap around cover - as can be seen in the enlarged image from the thumbnail (right). This has meant that the publisher's 'blurb' from the front flap - normally reproduced on the rear cover of the Girls Gone By editions, now appears as one of the appendices.
A lovely book - a classic and well produced; 274 pages; published at £12 including postage from the publishers. ISBN 978-1-84745-085-2
(N.B. This edition is now out of print.)

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Girls Gone By
edition 2010

Foreign Editions:
Molino 1966: as Aventura del Arbol de Navidad
Translation by M L Pol de Ramirez.
Hardback edition, with text illustrations by Carrillo.
There is an attractive pictorial cover by Badia Camps which is repeated on the dustwrapper.
[For information on this edition, thanks to Mike McGary]
Spanish dustwrapper. Click to enlarge
Spanish dustwrapper
Courtesy of Mike McGarry

Reported but not confirmed: Nyt Nordisk Bok 19??: Danish or Swedish translation; book club edn.

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