I always loved books as a little girl - always wanted them for birthdays and Christmas when anyone asked. Our school also had a Public Library in the basement and I can remember the crisp new tickets we were issued - four yellow ones for fiction and two green ones for non-fiction. I used the yellow ones most. I adored The Bobbsey Twins and so did a boy in my class, therefore I had to rush down after school to make sure I got the book I wanted before he did! I also loved The Famous Five and all the other Enid Blyton books, such as Malory Towers and the adventures of a boy called Barney and his monkey, Miranda. Eventually, my friend's mother, who belonged to a Writers' Circle (I always imagined them sitting round a cauldron like witches!), gave me A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. I loved it and would sit up in bed and read it again and again. She also gave me The Magician's Nephew. Then, I borrowed The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe from my friend and didn't want to give it back! You'll be relieved that I bought one in the end with my pocket money, and there it is in the photo!
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