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Take one book – a 1965 Puffin paperback of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Pages well tanned, covers worn, spine well-creased and starting to fall apart – it’s my well-loved edition I had as a child.  The painting on the front is by Shirley Hughes.

Then I opened the front cover and found this …

I loved playing Libraries as a kid.  Obviously no-one took this particular book out of my library, as I’ve not used my date stamper.  See how the newer paper of the insert has not discoloured.  We moved from Coulsdon to South Croydon in 1970, but I think the library ticket must have been inserted before then.  The address on the left doesn’t look like my writing though … a mystery!

Did you ever play libraries as a child?

It is a book I’d love to re-read though, but I shall use my new copy kindly sent by the OUP, as my old one is so falling apart.

To buy from Amazon.co.uk, click below:
The Secret Garden (Oxford World’s Classics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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