Guestbook Volume 4

From: Joyce
Posted on: Monday, November 07, 2005, 09:41 AM

Looks like it's me this time to say 'by hook or by crook, I'll be first in your book' and I don't have much to say apart from I didn't get to the Punchbowl over half term but will save that for the longer days and better weather. However, I noticed on Rye Town Diary some interesting events coming up including a slide show and talk about countryside around Rye. There's also a beach clear up on 3rd Dec (I think) with free soup! - I might try to go along to that. Best wishes - Joyce

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 06:41 PM

Just a note to say that the Lifeboat Memorial Service is being held on November 20th at 3.00pm at Rye Harbour Church. The Reverend Hugh Mosely will be conducting the service and he tells me that on the two previous years when he has attended, the weather has been beautiful each time - in stark contrast to the weather in 1928! It's advisable to be in the church by 2.30 at the latest. I shall be there - hope to see some other ME fans too. Brian

From: elizabeth williams
Posted on: Sunday, November 13, 2005, 11:01 PM

I'm probably noticing something which more observant people have remarked on before, but I just reread Spirit of Punchbowl Farm. Surely Chalice did not turn grey. Unlikely but perfectly probable I think,if 2 parents were carrying non grey genes. I notice that it was cheaper for 10 books than one copy of The Nightbird unabridged on ebay recently. Please -Girls Gone By -publish this one next so that I know what was misssing in my armada edition. I read it in 1962 but I've forgotten

From: Joyce
Posted on: Monday, November 14, 2005, 09:00 AM

Thanks very much Brian for posting message about the memorial service - I think I might try to attend. Elizabeth, I'd never really thought about Chalice's colour; hopefully someone can enlighten us. I remember I used to be very irritated about his nipping and almost cheered when Rissa smacked his nose! Like you, I would be really pleased to hold a copy of an unabridged The Nightbird. My collection is a motley affair of first editions, later editions but with full texts and illustrations and some Armadas, which I've been able to 'upgrade', apart from the Nightbird, so I'm also looking forward to GGB republication. Joyce

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 07:55 PM

Yes, JimDecks did say he could swim but later in the RM series told Tamzin that he couldn't and that it was best for a sailor to be unable to swim because that way you drown quicker. A good thing, he felt. There's an illustration in one of the books of Jim floating in the sea with a "life preserver" of bottles strung round his waist.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 07:36 AM

That was in "The Nightbird" and in the same book he would surely not have stood by helplessly when his son Jimmy was washed overboard if he had been able to swim. Brian.

From: Joyce
Posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 08:47 AM

Funny how the issue of Jim Decks being able to swim has bobbed up again(don't groan). For what it's worth, I think that Jim's claim to be able to swim in WFAP was something that ME changed her mind about in later books - it makes it more dramatically interesting if an old sea dog like Jim can't swim. Of course, he was probably also having a little boast in WFAP! Joyce

From: Joyce
Posted on: Friday, December 02, 2005, 04:34 PM

Having only a very tatty Armada No Entry I could until today only vaguely remember the missing bits of text and some of the illustrations in the original copy (lost back in the mists of time). Yes, I have today received the GGB publication of NE - really lovely and again enhanced by a new preface and background with photos. What a nice treat to come home to on a wet Friday night. Joyce

From: John
Posted on: Wednesday, December 07, 2005, 07:43 PM

Does anyone have a Collins edition of NO ENTRY with map endpapers ??? Or, THE NIGHTBIRD, or NO GOING BACK for that matter ? Mine have no maps, but are there any out there that do ? There are two we know of . . . Check your shelves . . .

From: Anne Rennard
Posted on: Sunday, December 11, 2005, 07:16 PM

Browsing through Vol 3 after a couple of years without looking at the site I found the ref erence to Harbour Farm . When I met Monica Edwards to collect the Siamese Kitten Soames we talked about Harbour Farm as Wewere staying in Rye and she gave me to understand that she had placed it where it actually is. It was most unprepossing I remember ( this was about 50 years ago) and she was disappointed to hear of this

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Monday, December 12, 2005, 08:05 PM

Harbour Farm (actually "The Farm") was started by the Saunders family in the early 20th century. It's still owned by the same family. I spoke to the present farmer at the Mary Stanford lifeboat service and he admitted to me that his family were the real-life Deeproses although they never owned cattle but were poultry farmers. Brian

From: John Allsup
Posted on: Friday, December 23, 2005, 06:52 AM

Just a short, special greeting to all readers/browsers: Have a lovely, peaceful and happy Christmas and here's looking forward to a whole New Year ahead, full of the usual mix of delight and despair. Don't let the latter hide the former ! With best wishes, John.

From: Catherine Preston
Posted on: Tuesday, December 27, 2005, 12:31 PM

Dear John I have a Collins first edition of THE NIGHTBIRD with map endpapers. What is its significance? My NO ENTRY & NO GOING BACK don't. Regards Catherine Preston

From: John
Posted on: Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 09:03 PM

Rats !! Many thanks for the reply, Catherine. The point is that the Family copies of these books have front end-papers which have the maps of Westling drawn by Geoffrey Whittam. My copies don't. Girls Gone By didn't put the map in their edition of 'No Entry' because theirs didn't either. So some firsts do have maps ! I shall have to rewrite some descriptions ! I might do a poll response to find out how many firsts were mapped.

From: margaret lee
Posted on: Tuesday, January 03, 2006, 11:41 AM

Wonderful site, well done and thank you for such a pleasurable experience.

From: Elizabeth Williams
Posted on: Sunday, January 08, 2006, 09:59 PM

I see that GGB are intending to publish Hidden in a Dream by the end of April

From: John
Posted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2006, 07:08 AM

Thanks for the tip, Elizabeth; I'll update the respective pages when I get time ! They also describe their new edition of Brian's 'Romney Marsh Companion', much revised and altered; hopefully due out by the end of June - see Links page or Girls Gone By page via index to find their site.

From: Robin Carmody
Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 01:55 AM

To clear up what somebody else said; although Richard Wright has also contributed to the Wikipedia entry for ME, I was the one who started it, albeit anonymously - there was nothing there on ME before I added a basic entry (with some POV that was rightly toned down by Richard; I hadn't quite grasped what Wikipedia is at the time). I didn't actually write the Times obituary (chance'd be a fine thing!) - I posted it on a newsgroup. Hope that clears everything up ...

From: Joyce
Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 09:13 AM

Talking of Richard, does anyone know what's happened to the Society site? I also tried to email something to Richard but it bounced back. BTW Robin, I had mentioned you in connection with the original Wikipedia entry (John was asking who the contributor might be) before Richard's version. I'm glad to know I wasn't completely barking up the wrong tree! Best wishes - Joyce

From: Lesley Cookman
Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2006, 12:09 PM

Wonderful site. I've just received several Westling books ordered from amazon, including No Entry and Storm Ahead from Girls Gone By, and it was through those I found your site. I believe I came across it in the early days, but when my computer died I lost all my bookmarks. Eventually, I hope to be able to replace the whole collection, including the Companion. Also delighted that my other favourite, Malcolm Saville, is one of yours, too. My all time favourite of his, and the first I read, was the Gay Dolphin, which I am now hunting for. Over the years, despite my efforts, I have only managed to keep a few of each author, but that was probably because when I was a child I read most of them from the library. Many congratulations. I'm just about to start on my own next book, and have a deep desire to set it on the Marsh.

From: Alison
Posted on: Wednesday, January11th 2006, 11.00 pm

I've just picked up a second copy of the original Puffin paperback version of White Riders. In good condition for reading. I don't need it - I already have one - so it's free to anyone who wants it. First come first served! My email address is (MISS OUT THE XX) Alison

From: Pearl Bishop
Posted on: Thursday, January 19, 2006, 08:42 PM

Delighted to be able to buy 'Storm Ahead' from 'Girls Gone By'. I now have a motley collection of most of the Tamsin books, some tattered paperbacks, but all re-read many times. Good to know there are others who enjoy Monica Edwards books still. Thanks for the links.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Saturday, January 21, 2006, 09:59 AM

Girls Gone By now have a new website and new address. It's at I don't know yet whether their email has changed too, but presumably they will stil be able to receive emails on the old one if they have changed it.

From: Joyce
Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 08:54 AM

Has anyone else tried Punchbowl site? I keep getting a 'bad gateway' message (sometimes get a brief glimpse of first page first)and email to RW didn't work either. Perhaps someone could let us know if it's temporarily down. Best wishes - Joyce

From: Joanna
Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 02:36 PM

Just missed e-bay copy of A Wind is Blowing at last minute to more experienced bidder. If buyer is by any chance a dealer and reading this, I still want it if profit margin not too silly!!

From: Richard Wright
Posted on: Saturday, January 28, 2006, 02:13 PM

Hallo John and all visitors... From the middle of January, becuase of problems with the host for the website, (the Society website) became unavailable. Worse, this means that the email address (info @, or anything else @...) isn't operating. I'm frantically trying to gain control of it and transfer it to my replacement host service. It hasn't been helped by the lack of response to the original host's email: it too has been cancelled as he's going out of business. "From the Punchbowl" is still operating and will continue to do so. The lack of a recent magazine is due to Work and Life getting in the way; I'm sure that the long-suffering members realise that anyway. Normal (website) service will be resumed as soon as possible, but for that I'm reliant on at least two oth

From: Richard Wright
Posted on: Saturday, January 28, 2006, 02:20 PM

Hmmm - the previous one got cut off in its prime. I'll resume as if nothing had happened: "others, whose priorities are different from mine. Apologies to all who have tried to visit and contact; please use the email address above for the moment and I'll post here again (thanks, John) when it's all up and running again. If it's not too late, a very Happy New Year to everyone. Richard."

From: Lynda Smith
Posted on Monday January 30th, 2006
I have just found your website, bought a copy of Storm Ahead today and ordered No Entry, and I'm so HAPPY! I have been a fan of Monica Edwards since reading the Armada books as a child in the 1960s, (I still have my wrecked copies - my children have also read them) and I despaired of ever owning a complete set of the books. It is wonderful that Girls Go By intend to republish all her work, and that there is now so much interest in her again. Lynda

From: Eugene B Sullivan
Posted on: Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 08:48 PM

Looking forwad to the Punchbowl Companion and to the Romney Marsh Companion

From: Sue Winn
Posted on: Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 12:46 PM

Glad to see there are so many Monica Edwards fans like me. The first book I read was 'Wish For A Pony', whilst still at school, and it probably remains my favourite.I've nearly managed to collect all of them now in H/B , but am starting again with all the 'Girls Gone By' series as they have the forwards and are unabridged. I am going to Rye in September, so will be able to see some of the places 'for real'. Can't wait! Does anyone need any of the books with the short stories in them? I have spare copies which can go for reasonable prices if you'd like to e-mail me.

From: Richard Wright
Posted on: Sunday, February 05, 2006, 01:08 PM

Following my message of the other day and a lot of hard work, hassle and a steep learning curve, is now back up and running and slightly updated. Even the email address works again. More work will be done the site today if I get the chance, and then I can get on with the backlog of postal mail and the next magazine... Someone did say that the government was about to introduce an extra 6 hours to every day, didn't they? Best wishes to everyone, Richard

From: Hannah
Posted on: Sunday, February 26, 2006, 03:52 PM

Does anyone know if any transcripts of Monica Edwards' books are available on gmail? Im only thinking of them as TEMPORARY SOLUTION to reading some of the really rare titles until the stars at GGBP publish the later books!

From: Julia Edwards
posted on: Saturday, March 4th 2006

I was visiting my father in January at my childhood home in Tenterden, Kent, and we made one of our regular visits to Rye and Rye Harbour. We walked around the Vicarage house, which seemed very closed, though there was a car outside. I wonder if there is any news of the family since the messages seen last year?
I saw a rather ancient video made by model railway enthusiasts some time ago, which included, to my astonishment, an amazing creation of a Rye Harbour railway staion, with lots of models of fishing huts and other familiar buildings beautifully produced!! Fictitious, of course, but this was fun to see. The man who created it knew the area well.
I enjoy visiting this site when I can. I've lived all over the world for years, with my family, and my visits to the real Monica Edwards landscapes in UK, and re-reading the books provide some much needed home comfort from time to time.
(transcribed from email JA)

From: Claire Lee
Posted on: Thursday, March 23, 2006, 05:47 PM

Just noticed Elizabeth Williams e mail on Chalice's colour. It is not unknown for Arabs to be born chestnut and turn grey but how quickly this happens varies in individuals. I have a friend who has a 3 Year Old filly who is still technically chestnut but is gradually turning lighter - the filly's 6 Y.O. dam is roan (rose grey to the non horsy) and her 10 Y.O. half uncle is grey (white as Tamzin would put it!)but has chestnut flecks in his coat.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Sunday, March 26, 2006, 08:45 AM

There is a superb interactive 360° view of the interior of Camber Castle at the Wild Rye website at The rest of the site is well worth a look, too. (By the way, zoom in closely on the two children playing in the Castle. Could that be...? No, surely not.... Tamzin and Diccon...?!).

From: Joyce
Posted on: Sunday, March 26, 2006, 06:46 PM

Had a look at wildry, but my internet explorer is badly in need of an upgrad, so I was able to see tantalising bits of the site and lots of blank spaces! I did manage to see a bit of the Camber Castle photo and saw a child in shorts - very 1960s-looking. It is a lovely site - what I saw of it - so off to PC World soon. Looking forward to RM Companion and the GGBP Hidden in A Dream (which I re-read recently). I also re-read Punchbowl Midnight and smiled when Tamzin and Lindsey talk about how nice it would be to be in two places at the same time... Joyce

Posted on: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 04:28 PM

I have a tatty but readable paperback copy of 'The Nightbird' going spare. Any offers?

Posted on: Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 12:35 PM

I recently found the website which has some great pictures of people and places of Monica Edwards 'Westling'. Has anyone else seen it?

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 09:22 PM

Wow Susan. My delight at seeing this site is tempered only by my sad news that Nanny Pat (one of the site's contributors) passed away at Christmas. I met her many times but she never showed me these wonderful pics. The real Jim Decks is the one in the ferryboat with the beard. His name....? Ahhhh, well you'll have to wait till late June to find out in the Romney Marsh Companion. But I will give you a sneak preview of his first name.... James (yes... really!) Brian

From: Helen
Posted on: Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 09:43 PM

How wonderful to find this site. My 2nd daughter (nearly 10) has just got into the books. My 1st (now 22) and I visited Rye Harbour some 10 years ago, when she was a fan and I am planning another trip with Olivia. I adored both series when I was young, though the Romney Marsh books had the edge.

From: Tamara
Posted on: Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 12:12 PM

I am looking for somebody who would be willing to let me read their copy of 'A Wind is Blowing'. I have never read this book and I am desperate to read it but so far everytime I have found it for sale it has been way beyond my means. If there is an owner near London (I don't mind travelling) who would be willing to lend me the book or if not let me come over and read the book (I know it is a really odd request) I would be forever grateful! Thanks.

From: Tamara
Posted on: Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 01:01 PM

Ignore my previous posting please. I have just found out you can read this book at the British Library in London but you have to have a readers pass which you can get when you go to the Library at 96 Euston Road. All you need is two pieces of identification, one with a signature and one with your address on it and then you can order the item and use the reading room.

From: Joyce
Posted on: Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 10:27 AM

I had a similar problem with The Wild One (I had a copy years ago)but read it at the British Library. In theory, a local library should be able to obtain books, which you then read in the library, but in my experience this just doesn't happen and one is forced to travel to the British Library. Mind you,it's a really nice way to spend the day. I think if you find out the shelf number you can order the book in advance - imagine if more than one ME fan turned up on spec on the same day! If your library plan falls through give me a shout - I live in North London and would lend you my copy if you get really desparate. Joyce

From: John
Posted on: Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 08:35 PM

If this helps: EDWARDS, Monica.: A wind is blowing.. London: Collins, 1969.. pp. 159. 21 cm.. Collection; Humanities; Shelfmark: Nov.14220. This is from the British Library catalogue . . . Good Luck !

Posted on: Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:03 AM

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:10 AM

Re my email from last year: Having been away from home since Christmas I have only just managed to get to grips with the huge pile of mail behind my front door. The good news is that I found a Christmas card from Jonothan Bosher of the Old Vicarage at Rye Harbour. It appeared to have been signed by him - at least the writing looked like his - so it appears that he has made some recovery. I will be writing him a belated letter and if I have any news that might be of interest to ME fans I will pass it on. Jonathon and Wanda were always very interested in the ME connection, having met the lady once when their children were small.

From: Henrietta
Posted on: Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:56 AM

Just waffling - Has anyone else noticed how many Tamzin/Tamsins there are around at the moment? Mostly in their 20s. We also have a Clarissa just started work in the office - I long to ask her if her mother was an ME fan and if they call her Rissa at home. (Yes, I know, she's probably called after the Richardson one which was serialised on television about 20 years ago!) I don't ask as she'd probably think I was quite mad. And ME has a lot to answer for - I ended up in hospital with a bad concussion recently after a fall off my horse. A horse I probably never would have aspired to if it hadn't been for the books.

From: Deborah Upton
Posted on: Saturday, April 22, 2006, 12:48 PM

I have really enjoyed this site, and came across it when looking for the books on the internet. I read some as a child (about 25 years ago) from the library but have always realised that there must be more (yes it was small library), so decided to investigate. I found the "Places" particularly interesting, as I am moving to Kent next month, and I shall be sure to visit them!

From: Roz Goodwin-Skinner
Posted on: Monday, May 01, 2006, 08:30 PM

Enjoyed commentry about books. Some times in Amazon u do not get commentry, was nice to know what u were going 2 read if u bought. Enjoyed seeing Tamzin's house. Enjoying knowing where Westling is. Thanks!

From: Elisabeth Meakin
Posted on: Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 08:31 PM

Surprised and delighted to discover that I am not alone in being completed addicted to ME's books. I wrote to her years ago and had a delightful reply. I am missing one book from my collection..Operation Seabird.

From: Margaret Brown
Posted on: Fri, 12 May 2006 21:24

Hi everyone. Just browsed the guestbook for the first time. All my class (or almost all) joined the Foyle's Children's Book Club in the very early 60s. Everyone else received something different; I got Operation Seabird and have been hooked ever since. Thanks to Peakirk Books, where I do data entry once a week, I now have a complete set of hardbacks, including the non-fiction Punchbowl Farm ones. Hoping one day to add all the stories published in other collections; one can dream!
By the way my maiden name is Edwards and when I received my first CBC book everyone said it was meant! And my father was a clergyman (not C of E tho).

From: Harriet
Posted on: Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 08:00 am
First, sad but true, u've made a good move in making the guest book less accessable!
Am moving house soon and desperatly want to protect my books - Collins, CBC, GGPP editions - from damage (and hopefully not lose any, last time it was a 1st Ed of Storm Ahead, sorry but it still hurts!!), anyway to get back to the point does anyone know where I can get hold of protective covers to fit them? All help gratefully received!!
Thanks Harriet x

From: Joyce Bailey
Posted on: Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 09:46 am
I'm looking forward to receiving Hidden in A Dream (one of my Romney Marsh favourites), which I have ordered along with Romney Marsh Companion (can't wait for that). Guestbook much improved without boring spam. Harriet, whenever a ME book has been sent to me in the post it's always been bubble wrapped inside a jiffy bag. I think if you were to place each book inside a jiffy bag that should protect them. Why is it always the most precious books that get lost, nicked, damaged! Joyce

From: John
Posted on: Friday, May 19th 2006, 07:55 am
Hi Harriet. Plastic sandwich bags are useful for temporary protection of books before placing them in padded envelopes as Joyce suggests; keeps them clean and prevents tearing, scuffing and damp damage.
Always put the books in SMALL boxes for moving - they're heavy items and can squash each other, small ones suffer less if dropped !
I cover all my dustwrappers with a plastic NON-ADHESIVE (!) film which simply folds around the wrapper. I get it in rolls, plain or 'orange peel' texture and this keeps the wrappers clean on the shelf and prevents the wear getting worse. It makes it easier to remove books from the shelves. Sold by various dealers and available at some bookfairs from some dealers. Hope that this helps.
Have a safe and happy move,
Cheers, John

From: Joyce Bailey
Posted on: Thursday, 25 May 2006 08:07 am
Have received my copy of HIAD from GGB. I'm very pleased to have this with the original cover illustration and wonderful preface by Shelley Edwards. Don't know if this will be of interest to you, Brian, but while wasting a lot of time on the internet (putting off real work) saw that the BBC are putting BBC programme catalogues on their site. One of the radio programmes listed is The Countryside in Summer - seems that ME was featured on 30.6.1987 (prog recorded day before), talking about badgers. Frustratingly the prog isn't available as a download; but just thought you might be interested (if you didn't know already!) Joyce

From: Elizabeth Williams
Posted on: Sat, 27 May 2006 09:04
It seems to me that prices for unabridged editions of most ME books are dropping on ebay (not, unfortunately, Spirit and Nightbird, which are the two I need to complete my collection). It's worth looking, especially if you don't mind the abridged Armadas.

From: Margaret Gill
Posted on: Fri, 9 June 2006 07:15
For info [and I expect you’ve heard it from others but in case not] the unacknowledged jacket illustrator of the Collins Junior Fontana ‘Cargo of horses’ must be Shirley Hughes. Her style is unmistakeable, and probably collectable in itself.
Thanks for the information about abridged editions. It gives me an excuse for replacing my disintegrating Armadas with GGBP copies.

From: Joyce Bailey
Posted on: Friday 16 Jun 2006 08:10
Romney Marsh Companion cover looks great. Really clever design. I stared at it, thinking there was something familiar about the figures, then a quick check on my Monica Edwards shelf confirmed where they came from. Looking forward to receiving my copy. Best wishes - Joyce

From: John
Wait till you see the back !

From: Claire Lee
Posted on: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 19:01
Firstly how sad to see that you've had to resort to this to avoid abuse of the original guest book.
Are you able to say what order GGB are re publishing the books in? I saw on one website that this was picking up where Goodchilds left off however Goodchilds published Hidden in a Dream which has just been published by GGB - I've ordered a copy and I already have the Goodchild version so will be able to tell you if the latter has been abridged as it doesn't say on your website.
I have just recently managed to get copies of The Hoodwinkers and Operation Seabird - the former came all the way from Australia and it was nice to think of it coming half way round the world back to Guildford - only a few miles from Monica's home.
Only 'A Wind is Blowing' and 'The Wild One' left to go...both very elusive though ...

From: John
The GGBP editions appear to be being produced more or less in order, but although I knew before it became public that the next was to be 'The Nightbird', I don't have a clue as to what's next . . .

From:Brian Parks
Posted on: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 14:18
I've just had an email from Jo Kirkham to say that the Bygone Rye Harbour booklet is now being republished with the help of the newly formed Rye Harbour Heritage group. It is a revised, updated and illustrated version.
It costs £5 - with £1.50 p & p. The proceeds are to go to Thomas Peacocke Community College Library to buy books and to Rye Harbour Heritage.
They can be obtained from Thomas Peacocke Community College, The Grove , Rye, TN 31 7NQ - but the request to be c/o Mrs J Kirkham.
Cheques to be made payable to "Thomas Peacocke Community College Local History Group"

Email: <> Posted on: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 07:23
Does anyone have the Chivers 'New Portway' edition of Operation Seabird with dustwrapper or pictorial boards ?
I would like to add details, but have been unable to find a copy. Help !!
Cheers, John

Posted on: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 20:51
On the Rye Website there is an account of the Mary Stanford disaster with comments by relatives of the lifeboat men and others including some by Mrs Newton, ME's mother.

From:Jill Carey
(email provided)
Posted on: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 15:58
I loved ME's books as a child but have only recently got into collecting them. I am not doing too badly, but the first two I bought were the Armada copies of "No Entry" and "Cargo of Horses". Now these books do not match the rest of my collection, which are either expensive firsts or the fab GGBP editions. So if anyone on here doesn't have them and would like them as reading copies, I'd be happy to post them to you free of charge.
Finally, I haven't yet got any of the "Punchbowl Farm" books as my original intention was just to collect the "Romney Marsh" books. Does anyone know which of the "Punchbowl" titles are cross-over books?
Thanks everyone and happy hunting!

Posted on: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 06:45
As they say: 'Off the top of my head':
Tamzin appears in 'Punchbowl Midnight', there's 'Storm Ahead' of course, then the Farm characters call on their friends again at the end of 'The Cownappers'. The characters all join up at Punchbowl Farm in 'The Outsider' and Roger and Rissa stay at the farm for 'Fire in the Punchbowl' and for the start, at least, of 'The Wild One'. Is that it ?
Have I forgotten any ?
Cheers, John

From:Joyce Bailey
Posted on: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 08:39
Further to Henrietta's message, there's the official report on the Rye Harbour web site and I have just been having a fascinated look at the web site on which is a wealth of photos and reports about the funeral service from the parish magazine. Joyce

From:Julia Edwards
Posted on: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 07:58
Interested to see the recent additions to the Rye Harbour site with the funeral pictures. I found the attached site, which I am sure others have too, but it has interesting info about the stained glass window in Winchelsea. I know the area well, having grown up in nearby Tenterden (Kent), as well as being an ME fan, but although I still visit the area regularly have never seen this. A must next time.
Also, this page gives info about the rescue ship going out to the Alice of Riga. I lived in Riga, Latvia from 2002/04. Intrigued.
The site is at
when you get to the site you need to click on the Mary Stanford tab.
all the best, Julia

From:Julia Edwards
Posted on: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 09:00
Further to my posting about the boat 'Alice' that the Mary Stanford went to rescue a few days ago, I did some more searches and found this link which gives lyrics to a song written about the disaster. I am sure some others have seen it, if so, apologies:

From: Alison Phillips
Posted on: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:16:39
some time ago you were kind enough to say it would be Ok to put a message on your site when I was listing Monica Edwards books on ebay, in the hope they would find good new homes with real fans rather than dealers.. it has taken me some time to do this...mainly as I don't really want to...but here goes:
now listed are, all in hb: with dustjackets: The Outsider, Strangers to the Marsh (1st Ed); No Going Back; The Hoodwinkers; The Midnight Horse: without djs Frenchman's Secret; No Entry; Wish for a Pony; The Summer of the Great Secret: No Mistaking Corker and a paperback 1st ed of Storm Ahead. Prices start at £3.
If anyone would like to look my ebay name is wolfiewolf01 (sorry I can't do snazzy computer links) and the listings run until Thursday July 27.
I also have lots of Armada paperbacks, which are in varying condition due to being well read and loved: but all are complete and some are 1960s unabridged editions. If anyone is looking for a particular book they can email me privately at
These are only for sale as I am trying to fund my daughter's sporting career, which gets ever more costly as she gets better, travels further for competing and needs more coaching!

From: Elizabeth Williams
Posted on: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 14:54
Hi, I read in the Guardian that there has been a really bad heath fire on Thursley common. I hope that none of the places in the Punchbowl books have been affected.
Elizabeth Williams

From: John
Posted on: Fri 28 Jul 06:15
The new full text paperback edition of The Nightbird and Brian's expanded and revised Monica Edwards' Romney Marsh Companion are now available to order from the publishers at the Girl Gone By site.

From: Brian Parks
Posted on: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 08:24
I've just had an email from Girls Gone By to say that my Romney Marsh Companion is now published so everyone should receive their pre-ordered copies very shortly. And if you DIDN'T pre-order.......


From: John
Posted on: Fri 28 Jul 21:7
I did, and I'm holding my breath until it arrives . . .

From: John
Posted on: Sat 29 Jul 18:45
I bumped into ME's grandson while out shopping this morning and he was repeating Elizabeth's concerns about the fire on Thursley Common. For more detail try this site:

From: Helen Byrne
Posted on: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 13:26
I have read and loved Monica Edwards books since I was about 12 (I'm now in my sixties) I"ve only just discovered these web sites. The wonders of modern technology. keep up the good work, I'll be back

Ooops, just discovered this email - while searching for another one !! - note sent date ! -

From: Georgina Fletcher
Posted on: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 21:36
Dear John, I have just read your web site info and thank you very much. I found yourwebsite 6 months ago and would just like to say a big thank you.
I started reading ME when I was little and assumed that the 7 books I had read and owned, were the only ones in the Romney Marsh Series. Your info put me in touch with GGBP and I have happily enlarged my collection. I only wished to READ them - I am not into collecting the musty old tomes or those which can break the bank and are the ones I have never read!! These expensive ones are the ones I never knew existed as I only read (and owned) up to "No Going Back" and assumed the story ended there. How wonderful to discover I was wrong!!!
I have not looked at your website for a while but wanted to let you know that when you said no more copies of certain titles available-that there are some which, published by GGBP are still popping up on Ebay-especially Storm Ahead. Perhaps you could update your website with this information. It would be nice to know that someone else could benefit from it. And you are right-the prices are going up.
Georgina Fletcher

From: Jill Carey
Posted on: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 14:46
just noticed there's a copy of "the wild one" which is way out of my budget on - if anyone needs this for their collection and has £600 more than i do, go for it!!

From: Ros Myers
Posted on: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 18:42
I have only just discovered GGB books and all that follows them. I thought that I was the only one whom Monica Edwards exerted such influence on in younger days! Even my plant knowlege stems from some of her books.
I do have lots of photographs of the Harbour dated 1960 which we took when visiting. It was very un- tourist then with an old railway carriage which served tea by a rather cross lady. All gone now, under the modern ex-Life Boat office building, now a private house.
Is Brian Parks "Punchbowl Companion" still available? I would love to obtain one.
Am fascinated by the Guestbook. All those fans out there....wonderful.
Ros Myers.

From: John
Posted on: Thurs, 10 Aug 2006 09:05
Thanks, Ros, for your message. I have been delighted to find how many people still bear the books in fond memory. And how many were influenced in some way by them. I did once start to make a list of Guestbook contributors . . surely there must be several hundred by now. Certainly there are many more than to the Malcolm Saville site, which is still on its first book !
GGB are going to reissue an updated and expanded 'Punchbowl Companion'. However, I don't know when. Maybe they'll wait until they reprint the Farm series ? You can email them with a question, just follow the links from this site. Let us know what the response is, please, as I'm sure others will be interested.
Cheers, John

From: Rachael Newson
Posted on: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 22:13:48
I was idly browsing the internet when I came across your wonderful site. I grew up in Rye during the 1980's, and collected and read all of the Romney Marsh series and the Punchbowl series as a child. I had to scour jumble sales and charity shops for the Armada paperback editions and read them until they fell apart. I wrote to Armada when I was about 11 asking why they had stopped publishing these wonderful books and was told that they felt they had no appeal for the modern child and teenager. What rubbish, my best friend and I adored them and we were both very modern. We listened to Duran Duran!

My Mum, who still lives in Rye, was clearing out her attic and found my old Seagull Library Edition of 'No Mistaking Corker.' This led to my internet journey and to your website. A little browsing made me realise that I will have to spend a small fortune replacing these books but it will be worth it.

I was very lonely and unhappy when I first moved to Rye and left my friends behind in Tenterden, but Monica Edwards' books made Rye seem romantic and exciting, and I loved it that I knew the area and could regconise the places she wrote about.

I am looking forward to rereading the books and to reading them to my children who will also recognise the places in the books from their visits to their Grandma.

Rachael Newson

From: Catherine Preston
Posted on: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 08:16
Just to say that I still have a box of various duplicate titles, all in hardback, all in good condition, some with dustwrappers. I don't want to sell them on e bay, but also it seems silly to keep them in a box for years if there are people are out there who would treasure them.
Please e mail me on ##### if interested. The last time I posted an e mail on the guestbook I ended up having a very interesting e mail correspondence with a lady on the other side of the world!

From: Hannah Robins
Posted on: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 17:07
John & friends

I was a fan of ME pony books throughout my reading childhood, felt she well outclassed the Pullien Thompson's et al.
When I started to get too old for them (a temporary phenomenon) my mother bought me a second hand hardback edition of The Cats of Punchbowl Farm (it was being retired by the Boots library). I got to know the book very well, and always loved it. I picked it out to reread following the miraculous return of my shy stay at home cat who had been missing for 7 weeks, remembering ME's tales of cats going missing and sometimes returning: in particular Mr Forsyte/Old Force before he was accepted as an extra kitten-father by Hula ('This Gingerbread fellow, perhaps he could trigger off this family business, where Force himself seemed somehow to have lost the knack, but once the children had arrived he was quite hopeless. Fathers - the real thing - were born not made, it seemed, and it was just as well for the kittens that someone in the house had the instinct for proper fathering').
Decided to Google and found your lovely site through I was especially interested in the biography. On rereading the book I was struck by how well she uses English! how we benefited in the fifties and sixties from 'writing being the only thing that she could do'.
Great to see your correspondent who was the one who received Mr Forsyte's son Soames, as referred to in the book.

So thought I should like to contribute to your Guestbook. Thank you for setting up this lovely site.


From: Rosemary Hall
Posted on: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 12:01
I don’t know if you saw that in the Daily Mail for September 15th 2006, in the column “What book are you reading now?” Pam Ayres was asked what book “first gave you the reading bug – Just William and “Wish for a pony” by Monica Edwards –“This was the perfect book for a nine-year old pony-mad girl” I had better not quote it, as, though it is only a brief mention, it will be copyright, but it was nice to see the book mentioned.
I love your website – the photographs of the book covers are delightful. It sent me back to re-reading some of those books – starting with those republished by Girls Gone By, then buying second hand Armada copies of “Spirit of Punchbowl Farm,” and “The Wanderer.” The books were great favourites when I was a child – I have retained, as an adult, a fondness for children’s books, but they have tended to be what are now called “cross-over” books – those like Philip Pullman or David Almond (or the equivalents in my time, Richard Adams or Leon Garfield) which, though children’s books, are obviously of interest to both adults and children. I tended to dismiss altogether books like the Punchbowl Farm or Romney March series. I can see that they did not have the quality of some of the more literary children’s books, such as those of Robert Westall or Nina Bawden –though these were written slightly later, so the comparison is rather unfair. But the characterisation is well done and there is a real sense of responsibility undertaken by the children. I think that “Spirit” is very good indeed – the time slip idea lightly sketched. It is interesting to see how you see that attitudes which are considered suitable for children’s books have changed so radically. I think of the way the deaths in the storm are treated in “Storm ahead” – and the class issue in some of the books, which would be treated differently now.

From: Alison Harvey
Posted on: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 18:10
Thrilled to bits - my copy of The Nightbird arrived today! One question though – will I find any differences between it and my old Armada paperback? I’m sure I’ve seen somewhere that the Armada version was cut?

From: John
Posted on: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 20:37
Yes, Alison, there will be sections 'expanded' full of the detail of normal life in Westling whch was omitted when Armada reduced the book's length for the paperback edition. You'll enjoy it, I'm sure,

From: Jean Sylvester
Posted on: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 19:55
My copy of the Nightbird arrived today in Australia. I did not realise I had never read the full version (only having access to the Armada paperback before). What a delight!!! Whole chunks of text that did not appear in the abridged version. Well done Girls Gone By and which title will they print next???
Jean Sylvester

From: Joyce Bailey
Posted on: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 07:14
Years ago I used to borrow over and over an original unabridged Nightbird from the library. Then in more recent years I bought a rather jaundiced-looking Armada copy: reading and re-reading this was always an odd experience because though I could sense where 'something' was missing my memory couldn't retrieve those passages or the two missing illustrations.
Now, thanks to my lovely new copy from GGB, the blanks have been filled in - all those details excised by Armada give the story such a rich texture. I found the preface very moving, and enjoyed the background notes and publishing history. Excellent.
PS What's next?!

From: John
Posted on: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 12:46
Keep your eyes open for an announcement by Girls Gone By but I suspect that it will be Operation Seabird.
If that's the case - Help ! anyone got a copy of the Chivers - New Portway edition ?


From: Sue Winn
Posted on: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 06:52
Has anyone else seen the amount of ME books there are for sale on E-Bay? There are even some of the rarer titles available at very reasonable prices.
Well done GGB for pushing the prices down by re-printing the whole series!


From: Jo Turner
Posted on: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 21:04:48
I can’t believe how excited I am to find your website (and the others!!) about Monica Edwards. Really! I would be jumping up and down if the computer would let me, but sadly is not made to do it. You have probably heard that many people are pleased for various reasons, but it never occurred to me that there would be other people like me who find her books fascinating!! I shall check out the rest of your Guestbook (soon!) but I just wanted to share why I am so very excited.
Firstly, let me introduce myself.
My name is Joanna and by good fortune was born in England not so many (!!) years ago. By good fortune I mean that my mother had me before she decided to up and leave to Australia, and thankfully took many books with her. Apparently as a child I was quite a nuisance at one stage, because no one was sure what to do with a child who had a reading age four years in advance of her age! Come to think of it, I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t read and some of my earliest memories start about age five. Anyway, I knew what to do – read!! And this usually entailed prowling through my mother’s copious collections of books, of which I found a whole selection by Monica Edwards. Who wouldn’t love to read about the amazing adventures of Tamzin and co, well so I thought. I also spent many a day happily searching through piles of boxes, searching for more of her books which I knew must be there somewhere. Sadly, my mother did not have all of them, and the search has since continued to the present day, albeit left in a corner until I realized the wonderful world of the web! Some years back, I visited England and did copious searching through bookshops, but never resulted in what I have started to find now on the net.
So there is my story. I am also so very excited to hear that the GGBP are publishing them all eventually!! I will look forward to reading the expensive books that have eluded me for so long: Killer dog (currently watching one on ebay), No Going Back (ferociously bidding for on ebay), Operation Seabird (haven’t found one listed for less than US$100.00). And finding out there are even more (I had a quick look at The society page – how exciting!!).
I have found your web site wonderfully informative and am now planning on the budget required to find all these wonderful books!!
Keep up the wonderful work
Joanna Turner
Qld Australia