This is where Clarissa Cridland and Ann Mackie-Hunter come in.
A few years ago they started publishing paperback editions of some of the books which were very difficult to find in any edition, by authors such as Elinor Brent-Dyer. Works which, if found at all, would proved inordinately expensive to buy. And they issued them in their full, original, text for less than ten pounds. (Now £13 inc postage within UK since 1st April 2012*)
They named their concern Girls Gone By as at that time it seemed that most of the books would be School Stories aimed at girls.
The books, as many of you will know, are excellently produced: good paper, clear, original text, well bound with the original illustrations and in beautiful covers of the rare dustwrappers. Some have introductory notes about the books, but the main point is that for £13 you could buy and read the original story.
The books are available, until the print run runs out, direct from the publishers
or (even when 'out of print') from various dealers by post or at bookfairs, or shops.
Their list has increased steadily and now includes many important children's authors whose
books are ignored by main-stream publishers or have been altered so much that the original text is
a new experience for the reader.
In May 2005 they brought out their first Monica Edwards book
Storm Ahead. It was followed by No Entry
in November. Both contain extra material relevant to the story and
of interest to the reader of Monica's books.
Each one has an introduction to the author and her works and a publishing history of
the title with the other editions illustrated. Some have other articles.
The first fifteen of these books up to and including Spirit of Punchbowl Farm have a
Preface to each book, written by Monica Edwards' daughter,
Shelley, each written individually for the book and illustrated with family photographs.
Eleven years after their publishing the first M.E. paperback they are now up to their twenty-first, The White Riders, published in October 2016.
There remain only five titles from the main series which have not yet appeared in these special, valuable, editions with their unique extra material.
Which will be next ?
They have also published both of Brian Parks' guide-books to the two series.
The first, The Romney Marsh Companion, much rewritten and expanded since first self-published, became available in mid-summer 2006 .
The second volume - similarly expanded and revised, The Punchbowl Companion was published in April 2012.
Brian Parks' Biography of Monica Edwards was published in February 2010.
Details can be found on each book's page.
If ordering remember that these non-fiction titles are £16 inc postage within the UK * - as they are Band 'B' productions.
Another book which has interest for Monica Edwards' readers was published in 2013 by Girls Gone By. It is
Heroines on Horseback, by Jane Badger.
It is a study of the history of the Pony Story in children's literature from its beginnings and
includes a chapter on Monica Edwards. Other authors and many illustrators are
featured. For more information - see the link within the title and the Girls Gone by site.
The book is a 'Band B' production. These are a larger format than the novels and have a wealth of illustrations. It is the same price as the Monica Edwards Biography and Brian Parks' Guides.
For more information on these books, and to order them when published,
visit their site by clicking on their logo at the top of the page, or this link: www.ggbp.co.uk
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to:
* Titles thus indicated are still in print and can be obtained from the publishers at the time of updating - see date at bottom of page.