First Published 1953 by Collins

First edition d/w.
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Collins 1953
First Edition
illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam

Set around Rye Harbour, Sussex. Lindsey Thornton from Punchbowl Farm joins Tamzin at her home.

A great storm blows up, described in chilling detail from the author's own experience, and the village rally round to protect themselves and to help those in peril.

First edition red boards with gold lettering on spine; 135x200mm; map endpapers; 190pp; illustrated by 4 full and 6 half-page drawings, plus title page vignette and 4 text vignettes.
Dustwrapper rear has 'Other Books by Monica Edwards' and lists Spirit of Punchbowl Farm, Hidden in a Dream, Cargo of Horses and Black Hunting Whip, with a 3 or 4 line quote for each from various publications; the rear is a subscription form for Collins Magazine; cover price 8s 6d. net.

Reprinted/New edition 1955: The same size as the first edition:, but with red boards and black blocking..
The rear of the title page states:

First published 1953
This edition 1955
The dustwrapper differs from the first: the rear flap lists four of the Romney Marsh stories, and the back panel lists four Farm: The Wanderer, Punchbowl Midnight, Spirit of Punchbowl Farm and Black Hunting Whip each with a short quote from a journal/newspaper.
The cover price is 5/- net.
[This presumably is the one referred to as the '6/- edition' on Monica Edwards' list.]

Other Editions:

Waldstatt Verlag 1956:
Hardback with dustwrapper; as Der alte Jim und seine Jungens.

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Puffin 1957 cover
Puffin 1957:
Paperback edition with new wrap-around cover by Geoffrey Whittam; 206pp; original illustrations; Puffin Story Book No. 106; cover price 3/-.

Armada 1967
[This is listed in Monica Edwards' papers, but has not been seen. The Puffin edition is not listed, so it is presumably an error of publisher. JA]

Girls Gone By 2005:
Published July 2005.
A new paperback impression using the full text and the Geoffrey Whittam map and illustrations of the original book; 19x13mm (7.5x5 inches); 228pp; full colour cover reproducing the front of the first edition wrapper; the rear plain blue with the first edition spine illustrated to the left of a story summary originally printed inside the front flap of the dustwrapper.
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Girls Gone By edition
A preface by Shelley, Monica's daughter and role model for both Tamzin and Lindsey introduces the book. It is illustrated by four family photographs taken at the farm.
This is followed by a twenty-five page introduction to the author, the places and the books of Monica Edwards by Joy Wotton. This is also illustrated throughout with photographs.
On page 42 Storm Ahead begins, with Geoffrey Whittam's map. Oddly his credit is removed from the title page. However, this is the only omission as the book is as written and first published; nothing missing.
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rear cover
It is a lovely book and will be a delight for those many who have been unable to get hold of a copy of this title.
ISBN 1-904417-93-9; Published at £9.99, including postage, from the publishers. (Now out of print)

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Last updated August 2013