First Published 1958 by Collins

First edition. Click to enlarge
Collins 1958 First Edition
illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam

The story of a prize cow amidst the further modernisation of the farm. An exciting climax involves the Thornton's friends in Sussex.

First edition: dark green bds, silver blocking; 135x200mm; 254pp; title page vignette and 10 line illustrations; map ('version 2') by Charles Green after the title pages.
Dustwrapper rear advertises Strangers to the Marsh; cover price 10s 6d.

Other Editions:

Children's Book Club 1960:
Hardback, yellow boards, black lettering on spine; dustwrapper artwork as first edition except for missing publishers name; 'This Edition 1960' on rear of title page.
 a rather battered Children's Book Club edition wrapper
Children's Book Club edition
dustwrapper (torn)

Armada cover. Click to enlarge
Armada cover
Armada 1964:
Paperback; 157pp; cover by Peter Archer; all the original illustrations by Whittam; earlier map, 'version 1', not credited; Armada number C79; cover price 2/6.

Girls Gone By 2014:
New paperback edition; the full text and all the illustrations from the first edition,and 28 pages of additional material from William Morris, Brian Parks and Joy Wotton, and the Publishing History of the book kindly put together by Sarah Woodall from my notes.
Another attractive addition to the set, and available direct from the publishers for £13 including postage - unless overseas - for which please see their site.
ISBN: 978-1-84745-182-8; 190x130mm; 128pp.
Girls Gone By paperback 2014

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Last updated July 2014