First Published 1962 by Collins

First Edition. Click to enlarge
Collins 1962 First Edition
illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam

Old rivalries between Jim and Hookey flare up following the discovery of ruins beneath the sea. The result is a complex but delightful adventure of a sort quite normal for summer in Westling.

First edition: 135x200mm; red boards, silver blocking; 192pp; title page vignette and 16 line illustrations; map endpapers by Geoffrey Whittam.
Dustwrapper full colour picture of characters in boat; rear advertises The Outsider; cover price 12s 6d.

Other Editions:

The Children's Book Club c1963:
Blue boards, black lettering; map endpapers; no date.
Dustwrapper of Meryon diving to rescue a drowning sailor by Leslie Wood.
Children's Book Club edition. Click to enlarge
Children's Book Club dustwrapper
paperback cover. Click to enlarge
Girls Gone By edition
Girls Gone By Publishers October 2008:
A new paperback edition, with all the original text and illustrations.
The book has 51 pages of added material including a fascinating preface by Shelley Edwards. Again it is illustrated by family photographs. Shelley's articles alone are, in my opinion, worth the purchase price of the book !
There are two articles by Joy Wotton; one on the author and the other an introduction to the book; these are followed by and a short Publishing History by me.
Full colour cover from the original artwork by Geoffrey Whittam. The part of the picture which appears on the spine of the first edition is displayed on the back of the paperback.
There are 228 numbered pages. The map and and all the illustrations from the first edition are included. ISBN 978-1-84745-051-7
The book was available from the publishers for £12. inclusive of postage. (Now out of print)

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Text copyright John Allsup
Last updated August 2013