Favourite Books from the Sixties


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 Reading has always been a really important part of my life. From as early as I can remember, I have loved books and reading in general. As a young child in the sixties, I joined the Good Readers Circle and read books in order to gain points.These points eventually led to ‘prizes’, such as a silver looking badge, and a green leather shield.  I think there was also a book token or two to be had!

I galloped my way through all the children’s books of the time, such as:

  • Enid Blyton – The Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood, Famous Five series
  • Noel Streatfeild – Ballet Shoes
  • Laura Lee Hope – The Bobbsey Twins series

I also liked many other varied titles, especially as I was growing up, including:

  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

As I got older I didn’t read as much, I don’t know why.  Perhaps because we started to watch TV programmes.  The earliest ones from memory, apart from the wooden tops, and Andy Pandy, were Lost in Space, Dr Who and numerous cartoons.  I always found the ones where the cat chased the mouse and vice versa the funniest!  Pixie and Dixie and Mr Jinks.  Topcat, Snagglepuss, and Yogi Bear were also around at the time.

And there were comics and magazines if you were lucky enough to be bought one! Bunty, Diana, and then later on, Jackie. I remember dreaming of growing up and working in a book shop, or newsagent, and how wonderful it would be to be able to pick up and glance through any number of reading matter whenever you wanted. In fact, W H Smiths was my absolutely most favourite shop. If ever I was due any pocket money, or a birthday treat, that is where I would head. I could spend many an hour breathing in the wonderful smell of print, and looking at all the exciting titles on the shelves.  Even the smallest of books brought joy to my heart.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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