Since so many of you loved BALLET SHOES like Lisa Mantchev and I did, I thought I would post this Noel Streatfeild update. Did you know a) Noel Streatfeild is a she? And b) she also wrote adult novels under the pen name Susan Scarlett, which have now been reprinted?
You can now order POPPIES FOR ENGLAND, MURDER WHILE YOU WORK, & CLOTHES-PEGS directly from the U.K. Three classic Streatfeild period pieces set in a seaside camp, a munitions factory, and the fashion industry, respectively.
I particularly like the publisher's description of CLOTHES PEGS as a tale of "camraderie, sustained by glasses of port and bromo-seltzers," whereas in MURDER WHILE YOU WORK, the most you can hope to look forward to is "fried spam for tea." Um, I'll have both, please!
How am I so learned? A tip-off from one of our very favorite librarians, Margaret Miles of the Wilmington, N.C. library. She directed us to this site for Greyladies, which Margaret calls
a publishing venture of
a secondhand children's bookshop in Edinburgh called The Old Children's
Bookshop (a name which, as an old child and devoted reader of old
children's books, I must pause to applaud). So far, they have reprinted three of the books Noel Streatfeild wrote under the pseudonym "Susan Scarlett."
Thank you Margaret Miles! Lisa Mantchev was so thrilled to hear about all of the above — and I've ordered my copies this morning. If anyone wants to borrow when I'm done, leave a comment below Now let the Noel Streatfeild/Susan Scarlett love flow…
By the way, just out of curiousity, if you had a pen name, what would it be? Kami and I were going to be Caroline March, once. And my friend Kari in middle school was going to be Jade Alexis Foster. Who would you be?