More old friends

The covers can’t reveal how much pleasure the stories inside have delivered to their readers, especially me. The book on the left is my oldest edition of Hans Christian Anderson’s complete stories. It’s a
Nelson’s Classic, cloth-covered and originally cost 1 shilling and sixpence, though I’m not sure when it was published. When I was a kid, I used to keep it under my pillow.

The Old, Old Fairy Tales‘ is a collection of French fairy tales, edited by ‘Mrs Valentine’. I think it’s a 19th century edition. It includes classics like Graciosa and Percinet by Madame D’Aulnoy, Prince Fatal and Prince Fortune by La Princesse De Beaumont and a swag of stories retold by Charles Perrault including Fortunatus and the Wishing Cap. Mmmmm…. lovely.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Every adult was once a child and the child inside them never completely disappears.”

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