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Margot Pardoe

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Margot Pardoe (1902-1996)
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Titles to Look Out For:
[in order of publication date]
1945. Bunkle Bought It
1948. Bunkle & Belinda

About the Author:
Born in 1902, Margot Pardoe only started writing after marrying John Swift (she had spent time training as an opera singer in Paris). Margot Pardoe published her first book in 1936 called 'The Far Island'.

The author's Bunkle character, around who 12 books were published, was called Bunkle by his brother Robin and sister Jill (de Salis) because he talked a lot of bunk. The books proved so popular with young people in Britain that 'Four Plus Bunkle', 'Bunkle Began It' and 'Bunkle Butts In' were adapted for radio and made Bunkle one of the most popular features of Children's Hour.

Whilst the author wrote two other series of books in the 1940s and 1950s, and additionally two thrillers, it was a Bunkle book that capped the author's literary career. 'Bunkle Brings It Off' was published in 1961.

Margot Pardoe died in 1996

On Amazon:
Pardoe, Margot. 'Bunkle Bought It', published in 1949 by Routledge & Kegan Paul, in hardback with dustjacket, 228pp. Condition: dustjacket is tatty, but in one piece with rips & little bits missing at the edges. Internally the book is clean & readable & fully intact. Price: £78.00, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1949, Routledge & Kegan Paul, hbk
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  • Bunkle Bought It [top]
    First published in 1945 in Great Britain by Routledge & Kegan Paul in hardback
    Reprinted in 1946 in Great Britain by Routledge & Kegan Paul in hardback
    Reprinted for a second time in 1949 in Great Britain by Routledge & Kegan Paul, with dustjacket, 228pp, No ISBN. Original UK retail price: 7s. 6d. net (7 shillings & sixpence)

Story: Bunkle buys a portable hen-house, some corrugated iron sheets and other things at a country auction sale, acquires a fierce parrot and a determination to save the farm of his friend, young Mr. Snagge. With the help of Robin's home-made motor-car they track down a certain old desk with a secret drawer-and so save the farm.

Chapters:
1. An Awful Prospect
2. Monkey Puzzle
3. Upstairs and Down
4. Everyone Busy
5. Bunkle's Brainwave
6. "Bavins"
7. High Copse
8. "Catch is the Clue"
9. Warming Up
10. Maude Likes Charcoal
11. Against the Law
12. Properly Stuck
13. Making the Best of It
14. Farm Breakfast
15. Bunkle's Alibi
16. Breaking and Entering
17. Evasive Action
18. Quite by Accident
19. What's the Verdict

Pardoe, Margot. 'Bunkle and Belinda', published by Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited in 1948, hardcover with dustjacket, 216pp. Highly collectable & scarce. Condition: good+ condition copy, with non-price-clipped dustjacket & in general neat, tidy & clean condition all over, with mild dusty-dirtiness to dustjacket, as you'd expect with a book of this age. Price: £105.00, not including p&p (which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas collectors)
1948, Routledge & Kegan Paul
In stock, click to buy for £105.00 in highly collectable good+ condition with good+ unclipped dustjacket. 1st Edition

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  • Bunkle & Belinda [top]
    Illustrated by Julie Neild
    First published in 1948 in Great Britain by Routledge & Kegan Paul in hardback with dustjacket, 215pp, no ISBN
    Original UK retail price 7s. 6d. net (7 shillings and sixpence)

Chapters:
1. Cornish Express
2. Idle Apprentice
3. Belinda and Donk
4. A Queer Garden
5. Down the Mine
6. Sea Minerals
7. Suspicion Deepens
8. The Seventh Wave
9. More than a Rabbit-Hole
10. Mist and Mystery
11. Gulls Hole Gallery
12. Bunkle at a Loss
13. The Other Tunnel
14. Still very secret
15. A Friend in Need
16. Stranger than Fiction

 



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