January was the month for glomming LM Montgomery stories, now March has me rediscovering my Chalet School titles!
I stumbled across Girls Gone By Publishers while looking up something else (don’t ask what, because I can’t remember), and realised they owned the copyright to Elinor M Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School books and were reprinting some of the more obscure ones. Now I loved these when I was a kid and couldn’t resist ordering one, despite the rather expensive prices – £12 for a trade paperback, but you get the full unabridged edition (I never realised the Armada paperbacks were apparently heavily abridged) plus an essay and short story.
So I ordered “Two Sams at the Chalet School” (one of the later ones set when Len Maynard is the Head Girl, for those who are familiar with the series) and wow, did it bring back memories. I remember being totally fascinated with the concept of boarding school and how it seemed like so much fun; in hindsight I would probably have hated it!
I have since discovered the CBB forums, which have really in-depth discussions on the various books and lots of information regarding the whys and wherefores of various Chalet School traditions and peculiarities, and am completely engrossed in reading through the various threads.
And that’s why this blog has been rather quiet lately.