Sunday, January 14, 2024

Book cover: "The Chesterfield Gold"

  • Title: The Chesterfield Gold
  • Author: Roger Pilkington (1915-2003). In 1992, he wrote about crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the Hindenburg.
  • Cover design: Barbara Nunan. (I can't find anything about her, which is a bummer.)
  • Illustrator: Piet Klaasse (1918-2001)
  • Original publication date: 1957
  • Publication date of this edition: 1971
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (an imprint of Penguin Books, London)
  • Editor of Puffin Books: Kaye Webb (1914-1996). She served as the editor of Puffin Books from 1961 to 1979.
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 189
  • Back cover price: "25p 5/-" 1971 was the year of Decimal Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Dedication: "To Hugh and all young people who can handle a boat." Pilkington had a son named Hugh Austin Windle Pilkington (1942-1986). 
  • First sentence: "Where are we, Daddy?"
  • Last sentence: "Only it's rather a different size."
  • Random excerpt #1: There's no better place for a good sound sleep than on board a small boat in a harbour, and in the submarine basin at Dover, the Dabchick's crew were asleep as soon as they were in bed.
  • Random excerpt #2: All in all, Michael thought that the American was rather nicer than a crook out to be.
  • Random excerpt #3: Right beneath the great statue of Liberty with her lamp held high in her hand, the smack clipped round the stone bull-nose of the island, straight in front of the oncoming Marguerite
  • Rating on Goodreads: 4.67 stars (out of 5)
  • Reviews: Alas, there are no reviews of this boating thriller anywhere online. If you've read it or remember it, feel free to comment below and be the first person to review this book in cyberspace! The book is part of what's called Pilkington's Branxome Family series. Kirkus reviewed one of the other books in the series, 1958's The Missing Panel, and I think it kind of has the same seafaring flavor as The Chesterfield Gold, so this is what Kirkus had to say: "One panel of a priceless Antwerp altar piece was missing. Though the thief had confessed his guilt just before his death, there was only an enigmatic riddle to help the Bracome [sic] children discover its whereabouts. Peter, Michael and Jill, traveling with their parents in their little boat ... set out to recover the altar piece. A cave-in in an underground labyrinth nearly ends their search. Some of the plot devices are melodramatic. It's a no-holds-barred derring-do adventure story of three British youngsters on a chase, with some effective cliff-hanging before success." 

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