"The Strange Adventures of Billy" (a badger) was published by the 'Children's Companion' office in London, probably in 1927, as it was reviewed in that year. The review, from the Spectator Literary Supplement, criticised it as "...rather too hazy and moonshiny and the adventures ... not convincing."
Theodora Wilson Wilson (1865-1941) was brought up in a 'Plymouth Brethren' family, and educated at the Quaker school in Kendal, and then at Croyden High School, before going to study music in Germany. After returning to Kendal she devoted herself to religious activities and social work, running a Sunday School, and starting a Girls' Evening Home for working girls. Her first novel, "T'Bacca Queen", was published in 1901. She moved to London in 1909, after her mother's death, and wrote for magazines, as well as publishing numerous books for both children and adults. She was a committed pacifist, Labour Party member, and Quaker. She died in her sister's home in St Alban's.
Our copy shows external wear consistent with its presumed age, the greyish-green cloth cover being somewhat stained, and the black lettering and illustrations on the front and spine worn and faded. There is loss of colour at the angles, edges and on the spine, but corners are only moderately bumped, and the spine lightly shelfworn. Inside, the rear fep is badly browned, the front fep is missing, and the nice colour frontispiece (On the way to the Ice Mountain) has sadly become detached, but the binding is still firm. There is quite heavy foxing to the halftitle, title, and contents pages, and the text block edges are also badly foxed; there is some on the final half-dozen pages too. Other pages, however, are clean and bright, and there are many b/w line illustrations by Harry Rountree, a prolific New Zealand-born illustrator working in England around the turn of the 19/20th centuries. A rare title by this author.