Bettany Press is delighted to have been given the opportunity to publish this revised edition of Helen McClelland's popular biography. New information has made it possible to give a much fuller picture of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's early life and to fill in some of the gaps that remained in her story. One or two old questions have been answered, and some 'missing' people have been found, including Elinor's vanished half-brother.
Many sections of the book have been not only revised but expanded; more details are included about Chalet School locations; and a whole new chapter covers Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's birth centenary and the amazing growth of the Chalet School legend during the 1990s. The book also includes several new illustrations and an appendix on the sometimes problematic chronology of the Chalet School series.
Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (1894-1969) is best-known for the amazing success of her 59 Chalet School stories, which have made her one of the UK's best-loved authors for girls. Originally published between 1925 and 1970, the stories are among the most popular British children's books of the twentieth century. It is a measure of Brent-Dyer's success that, 27 years after her death, around 100,000 copies are still sold annually in the modern paperback editions.
However, although her fans include thousands of adult women, until recently it was thought that Elinor M. Brent-Dyer had written only for younger readers and had never made use in fiction of her native Tyneside background. But, in 1995, the chance discovery of Jean of Storms has revealed not only a full-length adult novel, but one set in the district around South Shields, where she herself grew up. It is therefore a fascinating read, not only for Chalet fans, but for the picture it paints of the lives and loves of the young women of the time.
Set of two books. The set contains the following books:
Behind the Chalet School: A Biography of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (1996, second edition) - This book is in VERY GOOD CONDITION. It shows some sign of wear. There are some marks on the sides and on the inner covers. The book has a tight grip, bright pages, suitable to read.
Jean of Storms (1996, first edition) - This book is in EXCELLENT CONDITION. No signs of wear can be seen on the book. It has tight grip, bright clean pages.