The Growing Summer, Noel Streatfeild
The concept of ‘out of print’ has itself become obsolete in the age of internet and e-readers, which has a real impact on discoverability for new authors. Even obscure classics are available for free in Kindle format and there has been a real upsurge recently in publishers such as Persephone books republishing ‘forgotten classics’. As a child, I read all the Noel Streatfeild books I could find but this one remained elusive. Then I heard the Radio 4 adaptation when I was ten and saved my pocket money so that I could order it. I remember how excited I was having placed my order with Waterstone’s, I went back week after week to hear if it was in stock and then finally the book-seller had to admit – it was out of print. So. I have never read The Growing Summer
although I do know the story. I have even used Aunt Dymphna’s method of talking to unruly dogs to calm them. I feel as though this is a book that I really loved – and yet, I have never read it.
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