Title: Border Peel
Author: Lorna Hill
Publisher: Girls Gone By Publishers
Border Peel is the third title in the Marjorie and Patience Series. The clan – Pan, Peter, Esmé, Guy and Marjorie – are camping in a peel-house on the Border, with the ponies of course, and war is firmly declared between them and the Fenwicks. Excitements follow, and not everyone is prepared to put up with bossy Guy, but in the end a good time is had by all, and, as Pan puts it, ‘we enjoy ourselves, which is all that matters’. Border Peel was originally written and illustrated in a fat exercise book, and given by Lorna Hill to her daughter, Vicki, during WW2. When it was published, first by A & E in 1950, and secondly by Nelson in 1956, the illustrations were not used, the respective publishers using their own, different, illustrations.
In this new edition, GGBP have included all Lorna Hill’s original, unpublished, illustrations, six of which have been reproduced in colour, on the cover and as a double sided frontispiece. As appendices, we have also included the illustrations from the two published editions of the book, the first of which is incredibly rare. Lorna Hill’s daughter, Vicki Emley, has written a brand new preface to the book, James Mackenzie has written on the location, and Clarissa Cridland and Laura Hicks have written an introduction which includes the fascinating publishing history. There are also appendices detailing the differences between the texts of the various editions.