Title: The Marlows and their Maker Author: Anne Heazlewood Publisher: Girls Gone By Publishers Year: 2007 Condition: New
Sue Sims’s Introduction to The Marlows and Their Maker ends: ‘Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay this book is that, reading it before publication, I kept thinking: “Oh—why didn’t I think of that?” Insight, wit and love—they make for a fascinating volume.’ Anne Heazlewood conducted a lengthy correspondence with Antonia Forest in which they discussed not only the latter’s books but also many other topics. Anne wrote and subsequently sent to the author a study of her Marlow books. The Marlows and their Maker is a completely revised and expanded edition of that original work. Anne presents a study of the books—the plots, the characters, the real and fictional geography—putting them into the context of the different times at which they were created, and incorporates all Antonia Forest’s comments on and criticisms of the original work. The Marlows and Their Maker is highly illustrated with six specially created maps and charts, over 30 illustrations, one taken by Antonia Forest herself and most of the others commissioned for the book; six pages worth of the illustrations are in colour, including a spread showing the covers of the various editions of all Antonia Forest’s books. In addition there is a transcript of one of Antonia Forest’s letters to the author, plus a facsimile of the first page. There are also detailed ‘cast lists’.