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Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905‒90), who wrote under the pseudonym ‘BB’, was the author of more than sixty books for adults and children, but The Little Grey Men, which won the 1942 Carnegie Medal, its sequel Down the Bright Stream (1948), and the classic adventure story Brendon Chase (1944) are his masterpieces.

BB was both a writer and an illustrator, and his charming original illustrations decorate these books. But above all he was a countryman, whose intimate and unsentimental knowledge of animals, birds and plants, as well as his gifts as a storyteller, make these books unique.

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          The Carey Novels by Ronald Welch

          Ronald Welch’s fourteen Carey novels, written between 1954 and 1972, follow the fortunes of a Welsh land-owning family from their involvement in the Crusades to their service in the First World War. Grippingly plotted and scrupulously researched, together they join up the dots of English history in a remarkably vivid and human way.

          Welch, a historian who served as a Tank Corps officer in the Second World War and in 1947 became Headmaster of Okehampton Grammar School in Devon, is a master of the precise detail that brings history alive for younger readers. His novels are brilliant reads – fast paced, colourful and imaginative, with entirely believable characters who take part in all the great events of their times, from the plots against Elizabeth I to the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny.

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