Republishing out of print works.

Now that ebooks are becoming so well established I’ve begun to muse on the books which are now out of print which I would love to see republished.  My current suggestion would be Alf’s Button by W.A. Darlington.

This concerns two soldiers in the Great War who discover that one of their tunic buttons has been made of Alladin‘s Lamp.  As soon as some spit and polish is applied the Genie appears, to the consternation of the Tommies.  The Genie offers them the usual choices but the two soldiers seem unable to make any sensible decisions.  Alladin did not have it so difficult.

What would yours be?


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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4 Responses to Republishing out of print works.

  1. Marion St John Webb’s ‘The Little Round House’ – a classic UK children’s book from 1956. Engrossing, even though it’s quite politically incorrect these days…

    • Martin Lake says:

      I’ve only just found this comment, Ann, sorry.

      It’s really got me thinking about how books can catch the tide or miss it. I shall try to find the book.

  2. Definitely, ‘Speedboat’ by Renata Adler. One of my favorites. I love it so much it’s hard to express in words my feelings about it.

  3. Martin Lake says:

    I’m sorry but I’ve only just found this response. How wonderful to have written a book which causes such a reaction.

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