New Worrals Books Query

New Worrals Books Query

Postby Tracer » 02 Jul 2018, 12:49

I've come across some editions of Worrals books issued by Indie and illustrated by Matt Kind. While we know not to judge a book by its cover, the illustrations are horrible.

Does anyone know if the text has been changed? If not I'll buy them, but I don't want some wishy washy "updated" versions.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 02 Jul 2018, 13:36

Are these the, ah, "unusual" illustrations that make Worrals & Frecks look like skinny high school girls? :shock:
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Tommy Smith » 02 Jul 2018, 14:19

They make the Knight bookcovers look class.

I shall console myself with this I have just stumbled upon, which has a cover which makes me want to read it.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41737/41 ... 737-h.html
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Spitfire666 » 02 Jul 2018, 19:04

Tracer wrote:I've come across some editions of Worrals books issued by Indie and illustrated by Matt Kind. While we know not to judge a book by its cover, the illustrations are horrible.

Does anyone know if the text has been changed? If not I'll buy them, but I don't want some wishy washy "updated" versions.

The publishers were very proud of republishing Worrals. Sadly, they were convinced that Matt Kind was what kids want these days :nono:
The text has not been changed.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 03 Jul 2018, 04:55

Tommy Smith wrote:They make the Knight bookcovers look class.

I shall console myself with this I have just stumbled upon, which has a cover which makes me want to read it.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41737/41 ... 737-h.html


Hmm, wonder if he's the original flyer who "Went for a Burton" in WW1 & never returned? ;) 8-) :shock:
I've always wondered where WEJ got that saying from...
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Tommy Smith » 03 Jul 2018, 06:52

It may be a throw back to an old ad campaign
https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/ ... ds/1150819
although the brewery was bought out by Worthington in 1915. 'The Beer of Health', just the job in a sticky situation.

Burtons the tailors produced the demob suits in WW2, but that would be after the end of the war, unless you also got one if you were invalided out.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Tracer » 03 Jul 2018, 09:02

Spitfire666 wrote:
Tracer wrote:I've come across some editions of Worrals books issued by Indie and illustrated by Matt Kind. While we know not to judge a book by its cover, the illustrations are horrible.

Does anyone know if the text has been changed? If not I'll buy them, but I don't want some wishy washy "updated" versions.

The publishers were very proud of republishing Worrals. Sadly, they were convinced that Matt Kind was what kids want these days :nono:
The text has not been changed.



Thank you. I'll buy them and try to ignore the dreadful illustrations. Maybe I'll put a brown paper cover on each book! :lol:
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 03 Jul 2018, 09:55

Tommy Smith wrote:It may be a throw back to an old ad campaign
https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/ ... ds/1150819
although the brewery was bought out by Worthington in 1915. 'The Beer of Health', just the job in a sticky situation.

Burtons the tailors produced the demob suits in WW2, but that would be after the end of the war, unless you also got one if you were invalided out.


Fascinating, TS. Thank you :yay:
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Tommy Smith » 03 Jul 2018, 13:56

Yes, demobbed due to ill health etc you got a Burton suit it seems.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Kismet » 03 Jul 2018, 14:15

https://wordhistories.net/2017/12/03/go-for-a-burton/

I love queries like this one.

I'd like the advert one to be true: the empty space at the table as he's gone for a Burton (beer) but it does seem strange that no one has a copy of the advert. I suppose the rhyming slang one is possible: Gone for a Burton - Gone for Certain but it doesn't feel quite right.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 03 Jul 2018, 14:49

Kismet wrote:https://wordhistories.net/2017/12/03/go-for-a-burton/

I love queries like this one.

I'd like the advert one to be true: the empty space at the table as he's gone for a Burton (beer) but it does seem strange that no one has a copy of the advert. I suppose the rhyming slang one is possible: Gone for a Burton - Gone for Certain but it doesn't feel quite right.


Fascinating as you say! But now I'm wondering whether I heard Biggles say this in one of the WW1 stories [as I had originally thought], or not, as it seems the reference you provide only alludes to RAF slang that originated "during the Second World War". Hmmm. :thinking2:

EDIT: I recall '"He's gone west" in WW1, but the Burton phrase may indeed be from WW2...
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 03 Jul 2018, 14:53

Tommy Smith wrote:They make the Knight bookcovers look class.

I shall console myself with this I have just stumbled upon, which has a cover which makes me want to read it.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41737/41 ... 737-h.html


Great looking book! I have a copy of this book on my shelf [Dastral of the Flying Corps] by Rowland Walker, who writes a decent yarn in the WEJ mold imho.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/44348/4 ... 4348-h.htm
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Tommy Smith » 03 Jul 2018, 16:26

And to think I swore I'd never get an ereader.. another to add to the vintage collection, cheers.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby kylie_koyote » 03 Jul 2018, 19:10

The first time I was aware of Biggles saying “gone for a Burton” was in Hunts Big Game, when Tug believes Bertie has died.
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Re: New Worrals Books Query

Postby Frecks » 03 Jul 2018, 19:23

Well done KK. I was trying to remember where I had read that phrase. It seems to have been started during the Second World War.
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