The April Story

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1960 by Harrap
Illustrated by H Redmill
First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Dustwrapper by
H Redmill
Harrap 1960
Johnny April's ambition to become a Civil Airline pilot seemed hopeless. When he told his stepmother about it, and said that he hoped his father would keep him, and help pay for his flying lessons, she first thought that he was joking. When she saw that he was serious, she was incredulous.
"Dreams !" she said, "and dreams are something the likes of us can't afford to have."
His father was more sympathetic, but hardly more helpful. "There isn't a penny to spare," he said. "In fact I'm relying on you earning some money very soon so that you can contribute to the housekeeping. I'm sorry but there it is."

Johnny's moment of truth had arrive. He knew that he had to rely on his own eforts.

First edition:
Hardback with dustwrapper; green boards with red blocking; front board plain but decorated with picture of diving biplane bottom right; 140x200mm; 160pp; frontispiece and ten small illustrations; dustwrapper picture wraps to include the spine; front flap has 'blurb' (in part reproduced above) and cover price of 9/6 net; rear flap describes two books by other authors; the rear of the dustwrapper describes The October Story and descibes The September Story as 'in Preparation'.


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