The September Story

By Robert Martin (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1960 by Harrap
Illustrated by H Redmill

First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge and see full picture
First edition dustwrapper
by
H Redmill
Harrap 1960
Johnny September's father was a civil servant, and his one personal ambition was to see his son follow him into his own Ministry. Tragedy had struck at the foundations of this ambition when Johnny failed his eleven-plus test, and from then on things went from bad to worse !
Johnny's real interest in life was boats. A teacher once said, rather sarcastically, "If only I could construe mathematics in terms of boats, I am sure Johnny would be an exceptional student of the subject." As the time approached to leave school things came to a crisis at home. Johnny declared outright that he would not go into the civil service.
When Dad recovered from the shock, he tried to be helpful, but he didn't really understand Johnny's ambition. "Do I understand that you now desire to go to sea ?" he asked, "I am prepared to help you. I have contacts among the Mercantile Marine personnel . . ."
"Thanks a lot, Dad," said Johnny, "but I just want to join a company who make speed boats, and - well, sort of work my way up to be a tester or - something."
First edition:
Harrap 1960:
Hardback, with dustwrapper; orange cloth with black blocking, boat design on front cover; 140x200mm; 158pp; six black and white line illustrations by H Redmill including frontispiece; dustwrapper design wraps to include spine; front flap has 'blurb' reproduced in part above, rear flap advertises the other two books in the series, October Story and April Story; cover price 9/6 net.


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