Once a term, or thereabouts, we used to get handed leaflets at school from The Puffin Book Club. Â I always used to look forward to this as the leaflet contained a stack of different books with something to please everyone. Â I’m sure Mum used to groan whenever she saw me run out of school waving the leaflet in her face, as it meant I was then going to harp on about ordering a book from it for the next week or so.
The Puffin Book Club operated both at primary and secondary school levels, obviously featuring different leaflets for the different age groups, and it was a great way of finding a new book that you may not otherwise have known about. Â Of course all the books were ones published by Puffin Books (the childrens arm of Penguin Books) but that was fine as they had a great range of books available.
So after choosing my book and persuading Mum to buy it for me, I took the completed order form into school, and so began the wait for the new book to arrive. Â Every day I would go in expecting the books to be available, only to be disappointed. Â Eventually, after what seemed like months (it was probably only a couple of weeks) the books arrived and the teacher handed out everyones orders. Â To this day, I still enjoy getting a new book, whether as a gift or bought for myself, and if they are in unopened pristine condition then so much the better. Â Only trouble is I then hate to open them for fear of creasing the spine!
I also remember another book club operating at primary school, but I can’t remember what it was called. Â This one was slightly different in that the school hall was filled with shelves containing various different books, and you could go in after school and buy a new book there and then, which was instantly more gratifying as you didn’t have the long drawn out wait for your chosen book to arrive.