I think all bookish people of a certain age know the name Kaye Webb. She was the reliably excellent editor of Puffin books and her name was on all of my favourites.
The OJGC lending library, you may wish to know was part of a club library. We had a large house and an attic room was assigned for our club meetings. Members were my older (by 11 months) friend who had lots of brilliant ideas, my brother, my sister and me. As neither of my siblings were great readers (being only 2 and 5 at the time they suffered from an obvious handicap) my friend and I were the mainstays of the library element of the club.
So when the radio show “Great Lives” – can be a bit hit and miss now – had a programme about Kaye Webb, I had a listen. She was married to Ronald Searle. I was completely astonished, it was like two of your friends being related and nobody telling you. That is all.
The Great Lives series is often good for a bit of jaw dropping. The Arthur Ransome one had me standing staring at the radio wondering if I’d heard aright. (Long serving Puffin Club member here)
Your Puffineer number please? I will dig up the Arthur Ransome one. Sounds good and am currently working my way through a very worthy series of history podcasts and could do with a break.
Gosh hadn’t realised I’d have to produce name, rank and serial number! I do still somewhere have the reversed colour puffin badge you got for long service though.