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Lorna Hill catalogue

updated 3rd December 2016

 

Lorna Hill

Lorna Hill (1902 - 1991) wrote ballet books and pony books plus a series about The Vicarage Children.
She was a vicar's wife herself and well-understood the dificulties of running a family on a vicar's meagre stipend - hence the books, which must have made a huge difference to her life.

The pony series allowed daughter to Vicki to go to Sadlers Wells Ballet School and from Vicki's experiences came the much-loved ballet series: later in the series the b&w illustrations are by Vicki.

 

 

  SADLERS WELLS BALLET SERIES published by Evans Brothers London, illustrated by Eve Guthrie, from #9 by Esmé Verity (Vicki).  


#1 A Dream of Sadlers Wells

Veronica is longing to study dancing and dreams of performing at Covent Garden but she is exiled to relatives in Northumberland. Her cousins, Fiona and Caroline, aren't friendly and without Sebastian she would have run away. How she achieves her dream makes an exciting book.

 



#2 Veronica at the Wells

1953 reprint hardback book with dust jacket, both in good condition, not ex-library.
There are no names, clean cream pages with slight foxing on closed page edges, tight binding and unmarked blue board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new removable library sleeve has minor chipping at ends of spine and wear at the front fold.

Veronica achieves her dream of studying at the famous ballet school of Sadlers Wells and now her ambition is to dance in a principal role.
HIL102 AU$40

 

#3 Masquerade at the Wells


Jane wants to study ballet at Sadlers Wells and Mariella wants a life of horses and dogs. Why don't they swap places?


 


#4 No Castanets at the Wells

Veronica's cousin Caroline spends two years at Sadlers Wells - but she does not become a successful ballerina. She meets Angelo, a Spanish dancer, who helps her find her true niche in Spanish dancing.


 


#5 Jane Leaves the Wells
1954 reprint hardback book in good condition with scanned dust jacket, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean blue board covers with edgewear. It comes with a scanned dust jacket to make it look nice on your shelf.

Jane achieves her dream of becoming a ballerina and when Veronica goes on her honeymoon Jane succeeds to the longed-for principal role. But then she spoils it all by falling in love with Guy Charlton from Lorna Hill's pony books.
HIL105 AU$15

 
 
#6 Ella at the Wells



Ella Sordy lived in a colliery village at the foot of the slag-heaps - but she had a great longing to be a dancer. It seems impossible until one day along comes a fairy godmother in the shape of the famous ballerina Veronica Weston.
 

 
 
#7 Return to the Wells

Ella Sordy is all set for a career of triumph and fame when she falls sick and has to stop dancing. Her future seems bleak until she has a chance to go to Switzerland for treatment and full recovery
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#8 Rosanna Joins the Wells

Rosanna is Italian and longing to be a dancer. She impresses ballerina Ella Rosetti and may have a chance to study at Sadlers Wells but her English aunt is unsympathetic. 

 
 

#9 Principal Role

1958 hardback book in very good condition with dust jacket in very good condition, not ex-library.
There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and unmarked blue board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new removable library sleeve has no marks.
This is illustrated by Lorna Hill's daughter.

Fazia, the 18-year-old Crown Princess of Slavonia is one of the most brilliant students at the British Royal Ballet School. But she doesn't really want to dance: she wants to do the things that ordinary girls take for granted - like riding on buses and climbing mountains.
HIL109 AU$30

 

#10 Swan Feather



Sylvia Swan, like most ballet dancers, is superstitious, believing implicitly in the magic powers of her swan feather. She is studying at the Royal Ballet School with Vicki, daughter of Veronica and Sebastian.


 


#11 Dress Rehearsal



Nona Browning wants to be a ballet dancer but she has a physical disability.
She meets Vicki Scott who hatches a plan for Veronica to see Nona dance.

 

 
 


#12 Back Stage

 


#13 Vicki in Venice
(rare)
Vicki, daughter of Veronica and Sebastian, on holiday in Venice. Her mother is performing as prima ballerina with Queen Fazia of Slavonia in the audience.


 
 


#14 The Secret
(rare)

 
     
 

DANCING PEEL or ANNETTE BALLET SERIES published by Thomas Nelson & Sons,
illustrated by Esmé Verity

#1 Dancing Peel

Annette Dancy lives in a Northumbrian peel-tower which inspires her love of dancing.



#2 Dancer's Luck
1955 1st ed. hardback book in very good condition, with dust jacket also in very good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, slight foxing on closed page edges, tight binding and clean green board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new plastic sleeve has slightest edgewear. Map end-papers, coloured frontispiece and full-page b&w drawings.

Annette Dancy is lucky to get the chief role in a new ballet La Sylphide and travel to the island of Skye.
HIL142 AU$25


 

#3 The Little Dancer
1956 1st ed. hardback book in very good condition, with dust jacket also in very good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new plastic sleeve has no marks. Map end-papers, coloured frontispiece plus 2 more coloured plates and full-page b&w drawings.

Annette Dancy goes again to the island of Skye where a film is being made.
HIL144 AU$25

 

#4 Dancer in the Wings
1958 1st ed. hardback book in good condition, with dust jacket also in good condition, not ex-library. It is signed on the title page "With love to Jean H from the author Lorna Hill" and also on the front flap "Best wishes, Esmé Verity". There are no other names, foxing on the first 6 pages and closed page edges, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new plastic sleeve has foxing on the back and slightly on the front. Map end-papers, coloured frontispiece plus 2 more coloured plates and full-page b&w drawings.

Nothing is going right in Annette Dancy's career as a ballet dancer so she decides to work her way to Skye where she is always happy.
HIL144 AU$80

 
  #5 Dancer in Danger
#6 Dancer on Holiday
 
     

 

MARJORIE PONY SERIES published by Thomas Nelson & Burke
From the author of the Sadlers Wells ballet series is her pony/holiday series.
Marjorie is a perfect terror but never boring.

#1 Marjorie and Co
#2 Stolen Holiday
#3 Border Peel
#4 Northern Lights

#5 Castle in Northumbria
1959 reprint hardback book in good condition with dust jacket in good condition. It is ex-library with usual stamps in the front and pocket remnants in the back
There are no other names, clean cream pages, tight binding and unmarked red board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new removable library sleeve has creasing at edges and slight chipping at spine ends.
B&w drawings.

Guy, Esmé, Toby and Pan (who records events) have formed The Clan, with the aim of having fun riding their horses during the holidays. This holiday they go camping with the ponies in an old Border castle. Marjorie has been banned by her parents who want her to study - but she manages to escape and join the others.
HIL125 AU$20

 
#6 No Medals for Guy
1962 1st ed. hardback book in very good condition with dust jacket in very good condition. not ex-library. There are no names, 3 small spots of foxing on the first 3 pages, clean cream pages, tight binding and unmarked cream board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new removable library sleeve has creasing at top near the M in Medals. B&w drawings.


Guy, Esmé, Toby and Pan (who records events) have formed The Clan, with the aim of having fun riding their horses during the holidays. An outbreak of measles amongst the mothers could mean that the children may have to spend their hols at school! Will they escape this horror? Of course - they end up camping and become involved with a strange girl. Interestingly, Marjorie in this book begins the dancing which was to propel her briefly into the author's 'Wells' ballet series.
HIL126 AU$30
 
     
 

PATIENCE PONY SERIES published by Burke London

From the author of the Sadlers Wells ballet series is her pony/holiday series featuring Patience, Judy, Elizabeth, Richard and David then later Guy Charlton who also features in the Marjorie series and married Jane in the ballet series.

#1 They Called Her Patience


#2 It was All Through Patience

Patience is convalescing from an illness and banned from joining her friends on a camping and riding trip. But, refusing to be left behind, she sets off on her own to find her friends.

hardback book in good condition with dust jacket in fair condition. not ex-library. There are no names, a strip of browning on the fep, clean cream pages, tight binding and unmarked red board covers. The clipped dust jacket in new removable library sleeve has edgewear, a 5cm tear on the spine/front fold and a chunk missing from the back. B&w drawings.
HIL132 AU$30
 
#3 So Guy Came Too
1959 reprint hardback book in very good condition with dust jacket in good condition. not ex-library.
There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and unmarked red board covers. The unclipped dust jacket in new removable library sleeve has slight bumping at corners and mild scuffing on the back.
B&w drawings.

Patience and her friends have secured a caravan in which to stay for a holiday with their ponies. But when their older friend David who is supposed to be looking after them takes ill, Guy Charlton steps into his shoes. Elizabeth who is very fond of David is resentful of Guy's presence and Judy is annoyed by his bossiness. But in the end Guy proves to both girls that he is a worthy member of their group.
HIL133 AU$30
 
 

#4 The Five Shilling Holiday

 
     
 

THE VICARAGE CHILDREN SERIES

#1 The Vicarage Children
#2 More About Mandy
#3 The Vicarage Children in Skye