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Two charming tales in one package Harris and Bostock are best friends Bostock is an only child and rather dim but loyal Harris has four sisters and is a genius at least to himself and Bostock In the first story Harris has been studying the Spartans at school and how they took babies that were imperfect into the woods and left them some to be raised by wolves He decides to try this experiment with his own infant sister and hijinx ensue In the second story Harris wants Bostock s father s spyglass to watch a comet that will soon be visible and again hijinx ensu The New York Review Children s Collection is such a wonderful and special grouping They are reinstating classic books from the past that a whole new generation now can enjoy I have loved every one of the books that I have reviewed from them Most of the books I did not have the pleasure of reading so it is a treat for me to be able to discover these hidden treasures and at my age who would have thought and in turn pass them along to you The Complete Bostock and Harris book is a combination of two stories in one book The setting is in eighteenth century England and the main characters are two boys one with brawn and one with brains Harris is the brainy one a doctor s son who cooks up adventure and gets it rolling His rather dull friend Bostock idolizes his friend s genius and helps carry out the schemes that Harris conocts They are steady best friends and compliment each other in a very strange way The first story The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris has the two boys put their classical education to the test when they decide to test the Spartan theory that if an infant is left in the wild a wolf will appear adopt her and be instrumental in her survival Well it worked in the text but in reality things went a little awry Harris decides to use his baby sister in the experiment and learns very uickly it was not going to work out well Will that sweet baby survive Will she be brought safety to her family What are the conseuences for the two boys Garfield s tale is full of humour and wit with many twists and turns to eep you turning the pages to find out what s next in this saga It is a story begging to be read again and againIn the second story The Night of the Comet the two friends team one time It is springtime just days before Pigott s comet will pay a visit high over their town Everyone nows that in spring love is in the air and as it happens. A New York Review Children's Collection Original The Complete Bostock and Harris combines two delightful suspenseful and madly funny tales about two boys in eighteenth century England clever and mischievous Harris and sweet but not so bright Bostock who in spite of their differences are the best of friends In “The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harri.
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Bostock is smitten by Harris s sister Mary Harris has his eyes fixed on a beautiful brass telescope belonging to Bostock s ailing dad so the two make a bargain a swap really sister Mary for the coveted telescope In theory it sounds wonderful in reality not so much The story weaves in and out with relational issues that are on and off mishaps that will make you laugh out loud and doses of wit and charm that will have you asking for With Garfield s ability to spin a tale in his creative and uniue style he has the reader in the palm of his hand all the way through The characters are loveable believable and drive this playful comedy right up to the last paragraph I now it is a story you will truly enjoy and I highly recommend it It s very funny but tedious at the same time I enjoyed the language tremendously but the story itself uite a bit less There was nothing to be achieved by panic he told himself over and over again Nor on the other hand was anything achieved by the lack of itIt was uncommonly noisy and he recognized the matron of the poorhouse exchanging loud unpleasantries with everyone present Very very funny Having only recently re read The Strange A air of Adelaide Harris in an ancient falling apart paperback I was than delighted to discover that there was a seuel I had never heard of and that they had been published together in this beautiful hardcover editionLeon Gar eld is a British writer whose books were rst published in the 1970s and 1980s What makes his books uniue is their well realised historical setting They are mostly set in England in the late 1700s and very early 1800s It s delightful to see them reissued in handsome new illustrated editions by the New York Review of BooksAlthough all of Gar eld s stories have splendid touches of humour in the two novels collected here his intent is speci cally a humorous one Both of these stories feature the roguish pair of schoolboy friends Bostock and Harris who are around 12 to 13 years old Harris is the leader of the two unscrupulous curious and clever Bostock his slightly dim witted follower and admirerIn The Strange A air of Adelaide Harris young Harris becomes fascinated by the stories he learns in his Ancient History class about the Spartans exposing their babies on mountainsides and the legend of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she wolf He decides to test this out by exposing his own baby sister AdelaideWith Bostock s always ea. S” the wily pair put their classical education to the test when they adopt the Spartan custom of exposing infants to the wild leaving Harris’s infant sister Adelaide to the elements The boys imagine a wolf will come to nourish her but their plan backfires It is springtime in “The Night of the Comet” and in the days before Pigott’s comet
Ger help they smuggle the baby out of Harris house and take her up to a nearby hill where they deposit her on the grass in a declivity surrounded by bramble bushes Then they conceal themselves to watch and await the arrival of some wild creature a vixen perhaps who will come and suckle the childAlas for their plans the baby is stumbled upon instead by Tizzy Alexander on her way to a tryst with Ralph Bunnion the son of the school s headmaster Tizzy herself is the daughter of the school s Arithmetic master What follows is a mounting series of very funny conseuences literally a comedy of errorsTizzy spurns her young man and rushes back to the school with the baby in her arms Her hot blooded father demands to After the Rubicon know what she was doing going to the trysting place with Ralph He demands a duel and to his horror is accepted The baby Adelaide is despatched to a foundling home and Bostock and Harris make increasingly desperate attempts to retrieve her while chaos reigns at Harris home once Adelaide s disappearance is discovered Needless to say Harris does not confess to his part in any of these proceedings We are introduced to the brooding club footed inuiry agent Mr Raven who sets out to discover the truth of what has happened an inuiry which draws in and of the people surrounding these eventsAll of this is literally laugh out loud funny and hugely enjoyableThe Night of the Comet the seuel has a less involved plot but is still very amusing Harris intrigues this time centre around acuiring Bostock s father s telescope the better to see the upcoming passage of a comet In return Harris promises to secure the a ections of his sister Mary with whom Bostock has become hopelessly enamoured Needless to say that Mary herself has not been consulted about this Tangled into all of this is a pair of Irish roof menders one of whom is himself pursuing a romantic interest of his own which appears eually hopeless As usual many unintended conseuences ensueIf you enjoy a light hearted read and if you re not put o by the label of children s literature as I really don t think you should be I can heartily recommend this volume And you should chase up Gar eld s other novels all of which repay reading Not since Rudyard Kipling s Stalky Co have I come across two such delightful adolescent anti heroes Throw in some silly teenage girls obsessed with beaux a pair of Irish rogues and aidnapped baby and you have a fine broth of a book. Ill pass over their town Harris’s and Bostock’s thoughts turn to love Bostock swoons over Harris’s sister Mary; Harris longs for Captain Bostock’s telescope The boys strike a deal Bostock will make off with the telescope in exchange for Harris’s “expert” wooing advice Unfortunately that expertise is not uite what Bostock would have hope.
Vivien Alcock then an ambulance driver who would go on to become his second wife in 1948 and a well known children's author She would also greatly influence Garfield's writing giving him suggestions for his writing including the original idea for Smith After the war Garfield worked as a biochemical laboratory technician at the Whittington Hospital in Islington writing in his spare time until the 1960s when he was successful enough to write full time In 1964 the couple adopted a baby girl called Jane after Jane Austen a favourite writer of both parentsGarfield wrote his first book the pirate novel Jack Holborn for adult readers but a Constable Co editor saw its potential as a children's novel and persuaded him to adapt it for a younger audience In that form it was published by Constable in 1964 His second book Devil in the Fog 1966 won the first annual Guardian Prize and was serialised for television as were several later works below Devil was the first of several historical adventure novels typically set late in the eighteenth century and featuring a character of humble origins in this case a boy from a family of traveling actors pushed into the midst of a threatening intrigue Another was Smith 1967 with the eponymous hero a young pickpocket accepted into a wealthy household; it won the Phoenix Award in 1987 Yet another was Black Jack 1968 in which a young apprentice is forced by accident and his conscience to accompany a murderous criminalIn 1970 Garfield's work started to move in new directions with The God Beneath the Sea a re telling of numerous Greek myths in one narrative written by Garfield and Edward Blishen and illustrated by Charles Keeping It won the annual Carnegie Medal for British children's books Garfield Blishen and Keeping collaborated again on a seuel The Golden Shadow 1973 The Drummer Boy 1970 was another adventure story but concerned with a central moral problem and apparently aimed at somewhat older readers a trend continued in The Prisoners of September 1975 republished in 1989 by Lions Tracks under the title Revolution The Pleasure Garden 1976 and The Confidence Man 1978 The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris 1972 was a black comedy in which two boys decide to test the plausibility of Romulus and Remus using one of the boys' baby sister Most notable at the time was a series of linked long short stories about apprentices published separately between 1976 and 1978 and then as a collection The Apprentices The adult themed books of the mid 1970s met with a mixed reception and Garfield returned to the model of his earlier books with John Diamond which won a Whitbread Award in 1980 and The December Rose 1986 In 1980 he also wrote an ending for The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished at the 1870 death of Dickens an author who had been a major influence on Garfield's own styleHe was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1985 On 2 June 1996 he died of cancer at the Whittington Hospital where he had once worked