When I mentioned Alistair MacLean in a post a couple of days ago it made me wonder whether I actually still owned a copy of one of his novels - after a bit of a search I found this, Puppet on a Chain, which I think came from the used book store in West Chester, PA. It was published in 1969 and continued MacLean's astonishing record of bestsellers - he is little read now and his name is virtually unknown to anyone born after, say, 1980, but during the height of his fame he virtually cornered the market in best-ever thriller titles, such as 'South by Java Head', 'When Eight Bells Toll' and 'The Way to Dusty Death'. Great stuff. I've included a photo of page one simply for the line "Please fasten your seat belts and extinguish your cigarettes". For those interested in book jacket design this one was done by Norman Weaver, a British artist and photographer, who fascinatingly was briefly employed during World War II as General Eisenhower's personal map maker. The novel was made into a movie in 1971 and was promoted with the poster below - a classic of it's type.
The Little Free Library Blog - by James Smith
Winter 2020-21: please check our website before visiting as our hours are subject to change during the pandemic. Masks are required and we are observing limited numbers of people inside at one time. Please call 610-869-4712 or email to set up visits outside our regularly scheduled hours.
Street Road: Saturdays 11am - 3pm and by appointment.
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Our regular hours - when we reopen:
Little Free Library: Thursday 12-3, Friday 1-4, Saturday 10-3
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A word about 'here':
We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Lenape, original people of the mid-Atlantic area, forced west by British and US governments. Most Delaware Indian tribe descendants are now located in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Lenni Lenapes in Pennsylvania are not officially recognized as tribes by the United States, though an estimated 5000 Lenape Nation descendants live in the Delaware River area. We pay respects to the Lenape people both past and present. Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement and settlement that form part of our collective histories. While increased public recognition of these legacies and processes of redress such as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission are positive steps, concrete focus on return of land and land rights remains a distant horizon.