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Postby Janet_B » 01 May 2014, 17:12

Hi, I'm new here.

I was wondering if some-one could help me? This seemed the best place to go, so I made an account.

I only have a couple of Biggles books, but I'd love to buy some more as I really enjoyed them. Where should I go? Which are the best bargains and most reliable dealers?

Thanks!
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Re: Hi.

Postby SaintedAunt » 01 May 2014, 21:55

Janet_B wrote:Hi, I'm new here.

I was wondering if some-one could help me? This seemed the best place to go, so I made an account.

I only have a couple of Biggles books, but I'd love to buy some more as I really enjoyed them. Where should I go? Which are the best bargains and most reliable dealers?

Thanks!

Hello Janet_B and :welcome:

The best bargains are probably to be found on ebay, but if you want a cheap starter pack, many of us would recommend the Red Fox paperback editions (or you can get them as Kindle versions). These editions are true to the original text. They just lack the illustrations. You can get a starter pack of 15 Red Fox books in fact from the BookPeople

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk

Just search for Biggles on their site and you can buy 15 for £14.99.

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Re: Hi.

Postby kylie_koyote » 01 May 2014, 21:59

Hi, and welcome!

:welcome:

Amazon also has some good bargains. Happy Hunting!
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Re: Hi.

Postby Fairblue » 01 May 2014, 22:04

:welcome: JB. Once you've found your books you've many happy hours of reading ahead of you. :lol:
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Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 01 May 2014, 22:23

Another :welcome: and I agree with SA's suggestion. The Red Fox paperbacks are great for reading because the text hasn't been butchered. Biggles is a great addiction. :D
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Re: Hi.

Postby Sizzling Sausages » 01 May 2014, 23:57

:welcome2: from me too! Another useful place is AbeBooks http://www.abebooks.com/ although you do need to take care here as it's mostly dealers and they're out to get top dollar. But if you're careful there are still bargains to be had.
Similarly Stella Books http://www.bigglesbooks.com/ and Barely Read Books http://www.barelyreadbooks.co.uk/ specialise in Biggles but you also need to note their prices. For information on various books our own DrBiggles is indispensible http://www.biggles.info/ and so is James for information on various editions http://www.biggles-online.com/
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Postby tiffinata » 02 May 2014, 00:20

Welcome and happy collecting. Depending on what part of the world you are in there are sure to become lovely second-hand bookshops around.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Inactive User 171 » 02 May 2014, 09:53

Welcome. Amazon is excellent for second hand books too.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Tracer » 02 May 2014, 09:56

Welcome :welcome: I came here after buying the Red Fox editions and catching up with my childhood reading, and I thoroughly recommend them because they stick to the original text.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Inactive User 171 » 02 May 2014, 10:06

Which books have you read? Do you like the early ones or the Air Police books set after WWII?
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Re: Hi.

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 May 2014, 11:39

Janet_B, what part of the world do you live in?

Biggles was never published in the USA so I have a hard time finding them in used bookstores, but I have found that ordering them on eBay or Amazon works very well.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Janet_B » 02 May 2014, 13:45

Thank you for all the information and the warm welcome I've received =)

Jenny wrote:Which books have you read? Do you like the early ones or the Air Police books set after WWII?


A friend bought me 'Learns to fly' and 'The camels are coming'; she said they were the best ones to start with. Which ones would you recommend I read next?

kylie_koyote wrote:Janet_B, what part of the world do you live in?


I live in England.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Inactive User 171 » 02 May 2014, 13:51

I would carry on with the rest of the WWI books. A lot of them are still in print and quite easy to find then I would go on to Cruise of the Condor and Flies Again. The next book in the series is Black Peril (which is also still in print) this introduces a new young character called Ginger who stays in the books. I did not do this and it was years before I realised where Ginger came from :?
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Re: Hi.

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 May 2014, 14:10

I recommend "Black Peril" followed by "Biggles & Co." - both of these are published by Red Fox in paperback and can be obtained relatively easily.

All of the WW2 stories that Red Fox has published are also really good.

If you're in London, I recommend this place: http://www.marchpane.com/

I was there on holiday not too long ago and found a number of secondhand Biggles books.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Tommy Smith » 02 May 2014, 14:25

The first three Biggles books I ever found and bought from a second hand shop were the early ones and looking back I was very pleased I started there as it gave me such an insight into the beginnings of the character. Wej runs out of steam a bit a bit post WW2 as the characters seem a bit tied up with red tape.

There are reviews of all the books on the YABS website, and www.Bigglesinfo gives details if you find one and want to check it out.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Inactive User 171 » 02 May 2014, 14:29

These are both very good sites and I used them a lot when I was building up my stock of books recently. The very late books are not as good and they are very, very expensive.
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Re: Hi.

Postby J349 » 02 May 2014, 15:28

Hello!
I'm a bit late as usual, but welcome to the forum anyway! :)
There's a nice list of all the Biggles books here viewtopic.php?f=11&t=952 showing which ones people like the best :D You might like to continue reading through the WW1 books as others have suggested and then move on in time. The Red Fox editions from thebookpeople would be a good start as somebody else said, they are certainly some of my favourites.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Janet_B » 02 May 2014, 16:56

Thank you, all! I shall get shopping...
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Re: Hi.

Postby Spitfire666 » 03 May 2014, 20:41

Janet_B wrote:A friend bought me 'Learns to fly' and 'The camels are coming'; she said they were the best ones to start with. Which ones would you recommend I read next?

:welcome: to the forum, JB :) That is the right sort of friend to have :D As has been mentioned, that set of 15 Red Fox books is a really good deal. You can always grab the pictures from DrBiggles' site!
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Re: Hi.

Postby Janet_B » 03 May 2014, 21:08

Spitfire666 wrote:
Janet_B wrote:A friend bought me 'Learns to fly' and 'The camels are coming'; she said they were the best ones to start with. Which ones would you recommend I read next?

:welcome: to the forum, JB :) That is the right sort of friend to have :D As has been mentioned, that set of 15 Red Fox books is a really good deal. You can always grab the pictures from DrBiggles' site!


That's a good idea! Thank you =)

Yes, this friend introduced me to Biggles (she seems very much obsessed), and pushed me in the direction of the forum.

Sorry if I'm rarely on. I'm very busy!
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Re: Hi.

Postby Fairblue » 03 May 2014, 21:16

Spitfire666 wrote:
Janet_B wrote:A friend bought me 'Learns to fly' and 'The camels are coming'; she said they were the best ones to start with. Which ones would you recommend I read next?

:welcome: to the forum, JB :) That is the right sort of friend to have :D As has been mentioned, that set of 15 Red Fox books is a really good deal. You can always grab the pictures from DrBiggles' site!




Janet_B wrote:Yes, this friend introduced me to Biggles (she seems very much obsessed), and pushed me in the direction of the forum.

Sorry if I'm rarely on. I'm very busy!
Well, you have me wondering who she might be. I imagine she might be a member if she pushed you in this direction. Maybe she'll come clean one day. :lol: As for being rarely on the forum, no need to apologize. A lot of people here lead such busy lives they can only visit occasionally. Others, like me, are lucky enough to be able to spend more time on it. The main thing is, that you have a good time. ;)
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Re: Hi.

Postby Janet_B » 03 May 2014, 21:28

Fairblue wrote:Well, you have me wondering who she might be. I imagine she might be a member if she pushed you in this direction. Maybe she'll come clean one day. :lol:


A girl called Anna. Do you know her? I doubt it, because she said she didn't use the forum. She gives me piano lessons. She said she was a novice in the Biggles-buying-world, but that I had to get hold of more books or else she would buy them for me, and the experts on here would be able to help. They certainly have! I'm looking forward to getting into Biggles and finding a favourite character, book, etc.

Fairblue wrote:As for being rarely on the forum, no need to apologize. A lot of people here lead such busy lives they can only visit occasionally. Others, like me, are lucky enough to be able to spend more time on it. The main thing is, that you have a good time. ;)


That's a nice attitude =)
I have little time to spare, sadly.

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Re: Hi.

Postby kylie_koyote » 03 May 2014, 21:31

We had a girl called Anna who left for awhile to plan her wedding and take her exams. We hope she'll be back. If that's the one, you can tell her we miss her.
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Re: Hi.

Postby Janet_B » 03 May 2014, 21:34

kylie_koyote wrote:We had a girl called Anna who left for awhile to plan her wedding and take her exams. We hope she'll be back. If that's the one, you can tell her we miss her.


Yes, that's the one. She's had to give up teaching me for those reasons, so I never see her now, but she was in the middle of sorting out my wrong techniques so I'm 'gutted'. Why do people get married!?
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Re: Hi.

Postby Inactive User 171 » 04 May 2014, 07:54

She was here under the user name Auster Autocrat so if you see that name on any old posts you will know it is her. I think she is planning to come back to the Forum after the wedding.
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Re: Hi.

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 07 May 2014, 10:57

Janet_B wrote:...That's a good idea! Thank you =) Yes, this friend introduced me to Biggles (she seems very much obsessed), and pushed me in the direction of the forum.
Sorry if I'm rarely on. I'm very busy!


A belated welcome from Downunder JB! I hope you have a great time here, & as someone else has already said, there is always something new to learn about the boys!
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Re: Hi.

Postby Inactive User 171 » 07 May 2014, 11:42

Especially what underwear the wore :roll: :oops:
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Re: Hi.

Postby Janet_B » 07 May 2014, 12:22

Jenny wrote:Especially what underwear they wore :roll: :oops:


That discussion really has taken off, hasn't it? =)
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Re: Hi.

Postby kylie_koyote » 07 May 2014, 19:13

Janet_B, have your books come in yet? Have you closeted yourself away to read them all in one sitting? Or perhaps that's just me that does that?
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