1. I didn’t own the full series as a child, but I’m not sure exactly what I did have. Fifth Form I had bought from the library for 20p, and Second Form I bought an Armada paperback somewhere eventually. I think most of the times I read Malory Towers it was books borrowed from the library.
2. My favourite was always Second Form, perhaps because I read it less often and therefore there was more anticipation of that thrilling finale with Mary-Lou and Daphne on the cliffs.
3. I always pronounced Alicia wrongly in my head as a child and have to correct myself now. It could either be Ah-leesh-ah or Ah-lissy-ah but I thought it was literally the name Alice, followed by an ‘ah’ sound. It was a friend who kindly corrected me one day.
4. I’ve always thought the brown and orange Malory Towers uniform sounded quite ugly, and wonder how Darrell could have liked it so much.
5. Despite loving the books I never had the desire to go to boarding school, sharing a dormitory with five other girls you might hate? No thanks. However, the rocky swimming-pool I would have loved, as I love sea-swimming and swimming in general.
6. I (shock, horror!) often prefer Jenny Chapple’s illustrations to the originals by Stanley Lloyd. Lloyd’s are more detailed and more skilled, but they are so grey and dreary-looking. Jenny Chapple’s are perhaps a touch ‘wibbly-lined’ but they have more character and despite being done some twenty years later for the Armada paperbacks, they are quite in-keeping with the time they are set.
7. I sometimes have cried at both the end of the series and at the end of the pantomime in the fifth book.
8. I have never read the continuation books by Pamela Cox, though I would like to. I have them for my Kindle already, so some day I will read and review them.
9. I always picture Deirdre the first-former in the last book as a tiny version of Deirdre from Coronation St. That hair, those glasses, just the size and age of a petite 11 year old. I think back then that was the only other Deirdre I’d heard of, so that’s how she looked to me.
10. I was struggling to come up with a tenth so I am going to put a totally random thing here, yes, more random than tiny Deirdre Barlow/Rashid. I read a 1980’s Methuen edition of Upper Fourth many times, and the cover always made me think the girls were going out at night in very ‘American’ clothes – it’s actually their pyjamas!
So that is my hodge-podge of Malory Towers facts. What would yours be?