THE PASSING SHOW

Published in September 1937 - 112 pages

 

This is an entertaining book of garden anecdotes.

It starts with a two-page forward by Theo Stephens, the editor of "My Garden" magazine, explaining how the offices of "My Garden"

were next door to the offices of "Popular Flying", a magazine that was being edited by W.E. Johns.

He got to know Johns well and after hearing some of his entertaining anecdotes,

persuaded him to write a regular monthly feature for "My Garden" entitled "The Passing Show".

You can read this forward here

 

It is a number of these articles, together with new material that make up this book.  The book is divided into chapters which are titled as follows:-

 

BY WAY OF A BEGINNING – A five page forward written by W. E. Johns

 

SEPTEMBER – A Combination of various items from Johns’ columns.  A significant part of which is taken from the February 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

OCTOBER – This appears to be an entirely new article written especially for the book

 

NOVEMBER – This appears to be an entirely new article written especially for the book

 

DECEMBER – This appears to be an entirely new article written especially for the book

 

INTERVAL FOR SEASONAL SUGGESTIONS – This is the full article published (under the original title “On birthdays and Presents”) in the January 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

JANUARY – This is the rest of the article published in the February 1937 issue of MY GARDEN (although it was headed “January”!) not used in September above.

 

FEBRUARY – Subtitled “An Early Foray” - This is the full article published (under that title) in the May 1936 issue of MY GARDEN – Johns’ first article for the magazine

 

ALPINE INTERLUDE – This is the full article published (under the original title “These Rock-Gardens”) in the June 1936 issue of MY GARDEN

 

MARCH – This is the full article published in the March 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

APRIL – This is the full article published in the April 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

MAY – This is the full article published in the May 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

JUNE – This is the full article published in the June 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

JULY – This is the full article published in the July 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

AUGUST – This is the full article published in the August 1937 issue of MY GARDEN

 

Each chapter contains various anecdotes and stories and comments and short passages relating to the title.

It is the sort of book that can be dipped into at any time and place, although I personally read it all on the same day - and I am no gardener!

To summarise the numerous short tales and anecdotes is impossible and would merely deprive the reader of the pleasure of reading them.

The joy for any W. E. Johns fan is found in the details about his life and routines.

 

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For more information about the numerous SIGNED copies of “The Passing Show” that are around – just click here

 

The Passing Show

Subtitle - A Garden Diary by an Amateur Gardener

Publication Details - originally published by My Garden

 

First Edition

 

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