Welcome to our Topsy-Turvy catalogue site. We are collectors, Sally Dore and Betula O'Neill, who have begun to sell children's books to help us buy more for our own collections of books. Below the illustration on this page you will find details of what we have on our website.
Important information: Our Fifth Bristol Conference, on Twentieth Century Schoolgirls and Their Books, took place at the end of July 2016, and was much enjoyed by all. The dual themes which many of the talks were children's book series, and hobbies, and we were delighted that Prof Victor Watson joined us to talk about his research and its impact on him as the author of a children's series. We'll be producing a booklet of the talks. For more information about the conference and booking click here
Best wishes, Betula and Sally
Our catalogue. Here is our autumn catalogue ,with
a wide range of children's books and a choice selection of
other titles for adults. We have very
much enjoyed our contact with other children's book devotees over the
years. We do hope you'll enjoy browsing.
We also do gift certificates if you'd like to add them to your birthday or Christmas wish list and be certain of getting something you like! (Those on our mailing list get advance warning of when our new catalogues are issued - contact either of us to be added.)
Both of us stock the new titles published by Greyladies and by Girls Gone By Publishers (GGBP), Books to Treasure, and some other publishers. Click here for further details.
We hope you will find our site interesting and perhaps track down a book you’ve been seeking. Although we do occasionally include books written for adults, and a few picture books, we concentrate on twentieth century children's fiction, with school stories a particular strength.
To move around the site, use the buttons in the left margin or click on any text that is highlighted and underlined.
Please see the Information on forthcoming books for some of the newly reprinted classics that are coming up soon. Don't forget, we can supply our Topsy-Turvy gift certificates to your nearest and dearest if you want to request them for your birthday and make sure you'll get a present you really do want! Or how about asking for one for Easter - better for the waistline than a chocolate Easter Egg, and more lasting too!
Only those on our mailing list receive advance information about our new sales lists. If you would like to be added, please see the relevant section of our Catalogues page.
On the site you can:-
Learn about Topsy-Turvy:
View our catalogue - and then e-mail us to place orders (sorry we haven’t worked out how to do that via the site yet - maybe one day...!). Please note that postage is extra, charged at cost. You can also read more about methods of payment and our returns policy.
Find other links about authors of interest to children's book collectors
All Malcolm Saville enthusiasts will find exciting news of a possible reprint on our Authors page.
If you collect books by Geoffrey Trease, you may be interested in the Geoffrey Trease Society. Please click here for more details.
Find out how to buy Topsy Turvy gift certificates - keep another pair of slippers at bay !
Find out about new Chalet titles and other newly reprinted books
Find out how to go on our mailing list for either the e-mail or the printed catalogue (if you do this, you will get advance warning of when a new catalogue will be appearing).
Please e-mail our long-suffering webmaster (Mark) if you have any technical hints, tips or comments.