I had no idea there were people Just Like Me who enjoyed reading their favourite children’s books written decades ago. On a whim, while on maternity leave with my first child, I looked up Chalet School on Facebook and found not one but three groups dedicated to people Just Like Me.
I’ve bought and sold books, I’ve had heated conversations about important subjects such as Order Marks and how to pronounce Evadne and I’ve been delighted to see life updates from virtual friends.
I still adore these books and the groups and I still feel enormous reassurance that my love of schools stories first published in the 1920s is perfectly normal. I’ve nearly completed my collection of unabridged stories, including some particularly treasured hardbacks and a first edition of the first Chalet School book I ever read.
Today I sent some of my duplicates off to new homes. I’m not making a lot from the sale and I don’t really care because it sparks a lot of joy to send well loved books off to new homes, safe in the knowledge they’re going to like minded people.