The Young Visiters, Hardback
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The Young Visiters or Mr Salteena's Plan is a comic masterpiece that has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1919.

A classic story of life and love in later Victorian England as seen from the nursery window, it was written in 1890 by nine-year-old Daisy Ashford.

It all starts when Alfred Salteena, who is 'not quite the right side of the blanket', takes young Ethel Montacue to stay with his friend Bernard Clarke...Daisy Ashford has an exquisite eye for matchmaking and manners in English society, and her tale, with its hilarious observation and idiosyncratic spelling, is as irresistible today as it ever was.

This edition of The Young Visiters is illustrated with drawings by Posy Simmonds which are as enchanting and witty as the story.

The text has been transcribed from the original manuscript and includes J.M.

Barrie's famous preface to the first edition. A BBC1 drama adapted from the novel, and starring Jim Broadbent as Mr Salteena, is to be broadcast in December 2003.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 80 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780701127251



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A delightful story, and noted also for the illustrations of Posy Simmonds. Written by a young girl, but quite famous for the immense number of phrases that are innocent but have a soert of double entendre to them for the louche adult eye. Simmonds' illustrations tend to enhance the process!

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