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The Bumper Book series (c. 1954 onwards)


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These were large format omnibus volumes that contained a variety of stories by different authors, and were reprinted from various sources. The series was originally published by Beaver Books, but Spring books took over reprinting many volumes at some point. Many books do not contain a publication date, so actual dates would be speculative (though my copy of volume 3 has an inscription in the front "Second Prize 1954"). The series went up to at least volume 38. Charles Hamilton stories were reprinted from Billy Bunterís Own, Tom Merryís Own and Raymond Glendenningís Book of Sport for Boys, although not every Bumper Book contained stories by Charles Hamilton. Those books with confirmed content are listed below:

 

1: Sunshine Story Book for Girls

(Dust wrapper: a girl holding a spaniel dog)

Bessie Bunter Forgets

Hilda Richards

TMO 1953

Jack and Jill [Jack of All Trades]

Frank Richards

BBO 1954

2: Every Girlís Story Book

(Dust wrapper: Two girls leaning over a wooden gate giving sugar lumps to a foal)

Bessie Bunterís Big Idea

Hilda Richards

BBO 1954

3: Every Boyís Story Book

(Dust wrapper: two boys discover a room in a castle full of treasure)

16

The Rio Kid Rides Again

Ralph Redway

TMO 1953

50

Bad Luck for Bundle Ė A School Story of 1970 [Dolcot]

Frank Richards

TMO 1954

62

Bad Luck for Billy Bunter

Frank Richards

TMO 1951

109

Foes of the Forest [Lyn Strong & Bobolobo]

Charles Hamilton

BBO 1953

115

Spot of Luck [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1951

4: Grand Story Book for Boys

(Dust wrapper: a boy with his black and white dog looking down at a boat in the sea)

Perkinsonís Promise [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1951

Jimmy the Shark [King of the Islands]

Charles Hamilton

TMO 1952

Trouble for Three [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1954

The Rio Kidís Close Call

Ralph Redway

TMO 1954

Skipís Secret [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1952

5: Happy Story Book

(Dust wrapper: a boy and a girl on a horse)

Jolly Good Sport [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1952

Skipís Scheme [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1954

Chancing It With Charne [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1950

Man Wanted [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1955

6: Popular Story Book

(Dust wrapper: a boy and girl playing with a yacht on a beach)

Skip on the Spot [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1953

Skipís Game [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1953

A Fortune in Pearls [King of the Islands]

Charles Hamilton

TMO 1950

Who Cares for McCane? [School for Slackers]

Charles Hamilton

TMO 1954

Truantís Luck [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1955

7: Bedtime Story Book

(Dust wrapper: a boy and two girls on a beach, throwing a ball to a dog)

Winter Walk [Grimslade]

Frank Richards

TMA 1949

Unexpected [Felgate]

Frank Richards

BBO 1956

£5,000 Reward [King of the Islands]

Charles Hamilton

TMA 1949

8: Mammoth Story Book

(Dust wrapper: a boy on a horse, and a girl with some chickens)

Not Out [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1953

The Ghost of St. Jimís

Martin Clifford

TMO 1951

The Treasure of Temooka [King of the Islands]

Charles Hamilton

BBO 1953

9: Bumper Story Book for Boys

(Dust wrapper: boys around a campfire)

[Rookwood]

Owen Conquest

10: Treasure Story Book for Boys

(Dust wrapper: three boys steering a sailing ship)

Tough on Turkey [Carcroft]

Frank Richards

TMO 1951

[St. Jimís]

Martin Clifford

11: Super Story Book for Boys

Sportsman [Carcroft]

Frank Richards

Pie November 1946

17: Adventure Story Book for Boys

Winning Through [Felgate]

Frank Richards

RGBOS 1955

21: Giant Story Book for Boys

(Dust wrapper: a boy in a swimming pool)

Just Like Jack [Jack of All Trades & Greyfriars]

Frank Richards

TMA 1949

23: Speed Stories for Boys

(Dust wrapper: boys and drivers in the pits at a Grand Prix race)

Just Like Bunter

Frank Richards

TMO 1954

29: The Worldwide Book for Boys

(Dust wrapper: Two boys hiking in the mountains)

Gussyís Island

Martin Clifford

TMO 1953

31: Ace Story Book for Boys

(Dust wrapper: A boy imagining a variety of sporting activities)

45

Billy Bunter for Christmas

Frank Richards

TMO 1950

86

A Rag at Carcroft

Frank Richards

TMO 1952


Bumper Book series 1 "Sunshine Story Book for Girls" © Beaver Books c. 1955 Bumper Book series 3 "Every Boy's Story Book" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 5 "Happy Story Book" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 6 "Popular Story Book" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 8 "Mammoth Story Book" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 10 "Treasure Story Book for Boys" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 23 "Speed Stories for Boys" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 29 "The Worldwide Book for Boys" © Beaver Books Bumper Book series 31 "Ace Story Book for Boys" © Beaver Books c. 1958


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