Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were Milly-Molly-Mandy and Billy Blunt by Joyce Lankester Brisley and The Summer of Sir Lancelot by Richard Gordon. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

Milly-Molly-Mandy and Billy Blunt is one of those much loved books from my childhood. I loved this book and read it many, many times. I always wanted to find more Milly-Molly-Mandy books but never did. When I check Booktopia I find heaps but it was a different era and books were harder to find.

Milly-Molly-Mandy and Billy Blunt by Joyce Lankester Brisley

The Summer of Sir Lancelot is from the same era but with a totally different target market in mind. I actually picked this one up from an op shop in the last couple of years. It’s from the Doctor in the House series which has been made into a series of movies starring Dirk Bogarde and also a TV series.

The Summer of Sir Lancelot by Richard Gordon

The Link

I could be facetious and make the connection of the era these books were published in as they were published in 1967 and 1965 but that’d just be silly.

I was considering telling you the connection is the fact that they both have stamps in the front but that sounds rather silly also. The stamp in the front of The Summer of Sir Lancelot is a bookshop stamp while the one in the front of Milly-Molly-Mandy and Billy Blunt is my own personal stamp. Mum and Dad had them made up when we were kids to make getting ready for school that much easier, I still have mine in my drawer. It only had my name but I’m still excited by it.

The connection I’m really making is that each book is about friends. Milly-Molly-Mandy is all about friends and doing things together with them while The Summer of Sir Lancelot has friends being together and doing things together.

Next Week!

Next week I’ve pulled down The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin and Two Joans at the Abbey by E. J. Oxenham. What have I left myself in for? I should stop complaining because at first glance it looks really promising. I’ve got to get it right sometime.