I don’t remember mine, but it must have been a Sooty or Joe 90 Annual—I still have Sooty (handed down to my son), but sadly Joe 90 went AWOL long ago.
I lived with my grandparents as a kid and they had kept my father’s Film Fun Annuals from the 1940s. I recall reading the comic-book style stories about Laurel and Hardy, and Abbott and Costello et al.
In fact, Enid Blyton’s books inspired me to write (and illustrate!) my own adventure book as a ten-year-old: Sand Island!
So while I don’t remember the first book I read, I do remember the first book I wrote, 45 years ago! What about you?
© 2017 Robert Fairhead
NB. You might also be interested in this blog post, The Gorilla Hunters by RM Ballantyne (March 2018). It’s about one of my father’s first books.
Welcome to the blog posts and selected writing of a middle-aged dad and dog owner. Among other things, Robert is an editor and writer at Tall And True, an online showcase and forum for writers, readers and publishers. In 2020, he published his first collection of short stories, Both Sides of the Story (available from Amazon).