This hardback book was published by Richard Griffiths in 2006 to celebrate fifty years since the film and book were first released. It is in mint condition and is complete and unabridged.
Malcolm Saville was approached by The Children’s Film Foundation and asked to write a screenplay about Spring Valley Mill on the outskirts of Ardleigh, Essex. The film was premièred in January 1957.
We are used to his stories featuring real locations but, unusually, this story features real people too – the Pettit family who lived at the mill. The family, together with their pets, starred in the film and the father, Harry Pettit, illustrated the book.
It is entirely appropriate that the original Harry Pettit illustrations, jacket and map are used in this fine book. As well as the story, this new book contains images from the film, explanations of how the film version varies from the printed story and personal recollections of the making of the film. The appendix includes an outline of the mill’s fascinating and action-packed history. Merrilyn Boorman (née Pettit), who starred in the film, has kindly assisted with this additional material.