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True to the Trefoil: A Celebration of Fictional Girl Guides

Published February 2010

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In 1910 a new figure entered the world of girls’ fiction when Baden-Powell introduced Girl Guiding into Britain. True to the Trefoil celebrates 100 years of that staunch and strong-hearted heroine, the Girl Guide and the fiction in which she appears. The book looks both at the many specialist Guiding writers and at the way Guiding was incorporated into other genres by authors such as Elinor M Brent-Dyer. Affectionate, informative and fun, this book has a colour frontispiece and many illustrations.

True to the Trefoil includes:

Individual chapters on Guiding themes in Elinor M Brent-Dyer, Elsie J Oxenham and Antonia Forest

Hilary Clare’s overview of Guiding fiction

Mary Cadogan on Guiding stories in annuals

A history of Guiding and of B-P’s life

The story of one Company – the fact behind the fiction

Features discussing the major motifs in Guiding fiction

Máiréad Campbell on magazine stories about Guides

Helen Vincent on class in Guiding

A fascinating comparison of the two editions of Terry, the Girl-Guide

Glossary of Guiding terms

Extensive bibliography