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The Five Shilling Holiday

An accident caused by Patience’s exuberance causes David to cut himself badly on a broken lemonade glass. Luckily Guy is on hand to stop the flow and get his cousin to the doctor. Laid up because of shock David is keen that Guy should lead the attempt to prove that the usual group of children can survive on five shillings during a week.

Publishing history
Burke, 1955, illus Joanna Curzon
Reprinted 1960, Burke Falcon Library

The Patience series
They Called Her Patience
It Was All Through Patience
So Guy Came Too
The Five Shilling Holiday

 

Summary (Jim Mackenzie)

This is the fourth and final book in the “Patience” series. Certain details mentioned in it interlock with characters, places and events to be found in the “Marjorie” series.

In this book Lorna Hill is even more ruthless in the way she disposes of David and replaces him with Guy. An accident caused by Patience’s exuberance causes David to cut himself badly on a broken lemonade glass. Luckily Guy is on hand to stop the flow and get his cousin to the doctor. Laid up because of shock David is keen that Guy should lead the attempt to prove that the usual group of children can survive on five shillings during a week. Guy plans an expedition to Lindisfarne or Holy Island where an aunt of his has a vacant bungalow amongst the dunes. They duly arrive at the bungalow and a series of minor adventures follow. Patience gets trapped on a rock. They all get lost in a mist and end up in the castle. They make friends with Henry, a boy with a mysterious secret; they help an injured gull; they take part in a village gala. Judy and Guy have another tremendous argument as once more he succeeds in making her behave according to his standards rather than her own wilfulness.

Jim Mackenzie 25.1.2005.

 

 

 

Lorna Hill