Sent in by David Redd this original history of London publisher Bear, Hudson Limited. For which much thanks. Here is the opening part– the rest will follow over the next few weeks..
This is the book which caught my eye:
It was small, old (1946), oddly-shaped, and from a publisher new to me, Bear Hudson Limited of London. Over a few years I acquired this and other slightly strange little books from the same firm. Bear Hudson, I discovered, had a bafflingly varied mixture of titles and writers:
- Dames Spell Trouble!
- Say It with Violence!
- Model Railway Construction!
- Make Your Own Motors!
- Women’s Legal Problems!
- N Wesley Firth!
- Eudora Welty!
- Frank Richards without Billy Bunter!
- Bob Hope!
- The Curate Finds the Corpse!
- The Case of the Indiana Torturer!
- and a possible relationship with “Bernards’ Radio Manuals”.
Forgive my lack of title-differentiation and excess of exclamation marks. I have tried investigating to make sense of the wide variation in publications, but Bear Hudson seems to have been the original moving target.
I hope my limited findings may intrigue or amuse – and I hope that someone more knowledgeable may fill in at least a few of the many gaps.
–David Redd, 5th February, 2017.