British Girl’s Annual

Here is a checklist for The British Girl’s Annual, which was published from 1910 to 1933, a total of 24 books. From 1910 to 1926, it was published by Cassell, and from 1927 it was published by Amalgamated Press. If you look at second-hand book sites like Abebooks or eBay, you’ll find a great deal of confusing descriptions of these books, with many of them appearing undated and simply described as “the first story is …” or “the cover shows …”. This is mainly because the annuals were only explicitly dated on the dust jacket, spine or title page between 1910 and 1920. Annuals issued between 1920 and 1926 have a printer’s code at the bottom of the final page. Annuals published from 1922 to 1926 have a serial number at the bottom left of the title page which indicates that this is the nth annual issued.

Although the annuals were published every year between 1910 and 1933, there is a gap in the “title date,” the year that the book was claimed to be for. The “British Girl’s Annual for 1910” was published in 1910, and so on up to and including 1914. However, that made each book seem out of date only a week after the child had unwrapped it on Christmas Day, so the annual published in 1915 was the “British Girl’s Annual for 1916.”

There is a corresponding “British Boy’s Annual.”

Notes on the table below:

Pub. 1910

First: “The Strategy of Maud” by Ralph Simmonds / Long: “My Twins and How I Found Them” by Lilian F. Wevill

Pub. 1911

First: “The Courage of Ross” by Ralph Simmonds / Long: “Miss, from Boarding School” by Dorothea Moore

Pub. 1912

First: “A Cheerful Companion” by Dorothy à Beckett Terrell / Long: “The Migration of Kitty” by Doris A. Pocock

Pub. 1913

First: “A Schoolgirl Friendship” by Dorothea Moore / Long: “A Fair Jacobite” by M. Lefuse

Pub. 1914

First: “Hilda, Heroics and Hockey” by Doris A. Pocock / Long: “The Mysterious Schoolgirl” by Dorothea Moore

Pub. 1915

First: “Vic and the Refugee” by Agnes Adams / Long: “Philippa of England” by Dorothea Moore

Pub. 1916

First: “A War Pixie” by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey / Long: “The Little Countess of the Revolution” by Violet M. Methley

Pub. 1917

First: “St Hilda’s Hostel” by Angela Brazil / Long: “The Girl who was Different” by Ethel Talbot

Pub. 1918

First: “The Third Form Strike” by Angela Brazil / Long: “Luck!” by Ethel Talbot

Pub. 1919

First: “The Choice” / Long: “King Monmouth” by Violet M. Methley

Pub. 1920

First/Long: “The Gold Medal Girl” by Constance Haywood

Pub. 1921

First: “For the Red Rose” by Estrith Mansfield / Long: “Tickles and the Talking Cave” by Elsie Jeanette Oxenham

Pub. 1922

First: “Marvels of Sea-Shore Life” by Leo Walmsley / Long: “Fortunes in the Fire” by Doris A. Pocock

Pub. 1923

First: “A Knight Errant” by W. H. Morris / Long: “The Adventures of Avice” by May Wynne

Pub. 1924

First: “Mistress Cinderella” by Dorothea Moore / Long: “The Mystery of the Diamond Serpent” by Ethel Talbot

Pub. 1925

First: “Diana of the Snows” by Elizabeth Marc / Long: “The Girl from Nowhere” by Nancy M. Hayes

Pub. 1926

First: “Patients–Good and Otherwise” by Helen M. Sidebotham / Long: “The Riddle of the Crimson Fez” by Ethel Talbot

Pub. 1927

First: “In the Land of the Sheikhs” by Harold J. Shepstone / Long: “Darry the Dauntless” by Dorothea Moore

Pub. 1928

First: “The Lady of Strathcrossie” by Marjorie Bowen / Long: “Skipper and Co.” by Ethel Talbot

Pub. 1929

First: “Friday Night’s Dream” by Christine Chaundler / Long: “Stella Morgan’s Double” by Eveline M. Williams

Pub. 1930

First: “Elizabeth” by John Mowbray (subtitle: “A Tale of the Ice”) / Long: “Four A and the Christmas Play” by Christine Chaundler

Pub. 1931

First: “Adam and the Bear Cub” by H. Mortimer Batten / Long: “The Purple Parrot” by Dorothea Moore

Pub. 1932

First: “An Apple-pie Bed for the Head” by Christine Chaundler / Long: “The Secret of the Fens” by Frances Cowan

Pub. 1933

First: “The Amateur Sleuths” by Christine Chaundler / Long: “The Priceless Pet” by Bessie Marchant