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From: Anthony Cook
Posted: 13th August 2017

Hi John,

I have eight Pocomoto books from when I was school-age back in the 1950s, my parents knew to get them for me on my birthdays. They cost 10/- (ten shillings) back then and were much prized by me as a present, in an era where presents were hard to come by for all of us , not just naughty boys like me.

I grew up on a sugar-cane farm in a remote rural area called Palmyra. I was a solitary child despite having three brothers and a sister, and quite happy to be that way as long as I had a book to immerse myself in. Pocomoto was my favourite, at least until I found out there was a place called the School of Arts library in Mackay, when all my birthdays and Christmases came at once. I remember Monica Edwardsí Punchbowl Farm series as being especially, hauntingly, beautiful, even before I'd grown pubic hair. They may well be still.

I donít read my Pocomotos much these days - whoís got time anyway? And my grand-kids - maybe Iíll read them some when theyíre a bit older, Iíll see what their mum thinks.

Thanks for this website and the info on Rex Dixon to whom Iíll be forever grateful - his stories were the best part of many years of my growing up.

Thank you too Rex (Reg), love you mate.

Anthony Cook,
Northern NSW, Australia

From: Norman Adlam
Posted: Thursday 9th January 2014

Hi, John.

I read all of the Kemlo series when I was a young lad, in the 1950's!
They were singularly responsible for firing up my interest in Science, and particularly all things to do with Space.
(And I went on to make transistors and microprocessor and to write and test software for most of my career).

Why do I send you this email now? Well, I was chatting with my son about such things, and he gave me a paperback copy of Kemlo and the Star Men for Christmas!

I've just finished reading it (again), and was reminded how it was a well written (quite adult, really) book for youngsters, and this caused me to do a search on the Net and hence to find your web site.

Looking at some of the things mentioned in the book brought a smile to my face, as they were quite naive - but fine for the time when they were written - before real space research had got under way.

What else could we all hope to do, but to inspire the up and coming generation!

Thanks for the web site!

Norman Adlam

From: Patrick Baker
Posted: Sunday 13th May 2012

Dear John Allsup and Mike McGarry

Many thanks for your very interesting books web sites. Ah, nostalgia!

I first became a Pocomoto fan in 1954, and in recent years finally completed the collection begun at that time!

If you would like to use the attached cover compilation I would be delighted to share it with all who might be interested.

With Best Wishes


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Many thanks for this, Patrick, and for letting others see books we haven't cast eyes on yet. Your help is appreciated in clearing up some anomalies and errors relating to books we haven't seen ourselves. Thanks again ! John and Mike.

From: Angela Thorne
Posted: Sunday 11th December 2011

I thought I would just send you a quick email to say how both my partner (male) and I (female) enjoyed the Kemlo books. Or in my case, "book", as I never came across any other Kemlos except for the one I had bought for me at some point in my youth. This was "Kemlo and the Star Men", and I still have it and still read it from time to time.
My partner apparently was luckier and got most of the Kemlo books out from his library in Leeds, but he never was lucky enough to own one!
Incidentally my Kemlo is the poor man's version, the paperback by Merlin.

It's a pity that Hamlyn only published that book and "Kemlo and the Space Lanes" as Merlin paperbacks back in the late 1960s. With 23 to choose from there was surely scope.
Lovely to hear from you - and to know that you have held on to the book and indeed still read it from time to time.

From: Terry Chivers
Posted: Sunday, 13th November 2011

Hi John

Found your website through the note in Acksherley!* and it got me quite goose-pimply Ė I didnít think anyone else in the world had even heard of Tas and the Postal Rocket, let alone read it! (OK, I realise itís probably Mike whoís read it, but you know what I mean!)

I was given a brand-new copy of the book for my 10th birthday, although by then it had been published for two years. I was never able to find the second Tas book and wasnít particularly interested in reading the Kemlo series (donít know why). My Postal Rocket copy is still good, despite it having its dustwrapper laminated in clear sticky-backed plastic during the early seventies when, as a young primary teacher (before I realised teaching was not all it was cracked up to be), I included it in my class library. I even read it aloud to one class of ten-year-olds, who were delighted. (A regular book for years in my read-aloud selection was Seven White Gates, but that, as they say, is another story!)

I have searched my considerable collection of childrenís books but can find no other titles by Robert Martin or any of his other pseudonyms. I shall, however, now be keeping my eyes open on the bookstalls! Thanks for your website Ė I shall re-visit it, so keep up the good work, you and Mike. I keep promising myself that one day Iíll get off my backside and join a Malcolm Saville Society Gathering. If this amazing event ever happens (my wife thinks Iím slightly mad to even contemplate giving up precious non-work time in this fashion!), we may get to meet up. Perhaps when I retire next year, who knows .....

Kind regards

Terry Chivers

* Acksherley! is the quarterly magazine of the Malcolm Saville Society.

From: Steve Axford
Posted: 30th October 2011

Good morning,

Many thanks for your site; I see a Sheila had put some information on your site. Is it possible to thank her for the Kemlo books written by Reginald, they gave me many years of pleasure as a child.
I am now 65 and still remember his books; I did manage to get one a couple of years ago but as I live at three or four different addresses in the UK I am not sure where it is now. The Kemlo series got me into Si Fi and still am a great fan.

Thank you Sheila for your uncle`s work must admit have a lump in my throat writing this email.

Stephen Axford

Thank you Steve, - Sheila's emails were to another site and we've been unable to contact her - but I hope that she may 'keep an eye open' and find this site and read your message. It reflects the continued enthusiasm for the books that her aunt played a part in.
Thanks again, John.

Click this link to go to the page with Shelia's emails refered to in Steve's message.

This page is part of the Reginald Alec Martin Website. To enter this site by the front door, click here.