Biggles – The Camels are Coming

image002 I hate to admit it but it seems that recently I have been having a slight return to my childhood. Over the Christmas break I decided to christen my new Kindle with a copy of The Camels are Coming by Capt. W. E. Johns. This was first published on the 7th of September 1932 and was 259 pages long. The first three editions cost 7 shillings and 6 pence.

This book contains 17 short stories concerning Biggles life in 266 squadron and whilst we think of Biggles as a “Boy’s Own” kind of book, some of what is written there is quite adult in its content.

I will admit that the reason I looked for a Biggles book was partly because I want to do something aeroplane-ish in 2012, wargame wise.

I have plans … and I will publish them here shortly.

3 thoughts on “Biggles – The Camels are Coming

  1. Doug 10 January 2012 / 8:11 pm

    So how much is Biggles on the Kindle? 😉 And yes the originals were bowdlerised in later versions, so whisky bottles became 'pop' bottles and so on.


    • thomothelost 14 January 2012 / 12:38 pm

      I think it was about $13. They actually have quite a good range and one can always make sure it is in the correct order by checking


  2. David Knight 11 January 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I was a great fan of the Biggles books as a kid and, as is often the case, the early books were the best


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