Judy Taylor Hough

Young At Heart

So Much to Tell


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Puffin by Design: 70 Years of Imagination – 1940–2010


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The title of Valerie Grove’s enchanting and fast-flowing biography of Kaye Webb is entirely apt – So Much to Tell. Even those of us who came to know Kaye in the 1960s and 1970s had little idea of how colourful her life had been before she became ‘Fat Puffin’, the dynamic editor of Puffin Story Books. We knew that she had been married to the cartoonist – and Japanese prisoner-of-war veteran – Ronald Searle, and that he had left her to join his new love in Paris leaving only a ‘By the time you get this …’ sort of letter. What we did not know was that the Searle twins had first been registered as the children of her then husband, Andrew Keith, and that Kaye had been married twice before she became Mrs Searle. Once asked at a party what lay behind her success with men, Kaye replied: ‘The promise of comfort, darling.’ 

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