Biggles flies again at Canelo with first new hardback editions in 70 years.

May 04, 2022

Canelo is proud to be issuing the first hardback editions in 70 years of two Biggles titles, Biggles in the Baltic (first published 1940) and Biggles Sees It Through (first published 1941). The editions will include a new introduction from John Nichol, former RAF Tornado navigator and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Spitfire and Lancaster.

The Biggles stories were written by Captain William Earl Johns between 1930 and 1968. Johns was a pilot in the First World War himself, and penned around 100 Biggles tales upon his retirement from the service. The tales followed the adventures of intrepid fighter ace James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth through the First and Second World Wars and beyond. They became stalwart classics of the boy’s-own adventure genre, and continue to have a strong nostalgic appeal.

Biggles in the Baltic and Biggles Sees It Through are two classic Second World War tales. Baltic is set at the declaration of war in 1939, and sees Biggles take his good friends Algy, Lacey and Ginger to an island in the Baltic with a secret natural sea cave, from which they launch daring raids upon the Germans. In Biggles Sees It Through, Biggles & Co. respond to Finland’s call for international aid when the Soviet Union invaded in the short-lived Winter War, and find themselves caught up in a race to recover sensitive documents.

Craig Lye, commissioning editor at Canelo, secured hardback print rights from Becky Brown and Norah Perkins at Curtis Brown for the two Biggles titles by Captain W. E. Johns. They will both be published on 12 September 2022 as B-format gift edition hardbacks priced at £9.99. In addition, Canelo is issuing these and nine other Biggles tales as ebooks, many for the first time ever, between February and July 2022.

Lye says: ‘It is an honour and a privilege to be working on Biggles and to be issuing the first hardback editions in decades. These stories mean so much to so many people, and we have worked hard to ensure our editions reflect that special status. These hardbacks are set to be gorgeous books that readers can treasure and pass on to the next generation of Biggles fans.’

Norah Perkins and Becky Brown say: ‘It’s a thrill to see these classic Biggles stories back in print, and with such perfect covers. We are sure these books will delight both old fans and new discoverers of Biggles alike. Chocks away!’

Canelo is a commercial fiction and non-fiction publisher with an industry-leading royalty offer and was shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards 2021. 

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