Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street

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Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street is an English children's book by Eve Garnett which was first published by Heinemann in 1956. It is the first of two sequels to Garnett's Carnegie Prize-winning book, The Family from One End Street, which was published by Muller in 1937.

Eve Garnett originally wrote The Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street shortly after The Family from One End Street had been published to general acclaim in 1937. However, before The Further Adventures could be published the manuscript was badly damaged in an accidental fire at her parents' home in 1941 in which she lost nearly all her possessions. By 1950 some of the chapters had been deciphered and were published in Collins Magazine, but Garnett then abandoned the work of recovering the rest of the manuscript. Eventually she deciphered most of the burned pages. That part of the manuscript which remained completely illegible had already been published in Junior Bookshelf magazine. The two elements were combined and Heinemann published the book in hard-back in 1956. Consequently its setting is the 1930s; earlier than its publication date. It first appeared in Puffin Books in 1963.

This is the story of the Ruggles siblings Kate, Peg and Jo - three of the seven children of Mr Ruggles the dustman and Mrs Ruggles the washerwoman - who go on holiday to the Dew Drop Inn (located in the imaginary village of Upper Cassington) while they convalescence from the measles.

Garnett subsequently wrote a final book in the series, Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn, which details Kate's return visit to Upper Cassington alone the following summer, with the setting remaining as the late 1930s. This was first published by Heinemann in 1962.

All material has been extracted from a biography about Garnett written by her nephew, Terence Molloy: Eve Garnett: Artist, Illustrator, Author, Book Guild Publishing, Lewes, 2002.