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Joyce Lankester Brisley's Milly-Molly-Mandy books have been charming and entertaining children for nearly seventy years, no mean feat when you consider they've barely been merchandised. Yet Millicent Margaret Amanda, the schoolgirl of indeterminate age who wears a pink-striped cotton frock everywhere, has remained a minor literary sensation in the under-sevens set. These pages pay tribute to these stories, reflecting how much I enjoyed them as a child in the 1970s (which in turn probably reflects how much my mother enjoyed them as a child in the 1940s and 50s).

Note, though, that this is not a hagiographic tribute: at my age, I'm incapable of looking at these stories through the innocent eyes of childhood (even assuming such an assinine concept exists). In what follows, I will freely mock the more trite, predictable and stupid aspects of the books, ruthlessly seeking out innuendo and inconsistency and interpreting the material in a manner I'm sure the author (a sweet maiden lady, as far as we can tell) never intended. Nonetheless, practically everything you might want to know about the Milly-Molly-Mandy books can be found within these pages.

By clicking on the main navigational links in the frame below, you can learn about the four Milly-Molly-Mandy books, the 45 stories contained in those books, the characters and setting, other Milly-Molly-Mandy information on the Web, and a stack of general information about and analysis of the stories. Much of it is interesting; some of it may be offensive to those with rose-coloured views of the good old days when children behaved themselves, but then, Gusworld as a site is like that anyway, so don't come complaining to me.