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APW/8/SAD - Saddlebottom

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DKS submits SADDLEBOTTOM on 1/11/87. “It’s the same length as THE SHEEP-PIG, and like that one, was born reasonably easily, whereas HARRY’S MAD for example was a very difficult delivery.”

- Blurb on SADDLEBOTTOM [written by PT].

SADDLEBOTTOM is submitted to Gollancz and there’s news that CHEWING THE CUD was turned down by Hamish Hamilton, the third publisher to have seen it. PT writes “I am reluctant to give up …”

DKS meets with Liz Attenborough (Puffin) and he passes her comments on SADDLEBOTTOM to PT. Mary Rayner was considered as illustrator and then Alice Englander. DKS expresses his concerns about Englander’s illustrations, in his letter to PT dated 13/2/85. He is fairly resigned to it being Gollancz’ decision in the end.

DKS is in the early stages of writing a pet book [DICK AND DODO’S BOOK OF PETS] for Liz Attenborough.

Gollancz make an offer on SADDLEBOTTOM (letter, 25/1/85). The contract models that of HARRY’S MAD.

PT writes to Polly Dunnit who is leaving Gollancz (30/1/85).

HARRY’S MAD was starting on the television programme Jackanory. PT submits SADDLEBOTTOM to Jackanory at BBC TV.

SADDLEBOTTOM is sent to the agency Borchardt in the US. It is described as a natural successor to THE SHEEP-PIG.

Little, Brown & Co. turn down SADDLEBOTTOM, so do Viking, Crown, Atlantic, Atheneum, Harper, Holt, Greenwillow and Henry Holt and Company “American children would find it difficult to understand much of the colloquial dialogue and references.”

Chivers Press sign up for audio book rights in SADDLEBOTTOM as well as large print rights in SADDLEBOTTOM and A BOX OF NOTHING; rights are also granted to RNIB Talking Book Service.

- Correspondence on a BBC contract for the serialisation of SADDLEBOTTOM in the programme Playschool which would be broadcast in 12 x 5.5 minute episodes.

Correspondence with Chivers about US rights; and plans for selling complete and unabridged children’s recordings in new packaging to book clubs and the trade (20/23/87).

SADDLEBOTTOM is submitted to Walt Disney Pictures. A letter of receipt is dated 27/9/88.

Draft contract and correspondence with the BBC for videogram rights in SADDLEBOTTOM for the programme Jackanory, January 1989.

Letter from DKS, on Fox Busters Ltd headed note-paper (DKS is a Director), to Rod Hall (AP Watt) asking about the progress of the Kennedy Miller Australian project to film THE SHEEP-PIG, 17/1/89.

Other titles referred to in this file: HARRY’S MAD, A BOX OF NOTHING, and THE SHEEP-PIG.
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