This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the fourth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me

Four Chalet School books… 

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As you might know from a previous blog post, we had a wonderful donation of some of the Chalet School books some time ago and we are selling them online on ABEbooks.

We used to have quite a decent sized collection and luckily for you, we still have four of them left! Wouldn’t one of them make an excellent Christmas present for Chalet School enthusiast?


The Chalet School is a series of approximately sixty school story novels by Elinor Brent-Dyer, published between 1925 and 1970. They are extremely popular books nowadays and hardbacks complete with dust-jackets are highly sought after.


The stories happen in a school initially located in Austria. It moves to Guernsey in 1939, following the rise to power of the Nazi Party, then to “Plas Howell”, a house on the border of England and Wales, then to St Briavels, close to the English-Welsh border, and finally to Switzerland.

The sister of the main character, Jo, founds the school to generate a much needed income and look after young Jo, who is ill. The books follow their lives and that of other girls at the school, and sees them growing up and having children of their own who attend the Chalet School themselves.


The Chalet School books are fun to read when you’re a kid, but this puzzling, silly, repetitious, unintentionally funny, pious, charming and peculiar series is even better when you’re an adult, which is why prices of Elinor M Brent-Dyer hardbacks are going through the roof.

Suzi Feay, the Independent, November 3rd, 1996.

On our ABEbooks, you can currently find:


You can also browse all of our books on our ABEbooks and you might find some treasures! Just click here.

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…Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming kit for the refugees.

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