a post I did about Blackpool or, more specifically, my granny's love of Blackpool.
In that post, I mentioned a book that she had 'grangerised', that is decorated with pictures and so on. At the time, I couldn't lay hands on it, but I found it last night. I think it's wonderful. It's a novel called Leading Lady set in the glamorous world of Blackpool theatre. It's just a fusty novel published in 1947, but I think Granny must have bought it secondhand in about 1973 as all the pictures she's stuck in it date from the Seventies and there's a clipping from the Daily Mail of August 16 1973 about Blackpool's Grand Theatre being saved from re-development.
Granny made a brilliant cover for the book from an eyewateringly bright poster plus a rather saucy flyer for the 'Folies Striptease' and a leaflet advertising the film of The Bible, showing at the Palladium Cinema, Blackpool (starring John Huston as Noah). This is the spine:
I like the madness of all the pictures (which carry on through the book) and I might even read the book one day. "Peter swung out of the station with a cheerful step, intending to deposit his bag at the nearby hotel where he had booked a room. Just as he came out into the street, a voice behind him exclaimed, 'Ee! There go t'illuminations!' and the grey outline of the Tower, rising close in front of him above the roofs, was suddenly split from head to foot by zigzag lines of light, while its summit blazed forth like an imperial crown."