CROSSROADS: A FAMILY AFFAIR by KEITH MILES
This book is a great piece of Crossroads merchandise - and is really rather sought after (compared to the previous 4 novels that were released). The original four novels were written by Malcolm Hulke and focussed on the early years of the show, whereas this book was written by Keith Miles (who also worked on the TV series) and it focuses on story-lines from the late 1970's.
In fact it was actually published twice in the early 1980s - initially by "Mirror Books" in 1980/1 and later by Arthur Baker Limited.
The story-lines include:
The arrival of Chris Hunter at the motel with his tough French girlfriend
The dilemma over whether Lynn Baxter should marry Sandy
The agoraphobic Muriel Baines and the "Victor Lee" scandal
The kidnap and death of Hugh Mortimer
The version shown above is the later, hardback one - and my copy - like a lot that appear on ebay - was at one time a library copy. Apart from the "Withdrawn" stamp from Kirklees Libraries, the book is in excellent condition.
The ISBN for the hardback version is 0 213 16727 1 Rather sadly, this version does not include the fantastic drawings that were in the original softback edition - which isn't even a paperback - more a sort of magazine really.
|Original edition: Mirror Books- ISBN 0 85939 146 9 (Price: 75p)|
So how rare is it compared to the other Crossroads novels? In early November 2016, another ex-library copy of this book sold on ebay for £77 - (whereas the other books sell for a couple of quid)
Not a bad return on the original jacket price £5.25!
|Episode 3359 - September 1980|