Orlando the Marmalade Cat
Orlando the Marmalade Cat is definitely Aldeburgh's most famous visitor: in 1952 he brought his wife Grace and their kittens to stay in 'Owlbarrow', where they stayed on the beached ship the Iona, now no longer in existence. Kathleen Hale's books have been treasured by children and now grown-ups since they were first published. Only two of the many titles are still in print: A Seaside Holiday (hardback, £20.00) and A Camping Holiday (paperback, £7.99).
We have purchased the merchandising rights from Kathleen Hale's publishers Frederick Warne at Penguin, and can offer an exclusive range of Orlando-iana:
We have two prints from the Aldeburgh / Owlbarrow Seaside Holiday book.
The first is an image of the front cover, depicting Orlando and his wife Grace in front of the Iona. £12.50 (61cm x 41cm)
We also stock a china mug with this image: £12.50
The second image depicts the beach scene of Owlbarrow, in which all the principal sights of Aldeburgh can be seen in one view. A charming impossibility. The humans portrayed in the scene are real characters, either known to Kathleen Hale, or well-known residents of Aldeburgh. Kathleen Hale's husband is floating in the sea to the left of the picture. £20.00 (16 x 24 inches)
We also stock two sizes of wooden jigsaw puzzle of this image (75 and 140 pieces).
Exclusive to The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Postcards 60p each