Book Wanted

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Jedburgh22, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Life of a Jungle Walla
    Geraldine Peacock
    Stockwell 1958

    Should anyone have a copy of this book at a reasonable price I'd be most interested

  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Try Abebooks they are normally good
  3. Vitesse

    Vitesse Senior Member

    None on ABE. The only copies I could trace were in the five copyright libraries.

    Being brutally honest, this thing will most likely be rarer than hen's teeth. Stockwells are probably the most infamous vanity publisher in the UK, so I'm afraid that Mrs(?) Peacock will have been left to her own devices to dispose of them. No doubt copies went to friends and family, but sales through the trade would have been virtually nil. It may be that as few as a couple of hundred copies existed in the first place.
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  5. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Probably be quicker to photocopy the original in the British Library - interesting book Col Peacock was reckoned to be the finest guerrilla leader of WWII by no less a person than Bill Slim - he rose from Sgt to Lt Col during WWII operating with SOE in Abyssinya and Burma where he commanded the Charachter Operations which decimated two hardened Japanese Divisions his troops were mainly Karens and kachins led by Jedburgh veterans from the French campaign in 1944.
  6. Oggie2620

    Oggie2620 Senior Member

    I tried Alibris and Amazon they had nothing either...
  7. adgilcan

    adgilcan New Member


    I am the grandson of Edgar Peacock and I hold the copyright on the book. I have been thinking of republishing The Life of a Jungle Wallah but I am not sure how much interest there would actually be.

    Perhaps you could give me an indication here.

    Very many thanks

    Duncan Gilmour
    Trustee H4FA
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  8. pittaway

    pittaway Junior Member

    there is one in the Durban Library!
    regards Jonathan
    see my website
    always looking for more pics of the Rhodesian.

    Attached Files:

  9. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Greetings Duncan,

    I implore you, if any possibility exists, to republish this book.

    I am sure there would be many who would purchase any reprint.

    Good luck with all your good work.

    And, in case your organisation's website has passed folks who contribute here by I strongly suggest they click on this link;

    Help for Forgotten Allies

    Kind regards, always,

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  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    I would second Jim's sentiments.
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  11. adgilcan

    adgilcan New Member

    Hi, so sorry. I lost this site and only, today, returned to it.

    It is still in my mind to republish this book alongside a companion volume written by my father (Peacock's son-in-law) called Peacock's War. No that Covid19 has retired me I might find more time.

    Would you think a combined product would be of more interest than two separate books, and would the interest be in an unedited publication, or one which has been tidied up a little?

    Many thanks

  12. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron


    I have recently read a trilogy of books republished in the USA as one volume. It made a lot of sense for what I expect was a niche product. See: Major Peter Kemp, SOE: The man just liked fighting — a true war lover

    An unedited book I suspect would have the appeal of being the 'original' writing and footnotes can be a good place to show updates etc. Jonathan Pittaway is a niche publisher who could advise and his details are above.
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  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Duncan I think anything you can do would be of historical interest to forum members

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