Treasure Island Taster

This morning I watched recordings of last night’s rugby World Cup matches between Tonga and Romania and between Fiji and Portugal – the latter being the very last of the pool stage fixtures, and the most thrilling.

Having remembered that my copy of R.L.Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” was illustrated by Mervin Peake it seemed a good idea to reread this for my next Books post. I therefore read half of it today, and if I can complete it tomorrow will review this powerfully illustrated version.

In the meantime I offer a scan of the book jacket which has to be presented in two sections since it is too large a format for my scanner.

This evening we all dined on rolled breast of lamb; boiled new potatoes; carrots, cauliflower, broccoli stems, and meaty gravy with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Garnacha Old Vines.


  1. Fabulous book jacket art, but I have visualized Long John Silver differently, probably due to a wonderful Russian film. I couldn’t find a clip, but if you’d care to scroll to 1:03:40, you’ll see him trying to enlist young Jim Hockins as an ally.

        1. Thanks again, Dolly. I watched a few more clips, too. This is such a good film – and knowing the story meant I could happily understand it. Such good acting.

  2. I remember there was an illustrated copy of Treasure Island in my house when I was a child. I can remember reading some of it, but not being particularly interested. Those are powerful illustrations.

  3. A book I read as a child. 🙂 Also, saw an old movie based on the book.
    Mr. Peake’s illustrations are powerful!
    Readin’ and eatin’…both part of a great day!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. I had a bound set of books called The Childrens’ Classics. There were nine books, including Treasure Island. I even found a set bound like mine online. Heidi was my favorite, but I read and enjoyed them all. One of the books was Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb; I never thought about the fact that I was introduced to Shakespeare when I still was in grade school. I never read a thing about the Lambs, either. I just did — my goodness, what a story their lives were.

    1. Thank you very much, Linda. I don’t know anything about the Lambs, except for that book

  5. So happy to see this new site. I got worried when you didn’t post yesterday. I was afraid something happened to you, Jackie or the family. Wonderful book illustrations

  6. That’s an amazing book cover! And, I got a chuckle out of your dinner including broccoli stems because I love them and I know so many cooks who throw them away! Buying broccoli in the store with the stems attached is less expensive than the ones with stems removed. Go figure!

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