Found this in a second hand book shop in Highgate, London. It’s not in the best condition, but in a way that just goes to show that it has been read and travelled about and not sat on a collectors shelf for one-hundred and seven years!

Kipps, although not being one of Wells’ greatest or most famous novels is still very important in the sense that Wells’ put so much of himself into it. The protagonist starts out as a draper’s apprentice, having been raised in ignorant poverty, much as Wells himself did, but he unexpectedly¬†acquires considerable wealth¬†from an unknown relative (he is an orphan) and finds he has to ‘learn’ how to get on in high society. It is part of a range of titles where Wells observes and satirises his own society, rather then looking ahead to the future or to to other worlds, for which he is most famous.

I know a book shouldn’t be judged by it’s cover, but these new hardback editions of H.G. Wells’ novels are just beautiful!

I have these two so far (to replace my shabby 2nd hand paperbacks) but may have to invest in volume 2, to complete the set and maybe the Short Story collections as I’ve not ever read those before and maybe just another… you see my problem!