A story for children by Victor Knowland

Eudoria's Broomstick original cover 1950

"This is the lively and entertaining tale of John, and how he meets Eudoria, the good witch, in his garden. She has lost her broomstick and John and Puff, his duck, set out with her to help her find it. They meet Ulysses the owl and Piff the pig, the Coastguard, and all manner of white witches and black witches. They travel on the witches’ train, and in a lifeboat, and eventually arrive at the Castle, where John finds danger and excitement."
Extract from the original dust-cover 1950

This is a captivating story to delight children of about four to eight - the ages of the author's own children when he wrote the book. He originally read the story aloud to them at bedtime, which meant they couldn't wait to get to bed! It's full of "high-grade madness" and the inventive and humorous illustrations, originally done on blue scraperboard, have a magical quality about them. Encouraged by various reader's comments and the fact that this book is still in use in the family today, "the children" were inspired to re-edit the book in eBook form for new generations.


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from when the book was first published in 1950

slideshow of newspaper clippings


Vic kept diaries of his time spent in India during the second world war. Now edited into a journal it’s a full description of his very personal experience: a reluctant soldier who was put on a boat and sent towards Burma.

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slideshow about the author

VICTOR KNOWLAND  (1913 -1997)  was really rather like Eudoria if you want to know what he looked like. He was about as thin, with just as long a nose, and is every bit as scatty, and although he is was a good deal younger when he wrote this story and a different sex the resemblance was remarkably close.
However he always denied that he was a witch because he went to the popular public school, Dulwich College in London, and went on to Study law at Exeter College, Oxford, both of which places he claimed were far too sane and respectable ever to harbour a witch. 

He didn't like doing Law though. He found it interfered far too much with much more exciting things like drawing and painting, so he went to the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and studied painting.

In April 1939 he married a very nice girl, but very soon the second world war came along and soldiering for about six years in England and India stopped nearly every activity he liked.

At the end of the war he came home to find that he had three children, twin girls of five, Jennifer and Adrienne, and a boy of four, Nicholas. He had hardly ever seen them except as babies and then for a very short periods, and although he had always sent them sweets and things from India he thought he had better write them a story to make up for being away so long.

So he wrote Eudoria's Broomstick.

Later he and his wife Lenny Knowland had three more boys, John, Oliver and Steven.

They moved to Suffolk and became farmers.


Vic took many 35mm slides over the years while staying at Walberswick.

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