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Schoolgirls' Own Library

The first series of the Schoolgirls' Own Library ran from November 1922 until June 1940, a total of 733 issues before becoming yet another casualty of the wartime paper shortage. The second series started in October 1946 and ran until September 1963, a total of 410 issues.

The SGOL reprinted stories from the popular girls papers of the time like the Schoolgirls' Own, School Friend and the Schoolgirls' Weekly.

In 1982 Dennis Bird (assisted by Arthur J. Southway of South Africa and Ray Hopkins) produced an authors listing for the SGOL. You can read or download the listing here.

The most popular stories were of Morcove School by Marjorie Stanton closely followed by Cliff house by Hilda Richards.

Four of the Cliff House Bessie Bunter stories were reprinted by Merlin in 1967-1968

In an article for the 1979 Collectors' Digest Annual Tommy Keen explains why Cliff House and Morcove were his favourite school stories. You can read the article here.

Neal Beatty has compiled a list of characters that featured in the Morcove saga and has kindly shared it. You can find it here.

This section focuses mainly on the Morcove and Cliff House stories. You can open a listing of all issues here.

A complete list of the SGOL in PDF format can be found on the publications page of the Greyfriars Index website www.greyfriarsindex.co.uk

Listing and scans kindly supplied by Gary.

Morcove in the Schoolgirls' Own Library

There were 94 books in the first series of the Schoolgirls' Own Library featuring Morcove, 91 were reprints from the Schoolgirls' Own and 3 were original.

Most of the stories were by Horace Phillips with a handful by L. E. Ransome. All were published using the pen name 'Marjorie Stanton'

The action mostly centred around Morcove's 4th form "Study no. 12 coterie" either at school or on holiday.

Nearly all the front covers were expertly drawn by Leonard Shields. Click on the thumbnail to display a higher resolution scan.

Some issues have been scanned in full and are indicated by a 'PDF' link. Click link to open or download the file.

 

Cliff House in the Schoolgirls' Own Library

There were 53 books in the first series of the Schoolgirls' Own Library featuring Cliff House. The first few issues were either originals or reprints from the School Friend, the rest were reprinted from the Schoolgirl.

Nearly all the front covers were expertly drawn by Leonard Shields. Click on the thumbnail to display a higher resolution scan.

Some issues have been scanned in full and are indicated by a 'PDF' link. Click link to open or download the file.

 


  Issue

Morcove - Schoolgirls' Own Library

Schoolgirls' Own      Issue Cliff House - Schoolgirls' Own Library As Hilda Richards Schoolgirl
Issue 004

2nd February 1923

The Mystery Girl Of Morcove [LR]     Issue 006

2nd March 1923

The Schemers In The School   Original
Issue 008

8th April 1923

Delia Of The Circus     Issue 012

1st June 1923

Their Princess Chum   SF1/40-42
Issue 036

6th June 1923

When Betty Came To Morcove 1-7   Issue 022

2nd November 1923

The Gipsy Schoolgirl R.S. Kirkham SF 1/54-57
Issue 046

7th November 1923

The Morcove Mysteries 8-12   Issue 035

2nd May 1924

Through Her Own Folly R.S. Kirkham SF 1/47-50
Issue 052

8th February 1924

The Morcove Election 13-19   Issue 176

5th October 1928

The Girl Who Puzzled Cliff House L.E. Ransome Original
Issue 058

1st May 1925

The Girl Morcove Misjudged! 20-24   Issue 185

3rd January 1929

When Cliff House Blundered L.E. Ransome Original
Issue 066

4th September 1925

The Mystery Of Heron's Haunt 26-30   Issue 232

2nd January 1930

On Trial At School L.E. Ransome Original
Issue 077

1st January 1926

The Trouble-Maker Of Morcove [LR] 31-35   Issue 298

7th May 1931

Their Feud At School L.E. Ransome 1-10
Issue 085

5th March 1926

The Drudge Of Morcove! 36-42   Issue 315

3rd September 1931

Their Secret Quarrel At School L.E. Ransome 21-30
Issue 091

7th May 1926

The Hidden Schoolgirls 43-46   Issue 495

6th June 1935

Babs' Fight For Stella John Wheway 162-164
Issue 092

4th June 1926

Morcove In Morocco 47-51   Issue 516

5th December 1935

Babs & Co.'s Magic Christmas John Wheway 178-180
Issue 103

3rd September 1926

A Disgrace To Morcove 52-57   Issue 524

6th February 1936

Babs & Co.'s Circus Task   181-183
Issue 109

5th November 1926

The Circus Girl Of Morcove 58-61   Issue 535

2nd April 1936

Diana - The Good-Time Girl John Wheway 285-299
Issue 115

7th January 1927

From Desert To Morcove! 62-65   Issue 542

4th June 1936

Cliff House's Thrilling Pleasure Cruise John Wheway 155-161
Issue 121

4th March 1927

The Morcove Tuckshop-Keepers 66-69   Issue 551

6th August 1936

Jemima In Command   302-316
Issue 127

6th May 1927

Morcove's Reckless Two 70-75   Issue 559

1st October 1936

Not The Mabs They Knew   184-186
Issue 133

1st July 1927

Morcove In Turania 76-81   Issue 567

3rd December 1936

In Bessie Bunter's Care   187-189
Issue 139

2nd September 1927

Paula Creel's Cousin 82-87   Issue 575

4th February 1937

The Ghost Of Cliff House   190-192
Issue 145

4th November 1927

When Morcove Moved 88-93   Issue 583

1st April 1937

Bessie Crashes Into Films   194-196
Issue 151

6th January 1928

Madge Minden's Secret 94-98   Issue 591

3rd June 1937

When Connie Captained Cliff House John Wheway 197-200
Issue 157

2nd March 1928

The Morcove Treasure-Hunters 99-102   Issue 599

5th August 1937

The Girl Who Scorned Stella's Friendship John Wheway 204-206
Issue 163

4th May 1928

The Hundred Guinea Prize! 103-106   Issue 605

7th October 1937

Baffled By Jemima John Wheway 201-203
Issue 169

6th July 1928

Morcove On The Sea! 107-110   Issue 613

2nd December 1937

Babs & Co.'s Old Fashioned Christmas John Wheway 229-232
Issue 178

5th October 1928

The Loneliest Girl At Morcove! 111-115   Issue 619

6th January 1938

When Clara Failed The Form John Wheway 207-209
Issue 184

7th December 1928

Morcove In Morocco 116-120   Issue 621

3rd February 1938

Bessie Bunter's Stowaway Friend John Wheway 210-212
Issue 191

7th February 1929

From Council School To Morcove! 121-125   Issue 625

3rd March 1938

With Bessie In Hollywood John Wheway 213-215
Issue 192

7th March 1929

Morcove In London! 126-130   Issue 629

7th April 1938

Babs' New Term Task John Wheway 216-218
Issue 201

3rd May 1929

Morcove On The Farm 131-134   Issue 633

5th May 1938

Babs & Co's Quest On The Derelict Stanley Austin 219-221
Issue 209

5th July 1929

Whilst Morcove Slept! 135-139   Issue 637

2nd June 1938

When Diana Came To Cliff House John Wheway 224-228
Issue 219

6th September 1929

Morcove's Gipsy Schoolgirl! 140-146   Issue 641

7th July 1938

Thanks To Cliff House's Scots Girl John Wheway 233-235
Issue 220

4th October 1929

When Morcove Came To Stormwood! 147-150   Issue 645

4th August 1938

Bab's & Co.'s Circus Quest John Wheway 237-239
Issue 231

6th December 1929

Morcove's Christmas Problem! 151-154   Issue 649

1st September 1938

Mabs Must Never Know John Wheway 245-248
Issue 243

6th March 1930

The Girl Spy Of Morcove! 155-158   Issue 652

6th October 1938

Diana The Daring John Wheway 240-244
Issue 244

3rd April 1930

The Girl Queen From Morcove 159-163   Issue 656

3rd November 1938

Babs & Co. And The Ghost Ship John Wheway 249-251
Issue 259

3rd July 1930

A Morcove Girl No Longer! 164-169   Issue 660

1st December 1938

Babs & Co.'s London Christmas John Wheway 281-283
Issue 264

4th September 1930

She Wanted To Leave Morcove! [LR]     Issue 664

5th January 1939

Diana The Vengeful Returns    
Issue 279

4th December 1930

A Second Chance At Morcove! 170-173   Issue 668

2nd February 1939

Marjorie's Black-Sheep Cousin John Wheway 256-258
Issue 295

2nd April 1931

To Morcove In Secret 174-179   Issue 672

2nd March 1939

Babs & Co.'s Secret Search John Wheway 259-261
Issue 307

2nd July 1931

Polly Linton - Day Girl 186-190   Issue 676

6th April 1939

The Fourth Form Mistress's Sister John Wheway 268-271
Issue 319

1st October 1931

The Morcove Vendetta 191-195   Issue 680

4th May 1939

Rosa The Rebel John Wheway 272-274
Issue 331

7th January 1932

The False Heroine Of Morcove! 196-199 Issue 684

1st June 1939

Mabel Lynn's Mystery Idol John Wheway 276-278
Issue 342

1st April 1932

At Morcove To Cheat Another 200-206   Issue 688

6th July 1939

Babs & Co. In Egypt John Wheway 262-267
Issue 355

7th July 1932

The Morcove Tyrant! 207-210   Issue 692

3rd Aug 1939

Babs & Co. In The Secret City John Wheway 262-267
Issue 367

6th October 1932

When Tess Left Morcove! 211-214   Issue 696

7th September 1939

The Secret Society Against Babs & Co. John Wheway 288-292
Issue 379

5th January 1933

When Morcove Was Mystified! 215-221   Issue 700

5th October 1939

New Rule At Cliff House John Wheway 293-297
Issue 391

6th April 1933

From School To Circus! 222-230   Issue 704

2nd November 1939

Clara's Strange Conduct John Wheway 326-328
Issue 403

6th July 1933

The Morcove Pierrettes! 235-240   Issue 708

7th December 1939

Defenders Of Delma Castle John Wheway 284-287
Issue 415

5th October 1933

Tuned Out Of Morcove 241-246   Issue 712

4th January 1940

Diana The Undaunted John Wheway 336-341
Issue 427

4th January 1934

The Girl Morcove Suspected 247-250   Issue 717

1st February 1940

She Meant To Rule Cliff House John Wheway 321-325
Issue 439

5th April 1934

When Jemima Came To Morcove [LR] 251-254   Issue 721

7th March 1940

The Mischief-Maker Of Cliff House John Wheway 305-309
Issue 451

5th July 1934

When Morcove Chums Quarrelled 255-259   Issue 725

4th April 1949

Too Much Of A Madcap John Wheway 313-317
Issue 463

4th October 1934

When Morcove Started A Shop 260-264   Issue 729

2nd May 1940

Babs & Co. At The Manor Of Menace Cecil Graveley 354-356
Issue 471

6th December 1934

Ethel Courtway's Rival 265-269   Issue 732

6th June 1940

Their Mediterranean Mystery John Wheway 419-422
Issue 487

4th April 1935

At Morcove Under Guard 270-274    
Issue 499

4th July 1935

Befriended By Morcove 275-279  
Issue 507

5th September 1935

The Mystery Servant Of Morcove 280-284  
Issue 515

7th November 1935

The "White Queen" Of Morcove 285-289  
Issue 521

2nd January 1936

When Morcove Changed Mistresses 290-294  
Issue 529

5th March 1936

The Girl Who Didn't Like Morcove 295-303  
Issue 537

7th May 1936

The Morcove Girls In Canada 308-311  
Issue 546

2nd July 1936

When Morcove Misjudged Madge 312-317  
Issue 555

3rd September 1936

She Cheated Her Morcove Chum! 318-323  
Issue 563

5th November 1936

With Grangemoor To Guard Her 754-766  
Issue 571

7th January 1937

Wrecked Near Morcove 324-328  
Issue 579

4th 1937

Polly Linton's Brother - Expelled 329-334  
Issue 587

6th May 1937

Morcove's Holiday In France 335-340  
Issue 595

1st July 1937

Her Misdeeds At Morcove 341-345  
Issue 603

2nd September 1937

The Scheming Mistress Of Morcove 346-350  
Issue 607

7th October 1937

The Girl She Kept From Morcove 351-357  
Issue 611

4th November 1937

When Pam Came To Morcove 373-378  
Issue 615

2nd December 1937

The Boy Who Marred Morcove's Christmas 358-362  
Issue 617

6th January 1938

The Girl Who Fooled Morcove 363-366  
Issue 623

3rd February 1938

The Girl Morcove Pitied 367-372  
Issue 627

3rd March 1938

Called Back To Morcove 379-382  
Issue 631

7th April 1938

When Paula Captained The Fourth 383-388  
Issue 635

5th May 1938

Morcove's Desert Holiday 389-396  
Issue 639

2nd June 1938

Driven From Morcove 397-404  
Issue 643

7th July 1938

That "Meddler" From Morcove 405-407  
Issue 647

4th August 1938

Morcove's Casket Of Mystery 426-429  
Issue 651

1st September 1938

The Circus Girl Morcove Helped 420-425  
Issue 653

October 1938

The Wedding At Morcove 414-419  
Issue 661

1st December 1938

Morcove's Christmas Problem 408-413  
Issue 665

5th January 1939

Not Fit For Morcove 430-434  
Issue 669

2nd February 1939

Shielded By Morcove 435-439  
Issue 677

6th April 1939

Must Morcove Expel Her? 453-457  
Issue 681

4th May 1939

Morcove's River Holiday 440-444  
Issue 685

1st Jun 1939

When Pam Made Morcove Wonder 445-452  

Issue 689

July 6th 1939

Alone At Morcove 468-472  
Issue 693

3rd Aug 1939

Study Against Study 473-478  
Issue 701

5th Oct 1939

The Morcove Peeress 503-508  
Issue 706

2nd November 1939

The Legend Of Swanlake 458-462,464  
Issue 714

4th January 1940

Morcove Marooned! 370-382  
Issue 722

7th March 1940

Stranded In The Desert 529-534  
Issue 730

2nd May 1940

On Trial At Morcove 498-502