Latest News / Updates
15th May 2013 The long lost 1960's Granada TV series is finally coming to DVD. Amazon have preorders open for this 6 disk, 44 episode set. Starring Neville Whiting as Biggles and John Leyton as Ginger, this 'Algy-less' series retold a number of Johns books in episodic format.
March 17th 2013 Biggles and the Noble Lord is the latest release from Norman Wright. Norman is now accepting orders and the book is hoped to ship in April.
4th September 2012 Continuing his alternate publishing schedule of WW1/Later Air Police books, the next publication by Norman Wright is 'The Rescue Flight' one of the two complete WW1 stories (rather than short stories), this new release appears to have had the complete NW works with accompanying images from the original 'Modern Boy' publications and the Oxford frontis.
30th March 2012 Norman Wright has announced his latest release, which is Biggles Sees Too Much, the last Biggles completed book published. Ordering for the book is open and the book is expected to be ready for shipping within a week or so. Normans next release will be 'The Rescue Flight' and will include the 'Modern Boy' illustrations, in keeping with the series.
1st March 2012 Apologies for the recent downtime. We are all back and running again now. Biggles The Authorised Biography appears to be heading for a reprint according to Amazon. I wasn't aware of publishers 'Bloomsbury Reader'. Their site says their goal is to 'bring excellent books currently avaliable back into print'. I'll have to admit that their desire to reprint the Authorised Biography is a bit of a puzzler, as it's generally considered to be not very good. I'm a bit of a Biggles fan as you may have noticed, and I've never made it past the first few chapters. (Updated to say now only a kindle version appears avaliable)
15th November 2011 A bit of a milestone reached. It's taken 3 years but all the imagery supplied by Mr. Ian Nouwens has been inputted into the site. A big thank you again to Ian for supplying the data. A divorce and several house moves prevented it getting done sooner. I am now going through my own collection adding to and improving images where possible, I'll then move onto illustrations hopefully. You might notice one or two improvements and changes to the site too. I'll be adding some new features when I can figure out how to structure them. As always if you see anything you can provide a better quality scan of or anything missing please don't hesitate to mail me.
2nd November 2011 In time for Christmas, Norman Wright has announced the 12th hardback edition in his reprint series. Biggles in the Underworld is the latest book to receive the collectors edition treatment. Unavailable in hardback for over 40 years, the book is now avaliable for pre-order from Mr Wright.
29th June 2011 Norman Wright has announced the next of his Collectors Editions. Not a rare book to find, but containing all the original Modern Boy and Boys Friend Library illustrations, it makes a valuable edition to his Collectors Series of books. This will be the second release of the year from Mr Wright, following on from his February release of Biggles and the Gun Runners. In other news I have fixed a number of small bugs on the site and images should be appearing in all places that images should be expected. I plan on making some more enhancements to the site soon, it's been too long neglected. I am going to start by attempting to complete the insertion of all the missing cover images yet to be processed. Thanks to the people who have mailed with support and with edition variation or clarifications. Your help is much appreciated.
19th November 2010 A long overdue update. Norman Wright has released a new hardback collectors edition of 'The Camels Are Coming'. Avaliable now, this is the first time this book has been published in hardback since 1938 so well worth looking out. In other news the registration system is now working thanks to a fixed CAPATCHA. Sorry about that.
15th June 2010 This months 'Book and Magazine Collector' has a nice article on Norman Wrights' Limited Edition series, along with a chance to win a copy of his latest release 'Biggles In The Terai'. Oddly the magazine has an image from one of the Prion books on the cover. In related Prion news, they are releasing 'Gimlet Goes To War' containing 'King of the Commandos', 'Gimlet Goes Again', 'Gimlet Comes Home' and 'Gimlet Mops Up'. I'm sure someone will be along to correct me but I think this is the first time the Gimlet books have been printed for about 30 years. Any book with Nazi Werewolves has to be good, right? The book will be released in August
19th May 2010 - Norman Wrights latest hardback is due to be shipping in a few weeks. Limited to 300 copies, they can be ordered directly through Norman as usual.
In other news, real life has got in the way of me updating recently. The site is not dead, just resting a bit. Normal service will be resumed.
12th February 2010 Just noticed that a PHP upgrade had killed all the images on the site. Should all be back in their rightful place now.
3rd December 2009 - There is still time to pencil in some new presents on that christmas list, right ? Norman Wrights announced his next publication, which is 'Biggles Learns to Fly'. In a change to his usual releases, this book isn't a rare one, still being in print today. It does however have the original text and reproductions of the original images included. The book should be available late December / early January.
25thSeptember 2009 - Another compilation is on its way from Prion. Released on 1st October, Biggles' Secret Assignments contains Biggles' Second Case; Biggles Breaks The Silence; Biggles Gets His Men and Biggles Follows On.
4th August 2009 - I've added some new functionality for registered users. You can now select the editions that you own and view them in a list. I did it mainly for my own sake so I can remember what's in my collection when out and about, but I hope others find it useful. I intend to add further information in the future to allow the addition of notes ect. about your collection. Books added to your collection are strictly only viewable by yourself.
5th July 2009 - A new addition to the Norman Wright library has been announced. Continuing Normans work to provide new issues of the harder to find Biggles books, a new hardback edition of 'Biggles Scores a Bull' will be released in August. Copies are avaliable for pre-order from Norman as of now.
In other news I am back to the task of adding the edition scans. I'm trying to set myself to add at least a couple of books a week. Also in response to a number of emails, I've added a page outlining what is needed off you if you have information about editions not listed. All additions and corrections are very much appreciated.
19th February 2009 - Norman Wright has announced his next release will be a hardback of 'Biggles In France'. First published in Boy's Friend magazine, 74 years ago, this will be the first time it has been published in a hard cover. Complete with the original illustrations from its first printing, the book will be avaliable from the middle of March.
21st September 2008 - The International Biggles Association will be holding a Mega Biggles Auction on 18th October 2008. The auction will be held at Het Tolhuis in Amsterdam and starts at 10.45am with doors opening at 10am. You can however bid via email before the event. Further information and the auction listings can be found by heading to The International Biggles Association site (link is a PDF)
28th August 2008 - Norman Wrights next publication will be a reprint of the hard to find 'Biggles Looks Back'. An important book character wise, this will be its first time back in print in over 40 years. The book should be available in the next 4-6 weeks.
8th August 2008 - Prion books have just released a second 'retro' style compilation of Biggles books. Biggles in Australia, Biggles Secret Agent, Sergent Bigglesworth CID and Biggles Air Commodore are all included in 'Biggles Dangerous Missions'.
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19th June 2008 - Into the 30s now with the covers. I've had my first years renewal for the domain name so I've been a year on this site. I'll work harder.
12th March 2008 - The first 21 books now have images, still a way to go. Also Norman Wright has announced a new hardback copy of Biggles - Air Ace. Norman is currently accepting preorders of this edition, limited to 300 copies, for release in early April.
20th February 2008 - I am currently working on getting the covers and associated images up for all the books but only the first dozen or so have a complete overview.
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