Certainly up to the mid-50s, textbooks at Norwood were still without many illustrations and even those were in black and white; indeed the variety of books in use was quite limited. Charlie held the view that the maths textbooks should include answers - he reasoned that if you worked your way through a problem and found your answer to be wrong then you were motivated to try again until you reached the correct solution. The list included: Elementary Algebra by Hall & Knight: Professor Sir Dudley Stamp's The World (Geography):

Although the Prospectus mentions a Library, it was not in existence until about 1951 when no.3 Leeds Rd was added. Even then, there were few that we read; there were no Arthur Ransome's though there may have been some Biggle's books.

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