"These books cooked his fancy, till he thought and dreamed of nothing but midshipmen and dhows, pirates, rafts, sandal-wood traders, iron horses, sharks, battles, Tartars, Red Indians, balloons, North Poles and other extravagant delights."

Boys' Own Annuals, and the many boys' adventure stories published as novels at the end of the nineteenth century, whet young men's appetite for adventure.

 

Boy's Annuals were packed with good tales
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumBoy's Annuals were packed with good tales - Credit: Photo by Dr Val Williamson