Thursday's Child (Streatfeild novel)

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Thursday's Child is a children's historical novel by Noel Streatfeild, set in turn-of-the-century England. It was first published in Great Britain by William Collins, Sons in 1970 and was followed by a sequel, Far to Go, in 1976. Its most recent release was a Collins paperback in 1999. [1] The novel was adapted for television as a six-part series broadcast 1972–1973.

Noel Streatfeild British childrens author 1895-1986

Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE, was an English author, best known for children's books including the "Shoes" books, which were not a series. Random House, the U.S. publisher of the 1936 novel Ballet Shoes (1936), published some of Streatfeild's subsequent children's books using the word "Shoes" in their titles, to capitalize on the popularity of Ballet Shoes; thus Circus Shoes, Party Shoes, Skating Shoes and many more. She won the third annual Carnegie Medal for Circus Shoes. She was a member of the historic Streatfeild family.

1900s (decade) decade

The 1900s was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1900, and ended on December 31, 1909. The term "nineteen-hundreds" can also mean the entire century 1900–1999 years beginning with a 19. The Edwardian era (1901–1910) covers a similar span of time.

William Collins, Sons was a Scottish printing and publishing company founded by a Presbyterian schoolmaster, William Collins, in Glasgow in 1819, in partnership with Charles Chalmers, the younger brother of Thomas Chalmers, minister of Tron Church, Glasgow.



The title of the novel and its sequel are taken from the traditional rhyme "Monday's Child".

Mondays Child Mondays child

"Monday's Child" is one of many fortune-telling songs, popular as nursery rhymes for children. It is supposed to tell a child's character or future based on the day of birth and to help young children remember the seven days of the week. As with all nursery rhymes, there are many versions. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19526.

Plot summary

The book is about a foundling, Margaret Thursday, who was named after the day she was discovered. As she tells the orphanage children, "I'm not properly an orphan. I was found on a Thursday on the church steps, with three of everything, all of the very best quality." A confident and spirited child, she is determined to make her way in the world and become famous.

Margaret soon becomes the archenemy of the cruel matron at St. Luke's, where she is sent by well-meaning people when she is ten. Things reach such a dreadful state that she decides to run away from the orphanage, taking along her friends Peter and Horatio and her "three of everything". So the children flee in the night to become the unlikeliest leggers ever seen on a canal boat and performers in a travelling theatrical troupe.

Television adaptation

The BBC broadcast a six-part adaptation of Thursday's Child on BBC One between 27 December 1972 and 31 January 1973. [2] The German company Pidax released a dual-language DVD of the series in 2013. [3]

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.

BBC One is the first and principal television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, and was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution. It was renamed BBC TV in 1960, using this name until the launch of the second BBC channel BBC2 in 1964, whereupon the BBC TV channel became known as BBC1, with the current spelling adopted in 1997.


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