WHO remembers the television adventures of Mr Majeika?


Well before Harry Potter was even a twinkle in JK Rowling's eye, Oxford children's author Humphrey Carpenter kept young readers spellbound with his tales of a wizard who becomes a schoolteacher.

In September 1988 he opened a new bookshop at Bishop Kirk School in Middle Way, Oxford and donated six of his books to the school library.

'Like a tuck shop,' the Oxford Mail reported, 'the new bookshop opens at break times and head of English Ms Vicky McLean said they had been inundated by book demands from pupils on the shop's opening day.'

She told the paper: "The enthusiasm for it is extraordinary. The fact that books are available in the school, instead of having to go out to a bookshop, has had a novelty value."

In this picture Mr Carpenter hands his books over to ten-year-old Kimberley Hall.