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Timeslip - The Novel

Pan Books published a novel based on Timeslip to coincide with the series in 1970. It was based on the first two serials, 'The Wrong End of Time' and 'The Time of the Ice Box'.

Pan Novel - Front Cover
Pan Novel - Back Cover

The novel is a straight retelling of these stories and very little was altered to accommodate the prose format. The explanations of time travel theory throughout the book are actually clearer than they come across in the television series. Another minor addition, is the inclusion of a prologue that sees Commander Traynor sent off to St. Oswald to, obstensively, investigate the disappearance of the local girl Sarah (who here has surname, Tilley) by his boss, Colonel Murray. Murray is also mentioned later on in the television series but is never seen. We also discover, once and for all, that the St. Oswald naval station is located in Rutland.

The front cover of the book depicted a scene from 'The Time of the Ice Box' and showed Dr. Bukov (John Barcroft) examining the inert bodies of Liz and Simon on the ice field. The back shows the pair of time travellers, still unconscious, lying in the ice box's infirmary. In both rehearsal shots, Spencer Banks is not wearing Simon's glasses!

The novel itself was written quickly to accommodate the very short lead-time given by the publishers Pan Books. There is no actual author credit on the cover or inside the book but the adaptation of Bruce Stewart's scripts fell to Ruth Boswell's husband, James.

Piccolo Novel

Shortly after the book's publication, it was re-jacketed and released under Pan Books' children's imprint, Piccolo. The only difference in the two versions (aside from the Piccolo logo) is the fact that the cover uses a bright red background instead of the Pan version's black one.

The book is long since out of print. However, the lucky few can sometimes find copies in charity shops or jumble sales or pay 'slightly' more on e-bay.

The Japanese Novel

Several years ago, a Japanese translation of the novel found its way into the hands of Bruce Stewart. He, like Ruth Boswell, is at a loss as to how it came to be published in Japan...

See Japanese Novel scans below or click here for larger scans - Scans courtesy of Bruce Stewart

Japanese Novel Cover

Japanese Novel scan

Japanese Novel scan

(A more in-depth look at the novel will appear at a later date...)

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