This weekend heralds a truly scrumptious celebration of half a decade passed since Jeremy and Jemima Potts first implored their inventor father, Caractacus, to buy the cacophonous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and since the child catcher first terrified legions of enthralled and terrified children.
But this toot sweet celebration forms just a part of Olympia’s wider fair, titled The Illustrated, Children’s & Modern First Editions. Collectors young and old will converge on the venue for all manner of bookish treats, including the chance to meet Ian Fleming’s nephew and fellow author Fergus, who manages The Queen Anne Press, which produces collectors’ editions of classic titles, including that of his uncle’s children’s tale of child catchers and magical cars.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: we love you. And in the inimitable words of Commander Potts: ‘Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes’, otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life.’
Saturday 21 March, Hilton London Olympia; 11am – 5pm