The Exploitative New English Library Covers from the 1960s and 70s

The New English Library (NEL) initially concentrated on fantasy, science fiction and suspense novels it soon realised that to differentiate from other publishers it needed to attract and engage with a growing teenage readership. NEL closely followed popular trends and fashions and got hack writers to write exploitative novels about skinheads, Hells Angels and groupies.

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The New Drifters Petra Christian

The New English Library or NEL as it quickly became to be known was formed in 1961 when the Times Mirror Company of Los Angeles bought two small British paperback publishers Ace Books and Four Square Books.

Although the company initially concentrated on fantasy, science fiction and suspense novels it soon realised that to differentiate from other publishers it needed to attract and engage with a growing teenage readership. NEL closely followed popular trends and fashions and got hack writers to write exploitative novels about skinheads, Hells Angels and groupies.

It wasn’t just youth movements that got the NEL treatment. When the television series Roots became a huge success the publishers started to bring out novels based around slaves or ‘Negro warriors’ with titles such as ‘Black Queen – The rebel slave became a savage pirate queen’ and ‘Sable Adventure – A slave ship – the most corrupt that sailed the Atlantic’. These books and others like them became incredibly popular with covers blatantly using sex to encourage the punters.

Despite these books selling in their tens of thousands back in 1970s some of the classics such as the Richard Allen skinhead series are incredibly rare and are now difficult to get hold of. Incidentally Allen was the pseudonym of a man called James Moffat – a middle aged Canadian who wrote his books in a cottage in Devon and had never been anywhere near Upton Park.

Children of Kaywana by Edgar Mittelholzer. New English Library 1973. Cover artist Renato Fratini

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79 Parke Avenue by Harold Robbins. 1971.

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Witch – we intend to create havoc Jane Harman

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A Portion for Foxes by Jane McIlvaine McClary, 1974

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Up the City Road John Stroud

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A Time of Predators by Joe Gores 1971

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André Pieyre de Mandiargues/ The girl on the motorcycle. Original title/ La Motocyclette. Translated from the French by Alexander Trocchi 1968.

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Sable Adventure Clint Rockman

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Knuckle Girls Richard Allen and Gang Girls by Maisie Mosco

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Clint Rockman Black Gold 1972

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The Drop Out by Hugh Miller

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Black Queen Clint Rockman 1974

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Promotion Tour Terry Harknett

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Bonnie by Hugh Barron

 

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The Leather Boys Gillian Freeman

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Double Deal by Hugh Miller 1974

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The Con Game Hillary Waugh 1970

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The Hard Game by Trevor Hoyle 1973

The Necrophiles – A Modern Essay in the Macabre David Gurney – NEL 1969 – ‘a brilliant and horrifying piece of fiction’ or so it says in the blurb. The cover photo is by Ron Alexander

The Blood Circus Thomas K. Fitzpatrick May 1970

French Party Games NEL publication from December 1967

Proposition 31 NEL edition from July 1969

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The Premar Experiments Published March 1976

The Prize Pubished by NEL July 1978

The Intimate Enemy by Doctor George R. Bach and Peter Wyden. New English Library 1972. Cover photograph Ron Alexander

Fast Work NEL/ Four Square edition from March 1969

Seymour Kern/ Fifty. New English Library 1977. Cover photograph/ Rayment Kirby.

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Diary of a Hooker Lucy Graham

Edgar Rice Burroughs/ Pirates of Venus. New English Library 1975

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Sex Manners for the Young Generation by Robert Chartham

Sex Manners for Men by Robert Chartham. NEL Four Square 1968

Sex Manners For Advanced Lovers by Robert Chartham. New English Library 1970

Sex Manners, The French Art of. By Dr. Georges Valensin. New English Library 1970