How dated is this cover?! I never even thought about it when I first read See You Thursday by Jean Ure because I was a teenager in the 1980s. It’s one of the books I found for myself in Lossiemouth Library. Not long after I read it, the second book, After Thursday, was published and I read it too. Meanwhile I had discovered more of Jean Ure’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. In fact, in my current collection I have kept three sets of hers. As well as Marianne and Abe’s story (which was completed in Tomorrow is Also a Day), I have the two Sebastian books, If It Weren’t for Sebastian (I appreciated the subjunctive even as a teenager) and Always Sebastian, and the ballet duo, A Proper Little Nooryeff and You Win Some, You Lose Some.
Two of these books were published when I was an adult, a youngish adult, and not at a time when I was specifically collecting children’s books. However, I bought a copy of Tomorrow is Also a Day and Always Sebastian out of my meagre salary. That, I think, demonstrates how much I enjoyed Jean Ure’s writing.
I chose Thursday for my lockdown random selection because it was the first book by Jean Ure I read. These days I don’t suppose it would appear unusual to a teenage reader but it has a blind male lead and a tentative age-gap relationship. At fourteen or so I found it different enough to be significant although I can’t say that it impacted on my reaction to the book.