A MOVIE CLASSIC
BELL, Mary Hayley (author). Oven EDWARDS (illustrator). Whistle Down The Wind. A Modern Fable. London, T.V. Boardman & Company Ltd. 1958.
8vo. Original grey cloth lettered in purple to spine, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 9-174; illustrated with delightful and evocative line drawings by Oven Edwards; a very good fresh copy with mild bruising to tail of spine, internally fine with a neat and inconspicuous contemporary ownership inscription, dated 1959, to front pastedown endpaper, protected by an unusually nice, unclipped dustwrapper (12s. 6d.) with some light dust-soiling and marking, and small nicking, and lateral creasing, to head of spine.
First edition of this fable for our times, penned by the wife of the actor John Mills, published a year later in the U.S. In 1961 the novella was made into a film of the same name which starred Hayley Mills, the author's daughter, and which was directed by Bryan Forbes. It is the story of a 'great secret' shared by a group of children who discover a dishevelled man in their barn and believe him to be Jesus in the flesh.