Over the years of children's fiction there have been several series of books , writing fiction stories to give children an idea of what a future career might be like. One of the best known of these was written in the 1950s and published by Bodley Head and John Lane. It is loosely known as the Bodley Head Career Series, and has 30 main titles, plus some off shoots of the Sue Barton Nursing titles, and the Carol theatre series, both by Helen Dore Boylston.
The main series was written by a variety of authors, and some of the books were reprinted several times, some by Brockhamton in hardback, and then by Knight in paperback in the sixties and seventies. The printing history is something like what follows, but there are some reprints missing from the list.
Mabel Esther Allan - Judith Teaches - Bodley Head/Lane - 1955; reprint 1956.
Anne Barrett - Sheila Burton - Dental assistant - Bodley Head/Lane - 1956; reprint 1961
Ann Barton - Kate in Advertising - BH/L - 1955; reprint 1961
Valerie Baxter - Jane- Young Author BH/L - 1954; reprint 1958
Valerie Baxter - Elizabeth Young Policewoman - BH/L 1955;
Valerie Baxter - Shirley - Young Bookseller - BH/L 1956
Valerie Baxter - Hester - Ship's Officer - BH/L - 1957
Elizabeth Churchill - Juliet in Publishing - BH/L - 1956
Shirley Darbyshire - Sarah joins the WRAF - BH/L - 1955; rep 1957
Monica Edwards - Rennie goes riding - BH/L - 1956; reprint 1961; Brockhampton 1968; Knight pbk 1968;
Monica Edwards - Joan goes Farming - BH/L - 1954; reprints 1955 & 1961;
Elizabeth Grey - Pauline becomes a hairdresser - BH/L - 1958; Brockhampton, 1972; Knight pbk 1969;
Elizabeth Grey - Pat Macdonald Sales Assistant - BH/L - 1959
Elizabeth Grey - Jill Kennedy - Telephonist - BH/L - 1961; knight pbk 1970
Pamela Hawken - Air Hostess Ann - Bh/L - 1952; rep. 1953; rep. 1961; reprinted by transworld 1955;Brockhapton 1968; 2nd revised edition Brockhampton 1971; Knight 1968 (pbk);
Pamela Hawken - Pan Stevens, secretary - BH/L - 1954
Pamela Hawken - Clare in television - BH/L - 1955, 1959 reprint
Josephine Kamm - Janet Carr, Journalist - Bodley Head, 1953; 1954 reprint; Knight, 1972;
Josephine Kamm - Student Almoner - BH/L 1955, 1961 reprint
Lorna Lewis - June Grey Fashion Student - BH/L - 1953; reprint 1955.
Lorna Lewis - Valerie Fashion Model - BH/L, 1955
Lorna Lewis - Judy Bowman: Therapist - BH/L - 1956, 1963 reprint
Joan Llewelyn Owens - Sally Grayson: wren - BH/L - 1954; 1960 reprint;
Joan Llewelyn Owens - Margaret becomes a doctor - BH/L - 1957;1958 reprint;Brock 1971;Knight pbk 3rd ed.
Joan Llewelyn Owens - Sue takes up Physiotherapy - BH/L - 1958; possible 1960 reprint; knight pbk 1969
Joan Llewelyn Owens - Diana Veterinary Student - BH/L- BH/L 1960; 1971 Brock revised ed. 1972 knight pbk
Bertha Lonsdale - Molly Hilton - Library Assistant - BH/L - 1954
Bertha Lonsadale - Molly Qualifies as a librarian - BH/L - 1958/9
Mary Elwyn Patchett - The Lee Twins Beauty Students - BH/L - 1953; 1955 reprint ...5th reprint 1962
Jane Sheridan - Amanda in Floristry - BH/L - 1959