I recently looked out my old copy of the Condemned Playground to check up on a footnote in another book. I hadn't opened it in about 10 years. Connolly was always a bit enigmatic about the title. I have always interpreted it as a reference to writers in the playground of the 1920s and 30s Europe 'condemned' in the light of the relentless approach of the war. Much to my surprise the book seems to have had an odyssey of its own. I don't recall noticing this when I bought it but it started life as a library book in Yuba, Marysville, California. Presumably there from its time of publication in 1946. Only one person had borrowed it in that time. I bought it online from a US bookshop around the late 90s.