Monthly Archives: July 2016

If you like Blyton: Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John

I swear I had been planning to review this book a while ago, and by a while, I mean almost two years ago! I certainly have read it before, but I think I just never got around to it. It … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

On Monday I said that I would be comparing The Twins at St Clare’s. Only I discovered, at the last minute, that I had in fact already completed that back in May. I spent about five minutes going what am I going to … Continue reading

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Monday #175

I’m back from my holiday, so we’re back to our usual schedule again this week. I haven’t yet sorted through all the photos I took, but I will perhaps share some on my next Monday post.

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Famous Five 70s Style: Five Go Off in a Caravan

Five Go Off in a Caravan is one of my favourite stories; I love the magic of the circus and it feels like a proper adventure mystery, the characters are full of charm, wit and villainy. Tiger Dan and Lou … Continue reading

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Reblog: The search for Kirrin Island – Memories by Hans van der Klis

I’m on a city-break this week without a laptop, and so instead of attempting to blog from an ancient tablet or tiny phone I have chosen to bring you a reblog instead. You may have seen our last reblog from … Continue reading

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Monday #174

Once more its beginning to look like summer and the weather seems to be improving. This month is usually one of the most vibrant when we’ve visited Old Thatch in the past, but unfortunately Blyton’s old home is no longer … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70s Style: Five Go to Smuggler’s Top Part 2

Last week I did a review of the first part of Five go to Smuggler’s Top and now I’m going to bring you  a review of the second part. We start this episode off with a recap of what happened … Continue reading

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The Rat-a-Tat Mystery

This is a bit of a strange one. I’ve always heard (or indeed read) that the series takes a dip in quality after Rubadub. Ragamuffin always seems to come last in the popularity stakes – but I believed Rat-a-Tat wasn’t … Continue reading

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Monday #173

Back to Monday and we have some awesome blogs for you this week. Fiona will be blogging for Wednesday and bringing you a review of The Rat-a-Tat Mystery. I shall be reviewing the second part of Five Go to Smuggler’s … Continue reading

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Now I know I did the 90s series in strict Blytonian order but as a pure mistake (or was it careful planning?) I ended up looking at Five Go to Smuggler’s Top Part 1 instead of Five Run Away Together … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley

Anyone who knows me will know two things – a) I love a bargain when it comes to buying books and b) I love reading children’s books. Those two together is how I came to buy the Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories. I … Continue reading

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Monday #172

I’m just starting to recover from a week-long bout of a nasty cold, but unfortunately I didn’t get to stay off work and then go off to the mountains (or seaside) to recuperate. It’s probably just as well as I’m … Continue reading

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The Blyton Book of Keepsakes

While I was on holiday last week and even though I wasn’t in what I strictly think of as Blyton country, I did manage to find something ever so beautiful! This neat little thing used to be a hard back … Continue reading

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