Monthly Archives: October 2016

Halloween Tricks in St Andrews part two

Anatoly and David turned quickly on their heels, though they knew what it would be. “That would the ghost then!” David said, pretending to swallow and take a step forward towards it. “What’s your problem?” he asked it as Anatoly … Continue reading

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Monday #189

We’ve got a longer list than usual for you this week. With Halloween today we have the second half of our new story, plus our usual weekly posts, then we will finish with our roundup for October. (As by then … Continue reading

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Halloween Tricks in St Andrews part one

Julian ran his hand through his hair and took a step back from the mirror to check that the chalk dust hadn’t fallen too heavily on his shirt, bow tie and tweed jacket. He took the finishing touch, a bushy … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Secret Room Review

The Story Now I raced through the last Five Find-Outers book, pretty much in a day but unfortunately I didn’t quite get carried away in the story of the Secret Room as much as the Disappearing Cat. Fatty still annoys … Continue reading

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My Three Top Baddies

And so here is my ‘surprise’ for the week. Talking of surprises we will also have one on Sunday for you – a Halloween themed one. Continuing on from three favourite characters, and three favourite adults I have decided to … Continue reading

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Monday #188

Good Monday all! Hope you had a lovely weekend! We shall have a bit of a surprise on Wednesday as to what we’re getting from Fiona as she’s having difficulty deciding at the moment, but I’m sure she’ll come up … Continue reading

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

I’m keeping up with my resolution to do at least one of these a month (so far!). Previous instalments can be seen  here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – a 12th reprint/impression of the original. The new … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70s Style: Five Have a Wonderful Time

Five Have a Wonderful Time was one of the Fives that brought my attention back to Enid Blyton when I was about eleven or twelve. I remember coming across the Millennium editions in the local library and loving that they … Continue reading

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Monday #187

Well, it’s Monday again. I’m lucky not to get the Monday blues like so many people do, as I’m either off on Monday (and Tuesday!) or working 5-8pm on a Monday (and still off on the Tuesday). But for those … Continue reading

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My Three Favourite Blyton Adults

As so often is the case Stef had a good idea for a blog and now I am going to shamelessly  copy her and do the exact same. Strangely, coming up with three favourite adults has been a lot easier … Continue reading

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Review: The Queen Elizabeth Family

My Confession When I mentioned in my Monday post that I was going to read and review The Queen Elizabeth Family, Fiona (as it turns out quite rightly) queried my choice of starting at the end of a series. (I have also … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Dead Man’s Cove reviewed by Fiona

This is the first in the Laura Marlin series by Lauren St John. Stef read and reviewed it a while back, and when I spotted it in my library I thought I might as well give it a go. OF LAURA … Continue reading

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Monday #186

Happy Monday all and sundry, we had a lovely day down here on Sunday – there was sun and there were times I didn’t even need a jacket! Anyway we’ve got a three article week lined up for you this … Continue reading

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More on Enid Blyton’s Magazine

A while back I wrote about my new (and admittedly meagre) collection of Enid Blyton’s magazines. I had 23 at the time, out of the 162 that were printed. I thought I’d be unlikely to grow that collection as the … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV – The Valley of Adventure

I am going to watch the third episode from The Adventure Series this week – and thankfully we are back to a familiar title and hopefully a more familiar plot! THE ALWAYS MYSTERIOUS PRECREDITS SCENE This time we are on … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70s Style: Five on a Hike Together

For those of you who are avid and regular readers of the blog, you all probably know my favourite Famous Five novel is Five on a Hike Together and the adaptations on to screen are the most scrutinized due to … Continue reading

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