Monthly Archives: November 2016

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

I thought this would be a fine way to break up the Christmas posts a bit (but don’t worry there will be more of those!) Previous parts can be seen  here, here, here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – … Continue reading

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Monday #193

We are near the end of another month now, and creeping even closer to the end of the year. There is another Christmassy post this week along with our usual fare, a trend which should continue (hopefully) for the next … Continue reading

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Blyton at Christmas 1920-1945

I have tried to do this in rough chronological order, but many dates given refer to when a story was published in a book. It will often be the case that it was in Enid Blyton’s Magazine or Sunny Stories … Continue reading

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My Three Least Favourite Characters

Overall, I don’t think we consciously give much thought to our least favourite characters, instead we focus on the ones we do love and enjoy, which is fair enough. However the other week, when I was telling you about the … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: Mountain of Adventure

This series has certainly had ups and downs in its run so far. For me, Island was an acceptable adaptation, Woods was absolutely awful in every way, Valley was an unexpected success and then Sea was another reasonable episode. Shall … Continue reading

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Monday #192

  Apologies for using the C word in November, but I couldn’t resist starting the Christmas posts this week. (I mean, there are only five weeks to go!) Hope you enjoy!  

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Famous Five 70s Style: Five Go Down to the Sea part 2

If you missed the first part of Five Go Down to the Sea, you can find it here, and catch up with my thoughts on the adaptation before reading this second part. Now let’s take a look at the second … Continue reading

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The Famous Five Party Game as played by Fiona

First up: I didn’t throw a party to play this game. It’s really not that sort of game in fact! I bought it mostly because I just love Eileen Soper’s work, and because it wasn’t too expensive. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Monday #191

I had a really hard time coming up with something to write about this week. It’s strange how there are times that you’ve got more ideas than days to publish them, and then all of a sudden you run out. … Continue reading

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Favourite Five Blyton Animals

I thought I would break up the TV series reviews a bit and bring you something different this week. I decided to go through some of Blyton’s well loved animal characters and look at my top five. I’m going to … Continue reading

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

Another month, another instalment! Hopefully I will get this finished within the next three months then. Previous parts can be seen  here, here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – a 12th reprint/impression of the original. The new version is … Continue reading

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Monday #190

Once more a Monday upon us! Hope you’re excited for this week’s blogs!

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October Round Up

It’s November already! It’s getting colder and darker – but enough of that, let’s look at what we did last month! WHAT I READ IN OCTOBER April Fools – Ritchie Tankersley Cusick Fetch Nurse Connie – Jean Fullerton Dying in … Continue reading

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Blyton’s Bonfires, Guys and Fireworks

It’s bonfire night, or Guy Fawkes’ night this wek, so I thought I would put something together covering what Blyton wrote about the subject. SECRET SEVEN FIREWORKS This seems like an obvious first choice, given the title! While the main … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70s Style: Five go Down to the Sea Part 1

As far as I am concerned Five go Down to the Sea comes in three different stories. The premise is the same in each, there is something going on in this quiet Cornish village that the Five stumble across and … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV – The Sea of Adventure

I think that Valley of Adventure has to be the strongest episode of this series so far (and far better than anything from The Secret Series had to offer). I really hope the series can stay on form at this point … Continue reading

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