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May Round Up

This is rather belated due to the laptop problems I had this month, but better late than never! WHAT FIONA HAS READ Not as good as last month, but not terrible! The Magic Faraway Tree (reviewed here) Mean Girls – … Continue reading

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Philip Mannering’s animals – an essential A-Z guide

Philip has a magic way with animals and can tame just about anything to want to live in his pockets. He never keeps anything as banal as a cat or dog, but it would not be unusual to see a … Continue reading

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Monday #272

In case you were wondering if you had missed it, we skipped Monday #271. I didn’t have my laptop and wasn’t sure when I would get it back in order for me to write and publish anything (though I’d forgotten … Continue reading

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Blyton’s Fathers

A while back I wrote a post about Blyton’s mothers and then I had a sudden thought – what about Blyton’s fathers? Given that it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, it seemed like a good time to write about them. Her … Continue reading

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Monday #270

My laptop is in being repaired at the moment so this week’s posts are reliant on me getting it back in time to write something! Fingers crossed. Philip Mannering’s animals and May roundup I remember a little boy called Dick … Continue reading

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Even more search terms

This really is the blog idea that just keeps on giving. Every so often I browse the search terms that have led people to our blog and there’s always something interesting or amusing to see. Here’s the best of the … Continue reading

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Monday #269

More Blyton Search Terms and A-Z of Philip Mannering’s Pets Location of the week is the Five-Find Outers’ local macaroon shop. Not only is it part of the hub of operations in Peterswood, it also serves the nicest macaroons, lemonade … Continue reading

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A completely un-confusing guide to names in Blyton’s books part 2

Last time we clarified which Jack, or indeed Jock, was which, we covered the difference between Morgan, Dai and Llewellyn and Morgan, Dai and Llewellyn, and we made sure we knew our great-grandad from our old grandads. Now for some … Continue reading

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Monday #268

  A completely un-confusing guide to names in Blyton’s books – Part Two And Blyton’s Funniest Animals “I do love the beginning of the summer hols,’ said Julian. They always seem to stretch out ahead for ages and ages.’ ‘They go so … Continue reading

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April Round Up

WHAT FIONA HAS READ I had a good month, reading wise. I managed to read 6, I am on 21 in total and that’s 4 ahead. The Something Girl (Frogmorton Farm #2) – Jodi Taylor Piano Lessons Can Be Murder … Continue reading

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A completely un-confusing guide to names in Blyton’s books

Enid Blyton must have come up with thousands of characters in her years of writing. Some of them are instantly memorable from their name alone. Zerelda? That can only be Zerelda Brass, the American girl from Third Year at Malory … Continue reading

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Monday #267

  Favourite Blyton pets and Names in Blyton’s books and April round up The baby slept soundly. “Will it want a bottle at ten o’clock?” whispered Peter. “And one early in the morning? Most babies do.” They fell asleep. The … Continue reading

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The Magic Faraway Tree part 4

Last time we ended on a minor cliff-hanger. The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe had stopped living in her shoe and had taken up residence in Moon-Face’s home instead. Obviously that just wouldn’t do so we can now … Continue reading

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Monday #266

  The Magic Faraway Tree and Blyton’s Top short stories DAI! BOB! TANG! DOON! JOLL! RAFE! HAL! Morgan shouting for his seven dogs at the end of Five Get Into a Fix is one of my favourite moments. The baddies … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Secret of Cliff Castle by Mary Pollock

I think it is safe to say that if you like Blyton, then you will also like Mary Pollock. WHEN IS ENID BLYTON NOT ENID BLYTON? When she’s writing under the pseudonym Mary Pollock. But then you already knew that, … Continue reading

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Monday #265

The Secret of Cliff Castle and Blyton’s most comforting reads Go away, sea! Go away, I tell you! Do you hear me? Big Ears, who has never heard of high tide, or tides at all, tries to keep the sea … Continue reading

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