Category Archives: Books

The Mystery of the Hidden House – part 1

How much of a bad blogger am I? Having only decided on Sunday evening that I was going to review The Mystery of the Hidden House and committed to that on the Monday blog, things then got mad on Monday and I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 3

So far this book seems to have had minimal editing, which is  a pleasant surprise. Shall we see if that continues? I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book

I was away on holiday last week, and just so happened to be just 45 minutes away from Inverness. So naturally that meant a trip to one of my favourite places – Leakey’s Second Hand Bookshop (second largest in Scotland). … Continue reading

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Review: The Seaside Family

We’re  back with Mike, Belinda and Ann again for another Family adventure –  well as far as a young children can have an adventure with their parents around. However, it is a big adventure for the children. They’ve never been … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 2

There weren’t too many changes made in the first chapters, but then again the chapters are pretty short! I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books (Egmont, 2014). CHAPTER … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

I’ve been looking for a new book to compare lately – as it has been a weekly scramble to come up with an idea otherwise – and then this rather fell into my lap. Or fell into my Whatsapp conversation, … Continue reading

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Review: The Pole Star Family

As you know last week I got an omnibus of the Family series, tightly and newly bound in a Quentin Blake-esque illustrations, shoulder to shoulder with related stories. So I thought that this week I’d continue with the reviews from this … Continue reading

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Review: The Saucy Jane Family

A Bit of Background As some of you will know I reviewed The Queen Elizabeth Family last year, so the concept of Enid Blyton’s Family Series was not unknown to me. However I admit ignorance in the fact that I did … Continue reading

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Review: Five Go on a Strategy Away Day

Once again I’m going to bring you a look at the Bruno Vincent’s attempts at making Enid Blyton’s Famous Five into modern-day grown-ups. I believe I’ve looked at the last in the series by this point, but by the looks of … Continue reading

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The Treasure Hunters reviewed by Fiona

The Treasure Hunters is a title I never read as a child – despite having it as part of a 2 in 1 volume. I had read The Boy Next Door, the first book but somehow never made it to … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers by Elen Caldecott

As you know we are always on the look out for books and authors to recommend for you to try, especially if they are reminiscent of our favourite author, Enid Blyton. Of course for Fiona and I, working in libraries we … Continue reading

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Books for babies: the lead-up to Blyton

It rather goes without saying that I will be reading Blyton to my little boy once he’s born, and encouraging him to read Blyton himself when he’s older. I do have lots of thoughts about that which I may explore … Continue reading

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Review: Five Go Parenting

I can imagine hearing you all cheering when I say that this is the last Famous Five for Grown-Ups that I can review for a while. I know I have really bombarded you with them, and I suspect that there … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of the Missing Necklace

It’s been a while since I favoured you with a Five Find-Outers review, and quite frankly it was because I found it hard to convince myself to keep reading. I just don’t gel with these books as much as the … Continue reading

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The Children at Green Meadows part 2

So here is the rest of my review of this book! Previous part can be found here. CHAPTER SIX – A PONY RESCUE IN THE NIGHT The next arrival is a pony called Flash – who pulls the greengrocer’s cart (this … Continue reading

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Review: Five Give up the Booze

I know you’re getting an onslaught of these Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups at the moment, but as they’re quick to read they make a perfect blog to work on. I can pick up the book on a Monday night and … Continue reading

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