Category Archives: Books

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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Review: Five Forget Mother’s Day

Five Forget Mother’s Day – honestly, how could our beloved Famous Five forget the one day a year that we use to celebrate our mothers (not that we shouldn’t celebrate them everyday!)? I got this book to give to my … Continue reading

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The Children at Green Meadows

The title of this book doesn’t give much away, and it could be a story about just about anything. It would probably be classed as one of her ‘family’ books, I have it on the shelf beside The Family at … Continue reading

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Who’s Who in Enid Blyton by Eva Rice, revisited

Some of you may remember that I have previously reviewed the original version of the Who’s Who book (it took three posts – Adventure Stories, School Stories, and Toys and Enchantment. You also may remember that I pretty much ripped it apart … Continue reading

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Blyton’s Britain Part 2

Last time I brought you a selection of destinations in London and Buckinghamshire where you could go and be close to our favourite authoress Enid Blyton. This week I’m going to start looking down by the coast, the south west … Continue reading

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Those Dreadful Children: who was really the most dreadful? continued

I’m back with another very long blog to try to answer the question I set myself! (Previous part here.) THINGS I DIDN’T REALLY CONSIDER AS A CHILD As a child I think I glossed over a lot of the Carletons’ … Continue reading

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Those Dreadful Children: who was really the most dreadful?

Those Dreadful Children has long been one of my favourite Enid Blyton books. I had an Armada paperback when I was a child and I read it many times. I was quite firm in my belief that the Taggertys were … Continue reading

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

And so we have reached the final part! This one has taken me about 7 months to do. Previous parts can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As before my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – the 12th reprint/impression of the original. The … Continue reading

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Review: Five Go on a Strategy Away Day

Stef has already reviewed Five on Brexit Island and Five Go Gluten Free. She did not heap praise on those titles, and I’m afraid my review is likely to be equally negative. To save you reading further if you don’t have … Continue reading

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