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Review: The Mystery of the Invisible Thief 

The Mystery of the Invisible Thief by Enid Blyton. The title sort of says it all, doesn’t it? It promises the mystery and the intrigue of a thief who cannot be seen or caught, and it suggests a promise of … Continue reading

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Grown Up Blyton: Too Many Cooks by Marina Pascoe

Continuing my theme of let’s see what books we could read as adults if we wanted a break from Blyton, I have decided to look at Too Many Cooks by Marina Pascoe. This is the second book in the series of … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 5

The final four chapters now! CHAPTER THIRTEEN: ARMOURED ANIMALS The hedgehog (aka the hedge-pig) get a page and a half to introduce us to armoured animal. I’m not sure the humble hedgehog is really zoo exhibit material but it gives … Continue reading

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Review: The Caravan Family

Finally, I hear you cry, she’s found and read the first book in the series! Now perhaps she can tell us what happened in the beginning (assuming that you haven’t already read them in order like you’re supposed to! What … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 4

I’m looking at chapters ten to twelve this week, which leaves just four more after that. CHAPTER TEN: THE GIRAFFE AND HIS COUSINS Blyton has some advice here: If you happen to be a girl and go to the Zoo wearing … Continue reading

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Review: The Buttercup Farm Family

I realise that I have read this series in a most peculiar order and for anyone trying to follow the series, I’ve not helped. So I apologise. Nevertheless I have now read five out of the six of the series … Continue reading

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Grown Up Blyton: Brighton Belle by Sara Sheridan

New to the blog, I thought it was worth looking at some of the authors that us grown-ups could try as a change to the numerous Enid Blyton books we read. I thought of this idea when I was up … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 3

With six chapters done so far, there are ten more to go! The first few I found quite depressing reading at times, the next few weren’t quite so bad. I wonder what the next lot will be like. CHAPTER SEVEN: … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat

I know you’ve had a lot of Five Find-Outers and Dog reviews recently, but I’ve had the books on my library card for a while now, and thought it was about time I got round to reading them. As I … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 4

Last time we saw quite a bit of text cut out of one chapter plus some other more minor changes, so let’s see what we get this time. I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Mystery of Wickworth Manor by Elen Caldecott

In our quest to find books that could be considered similar to Enid Blyton’s novels for you to try yourselves, I have discovered another book by Elen Caldecott, an author I reviewed a few months ago (The Mysteries of Marsh … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of the Hidden House – part 2

Last week I failed spectacularly in my duty to provide you with a full review of The Mystery of the Hidden House as I failed in my speed reading skills. So, I have had to bring it to you in two parts. … Continue reading

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The Zoo Book, part 2

Here I am continuing to look at The Zoo Book, Blyton’s non-fiction book about London Zoo and its animals. The first chapters covered the zoo’s history, how animals were caught for the zoo and some secrets of the keepers. It … Continue reading

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Review: 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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