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Grown up Blyton: The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT AS COSY AS SOME OF THE OTHERS I HAVE REVIEWED FOR YOU. SOME READERS MAY NOT BE COMFORTABLE WITH THE STORY’S CONCLUSION. However, I read it, and I’ve got nothing else to bring you this … Continue reading

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Grown Up Blyton: The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne

Betcha didn’t know that A. A. Milne, the father and creator of Winnie the Pooh wrote a mystery novel. Well neither did I until I was out on holiday with my Dad in Weston-Super-Mare and spotted this book on the … Continue reading

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Putting the Famous Five in Order

Sorry to anyone who thinks I’m about to skelp Julian for being bossy, or George for her temper. I actually want to do something even harder: put the series in order of most to least favourite. I’ve always had books … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of the Strange Bundle Part 2

I think I must be in some sort of ‘anti-Fatty’ mood right now because I struggled to finish this book. It didn’t appeal to me I guess and the mystery is a bit dry. Lets take a look shall we? … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of the Strange Bundle

So I failed. I had one job and that was to read the book on my way up to Fiona’s when I was on the train, and I didn’t. On top of that, I’ve just not been reading because I’ve … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Garden part 2: What we know about the original Old Thatch gardens

Last week we looked at the most up to date information we had from Old Thatch gardens and got an idea of the kind of place the cottage and gardens are, but as mentioned we don’t know very much about … Continue reading

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Grown Up Blyton: A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson

I read this book a long time ago, but realised this week that it was pretty much exactly the kind of book we’re looking for for this blog and decided that a recap on my part and a blog wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of the Vanished Prince

If you asked me ‘Do I want to read this book?’ my honest answer would be another question; ‘how much do you like Enid Blyton?’ because that is basically the reason I sat down and read this book. If it … Continue reading

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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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