Category Archives: Other Authors

If you like Blyton: Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

Cream Buns and Crime is part of the Murder Most Unladylike series about two girls – Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong – who run their own detective agency at boarding school. We’ve already reviewed the first in the series, Murder Most … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

There are five books about the Borrowers (and one short story) all written by Mary Norton between 1952 and 1982, but this post will focus mostly on the first in the series. The Borrowers (1952) The Borrowers Afield (1954) The … 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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Ripping Things to Do by Jane Brocket

You may recognise the name Jane Brocket, she wrote the recipe book Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer as featured quite a few times when Stef has tested out the Blytonian recipes. I’ve been reading Ripping Things to Do with interest … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 3

Last time I left you with lots of questions, and hopefully now there will be some answers. But first, another question… IS EVERYONE INSANE? The protesters all have crazy names and Edie ends up at their encampment. Janet’s supposed to … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 2

Here is part two of my review, where a lot of things hot up. HALF-TERM Next up is an exceat weekend – done a little bit differently from the Malory Towers or St Clare’s half-terms that we are familiar with. … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Magic of Blyton’s Famous Five Books by Liam Martin

As I mentioned in my Secrets of Blogging post, this is one of my go-to resources when blogging. I actually got it for free when it came out! WHAT EXACTLY IS IT? The introduction describes it as showing the mechanics … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr

Mischief at Midnight is set at Knight’s Haddon, a girls’ boarding school, and the first chapter or two sounds rather like Malory Towers. ON THE SURFACE The language is different – but it has a clear posh boarding school sounds … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine Part 1

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. Now if that doesn’t sound Blytonian I don’t know what does. It makes you think of the Five Find-Outers and Dog, which is a good place to start.  However what I’ve read of the … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Mysterious Boy by Julie Robinson

It’s a bit late I know but it is a crazy time of year so I hope you’ll forgive me. As stated I am going to take a look at Julie Robinson’s first book The Mysterious Boy. Julie is someone I … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Boy by Julie Robinson Synopsis

One of our contributors, Julie has written a smashing mystery novel inspired by our own favourite author. We’re bringing you the synopsis this week, and next week I’ll be reviewing the book for you all. Synopsis of The Mysterious Boy … Continue reading

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Blyton for Grown Ups: Five Go Glamping by Liz Tipping

Before you worry, this is not another of the Bruno Vincent’s grown up Famous Five, but a play on the idea of four people and a dog experiencing camping or glamping and “getting back to nature” but with a few added … Continue reading

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Blyton for Grown Ups: 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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Blyton for Grown Ups: 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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Blyton for Grown Ups: 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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Blyton for Grown Ups: 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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