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Blyton’s strangest homes, part 2

Most of these are less strange than houses filled with secret passages, and castles with apparent ghosts, but they’re not exactly normal-every-day home for most people, either. CARAVANS A lot of Blyton’s characters live in caravans at one point or … Continue reading

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Blyton’s strangest homes

Recently I looked at Blyton’s secret but homely homes, where children turned caves and trees into lovely cosy places to stay. That got me thinking about some of the other strange ‘homes’ Blyton wrote about, and so I thought I would … Continue reading

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Blyton’s Fathers

A while back I wrote a post about Blyton’s mothers and then I had a sudden thought – what about Blyton’s fathers? Given that it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, it seemed like a good time to write about them. Her … Continue reading

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Blyton’s Funniest Animals

Now we all know that Enid Blyton wrote about a lot of animals, in fact almost every story she wrote had an animal of some kind in it. The great thing about her books is that she made every kind … Continue reading

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A completely un-confusing guide to names in Blyton’s books

Enid Blyton must have come up with thousands of characters in her years of writing. Some of them are instantly memorable from their name alone. Zerelda? That can only be Zerelda Brass, the American girl from Third Year at Malory … 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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Monday #255

Bourne End And Dissecting the Magic of Enid Blyton (by Liam Martin) Hollow Tree House, a tale of two neglected and abused children who run away to live an idyllic – if brief – life in a hollow tree. It’s … Continue reading

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Putting the Barney Mysteries in Order

As discussed in perhaps tedious detail, I didn’t have all the Barney Mysteries when I was younger. The Rilloby Fair Mystery was one I know I didn’t have, but I’m not sure which of the others I definitely even read as … 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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The Ragamuffin Mystery

And so I have reached the final book in the series. As with many of Blyton’s series the last book seems to be thought of as the weakest, yet I’m sure there will be some people who will hold this … Continue reading

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The Rat-a-Tat Mystery

This is a bit of a strange one. I’ve always heard (or indeed read) that the series takes a dip in quality after Rubadub. Ragamuffin always seems to come last in the popularity stakes – but I believed Rat-a-Tat wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Rubadub Mystery

This, the fourth book in the series is rather a pivotal one. It marks the end of a (short) era story-wise for Barney and the beginning of a new one. You could see how the series could easily have ended … Continue reading

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The Ring O’ Bells Mystery

Ring O’ Bells is probably my favourite from this series, but after telling Stef this was what I’d review I had to do a hasty double-check that it was indeed the next in the series. It is, of course, and … Continue reading

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The Rilloby Fair Mystery

I did much better in reading the second book in the series, and read it over a couple of days this time. Again, I had picked it up quite naturally to read for myself and not for blogging which I … Continue reading

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The Rockingdown Mystery

Some considerable time ago – so long ago it was in 2015 – I started reading The Rockingdown Mystery for a readathon on the Enid Blyton Society forums. I think I got about as far as page 29 before my … Continue reading

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The Rosewood Mystery by Cathy Chapter Thirteen

INSIDE THE OLD MANOR “A library!” breathed Roger. “And old, old library!” “And just look at all the books!” exclaimed Diana, in wonder, forgetting for a moment that she was afraid of the strange noises they had heard through the … Continue reading

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