Again I find myself inspired to blog by a post of Stef’s (hope you don’t think I’m too much of a copycat!) I too had previously written my 10 facts on the Enid Blyton Society forums, and have reworked them for this blog.
1. Several of my Fives (the first ones I owned) were passed down from my mum, her sisters and cousin. Most of them were very tatty (missing spines and ripped bits) as well as being a bit scribbled on and coloured in. Luckily I was raised to look after my books!
2. I was unbelievably excited when I learned there was to be a Famous Five TV series in the 90s. I used to watch it on CITV after I came home from school and I would shoosh anyone who dared to talk during it.
3. When I was little I
sort of wanted to marry Julian.
4. For my 9th birthday my mum made me a cake in the shape of a Hodder copy of Five go to Smuggler’s Top. My friend Lesley arrived at my party and squealed “Ooh I love this one!” and then tried to open it (I won’t say any more as I’ve already blogged about that story!)
5. The first Blyton books I read alone were some of the Famous Fives – and I misread the signature on the cover. I asked my mum who “Guid Bloton” (pronounced ‘Guide Blotton’) was. I also thought the author was male as “Guid(e)” must be a man’s name.
6. My friend Lesley (of cake-opening fame) and I used to play at the Famous Five in my bedroom. Typically my top bunk was a tower, castle or cliff and we’d use a skipping rope, well, as a rope, and we’d escape into our boat (a washing basket we’d appropriated from my mum). We had a fairly small stuffed dog toy playing the role of Timmy (the rest of the time he went by the name ‘Captain’…) though I don’t remember either of us deciding to be George or Anne, or even one of the boys. We were still Fiona and Lesley and WE were the Famous Five.
7. I bought the 70s TV series on DVD from eBay, and it turned out to be a knock-off. I still have it, though I’ve not watched it all. I even made my own covers for the cases.
8. I re-read the whole series in order every year or so, and I must have read each of the books at least 20 times.
9. Having replaced most of my Famous Fives with original editions I now have two first editions, Five Go to Demon’s Rocks and Five are Together Again (both without a dustjacket).
10. I’m gutted that I lost the [second edition] dustjacket from Five Go to Smuggler’s Top sometime in my teens.
Illustrations from the Cave of Books