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 a less in depth version of main story of The Secret Island, but it has many charming moments and a few suspenseful ones too.
Diana Lynton from the Barney Mysteries is a strong, wilful character – when she’s not mooning around that is. No, I don’t mean she bares her bottom! She has a bit of a day-dream from time to time, though. She’s probably dreaming of a bit of time away from her dull(ish) brother Roger and extremely annoying cousin Snubby. She manages to keep those two in hand, though she often takes a back seat in adventures being the only girl, and she takes motherly care of Barney when he turns up.