A guide to unnecessary retellings of Blyton’s works
The Famous Five as you’ve never seen them before
The wind howled round and shook the tree violently. Something fell from the tree and hit the raging man full on the shoulder. He dropped down at once, shouting, clutching at his shoulder. Jack sped off into the wind. He turned and looked back. Pepi was trying to get up, groaning. The wind howled again, and the big tree spat out something else that hit Pepi on the head. He fell back and did not move.
This is one of those little moments from The Valley of Adventure that I just love. The cases were put up earlier, to hide them, and now they’ve come back into the story in such a funny way.
Not a book by Enid Blyton this week but a book about her. Enid Blyton a Biography by Barbara Stoney is the most important biography. So many newer books purporting to be an authority on Blyton have consulted this book (and many just repeat what they have read amongst their new and entirely unsubstantiated claims).
Over three years Barbara Stoney talked with Gillian and Imogen, Blyton’s daughters, her brother Hanley and other relatives, Blyton’s friends and former staff, the people she worked with at different publishing houses and many more people to give a very detailed and wide-ranging biography.