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My 2019 in books and Blyton

I love stats and looking back on things so I thought I would do a little round up of my year in books. Obviously I’ve listed all my books month-by-month in my monthly round ups but I thought it would … Continue reading

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A guide to prequels, sequels and continuations

While writing a guide to our recommended authors if you like Blyton, I had jotted down some other names. These names were of people who had written books featuring Blyton’s own characters, and in the end I decided that these … Continue reading

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Monday #255

A guide to Blyton’s sequels, prequels and continuations and My 2019 in books and Blyton He climbed higher still. When he next looked down he gave a cry of surprise. He could see right down into the hollow trunk of … Continue reading

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The Naughtiest Girl in the School: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? Part 4

You can find part one, chapters 1-4, here, part two with chapters 5-8 here and part 3 which has chapters 9-12 here. I am comparing the 1944 5th reprint by George Newnes (which should be more or less identical to … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton, our guide to other great authors

Over the years we have reviewed lots of books by other authors, because we think that they’re the kind of thing other people might like if they like Enid Blyton books. I thought I would pull together a list of … Continue reading

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Monday #254

If you like Blyton: A guide to other authors and The Naughtiest Girl updated part 4 If I do try hard to be good, and do everything I ought to, will you please ask Miss Belle and Miss Best to … Continue reading

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Darrell and Anatoly’s First date: A St Andrews Story

This story is set after the events of The Missing Papers and before New Year’s Dip, First Valentines and Halloween Tricks. It primarily features Darrell Rivers and Anatoly Petrov, who as a couple we call Dartoly. It also has a … Continue reading

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December 2019 round up

What I have read I reached my target of 100 books in November and finished the year on 119. December’s books: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back – Dr Seuss Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic #9) – Sophie Kinsella The Day … Continue reading

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Monday #253

December 2019 round up and First Date: a St Andrews Story It is likely that the Nature Charts for January will show snowy, frosty days, for as the proverb says, stronger cold comes with the longer days. Keep a list … Continue reading

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2019 Birthday and Christmas present round up

First I’ll admit that’s a slightly misleading title as I didn’t actually get any Blytonian presents for my birthday this year – gasp! I did get two Blytonian birthday cards, however. There are a few cards out there based on … Continue reading

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Enid Blyton at New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! Enid Blyton wrote such a wide range of material that it’s hard to find a subject she hasn’t at least touched on. There are, of course, some topics she gave more attention to than others. New … Continue reading

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Monday #252 – the last of the year!

This is the last post of the year and of the decade! You may be pleased to know that’s the end to the Christmas quotes in the Monday posts but I think I’ll move on to wintry ones as having … Continue reading

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Monday #251 – Merry Christmas!

Christmas is finally here! This will be the only post this week, as I’m taking the rest of the week off to celebrate and eat too much. (After I’ve cleaned and tidied and wrapped etc!) I’ll be back on Monday … Continue reading

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Five Fall Into Adventure part 2

Following on from part one of my review now it’s time to see what happens now that the three plus Jo are hunting for George. Delaying tactics Jo being taken off by Jake means that the other three get lost … Continue reading

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Eileen Soper at Christmas

It’s no secret that Eileen Soper is my favourite Blyton illustrator. She is best known for her work on the 21 Famous Five books, both the covers and internal illustrations, but she also illustrated lots of short story collections, a … Continue reading

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Monday #250

Last week before Christmas! Eileen Soper at Christmas and Five Fall Into Adventure part 2 There were trees about three feet high, just big enough for a small nursery. Then there were rows of bigger trees, whose branches could take … Continue reading

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Letters to Enid 19: From volume 2 issue 7

Previous letters pages can be found here. Letters page from Volume 2, issue 7. March 31st-April 13 1954 OUR LETTER PAGE A letter from Sunbeam Christine Warren, 51 Central Road, Wembley. Dear Enid Blyton, Today I left my big china … Continue reading

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Christmas bits from Enid Blyton’s magazines

Continuing the theme, I thought I’d have a nosy in the magazines for more Christmassy things. I’ve included some crafts and stories in some other posts but I have some new magazines to look through, and there are other things … Continue reading

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Monday #249

Christmassy bits from Enid Blyton’s Magazine and Letters to Enid 19 Hallo, hallo, here’s Santa Claus, He’s come to see you all because To-morrow’s Christmas Day! So bring the ducks and bears and gollies, Motor-cars and books and dollies, Crackers … Continue reading

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November 2019 round up

It’s the penultimate round up of the year already! What I have read I reached my target of 100 books this month! It was helped along by me working through quite a few short books, classic children’s ones that I … Continue reading

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