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Enid Blyton and Queen Elizabeth II – The Story of Our Queen

I have found myself a bit emotional at times in the past weeks, since the announcement was made that the Queen had died . She had been monarch for my entire life – my parents’ entire lives – forever, or … Continue reading

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Five Go to Demon’s Rocks

I have now reached book #19 of 21. A lot of Blyton fans seem to feel that the latter books in the series are the weakest. I would certainly say that books 20 and 21 – Five Have a Mystery … Continue reading

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Monday #493

Having written the bulk of the below last week, I then failed to hit ‘schedule’. Two weeks ago we heard the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Although some time has passed, the country is in an … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Primrose Railway Children by Jacqueline Wilson

Having covered the controversy of Jacqueline Wilson writing a new Faraway Tree book, and then reviewing that book you may be tired of seeing her name popping up here. Regardless, I have just recently read The Primrose Railway Children – … Continue reading

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The Enid Blyton Society Journal

I have been a member of the Enid Blyton Society (EBSoc for short) for – I was going to say over ten years but then I checked – fifteen years now, and with that comes three journals a year. I have also … Continue reading

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How many Enid Blyton books have I actually read in the last ten years?

As someone who writes upwards of 2,000 words a week about all things Blytonian, I feel that I actually don’t read an awful lot of her books! At least nowhere near as many as I used to. So I thought … Continue reading

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Monday #491

That’s us into September now and the days are rainier (though still fairly warm) and the nights are getting darker much earlier. How much Blyton have I actually read in the past ten years? and The Enid Blyton Society Journal … Continue reading

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August 2022 round up

August was a better month all round. What I have read I had a much better month in August. I picked up quite a few books which turned out to be un-put-downable and so got read in two days each. … Continue reading

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Five on Finniston Farm part 3

And now for my miscellaneous musings and nitpicks! The food For an adventure set on a farm the Five don’t actually seem to do a lot of eating, at least, not on-page. As I’ve mentioned already they do visit the … Continue reading

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Monday #490

The latest book I read had two – count ’em – two references to Blyton in it. Of course I have saved them for a part two of Blyton references in fiction. I have already half-written both of this week’s … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Adventurers and the Continental Chase by Jemma Hatt

As you might remember I have reviewed three of Jemma Hatt’s books already: The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure The Adventurers and the City of Secrets I listened to all of the above … Continue reading

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Five on Finniston Farm part 2

I spent the whole first part of my review imagining what it would be like if The Famous Five booked their holidays through Airbnb. Now for (hopefully) more commentary on the plot and so on. Janie’s gossip Before they even … Continue reading

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Monday #489

Better late than never… Five on Finniston Farm 2 and The Adventurers and the Continental Chase by Jemma Hatt “And look—what’s that over by the bank there?” said Betty. They all looked. They saw a house-boat there, badly in need … Continue reading

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Blackberries

Like lighthouses I associate blackberries with Blyton, even if they only feature prominently in the odd book. For lighthouses that is, of course, Five Go to Demon’s Rocks, while for blackberries it is The Hidey Hole. Blyton’s blackberries Blyton’s children … Continue reading

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Monday #488

That’s two weeks in a row that I have managed to write and publish two posts, I wonder how long I can keep it up for? Brodie starts school tomorrow so I will have a little more time on my … Continue reading

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Five on Finniston Farm

Here I am at book 18 now of the series, some four years after I began these reviews. It has been over ten years since I last read this book (though there are still some post-its stuck on the pages … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Wreck of the Argyll by John K Fulton

I happened to see this on the returns trolley in the children’s library where I work, and I picked it up because of the lighthouse on the cover. I like lighthouses and tend to associate them with Blyton, despite only … Continue reading

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Monday #487

Well, I managed to write twice last week. Let’s see if I can manage to do it two weeks in a row! It’s the last week of the school holidays here, today we are going bowling and crazy golfing to … Continue reading

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The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure by Jacqueline Wilson

I finished the book earlier in the week, so finally I have finished the review! The style and setting I think the first thing I will say is that Jacqueline Wilson does not attempt to mimic Blyton’s writing style. This … Continue reading

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July 2022 round up

There was not an awful lot of blogging done last week – as I mentioned in the last Monday post I ended up being ill again – what a summer! What I have read Another not very good month – … Continue reading

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