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A ranking of Blyton’s tricks, jokes and pranks

I had thought about doing an April fool of my own but with current events as they are (and a lack of particularly convincing ideas) I thought instead it would be fun to have a look at the best tricks, … Continue reading

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Fan fic Friday: Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane chapter 5

Previously, the children go missing on an unknown aeroplane and Bill and his men mount a search. The last instalment had Bill receiving a call to say that Philip had surfaced in Gairdon… Chapter 5 Within half an hour two … Continue reading

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Malory Towers on TV – Episodes one and Two

I’ve heard positive things from anyone who’s managed to watch it before me, so I have my fingers crossed that this will be a positive review (a rare thing here, sometimes it seems!). I could also do with some cheering … Continue reading

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Monday #264

I’m excited to watch the new Malory Towers adaptation which is coming to the BBC iPlayer today. It might make self-isolation that little bit more bearable. If it wasn’t for Brodie I would be devouring books – many by Blyton … Continue reading

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Naughtiest Girl continued: The Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend

A few weeks ago I reviewed the first Naughtiest Girl continuation book by Anne Digby. I didn’t think it was very good, but seeing as I borrowed all six and I can’t return them due to coronavirus self-isolation, I thought … Continue reading

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Letters to Enid part 21: From volume 2 issue 9

Previous letters pages can be found here. Letters page from Volume 2, issue 9. OUR LETTER PAGE  1. A letter from Judith Allen, 273 Saddlebow Road, King’s Lynn. Dear Enid Blyton, I get sixpence a week at school for washing … Continue reading

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Monday #263

Letters to Enid part 21 and The Naughtiest Girl continued: The Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend The dragon ought to be left to sleep as it is. If you stir it, there’s no telling what might happen. Morgan Jones’ warning … Continue reading

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Fan fic Friday: Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane chapter 4

So far the children have gone missing and Bill and Anatoly have been trying to work out where they are. Now Anatoly’s in Europe, looking for clues, and Bill’s in London waiting for news. Chapter 4 Anatoly sighed and sat … Continue reading

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The Five as you have never seen them before, part 2

Recently I posted some illustrations by Eileen Soper that look like members of the Famous Five but are actually from short stories. Here are some more, this time from the Hodder Story Books (Happy, Merry and so on). Anne and … Continue reading

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Monday #262

The Five as you’ve never seen them before, part 2 and Introducing Fanfic Friday (because who doesn’t love alliteration!) Cunningham and Petrov, the Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane Amelia Jane slept for an hour- and then she began having horrid … Continue reading

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Letters to Enid 20: From volume 2 issue 8

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, as I admit I’d rather forgotten about them! Previous letters pages can be found here. Letters page from Volume 2, issue 8. April 14th-27th 1954 OUR LETTER PAGE  1. A … Continue reading

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February 2020 Round Up

So that’s January and February done – oh for spring! There have been too many storms, too much rain, wind and freezing temperatures for most of us I think. I can’t wait for milder weather. What I have read Eleven … Continue reading

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Monday #261

A little later in the day than planned, but it’s still Monday at least. February round up and Letters to Enid 19 The Magic Faraway Tree is getting a new installment next month, written by Jeanne Willis. It is called … Continue reading

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The Naughtiest Girl continued: The Naughtiest Girl Keeps a Secret

As I covered in my post on Blyton’s prequels, sequels and continuations, there are six additional Naughtiest Girl books written by Anne Digby. I’ve borrowed all of them (in two different editions) from my library and now it’s time to … Continue reading

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Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane chapter 3

So far we have posted two chapters of our new fanfiction which takes a look at what happened to Bill, and Anatoly, once the children board the wrong plane. In chapter one we saw the scene at the aerodrome, and … Continue reading

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Monday #265

I’ve rather lost track of the days but I think it’s Monday now! Blyton’s best jokes and pranks and March round up As you know I’ve been watching the CBBC adaptation of Malory Towers. I’ve also discovered there is a … Continue reading

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Monday #260

Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane chapter 3 and The Naughtiest Girl Continued: The Naughtiest Girl Keeps a Secret A mystified garage mechanic had been called after Enid had made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to start the engine. … Continue reading

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The Five as you have never seen them before

Eileen Soper’s Five are the real Five to me. I grew up seeing her illustrations in lots of my Famous Five books and although I also had some Betty Maxey books too, I always picture Julian, Dick, Anne, George and … Continue reading

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Blyton by others: A guide to unnecessary retellings of Blyton’s work

I recently wrote a guide to continuations of Blyton’s series, whether they be prequels, sequels or gap-fillers. While looking for all the possible things to feature I ruled out several books by other authors as they didn’t “continue” a story … Continue reading

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Monday #259

A guide to unnecessary retellings of Blyton’s works and 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 … Continue reading

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