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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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The Naughtiest Girl in the School: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? Part 6

There are only four chapters left so this should be the final part! Part one looked at chapters 1-4, part 2 chapters 5-8 here, part 3 chapters 9-12, part 4 chapters 13-16 and part 5 was chapters 17-20. I am … Continue reading

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Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane chapter 2

Two weeks ago we posted the first chapter of our new fanfiction which takes a look at what happened to Bill, and Anatoly, once the children boarded the wrong aeroplane. Chapter 2 Anatoly thought better than to answer the comment … Continue reading

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Monday #258

It’s Valentine’s day on Friday! Romance didn’t often feature in Enid Blyton’s books (just look at Bill’s ‘proposal’ to Allie, below), but we’ve written a few romantic stories featuring some of her characters once they’ve grown up. They are: First … Continue reading

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Macaroons

Somehow when I think of macaroons I still picture the little round French macaroons or macarons. I’ve actually made the kind of macaroons that the Find-Outers devoured by the dozen, with Stef when she visited a few years ago. When … Continue reading

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January 2020 Round Up

It’s the first round up of 2020. I’m always glad when January is over as it can be quite a depressing month once the Christmas decorations come down and everyone’s back at work. It has been particularly cold this year … Continue reading

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Monday #257

January round up and Macaroons It was a waterfall – but what a big one! It fell from a great height, almost sheerly down the mountainside, and cascaded far below them, fine spray rising high in the air. It wetted … Continue reading

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The Naughtiest Girl in the School: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? Part 5

Part one looked at chapters 1-4, part 2 chapters 5-8 here, part 3 chapters 9-12 and part 4 was chapters 13-16. I am comparing the 1944 5th reprint by George Newnes (which should be more or less identical to the … Continue reading

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Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane

Here we have a brand-new fan fiction story for you. We all know the book The Valley of Adventure. We’ve read about what happened to the children once they boarded the wrong plane, and their adventures in the valley. But Bill … Continue reading

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Monday #256

Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Aeroplane (a new fanfic story!) and The Naughtiest Girl updated part 5 Jack undid a rope from round his waist. He nearly always had one there. Jack is always prepared (and perhaps … Continue reading

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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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