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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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Monday #486

I was going to begin today’s post by lamenting about promising a review of the Jacqueline Wilson Faraway Tree book last week, and then not delivering. (I was only halfway through the book by the time Friday came around and … Continue reading

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My favourite Blyton covers part three

I have already written two posts about my favourite covers, but as there are so many good ones I am back with a third. This time I’m going to look exclusively at the wrap-around kind of dustjacket. I have shown … Continue reading

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Malory Towers on TV series two – episodes nine and ten

I had almost forgotten about this, as it’s been quite a while since I last watched any of it. And with five episodes still to watch, I discovered five minutes before I sat down to episode nine that series 3 … Continue reading

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Monday #483

Only one post this week as I’m away for a few days, but one is better than none, especially when it’s very overdue! Malory Towers on TV series two: episodes nine and ten A cold hand seemed to creep round … Continue reading

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June 2022 round up

I might not have been on the blog as much as usual last month but I still did enough things to write about. What I have read Not a great month for reading as I barely read a thing for … Continue reading

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My top five St Clare’s villainesses by Chris

I suppose the St Clare’s books were mainly aimed at girls, and I probably wouldn’t have read them as a child had I not had five sisters, four of them older than me, and so I inherited their copies. For … Continue reading

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Monday #482

I’m so glad to finally have gotten that Naughtiest Girl Diary done and dusted last week. Now I can move on to other ideas, though it feels like I just did a monthly round up, and yet here I am … Continue reading

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The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl

I celebrated a little presumptuously a few months ago when I finished the Naughtiest Girl continuations by Anne Digby. I then remembered I also had The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl. By remembered I mean found the book behind the sofa. I borrowed … Continue reading

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The Blyton covers that give away the endings

I have done a lot of posts looking at the cover art for the books. How the styles have changed over time, my favourite covers and the ones I think are terrible. Now for some that give away the ending, … Continue reading

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Monday #481

I went AWOL again last week. Unfortunately nothing as fun as a holiday, rather I came down with my first dose of Covid. I haven’t read a book or opened my laptop for a whole week, but I am more … Continue reading

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May 2022 round up

I’m a little bit later doing this than usual, because I was away on holiday. The holiday was in June, though, so I won’t be rounding that up until next month! What I have read What I have read is: … Continue reading

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Monday #479

I know that at least one person noticed that I have been AWOL the last few weeks. I was away on holiday and the week before that was just so busy. But I am back now, so it’s business as … Continue reading

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My favourite Blyton covers part two

There were far too many lovely covers to put into one post, so here are some more of my favourites. Grace Lodge Grace Lodge is another big name in terms of Blyton’s illustrators, having done at least 45 first editions … Continue reading

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Monday #477

A mix of positives and negatives this week. I’ve briefly flicked through The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl and from that I can tell that it’s going to be atrocious, but I can’t bring myself to return it without reading … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Secret of Haven Point by Lisette Auton

I first heard of this book when the cover artist (Gillian Gamble) posted about it on Facebook. I saw the lighthouse and was immediately interested, as somehow, despite only featuring prominently in one book that I can think of, I … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Malory Towers moments

Malory Towers is one of my favourite series so here are my ten favourite moments from the books. 10 Irene loses her health certificate Second Form at Malory Towers Irene loses her health certificate almost every term, but this is … Continue reading

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Monday #476

I’m taking a little break from looking at the cover art for the books this week before anyone (including me) gets bored, but I am sure I will return to them as they are (usually) reasonably quick and easy to … Continue reading

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The Sea of Adventure – TV tie in novel

Last year I read and reviewed the Island of Adventure TV tie in novel, and it was about as dire as I expected. I mean, the source material, the 1990s TV series was pretty terrible so it would have been … Continue reading

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