Category Archives: Book reviews

Five Get Into a Fix part 2: All about Aily

Last week I finally posted the first part of my review, having been intending to do so for over a month. But we all know that time goes funny over the Christmas period and barely seems to count, so really, … Continue reading

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Five Get Into a Fix

I have been meaning to read and review this for a while, and having finally got around to it in the first week of January I realise that I am actually reading it at the time of year it is … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

I have been meaning to try this series for quite a while. I’m sure I’ve ‘bought’ at least one of the books when it was free on Kindle, but I can’t seem to find it now. Anyway, turns out my … Continue reading

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Five Go to Billycock Hill part 3

For a book I don’t rate that highly I’ve managed to write quite a lot already. At least 1,000 in part one, and another 1,000 in part two of my review. George as a boy I think another reason this … Continue reading

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Five Go to Billycock Hill part 2

Last week I started my review of Billycock Hill, only six months after the previous book in the series. So as to not lose momentum, here’s part two. Not the Five’s finest hours Having refreshed my memory by reading the … Continue reading

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Five Go to Billycock Hill

It was April when I did my last Famous Five review. The delay has mostly been due to the fact that Five Go to Billycock Hill is one of my least favourite Famous Five books. Only Five Have a Mystery … Continue reading

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The Bom Annual

As I mentioned before, when on holiday I bought a copy of the Bom Annual for the princely sum of £1. This is my very first Bom book of any kind – and so I know almost nothing about him. … Continue reading

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Chimney Corner Stories part 2

After discovering my Dean edition of Chimney Corner Stories didn’t contain the same stories found in the first edition I wrote quite a bit about that, so here is a review of the remaining stories. Toy stories The three toy … Continue reading

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The Island of Adventure – TV tie in novel

A long time ago, before the word lockdown had entered our everyday vocabulary, I borrowed two books from the library. They were The Island of Adventure and The Sea of Adventure, both being novels based on the Cloud 9 TV … Continue reading

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Short Stories: Chimney Corner Stories

This was supposed to be an easy review for me, but it has become complicated and cost me money! (Don’t worry, Cunningham & Petrov will return next Friday!) While adminning my Enid Blyton Facebook group several answers to the security … Continue reading

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If You Like Blyton: The Mystery of Tully Hall by Zöe Billings

The Mystery of Tully Hall is the first novel from Zöe Billings, who I know from the Enid Blyton Society Forums and the Enid Blyton Day. If you’ve visited the forums yourself you may know her as George@Kirrin, who calls … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Kidnap in the Caribbean by Lauren St John

Stef and I have both reviewed the first Laura Marlin mystery: Dead Man’s Cove. I borrowed the second book in the series, Kidnap in the Caribbean, ages ago and have finally read it so I thought I would review it … Continue reading

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Enid Blyton: The Untold Story by Brian Carter

Some time ago I had an email asking if I would give permission for a photo of Elfin Cottage to appear in a new book about Enid Blyton. After checking with Stef who had taken the photo, I replied saying … Continue reading

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Five on a Secret Trail part 2

The first part of this review covered my confusion over Harry/Guy, and that will probably continue as I cannot get it into my head which one’s kidnapped and which one isn’t. Going deeper underground I have said before that I … Continue reading

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Five on a Secret Trail

This is one of my lesser favourites, in fact it comes in at 18/21 in my ranking of the series. This is the first time I’ve read it since I wrote that list, so it will be interesting to see … Continue reading

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The Naughtiest Girl continued: Well Done, The Naughtiest Girl

As my library will hopefully be reopening again soon I thought I really should read a few more of the 15 or so books I’ve had out for over a year. I’m getting deja vu over that statement so I’m … Continue reading

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Return to Kirrin by Neil and Suzy Howlett

I am in a couple of Enid Blyton Facebook groups with Suzy Howlett and had seen her mention her ‘unofficial’ novel a few times. Now I’m always very wary about Enid Blyton continuation books – and I think I have … Continue reading

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Famous Five for Grown Ups: Five Go Parenting by Bruno Vincent

As you can see this week I decided to read Five Go Parenting. You might be wondering why given my scathing review of the only other one I’ve read before now (namely Five On a Strategy Away Day). But, this … Continue reading

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Five Have Plenty of Fun part 3

Right, here we are at part three and I’m not letting this review turn into a four-parter, so get ready as this might will be a lengthy post… I’ve already written about Berta and some similarities to other Blyton books and … Continue reading

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Five Have Plenty of Fun part 2 – Quentin and Elbur

Last week I started my review of Five Have Plenty of Fun, but all I really covered was Berta (aka Lesley, Leslie and Jane) and the similarities I spotted between that book and some others by Blyton. Despite the fact … Continue reading

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