Category Archives: Other Authors

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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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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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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The Naughtiest Girl continued: The Naughtiest Girl Marches on

Finally here we are at the last Anne Digby Naughtiest Girl book, the last Naughtiest Girl book altogether. She has marched on through six continuation books which was six books too many, if you ask me, so I really hope … Continue reading

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The Naughtiest Girl continued: The Naughtiest Girl Wants to Win

I am finally subjecting myself to the penultimate Naughtiest Girl continuation book. I know it will be bad but the question is, how bad? The blurb I’m already rolling my eyes just reading the blurb. Elizabeth is furious when a … Continue reading

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Bizzy and the Bedtime Bear

I borrowed this book from the library some time before the pandemic started, and it has been sitting behind the sofa in a pile of my ‘to reads’, along with some other Blyton continuation books I borrowed around the same … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

The character of Mary Poppins is no stranger to me, but I admit that I am primarily familiar with the film version, as played by the wonderful Julie Andrews. I have also seen the Emily Blunt version, but only once. … Continue reading

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Stephen King vs Enid Blyton

I’m being a little bit pre-emptive, here. There is not, to my knowledge any drama going on yet, but I’m sure that there will be soon. Though, as with Jacqueline Wilson Vs Enid Blyton, what really happened was Blyton fans … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I was convinced that I had read this as a child, and in fact I did have a copy of the book – one of those Parragon Children’s Classics with no illustrations. However I was certain I’d read it at … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

My if-you-like-Blyton post usually suggest books that are slightly less well-known, either newish authors or books that might have been forgotten over time. Whereas Nancy Drew is very much a household name, having been around since the 1930s in various … Continue reading

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New Class at Malory Towers: The Secret Princess by Narinder Dhami

I have reviewed the first two stories – A Bob and a Weave and Bookworms, and now for story three. I have been told that this is the best story in terms of characterisation, so I am wondering if I … Continue reading

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A guide to Enid Blyton reference books

I have already written a guide to Enid Blyton biographies, books which have covered various aspects of her life and career, so what’s left are some non-fiction books that don’t really fit the biography category. So You Think You Know … Continue reading

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How ‘Jennings’ compares with Blyton’s stories by Chris

I’m sure I’m not the only person who grew up with Anthony Buckeridge’s Jennings stories as well as Enid Blyton’s stories and still loves and re-reads them both. Yet both Jennings and Buckeridge are much less well-known than Blyton and … Continue reading

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New Class at Malory Towers: A Bob and a Weave by Patrice Lawrence

Published in 2019 New Class at Malory Towers is a compendium of four new short stories set at Malory Towers. They are set during Darrell’s time there but each features a new girl joining the school. The stories are: A … Continue reading

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A guide to Enid Blyton biographies

We all know that Enid Blyton wrote a lot of books, an awful awful lot of books. As well as being phenomenally popular she has been a controversial figure both during and after her career. So it’s perhaps not surprising … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Wilson Vs Enid Blyton

Six months ago, though it feels like less than that, I wrote about English Heritage vs Enid Blyton. The furore that time was over English Heritage updating their website to mention some criticisms of Blyton’s writing. I found the update … Continue reading

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The Book Lovers’ Miscellany +/- Enid Blyton

This is one of those posts that requires an explanation first, so buckle up. As you all probably know, I love books. I also love books about books. So much so I have a whole virtual shelf of books about … 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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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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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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