Category Archives: Purchases

Enid Blyton Christmas gift guide 2019

This year’s gift guide has been a bit harder to put together. Last year there were plenty of new Noddy-related toys and games tied in with the Dreamworks’ Noddy Toyland Detective tv show. This year, however, none of the big … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf part 6

I’ve covered all my Blytons now, and most of my childrens’ books, so I thought I would just give a quick overview of my other bookcase. This one is mostly books for grown-ups. The detective/supernatural shelf Not everything fits that … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf part 5

I have written about most of my Blyton books already, but there are more children’s books in my collection. I have another shelf of mostly vintage books and one of mostly newer ones, which also has my collection of Blyton … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf part 4

I’ve already shown you most of my Blyton collection, as well as my Harry Potter books and some other stuff. So here are the last of my Blytons and then some other vintage children’s book. The last of the Blytons … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf part 3

As I showed in my first post I’ve got a lot of bookshelves. In that first post I showed you some of my favourite Blytons and various nicknacks, then I showed off a couple of shelves of more random collections. … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf part 2

I recently wrote a whole lot about what could be found on my top two Blyton bookshelves, both books, ornaments and random objects. Now I’m going to talk about the next two shelves, which are mostly just books because Brodie … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 4: Books given with love

These are some of my favourite types of inscriptions – ones where a book is given as a gift. There are lots of lucky children here, given books by their aunties, uncles, parents and possibly even friends. There are books … Continue reading

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Enid Blyton Christmas gift guide 2018

The Enid Blyton brand has really been growing lately, with ‘new’ books coming out and there have been some tie-in products over the last few years as well. Here’s a guide of what to get for your Blyton-loving friends and family, … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 3: It’s not her book, it’s mine!

My previous posts looked at books with one clear owner, be that evidenced by a nice prize giving label or hand-written names and addresses. I have, however, lots of books whose ownership isn’t quite so clear. Sibling arguments or second-hand … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 2: this book belongs to

I’m not one for writing my name inside books. I’ve done it on a few over the years, or for a while I had little stickers, but I rarely felt the need to declare ownership. Perhaps I would have if … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 1: Introduction and prize giving labels

Inscriptions in books are a divisive topic, or so I’ve found. Some people absolutely hate them, to the point of refusing to buy an otherwise perfect and affordable copy of a cherished title just because it says ‘Mary Smith’ inside … Continue reading

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Modern Noddy in Fuzzy Felt Toyland

A while back I did a post about the vintage Noddy Fuzzy Felt set I had bought. Well, I’ve just bought another Noddy Fuzzy Felt set, but this one is quite a bit more recent. The first one is from … Continue reading

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The Blyton Book of Keepsakes

While I was on holiday last week and even though I wasn’t in what I strictly think of as Blyton country, I did manage to find something ever so beautiful! This neat little thing used to be a hard back … Continue reading

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What Blyton products we would like to see in 2016

After the joys of Christmas and the new year have left us and that January gloom has set in, let us get back to the consumerism that we’ve all been trying to avoid in the longest pay month in the … Continue reading

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The Famous Five Stationery

I was treated to all three items of stationery in December. (I have a huge desire to mis-spell it as stationary every time I type that, despite knowing how wrong it is.) They came out in September last year and … Continue reading

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Collecting Children’s Books by Fiona

The title of this blog is simply the title of the book I have been reading: Collecting Children’s Books compiled by Book and Collector Magazine. Normally I would be more specific and add ‘review’ or some other context to a … Continue reading

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A week of Blyton buys

As I’m sure we’ve mentioned a few times Stef’s up in Dundee staying with me and we’ve packed as much Blytonian stuff into our week as possible, which has included a bit of shopping. On Tuesday we made a trip … Continue reading

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Collecting Blyon’s books by Fred

I’ve always been a bit of a late-comer when it comes to Enid Blyton. I knew of her for most of my life but didn’t start reading her books till most kids grow out of them. But I still vividly … Continue reading

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Buying Enid Blyton books in charity shops

This advice is probably suitable for all vintage children’s books, not just Blytons, but we’re all about the Blytons on this blog! A lot of this is just common sense, and it’s not going to be a “go to this … Continue reading

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Corinna’s Confession: Five on a Treasure Island

I have a confession to make – I just bought my SIXTH copy of Five on a Treasure Island!  This might seem slightly barmy, but bear with me, and I’ll try to explain why. I think it makes sense to … Continue reading

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