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Putting the Five Find-Outers books in order, part 3

I’ve covered my top Find-Outer books and my middling Find-Outer books so now it’s time for my least favourites. As I put in the first post least favourite doesn’t mean books I dislike. It just means I like them a bit less … Continue reading

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Putting the Five Find-Outers books in order, part 2

Recently I started putting these books in order of favourites, and I did my top five from the series. Now I’m going to have a look at the five books I am putting in the middle. My middling favourites, if … Continue reading

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Putting the Five Find-Outers books in order

Last year I ordered the books in some of Blyton’s biggest series into favourites. I did The Famous Five, The Adventure Series, The Secret Series, Malory Towers and The Barney Mysteries. I have now realised that I missed the Five Find-Outers. … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Lone Pine Series by Malcolm Saville

I will start with an honest admission – I didn’t like this series the first time I tried it. I had heard that Malcolm Saville was like Enid Blyton and if I like the Famous Five etc then I would … Continue reading

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Autumn Reads

The days are starting to get a little shorter and colder now, after a glorious summer. Soon the leaves will be turning and falling, and it will be perfect curl-up-with-a-book season, so I thought I would put together a list … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

Cream Buns and Crime is part of the Murder Most Unladylike series about two girls – Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong – who run their own detective agency at boarding school. We’ve already reviewed the first in the series, Murder Most … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

There are five books about the Borrowers (and one short story) all written by Mary Norton between 1952 and 1982, but this post will focus mostly on the first in the series. The Borrowers (1952) The Borrowers Afield (1954) The … Continue reading

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Summer reads

After a glorious May, and a bit of a cloudy June, summer seems to have arrived in earnest in Scotland. We spent an afternoon at the beach and Brodie paddled in the sea for the first time, and I started to wonder … Continue reading

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My Blyton best short stories

If you go onto the Enid Blyton Society’s Cave of Books, you’ll be able to find out about all of Enid Blyton’s books, her series, short stories and novels and novelettes: they have worked tirelessly to gather all the information … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 3

Last time I left you with lots of questions, and hopefully now there will be some answers. But first, another question… IS EVERYONE INSANE? The protesters all have crazy names and Edie ends up at their encampment. Janet’s supposed to … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 2

Here is part two of my review, where a lot of things hot up. HALF-TERM Next up is an exceat weekend – done a little bit differently from the Malory Towers or St Clare’s half-terms that we are familiar with. … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr

Mischief at Midnight is set at Knight’s Haddon, a girls’ boarding school, and the first chapter or two sounds rather like Malory Towers. ON THE SURFACE The language is different – but it has a clear posh boarding school sounds … Continue reading

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Putting the Barney Mysteries in Order

As discussed in perhaps tedious detail, I didn’t have all the Barney Mysteries when I was younger. The Rilloby Fair Mystery was one I know I didn’t have, but I’m not sure which of the others I definitely even read as … Continue reading

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Putting Malory Towers in Order

I have quite enjoyed ranking books in order of favourites so far, so I thought I would do yet another series. I have already done The Famous Five , The Adventure Series  and The Secret Series. As there are only 6 … Continue reading

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Putting the Secret Series in order

I have already ordered the Famous Five (in four parts!) and the Adventure Series and so now I’m going to do another favourite series of mine, the Secret Series. I’m hoping this will be quite an easy one as there … Continue reading

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Blyton’s Winter Reads – A Reblog

It has been about five years since I presented you with the blogs detailing the books that Enid Blyton wrote that could be considered as wintry books. I thought perhaps, as the weather’s taken a turn for the worse, we … Continue reading

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Putting the Adventure Series in order

After spending a very long time putting the Famous Five books in order I thought I might as well see if I could do the same for my other favourite series. The Adventure Series should be much easier to do, … Continue reading

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Putting the Famous Five in Order, part 4

And now I have reached the last books to organise – the ones that came after the favourites and the middling ones but not as low as my absolute least favourites. So I am left with Five Go Off to Camp, Five Go … Continue reading

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Putting the Famous Five in Order, part 3

So I have worked out where I would put ten of the books, my top eight and bottom two (you can read earlier posts here and here and so now I have reached my ‘middling favourites’. THE MIDDLE OF THE … Continue reading

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Blyton for Grown Ups: Five Go Glamping by Liz Tipping

Before you worry, this is not another of the Bruno Vincent’s grown up Famous Five, but a play on the idea of four people and a dog experiencing camping or glamping and “getting back to nature” but with a few added … Continue reading

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