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A prize for the most updated of Enid Blyton’s text

As you will probably know I have written several series of posts on the updatings to Blyton’s texts, looking at the first book of a series (and a few Noddys). I would now like to award a (dubious) prize to … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 4

Last time we saw quite a bit of text cut out of one chapter plus some other more minor changes, so let’s see what we get this time. I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 3

So far this book seems to have had minimal editing, which is  a pleasant surprise. Shall we see if that continues? I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 2

There weren’t too many changes made in the first chapters, but then again the chapters are pretty short! I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books (Egmont, 2014). CHAPTER … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

I’ve been looking for a new book to compare lately – as it has been a weekly scramble to come up with an idea otherwise – and then this rather fell into my lap. Or fell into my Whatsapp conversation, … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part nine

And so we have reached the final part! This one has taken me about 7 months to do. Previous parts can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As before my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – the 12th reprint/impression of the original. The … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 8

This should be the second-last part, so we are nearly there! It won’t be long until we have a final total. Previous parts can be seen  here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – a 12th reprint/impression of … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 7

I thought this would be a fine way to break up the Christmas posts a bit (but don’t worry there will be more of those!) Previous parts can be seen  here, here, here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 6

Another month, another instalment! Hopefully I will get this finished within the next three months then. Previous parts can be seen  here, here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – a 12th reprint/impression of the original. The new version is … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 5

I’m keeping up with my resolution to do at least one of these a month (so far!). Previous instalments can be seen  here, here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from 1957 – a 12th reprint/impression of the original. The new … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 4

I’m determined to keep coming back to this every third week or so, purely so that it doesn’t take me a whole year to get through it! The other parts are here, here and here. As always my own copy is a Methuen from … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 3

It has only been two weeks since the last instalment but I would like to try to get through this book before the end of the year! The first parts can be seen here and here. As before my personal copy is … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 2

This week I’m back with the Five Find-Outers to see what else has changed. The first post can be seen here. To remind you – my personal copy is a Methuen from 1957 – the 12th reprint/impression of the original edition. The new … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

On Monday I said that I would be comparing The Twins at St Clare’s. Only I discovered, at the last minute, that I had in fact already completed that back in May. I spent about five minutes going what am I going to … Continue reading

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The Twins at St Clare’s – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 7

I’ve just noticed I named the previous two parts as ‘part five’. So I’ll skip six and move on to seven! This will be the last one as I got through the final five chapters tonight. All previous parts: one, … Continue reading

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The Twins at St Clare’s – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 6

This week (after abandoning this series for over a month) I got through two chapters. That leaves just five to go. Earlier posts – one, two, three, four and five. CHAPTER FIFTEEN: A TERRIBLE QUARREL The class-related discussions suffer from … Continue reading

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The Twins at St Clare’s – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 5

I have read through another three chapters this week (or really, six as I’ve got to read each twice). Earlier posts are in parts one, two, three and four. CHAPTER TWELVE: A BROKEN WINDOW – AND A PUNISHMENT As I’m … Continue reading

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Well Done, Noddy! – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

This will be the last in this series as Well Done, Noddy! is the final book included in the treasury. The others: Noddy Goes to Toyland Hurrah for Little Noddy! Noddy and His Car Here Comes Noddy Again A FEW … Continue reading

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The Twins at St Clare’s – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 4

I’ve compared three chapters this week, from the Egmont paperback from 2005 (on loan from Stef) and the Methuen 6th impression from 1945. Earlier posts are in parts one, two and three. CHAPTER NINE: A LACROSSE MATCH – AND A PUZZLE For … Continue reading

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Here Comes Noddy Again – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

Continuing with this series I’ve looked through my old hardback (so old the cover is in two parts…) and the treasury. Previous posts: Noddy Goes to Toyland Hurrah for Little Noddy! Noddy and His Car A FEW CHANGES ARE THE … Continue reading

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