Tag Archives: Eileen Soper

The Five as you have never seen them before, part 2

Recently I posted some illustrations by Eileen Soper that look like members of the Famous Five but are actually from short stories. Here are some more, this time from the Hodder Story Books (Happy, Merry and so on). Anne and … Continue reading

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The Five as you have never seen them before

Eileen Soper’s Five are the real Five to me. I grew up seeing her illustrations in lots of my Famous Five books and although I also had some Betty Maxey books too, I always picture Julian, Dick, Anne, George and … Continue reading

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Eileen Soper at Christmas

It’s no secret that Eileen Soper is my favourite Blyton illustrator. She is best known for her work on the 21 Famous Five books, both the covers and internal illustrations, but she also illustrated lots of short story collections, a … Continue reading

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The Secret Series covers through the years

I recently looked at the different covers used for the Famous Five books and The Adventure Series. One series. Five books. Four cover artists. The Secret Series is perhaps unusual due to how many different cover artists the series had. While … Continue reading

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The Famous Five covers through the years, part 1: 1940s-1990s

The Famous Five books have been in print for nearly 80 years now, and along the way they have appeared with a lot of different looks from the original Eileen Soper covers to TV tie-ins and famous illustrators. We will … Continue reading

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Five Go to Smuggler’s Top

Here we are at book #4 in the series and, as I’ve probably said a hundred times or more, this is my absolute favourite Famous Five book. It won first place in my list of favourite Blyton books, and unsurprisingly … Continue reading

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When people search for Enid Blyton what are they looking for? (#2)

A long time ago I did a post about the search terms which brought people to our site, (I also had some in a Monday post, with made-up illustrations) and while looking for things to write about for my maternity … Continue reading

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The Famous Five Party Game as played by Fiona

First up: I didn’t throw a party to play this game. It’s really not that sort of game in fact! I bought it mostly because I just love Eileen Soper’s work, and because it wasn’t too expensive. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Looking at The Famous Five Annual 2016, part 1

In what has become an ‘annual’ tradition I will look at the current year’s annual in two parts. (Apologies for the bad pun.) You can see my review of the first annual from 2014 here and here, and then the … 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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The Famous Five Card Game played by Fiona

I didn’t get around to listening to an audio drama for the blog this week (I think that was what I was meant to have done, at least!) so as Stef has arrived in Dundee tonight we decided to play … Continue reading

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Looking at The Famous Five Annual 2015, part 2

A few weeks ago I read and reviewed the first half of the annual so here I am looking at the rest of it. I originally posted about getting this for my Christmas here, and I also reviewed the 2014 annual here … Continue reading

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Looking at The Famous Five Annual 2015, part 1

So this week I’m going to read and review the 2015 annual, I posted about getting it for my Christmas here. I also reviewed the 2014 annual here and here. ON THE OUTSIDE As with last time I’ll start with … Continue reading

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Secret Seven books at McDonald’s by Su, part 2

Part one of Su’s McDonald’s series is here. Hurry, Secret Seven, Hurry! This story comes from Enid Blyton’s Magazine Annual No. 4 first published 1957.  It is a short story and therefore, unlike Secret of the Old Mill, has not … Continue reading

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Secret Seven books at McDonald’s by Su, part 1

McDonald’s have teamed up with Hachette (the company licenced to print Enid Blyton books) to offer a series of exclusive Secret Seven books. There are six small books, each containing a Secret Seven short story. They have coloured illustrations by … Continue reading

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Looking at The Famous Five Annual 2014, part 1

As I mentioned before, I got this for my birthday. I’ve only briefly skimmed it until now, so I thought it was about time I actually read it, so I will share some of my thoughts on it as I … Continue reading

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World of Blyton Exclusive Interview with JEMIMA ROOPER

We’ve had this lurking in our drafts for a little while, and we’ve been so excited it was hard to keep it a secret. But finally, to make that first week back at work more bearable, here is our exclusive … Continue reading

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Series Synopsis: The Famous Five short stories, part 2

Continuing with the final four short stories from Five Have a Puzzling Time and Other Stories. Five and a Half-term Adventure – 1956, Enid Blyton’s Magazine Annual 3 Well Done, Famous Five! – 1956, Australian Weeties Strip Book When Timmy Chased … Continue reading

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Series Synopsis: The Famous Five short stories, part 1

Following on (sort of) from looking at the 21 Famous Five books, I thought I should look out at the short stories featuring the Five as well. There are eight stories, all written during the years the full length books … Continue reading

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