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Monday #389

Five Have a Wonderful Time part 2 and Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Agent chapter 10 During their quarantine time the twins could not go out to tea, and could have no one in to play with … Continue reading

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A ranking of Blyton’s tricks, jokes and pranks

I had thought about doing an April fool of my own but with current events as they are (and a lack of particularly convincing ideas) I thought instead it would be fun to have a look at the best tricks, … Continue reading

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Blyton by others: A guide to prequels, sequels and continuations

While writing a guide to our recommended authors if you like Blyton, I had jotted down some other names. These names were of people who had written books featuring Blyton’s own characters, and in the end I decided that these … Continue reading

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Monday #337

Search terms #10 and On my bookshelf 6 Fifth Formers of St Clare’s is not the fifth book in the series, even it it sounds like it should be. It is actually the sixth and final book, after three books … Continue reading

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Monday #336

Letters to Enid part 14 and If you like Blyton: The Cherrys by Will Scott The Twins at St Clare’s is the first book in the St Clare’s series. The titular twins, Pat and Isabel don’t want to go to … 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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The St Clare’s covers through the years, 1990s – now

Continuing on from my previous post which looked at covers from the 1940s originals through to those in the 1980s. Familiar and unfamiliar Deans The first set of Deans, from 1990, are much like several other sets for other series. … Continue reading

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The St Clare’s covers through the years, 1940s – 1980s

Having already done The Famous Five, Adventure Series, Barney Mysteries, Malory Towers, the Secret Series and Mr Galliano’s Circus, I’m now going to tackle St Clare’s. There are six books in the St Clare’s Series (if you don’t include the … Continue reading

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Monday #323

Letters to Enid volume 6 and Five Go Off to Camp part 2 Noddy and the Tootles is the penultimate book in the series of 24 books about Noddy. The Tootles are a family of musical gypsies who camp by … Continue reading

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Monday #312

Enid Blyton in the Who’s Who of Children’s Literature and New Term at Malory Towers by Pamela Cox Mam’zelle saw with great pleasure that once again she could lock somebody into somewhere. She began to think that burglar-catching was the … Continue reading

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Monday #295

This Wednesday marks the fiftieth anniversary of Enid Blyton’s death. She died on November 28th, 1968 at the age of 71. As a child I just assumed she was still around, still writing, as I received new books for birthdays … Continue reading

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Even more search terms (#5)

This really is the blog idea that just keeps on giving. Every so often I browse the search terms that have led people to our blog and there’s always something interesting or amusing to see. Here’s the best of the … Continue reading

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A completely un-confusing guide to names in Blyton’s books, part 2

Last time we clarified which Jack, or indeed Jock, was which, we covered the difference between Morgan, Dai and Llewellyn and Morgan, Dai and Llewellyn, and we made sure we knew our great-grandad from our old grandads. Now for some … Continue reading

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The future of Blyton on screen?

The news that the Faraway Tree Series adaptation for the big screen has made some progress got me thinking. Blyton wrote so much, so what else could be adapted? WHAT HAS ALREADY COME TO PASS Obviously there are a fair … Continue reading

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Best of Blyton at the library

I’ve started my new job in a library now, and I’ve been taking full advantage of my access to all those books! In a quieter moment I ran a catalogue search for Enid Blyton and it came up with 264 hits over … 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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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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The Twins at St Clare’s – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 3

I’m going to get back into this comparison after a bit of a break over Christmas and the new year. Previous posts are here and here. I am comparing an Egmont paperback from 2005 (on loan from Stef) with a Methuen 6th … Continue reading

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