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Five Have a Mystery to Solve part 3

In part one I talked about Wilfrid and in part two I talked about how foolish the Five were. Now for part three which will include the nitpicks. George as a boy There are various things to unpick here. Mrs … Continue reading

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Five Have a Mystery to Solve part 2

Last time I talked a bit about the places and people the story was based on and how annoying I find Wilfrid. Now on to more of the plot (perhaps!) Mistakes and foolish decisions I think the reason this is … Continue reading

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The Five as you have never seen them before part 3

I’ve done a couple of posts already, each showing a few illustrations by Eileen Soper which although look like they could be depicting the Five are in fact from other books entirely. So here’s another one! (Soper was quite prolific … Continue reading

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Five Have a Mystery to Solve

I am now at book 20 of 21! It has only taken a little over four years. But here I am, at the penultimate book, and my second least-favourite of the series. I’m not entirely sure why I think so … Continue reading

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Five Go to Demon’s Rocks part 4

Phew, my fourth – and hopefully last review for Demon’s Rocks. I’ve never written a 4 part review for a Famous Five book until now and I didn’t really expect it. George as a boy George’s desire to be seen … Continue reading

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Five Go to Demon’s Rocks part 3 – Fanny, Quentin and Professor Hayling

In part one I looked at Demon’s Rocks as a location and in part two I looked at Jeremiah Boogle and the wreckers. Now, in part three I want to look at the endlessly amusing triangle of Uncle Quentin, Professor … Continue reading

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Five Go to Demon’s Rocks part 2 – Jeremiah Boogle and the Wreckers

Last time I focussed on Demon’s Rocks and the lighthouse. This time it’s going to be all about Jeremiah Boogle and the wreckers. All about Jeremiah Boogle Jeremiah Boogle is one of a few similar characters Blyton gives us. The … Continue reading

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Five Go to Demon’s Rocks

I have now reached book #19 of 21. A lot of Blyton fans seem to feel that the latter books in the series are the weakest. I would certainly say that books 20 and 21 – Five Have a Mystery … Continue reading

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Five on Finniston Farm part 3

And now for my miscellaneous musings and nitpicks! The food For an adventure set on a farm the Five don’t actually seem to do a lot of eating, at least, not on-page. As I’ve mentioned already they do visit the … Continue reading

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Five on Finniston Farm part 2

I spent the whole first part of my review imagining what it would be like if The Famous Five booked their holidays through Airbnb. Now for (hopefully) more commentary on the plot and so on. Janie’s gossip Before they even … Continue reading

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Five on Finniston Farm

Here I am at book 18 now of the series, some four years after I began these reviews. It has been over ten years since I last read this book (though there are still some post-its stuck on the pages … Continue reading

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The Blyton covers that give away the endings

I have done a lot of posts looking at the cover art for the books. How the styles have changed over time, my favourite covers and the ones I think are terrible. Now for some that give away the ending, … Continue reading

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The most misleading Famous Five covers

While doing the worst covers I almost chose several which actually had good or at least reasonable artwork. I was picking them as terrible because they don’t match what actually happens in the book. There are various very generic covers … Continue reading

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The worst ever Blyton covers

We all know that I am a big fan of the original artwork for Enid Blyton’s book, though I have a soft spot for the 60s Armadas and the recent Ruth Palmer covers. Amongst all the modernised covers (which look … Continue reading

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Five Get Into a Fix part 3

Having used up an entire post just to talk about Aily, here are my thoughts about the solution to the mystery, my various other comments and of course the nitpicks. The solving of the mystery I was actually mildly disappointed … Continue reading

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Five Get Into a Fix part 2: All about Aily

Last week I finally posted the first part of my review, having been intending to do so for over a month. But we all know that time goes funny over the Christmas period and barely seems to count, so really, … Continue reading

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Five Get Into a Fix

I have been meaning to read and review this for a while, and having finally got around to it in the first week of January I realise that I am actually reading it at the time of year it is … Continue reading

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Five Go to Billycock Hill part 3

For a book I don’t rate that highly I’ve managed to write quite a lot already. At least 1,000 in part one, and another 1,000 in part two of my review. George as a boy I think another reason this … Continue reading

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Five Go to Billycock Hill part 2

Last week I started my review of Billycock Hill, only six months after the previous book in the series. So as to not lose momentum, here’s part two. Not the Five’s finest hours Having refreshed my memory by reading the … Continue reading

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Five Go to Billycock Hill

It was April when I did my last Famous Five review. The delay has mostly been due to the fact that Five Go to Billycock Hill is one of my least favourite Famous Five books. Only Five Have a Mystery … Continue reading

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