Tag Archives: The Famous Five

Five Go off to Camp part 2

Last time I wrote a lot about Mr Luffy and the Andrews/Robbins family, and very little about the actual storyline or adventure. Let me remedy that now! The big adventure Now I’ve just read the book in the past week … Continue reading

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Five Go Off to Camp

This is the seventh book in the series, a series which was only meant to run for six book! Children loved the Famous Five so much, however, that Blyton wrote another six. And another six. And then a final three. … Continue reading

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Five on Kirrin Island Again part 2

I didn’t mention the Curtons at all in part one of my review, very remiss of me! The Curtons Martin and his father are staying in a cottage belonging to the coastguard. Martin, as seen through the eyes of the … Continue reading

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Five on Kirrin Island Again

This is an important book, I always think. It was where Blyton originally intended to end the series, nicely bookending the series with two Kirrin Island adventures. There is a fair amount of character development from George and we get … Continue reading

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Five Go Off in a Caravan part 2

We left off on an almost literal cliffhanger at the end of my last post, with Julian and his caravan about to be pushed off the hill by Tiger Dan and Lou the acrobat. Shall we see what happens next? … Continue reading

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Five Go Off in a Caravan

Five Go Off in a Caravan is the fifth Famous Five book. The Five are a well-established group now and they had their first non-Kirrin adventure in the last book, Five Go to Smuggler’s Top. This time they go off in … Continue reading

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This Is Enid Blyton Magazine

In December 2018 a new magazine came out, all about Enid Blyton. It was a one-off, as part of a This Is series of magazines each of which has a different topic. The series has been published by DC Thomson … Continue reading

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Search terms 8

I like doing posts about our search terms so much here’s the 8th one for you! Good questions Can you read Famous Five in any order? > You can, as each story is complete in itself – Blyton says this … Continue reading

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Five Go to Smuggler’s Top part 3: a focus on Uncle Quentin

Unlike the 70s TV series in the books Uncle Quentin doesn’t turn up at the end of every adventure (only a slight exaggeration) to resolve everything. Normally he is to be found skulking around Kirrin Cottage slamming doors and shouting when other people are noisy. I have reviewed … Continue reading

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The Famous Five covers through the years, part 2: 1990s-2018

Last time I started at the beginning with Eileen Soper, and on to Betty Maxey and the TV tie-in covers. Now we have the 90s covers and the dreaded modern ones. My era of Famous Fives Technically in my era … Continue reading

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What would Enid Blyton’s characters be unwrapping for their Christmas?

When I wrote my Enid Blyton Gift Guide I started wondering what the children in her books would be unwrapping on Christmas day. It was a very different world in the 1940s, 50s and 60s especially in the idyllic bubble … Continue reading

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Five Go to Smuggler’s Top, part 2

In part one we saw Kirrin Cottage crushed by an ash tree and the children packed off to the mysterious Smuggler’s Top where they meet the Lenoirs and Block. The problem of Timmy Up until now Timmy has been hidden … 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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Five Run Away Together, part 2

Part one of my review can be found here.   The Mystery of the Black Trunk While on the wreck they find a curious thing – a little black trunk, well locked. They guess it has something to do with … Continue reading

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Five Run Away Together

I’m not doing all that well at reading through the Famous Fives am I! Once upon a time I could devour the 21 books in a matter of weeks, now I’m lucky to get through one a month. But here … Continue reading

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Monday #235

  The Valley of Adventure Holidays, 2018 and Miss Grayling’s Girls part 3 – the in-betweeners After writing a travel brochure for it recently, this week’s location has to be Demon’s Rocks. Demon’s Rocks is around the coast from Kirrin, … Continue reading

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Blyton’s strangest homes

Recently I looked at Blyton’s secret but homely homes, where children turned caves and trees into lovely cosy places to stay. That got me thinking about some of the other strange ‘homes’ Blyton wrote about, and so I thought I would … Continue reading

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Five Go Adventuring Again

After finally reviewing Five on a Treasure Island it has taken me a while to get around to reading the next book, but I’ve done it now. FOLLOWING IN BIG FOOTSTEPS Five on a Treasure Island is such a strong … Continue reading

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Top 11 Famous Five moments

I’ve written plenty about the Famous Five, including putting the whole series into order from my most favourite to least favourite. And now I’ve decided to list my ten favourite moments from the series. Being 21 books long I can’t … Continue reading

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