A “Jolly Good” Christmas Gift

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Look what I got for Christmas! A box set of the twenty-one original Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton. I’d like to say that this was an inspired gift from the hubby but, to be honest, I bought it myself, gave it to him, and told him it was a Christmas gift from him to me!

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful regression to childhood. I can’t wait to delve into the jolly good world of friendship, adventure, and ginger beer!

I devoured these books when I was younger. It started when someone bought me ‘Five Go to Kirren Island’ as a birthday present. I confess that I didn’t really get into it at first. I borrowed a different one from the library some months later and was gripped much more quickly by that one, going on to read all of them.

P1060742My favourite was ‘Five Got Into Trouble’. I can’t remember much about it, but I remember being absolutely gripped by the story. I think I’ll therefore read book 1 to remind me where it all started, then move straight onto book 8.

Did you like the Famous Five? Which was your favourite story? Have you read them as an adult? Were they as good as you remembered? We’d love to hear from you.

Jessica xx

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20 thoughts on “A “Jolly Good” Christmas Gift

  1. I read the Secret Seven more than the Famous Five. My favourite Enid Blyton books were the Magic Faraway Tree series and the Mallory Towers series when I was a little older. I dreamed of sliding down that Slippery Slip, and was very keen on the idea of boarding school. I suspect the reality of the latter would have been very different though! x

    • Hi rambleygirl
      Funnily enough, I’ve never read any Secret Seven books. I’m not sure why. But I adored both the Faraway Tree and Mallory Towers series. I bought both sets for Ashleigh but she’s never quite got into them which has disappointed me … but gives me some more nostalgic reading matter! I know what you mean about wanting to attend a boarding school because I loved the idea of it too and, as you say, suspected it would have been quite a different set-up! xx

  2. Oh I LOVED Enid Blyton. She made childhood so much more exciting!
    I was an avid reader of her books. Loved Malory Towers, Secret Seven, The Secret of books, The Mystery of books, Holly, Mistletoe, Cheer Tree and Willow Farm books…I have all the Famous Five books, too. I love them. Yes, they may see dated but it doesn’t matter. They were already dated when I read them first time round and I didn’t care a jot!
    Great present! Enjoy, Jessica. Xx

    • I was in TKMaxx yesterday (which was where my box set came from) and they had two different box sets of Mystery Books. They’d passed me by too. In fact, I don’t recall them at all. I very nearly made a purchase. I may yet do so! x

      I think where Ashleigh struggles is with the way sentences are structured. I think she’d be happy to accept that the concepts are old fashioned but she struggles with why things are written in different ways and I find it hard to explain it. I can’t remember struggling myself …. but it was a very VERY long time ago now!

  3. We do that too, I get my own pressies, and give them to andy to wrap along with the bill. I dread to think what I’d get otherwise! I never liked Enid Blyton & I’m no more fond of them now than I was as a child, somehow they seemed to speak down to me and I didn’t like that. But give me the pony stories by the Pulein-Thompson sisters and I was engrossed! I hated being bought up in london but with a pony book in my hand my body might be in SW17 but my mind was away up on the moors galloping through the heather with the wind blowing through my hair!
    Come to think of it, I think I’ll give them another read, there’s certainly plenty to choose from! 🙂

    • Ha ha! Glad I’m not the only one, Lynne. I didn’t stop there with the present purchasing. I got onto a roll and bought a handbag, a cardigan and a needle-felting kit! You must be the first person I’ve heard openly admit to not being an Enid Blyton fan but it sounds like you had a great alternative 🙂 xx

  4. I used to grab the Famous Fives from the library too, and the Secret Sevens. I used to borrow books like these from school-friends, too, or rather my mum did on my behalf. One I remember I read over and over again had the Fiver (I think it was them) hiding a boy in an old houseboat which they they draped with willow branches so it couldn’t be seen (yes, well….) I don’t remember the title of the book but I can still see the little black and white line drawing of the hidden houseboat. Ah….

  5. I became a bookworm for life through reading her books. My favourite was “The Castle of Adventure” from the Adventure Series. Also loved The Magic Faraway Tree collection and Malory Towers. 🙂

    • Hi Siobhan, this is such an education for me because I never encountered the Adventure Series either! Sounds great. I would also attribute Enid Blyton to becoming a bookworm. I wonder how many children worldwide she has inspired to become readers over the decades x

    • Thank you, Mary. I think I chose pretty well! Hubby did look at me rather strangely when I first suggested he might like to get it for me, but he didn’t object. Not that he’d have had much choice! Thanks for sharing your favourite series 🙂

  6. I loved Malory Towers, but must confess I don’t think I’ve ever read a Famous Five book – shock, horror! Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book though, Jessica, and treat myself to the full set. You are never too old, after all 🙂 Hope you enjoy revisiting your childhood favourites.

    • I’m so surprised you haven’t read Famous Five, Jo. Mind you, I’ve now discovered a huge pile of Enid Blyton books I never discovered and must now explore. Oh no! The TBR pile just gets bigger and bigger! xx

  7. Loved Five Get into Trouble too, and Five go to Mystery Moor. And the cave behind the waterfall in The Valley of Adventure. Read In the Fifth at Malory Towers so often I can still recite bits of it. Enjoy your present!

  8. What a lovely trip down memory lane. I loved Enid Blyton as a child, but may just have to revisit some of my favourites again – like The Magic Faraway Tree and The Adventures of the Wishing Chair. Thanks Jessica.

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