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Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups


One of the charming things about the Famous Five was that they never grew up. From Five on a Treasure Island in 1942 through to Five Are Together Again in 1963, they existed in a time warp of endless holidays, adventures and - according to the 1982 TV movie - lashings of ginger beer.

Now, thanks to author Bruno Vincent, the Famous Five have grown up. Julian, Anne, George, Dick and Timmy the dog face a whole new set of challenges in the Enid Blyton for Grown Ups series, published by Quercus. The titles themselves are grabbing enough, including Five on Brexit Island, Five Go Parenting, Five Give Up the Booze, Five Go Gluten Free and even Five Go On a Strategy Away Day. But the gentle parody, as traditional adventure weaves together with first world problem, wouldn’t be complete without cover illustrations capturing the authentic look and feel of an Enid Blyton book.

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