Tuesday, 15 July 2014

FIVE GO DOWN TO THE SEA – Enid Blyton, 1953

Oh, to be seven again! Actually, I almost was as I read this. I chose it because it is set in Cornwall and tells of wreckers and false lights and smuggled goods. It also has all the elements we expect from a Famous Five novel: holidays, picnics and secret passages.
Julian, Dick, George and Anne, without aging or maturing it seems, enjoy another fine adventure, aided by Timmy the dog. Together they manage to thwart a gang of drug smugglers and solve the problem of how they hide the contraband, emerging from the escapade with a pantomime horse costume which Dick and Julian can take back to school.

Classic children’s literature of the 1950s

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