*Childrens’ Books: We’re delighted to welcome back George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy, in ten titles from Enid Blyton’s most fondly remembered group of children, including several duplicates. Some books have had adventures almost as exciting as those of the Five; grades range from VF to FA, and all have dust jackets, in grades ranging from FA/GD to VG/FN (one book has a photocopy of the original dust jacket; Five Have Plenty Of Fun). Another clearly loved and well-read copy, Five Go To Demon’s Rocks, has at least two sets of loose pages. The other titles are Five Get Into Trouble, Five Go Adventuring Again, Five Go Off In A Caravan, Five Go To Mystery Moor, Five Go To Smuggler’s Top, Five Have A Wonderful Time, Five On A Secret Trail and Five Run Away Together. We can’t promise cake and lashings of ginger beer, but we can offer plenty of adventures down Memory Lane.
*Childrens’ Books: Somewhat confusingly we ‘ve just added five titles from Enid Blyton’s Five Finder-Outer series to our Childrens’ Books section, comprising of #1, #3, #6, # 7 and #13. Larry, Fatty, Daisy, Pip and Bets, aided and abetted by Buster the Scottie dog, pit themselves against various nefarious characters and ‘Clear-Orf’, the local constable, to solve a range of mysteries: to wit The Mysteries Of The Burnt Cottage, The Hidden House, The Missing Man, The Pantomime Cat and The Secret Room. We’ve also added Ring O’Bells Mystery, in which Roger, Diana, Snubby, Barney and Miranda (a monkey), aided and abetted by Loony the mad black spaniel, pit themselves against various nefarious characters to solve a mystery.
*Childrens’ Books: Although we already have a range of Enid Blyton books we have a few of her iconic series missing, which we start to rectify with this update. We’re adding three HC Secret Seven books, all later printings of the 1st editions. Starting with #3 in the series, Well Done Secret Seven, then proceeding to #6, Good Work Secret Seven and ending with #9, Secret Seven Mystery. Consisting of Peter, Janet, Jack, Barbara, George, Pam and Colin, the Secret Seven also includes the obligatory canine (but unofficial) member, Scamper the golden spaniel. Their adventures include a discovery in a tree-house, a stolen car and a search for a runaway.
*Childrens’ Books: As it says on the tin, a selection of classics have joined our shelves, ranging from Lewis Carroll’s Alice (both tales in one book), facsimiles of original editions of Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter’s Bolt and (as Hilda Richards) Bessie Bunter of Cliff House School and Enid Blyton’s first story of the Famous Five, Five On A Treasure Island. We’ve also added The Whispering Mountain (Joan Aiken), The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen (Alan Garner) and The Hundred And One Dalmations plus it’s sequel, The Starlight Barking, by Dodie Smith.
*Childrens’ Books: Seven scintillating Enid Blyton tales of pluck, resolve, stiff upper lips and plenty of backbone join the bookshelves today, as the Famous Five make a welcome reappearance, all in Hardcover with Dust Jackets, from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The ripping yarns include the Five variously falling Into Adventure, getting Into A Fix, going Off In A Caravan, going Off To Camp, On A Treasure Island, On Finniston Farm and On Kirrin Island Again. Summer holidays were REALLY long in those days!
*Childrens’ Books: A variety of classics join the Children’s section today, including two more Enid Blyton adventures (Ring’o Bells Mystery and The Rilloby Fair Mystery), Moonfleet (Falkner), Wishing Water-Gate (Elinor Lyon), 101 Dalmations (Dodie Smith), What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge), Treasure Island (Stevenson) and Terry’s Only Term (Ethel Talbot). In addition we have a pair of Nathaniel Hawthorne stories collected as The Pomegranate Seeds and all three of the Earthsea tales By Ursula Le Guin, an unusual Captain W E Johns adventure, The Death Rays Of Ardilla and another Billy Bunter (Billy Bunter Afloat).