Five Go to Billycock Hill by Enid Blyton
  

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Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog. Together they are the Famous Five. Join the adventure!

It's impossible as an adult to come to Enid Blyton's books without some of the baggage that has become associated with them, the accusations of snobbery and sexism, the hostility that was prevalent throughout the latter decades of the 20th century. Children however know nothing of this, so what they get from her books is page-turning adventure and unbeatable escapism; stories that put her child characters absolutely in control, adults absent or incompetent in comparison, not least the criminals the Famous Five regularly outwit. Blyton understood exactly what her readers wanted from books and gave it to them and the Famous Five stories in particular are rich in adventurous optimism and can-do spirit. That's the reason her books are still so popular with readers today and why they hold their place on the bookshelves. ~ Andrea Reece

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Synopsis

Five Go to Billycock Hill by Enid Blyton

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book sixteen, it's holiday time at Billycock Hill and the Famous Five make new friend - a real pilot! But when he disappears with top secret equipment, the Five begin to wonder if their new friend could be a spy, or worse, a traitor. Whatever his motives, the gang feel duty-bound to investigate...Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

Reviews

The prize must go to the adventures of George and co. Listed as one of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) The Daily Telegraph

One of the 50 books every child should read by Age 16 essexbaby.co.uk

Famous Five books are essential for all children's bookshelves MADEFORMUMS.COM

I thought this series was wonderful. It struck me as a great injustice that they were having adventures and I wasn't Alexander McCall Smith The Sunday Telegraph

Dangerous criminals are no match for children and a dog. Adults are useless Country Life

Always popular, always a favourite. And ALWAYS full of adventure Dan Smith The Big Issue

About the Author

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children’s publishing. With over 700 titles published, Enid Blyton’s stories remain timeless classics, adored by children throughout the world.

Soon after Enid Blyton was born in 1897, she fell gravely ill with whooping cough. Her father, Thomas Blyton stayed up with her night after night until her cough subsided and she recovered. From that time on, Enid followed her father wherever he went, and it was through her father that she developed a love of nature and animals – an enthusiasm which stayed with her throughout her life. It was also her father who instilled in Enid her love of books, and she would often be seen sneaking into her father’s library and borrowing a pile of books.

As a young woman Enid was faced with many choices; her father had planned a career in music for her, while she felt drawn to writing. In the end, she became a teacher, though her passion for writing never dwindled. In 1922, a collection of poems by Enid was published - it was her first step toward her dream of becoming an author.

At 27 years old, Enid married Hugh Pollock and moved to London. Enid had two children with Hugh, and soon after wrote her first novel, The Adventures of the Wishing Chair. Enid divorced Hugh after almost 20 years of marriage, and remarried Kenneth Waters in 1943.

Throughout the 40 and 50s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, mysteries, magical stories, farming stories, stories for younger children, best-selling series like The Famous Five and Noddy…her writing knew no bounds!

Apart from breaks to play golf and spend time with her children, Enid’s working week was consumed with writing new stories, correcting proofs and answering the hundreds of letters she was, by now, receiving weekly. She explained that her characters evolved organically and her stories seemed to naturally form, she described herself as “merely a sightseer, a reporter, and interpreter.”

Enid fell ill with Alzheimer’s disease in her old age (a disease that affects people’s memory) and she died in 1963. Her spirit lives on in her books and she is remembered as one of the most-loved and celebrated children’s authors.

If you are interested in more about Enid Blyton you may like to visit The Enid Blyton Society

Author photo reproduced with permission of Hachette.

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Format

Paperback
176 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Enid Blyton
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Author's Website

www.enidblyton.co.uk/

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Publisher

Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

5th May 2016

ISBN

9781444927580

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