Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton

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August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Recently I was unpacking some boxes and I came across a small pile of my favourite books from childhood. I re-read this particular one for nostalgia’s sake. Sure there are bits of that have dated and Enid Blyton is not the world’s greatest prose stylist. But decades on, the appeal of the Famous Five is as strong as ever. You’re instantly drawn in. You instantly want to be sleeping on beds of heather on the moors or escaping to your own private island. Five Run Away Together has all the best ingredients of the series. A horrid family who are supposed to be taking care of George, Anne, Julian, Dick and Timmy the dog but are clearly up to no good. A trip to Kirrin island. Smugglers. Gold ingots. Impossible to resist."


Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton

Who's been on George's island? And what is locked in the mysterious trunk hidden on Kirrin Island? The Famous Five think they're on the trail of smugglers - until they hear a child scream...

Emma Chichester Clark joins Quentin Blake, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell and Helen Oxenbury, who have all reimagined Blyton's characters for today's readers. These anniversary editions of the classic texts of Enid Blyton's best-known series benefit the House of Illustration, the world's first dedicated home for the art of illustration.


Despite stiff competition from Five go to Smuggler's Top, this one has always been my favourite -- Alison Flood

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.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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

Publication date

3rd May 2012




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