The Famous Five: a tribute to childhood

The Famous Five are probably the most famous of Enid Blyton’s creations. With 21 adventures in the collection.

Enid Blyton’s original books were charmingly illustrated by Eileen Soper but there have been numerous interpretations and adaptations of the Famous Five over the years including continuation novels written by French author Claude Voilier, cinema films, stage plays, two television series and, more recently, a Disney cartoon series featuring the children of the Famous Five.

The Famous Five

The Famous Five book collection - 21 titles

Who were the Famous Five?

The Famous Five were Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the Dog make up the Famous Five. Julian, Dick and Anne are brothers and sister, In the first book, Five on a Treasure Island, they meet their cousin Georgina. Georgina likes to act like a boy and hence is called George. In one interview Enid confessed that George was based on herself.

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Enid Blyton wrote 21 Famous Five books

Five on a Treasure Island (1942)
Five Go Adventuring Again (1943)
Five Run Away Together (1944)
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top (1945)
Five Go Off in a Caravan (1946)
Five on Kirrin Island Again (1947)
Five Go Off to Camp (1948)
Five Get Into Trouble (1949)
Five Fall Into Adventure (1950)
Five on a Hike Together (1951)
Five Have a Wonderful Time (1952)
Five Go Down to the Sea (1953)
Five Go to Mystery Moor (1954)
Five Have Plenty of Fun (1955)
Five on a Secret Trail (1956)
Five Go to Billycock Hill (1957)
Five Get Into a Fix (1958)
Five on Finniston Farm (1959)
Five Go to Demon’s Rocks (1960)
Five Have a Mystery to Solve (1962)
Five Are Together Again (1962)

So many grew up on the Famous Five – Do you have any memories?

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