Review - The Famous Five Collection 1 by Enid Blyton

Title: The Famous Five Collection 1

Author: Enid Blyton

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Release Date: 17th December 2015

Source: Own Copy
Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series.
Five On A Treasure Island
A shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are searching for clues - but they're not alone ... Someone else has joined the treasure hunt.
Five Go Adventuring Again
A thief at Kirrin Cottage! Who can it be? The Famous Five think they know - but they need proof! Then they find an old map and an unusual hiding place...
Five Run Away Together
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...
This 70th anniversary edition features the Classic editions of the first three Famous Five adventures in one volume and contains the original cover art and inside drawings by Eileen Soper.

Yes I love books about aliens and zombies, murderers and psychopaths but I also love quaint books set in a time where there was considerably less to worry about.  When kids could wander without worry and every farm was willing to feed you.

I read the first book many many many years ago, it was my cousins, I borrowed it, I never gave it back and she still reminds me to this day.  I actually still have it so I might return it.  I instantly loved the five, their slightly posh ways and wonderful picnics.

This collection draws together the first three books - 

Five on a Treasure Island
Where siblings Julian, Dick and Anne meet their cousin George, a tomboy with a heart of gold along with her dog Timmy.  It’s set upon Kirin Island where George proudly shows off her island to her cousins.  They discover shipwrecks, dungeons and treasure but quickly discover other people are after them too.

Five go Adventuring Again
It’s Christmas time and they have to get a tutor over the holiday period as they have been ill, their charming tutor soon wins all but George round.  She doesn’t trust him and when things go missing in Kirrin Cottage the five begin to investigate discovering strange maps and hidden passages.

Five Run Away Together
George’s mother is ill, the families temporary cook is looking after them but she is a nasty piece of work and the Five discover she may just be up to something.  They decide to upsticks and hide out on Kirrin Island but once more the island is being used by some unscrupulous people, can the Five play detective again and get to the bottom of it?

These books are all good fun and off course they were published back in the 1940’s so a lot of it does come across as old fashioned.  But these are still good stories, Julian does comes across as a stuck up male chauvinist pig most of the time and Anne’s delight at housework will make people cringe, one thing that has changed though is my opinion of George’s scientist father, he did come across as a bad tempered old so and so but now as a mother of two rambunctious daughters I can see all he wants is piece and quiet to his work!

It’s nice to take a trip down memory lane and these stories are still as enjoyable to me now as they where thirty years ago.



  1. I do not know how to admit this, but I have never read a 5 book! I know right, crazy. I loved reading even back then but, maybe they just did not have them? I mean I read Kitty, The Hardy Boys

  2. I love some great mystery.I started reading Heather Graham and I'm astonished that she's wrote more than one hundred books, this specific one uses modern references like Hurricane Katrina.

    1. I really enjoy a mystery, especially one that’s keeps you guessing. One hundred books is amazing!

  3. I'll be re-reading this series at some point. I'm very much enjoying the Secret series that I'm working through at the moment and I'm about to start book four.

  4. I remember these books, the cover illustration really takes me back!

  5. I enjoy these kinds of innocent books about children off on their adventures as well. I've never read any of Enid Blyton's books though! I don't think my library had them when I was young.

    Two series that I enjoy with a similar feel are the Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright and The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. I listened to both series and the narrators were great! I just finished the Melendy series so I'll look for these books to take their place.

    1. I haven’t heard of those books but I’ll definitely have a look, thanks for suggesting them, I may be in my forties but I do love reading these types of books!

  6. These look so fun! I never read any of these but I would have loved them as a kid, I'm sure.

  7. I like that these offer a complete change of pace and feels so heartwarming, calm, and peaceful! Great review of this collection. :D

    1. They do, it’s a much gentler time definitely not like now.


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