Enid Blyton’s Famous Five are some of the most popular and well-loved characters in children’s literature. The 21 adventures featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, their cousin George and her dog Timmy were written by Enid Blyton between 1942 and 1963. Their sense of optimism and freedom perfectly epitomises the post-war years. For generations of children they encapsulate an idyll of eternal summer, friendship
If you’d like to experience your own Famous Five adventure…
Pack a picnic
The Famous Five love a good picnic. George insists that “The meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.” A typical Blyton picnic from Five Go Off in a Caravan consists of: “All kinds of food, from eggs and ham to scones and ginger cakes.” Another of “slices of ham… a pot of brawn… some fresh lettuces and radishes… and some more tomatoes… eggs, butter, milk, and a tin of shortbread.” And, obviously, don’t forget to pack some ginger beer. The Five always find a nice spot for a picnic, such as “Sitting on the rocky ledge, which was still warm, watching the sun go down into the lake. It was the most beautiful evening, with the lake as blue as a cornflower and the sky flecked with rosy clouds. They held their hard boiled eggs in one hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other, munching happily.”
Sail to a treasure island
Kirrin Island belongs to George and is the setting for the Five’s first adventure Five on a Treasure Island. The Five return to Kirrin Island in many of their adventures, including Five Run Away Together and Five on Kirrin Island Again. Blyton once wrote that “Kirrin Island was based on an actual village, bay and island – but in the Channel Isles, not England.” With its turquoise waters and golden sands, the island of Guernsey seems to match Blyton’s description of Kirrin Island.