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    Paul Walters

    Hurrah! Enid Blyton’s Children’s Adventures, Filled With A Healthy Dose Of Sexism And lashings Of Cream.
    Hurrah! Enid Blyton’s Children’s Adventures, Filled With A Healthy Dose Of Sexism And lashings Of Cream.A few weeks ago I found myself in a charming second - hand bookshop in downtown Vancouver. You know the one; the small doorway that one has to physically push open (complete with tinkling bell) and once inside, the intoxicating aroma of old books...


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    25/09/2016 #12 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    How did an avid reader like me not know Blyton? Probably because my head was in a Nancy Drew Mystery (oh, she did her own detective work, thank you very much! no sandwiches for her!) or the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
    Vincent Andrew
    21/09/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    Aha the Blyton series. And there was the Hardy Boys series too by who again. How come those kids got all the adventures? Thanks for the insights into her life @Paul Walters.
    Dean Owen
    21/09/2016 #10 Dean Owen
    Brought back a lot of memories and made me want to seek out an old second hand bookstore (which would involve a plane ride for me). A first edition set of Enid Blyton must be worth a pretty penny now despite her misconceptions of the world we live in.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/09/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I remember Enid Byron's books. You brought back some good memories Paul.
    Paul Walters
    20/09/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    #7 @Ella de Jong Thanks for stopping by and reading that piece. I need to consult a Dutch dictionary to discover the meaning of 'spannend' cheers P
    Ella de Jong
    20/09/2016 #7 Ella de Jong
    wow Thank you @Paul Walters ! for "the thoughts and feelings that reading the books brought to me as a child": SO "spannend" as we say it in Dutch! I feel it right now!! Lovely to remember :-)
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/09/2016 #6 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Collected and loved all Enid Byron's books ..thanks for this😉
    Neil Smith
    20/09/2016 #5 Neil Smith
    Thanks for this article Paul. I loved Enid Blyton as a kid possibly because her stories couldn't have been more different to my working class, Scottish Highland upbringing if they had been set on Mars. I spent much of my Primary school life sitting at the back of the classroom reading her books rather than "Learning". Even now something inside me wants to know why I can't have a cook and a maid. Weirdly my five year old daughter is part way through a famous five book as her bedtime story and absolutely loves it so there is no denying that Blyton for all her well documented faults definitely has a power to reach out to young readers at any point in modern history. It is just sad that her ability to connect in fiction was balanced by an equal inability to connect with people in real life.
    Ken Boddie
    20/09/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    My memories of Enid Blyton are set on a completely different level, Paul. The books I remember were for much younger children and had lots of pictures. I remember the original Uber Toyland driver, 'Noddy', and his bearded brownie friend, 'Big Ears'. Other characters like 'Mr Plod' the policeman and the 'Golliwogs', although apparently innocent enough characters back in the day, would be considered incorrect on so many levels these days, and I seem to remember that the Golliwogs were eventually 'retired' for obvious reasons. Happy innocent days!
    Paul Burge
    20/09/2016 #3 Paul Burge
    I used to love her books as a child, quintessentially English, but somewhat dated now.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/09/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wow, Blyton sure did sell a LOT of novels @Paul Walters. I swear I actually had a scent of old paperback books rush by more than once while reading this. Maybe it was a reminder of what I loved most growing up, reading fiction with twists. I would go to my room and read for hours or take my book to the beach, sit a lone and read. I wasn't a loner but I guess I cherished my book time. I love that you and your partner turned the gender roles around when you read to your kids. Sounds as if she despised her mom. I've referred to my husband as 'the shit," Just kidding. Was that a term of endearment for her? ;-) Thanks for the tag!