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Five on a Treasure Island book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian. Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin. illustrated by C. Benedek with the title Five Friends Explore Treasure Island The Kirrin series would be the most well-known of all the Enid Blyton books — in .

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Five on a Treasure Island (published in ) is a popular children's book by Enid Blyton. It is the first book in The Famous Five series. The first edition of the. Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five) [Enid Blyton] on *FREE* shipping on customer reviews. Book 1 of 21 in the Famous Five Series. “Famous Five 01 - Five On A Treasure Island” By Enid Blyton 2. Chapter One .. " Quentin is working on a very difficult book," said Aunt Fanny. "But I've given him.

Background[ edit ] It has been suggested that the book was influenced by L. Meade 's book Four on an Island, which also recounts a story of four related children including a tomboy along with a dog living on an island with a shipwreck. They also meet their cousin Georgina, a surly, difficult girl, who tries hard to live like a boy and only answers to the name George. Despite an uncomfortable start, the cousins become firm friends and George introduces them to her beloved dog Timothy Timmy , who secretly lives with a fisher boy in the village as George's parents will not allow her to keep Timmy. On their way to Kirrin Island, George shows her cousins a shipwreck, explaining it was her great-great-great grandfather's ship. He had been transporting gold when the ship was wrecked in a storm, but despite divers investigating the wreck, the gold was never found. After visiting the wreck, the five arrive on the Island and are exploring the ruined castle when a huge storm blows up, making it too dangerous for them to return to the mainland.

It's called Kirrin Bay. Your Aunt Fanny has lived there all her life, and wouldn't leave it for anything.

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It sounds sort of adventurous! We have sticky buns and we have lashings Oh, yes, she is. Let's just all have a little sip, shall we? The plot involves, look, an island, a shipwreck, a secret map and a bunch of baddies who will stop at nothing to steal the treasure. Alan, you have brought us this prize. Tell us why you chose it. I tried to think of something I really would like to revisit, and I just, um I've got the kind of complete set of the Famous Five in my guest room, actually, and, um And I, um It's partly nostalgia, but also You know, to go back and try and ana Since I read those as a child, I've learned lots of things, and learned lots of things about Enid Blyton, and some of things I remember, I think, 'Oh, that was kind of really awful.

She's this girl who does not want to be thought of as a girl, does not want to be called by her girl name.

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It's not that she's just a tomboy - she says, 'I don't want to be a girl. I am a boy. I was completely shocked. I don't think so, not at all. The ginger beer. What did you think, Helen?

I hadn't read it since I was a kid. And I loved the whole gender aspect of it. I loved the fact that it was George, as a boy, fighting for her birthright, which is about families and about lineages, and her lineage is through to her great-great-grandfather - this is a male lineage she sees herself as occupying.

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And I love too the whole wartime context - this is a book about defending an island against the baddies, this is all to do with the war, and being resourceful and learning how to survive.

And they're really resourceful. There's a storm coming and they burn their sandwich paper to make fire. It's a little guide on how to live. You're a Cambridge professor, aren't you? Do you think Enid Blyton really meant that it was a It was written during the war. No, I'm vegan. But they don't I would never put that in my body. And also the allegory you meant about, like, defending yourself, a sort of vulnerable island, from people who are evil - I really loved that part.

And it can't be an accident. Even if it was, it's what she was feeling at the time.

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HELEN MACDONALD: You look at what's going on, there's a lot of concern with secrets - this is all about secrets, it's about boxes with secrets in, it's about the kids not telling anyone, and, of course, there's this bit in it - I'm giving spoilers out here, I'm sorry - but they make a mistake and someone gets hold of the secret, and then the press know about it and their island becomes invaded.

I mean, you know, I couldn't think of a more wartime book if you tried. And she does instinctively know what children like, which is cake and thinking that they can get one across the grown-ups and all that, so she does have a great, strong instinct, like Roald Dahl, like all those people.

I cannot be alone in this.

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Classic editions with unchanged text and Eileen A. There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! The Famous Five are on the trail looking for clues to the treasure - but so is someone else.

Time is running out for the Five But where is the treasure?

Someone else has got the same idea.