Post by goodlookingone on Sept 6, 2019 9:38:20 GMT
All very erudite - For some reason I found Biggles long before "Just William" sparked an interest. Perhaps one day I will be capable of moving to an upgrade of Enid Blyton.
Thinks: Was Enid Blyton the Author that Bought a Farm in the Lake District: Not certain but I know it was a Woman writer of Anthropomorphic beasts who bred animals for the butcher, and "dispatched" the Rabbits using her animal feed crops as their own Larder.
Post by goodlookingone on Dec 25, 2019 22:15:57 GMT
Why have I only just found two-day-old posts? But yes, Of course Biggles was a great righter of wrongs - a sort of Precursr to Dick Barton and Paul Temple - I still occasionaly meander through my Biggles/Worrals Books.... but Yes, Possibly racist, but they were right at the time - (and class conscious) but dont forget that the last Biggles (difficult to get) book was appointing an Asian Gent as his Air Detective...
I started out with EB books then moved onto Biggles books.
And have never had a book out of my hand since.
So EB is either to blame or a good influence I will leave it to you to work that out lol
Same here Steve. My mother hit on a good idea when she taught me to read at a very early age, with the result that I could be shoved in a corner with a book and they wouldn't hear a peep out of me. I'm pretty much the same now
Did anyone hear the Enid Blyton Great Lives programme on R4 the other day? I enjoyed listening but found it irritating that the EB "expert" insisted on viewing the books (and EB herself) from a modern-day perspective. Times were different back then, not saying that is a good thing or otherwise but people thought differently. Not necessarily racist. Just different.
I don't like books being updated to suit the PC lot. They were books of their time and should be seen as such. I hate hunting but it was an accepted thing years ago and thus features in comtemprary literature. See books in their historical context. Kids can learn from it.
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I heard part of the recent Enid Blyton programme. She wasn't a particularly nice woman but her books got lots of children reading. I read quite a few Famous Five books and always wondered how the children were allowed to do the things they did. The series that I still reread is the Sadlers Wells one. I now have the complete series thanks to OH who bought me the final book which isn't easy to find. I loved Wind in the Willows, the Jungle Books, and The Secret Garden and I did like Biggles too. Did anyone else read the Animal Shelf books? Their attitudes were of their time.
Post by denisewasbabs on Dec 26, 2019 16:58:46 GMT
I read most of the Lorna Hill Sadlers Wells books in my teens. If I've got the right ones, there was an artist who ended up being the love interest of the main character...I'd love to read them again. I also remember an incident with a pair of tights dumped in a mop bucket (??)