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Jul 27, 2006, 12:37am

i say
this is a jolly wizard group aquila!

I loved Five Go Mad in Dorset ... it was the name of your group alone that propelled me over here! Although it may mystify most of the non-Brits ;-)

I nominate Anne of Green Gables and the other L.M. Montgomery books to join your list of children's series. Obviously these are a bit less "school and hols" than the Blyton and Rowling books, but they're endearing nonetheless.

P.S. I wonder why the URL says lashingsofgingerbee? Sounds rather dangerous.

Jul 27, 2006, 12:45am

Well Anne came up in our shared list, along with some books that I wouldn't neccessarily associate with Ginger Beer.

And technically, I'm not a Brit!

Jul 27, 2006, 1:14am

Welcome SimPenguin, and I see your arrival has added The Terminator to our shared books list. Somehow Terminator 2 seems more gingerbeery than terminator 1 to me, but you never can tell with these things (and yes, I do also own that novelization).

Oh, and Alan Garner! I really don't own enough of his books.

Jul 27, 2006, 1:18am

chamekke, can you explain why the review at the top of our shared reviews on the group zeitgeist page is for a book about green Tea! ?

very shuspiciousous!!

Jul 27, 2006, 3:24am

Does anyone like The Phantom Tollbooth? How about The Cricket and Times Square? Oh, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, or Pippi Longstocking are icons of my childhood. Stop me now or I might list every child's book I ever read!

Jul 27, 2006, 10:59am

Pippi Longstocking! I was just looking at the re-issues in the bookshop yesterday wondering if a three-year-old could cope or if I could just keep her for myself... :)

I wonder, do eny here one kno the grate nigel molesworth?

It is the hols now and I feel I should be having some kind of adventure...

Jul 27, 2006, 12:52pm

Hi all - Awesome group title! I'm here mostly because of my love of serials - For all ages, not just YA/Children. Hardy Boys, Race Against Time, etc. Also books by E. Nesbit and the Harry Potter stuff. The bottom line is that if it's a series or an ongoing story, I love it! I'm more into the stories for boys, not girls - I just never could get into Nancy Drew.

Jul 27, 2006, 5:10pm

BoPeep: i no molesworth! hes ripping!

I haven't read Molesworth for years. Those illustrations by Ronald Searle - hilarious. Must hunt up some of those books again.

SimPenguin: Another E. Nesbit reader. Lovely!

Jul 28, 2006, 9:04pm

i dunt no molsworth.. shud i reed him? hav youse guys red borribles books? there top hole...

and I really can't keep that up!

Rumbles of Rumbledon indeed.

Jul 28, 2006, 9:28pm

And I can't say how happy it makes me that the Firefly DVDs top the list. I've been holding off adding my DVDs until something specific is set up for them, but maybe I should just go ahead and add them however they fit, as libraries have already been doing for ages.

Jul 29, 2006, 11:24am

Yes, you should read molesworth... or at least, the first book, Down with Skool! by Geoffrey Willans, which was so memorably illustrated by Ronald Searle. It's utterly hilarious. The whole thing is written in a semi-literate style by the narrator, one Nigel Molesworth, known at his school as Molesworth 2 because he has a younger brother. (As Molesworth would say: "Chiz chiz chiz.")

And: yay Firefly! Nice to see it topping a list. If only that had happened more often before the show was cancelled.

I know that some people don't like the idea of entering DVDs (or CDs) onto LT, but ... I actually point friends to my LT library because I am willing to lend the items in it. Books are for sharing. (Well, most of them anyway.) And since that's just as true of my small collection of DVDs, why not include them too? That's my theory, which is mine.

Jul 29, 2006, 11:15pm

Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons (and Coots) books, anyone? He's on my all time favourite list. Even today I can re-read them any time with as much enjoyment as ever. Which is more than I can say for Blyton, who hasn't held up nearly as well IMHO, although I have tried to re-read them recently too. Very disappointing as I adored them when I was a kid. Also anything with horses (all those books by Monica Edwards and Monica Dickens).

I hav a cuple of molesworth boooks. veri funi.

And yay Firefly - a modern ripping yarn for sure :)

Jul 31, 2006, 11:05pm

Mindfulone, I love The Phantom Tollbooth.

A lot of my youthful reading was Nancy Drew (take that, SimPenguin) (between Nancy and my knitting, they're totally going to revoke my man card) and Encyclopedia Brown, and a little later, Cynthia Voigt's serieses.

Ago 1, 2006, 12:19am

I loved Arthur Ransome's books. I wanted to be Nancy or Peggy and spend my summers sailing around in the Lake district, camping and drinking grog.
I haven't reread any of them in a long time but I might have to now.

Ago 3, 2006, 2:56pm

Tardis, I just reread Swallows and Amazons and I agree it was just as good as I remembered.
I've got to try and get my hands on Swallowdale and Pigeon Post now as they were two of my favourites from childhood. I never really got into the Coot Club ones.

Ago 3, 2006, 6:08pm

Hard to pick between them, but Pigeon Post, Swallowdale, The Picts and the Martyrs and Secret Water are my favourites of the series, I think. Something about the methodicalness of three of them (charting, discovering) appeals. Peter Duck and Missee Lee never worked for me at all.

Way before I heard of fanfic or slash fiction, I wanted John and Nancy to get married... I wonder if anyone's ever explored sequels in fanfic or elsewhere?

Ago 3, 2006, 11:35pm

The available fanfic and other continuations seems smaller than what there is, for example, for some of the girls school fic. Googling doesn't bring up much.

The only one I read as a child was We didn't mean to go to sea which is a fairly unique member of the series. I read the others once I got to university, collecting them for a friend. And I do love them. The first one of course "If not duffers, won't drown". And I love that Swallowdale takes a holiday that could have been spoilt and makes new adventures of it.

Who has read The Far-distant Oxus by Katharine Hull and Pamela Whitlock?

Ago 4, 2006, 12:38am

I have read Far-Distant Oxus - my mum loved it when she was a kid so when I was a kid she found a paperback copy for me and my siblings. I liked it but not as well as the Swallows and Amazons series. Mum still has that copy and by a fantastic chance I found a hardcover edition of the second book, Oxus in Summer, at a thrift shop for about $1.99 so I gave it to her for Christmas last year. It's worth way more than I paid on Alibris and Abebooks. I'd love to find her the third book, Escape to Persia, but it's the rarest. I read Oxus in Summer before I sent it to mum. It was pretty good too.

I have a complete set of the Swallows and Amazons series, including Coots in the North which is a sad collection of fragments of a book that was unfinished at Ransome's death, and which would have linked up the S&A with the Coots.

When I was younger We didn't mean to go to sea and the Coots books were my least favourites and Peter Duck and Missee Lee were my favourites but as an adult I've changed my mind. I now like all the others better than PD and ML (although I still love them, too).

Ago 4, 2006, 1:21am

I read Oxus in Summer sitting in a library, it was a non borrowable copy they had to bring up from the stacks. I've never found Escape to Persia either. While it's listed in our National Bibliographic Database (the combined New Zealand library catalogues) there are no known holdings listed.

Ago 21, 2006, 5:13pm

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet, but there's a wonderful paperback collection of all the Molesworth books (Geoffrey Willans / Ronald Searle) with all the illustrations (which are as important as the writing itself....)
Funny as the first time I was forced to read it aged eight by my parents... stands the test of time.

Nov 10, 2006, 8:06pm

Hi, I'm new to the site and was just browsing around the groups, and this caught my eyes. I loved Enyd Blyton's boarding school books! My mom gave me the 1st 3 books of the Mallory towers series when I got stuck at home with the measles at 3rd grade.

To 2nd MindfulOne, I also love Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking series & George Selden's. Maybe they're outside the scope of this group?
Has anybody else read & liked Kate Seredy's books?

22woollymammoth Primer Mensaje
Nov 20, 2006, 6:35pm


I have a large amount of Enid Blyton books. May I join your group?

Nov 20, 2006, 7:46pm

You are more than welcome, woollymammoth.

And don't worry, there are plenty here who own more Enid Blyton books than you do!

Nov 21, 2006, 5:35am

I have 3 added so far, but I certainly haven't added all my Enid Blytons.

Nov 21, 2006, 6:49am

Sorry 31!, not 30

Abr 17, 2007, 5:43am

I mentioned above that I read Oxus in Summer from the central public libraries stacks. Today an email came around at work that the Public Library were selling off old books from the stacks, so I went down after work to look through for treasures. And there was Oxus in Summer, for sale for 50c. It was a miracle I found it, apparently they aren't putting all the books out in one go, but replenishing them, as some sell.

Of course I came away with a whole bag of books, mostly childrens, the rest were things I'd never read that looked interesting.

Jun 18, 2007, 3:36am

I've not got a massive Enid Blyton collection, but I have been finding the Malory Towers books at my local secondhand bookshop - I have the first three and the last one, so I just need to find the ones in the middle now!

I'm also collecting the Chalet School books rather a lot lately and am waiting impatiently for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Do I qualify for this group? :-)

Jun 18, 2007, 7:31pm

*looks at the books I share with archerygirl, some of which are gingerbeery and some of which aren't*

Welcome kindred spirit!

Jun 26, 2007, 6:35am

Thank you :-) It's sometimes surprising the books that people have in common! I wonder whether there is any correlation between the types of books we enjoyed as children and what we read as adults?

Jun 26, 2007, 7:30pm

I'm sure there is. But it doesn't seem much of a stretch from Darrel Rivers to Dar Roberts ;-D

Jun 29, 2007, 3:18am

Too true! Perhaps it's the character archetypes we enjoy as much as the setting?

Jul 21, 2007, 10:42pm

I must be regressing to childhood. I just dropped about a hundred bucks at Navrang to own a big pile of Enid Blyton and Three Investigators books. I console myself by thinking that my five-year-old will be reading them soon...

Sep 6, 2007, 7:04am

Just discovered this group! Fantastic! I have a few Enid Blytons and I think my favourites are the Six Cousins books. I don't know why my mother wouldn't let me change my name to Melisande.

... now I must be off to buy some ginger beer!

May 17, 2008, 11:28pm

Still haven't got my hands on Swallodale or Pigeon Post but I did read Winter Holiday earleir this year. It was one of the ones that I never read as a kid but I really enjoyed it. They even had grog!

Ago 18, 2008, 1:35am

Back in the 1950s I adored my Enid Blyton books. Sadly, I no longer own any. I've met two girls named Yolanda and thought of Enid Blyton every time I saw them. I didn't taste ginger beer until much later and instantly loved it. Another favourite of that time was Billy Bunter by Frank Richards who was always hoping to find ginger beer in his tuck boxes.

Ago 26, 2008, 10:41pm

I've just discovered the three Oxus books are being republished. Not by Girls Gone By press, but by another small press I'd never heard of:

*is very happy*

Editado: Ago 27, 2008, 6:15pm

36>THANK YOU! I hope they publish Escape to Persia soon - I'd like to get my mum that one as well. And a set of all three for myself :)

OH! and they have Elinor Lyon books! I loved those and they're hard to come by too. Lovely.

Ago 27, 2008, 5:59pm

There's 15 Elinor M. Lyon titles on LibraryThing, but only two reviews. The covers are very Swallows and Amazony. Not much description of the books on their site either. I'm all prepared to be sold on a new-to-me author, but I need something to get excited about. *googles*

Sep 16, 2008, 4:55pm

Aquila, I got it wrong originally - Elinor Lyon doesn't have a middle initial.

I ordered the 3 Elinor Lyon books that Fidra has re-published from and they came last week. I am happy to report that they're as good as I remembered. All her books are your basic "kids having adventures with minimal adult supervision" stories, set in either Scotland or Wales. These three are about a brother and sister, Ian and Sovra, in Scotland. In the The house in hiding, Ian and Sovra burn down a bothy they're supposed to be camping in near their home but still convince their parents to let them go stay in another little abandoned house that they've found. There's a missing heir plot too. The second book, We daren't go a'hunting, is about foiling poachers, and the third, Run away home has Ian and Sovra meeting a runaway orphan girl and helping her to elude pursuit and find a family.

Editado: Feb 13, 2009, 5:16am

Thanks, Tardis, for reminding me of Elinor Lyon. I won her "Run away home" as a class prize in 4th grade and was initially disappointed that it wasn't a Blyton (same red cover as Famous Fives, even the name was rather similar...) but I loved it and the quotes from "Ode on the Intimations of Immortality" turned me on to Wordsworth - not bad for a children's book!