Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are THE FAMOUS FIVE - in Enid Blyton's most popular adventure series.
This gorgeous hardback gift edition features the original cover art and inside illustrations by Eileen Soper, a ribbon marker and an exclusive note on page 1 from Enid Blyton herself.
'There was something else out on the sea by the rocks - something dark that seemed to lurch out of the waves . . . What could it be?'
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 Island, with its rocky little coast and old ruined castle on the top.
Over on the island, they make a thrilling discovery, which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle on a dangerous adventure. Who - and what - will they find there?
Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.
She wrote over 700 books and about 2,000 short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy.
Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.
The prize must go to the adventures of George and co. Listed as one of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
The Daily Telegraph
One of the 50 books every child should read by Age 16
Famous Five books are essential for all children's bookshelves
I thought this series was wonderful. It struck me as a great injustice that they were having adventures and I wasn't
The Sunday Telegraph - Alexander McCall Smith
Dangerous criminals are no match for children and a dog. Adults are useless
Always popular, always a favourite. And ALWAYS full of adventure
The Big Issue - Dan Smith
This book is so exciting you'll want to play detective yourself
The Week Junior
As the first set of 'grown-up' books I ever discovered I could read on my own, the Famous Five have a very special place in my heart. I still remember running through to my parents' room to tell them I could read well enough to go adventuring with the Five without their help. And with 21 books in the series, I had plenty of escapades to look forward to!
The List (Glasgow & Edinburgh)
I loved so much of Enid Blyton ... the Famous Five were my favourites of all, so much so that I demanded to be called George for most of my early childhood
East Anglian Daily Times
Pacey and passionate, this truly exceptional book tells a tale that truly needs to be heard