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Does anyone remember these books from childhood?

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oliveoil Thu 02-Jun-05 14:00:48

They were like the Famous Five style. The main character was fat (!), his mum played bridge and he always seemed to see somthing that needed investigating whilst selling the parish magazine. Then a gang of them would sort things out. I think he had a shed and was an expert at disguise.

I can't remember much more, but for some reason I keep thinking about them.

I know, I know, must go out more....

hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 14:01:50

The Five Find-Outers?

wheresmyfroggy Thu 02-Jun-05 14:02:52

How do you do it HM?

hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 14:03:19

<<shrugs nonchalantly>>

oliveoil Thu 02-Jun-05 14:04:20

Ooooooh, I think that's them! Have you seen the dates they were published, ha, I am only 35, where on earth did my parents get them from!

Cheers, you have made my day. How sad am I???

Don't answer that.

xx

Pamina3 Thu 02-Jun-05 14:05:15

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hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 14:05:16

I read them too and I'm a whippersnapper (kind of)

Blu Thu 02-Jun-05 14:08:06

I LOVED them!
Easily the best Enid Blyton series - but my Mum used to try and ration Enid Blyton because she was considered a low-quality writer!

Do you remeber the one set in the fairground, and I thik Fatty disgiosed himself as a statue of a clown or something - dead scary.

And they were full of useful tips, such as how to get into a locked door if the key was still in the lock on the other side, which it never was in RL, of course!

Blu Thu 02-Jun-05 14:08:47

That's it, pamina - sorry x posted due to slow typing!

oliveoil Thu 02-Jun-05 14:16:42

memorieeeeees, la la la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Pamina3 Thu 02-Jun-05 14:18:01

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batters Thu 02-Jun-05 14:18:39

Didn't the Five Find-Outers used to be called something else?

I loved Enid Blyton, I really did. My parents also tried to ration the books, they thought I should be reading (shudder) more up market stuff such as Arthur Ransome.

tarantula Thu 02-Jun-05 14:20:58

oh I remember these they were great with Mr Goon the village policeman/idiot!!

Iklboo Thu 02-Jun-05 14:21:41

I liked Enid Blyton. "Mr Meddle" books were so good. When you're young of course

Pamina3 Thu 02-Jun-05 14:23:25

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hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 14:24:48

There was Mr Pinkwhistle - wasn't he a dopey old sort who thought eg buttercup pollen was dried egg powder and got told off by his wife a lot?

What strange reading material we had as children!!!

Prufrock Fri 03-Jun-05 20:07:21

I'm sure they were called something else because I remember fatty and Mr Goon, but not the name. There was one where somebody was doing anonymous letters with words cut from newspapers and tehy worked out who it was because the word "goon" had been cut out whole, so could, of course, only have come from the "Rangoon Times", ergo , it was the burmese guy.

zaphod Fri 03-Jun-05 20:17:31

The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters, it was the first book I read by myself, and had a maid in it called Gladys, a name I had never come across before, and could not pronounce. They were called the Five Find Outers, with Fredrick Algernon Trottville (Fatty) amd his dog Buster.

giraffeski Fri 03-Jun-05 20:22:51

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Orinoco Fri 03-Jun-05 20:24:30

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RnB Fri 03-Jun-05 20:27:57

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zaphod Fri 03-Jun-05 20:37:38

My Mom gave away all my Enid Blyton books when I was away at school, even though I used to love to re-read them. I have been steadily building up a collection of my favourites for some time though. Because I STILL love to re-read them. Especially, Six Cousins, where town and country cousins have to live together, and then Six Cousins Again, where the town cousins move to the country completely, but revert to their old Towny ways.

And what about the Mallory Towers and St. Claires, books? All those midnight feasts, and jokes at the expense of the french teacher, God, was boarding school a shock after that.

I am obviously a very sad case. But if I was ever on Mastermind, the books of Enid Blyton could be my specialist subject........

Orinoco Fri 03-Jun-05 21:09:34

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dinny Fri 03-Jun-05 21:12:23

Mr Meddle, loved him. And Mallory Towers and Faraway Tree and Secret Seven...
anyone remember Secret Of Spiggy Holes?

madgirl Fri 03-Jun-05 21:20:53

wathcha dinny
u guys check this out enid blyton
I am also SAD is it friday night or what?? there are chat boards to! you can obsess over your secret infatuation for Darrell Rivers to your hearts' content.

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