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Looking for Enid : the mysterious and inventive life of Enid Blyton / Duncan McLaren.

By: McLaren, Duncan, 1957-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, UK : Portobello Books, 2007Description: 319 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781846271151; 1846271150.Subject(s): Blyton, Enid | Blyton, Enid -- Biography | Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Women authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Women novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Children's stories -- Authorship | Blyton, EnidDDC classification: 823/.912 | B
Contents:
In Beaconsfield -- In Beckenham -- In Bourne End -- In and around Blairgowrie -- In and around Swanage -- In George MacDonald.
Review: "Enid Blyton gave us the Famous Five and Fatty's Find-Outers, the Enchanted Wood and the Wishing Chair. Some of us, encouraged by austere critics, have pretended no longer to want what Enid gave. We have pretended that we were not once upon a time enthralled by every book she wrote, all 600+ of them. We have chosen to forget how much we loved the time we spent in their company. And we have feigned disdain. Now, Duncan McLaren offers every lapsed devotee the possibility of honest redemption. If you're willing to acknowledge that Enid Blyton once mattered, enormously, to you, you are warmly invited to accompany Duncan on an adventure that will investigate what made Enid Enid and endeavour to reach the source of her torrent of stories, the stories that came when she was 'letting her mind go free'."--BOOK JACKET.
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McLaren offers a strikingly inventive and unusual portrait of the most successful English writer for children until J.K. Rowling, Enid Blyton, who entertained milions worldwide with her many adventure stories and mysteries but was herself an adventure and a mystery.

Ch. 1. In Beaconsfield -- Ch. 2. In Beckenham -- Ch. 3. In Bourne End -- Ch. 4. In and around Blairgowrie -- Ch. 5. In and around Swanage -- Ch. 6. In George MacDonald.

"Enid Blyton gave us the Famous Five and Fatty's Find-Outers, the Enchanted Wood and the Wishing Chair. Some of us, encouraged by austere critics, have pretended no longer to want what Enid gave. We have pretended that we were not once upon a time enthralled by every book she wrote, all 600+ of them. We have chosen to forget how much we loved the time we spent in their company. And we have feigned disdain. Now, Duncan McLaren offers every lapsed devotee the possibility of honest redemption. If you're willing to acknowledge that Enid Blyton once mattered, enormously, to you, you are warmly invited to accompany Duncan on an adventure that will investigate what made Enid Enid and endeavour to reach the source of her torrent of stories, the stories that came when she was 'letting her mind go free'."--BOOK JACKET.

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