The Famous Five are perhaps the best-loved of all Enid Blyton's characters. Siblings Julian, Dick and Anne, their tomboy cousin ’George’ (Georgina) and Timmy the dog make up the Five. The cousins get together every school holiday and, before they know it, stumble upon a new adventure.
Here you can see pages from Enid Blyton’s original drafts for Five Go to the Mystery Moor and Five Have a Wonderful Time.
What’s the appeal of the Famous Five?
The series began with Five on a Treasure Island, published in 1942. It was such a smash-hit that Enid Blyton went on to write another 20 books about the mystery-solving gang. It was her longest-running series of novels, but the Five themselves never aged. What made them so popular?
There was always a page-turning adventure, usually involving treasure, caves or secret passageways. The plucky children had to use their wits to catch the villains, defend their island and get home safely for tea. They had binoculars and torches, but no mobile phones!
The Famous Five are made up of strong, developed characters, who are all in their own ways courageous and determined. The Five are also famous for enjoying lots of delicious picnic teas, which must have tantalised readers in wartime and post-war Britain.
More than anything the children have absolute freedom – the essential ingredient in any decent adventure! Can you imagine the fun you’d have if the grown-ups weren’t always in charge?
Who was Enid Blyton?
Enid Blyton was the first children's writer to become a household name. She wrote more than 700 books – so many that nobody knows the exact number. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages, and her trademark signature is instantly recognisable.
How did she do it? Enid Blyton wrote quickly! In the covering note to the original typescript for Five Go to the Mystery Moor, she says 'I do not write my books by hand, but type them straight out of my head'. This is how she he could produce a full-length novel in a week.
Enid Blyton's work has caused controversy. It has been criticised for its depiction of gender, class, national and racial stereotypes.
With the help of her family, many of Blyton's books have been updated, so that young readers can continue to enjoy the stories.
The word 'gypsies' is used in the typescript of Five Go the Mystery Moor. In the current edition of the book, this has been replaced by the word ‘travellers’.
Label by British Library Learning in partnership with Seven Stories.
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL
FIVE GO TO MYSTERY Moor
which is the 13th and latest of the
“Famous Five” books.
I do not write my books by hand,
but type them straight out of my head.
You will see the corrections
I have made before sending the
book to the publisher.
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL TYPESCRIPT OF
“F I V E G O T O M Y S T E R Y M O O R”
WHICH IS THE 13th AND LATEST OF THE
“FAMOUS FIVE” BOOKS.
I DO NOT WRITE MY BOOKS BY HAND, BUT
TYPE THEM STRAIGHT OUT OF MY HEAD.
YOU WILL SEE THE CORRECTIONS I HAVE MADE
BEFORE SENDING THE BOOK TO THE PUBLISHER.
Dear Children, (especially Famous five Club Members,)
This is the thirteenth adventure that the Famous
Five had had. The same characters appear in it – Julian,
Dick, George, Anne – and Timmy the dog, and it is, of
course, quite complete in itself.
First I meant to write six of these Famous Five
books for you. But when I came to six, you said “No –
you must go on!” So I said I would do another six and
make it twelve. But when I had finished the twelfth
in came thousands of letters again, “But you CAN’T stop
at twelve. Please go on forever!
2” So here is the
thirteenth for you, and I hope you will like it as much
as you like the others.
The names of the other books are -:
FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND
FIVE GO ADVENTURING AGAIN
FIVE RUN AWAY TOGETHER
FIVE GO TO SMUGGLER’S TOP
GIVE GO OFF IN A CARAVAN
FIVE ON KIRRIN ISLAND AGAIN
FIVE GO OFF TO CAMP
FIVE GET INTO TROUBLE
FIVE FALL INTO ADVENTURE
FIVE ON A HIKE TOGETHER
FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME
FIVE GO DOWN TO THE SEA
One more thing. The lovers of the Famous Five
books have formed a club, called the Famous Five Club.
For particulars of this, see the page at the end of
My love to you all
FIVE HAVE A
Illustrated by Eileen Soper
London HODDER & STOUGHTON Limited
FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME
by } 12
ENID BLYTON }
Illustrated by Eileen Soper 10
Hodder and Stoughton
This is the eleventh book about the Famous
Five. You will find Julian, Dick, George, Anne, and Tim-
my the dog
hhere, of course, as in all the other Famous
Although this is the eleventh of the ser-
ies it is quite complete in itself. The others are –
FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND 1. Five on a Treasure Island.
FIVE GO ADVENTURING AGAIN 2. etc.
FIVE RUN AWAY TOGETHER 3. etc.
FIVE GO TO SMUGGLER’S TOP 4. etc.
FIVE GO OFF IN A CARAVAN 5. . Please list books
FIVE ON KIRRIN ISLAND AGAIN 6. . in right order
FIVE GO OFF TO CAMP 7. .
FIVE GET INTO TROUBLE 8. .
FIVE FALL INTO ADVENTURE 9. .
FIVE ON A HIKE TOGETHER 10. .
2. I hope you will like this one just
as much as you have liked the others.
Good luck to you all from
Five Have a Wonderful Time. d.c.
I. George is All Alone.
2. All Together Again.
3. A Pleasant Morning.
4. The AFair-Folk Arrive.
5. Night ancd Morning.
6. Unfriendly Folk.
7. A Letter – a Walk – and a Shock.
8. Where are the Caravans?
9. A Great Surprise
10. Back with the Fair-Folk Again.
11. A Very Strange Thing.
169-11 12. Fire-eating and FOther Things.
13. Off to the Castle.
14. Faynights Castle.
15. An Interesting Day.
16. Secret Ways.
897. Excitements and Shocks.
18. Jo Has an Adventure on Her Own.
219. Jo Joins In.
P0. A Lot of Excitement.
21. In the Tower Room.
2 2. Jo and Beauty Have a Fine Time.
23, Having a Wonderful Time!
? List of illustrations
Five Have a Wonderful Time.
Chapter 1 George is All Alone
“I do think it’s mean,” said George, fier-
cely. “Why can’t I go when the others do? I’ve had two weeks
at home, and haven’t seen the others since school broke up. And
now they’re off for a wonderful fortnight and I’m no
yt with them’
“Don’t be silly, George,” said her mother.
“You can go as soon as that cold of yours is better.”
“It’s better now,” said George, scowling.
tr, you know it is!”
“That’s enough, Georgina,” said her father,
looking up from his newspaper. “This is the third breakfast-time
we’ve had this argument. Be quiet.”
George would never answer anyone when she
was called Georgina – so, must as she would have liked to say
something back, she pursed up her mouth and looked away.
Her mother laughed. “Oh George, dear! Don’t
look so terribly fierce. It was your ^ own fault
fault you got this
cold – you would go and bathe and stay in far too long – and
after all, it’s only the third week in April!”
“I always bathe in April,” said George,
“I said “BE QUIET”, said her father, bang-
ing down his paper on the table. “One more word from you, Ge
and you won’
ct go to your three cousins at all.”
“Woof,” said Timmy, from
the under the table.
He didn’t like it when anyone spoke angrily to George.
“And don’t you start arguing with me either,”
said George’s father, ^ poking Timmy with his toe, and scowling exactly like George.
His wife laughed again. “Oh, be quiet, the
two of you,” she said. “George, be patient dear. I’ll let you
go off to your cousins as soon as ever I can – tomorrow, if
you’re good, and don’t cough much today.”
“Oh Mother – why didn’t you say so before?”
said George, her scowl disappearing like magic. “I didn’t cough
once in the night. I’m perfectly all/right today. Oh, if I can
go off to Faynights Castle tomorrow, I promise I won’t cough
“What’s this about Faynights Castle?” de-
manded her father, looking up again. “First I’ve heard of it!”
“Oh no, Quentin dear, I’ve told you at least
three times,” said his wife. “Julian, Dick and Anne have been
lent two funny old caravans by a school friend. They are in
a field near Faynights Castle.”
“Oh. So they’re not staying in a cast
then,” said George’s father. “Can’t have that. I won’t have
George coming home all high and mighty.”
“George couldn’t possibly be high and
mighty,” said his wife. “It’s as much as I can do to get her
to keep her nails clean and wear clean shorts. Do be sen-
sible, Quentin. You know perfectly well that George and her
cousins always like to go off on extraordinary holidays to-
“And have adventures,” grinned George, who
was now in a very good temper indeed at the thought of going
to join her cousins the next day. x
“No. You’re not to have any of those awful
adventures this time,” said her mother. “Anyway, I don’t see how
you can, staying in a peaceful place like the village of Fay-
gts Castle, living in a couple of old caravans.”
“I wouldn’t trust George anywhere,” said her
father husband. “Give her just a sniff of an adventure, and she’s
after it. I never knew anyone like George. Thank goodness we’ve
only got one child. I don’t feel as if I could cope with two
or three Georges.”
“There are plenty of people like George,”
said his wife. “Julian and Dick, for instance. Always in the
middle of something or other – with Anne tagging behind, longing
for a pea
“Well, I’ve had enough of this argument,”
said George’s father, pushing his chair out vigorously, and
accidentally kicking Timmy under the table. He yelped.
“That dog’s got no brains,” said the impat-
inent man. “Lies under the table at every meal and expects me to
- Full title:
- Manuscript note, typed copy of the same, and typescript pages of Five Go to Mystery Moor [NB the rest of this file, not shown here, constitutes a draft of The Circus of Adventure]; Typescript draft and rough title page of Five Have a Wonderful Time (Hodder & Stoughton, 1952)
- c. 1952
- Manuscript / Typescript / Draft
- Enid Blyton
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