Be trans­ported by power of the writ­ten word

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER -

IT’S AL­MOST the hol­i­days, and for those of you who are writ­ing ex­ams, it’s nearly done. You could lose your­self in a good book like the favourite oldies your par­ents used to read when they were younger. Those books still are amaz­ing. And what­ever hap­pens to the weather this sum­mer they’re worth re-read­ing.

It was sunny on Kir­rin Is­land, which is why char­ac­ters in Enid Bly­ton’s The Fa­mous Five had to drink so much gin­ger beer. It will make you want to go camp­ing and have adventures with pi­rates in coves when you get your hands on th­ese books. In this kind of chil­dren’s book it is also al­ways sunny at board­ing school, where Dar­rell Rivers is the games cap­tain of the fifth form in Bly­ton’s Malory Tow­ers, and Cas­san­dra Mort­main dreams of ro­mance in Dodie Smith’s I Cap­ture the Cas­tle.

Tove Jans­son’s The Sum­mer Book is a beau­ti­ful story of a grand­mother and grand­daugh­ter from the land of the mid­night sun. How­ever, the best nos­tal­gia your par­ents could have can be found in Arthur Ran­some’s Swal­lows and Ama­zons. The Blag­ger’s favourite de­tail is that the Ama­zon’s chief sailor, Ruth Black­ett, has changed her name to Nancy be­cause she has heard that pi­rates are “ruth­less”. – The In­de­pen­dent on Sun­day

The Sum­mer Book

IS­LAND AD­VEN­TURE: by Tove Jans­son.

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