Be transported by power of the written word
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
ISLAND ADVENTURE: by Tove Jansson.