Five take France by storm

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IT was a sheer de­light to read about the Fa­mous Five (April 19). As a book­worm child, I de­voured the whole col­lec­tion in the French 1950s Bi­b­lio­thèque Rose for­mat, with the ad­ven­tures un­fold­ing around the is­land and cas­tle of Ker­nach in Brit­tany. What a de­cep­tion it was then, when I dis­cov­ered that my beloved Claude (Clau­dine) Dorsel was ac­tu­ally named Ge­orge (Ge­orgina) Kir­rin, François was Ju­lian, Mick (Michel) Dick and An­nie Anne. Good old Timmy’s French name, Dagob­ert, was much more re­gal and fit for the king of com­pan­ions. Le Club des Cinq was such a suc­cess among young French read­ers that its trans­la­tor penned an­other 24 episodes in the 1970s and 1980s, in­spired by Bly­ton’s orig­i­nal sto­ries. Co­line E. Hous­sais, Lon­don

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