A fter he suffered a heart attack in Darlinghurst, doctors thought Robert Dessaix would die. Instead, he emerged from hospital with a book, What Days Are For , a bittersweet rumination about how one assesses a life as it draws to a close. Always a writerly writer, Dessaix contemplates his mortality via his wide and eclectic reading: the great religious traditions which he mostly assesses aesthetically , Gogol, Larkin, Turgenev and Dr Johnson. And then comes this:.
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The Famous Five are among Enid Blyton's best-loved creations and countless children have gone adventuring with them since the publication of Five on a Treasure Island in , the first of twenty-one full-length adventures and numerous short stories. Armed with maps, torches, packets of sandwiches and a plentiful supply of ginger-beer, Julian, Dick, Anne, their tomboy cousin George Georgina by rights and Timmy the dog like nothing better than to spend their holidays hiking and biking, camping and exploring by themselves, invariably falling into adventure. Friends like Jo the gypsy girl, young Tinker Hayling, Sooty Lenoir, and even George's scientist father Uncle Quentin to the others , often get caught up in the strange goings-on too. And what thrilling places they visit and discover — Kirrin Island, Smuggler's Top, Owl's Dene, the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore. Whether they're outwitting thieves, smugglers or kidnappers, seeking hidden treasure or encountering spook trains, the Five's courage and determination always wins through! Enid Blyton's original books were charmingly illustrated by Eileen Soper but there have been numerous interpretations and adaptations of the Famous Five over the years including continuation novels written by French author Claude Voilier, cinema films, stage plays, two television series and, more recently, a Disney cartoon series featuring the children of the Famous Five.
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Celebrating the independent kiwi spirit of invention. By Ian Mander, 25 December ; updated 13 June ; updated 4 March including data and analysis of Timmy's age; updated 17 November including relocation of book 16 and the actual years added that the adventures occurred in; updated 15 May with book 2 notes and resulting changes; updated 19 November minor wording changes in article and change book notes to tabs; updated 22 November on dog aging; updated March with more book 13 notes and other minor notes updates; updated 18 April due to a significant new ordering clue; updated May due to Easter timings. The Famous Five aged over the course of their adventures — the humans, at least — there's not much mention that Timmy aged at all once he got past the puppy stage, although he was affectionately referred to as "old Timmy" occasionally. Unfortunately if the adventures are in sequential order a lot of holidays are "wasted" and the "children" are decidedly adultish by the end of the series.
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