Five Give Up The Booze: Enid Blyton’s iconic children series brilliantly reimagined for adults

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Sarah Biddlecombe

Great news for Enid Blyton fans: the beloved author's Famous Five characters are back for a new series, and this time they're all grown up.

The brilliant new spoof series, named Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, will see Julian, George, Dick, Anne and their dog Timmy embark on a whole new set of adventures. 

From hunting down the perfect gluten-free cream tea to giving up booze and going on a bizarre "strategy away day", the characters will face a series of tongue-in-cheek challenges that will be familiar to readers old and new. They will even tackle the "most perilous challenge of all": becoming parents.

Some of the titles in the original Famous Fives series

Some of the titles in the original Famous Fives series

The new series, comprised of four spoofs written by Bruno Vincent, will add to the collection of 21 books already published by Enid Blyton. The bestselling British author, who has sold over 600 million books worldwide, initially only intended to write six Famous Five books but kept adding to the series as it was so popular.

The first novel, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942 and set the scene for the rest of the series. The books follow the lovable gang of five as they enjoy their school holidays while solving mysteries and swigging plenty of ginger beer. 

All the books have been adapted for television and they still sell over two million copies every year, making the series one of the best-selling children's book series of all time. Enid Blyton, who died in 1968, also had success penning series including Noddy, Secret Seven, St Clares and Malory Towers.

Enid Blyton in 1952, answering children's letters at her desk

Enid Blyton in 1952, answering children's letters at her desk

The publisher of the new spoof series, Quercus, said the books aim to "remind older readers of the unbreakable bond" between the gang of five while also "introducing newer readers to the spiffing time you can have with a few friends and a dog."

And a "thrilled" Anne McNeil, from Enid Blyton Entertainment, said: "We are certain Enid Blyton would have delighted in the gentle parody of her characters - characters which have helped to create a multi-million-selling global brand."

The books will be published in November and hope to replicate the success of Ladybird's recent grown-up spoof series.

One of the new spoof titles

One of the new spoof titles

The five best ever Enid Blyton quotes

Enid Blyton writing in 1952

Enid Blyton writing in 1952

"Leave something for someone but dont leave someone for something." – Five on a Hike Together

"The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better." – Mr Galliano’s Circus

"I think people make their own faces as they grow." – The Naughtiest Girl

"You're trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought." – Six Cousins At Mistletoe Farm

"Nothing like having a bucket of cold water flung over you to make you see things as they really are!" – Five Have a Mystery to Solve


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Sarah Biddlecombe

Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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