Book Review: Five Give Up The Booze (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups) by Bruno Vincent


“Enid Blyton’s books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy confront a new challenge: give up the booze.

Give up alcohol you say? Why, of course they can! Talk about an easy challenge! Five old friends set about this simple task and find all of a sudden that: the days are longer; they get to see each other for who they really are; the empty laughter of ordinary conversation is so much harder to fake. Yes, they’re saving money and losing weight, but the world itself seems to take on a slow, dreary inevitability. Soon they begin to snap at each other, and then fight – until they begin to wonder, have the Five at last found the challenge that will defeat them?

The perfect gift for anyone who has woken up and promised themselves that they will never drink again. Or at least until next weekend. “

My Uncle gave this to us just before Christmas as a funny joke, as we’d tried to be abstemious for a few weeks (he’d had a Becks Blue With Lemon a few weeks before when he’d stopped by!)  And – great minds think alike – as I’d bought this (and Five Go Gluten Free) for people for Christmas too #familyhilaritygene

I finally got round to reading it over Christmas.  I have to say – it’s not the best book ever written – but is mildly amusing.  There are some throw back references to the famous bunch (lashings and lashings of ginger beer in a hip flask anyone?!) and some building on historic EB themes (George wanting to wear trousers not a dress to a wedding) – but I definitely wouldn’t rush to read any more.

The comedy is definitely in the titles…….




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