‘There’s a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail – looking for clues – but they’re not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?’
As a child this was high octane stuff! It had everything I could want, a sense of danger and adventure, risk and excitement, mystery and discovery, a WHOLE island owned by a child my age! castles, caves, smugglers and a dog to boot!
I reread this a few years ago, for the first time since I was about eight and true it is a little bit dated now and very much a book of its time. The plot is not as sophisticated as say, Harry Potter, (that being the new yardstick with which to measure children’s literature it seems), but there in lies the pleasure of these books.
The first of a series of 21 stories, this book really sets the scene for what is to come throughout the series; straight forward plotting, mysteries, much eating and drinking of nice victuals and usually lovely weather for camping and mystery solving.
Vintage, warm, good hearted stories like this seem to be on the wane, probably due to modern and perhaps more refined story telling but these books in their original forms are nice, quick, enjoyable jaunts back to an (arguably) richer time.
Sadly the political correctness brigade have got their way in recent years and changed some names and phrases because they are dated or mildly offensive which is justified in the odd case but not overall. But to change the certain parts of the original text is to take them out of context, these books are a product of their time and to edit the writing style shows a lack of understanding about modern day perceptions to literature, which sadly is indicative of the publishing houses these days,. If you want the original wording there is nothing better than hunting in second hand shops for the whole set and grabbing a ton of other books you weren’t expecting to buy at the same time.