Monday, July 9, 2012

Martha meets Tilly

For me an historic moment, yesterday, when I handed my gorgeous granddaughter her own signed copy of the book I have dedicated to her.

We took the whole family, that's her Mum and two older brothers, Thomas and Dylan, out to lunch at a local rustic pub.

The intriguing red object on the left of the picture is a gleaming Aga, which is part of the decor in the pub's family room!

Dylan tells me he's heavily into Enid Blyton at the moment. I told him I was the first generation to read that prolific lady's oh-so-readable books, my favourite being 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. Despite having been vilified by educationalists over the years, Enid Blyton hasn't gone away: I see
significant quantities of her titles in our local bookshop and library. Every generation of 8 and 9 year olds discovers her and she'll probably never go out of print. I assume she's also now well kindled!

I just have one further observation - also by way of being a confession. 'The Adventures of Tilly Twinkle' was written for all those kids who just want to sit down with a cracking good read such as those Blyton delivered, and if I can satisfy them, I shall die a happy woman.

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