Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island is the first in a series of twenty-one novels for children featuring the “Famous Five”, the three siblings Julian, Dick and Anne, their cousin Georgina (called George), and George’s dog Timmy. First published in 1942, this is Enid Blyton’s most successful novel in her most successful series. It has been subject to exceptionally negative literary criticism, yet is one of the world’s best loved and most read books ever.
The title suggests a debt to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, though perhaps to the elements of this story which had entered popular culture rather than directly to the novel. Blyton conceived the series …
Davis, Graeme. "Five on a Treasure Island". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2019
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