It is the mid 1950ʼs. Anne, her ferocious husband away in the navy, can think only of one thing; sulky George (alias Georgina), now a don at Girton, is still confused; honourable, responsible Julian serving as an army officer in Cyprus blunders irresponsibly into dishonour; and Dick, the same self-assured Dick, is a rising barrister... good of him to turn up really. Timmy the dog is, of course, sadly dead. But thereʼs a successor, replete with ghastly, dogly qualities. Yes, itʼs the Famous Five 18 years on. Blyton herself is there too: she has a temporary writerʼs block, though. And, yes, the Five do become “all alone together at last” , yes, at Kirrin, and they do have an adventure. There is lots more - why is Aunt Fanny so odd? Where is Uncle Quentin? How did Blyton get her plots? Find out this and lots more by reading the book which is Five Fall Apart Together, a humorous, historical novel certainly not for children (nor, as the novelʼs humourous critique of the race and class attitudes of the time proves, for the politically correct). The story is emphatically not written in Blytonʼs style, very far from it, though the “adventure” the Five eventually have in Five Fall Apart Together is an ironic extrapolation on the “adventures” she invented
for them as children.
for them as children.
Patrick Ussher was born in South Africa in 1944 which he left permanently in 1962 to read law at Trinity College, Cambridge. A member of the Inner Temple and Lincoln's Inn, he practised at the Chancery Bar in London. In 1973 he was appointed to the Law School of Trinity College, Dublin of which he became a Fellow, and LL.D., and taught there for many years, writing on Irish law, including Company Law in Ireland (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1986). He was founding editor and compiler of the encyclopaedia of Irish business law, Doing Business in Ireland (Matthew Bender, New York, 1987). He read most of Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories aloud to his young son (also Patrick) years ago. Hence the present book. Another book, Flying for Bogrenia, a magical adventure story for all ages, but without tricks and spells, has been published for the Kindle, and will soon be available in book form. He'll soon be publishing a cook book, 'Away from Home, Son' helping to show young people who are setting up home for the first time how to eat well and cheaply. He has been with his wife Mary for thirty happy years. He grows vegetables arduously at their homes in Ireland and in France.