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    Danny The Champion of the World.
    Or Brendan Chase.

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    stig of the dump
    brair rabbit


    Go dog go


    I liked the Famous 5.

    There was also a sci-fi book, about a kid in the future, he had a robot, and a dog, and the dog wasn’t allowed on the bed. That’s all I remember about it! But I liked that one too.

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    Stig of the dump here too.

    And this


    The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton for me.


    Danny Champion of the World. Read it again last year, it’s still brilliant.


    Miss pepperpots outing

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    Another Stig fan here.

    Also Coral Island and The Hobbit.


    Elmer the elephant.


    The adventure series by Willard Price
    The Hobbit
    Near enough everything by Roald Dahl
    Swallows & Amazons etc
    Stig of the dump
    The machine gunners
    Friday’s Tunnel
    The Bogwoppits
    The Bulldog Drummond series by Sapper
    The ghosts of Motley hall
    The iron man

    Liked a book or two when I was a kid 🙂

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    The Machine Gunners and James and the Giant Peach

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    James and the Giant Peach was my first proper book that I loved, around the same time as a couple of Alan Garner books, The Weirdstone of Brisingaman and Elidor. Books seemed to be so wonderful back then

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    +1 for The Magic Faraway Tree.

    Captured my imagination for years. Still even think about it from time to time. Will be introducing it to my youngest son when he’s old enough.


    Great little engines, Rev Audrey


    Hungry caterpillar…the colours etc are still amazing now when I read it to my 16 monther

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    Conrad’s War. Only book I ever read twice as a kid.

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    Oh yes Yossi i’d forgotten about the Willard price Adventures, was it the Hardy twins or am I confusing that with something else?


    Danny Champion of the World
    The Willard Price books
    The Boy Next Door by Enid Blyton

    I think books like these need to be read by the time you are ten or you miss the window.


    Bottersnikes and Gumbles.
    Agaton Sax.

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    I missed out on Roald Dahl, they were just coming out in the seventies just after I’d moved on to older books. Loved reading them with my kids though. We were big library users and didn’t have many books of our own. I rember loving Richard Scarry big books of facts and puzzles, and a great book called The Golden Bug about chasing a stolen Bugatti across Europe.


    Dahl and Willard Price. Bit of Blyton, only the ‘Adventure’ series. Tintin was also huge for me, Asterix a bit later. Tolkien from about 7 or 8.


    There was one with tigers and pancakes. But that was a long time ago!

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    I can’t think of a better one than this for me; stupid as though it may sound, I felt almost there, hunting after chickens!

    Edited for correct issue pic 😀

    Danny champ

    Oh yes Yossi i’d forgotten about the Willard price Adventures, was it the Hardy twins or am I confusing that with something else?

    Hal & Roger Hunt. They’re quite funny reading now – Hal is an insufferable know-it-all whilst Roger is a foolhardy goon who (by the last few books) is a real life Dr Doolittle… I loved them, especially Amazon, South Sea & Volcano Adventure.

    I would love to find a copy of Willard Price’s autobiography – I read it at school but it’s long out of print. He visited getting on for 200 countries in his lifetime working for National Geographic (and possibly the CIA?!)

    Absolutely loved this book as a child.

    Over 40 years later I can still almost remember the sequence of animals involved.


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    Anything by Roald Dahl, anything Just William.

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    embarrassing, but, when I was really little… Barbapapa
    then another +1 for Magic Faraway Tree
    then Secret 7 / Famous 5 later on

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    The little wooden horse.

    I’ve still got it too.


    Danny Champion of the World
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Swallows and Amazons
    Famous Five (and most other Enid Blyton books)
    Stig of the Dump
    The Iron Man
    Prof Branestawm
    Mumfie (TBH I fancied the girl called Selina)
    The Reluctant Vampire
    Flat Stanley


    Asterix the Gaul
    anything by Richard Scarry just for the pictures
    Boy by Roald Dahl

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    The Twits 😀


    Big Ted Little Ted.
    The Ladybird guide to Home Safety
    The ladybird – Nursery Rhyme book.
    Little Red Hen
    Arthur Ransome
    something about HMS Thule
    And pretty much everything else already mentioned.


    Michael Moorcock – The Ice Schooner is the only book that has stuck with me. I read loads of other 1960s pulp tat.

    All of the Willard Price adventure books, spent endless days indulging my inner naturalist

    Brer Rabbit books, just awesome.

    Rupert annuals, still love the artwork today, can’t get rid…

    my father’s old eagle Annuals, Dan Dare etc

    Nancy Drew Mysteries

    The Coral Island – R Ballantyne

    Gran’s massive Art Deco era book for children – full of weirdness, Edward Lear etc

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    I remeber Dennis The Dragon being a particular favourite due to great artwork very early on. The Enchanted Wood and The Faraway Tree i loved. I remeber enjoying all the Dragonfall 5 series by Brian Earnshaw. Of course there was the ladybird books series (don’t know if there still around?)

    There were some books we read at school that enjoyed but I’m struggling to remeber. Carrie’s War, Stig Of The Dump etc.

    A bit later, say 7 or 8, and I discovered Tolkien and A. C. Clarke and never looked back.

    Ah just remembered the Fighting Fantasy series by Jackson & livingstone. I think one of them two went onto found Games Workshop.


    Wow, amazed I wasn’t the only one to remember the Adventure series – lots of one-dimensional villains (either big brutish bullies or two-faced sneaks) and a boatload of anthropomorphism, but I wanted to be the third Hunt brother when I was a kid.

    And great shout on the Fighting Fantasy books – I had the first twenty or so before my enthusiasm ran out of steam. Still got…. Way Of The Samurai or something?

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