'Famous Five' are childhood favourite

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Enid Blyton's Famous Five have come top of a poll to discover which books today's adults most enjoyed as children. The adventures, featuring Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog, beat classics including Treasure Island and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Enid Blyton's Famous Five have come top of a poll to discover which books today's adults most enjoyed as children. The adventures, featuring Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog, beat classics including Treasure Island and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Blyton's series of 21 Famous Five adventures were written between 1942 and 1963, and every year, two million copies are sold around the world. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the 1950 fantasy by C S Lewis, came second in the survey by the Cartoon Network, followed by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, published in 1883.

Another Blyton creation, The Secret Seven (1949 to 1963), with Peter, Janet, Jack and Scamper the dog, came fourth. Black Beauty, the only book written by Anna Sewell, takes fifth place in the survey of 1,000 adults, aged from 25 to 54. She died of ill health at 58, months after publication in 1877. J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy finished sixth.

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