Collection Book of the Week – The River of Adventure

Having changed the schedule for my weekly book collection post it looks like I may have been successful in actually getting this week’s post out on time. It had to happen eventually, I suppose. Hopefully I will be able to write and schedule next week’s post too, as I will be away for a while over the next couple of weeks and I am not sure how much time I will find to post.

So, I know you are all champing at the bit to once again sample the delights of my book collection, and to that end I shall move onto this week’s collection book of the week with no further delay. The award for this week’s book, although I am not sure it is actually an award, goes to, yet another Enid Blyton title, ‘The River of Adventure’. It should come as no surprise that it is another Enid Blyton book, since as I have mentioned previously, the majority of my collection consists of her titles.


This is the eighth and final book in Enid Blyton’s Adventure series. The series was originally going to end at the sixth book, ‘The Ship of Adventure’, but due to pressure from readers she relented and added two more titles. This was lucky for me since one of my favourite books of the series was ‘The Circus of Adventure’, the seventh book. My other favourite was the third book, ‘The Valley of Adventure’.

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The copy that I have here is, as far as I can tell, a first edition and was published by Macmillan and Company Limited in1955. The cover price was a snip at 8s 6d, a bargain in my opinion. The dust cover is in reasonable condition, although it is slightly fragmented at the top and bottom of the spine.

This book has a great dust cover illustration making for a very attractive book. The cover illustration, and indeed all of the internal illustrations for this book, and the other seven in the series, were by Stuart Tresilian. I really like his style and it definitely adds to the pleasure that I get from this series.

The joy experienced by books is not restricted purely to the words, but the whole experience. A good book can excite all of the senses, the sight, smell, feel, even the sound of the pages turning. No doubt some smart arse will notice that I haven’t mentioned taste yet, but even that can be excited by a good book. No I am not talking about licking the pages or anything, that would just be weird, but I do find myself licking my lips and clicking my tongue over a good, decent copy of a great book. Yes that may be weird in itself, but I never said I wasn’t odd.

Having recently read first editions of the entire Adventure series, I am eager to start reading the latest editions of them from 2011/2012, as I know there were a number of changes made to bring them up to date and to make them more politically correct and relevant to today’s readers. This is not generally something I approve of and so it will be interesting to see what changes have been made.

Hopefully you will not start getting too bored with the Enid Blyton books, as I have quite a few left to feature. I will to my best to intersperse them with different author’s titles. That said, I expect that next week’s book will also be by Enid Blyton, however I am trying to ensure that I feature different a series each week as well.

As usual, any comments are welcome, be they related to the post or otherwise, and they are especially welcome if they are lewd. Note the new tagline and shock me, reserved Englishman that I am!

61 thoughts on “Collection Book of the Week – The River of Adventure

      • Chomp began as a variant of champ. In fairness, this sense of champ is fairly obsolete except in the context of this idiom. Language develops, but not always for the better.


      • Absolutely, that is just designed to drive me mad. I don’t even like it in texts and have been known to refuse to reply to people that use it. It is more understandable in texts, but even so drives me mad. Just say BRB or something to me in person and see what happens 🙂


      • I can see it for texts if time is limited. BRB is quicker to type than be right back if you really have to leave. I can handle BRB. It’s LOL that gets me. If you can say that then you’re not really laughing.


      • I do agree. I sometimes wish I could overcome my phobia since it would be so much easier. Especially at times like now when I am using my tablet, because I am travelling. I find it hard to type on anything smaller than a full size keyboard and restricting the number of letters would be good.


      • I was like that. I forced myself to do it and it eventually came in handy. Though, I’ve mastered fast typing on my phone, so I don’t use it that much. Drives some friends nuts that I actually spell stuff out.


  1. Thus far, no one is really following your advice and shocking you with lewd comments. I will save the day, although it probably doesn’t shock you all that much. Perhaps a nice break between the Blyton books would be if you were to feature my copy of “fifty ways to eat cock.” I really do love that title although in the realm of cookbooks it doesn’t sound like my chosen path.

    We also have “Perv” coming up, which Andra will love, I am positive. Reserved Englishman. Fucking A.

    You could have responded to Charles with Chumping.


    • I know. What can I do. I can advise, but I cannot make people follow it. I know that I can always rely on you though. That is one of the many reasons why I love you.

      I could feature your copy of “fifty ways to eat cock”, there are some fine recipes in there, I know. I am also toying, as it were, with the idea of featuring “Games you can Play with your Pussy”, oh yes I believe it is subtitled “and lots of other stuff cat owners should know”. It would certainly break things up, but I feel I may have to stick with jolly old Enid for a bit.

      Absolutely reserved, you know that so well.

      Maybe chimping would have been good.


      • I must agree with your decision to stick with Blyton. Why? Because it continues to fool the masses into thinking you are a reserved gentleman in every aspect of your life.

        This allows you to penetrate the confines of the building where the hope diamond is stored. Almost as big as my engagement ring.

        Also I just like saying the word fuck. So visiting a blog where lewd comments are not only allowed but encouraged is fucking amazing. Also, what games did you want to play?


      • Well, to the masses I feel I must remain reserved, even if in private things are different, as you know.

        Well for your engagement ring you are deserving of the fucking best that money could buy, or that I could steal, at least.

        Well there are many games that I think we should play, but hide the sausage is always a favourite of ours, perhaps we could start with that and maybe ad lib from there.


      • There’s the lewd! I knew you could do this. Since this post is about books, perhaps I should take a moment to tell you that I think this series is brilliant. So many people underestimate the value of a clean, well preserved dust cover–thereby overestimating the value of a book with a severely damaged or missing one. You should be quite proud. I like it.

        Also, how’s the cucumber?

        And a bit of how’s your father as well.


      • Thank you for your kind words regarding this series. Dust covers are of paramount importance, like you say, and widely unappreciated when considering the value of a book. So many times you see a first edition without a dust cover being advertised for a similar price to one that is in pristine condition. One of the problems that a little bit of information being available on the internet, is badly misconstrued by people.

        Ah, the the knobbly cucumber, yes that came free with a copy of “Make your own Sex Toys”, available from Amazon.

        I think a bit of how’s your father could be on the cards too.


      • I need not make my own sex toys I don’t think.

        We can grow them in the garden next to the potatoes.

        The other consideration is the spine. Books with broken spines decrease in value and many people don’t think to check both the front and rear sections of the book. Julian, check my rear.


      • The good old potato patch, I knew it would come in useful.

        Indeed the spine is important, it holds the entire book together. I always like to check for evidence of rolling on the spines of books, since even though it can sometimes be corrected it compromises the integrity of the book. I have checked your rear and it looks and feels in tip top condition, I will just keep my hand there a little longer though, if you don’t mind.


      • Oh most definitely an English cucumber, that is apparent from its dimensions. These mini American varieties are what we would call gherkins or wallies, I guess, the smaller pickling variety.


    • It is great to hear someone else loves Enid Blyton. My favourite was also the famous five, with a name like Julian how could it really be otherwise. The adventure series then moved into pole position as I got older and has remained there really. I will check out your link. I suspect that I will like it, given the title 🙂


  2. I need to learn to scroll to the end of the comments in order to comment because if I start reading the comments first (especially those between the Lady Ionia and Sir Julian), I get — how shall we say? — distracted … and then it’s off to the cold shower!


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