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- adj. In the style of Enid Blyton (1897-1968), British children's writer, whose works are characterised by harmless mysteries investigated by wholesome children.
Both author and protagonist have a more moral defence of freedom than their inspirations, a sense of class justice, a Robin Hood reparation, a visceral hatred of the "Blytonesque" bourgeois.
Laura Solon, still only the second woman to win the award formerly known as the Perrier (now sponsored by Foster's), brings us The Owl of Steven, in which a motley collection of her brilliantly observed characters gather on a remote island, all looking for its fabled owl in a Blytonesque adventure.
It's the very image of the kind of wholesome, Enid Blytonesque activity that parents hope their children will be engaged in during the summer holidays but, let's be honest, probably aren't.
Twoi is what you get when you cross twee; the horribly annoying, faux-posh, passive-aggressive distillation of Enid Blytonesque 1950s English middle classes.