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Publication Order of Grisly Tales from Tumblewater Books

Grisly Tales from Tumblewater (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
School for Villains (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups Books

Five Go Gluten Free (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Go On A Strategy Away Day (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Go Parenting (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five on Brexit Island (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Give Up the Booze (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Get Gran Online (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Forget Mother's Day (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Lose Dad in the Garden Centre (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Get Beach Body Ready (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five at the Office Christmas Party (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Escape Brexit Island (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Get On the Property Ladder (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Go Bump in the Night (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Five Go Absolutely Nowhere (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Christmas Carol II (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

So You Want to be a Ninja? (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Fairy Tales for Millennials (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Do Ants Have Arseholes? (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Bats Have Bollocks? (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Diary of Mario Balotelli (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Bruno Vincent was a former book editor and bookseller before he became a bestselling author. He made his fiction writing debut when he penned “Grisly Tales from Tumblewater,” the first of the “Grisly Tales from Tumblewater” series in 2010.
He would then follow that up with a single-standing novel titled “A Christmas Carol II” in 2011 before making it big with the “Enid Blyton series for Grown Ups,” which is a spin-off of some of the most popular Enid Blyton works.
He has also penned gothic horror story volumes for children that were so popular that they would ultimately be adopted for the stage.

Vincent has also published several humor titles for adults collaborating with Jon Butler, most of which would become bestsellers. Many of Bruno Vincent’s novels have been translated into several languages over the years.

In an interview, Bruno Vincent said that his popular “Enid Blyton for Grown Ups” series is not a parody or rejection of Blyton. He believes his novels are a nostalgic, respectful, and unfashionably wholehearted rendition, even though the estate of the late author may have a different view.

According to Vincent, he writes his novels to provide some comic relief for readers that grew up reading Enid Blyton. He optimistically hopes his novels are a great alternative to the very disposable Christmas stocking filler novels that most bookstores love to stock in place of humor.

Nonetheless, the Blyton estate has been heavily involved in the publication and production of the series. In fact, it is Enid Blyton’s distinctive signature which is on the front cover of all the works in the series. Bruno’s name as author is usually embossed in small type on the back of the books.

The novels also come with some of the original Eileen Soper illustrations with some relevant captions.

Bruno Vincent’s “Five On Brexit Island” is a hilarious parody, especially following the Brexit decision. The storyline is all about the Five who avoid real life on the night the referendum is being conducted.

They head to Kirrin Island in George’s territory where they hope to have a brief holiday. Soon enough, there is a fierce war between George who is firmly in the remain faction, and Julian who is strongly in the leave column.
George is horrified and decides that Kirrin Island must leave Britain and holds a referendum on the residents. Vincent writes what is a particularly light take on Brexit politics that is both well-informed and humorous.
The characters have a striking resemblance to their Blyton counterparts which is only exacerbated by the fact that the author insisted on using the original illustrations.

While this work may not heal those reeling from the pain of Brexit, it is still a well-crafted and clever story with some light relief.

“Five Go Gluten Free” by Bruno Vincent is another interesting work in the series. Anne had always been a huge fan of health fads and decided that the Five need to cut out most of the food they love rather than adopt the much simpler gluten-free diet.

They will cut out beer, chips, and pies going forward for medical reasons and for health. This happens to be one of the funniest of the series especially since we have always associated the child characters in End Blyton’s works with a Peculiarly British love of midnight feasts and picnics.

The Famous Five spent most of their time eating and hence the challenge of whole foods and macrobiotics soon proves a huge problem. Still, there are many hilarious one-liners and laugh-out-loud moments.
The five translate particularly well to the contemporary world and bring a spicy nostalgic feeling.

Bruno Vincent’s novel “Five Go Parenting” is the penultimate work in which the Five are handed Ruper Kirrin’s baby.

They are to take care of the kid since Rupert and his wife have been sent to prison following yet another one of their very illegal activities. They now have to live with the six-month infant but thankfully they have a very large London flat.
It makes for an amusing look into the world of parenting, particularly for people who know nothing about child care. It also explores how much life can change when an infant is introduced into one’s life.

It is a well-executed and witty work and Vincent does a good job of echoing Blyton. It makes for an excellent tongue-in-cheek gift if you are a new parent or maybe a humorous piece of nostalgia for children that may be left to care for younger siblings.

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One Response to “Bruno Vincent”

  1. Susan MILLER: 1 year ago

    I absolutely love the grown up famous five books, have read them all twice over and hope Bruno has a few more of these books in him. Genius work.


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