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Five Give Up The Drink

Five Give Up The Drink

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Five Give Up The Drink is a brilliant reworking of the much loved books by Enid Blyton. Bruno Vincent writes them very much in Enid Blyton’s style but is very much directed at an adult reader.

After a heavy night Anne, George, Dick and Julian decide to give up alcohol for a month...


Our Review

Five Give Up The Drink is a brilliant reworking of the much loved books by Enid Blyton. Bruno Vincent writes them very much in Enid Blyton’s style but is very much directed at an adult reader.

“The gentle, comforting thump of a champagne cork coming from the kitchen brought Anne, Dick and Julian out of their rooms to investigate.”

The illustrations in the book echo those in the Enid Blyton books but the captions are a little different and more adult.

Julian contemplates the fact that he hasn’t had a hangover since before Christmas because he hasn’t been sober for long enough.

“He hadn’t meant to end up this way but somehow with the stress of work, the drinking had got out of control. Mostly he managed to avoid thinking about this but when a doubt surfaced he always (as now) supressed it with a twitch.”

At the beginning of the book the gang are heading to a New years Eve fancy dress party. They are determined to have a few drinks and then leave but they end up feeling very hungover and ashamed of themselves the next day.

“They had planned to come home as soon as possible, after all. And yet, under the influence of alcohol, it had all spiraled so terribly out of control. They felt betrayed by themselves, and a little frightened that they were still capable of letting it happen. After all, they weren’t at university any more. This sort of nonsense had to stop.”

They decide to give up drinking for a month and to help each other with the process. To begin Anne gives them all a sheet to fill out how much they drink a week usually and how much they will save in total. Julian is dismayed to see that his sheet takes much longer to fill out then everyone else.

They plan lots of activities together to keep themselves occupied and off the drink but whilst planning these activities they are horrified to discover that they have a wedding to attend, a stag do or hen do and Julian has to make a best man’s speech.

Will they be able to stop themselves from drinking?

This was an amusing book and I would recommend it. 

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