28 Jul 2010

Blyton publisher says cheerio to old-fashioned language

4:17 pm on 28 July 2010

Enid Blyton's publisher is saying farewell to the old-fashioned language in some of her books.

Phrases such as "lashings of ginger beer", "golly gosh" and "mercy me!" will be updated as the publisher says "cherio" to phrases from the 1940s.

Starting with 10 Famous Five novels in August, Hodder Children's Books is revising Blyton's text and bringing out contemporary covers.

Hodder will also continue publishing Famous Five so-called "classic" editions, with the 1940s language and illustrations, unchanged.

Fritha Lindqvist from Hodder Children's Books told Morning Report the decision was made in line with requests from the public.