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The Mystery of the Island - Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 21 Feb 2015, 01:40

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I've mentioned this author a few times in various threads - I was reading the 'which book have you read the most' thread, and this is definitely the non-Blyton book I've read the most over the years. I know a few others have read it too and number it among their favourites - The Mystery of the Island'

It was written in 1945 and published by Blackie and Son, but the version I had was a laminated cover from the 1960's in the 'Abbey Awards' series. The first edition, which I also now have, had several illustrations by Lindsay W Cable.

I'm not sure if Isobel Knight wrote any other books that are similar, or even if she wrote any more at all, but this is an exciting and mysterious read - a bit scary, with all the Blyton elements - a mystery island, a strange old man who searches the beach, a ruined castle with screams in the night, ancient legends and a curse. A great read! :-)

There are a few editions on ebay...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/The-Mystery-of-the-Island-Isobel-Knight-Acceptable-1111111111-/371053155402?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item56647dd44a
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Kate Mary » 21 Feb 2015, 07:49

The Mystery of the Island was one of my favourite books and I recently read it again after a long gap. I posted about it in the 'What other author are you reading at the moment?' thread. My copy is the Peel Press edition from the 1960s. I think that this is the only novel that Isobel Knight wrote but she did write a number of school readers with titles like The Mystery of Middle Tree Island and The Farmyard Mystery. They are only about 50 or 60 pages long and I haven't read them. It is a pity that she didn't write more full-length stories but the one that she did write was an absolute stunner.
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby number 6 » 21 Feb 2015, 09:21

Never heard of this Author or Book. Sounds a good read. I will definitely give it a whirl. :D
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Lucky Star » 21 Feb 2015, 11:25

Very Blytonian cover too. I may give it a whirl myself.
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Courtenay » 21 Feb 2015, 12:09

Ooh, that does sound exciting! I may have to look out for it too.
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 21 Feb 2015, 15:30

It's also interesting to read as a contrast to what Enid was writing at the time - the same themes and ideas but told in a more adult way, and with more modern language, such as 'mum' instead of 'mother'. It's also told in the first person' which makes it seem more immediate. When I first read this aged about 9 I imagined it was a fairly 'modern' story, especially since my copy was from the 1960's, and I presumed that was when it was written. I was quite surprised to find out later that it was written as early as 1945. :D
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 10 Aug 2015, 23:51

I see they have a few copies of this for sale on Amazon - not a bad price for a book that's now pretty hard to find. :-)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mystery-Island-Isobel-Knight-x/dp/B00FEMTSCK

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mystery-Island-Isobel-Knight/dp/B00FEMTSCK

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Mystery of the Island - Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 11 Aug 2015, 00:06

Merged with an older topic.

I'm a great advocate of this book - a book I've read maybe even more times than most Enid Blyton books!

I know a few people were interested in reading it from discussions about it in the past, and came across this first edition on ebay, and a few others on Amazon UK and USA


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Mystery-of-the-Island-presumed-first-edition-Isobel-Knight-Acceptable-Bo-/131410791449

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mystery-Island-Isobel-Knight-x/dp/B00FEMTSCK

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mystery-Island-Isobel-Knight/dp/B00FEMTSCK

It's well worth a read - about a family going to live on a small Scottish island, an ancient curse, hidden treasure, haunted castle, secret passages, a mystery man, and many other Blytonian features. 8)
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Re: Mystery of the Island - Isobel Knight

Postby Courtenay » 11 Aug 2015, 00:16

Robert, will you STOP tempting me to spend money!!! I've just bought the eBay one. :mrgreen:
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Re: Mystery of the Island - Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 11 Aug 2015, 00:19

:D :D You won't regret it! :twisted:
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Re: Mystery of the Island - Isobel Knight

Postby pete9012S » 11 Aug 2015, 07:57

Looks fantastic.
I've just bought an ebay copy too! :D :D
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Re: Mystery of the Island - Isobel Knight

Postby Moonraker » 11 Aug 2015, 09:05

So have I! :D
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Courtenay » 11 Aug 2015, 09:22

What have you started, Rob?? :lol:
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 11 Aug 2015, 10:24

Its about time this book got more recognition, lol! I didn't think I'd start a revolution though! :lol:

Of course, I do also realise that if people read this book and don't rate it I will be for the highjump!! :shock:
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Re: Isobel Knight

Postby Rob Houghton » 11 Aug 2015, 11:11

'Oh voice of Spring of Youth
hearts mad delight,
Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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