Enid Blyton's irritatingly nice English children who were heroes of her 21 famour titles were hearty eaters, forever consuming lashings of cream slabs of butter and gallons of ginger beer. But on the 70th anniversary of their first published adventure Dick, Julian, Anne and Georgina (number 5 was Timmy, the dog) have been relieved of their reputation as spoiled gluttons by the research of University of Leeds lecturer in nutrition, Dr Joan Ransley.
"The food eaten in the books anchors the Famous Five to a definite period in dietary history. During and immediately after the second world war British children ate well but austerely and Blyton is true to this," Dr Ransley told the Guardian.
Jolly good. Not gluttons then. And with data to prove it. Analysis of the books reveals that the children's favourites were, in order; bread, buscuits, ham, tomatoes, butter, eggs, lettuce, bacon, cakes and chocolate.
Not entirely junk, then, but not exactly balanced either. So perhaps not gluttons, just exceedingly boring creatures of formulaic prose.