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Malory Towers (The first three books complete and unabridged)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,383 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
3 Books Complete and unabridged:
- First Term At Malory Towers
- Second Form At Malory Towers
- Third Year At Malory Towers
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published July 15th 1991 by Hamlyn (first published 1987)
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Mar 27, 2007 shruti rated it really liked it
When I was younger, my parents thought the biggest threat of punishment they could make was "I'll send you off to boarding school!" Thanks to the Malory Towers (and St. Clare's) series, this threat had absolutely no weight. I thought boarding school sounded "smashing" what with all the midnight feasts, lacrosse matches and dancing in the common room to the wireless.

Malory Towers was the first school series I read and I enjoyed it. I felt like all the characters were fully developed and had moti
Talk about stepping straight back into my childhood! As an 8/9 year old girl, I absolutely adored everything about the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. I was obsessed with wanting to go to school there. I loved the idea of living in school with my best friends, I could only imagine all the mischief we would get up to! I also desperately loved the Matron, Mrs Potts and the other teachers. You can only imagine my disappointment as a young girl to discover this was fictional!

Rereading these has
Jan 28, 2012 Rahma rated it really liked it
Omg! Memories of the past :O ... This is the first series I have ever read in my life. I started reading this when I was nine or ten I think. Along with Famous Five LOL. I was obsessed with these books and I used to carry then EVERYWHERE I went. I just feel in love with the setting Blyton painted throughout, it was just beautiful. Made me feel like I actually wanted to go to a boarding school. A complete contrast to the books I'm actually reading now aha
Leila El-ayadi
The Malory towers series by Enid Blyton follows a group of girls as they go through boarding school. The main character darrel who is determined to be brilliant at school is sidetracked my mischievous girls who get her into all sorts of trouble. The books, written I the 1940s/50s may seem dated but I think are classic and can still be enjoyed by girls today. They paint a good picture of what life would have been like and could be used alongside history lessons to gain some social context, or to ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Rupine rated it really liked it
Most kids dread boarding school right? And I'm guessing even here in Sri Lanka not many of us would want to leave the comfort of our own friends and family , Malory Towers showed me another world when it came to Boarding school, Darrel the main protagonist learns not just in the classroom but in the field, the pool and on stage..high school was a whole other experience for was never just all work, there were dances, matches, stage dramas etc..Gwendoline would be my favourite "bimbo" cha ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Diana rated it it was amazing
Excellent series by an author who wrote over 700 books for kids of different ages. She wrote a couple of all-girls boarding school series, and this one is my favorite. If you're looking for books to give to younger kids, she wrote some great ones to choose from -- fantasy books, realistic fiction, and books that teach you about nature.
Jul 17, 2007 Febri rated it really liked it
Dreamed about studying in a school like Malory Towers...hmm...
Feb 10, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it
Malory Towers and Back to Malory Towers, by Enid Blyton. This was the full 6 books in the series published in 2 volumes so I'm counting it as 2 instead because they were so quick to read. I spotted them second hand and knew they'd be coming up on the Children's Book Challenge at some point, so got them while I could. I was sorting out some stuff on my bookshelves yesterday, and suddenly decided to just read a few pages, in preference to the books I was already part way through (I realised this m ...more
H. Shar
Jun 24, 2011 H. Shar rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any girl of any age who loves good wholesome stories
Shelves: all-time-faves
The Malory Towers series was my FAVOURITE book when I was young. I remember wishing I was there and that my parents would ship me off to Boarding School 'cos it seemed like so much fun. The bonds between teh girls and the adventures. There was never a dull moment and to top it off, it was beautifully written. This book brings me nothing but warm memories and I will love it FOREVER. =)
Oct 16, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think these were the stories that set me on a lifetime of enjoyment of reading boarding school stories. I don't specifically recall reading them as a child, but I was an avid fan of Enid Blyton, so it seems likely. Regardless, they don't disappoint - in spite of being excessively twee!
Jan 17, 2016 Shell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Used to read myself to sleep with these books. Love the practical jokes and midnight feasts and lacross and lashings of ginger beer. Love that they had this mega talented group of girls somehow all in the same class.
I want to go to boarding school!
I want to play lacrosse!
I want to make stereotypical fun of every non-British character!

Good fun. <3
Jul 14, 2009 Roshni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awesome book took me two days to finish it but i keep reading it over and over again

Aug 04, 2007 Penny rated it really liked it
I read this series SO long ago that I can't give a proper review without tracking them down and reading again, but my 10 year old self says they deserve at least four stars, if not five.

The reason I bother to mention them here is that I remembered how much I loved them long after I'd forgotten the name of the series and the author. I thought about them from time to time over the years and wished I could remember the name. I was delighted to see them mentioned recently on an online book discussio
Alis ,the story traveller
May 18, 2015 Alis ,the story traveller rated it really liked it
brings my childhood and middle school days alive!!it was the first book gifted to me by my father and holds a very very special place :)
Chitvan Chamadia
Aug 20, 2014 Chitvan Chamadia rated it really liked it
It was the book we lived by in boarding school. The mid-night feasts was its best gift to us.
P.S.- We were caught :P
Jan 05, 2015 Akshata rated it it was amazing
Loved it reading almost two decades ago! It was amazing transforming me to the world of Enid Blyton :)
Mar 07, 2015 Milli rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much and i do wish i could go to boarding school like darrel shes so lucky
Shonaigh Mudie
Jan 08, 2013 Shonaigh Mudie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-books

Sorry to admit to it now but there was a part of me, as a child that wanted to go to boarding school. The Malory Towers books likely played a significant part in that. The school of Malory Towers with it's swimming pool, located on the Cornish seaside was strictly girls only. Even still, I remember the characters and the things that the girls in the book would get up to, especially Alicia Johns. The central character of the books is Darrell Rivers and you are taken along with her on her journey
Nirmala Vasigaren
My first midnight party was inspired by these books. And wasn't much of one, sadly.
Ardilla Alfarosi
Jan 07, 2015 Ardilla Alfarosi rated it it was amazing
I remember when I first read this Malory Towers series. I was eight/nine years old. Having previously read all The Famous Five series, which are centred around solving 'mysteries' during summer holidays, I always thought living in English countryside as well as studying in English boarding school are totally awesome. I even begged my mum to send me to English boarding school so I can play lacrosse, have a kick-arse midnight party and learn french, though at the end she never send me to an Englis ...more
Jacqueline Carvell
Jul 31, 2014 Jacqueline Carvell rated it it was amazing
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Amy Marku
Jan 04, 2014 Amy Marku rated it it was amazing
i'd have to say that this book (and also st.clare's) has influenced me more than i realised. i started reading this when I was ten or eleven, along with the famous five series, and was so impressed with the story. this book (and the whole series) is one of the reason why i went to boarding school, lol.
Indhira Adam
Jul 18, 2007 Indhira Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood
Enid Blyton..

pengarang yang berhasil melengkapi masa kecil gwe.. :)
ya he completed my childhood with his books..

mulai dari Serial Malory Towers, St. Clare, The O' Sullivan Twins, Famous Five, The Naughtiest Girl, dan cerita2 lepas lainnya..

Big thanks to my mom who had teached me to love reading.. and also introduced me to Enid Blyton..

Anyway, I used to have the complete serials, but now, i don't have them anymore.. Haa.. pengen baca Buku2 ini lagi..

Feb 18, 2016 Isabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's SOOOOOOO good everybody seems to come alive in this well constructed book
Mia Yunita
Rame nih,cerita serial dalam novel ttg cewek-cewek yang sekolah di sekolah berasrama. Main kasti, hoki, berkuda jadi olahraga mereka. Trus pesta makan tengah malam, kudu sembunyi2 keluar dari kamar bawa berkaleng2 sarden, manisan nenas, daging asap juga limun. Selain itu juga diceritain kalo di asrama sebenarnya tergantung upaya masing-masing murid u. berusaha dalam belajar supaya bisa berprestasi. Demen gue baca buku ini. Bacaan gue waktu SMP dulu
Jun 11, 2013 Shrika rated it really liked it
I reread for the second time in 2 years. I was once again enlightened and entertained with Enid Blyton's wonderful writing. This book was a simple story about the chaos and fun in a boarding school. The book seems like a revision of the boarding school series St.Claires also by Enid Blyton but including better characters and story though it still had a familiar vibe. All in all I found the book a wonderful classic and worth reading again.
Sanjali Ahuja
Jan 20, 2014 Sanjali Ahuja rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Like the St. Clare's series I enjoyed these books as a child as it was a completely different world of idealised, boarding school life. I remember being a bit embarrassed as they were 'girly' books, but then finding out one of my friends enjoyed them too and spending hours talking about them.
gustie chan
Dec 22, 2007 gustie chan rated it really liked it
thanks 4 enid blyton!!! buku-buku yang pertama kali gw baca adalah karya2nya, mulai dari mallory towers series, Famous 5 alias lima sekawan, and another child stories, yang udah dia bikin, karena karyanya aku jatuh cinta pada buku... hayo pada ngaku waktu kecil pada baca buku2nya dia juga kan... hmmmm
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  • The Third Form at St. Clare's (St. Clare's, #7)
  • The Naughtiest Girl Marches On (The Naughtiest Girl, #10)
  • The Chalet School and Jo (The Chalet School, #7)
  • Di Gua Kelelawar (Lima Sekawan)
  • The Magic Porridge Pot (Well-Loved Tales)
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)

Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to edito
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