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The House in Cornwall

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Published July 1968 (first published January 1st 1940)
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112th out of 362 books — 96 voters
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Mar 08, 2012 Melee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think this is the most suspenseful Noel Streatfeild book I've ever read. In fact, it was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be; I actually couldn't put it down till I had finished, which is something that rarely happens to me while reading children's books!
Apr 23, 2014 Felicity rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and virtually read it in one day when I had lots of time on trains.

This is about the Chandler children who have been shipped off to their step-uncle Murdoch in Cornwall as their cousin who they usually stay with has scarlet fever. They are quite excited about the adventure but when they arrive their uncle's servants are behaving strangely and other odd incidents occur...

Without spoiling anything this is a great little thriller for children. It is easy to read yet Stre
Jan 02, 2016 Martyn rated it really liked it
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Perfectly enjoyable, even if rather predictable. It's not the kind of Streatfeild book I have grown used to, or which most of her readers would be familiar with. It is not about children aspiring to be the best in their field, but it is a mystery/adventure story more in line with Enid Blyton. I would describe it as being a Blyton-copycat novel if it weren't for the fact that Streatfeild published this before Blyton had started publishing stories of this type.

While enjoyable, and probably especi
Jan 26, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
This one is so exciting! Ms Streatfeild was sure versatile. It was nothing like her shoes books at all. Four kids are sent to their uncle's estate for the summer holidays, apparently against his wishes, and discover his plot to depose a king and install a dictator in a small (fictional) country. Action and adventure!
May 17, 2008 Deena rated it it was amazing
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I loved this one - a rolicking adventure with bravery, compassion, luck, and an archetypal (sp??) rescue - all rolled in a setting of the villainy of tyranny and the clear superiority of a monarchial republic.
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Entirely enjoyable! It's a regular Streatfeild book as far as the children go, but all the rest is completely different, what with the mystery and suspense and all! Loved it.
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Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children's books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes. She was born on Christmas Eve, 1895, the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple. Sister Ruth was the oldest, after Noel came Barbara, William ('Bill'), Joyce (who died of TB p ...more
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