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Three runaway brothers live like Robin Hood and his merry men, deep in the forest. A classic story of survival and adventure from the author of The Little Grey Men.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Jane Nissen Books (first published January 1st 1954)
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Marianne Brouwer
Wat een prachtig avonturenboek is dit.
De setting van het verhaal is een ongerept stuk loofbos, Brendon Chase in Engeland,
waar 3 broers in overleven,nadat ze zijn weggelopen bij hun weinig sympathieke tante.
De natuurbeschrijvingen zijn zo gedetailleerd en mooi dat ik echt een paar dagen op vakantie ben geweest. Je kan merken dat de schrijver heel veel affiniteit met de natuur heeft. De interactie tussen de broers maakt het verhaal levendig en het contrast van de gekozen vrijheid van de broers
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Dan
Oct 13, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
It's been described by a fair few reviewers as a book 'every boy should read' - as if girls are a separate species. This was my mother's favourite book as a child when first published towards the end of WWII. She recommended it to me and it's probably my favourite older child's book.

Set between the wars in England three boys run away and live in the extensive forest Brendan Chase for a year. It's nostalgic, both for a social period before the car completely took over: of horse and carts, dusty l
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Jane
Jan 29, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it
I recently discovered the wonderful publisher Jane Nissen Books when hunting for reprints of hard-to-find children's books (notably books by Cynthia Hartnett). Nissen has also reprinted a couple of Penelope Lively's best works, _The House at Norham Gardens_ and _The Voyage of QV66_ (two of my favourites). I chose _Brendon Chase_ having read _The Little Grey Men_ and its sequel _Down the Bright Stream_ last year(both reprinted by Oxford).

_Brendon Chase_ tells the story of three brothers who run
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Catherine
May 28, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child I read some of the Bill Badger series of books that 'BB' had written and loved them. Now, quite a few years later, I have been attempting to re-read some of his books and see if they stand up to the test of time. I then decided to branch out with some of his others that I never came across as a child, including Brendon Chase, which is for children slightly older than those aimed at by the Bill Badger books.

Even through the eyes of an adult, this is a rip-roaring story in which three b
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Pete F
Aug 26, 2014 Pete F rated it really liked it
Last year I discovered a book called Brendon Chase, written by an author who used the pseudonym, B.B, real name Denys Watkins-Pitchford. B.B. had a deep love and knowledge of nature and forest lore. But, and this may seem like a contradiction nowadays, he was also a hunter. He shot animals but not for pleasure or so-called sport, but for food and pelts. This love and knowledge of nature and hunting comes out in this novel. Written ostensibly for children, it is one of those timeless classics, li ...more
Peter Jones
Feb 16, 2015 Peter Jones rated it it was amazing
It is a beautiful book: very, very good even for BB who is always good. It delightfully and slightly achingly conjured small rafts of nostalgia within me both for the life I still love and as Robin the hero loved and the life pace that was then, within the book, which was trickling to an end as I commenced to grow into boyhood. It evoked this with the story, characterisation and description of the time. It was old fashioned. It was in the 1950's that we as children first learned the words 'old f ...more
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
A book all boys should read and all brothers should read and probably all girls should read so they know what might make boys tick. Reminded me off the lovely movie Beau Jest about three brothers joining the foreign legion to protect their mother.

Three brothers run away to the forest and live there for a season or two (if memory serves) whilst their father is away. The transition from reliance on everything they are used to ,to adapting to living in nature and using what is provided by the fore
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Jus
Dec 23, 2014 Jus rated it it was amazing
Exquisite!
Julie Round
Oct 01, 2014 Julie Round rated it liked it
A children's book written in 1944 by Denys Watkins-Pitchford who also illustrated it with what looks like woodcuts.
Although the story is similar to Swallows and Amazons it is different in that it is infused with natural history. Every bird and butterfly that the characters encounter is named and one is left with the feeling that it is very autobiographical.
Not a book to appeal to today's children but a wonderful example of children's literature of the period.
Durdles
Oct 12, 2010 Durdles rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Reading while I should have been studying for medical pathology finals! This book belonged to the daughter of my flatmate's pharmacology professor so naturally I borrowed it and still have it. Excellent escapist stuff about children running away to live in the woods and survive through their own knowledge of nature like so many junior Ray Meers. Reminded me of Enid Blyton's " The Secret Island". Being a keen bird watcher myself I especially enjoyed the Honey Buzzard chapter. I was reminded of th ...more
Willo
Aug 17, 2015 Willo rated it it was amazing
My favourite children's book. I still remember the joy of discovering it in my local library. I read it aloud to each of my four children as they grew up, no book has given me more pleasure.
Auldrockah
Jan 28, 2014 Auldrockah rated it it was amazing
One that all boys should read.
Nancy
Jan 24, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Very good boys adventure. Three boys run away and live in the woods.
F.
May 25, 2014 F. rated it did not like it
This is a very well written, interesting book. While it didn't appeal to my personal taste,(too many descriptions of ponds and woodlands) I can imagine that anyone who is really interested in the study of Birds or Animals would find it fascinating. I enjoyed the vivid character descriptions, which made me laugh. It would make an excellent rainy afternoon read-aloud.
Jennifer
Sep 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
B.B. also wrote "The Little Grey Men" and "Down the Bright Stream", books we were brought up reading when we were children. This is also an amazing book, for children and adults
Ian
May 10, 2012 Ian rated it it was amazing
Read it as a 14 year old, and all these years later, the joy of reading it stays with me still.
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Denys James Watkins-Pitchford MBE was a British naturalist, children's writer, and illustrator who wrote under the pseudonym "BB" and also used D.J. Watkins-Pitchford.

Denys Watkins-Pitchford was born in Lamport, Northamptonshire on the 25th July 1905. He was the second son of the Revd. Walter Watkins-Pitchford and his wife, Edith. His elder brother, Engel, died at the age of thirteen. Denys was hi
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