Auction uncovers ‘Five Go Deporting’
AUCTIONEERS have discovered an unpublished Enid Blyton manuscript about a group of children who spend the summer deporting gypsies.
The story was among a number of lots bought by a children’s literature centre including Blyton’s ‘Patented negro classification chart’ which she used when hiring staff and the hockey stick she used to beat them with.
Pre-Sesame Street children’s literature expert, Nikki Hollis, said: “This new book is an incredibly exciting find, especially the chapter where Anne and George are hosed down with disinfectant after holding hands with a pair of Polish boys.
“It shows the Famous Five growing up a little, as the focus moves away from cycling around Cornwall having adventures and centres on them getting jobs in the local immigration department so they can apply to have a traveller’s camp bulldozed.”
Hollis says jottings in the margin suggest Blyton intended it to be part of a series of books, with other titles including ‘Five Call For Tighter Border Controls’ and ‘Five Go Jew Hunting’.
The author also made copious notes for a new version of Monopoly where the players have to buy all the property in a village to keep it English.
The manuscript will go on display next month alongside a first edition copy Toyland Burning, where PC Plod deliberately botches his investigation into Noddy and Big Ears dragging a golliwog to his death by tying him to the bumper of Noddy’s taxi after Tessie Bear claimed she was raped.