THE KIRRINS
AND THE
MYSTERY OF THE
SANDY-HAIRED DWARF

by
ROBIN GORDON

Illustrations by Eileen Soper
and the Rev. J. Kirrin

Auksford crest: a great auk displaying an open book with the words "Ex ovo sapientia"

-  Auksford, 2001  -

Copyright © Robin Gordon 2001.
The rights of Robin Gordon as author of this story, of Enid Blyton as first chronicler of the adventures of the Famous Five, of Eileen Soper as original illustrator, and of the Rev. J. Kirrin as adapter of the illustrations are hereby asserted. See Copyright and concessions

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FOREWORD

Dear Readers,

As children you were thrilled by the adventures of the Famous Five, Julian Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog, which Enid Blyton wrote for you and put into her books.

You won't be surprised, I'm sure, to hear that the sort of children who fall into adventures like these, don't stop having adventures when they grow up, and that, if they have children, those children are the sort of children who have adventures too.

Of course the world is a much nastier place now than it was in Enid Blyton's day. Children can't just go off by themselves and camp out in complete safety. There are people about today who wouldn't hesitate to kill children who got in the way of their nefarious activities. Worse still there are people who would take pleasure in torturing and killing children.

This story is about some people like that, so, although it is about your childhood friends, it may not be really suitable for you to read to your children.

I hope you enjoy it.

Robin Gordon


CONTENTS

1. THREE HEAR NEWS AND A FOURTH ARRIVES

2. DICK'S STORY: THE LIVELY FIVE

3. THREE GET INTO TROUBLE

4. SIX COUSINS

5. SIX HAVE A MYSTERY TO SOLVE

6. TWO ON A SECRET TRAIL

7. ONE HAS PLENTY OF FUN

8. QUITE A LOT HAPPENS

9. TWO GET INTO A FIX

10. ALWAYS WINTER AND NEVER CHRISTMAS

11. TWELVE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN

12. A NOISE IN THE NIGHT

13. GEORGE, DICK AND HARRY

14. THE DEED BOX

15. MYCOCK RISES TO THE OCCASION

APPENDICES

Appendix I. The Kirrin Family

Appendix II. Geography


LINKS, E-MAIL

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ILLUSTRATIONS

Chapter 1
He swopped his reading glasses for his distance specs

Chapter 2
When she had a scrap with Nick she pretty soon had him at her mercy
The sandy-haired dwarf would glare at them
"Me next, Timmy!"

Chapter 3
He ran off in his shirt and told his mother we'd all attacked him
"You don't deserve ever to wear trousers again," said Julian (Note 4)
"Don't trust me wiv money, mister!
"Now then, bhoys, explain yourselves"

Chapter 4
The squat little man grabbed the terrified boy
"Give in!"

Chapter 5
Kirrin Island
There at the entrance to the bay was Kirrin Island

Chapter 6
At last they saw the little boat setting out across the bay
There were boxes of ammunition
They ran like bats out of hell along the underground passage

Chapter 7
"Think you're so superior!" said Harry

Chapter 8
Fran screamed and ran
"Oh, Anne, how lovely to see you"

Chapter 9
The boys were pushed and pummelled down into the dungeons
He turned to Gavin

Chapter 10
"The back sounds hollow," said Andrew
"There's another false back behind the first"

Chapter 11
... the villain of the piece, Liam O'Shaughnessy
"I don't care," continued Anne. "I'm going to have to go to the police"
"All that boasting and it wasn't you at all"

Chapter 13
"George!" he said crossly. "What are you doing in my study?"
They sat together in silence
"I'm afraid, old girl, that there's another nasty shock for you"

Chapter 14
Little Fanny was sitting quietly

Chapter 15
Mycock sprang forward