hese are the original books which children have been enjoying since the 1940s. Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and George's dog, Timmy, who have adventures and solve mysteries on and around Kirrin Island. They encounter smugglers, thieves, runaways and other strange and mysterious people - both good and bad. The Famous Five began life as eagerly-awaited magazine serials which achieved an instant following. So popular were the books that readers urged the publishers to establish a Famous Five club. The characters have inspired board games, stationery, a play and two TV series. Having celebrating 70 fabulous years in 2012, it's clear the Five are here to stay for a long time to come!