My favorite childhood author is Enid Blyton (1897-1968). Her books have been read by millions of children in England and around the world. Her adventures set in the English countryside make one long for simpler times. I loved her books as a child, loved to read them to my daughter, and still take one off the bookshelf when I am feeling particularly nostalgic.
Among the many books and series she wrote, these are my favorites:
Julian, Dick, Anne, Georgina (George) and their dog, Timmy, (aka The Famous Five) take off on all sorts of adventures, solve mysteries, and enjoy lashings of ginger beer. There are 21 books in the series.
The Malory Towers and St. Clare's series are set in their respective girls' boarding schools. Malory Towers is set on the Cornish coast, a magnificent building with a tower at each corner. How I wanted to go to boarding school with a tuck box and participate in a midnight feast, play tricks on Mam'zelle, and be a part of the pantomime the girls wrote, produced, and performed. The St. Clare's series follows the adventures of twins Pat and Isobel O'Sullivan who begin determined to hate everything about their new school and end up loving every minute of their time there. Tuck boxes, midnight feasts, and Mam'zelle feature prominently here too.
Just a few more examples of my love affair with England.