I'm behind on book reviews. I picked this up in a recent book sale at work as a bit of a joke, having seen it and others in the series heavily advertised. What with this and the Ladybird parody books, there seems to be a bit of a thing at the moment for revisiting childhood books of the mid twentieth-century.
I wouldn't have sought it out, and didn't have high expectations; it seems like the sort of thing that could very easily just go wrong and not work at all. However, I am pleased to say that it was quite fun. Julian is a senior manager at some multinational, and has of course without a whiff of nepotism hired the rest of the gang. No-one (bar perhaps the ever-earnest Anne) is looking forward to the strategy away day, and let's just say all the tensions between the characters are laid bare. Lashings and lashings of ginger beer have been replaced by illicit cans of cider, though Julian has clearly been hitting harder stuff the night before. Throw in the Secret Seven in the room next door, a dash of cock-up, and the British weather, but also just enough mystery and adventure to pay homage to the originals, and it's quite successful.