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Welcome to the website of the Enid Blyton Society. Formed in early 1995, the aim of the Society is to provide a focal point for collectors and enthusiasts of Enid Blyton through its magazine The Enid Blyton Society Journal, issued three times a year, its annual Enid Blyton Day, an event which attracts in excess of a hundred members, and its website. Most of the website is available to all, but Society Members have exclusive access to secret parts as well! Join the Society today and start receiving your copy of the Journal three times a year. Don't forget also that we have an Online Shop where you'll find back issues of the Journal as well as rare Enid Blyton biographies, guides and more.

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Posted by Karen on May 3, 2016
My 7-year-old daughter has to do a presentation at school on a topic of her choice. She would like to do it on Enid Blyton as she has read so many of her books and knows that my favourite book as a child was The Girl Who Found Sixpence. Where would be a good place to find some interesting facts that she could use for her presentation please?
BarneyBarney says: If your daughter clicks on our "Author of Adventure" and "Cave of Books" buttons (over on the left) she'll find some interesting information about Enid Blyton's life and work. I don't know how much time she's got, but Enid Blyton's autobiography The Story of My Life is great for children (though not easy to find), as are Gillian Baverstock's books Tell Me About Writers Enid Blyton and Gillian Baverstock Remembers Enid Blyton. Gillian was Enid Blyton's elder daughter. Good luck to your daughter with her presentation!
Posted by Maria Clifford on May 2, 2016
Hello. Is there such a thing as an Enid Blyton holiday specifically concentrating on Devon and Cornwall and also does anybody know were any of the books set in these places?
BarneyBarney says: The Secret of Spiggy Holes, Five Go Down to the Sea and the Malory Towers books are set in Cornwall, though I don't think the names of real towns or villages are mentioned. In The Family at Red-Roofs there's a brief mention of Carbis Bay, and in Five on a Treasure Island we're told that Julian, Dick and Anne usually holiday in Polseath (which I believe is an old spelling of Polzeath).
Posted by Johnny on April 28, 2016
I am trying to trace a Blyton book I read when I was about eight (circa 1964). All I remember about it (and my memory is not good) is a boy living behind a false partition in a large kennel or animal enclosure. There could have been a circus connection but I'm not sure. All I remember is the boy sleeping on straw, and I think there was a dog. Can anyone help out?
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of Three Boys and a Circus, in which Dick hides in a kennel with a dog called Leppi. The kennel is in a dogs' cage at a circus, and there's a wooden partition which slides across to separate the kennel area from the rest of the cage. Three Boys and a Circus has been published as a book on its own, but also in a 2-in-1 volume by Collins - called Dog Stories. The other book included in Dog Stories is The Adventures of Scamp. Being a dog myself, I find these stories very enjoyable!
Posted by Debby Timm on April 16, 2016
Was busy going through some boxes and found 2 children's Noddy handkerchiefs. Wow that took me back. I have a toddler granddaughter, and after my find, I really must find some Enid Blyton books. Which are the best ones to start off with?
BarneyBarney says: If she is a toddler, Noddy would be a very good starting point, Debby, and if there is anything that upsets her she will even have a Noddy hankie to blow her nose with! It is not so easy to buy Noddy books now as they have been out of print for a few years, but if you look on the internet you should be able to find online booksellers that still have copies in stock.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on April 15, 2016
Why are the Barney Mysteries not in print?
BarneyBarney says: Hachette, who are the current copyright holders, have recently taken back the rights of several series from other publishers, and bit by bit they will release them through Hodder Children's Books which they own. They have just released the St. Clare's and Malory Towers books and later this year they will release the Find-Outers Series, but there is a limit to the number of series that they can republish at one time. I am sure they will republish the Barney Series at some stage, but for the moment the books will stay out of print.

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