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Posted by Jeri Fry on December 8, 2016
Hi, I would like permission to reprint the story 'The Cuckoo in the Clock' that appears in The Golden Christmas Book compiled by Gertrude Crampton, copyrighted 1947 by Simon and Schuster. I own a Gingerbread Bakery and I have for years made a Cuckoo Clock out of Gingerbread inspired by this story. I would like to share the story this next few days in connection with the holiday giveaway of the gingerbread cuckoo clock. (By the way, Barney looks like my dog.) Thanks, Jeri Fry, owner of Cup and Cone, Canon City, Colorado, 719-275-3434.
BarneyBarney says: Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright so I suggest you get in touch with them, Jeri. Here are their contact details. The gingerbread cuckoo clock sounds great and I hope the holiday giveaway goes well. A "wuff" of hello and a wag of the tail to your dog!
Posted by Murray on December 6, 2016
In the Famous Five, George says that when she is grown up she will live on Kirrin Island with Timmy. George loves Timmy but, as she is a child, she probably doesn't know too much about how dogs work or how long they live compared to humans, She will be crushed when Timmy dies long before she does.
BarneyBarney says: I always think of the Five as remaining eternally young!
Posted by Chris Carte on December 2, 2016
I have just discovered a Bible from 1953 that has a message inscribed and signed Enid Blyton. It reads, "Here is the greatest book in the world. I hope you will read it every day. Love from your friend Enid Blyton." Could this be valuable?
BarneyBarney says: Although it looks handwritten it's just a printed letter that was included in all the Bibles, Chris, but it's still a nice book to have.
Posted by Charlotte on December 1, 2016
Thank you so much for letting me know about 'A Week Before Christmas'. We now know what we need to look for to purchase the book for my mother-in-law. Thank you. 😊
BarneyBarney says: What a lovely present for your mother-in-law. I'm sure she'll be delighted.
Posted by Aparna on November 27, 2016
Hi, Barney! I think the story that Anonymous asked about is called 'A Week Before Christmas'. Ronnie, Ellen and Betsy do odd jobs to earn money to help their mother who lost her purse. It is one of my favourite short stories.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much indeed, Aparna! I remember that story now and it seems to be the right one. It can be found in these books.
Posted by Hopeful on November 26, 2016
Does anybody have the audiotape of Christmas stories as listed here Christmas Stories (TST 8006)?
Posted by Fiona on November 26, 2016
In reply to Anonymous (November 19th) - I'm sure I've read that story too. The children all go out and try to earn money in time for Christmas and one of the boys does it by sweeping snow for people. I think he then finds Mother's handbag under the snow on someone's path as she had been delivering leaflets and dropped it there. If I can remember the title or where I read it I'll let you know!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Fiona. I hope the additional details will prompt someone to come up with the title!
Posted by John Hall on November 21, 2016
What stories reference WWII the most? The Adventurous Four duology, perhaps?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure about the second Adventurous Four book, but the first one is very much a wartime adventure. So is The Children of Kidillin. There's also The Valley of Adventure, which deals with the after-effects of the war.
Posted by John Hall on November 21, 2016
Did Enid Blyton ever do retellings of Greek mythology?
BarneyBarney says: Yes. Enid Blyton wrote Tales of Ancient Greece (the stories from that book were included in the Dean & Son Tales of Long Ago), The Watchman with 100 Eyes and Other Greek Tales, Stories From World History Retold: The Adventures of Odysseus, Stories From World History Retold: The Story of the Siege of Troy and Stories From World History Retold: Tales of the Ancient Greeks and Persians. She also retold the fables of Aesop (search for "Aesop" in the Cave of Books).
Posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2016
Hi everyone, my mother-in-law has mentioned an Enid Blyton annual that contains a story about a mother who loses her red handbag. I think it's Christmas time, and her children help make Christmas special and also find the bag. This annual possibly has a gingerbread house story too! Can anyone point me to the right name as I'd really like to get this for her. She's had a difficult year and speaks of this book as a special memory. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: We prefer people to use a name (or a username) rather than post as "Anonymous", and an email address should also be provided. However, I've approved your post because it would be lovely if someone is able to identify the book that your mother-in-law remembers.
Posted by Freda Knight on November 18, 2016
Hi, everyone - I've been missing from this wonderful site for a long time, mainly because I'm involved with another site specialising in Lines/Triang Dolls' Houses and associated miniatures. As well as a library full of Enid Blyton books, I also have six 1/16th dolls' houses - the oldest of which dates to 1937 (with original wallpapers). However, I wish to state I am still passionate about Enid Blyton and her wonderful books and have had great pleasure in receiving the latest edition of The Enid Blyton Society Journal - beautifully put together and something really special to keep. I'm enjoying reading the various articles. I just want to say a huge 'thank you' to Tony and all the excellent contributors who have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a great read for the winter. Very best wishes to you all, Freda.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Freda. After reading your message, my tail is wagging so hard it's invisible! Your dolls' houses sound fantastic. Glad you're enjoying the Journal, which is packed with goodies as always!
Posted by Lee Miller on November 17, 2016
Where can I purchase the Enchanted Wood trilogy before it was changed? Thanks for any help.
BarneyBarney says: The series comes up quite often on eBay, Lee, and if you're after the original text you'd probably want to stick to editions dating from no later than the 1980s. If possible, check with the seller that the three children are called Jo, Bessie and Fanny (NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie). Another tip is to avoid 3-in-1 volumes, because some of those are abridged.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 16, 2016
It's almost summer here and the hot days have started. Did Enid ever write plots involving children trying to cope with the scorching heat of a summer's day or the cold snow and ice of a winter's evening?
BarneyBarney says: There are elements of that in books like Five Go Off in a Caravan, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace and The Secret Seven.
Posted by Ana on November 12, 2016
Oh gosh. It's been a very long time. Flashback to 8 years earlier, when I first discovered this site and mutual lovers of Enid Blyton; and it seems unreal. Some of my best memories are here, right on this very website. Hahah, I remember complaining about little things like the human verification and why the questions weren't harder. Hard to believe it's been so long! Do you remember my silly messages, Barney? Just scrolled to one message starting with this, "18 is really faaaar away Barney!! I'm just 8 now! I can't wait for 10 years more!" Thank you for tolerating some of my stupid questions, lol, like where I see I asked you if you could type. Hilarious...and ridiculously dumb. I still remember every inch of this website. Never, ever, ever change it, Barney, and thank you for keeping it going all these years. It's everything, old dog. Thanks for always responding to my ridiculous questions and messages, and making those years some of the best of my life. Here's to many more years of Enid Blyton and the Enid Blyton Society. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ana! I remember you well and your kind words have put a wag in my tail! It's nice to know that you remember an old dog and that the website (which I don't run completely by myself!) has brought you so much happiness. I hope you'll always turn to Enid Blyton from time to time, however old you become.
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on November 10, 2016
I love Enid Blyton very much. I would like to read all her books. She had real feeling for the freedom of children. That's why I Iike her. Moreover, as well as being my favourite author she is my inspiration for becoming a writer. Yes, I want to be good like her at writing stories. I respect all those who respect Enid Blyton. I wanted to be added on your discussion so that I would be updated about my favourite author.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad Enid Blyton has inspired you to become a writer, Nashrah! I'm not sure what you mean about being "added on your discussion". This Message Board is always available on the Home Page, or you could join our discussion forums (see link at top right or bottom right of this page).
Posted by Vanessa on November 5, 2016
Which hospital was Enid Blyton born in? What is Enid's religion? Is she Christian?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was born in 1897 (and died in 1968). Most babies were delivered at home back then, so she was born in the flat where her parents lived which was above a shop in Lordship Lane, Dulwich. Enid was brought up as a Baptist but didn't attend church as an adult and told her friend Dorothy Richards that she found it hard to view God as a personal God she could talk to. Nevertheless, she had her children baptised as Anglicans and wrote several books with Christian themes.
Posted by Schofield on November 3, 2016
Hey Barney, how do you play Woo-hoo-collywobbles from The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton doesn't give us the rules but it involves rough-and-tumble and a lot of noise. I'm sure we dogs would be very good at it!
Posted by Aunt Fanny on November 2, 2016
Hi Geraldine, I have a first edition of Rubbalong Tales with dustwrapper. 2.50 plus postage if still wanted? Aunt Fanny.
Posted by Geraldine on November 2, 2016
I am looking for a book called Rubbalong Tales. Having so enjoyed this book I want to obtain a copy to read to my grandchildren. Very fair price paid.
BarneyBarney says: There are currently several copies on eBay, the cheapest being 2 without a dustwrapper. Have fun reading the book to your grandchildren, Geraldine!
Posted by Wis on November 2, 2016
Hello Achiaa, Click on Navrang at the left-side column of this front page website. You can buy the whole set of Enid Blyton Rewards series (all 72 books) from there.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Wis, though I think you're referring to the Award Popular Rewards Series and Achiaa is probably talking about the Dean's Reward Series.
Posted by Myra on October 25, 2016
Hi Barney, I'm trying to find the book about the magic soap, about the washing that has fallen into the mud, with a flip and a flop and a terrible thud, and must all be done again. My mum who's 92 used to read it to us as children and has always regretted parting with it so I would love to find it for her for Xmas. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone recognises the book, Myra.
Posted by Isabelle on October 24, 2016
Is the musical the only story genre that Enid never did?
BarneyBarney says: She didn't do opera, ballet, etc. either! Although Enid Blyton was a talented musician, her real passion was for words. Some of her plays are sprinkled with songs but usually Enid only wrote the lyrics, and someone else composed the music.
Posted by Maureen on October 23, 2016
Dear Barney, Thank you for your kind reply to my question, provided on October 12, 2016. It is much appreciated. Maureen
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome!
Posted by Achiaa on October 19, 2016
I want to buy Enid Blyton Rewards Series no.1 - no. 48 for orphans in a school in Africa. How can I go about it?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Achiaa.
Posted by Aminmec on October 19, 2016
Is the new 2014 printing of Up the Faraway Tree the same as the vintage edition or are there any changes? Did the new edition become popular and sell well?
BarneyBarney says: I haven't seen it, but any golliwogs would surely have been removed.
Posted by Shruti on October 19, 2016
Hello Barney. I have read some of Enid Blyton's books by now... at least part of all the series she wrote, but the Adventure series had eluded me till now. But this year has been the Year of Adventure 😊. First I chanced upon River, then Island, then Valley. I must say that this is Enid's best work. The settings are fantastic. Kiki is a scream 😁. Looking forward to reading the rest as soon as I find copies...
BarneyBarney says: Ooh - a "Year of Adventure" sounds brilliant! You're lucky to have five more Adventure books ahead of you as it's a truly thrilling series and is rated very highly by Blyton fans. As for Kiki, she's as good as a dog any day! Happy Reading, Shruti!
Posted by Aminmec on October 18, 2016
Is the Dean edition of The Three Gollliwogs (yellow colour) the unchanged version? And is the newer Dean edition of the 90s with the light green cover any different from the older version, apart from being titled The Three Gollies? The story titles have Golliwogs in them instead of Gollies.
BarneyBarney says: I think that only the very first printing of the Dean edition (1968) still had the original names for the golliwogs. I haven't seen The Three Gollies but maybe someone else will be able to help.
Posted by Aminmec on October 15, 2016
Thanks. Is there any reference section to know which stories are repeats with a different title? It will help to avoid buying repeats.
BarneyBarney says: Where possible, title changes are indicated in the Cave of Books. The old title is given in brackets after the new one. However, I'm afraid I can't guarantee that the search facility will pick everything up - or that all title alterations have been covered.
Posted by Aminmec on October 14, 2016
Hi. I saw the book containing The Lost Necklace and also St. Rollo's and Kidillin. Hasn't The Lost Necklace been published anywhere else apart from this? I am hoping it has, as I already have the other two books.
BarneyBarney says: The original title was The Adventure of the Secret Necklace, which should be available as a single book second-hand. You can see the different editions in the Cave.
Posted by Isabelle on October 13, 2016
If only Enid Blyton were alive to see today's world. I think she wouldn't mind some of the bowdlerisations that reduce the harm to minority children reading her stories, such as removing "nigger" and the pidgin English of a few characters.
Posted by Shruti on October 13, 2016
Hello Barney. Just wanted to know if the Malory Towers and St. Clare's books have been modernised much. Have they? I have one of Malory Towers, Egmont 2005 edition. Doesn't seem much updated.
BarneyBarney says: The Malory Towers and St. Clare's books haven't been modernised as much as the Famous Five series. However, there have been some changes, e.g. slapping has been edited out, a "house-parlour-maid" has become a "home help", pupils no longer refer to debates about women ruling the world or boys and girls being given the same education, and in some places clothes and expressions have been updated slightly. The plots are still the same though.
Posted by Maureen on October 12, 2016
Hello. I have seen a warning that more recent editions of Enid Blyton have been updated to reflect modern sentiments. Can anybody tell me which editions (publisher and years published) are free of updatings? I am interested in the Faraway Tree series and the Wishing-Chair series. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's a bit complicated, Maureen. With the Faraway Tree books, you should be okay with editions up to the mid 1980s or so. However, avoid 3-in-1 volumes because they tend to be abridged. The best thing would be to double-check before buying that the children's names are Jo, Bessie and Fanny - NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie. As far as the Wishing-Chair books are concerned, I'm not sure how much editing they've had. To be on the safe side, I'd go for copies dating from before 1980 - though currency updates were introduced in the early 1970s. If you want to avoid even currency updates, go for copies from before 1971. The very first edition of Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937) contained some chapters that weren't included in any subsequent editions. To get the missing chapters and some other episodes that were printed in Sunny Stories and elsewhere, you could consider getting the book More Wishing-Chair Stories as well as the two main books. That was first published in 2000, and I don't know whether there have been any textual changes since then. You can see the publishers by looking in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Julie Cameron on October 9, 2016
Hi, my aunt has recently found a near new Noddy umbrella/parasol whilst clearing out her mother-in-law's house. We think it may have belonged to her late sister-in-law who unfortunately died at a very young age. It is still wrapped in its original wrapping and doesn't look as though it has ever been used. It must be at least 60 years old. Where can we find out more information about it?
BarneyBarney says: It sounds like an interesting item, Julie. You could see if there is any information online, or perhaps contact a seller of children's books and ephemera. We have a few dealers listed under Lashings of Links (see button over on the left).
Posted by Suzanne King on October 2, 2016
Hi, my name is Suzanne King and I've been a fan of Enid Blyton for as long as I can remember and now my daughter Cerys has read nearly all her books. I have recently had my children's chapter book The Enchanted Beach Hut published by an American publisher and it seems to be doing quite well. I was wondering if it was possible to have Sara Lane's email address, as I would love to send her a copy of The Enchanted Beach Hut, as her grandmother gave me the inspiration to write my own children's book. Kind Regards, Suzanne King.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give out people's email addresses even if we have access to them, but best of luck with your book! It's great that so many writers have been inspired by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Paul Austin on September 29, 2016
Just reading through St Clare's and got to Claudine at St Clare's. I adore Claudine. But mention on page 4 is made of Alison in the Third Form losing her heart to the head-girl and making herself a perfect nuisance to her. Have I missed a book out? They're in the First Form for ages with The Twins at St Clare's, The O'Sullivan Twins and Summer Term at St Clare's. Then The Second Form at St Clare's and now I'm on to Claudine and last is Fifth Formers at St Clare's. What have I missed?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton sometimes refers to incidents that she didn't actually write about. Pamela Cox wrote three additional St Clare's titles - The Third Form at St Clare's, Kitty at St Clare's and The Sixth Form at St Clare's. I think the first two of those are set in the third form, so maybe Pamela Cox has used the story of Alison losing her heart to the head-girl?
Posted by Nilay on September 28, 2016
i am 10 and Enids no 1 fan. I like faumous five the best,and my dream is to become an author like her. how should I become a member?is it free?soon ill buy copies.thank you barney!well sorry for all those gramatical and spellind mistakes. I am preety bad at them.
BarneyBarney says: I've put your message up mistakes and all, Nilay - otherwise your final two sentences wouldn't make sense. Besides, it would make my paws sore correcting everything! If your dream is to become an author, keep working on your spelling and punctuation. Words are your tools! Joining the Enid Blyton Society involves subscribing to the Journal - click on our 'Fireside Journal' button for details. However, our discussion forum can be joined free of charge - click on 'join in' at the bottom of this page. It's worth pointing out, however, that the Enid Blyton Society and forum are aimed mainly at grown-ups who still love Enid Blyton, although a few older children do subscribe or visit.
Posted by Shruti on September 27, 2016
If there are no plot changes then I am okay with my copy. However, I will be on the lookout for the one with the original text. Thank you Barney for your help.
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy the book, Shruti! Whether it features Jo-Jo or Joe, The Island of Adventure is an exciting story with a fantastic setting.
Posted by Shruti on September 27, 2016
Hello everyone, I just got a second hand copy of The Island of Adventure. It is mentioned that it was revised in 1988, and reprinted in 1996. A bit of researching revealed that the villain has been renamed as Joe. Are there any major changes to the text? Should I look out for another edition if I want the almost original feel of the story? If so... which one? Please reply, Barney. Many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: There were no plot changes, Shruti, so the story will be the same. However, I believe that alterations were also made to the colours of the rocks. If you want the original text, look for a copy in which "Joe" is a black man named Jo-Jo.
Posted by Jill Bulman on September 25, 2016
When I was about five years old in 1950 my mother (who came from Ireland just before the War to nurse) gave me a book she loved in her childhood, called Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton. I loved it and treasured it. However, when I was nursing I gave it to a little girl who was very sad as she had been in hospital quite a long time. However, she left unexpectedly and I never saw my book again. Can you tell me when this book was first published? I would love to get one that was just like the one I had. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It's one of my favourite books, Jill, as the main character is so friendly, brave and intelligent! You can see the first edition and reprints here.
Posted by Scot on September 19, 2016
Are the original St. Clare's books still able to be bought? I was one of the many boys who enjoyed them. Cheers. Scot.
BarneyBarney says: The St. Clare's books are still available from bookshops or sites like Amazon, though the texts have undergone some minor editing.
Posted by Diana on September 19, 2016
I have a copy of Josie, Click and Bun Again with the original dust jacket. The boards are red and the dust jacket is identical to the picture of the first edition I have seen but there doesn't appear to be a date. Could you please tell me if there was a date in the first edition? Thank you.
Posted by Scot on September 17, 2016
Can you tell me if you can still buy Tales of Toyland? Thanks. Scot.
BarneyBarney says: It doesn't appear to be in print at the moment, Scot, but there should be plenty of secondhand copies around.
Posted by Sue Webster on September 17, 2016
Hi Barney, thanks for the information on the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, Dorset. Just phoned to see if they can send me a list of things in the shop including badges, but sadly the lady told me they don't mail order. I live too far away to visit the shop so can't get any badges.
BarneyBarney says: That's a pity, but lots of small businesses simply don't have the staff to cope with mail order. I hope you manage to get to Corfe Castle one of these days, Sue.
Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2016
I read a book (I think) by Enid Blyton in the mid-80s when I was a wee nipper. It involved the children all being locked in a room and made to come out at certain times of the day and pose riddles that couldn't be solved to the head of the village where they were held captive. They escaped by giving him a curly hair and asking him if he could straighten it! Have I eaten too much cheese before bed, or is this a real thing?
BarneyBarney says: No need to cut down on the cheese, Ryan! The book you remember sounds like The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies (check it out in the Cave of Books - if you scroll down to the reprints you'll see it has had several different titles over the years), though the main characters are not children but three brownies called Hop, Skip and Jump. The curly hair comes from the head of a girl who is originally from the Land of Giggles. Hop, Skip and Jump travel from place to place and the episode you describe happens in the Land of Clever People, where everyone has to speak in rhyme. Each morning they go to the Very Wise Man in the market-place, who answers and asks riddles. It's a wonderful book, very imaginative.
Posted by Peter on September 15, 2016
Hi, Do you know anywhere that I can buy some of the Barney Mysteries in Australia? I've found two old copies at an old book sale ages ago that I've read (and I loved them!) but I can't seem to find any more. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately, the Barney Mysteries have been out of print for a while. You could try online sellers of secondhand books - though postage costs may be high if you're buying from outside Australia.
Posted by Gill on September 11, 2016
I am looking for a copy of Now for a Story. I loved the stories in this book when I was a child. I don't know what happened to my copy, but it would be great to replace it.
BarneyBarney says: Copies sometimes turn up on eBay. You could also try Abebooks, Amazon or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Kayla on September 8, 2016
Is 'Lucy Loud-Voice' still printed today under the name 'Linda Loud-Voice' that it got after Lucy's parents got upset?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether the story is in print at the moment but it was available for many years.
Posted by Lorna on September 7, 2016
You were kind enough to object to the planning application to demolish 40 Penn Road, Beaconsfield, which is located next to the site of Green Hedges That application was refused but a new application has been lodged to demolish 40 Penn Road and build a block of 6 flats. Please could you send objections to planning@ southbucks.gov.uk quoting ref 16/01517/FUL- it is far too big and out of character. Thank you so much!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for letting us know, Lorna. I'm sorry to hear the house is still under threat. For those who don't know, number 40 is Northfields House. A girl called Lucy Nottingham once lived there, and Enid Blyton put her into a story called 'Lucy Loud-Voice' when Lucy annoyed her by singing loudly while Enid was trying to write!
Posted by Lesley McBain on September 6, 2016
I wish to buy the CD set with Kate Winslet reading the Faraway Tree collection. Ideally I would like two sets of the collection. I live in Italy but could provide an English address for delivery. Help please.
BarneyBarney says: I think the Kate Winslet CDs of the three books were only released in Australia, Lesley. In the UK just the first book (The Enchanted Wood) was released - and that was on cassette. You could have a look on auction sites and also consider contacting the sellers we list under Lashings of Links. Alternatively, the recordings might be available as audio downloads from sites like Amazon.
Posted by John Garvey on September 6, 2016
Hi, I am looking to purchase this please: Young Children's Stories (Volume 2). Is it possible to get it in CD form?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it was only ever released as a cassette, John. You could keep an eye out on eBay, or try contacting the sellers we've got listed under Lashings of Links.