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Posted by Kalpani on August 1, 2015
Hi Barney! Um... my problem is, if the Five Find-Outers series is named the mystery series, then what is the series name of the Diana, Roger and Snubby adventures?
BarneyBarney says: Those books are often called the Barney Mysteries, which sounds like a very good name to me!
Posted by Robin James on July 31, 2015
Are these books available to purchase? 1981 editions of; The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood?
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell Enid Blyton books on this website, Robin. You'd need to search online and double-check with the seller if you're looking for specific editions.
Posted by John Wakefield on July 29, 2015
Re this posting on your forum in 2008 - Re: Five Go Off To Camp, Morris 8 Tourer, Post by Petermax 07 Apr 2008, 20:58, TB3 wrote: On the subject of old cars, anyone thought of trying to track down the bus used by The Barnies? What a good idea. Featured in Five Go Down to the Sea, the Barnies' bus, JXT 482 was what appears to be a post-1950 Bedford OB. A quick check on the DVLA website did not yield any results, nor did a search of the Bedford OB website, which has a list of the seventy surviving vehicles of this type. The Bedford OB JXT 482 got reregistered as ESL 175 and survives as a caravan with Chris Triggs of Nantwich.
Posted by Devangana on July 29, 2015
Hi, I just read the autobiography of Enid Blyton. It was fantastic. I suggest that others read it.
BarneyBarney says: In case anyone wants to look for it, the title is The Story of My Life. It's probably only available second-hand now.
Posted by Devangana on July 28, 2015
Hi, I am a new member. I just read 5 chapters of Amelia Jane Again. It was very funny when the pig blew in the air. I also speak German.
Posted by Klaus on July 25, 2015
Hi all, my name is Klaus and I live in Germany. The thing is that I was in tough with books of Enid Blyton many years ago. It was around 1967. Our teacher was reading a book to the pupils. It must have been quite impressive to me, because a few passages are still in my head. So, I've been struggling to find the book he was reading for a long while now. Hope to find a person who can tell the title. I would enjoy finding this book and to read it again after many years. What I remember is the following part of the plot: one boy went to a castle to do some exploration, because it was noticed that at the castle was going on something strange. When he was in the castle he was disturbed by another person, so he quickly ran to an old coffer to hide himself behind it. When he jumped over the coffer he noticed that there was no ground, but a hole, and he fell down deep and was bolstered by a few old mattress which were prepared for someone else. Would be great if anyone could give a hint to find the book with this story.
BarneyBarney says: Castles feature in quite a lot of Enid Blyton books, so I'm not sure which one you're thinking of. I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Donna on July 23, 2015
Hi. I am trying to track down a poem that started "Amelia Jane went out in the rain and Oh! how the rain did pour." Can anyone help?
Posted by Jay on July 18, 2015
It's OK, thanks Doreen. Hope that I may meet you.
Posted by Doreen on July 17, 2015
Thanks, I may do that Barney. They are packed away at the moment but will need to be sorted soon. Sorry Jay, no magazines - all books.
Posted by Jay on July 17, 2015
To Doreen, if you have any Enid Blyton magazines I would love to buy some of them. P.S. I live in Victoria.
Posted by Doreen on July 16, 2015
Is there a group in Australia? I have over 300 books but I'm not able to keep them any longer but don't want to bin them. Any information would be appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: There are some Australian fans on this website, Doreen, so you could always post a message in the "For Sale" section of our forums.
Posted by Jessica on July 13, 2015
Hiya. I've always loved sunflowers. I remember my Dad reading us 'The Discontented Sunflower' from a bedtime story book. It is our wedding in September, and we have sunflowers as the theme. I wish to read 'The Discontented Sunflower' again but cannot remember which book it is in. Please may you advise so I can get my dad a copy in time for our wedding? Thanks, Jessica.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think it's by Enid Blyton as that story isn't listed in the Cave of Books, Jessica, but maybe someone will recognise it anyway.
Posted by Freda Knight on July 12, 2015
Hi, Barney - Please pass on my sincere thanks to Tony Summerfield for all his hard work in editing and preparing the Enid Blyton Society Journal for publication and sending it out so promptly to us members. As it drops though our letterboxes, it marks the seasons and is well worth the subscription. Don't forget to put your sun cream on, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda, and thanks for your contribution to the Journal. Luckily we dogs don't need sun cream, though I do enjoy a shady spot and a long, cool drink of water!
Posted by Noni Alaniz on July 11, 2015
Hello, I discovered Enid a little time ago and now I'm obsessed with her books. I started collecting old copies of her novels, which are beautiful! She's a big inspiration to me because I want to be a writer too! Greetings.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you achieve your dream of becoming a writer, Noni!
Posted by Farwa on July 10, 2015
Hi Linda, I too love The Green Story Book and I was lucky enough to get a lovely old copy of it with beautiful illustrations. I hope you are able to find it. Have you read Anytime Tales? It is a lovely book as well, with very nice stories.
Posted by Aarttee Kaul Dhar on July 10, 2015
Hello, I want to know if there has ever been any research document published on Enid Blyton, any thesis for a Ph.D by a scholar or any other original document of substance? If yes, which and where can I find it?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton and the Mystery of Children's Literature (Macmillan, 2000, ISBN 0-333-74718-6) is a lengthy academic analysis of Enid Blyton. David Rudd researched and wrote the book during his time as a senior lecturer at the Bolton Institute of Higher Education. Unfortunately, it is now only available second-hand - you could check online sellers.
Posted by Linda on July 8, 2015
Hey Barney, I'm from Belgium and wonder if The Green Story Book is still available on the market. If so, where/how can I purchase this book that has been on my mind since childhood (lost it 45 years ago!)? It would make me very happy to read these stories again with my granddaughter. Thanks in advance for your help.
BarneyBarney says: The Green Story Book doesn't appear to be in print at the moment, Linda, but you could look for a second-hand copy on sites like eBay. I hope you enjoy sharing the stories with your granddaughter!
Posted by TJ on July 8, 2015
I am looking for the book title that included the reference to 'enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers'. Can anyone help, please? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of the short story A Bit of Blue Sky. Harry and Joan want to play in the garden but it's cloudy and looks as if it's going to rain. Old Nannie Wimple tells them the sun might come out if there's enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers. Another short story referring to the same phrase is A Pair of Blue Trousers, which is about a sailor-boy and a weather-clerk.
Posted by Heather on July 5, 2015
Was there a book or series that Enid Blyton wrote that had a boy called Keiran in the story? Heather
Posted by Robert Gaglione on July 4, 2015
I am in possession of a handkerchief titled "MR TUMPYS CARAVAN" (bottom right corner). Signed - "Enid Blyton" (bottom left corner). Could tell me more about this and where it came from. I found it in an old book, but not an Enid Blyton book.
BarneyBarney says: It probably came out of a Book of Handkerchiefs which would have contained about six handkerchiefs. A few of these were produced in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This one is illustrated by Dorothy Wheeler and the rest of the book would also have been by her and would have shown other Blyton characters that she had illustrated in Blyton books.
Posted by Andrew Parsell on July 4, 2015
Thanks Barney. Strange thing noticed on Kindle. In Five on a Treasure Island they call Aunt Fanny Aunt Fanny, but in the Faraway Tree series, Fanny is called Frannie.
BarneyBarney says: The reason is that the Famous Five series is published by Hodder and the Faraway Tree series is published by Egmont/Dean. Different publishers have made different decisions when it comes to updates and alterations.
Posted by Snehalatha Nair on July 2, 2015
I have read Enid Blyton for years - 55 years nearly. She has really made me a better person in every way. Thank you, Enid Blyton. I love you so much.
Posted by Christine on July 2, 2015
Can anyone help me? When I was younger my father would read to me before going to bed. I have unfortunately lost my prize books due to a fire long ago, but I remember part of a poem which my father read to me and would like to have a copy of the full verse. It goes something along the lines of "Sea ho Sea you are tickling me, Whilst splashing about on the beach, your waves come out and splash about but my toes you cannot reach." Can anyone help me? I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Christine.
BarneyBarney says: The poem you're thinking of is 'You Can't Catch Me!': Sea! Sea!/You can't catch me!/I'm dancing about on the beach;/Your waves come out,/And splash about,/But my toes you cannot reach!/Sea! Oh sea!/You are tricking me!/You sent a big wave so far/That it wetted my frock -/I did get a shock!/Oh, what a bad fellow you are!
Posted by Andrew Parsell on July 2, 2015
Hallo there. Anyone able to tell me when R series, Adventurous Four series, holiday house, secret Island and Treasure Hunters will be available on Kindle with and not the American site? I know Rockingdown M is available from USA Kindle, but don't wish to connect to them. Thanks Andrew
BarneyBarney says: None of these books are technically in print at the moment as they have just changed publishers. You are going to have to wait until the books are republished before Kindle editions will be available.
Posted by Jonathan Goldberg on July 2, 2015
I run a French-language blog Le mot juste en anglais that aspires to open a window on the English language and English literature and culture for our French readers. We would like to find someone who could write an article giving a bird's eye view of the significant and lasting place held by Enid Blyton in children's literature. Any suitable candidate is requested to e-mail me. Thank you very much. Jonathan Goldberg, Los Angeles.
Posted by Farwa on June 30, 2015
Beautiful message, Beverley! Indeed, Enid Blyton mixes such nice things in her stories, they become memorable, and simply great!
Posted by Susan Webster on June 30, 2015
Hi, Beverley. I was involved in the original Famous Five Club and through it learned how to be caring, considerate and compassionate as the club helped children less fortunate than ourselves. The children in the Secret Seven and Famous Five are polite, helpful, sensible and caring so I used to try and be like them. A lot has rubbed off on me so, like you, I thank Enid Blyton for making me a better person. But all thanks to my wonderful saviour Jesus who wonderfully changed my life when I was 16 and is still an amazing person 47 years on!
Posted by Beverley on June 27, 2015
As a seven-year-old, many many decades ago, I started reading Enid Blytons. I fell in love and never stopped. She taught me about ethics, emotional intelligence, courage, strength, all the while accepting human frailties and idiosyncrasies, in an atmosphere of fun, adventure and respect. Thank you Enid Blyton. You made me a better person.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely message, Beverley! You've summed up what makes Enid Blyton books so special.
Posted by Hel on June 26, 2015
Does anyone know which story contains a character wearing multiple pairs of spectacles at the same time? The only other detail I can remember is that the others in the story were not allowed to ask why he was wearing so many pairs of spectacles. Please help, been driving me mad for years. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure if it's the story you're thinking of, but the Ho-ho Wizard in Adventures of the Wishing-Chair wears three pairs of spectacles at once. Peter and Mollie don't ask him about his glasses but he's a sinister fellow and is very angry when Peter refuses to do something he asks.
Posted by Bruce Russell on June 21, 2015
I am trying to find out whatever happened to Dorothy Richards. Does anyone have that information?
Posted by Jayne on June 18, 2015
Early 50s bedtime stories. It was a cloudy day but if enough blue sky appeared to make a pair of trousers for a sailor, the sun would come out. I would love to read this story to my grandsons.
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of the story A Bit of Blue Sky. Harry and Joan want to play in the garden but it's cloudy and looks as if it's going to rain. Old Nannie Wimple tells them the sun might come out if there's enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers.
Posted by Viv of Ginger Pop on June 14, 2015
Wow - thanks Becky. I've opened a forums thread on the uncertain future of Ginger Pop, but the shop at Corfe Castle is open summer 2015.
Posted by Becky on June 14, 2015
I was just looking into planning a trip to Dorset where we had some wonderful times a few years ago when my children were a bit younger. We all agreed we'd love to revisit the Ginger Pop Shop and the Illustrated Worlds of Eileen Soper, such magical places like nowhere else. I remember the guided walks around Corfe Castle by the wonderful Viv Endecott too. I've discovered very sadly that these places seem to have gone and I can't believe it's true. It feels like a real stab of pain, I know Viv was a wonderful eccentric who had fabulous ideas and made some amazing, unique things happen for children and grown up children alike. If there's any way to let her know, she meant the world to me and my children with everything she did and it's my dearest wish that somehow she can come back and do more, even if it's just the occasional guided walk. Surely if money was an issue plenty of people would back a kickstarter campaign or something. If there's any chance you are reading this Viv - you meant the world to us with your unique knowledge, imagination, drive and wonderful ideas. I just can't put it into words. I'd give my life savings to see you start up something again. Sending you very much love, gratitude and appreciation.
BarneyBarney says: The Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe is still there, Becky, though Eileen Soper's Illustrated Worlds in Poole is sadly no more. Magical places, as you said. Viv still looks in on the forums and I'll make sure she sees your message.
Posted by Lynsey on June 11, 2015
Hi, I've been trying to find a book I loved as a child for my daughter. It's about a brother and sister who run away and make a home inside a tree trunk. They meet a rich little girl who helps them. Anyone got any ideas on the title please?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of Hollow Tree House, Lynsey. The brother and sister who go to live in a hollow tree are called Peter and Susan, and the girl who helps them is Angela.
Posted by Susan Webster on June 9, 2015
Hi Lachlan - good Scottish name - glad you like the Famous Five. You could join the Famous Five Club on the forums if you like. Click on "Miscellaneous Blyton" and then click on "Famous Five Club" and join in the fun! There's a Secret Seven Club too. No charge for either club. If you'd like a club badge send me your address by PM and I'll get one made for you and send it.
Posted by Lachlan Denbrok on June 3, 2015
Dear Ms Blyton, Hello, my name is Lachlan and I live in Victoria, Australia. I love the Famous Five series (I've only read that series) and I have read four books. They are fabulous. Keep up all the good work to whoever is out there. Yours gratefully, Lachlan.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Lachlan. Enid Blyton died in 1968 but the best of her lives on in her books, which are still enjoyed by children (and some adults) all over the world. She would be delighted to know that you love the Famous Five so much.
Posted by Deborah on May 29, 2015
Many years ago I participated in a Sunday School class and I am almost sure we read an Enid Blyton short story. It was about a girl who lost her hamster and she shared her story with her classmates and a vet at church. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Thanks for any help...Deb
Posted by Wayne Parry on May 25, 2015
Hi, I have a copy of News Chronicle Boys' and Girls' Annual by Enid Blyton. While reading it to my granddaughter I was horrified to discover that page 31-32 was missing. Sadly we do not now know how the story ends. Can anyone supply the missing words? Yours hopefully, Wayne.
Posted by Jacob on May 25, 2015
Thank you Rashmi. Appreciate the support. :)
Posted by Rashmi on May 23, 2015
I fully agree with Jacob (11th and 13th May). Originals should remain as they are, just like the classics. For their own sake, not for the sake of popularity.
Posted by Javier on May 21, 2015
Hi Barney. I hope you are enjoying the spring with long walks and juicy bones. I am a member of the society and I have recently changed my address. Whom should I contact in order to have my address updated so I can keep on receiving the Journal? Thanks for your time!
BarneyBarney says: You need to send your new address to Tony using the email address under the editorial in any issue of the Journal.
Posted by Amaya on May 15, 2015
Hello, couldn't help but note the request to tone down the editing. It does pain me but we need to change as languages evolve. When I was a child the idea that Isabel or Elizabeth were spanked just meant that they were punished mildly. These days the words spank/spanked/spanking have taken devious and dangerous meanings and would not be suitable for use in children's literature. Now we know that it is innocent but that word and many others have got a different meaning these days. This is just an example I cited. Good luck. Enid is Enid even if the language changes.
Posted by Kathy on May 15, 2015
Can someone tell me who holds the copyright now that Chorion is out of business?
BarneyBarney says: The copyright to Enid Blyton's work is now held by Hachette UK (Hodder), except for the Noddy copyright which is held by DreamWorks Animation.
Posted by Snehalatha Nair on May 14, 2015
There is absolutely no need to ''update'' any Enid Blyton book. They are lovely as they are.
Posted by Jacob on May 13, 2015
Hey Tony, I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton during my childhood. Her writing is simple yet deep. It has something that takes the reader into an imaginary world of pixies and goblins and what not. And, her writings have a hallmark, which I think shouldn't be edited. It has all the essence. Messing with it will do more harm than good, methinks. It's not necessary to encourage "the Modern Reader" to read a Blyton book. As the only society of Enid Blyton that I could find online, I was hoping you could do something about it: like online blogs, communication through the internet on a larger scale etc. As you said, children are reading it. And they would even if it's not edited. Blyton books could maybe be classified as a classic. And, it deserves to be as it is. It's just a thought. Not a criticism in any way. P.S.: And you are right. The first part of my post is copied from Wiki. I have cited the source.
BarneyBarney says: I am sure that Tony will be interested to read your reply, Jacob. I am not sure that you could expect over 700 books to be called classics though, but Shadow the Sheepdog would get my vote!
Posted by Tony S on May 12, 2015
Your post is mostly a direct quote from Wikipedia, Jacob Antony M, but the last bit came from you with the order in the final four words, 'Do something about this'. I am not sure if this was directed at our Society, but if so I don't really know what you expect us to do! We are not the copyright holders, nor are we publishers and nor do we sell Enid Blyton books. Unlike the other two authors that you mention, Enid Blyton books were meant for children and the fact that they are still plentifully in print 47 years after Enid's death would seem to say that children are still reading them. For this we should be grateful and probably most of the current child readers are totally unaware of the updates and wouldn't mind about them anyway as they just want to read a good story.
Posted by Jacob Antony M on May 11, 2015
In 2010 Hodder, the publisher of the Famous Five series, announced its intention to update the language used in the books, of which it sold more than half a million copies a year. The changes, which Hodder described as "subtle", mainly affect the dialogue rather than the narrative. For instance, "school tunic" becomes "uniform", "mother and father" becomes "mum and dad",[152] "bathing" is replaced by "swimming", and "jersey" by "jumper".[150] Some commentators see the changes as necessary to encourage modern readers,[152] whereas others regard them as unnecessary and patronising. Source: Wikipedia. Who in their right mind would think about editing a classic? Try editing a Charles Dickens or a Jane Austen. Do something about this.
BarneyBarney says: Minor updating of the Famous Five books actually began in the late 1960s and 1970s (e.g decimalisation of currency, "shorts" becoming "jeans" in some passages and "the King" becoming "the Queen"). Heavy updating took place for the 1997 editions, with some titles having more than a hundred edits. The 2010 changes were on top of all of that! Enid Blyton's other books and short stories have undergone editing too, though not to the extent of the Famous Five series. Hodder are aware that some fans don't like the changes but they feel that the books wouldn't sell as well without certain aspects being updated.
Posted by Amaya on May 7, 2015
Hi again Barney, Was Malory Towers located on the coast of Cornwall? Or was it St Clare's or Whyteleafe? Enid's descriptions of the coast of Cornwall in many of her books were so vivid that they gave me goosebumps. Take care.
BarneyBarney says: It was Malory Towers that was on the Cornish coast.
Posted by Eames on May 6, 2015
I have several books and unknown to me (collected since I was a teenager) I have a few 1st editions which I found out via this site. I've no idea how to sell these as I've no idea if anyone would buy them?
BarneyBarney says: You could try listing them on eBay, or in the "For Sale" section of our forums.
Posted by Elaine on May 4, 2015
I know what the whole text is for the poem Plughole Man (9th April) but I'm unsure how to tell you what it is as I am not a member and do not know your email address to send it to you!
BarneyBarney says: You can type the poem into a Message Board post if you like, Elaine, as others who follow the Message Board may well be interested to see it. I know I am! Unfortunately the Message Board doesn't preserve the format of a poem, but I can always put / to mark the end of each line.