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Posted by Shane on February 4, 2016
Hi Sarah, I have been looking for a copy of the first edition Magic Faraway Tree for some time. Have you been able to sell it yet?
Posted by Lawrence on February 4, 2016
What is blamonge? (Spelling?) I seem to remember it being a dessert in some Enid Blyton stories. My memories are decades old so forgive me Mr. Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Blancmange is a cold dessert made with milk, sugar and a thickener such as cornstarch. It can be flavoured in various ways, e.g. with strawberry or vanilla or chocolate which give it a pink, cream or brown colour respectively. It's often put into a mould to set and comes out looking like a milk jelly.
Posted by Sharon Jacques on February 3, 2016
Hello again Barney, sorry to bother you again but I would like some more information on a scarce Enid book called Benjy and the Others. I saw on here in the Cave of Books section printed in its entirety Let's Pretend. Could the same be done for Benjy and the Others? I am sure that I read somewhere that it was serialised either in Enid's magazine or in Sunny Stories. If so, how would I be able to find out exactly which ones so that I if possible could start collecting them and hence have the whole of the book? Thanks for helping me out with the Award list. I am most grateful. XXXXXX
BarneyBarney says: If you go to the Cave of Books and type Benjy and the Others into the "Search the database" box, the details of the book and the relevant magazines will come up. It was serialised in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories in 1952, issues 538 - 549. You're right that it's very scarce, Sharon, but I don't think we could put the whole thing up in the Cave as it's pretty long. In case anyone doesn't know, it's another book about the "children of Happy House".
Posted by Sharon Jacques on February 2, 2016
Please could you help me out? Are the Deane's books, for example Bicycle Magic, The Donkey on the Sands and The Twelve Silver Cups, collections of the stories published in Sunny Stories Magazine? If not, where from? Also on the backs of the books there is a list of other books in the series and I have noticed this list differs from book to book. Where could I find a fully complete comprehensive list of these hardback titles so I know what I have and don't have to complete my collection? Thanks very much Barney. XXXX
BarneyBarney says: You seem to be talking about the Award Popular Rewards, Sharon. The 72 titles are listed here. Award recently stopped publishing Enid Blyton books but many of their titles are now published by Bounty.
Posted by Rajah on February 1, 2016
Has anyone picked up the blooper in The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat?
BarneyBarney says: There may be more than one blooper, but the one I've heard mentioned several times is that Fatty and Pip go to The Turret for snacks and interviews but then Enid Blyton writes about Fatty and Larry eating the snacks!
Posted by Ney99 on January 29, 2016
I love Enid Blyton. She has taken reading to a whole new level.
Posted by Sponge Diver on January 28, 2016
Hi - I would really appreciate any information from forum members in helping to track down the title of a lost story from my distant youth. I was very young when I read it so details are sketchy but I felt certain it was an Enid Blyton book, possibly The Famous Five, and concerned a trip to a Greek Island. I vaguely recall a friendship struck up with perhaps an older boy named Mario or Marco who was a sponge diver. None of the Famous Five plots I looked at online fit this description so perhaps it may be one of her shorter books? Any clues?
BarneyBarney says: It's definitely not an Enid Blyton Famous Five book, though it could possibly be one of the continuation Famous Five books written in French by Claude Voilier (and translated into English by Anthea Bell). Enid Blyton did write a novel in which children go on a cruise and visit Greek islands (The Ship of Adventure featuring Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip and Dinah) but there is no sponge-diving. The children befriend a boy called Lucian and go treasure-hunting.
Posted by Sarah on January 27, 2016
I have a 1st Edition 1943 Magic Faraway Tree book to sell,but have no idea of value or where to sell it. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't evaluate books because the value depends on a number of things such as condition, demand and availability. If you check sites like eBay and Abebooks, you might be able to get an idea how much books similar to yours are fetching. You could then perhaps advertise your book for sale on eBay or similar, with a starting price that suits you, or maybe see what a children's book dealer would offer you. We have some dealers listed under "Lashings of Links" who specialise in Enid Blyton.
Posted by Sarah on January 26, 2016
What dog breed is Buster from the "The Five Find-Outers"?
BarneyBarney says: Buster is a Scottish Terrier (or Scottie).
Posted by Helen on January 22, 2016
Hi, I would like to build up my collection of books again so was wondering where I could get copies that were published in the early 1970s. Thanks, Helen.
BarneyBarney says: Copies dating from that era turn up frequently on eBay and Amazon, Helen. You could also try charity shops and boot sales. Good luck with building up your collection.
Posted by Sian on January 20, 2016
Hello, I have all 84 coloured prints to go with the Enid Blyton Two Years in the Infant School. It has Topics 1-84, George Newnes, c.1940s. Is anyone interested in purchasing them? I am going to sell on eBay but wondered if there was a true Blyton fan that would appreciate them more!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on January 18, 2016
Hello again, Would you be able to tell me if the 2003 version of the Five Find-Outers is updated? Amazon says it is the classic books, so I am not sure. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Some editing of the Five Find-Outers books would have taken place by that date, Josiah, but I don't think very much updating was done to that series compared to series like the Famous Five and Secret Seven.
Posted by Edward Auton on January 18, 2016
Hi, I am a trying to track down a cassette version of "The Secret Island" and "The Island of Adventure" - can anybody help?
BarneyBarney says: The best place to look would be Ebay as both cassettes do come up for sale there fairly frequently.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 17, 2016
Hi, I didn't know that Anne Digby had written some Naughtiest Girl books. Are they available in shops like Waterstones, Smiths, etc?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, they're available in those shops and you can also buy them from sites like Amazon.
Posted by HF on January 15, 2016
Hi, I'm trying to find out the title of an Enid Blyton book (1970s?) that included a number of short stories, e.g. 'Connie's Candle', 'The Little Toy Stove' (if that was about fairies, google buns, poppity cake and topsy turvy pudding) and a story about a boy nicknamed the shrimp who saved the day. Can you help? Stories for Bedtime seems to have two of them but I don't know the name of the shrimp story. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The candle story is 'Connie's Curious Candle' and I think (though I'm not certain) that the "shrimp" story might be 'The Beautiful Cricket Ball', in which a small boy is told he's too little to join in a game of cricket but ends up helping the older ones. You're spot on with 'The Little Toy Stove' featuring google buns and poppity cake, but the pudding is tippy-top pudding. Unfortunately, the Cave of Books doesn't list any volume which contains all three of those tales. Maybe you actually read them in more than one book, in which case a check of the story titles in our Cave of Books might prove fruitful. Another possibility is that all three stories appeared together in one of the more obscure short story compilations. So many have been published since Enid Blyton's death that we haven't had the opportunity to include all of them in the Cave.
Posted by Lawrence on January 13, 2016
The Secret Mountain is the one with the Oriental "King of the Mountain", isn't it? I can tell why Hachette is unwilling to publish it, given the definite consequences.
BarneyBarney says: I think you're getting mixed up with The Mountain of Adventure, which is still published by Macmillan. The Secret Mountain is set in Africa.
Posted by Sarah on January 12, 2016
What happened to the dogs who played Timmy in the 1970s and 1996 series?
BarneyBarney says: Toddy (1970s Timmy) died shortly after finishing the second Famous Five series, but I think Connal (1990s Timmy) went on to appear in other things. Maybe someone else will know more.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on January 11, 2016
Hello John. Barney is right of course. If I had a tail it would be wagging nineteen to the dozen, hearing you say that you had to remind yourself you were not reading an Enid Blyton story. High praise indeed, and one that has me blushing with your compliment. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story as much as I loved writing it. Many thanks to you.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry Julie, I forgot you humans don't have a tail! It's a jolly useful thing to have!
Posted by Andrew Parsell on January 11, 2016
Hallo there, Whilst this 53 year old man is recapturing his long lost childhood (why should children have all the fun of reading children's books?), I am puzzled by the age of the characters in The Naughtiest Girl series. I had always assumed that Elizabeth, Harry, etc were aged ten or eleven years of age, William and Rita aged seventeen. Am now reading the Anne Digby version of the Naughtiest Girl books and am at Well Done the Naughtiest Girl and it seems to indicate that William and Rita are younger, the way they mention going to schools for older children in a meeting. Mind you, I haven't finished this book yet. I was hoping someone would write a book sending four out of five of the Farrell children to Whyteleafe (the House-at-the-Corner children). Elizabeth Allen could be about fifteen and make friends with Tony, Joan with Elizabeth Farrell (Lizzie), whilst the twins were in the first or second year with a whole new bunch of friends. So could you please advise on how old Elizabeth & co and William & Rita are? P.S. I am eagerly awaiting The Secret Island for later on this week to be downloaded on to Kindle. Can find them all except The Secret Mountain. Thanks, Andrew Parsell.
BarneyBarney says: You're right that Enid Blyton says the children in Elizabeth's school year are 10-11, and that they're in the first form. Any children younger than that are in the kindergarten. William and Rita are Head Boy and Head Girl, so they'd be at the top of the school. However, stories by continuation authors don't always fit with what Enid Blyton wrote. Sadly, it seems that Hachette/Hodder are no longer publishing The Secret Mountain because certain aspects of the story are considered not to be politically correct.
Posted by John Atkins on January 11, 2016
Hello again Barney! A long time since I have had the chance to post but, however busy I am, I always make the time to log onto the Enid Blyton Society website to read the weekly serial for society members at 11am each Monday to read the latest instalment. This, I avidly digest along with a coffee, or glass of Lucozade - plus a macaroon or two. Unfortunately, my local Sainsbury’s baker has recently stopped making and selling macaroons – so an alternative supply from a local cake shop has been sourced! But rather than further discuss my weekly macaroon intake, I’m posting to say how much I enjoyed the last serial by Julie Heginbotham, which I enjoyed tremendously! I’ve said it before - and I’ll say it again, that to me, the serials alone warrant the cost of the three Enid Blyton Society subscriptions I buy per year (two as gifts for my friends Sally and Cherry) - so the three excellent seasonal Journals posted to me are really a great bonus on top! Congratulations to Julie for her hard work. (At times, when reading The Mystery of the Silver Cup, I had to pinch myself to remind me that it was Julie writing and not Enid herself – and I can give no higher praise than that!)
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your kind comments, John. I'm sure Julie's tail will be wagging nineteen to the dozen when she reads your message!
Posted by Sue Webster on January 8, 2016
Hi BARNEY, dear, gorgeous old dog. Where can I buy the "Just George and Timmy" adventures from? I have just found them on the Famous Five list and not heard of them before and they sound good. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: The individual books are only available second-hand now, Sue - they come up on eBay quite often. You can also buy (new or second-hand) a hardback book called Famous Five: Adventures With George and Timmy, which contains three of Sue Welford's "Just George" books.
Posted by Emmanuelle on January 8, 2016
Hello, I live in New York and there is no Famous Five available in English! Do you know why? I am French and therefore I buy them in French in France and I saw that a lot of the volumes available are in fact not written by her. Is there a list of her original titles and the French translation?
BarneyBarney says: Click on our "Famous Five" button (above) and you'll see which books were written by Enid Blyton and which ones were written by Claude Voilier (you have to scroll down to get to the Voilier titles). You'll also see modern spin-offs listed, like the "Famous 5 on the Case" books. If you click on an individual volume, you can also scroll down to see a list of titles in foreign languages, including French. Enid Blyton's original books are still available in English (albeit edited) but they never became popular in America so it might be hard to find them there. It's possible to order them online though, either new or second-hand.
Posted by Imants on January 7, 2016
Please, help! Who have copyright responsibilities for Enid Blyton and information on copyright conditions?
BarneyBarney says: Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright, except for Noddy which is owned by DreamWorks Classics. You can find their contact details on their websites.
Posted by Ana on January 7, 2016
Barney! It's been so long! I just realised I missed saying my traditional New Years', and I'm here to say it! HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Enid Blyton Society lives for another year! You're doing GREAT, Barney, thank you so much for helping out all these Blyton fans yet another year! :D It feels good and nostalgic to see old names like Susan and Sandeep! I hope you had an amaaaaazing Christmas and New Year. Please keep this website going as long as you can Barney, I want to come here when I'm about 60 and laugh at my silly messages.
BarneyBarney says: Bones and biscuits, I'll be an old dog by then! Nice to hear from you, Ana, and I wish you a very happy 2016 full of adventures!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on January 6, 2016
Hi, I have just purchased the 2009 version of The Secret of Moon Castle and I was wondering if it uses the updated text or not. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I know The Secret Island and The Secret Mountain have been slightly edited, but I'm not sure about The Secret of Moon Castle.
Posted by Girliebeans on January 5, 2016
I am looking for the cassette of Happytime Stories with 'Mr Stamp-About's Walking Stick'. I had this as a child. Do you know where I could get a copy?
BarneyBarney says: Those cassettes are hard to find, but they sometimes turn up on eBay. You could also try the dealers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Frances on January 4, 2016
I have almost a full set of 1st edition Adventure series books, but none of them have a dust jacket. How do I get an original or copy of an original dust jacket.
BarneyBarney says: It would be difficult to find original jackets without buying the books again (this time complete with dust-jackets). I'm afraid we don't promote sellers who provide copied dust-jackets. They don't own the copyright and they often ask a lot of money just for printing off copy after copy.
Posted by Alison Murray on January 4, 2016
Hi there. Can anyone help please... I am looking for The Magic Faraway Tree illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. I have The Enchanted Wood with their illustrations and would very much like the next one. Is this book rare? Many thanks Alison
BarneyBarney says: I think you could say that the book that you are looking for is very rare, Alison, as it doesn't exist! Whilst the Grahame Johnstone twins were illustrating The Enchanted Wood, one of the twins, Janet, died and Anne had to finish the book on her own. She did this but felt she was unable to do any further books. The remaining four books in the series (two Faraway Tree books and two Wishing-Chair books) were illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves.
Posted by Jay on January 4, 2016
Hey guys. I found a new Blyton website by Hachette Australia. Here is the link. Enjoy, Jay.
Posted by Helen on January 3, 2016
I have read Enid's books many times over. There are some facts that don't add up in the Famous Five series. I have wondered if she wrote all of them after the originals?
BarneyBarney says: Trying to get my head round that question is like playing a game of chase-my-tail!
Posted by Noni on January 3, 2016
I purchased some books of the "Famous Five" in Spanish, but I didn't find the first one. Can I read the second book without having read the first one?
BarneyBarney says: Each book contains a complete story which makes sense on its own, so you could read the second book (or any of the books) first. The only advantage in starting with Five on a Treasure Island is that it shows George and her cousins meeting for the first time and getting to know each other.
Posted by Lawrence on December 31, 2015
Did Enid Blyton ever try to predict the future in any of her stories?
BarneyBarney says: Not that I remember. Her books were normally set at the time she was writing or in fantasy realms like fairyland.
Posted by Zenia on December 30, 2015
Dear Barney, I love your books. They are very adventurous. My Mom also likes reading your stories. She has read all the Famous Five books and she didn't stop reading them. I wish you would write more Famous Five books. And I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year to you too, Zenia. I didn't write the books though - they were written by Enid Blyton!
Posted by EB's GF on December 30, 2015
Merry belated Christmas to you, Barney, and a Happy New Year.
BarneyBarney says: All the best to you for 2016, EB's GF! I've removed what you said about the website which offers free Enid Blyton books in electronic form, as I believe they're making the books available illegally.
Posted by Sibangi Sanyal on December 30, 2015
Dear Barney, I have visited this page for the first time. Could you tell me where can I read the Find-Outers mysteries for free and without download? Actually I can't wait to read the next book after The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books are still under copyright, Sibangi, so it isn't legal for anyone to make them available free of charge. You could try looking in the library or going to second-hand bookshops or jumble sales to see if you can find cheap copies. Or maybe you could borrow from friends, or swap titles with them? The Mystery of the Missing Necklace comes after Spiteful Letters and it's fantastic!
Posted by Helen on December 29, 2015
Do you sell Faraway Tree playing cards? My mother had some which we enjoyed as children and now I have grandchildren of my own.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't sell Enid Blyton books or merchandise, but you could try eBay or the dealers we list under Lashings of Links. Good luck with finding the cards for your grandchildren.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on December 29, 2015
Gosh Barney! I'm awfully sorry. I completely forgot to send in my name. I refer to the message I sent you on 26th December 2015 regarding The Mystery of the Hidden House and Fatty. Sorry again. I shall be more careful next time.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Sandeep! It does feel more friendly to have a name!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on December 28, 2015
Hi, Another question, is the text in the 2000 edition of the Secret Seven published by Hodder updated? (I am assuming it is). Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the text for that edition will have been updated but I'm not sure exactly when the updates began.
Posted by Susan Webster on December 27, 2015
Hope you all had a very happy Christmas and wish you all a great New Year. Hope there will be an Enid Blyton Day next year. Dear Barney, hope you had a nice big juicy bone for Christmas.
BarneyBarney says: I've got a lovely big bone that will last me a long time, thanks, Sue! I hope 2016 will be a great year for you!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on December 27, 2015
Hi, Can anybody tell me if the 2000 Macmillan, 2007 Macmillan, and 2008 Macmillan versions of the Adventure Series use the updated text or not? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Macmillan first updated the Adventure books in the late 1980s so I'm afraid the editions you mention are unlikely to have the original wording, Josiah. However, not many things were changed compared to other series like the Famous Five. Something to check is whether the servant in The Island of Adventure is a black man named Jo-Jo. In revised editions he's a white man named Joe.
Posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2015
Dear Barney, It seems ages since I last wrote to you, but here I am with an observation that you will find interesting. In their bid to modernize Blyton's writings, her publishers have mentioned the first title on the contents page of her book the Mystery of the Hidden House as "The Boy at the Station", while in the older editions the title reads as "The Fat Boy at the Station". Presumably, this might have been done for moral or ethical reasons. But if that is so then there should be no 'Fatty' in the 'Five-Find-Outers' books at all as the name would look offensive, especially for those who share his stature. I just wanted to share this with you Barney. I hope you are keeping good health. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: A good point, but I'm puzzled because you write as if you know me but you don't give your name. We encourage people to choose a username as it looks more friendly than putting "Anonymous". Also, a reminder to everyone that we don't generally approve messages if an email address isn't given. I'm only letting this message through as I wanted to take the opportunity to remind people.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas to all the Society members and a big merry Woof for Barney for all his hard work.
BarneyBarney says: A Wuffy Wuff Wuff to you and your family too, Julie, not forgetting your dog Morgan! Thank you very much for your serial stories in the Secret Passage, which I know are greatly enjoyed. May your stocking be full of juicy bones!
Posted by Snehalatha on December 25, 2015
Merry Enid Blytonish Christmas to all.
BarneyBarney says: A Merry Christmas to you and all Blytonians, Snehalatha!
Posted by Karen on December 24, 2015
Where can I get a copy of the story 'Porridge Town', does anybody know?
BarneyBarney says: 'Porridge Town' is a great story, Karen, and there are several options depending on whether you want a new or second-hand book. Check out the listing in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Lawrence on December 20, 2015
I tried to work out the ages in St. Clare's and it seems that Pat and Isabel would be way over school age by the end? What's going on?
BarneyBarney says: Lack of planning by Enid Blyton, I suspect! When she wrote the first book, she may not have realised that she would end up writing a series of six.
Posted by Pixie Star on December 18, 2015
Hello, I just wanted to know if there are any of Enid Blyton's personal items etc. held in displays in any museums?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any items in museums, but a touring Enid Blyton Exhibition has been to several venues and will be visiting Scarborough Art Gallery next, from 26th March to 26th June 2016. Included in the exhibition are Enid Blyton's typewriter and items like manuscripts, letters, diaries, reports, a workbook, a sketchbook, artwork and photos.
Posted by Janet on December 15, 2015
Hello! I've been looking at the descriptions on this website of the audiobooks of the St Clare's series published by Hodder in 2006. Can you please tell me if the readings are of the originals, or the bowdlerized versions of Miss Blyton's writings? Thank you and Merry Christmas!
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas, Janet! The 2006 St. Clare's recordings are dramatisations rather than readings so the stories will have been adapted and probably abridged to some extent.
Posted by Lizzy on December 14, 2015
Hi, do you know if there is anything Enid Blyton at the Bekonscot Model Village near Marlow?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, there's a model of Enid Blyton's house (Green Hedges) at Bekonscot. Look out for Enid Blyton and some of her characters in the garden! Not far from the model village is the site where Green Hedges once stood, now Blyton Close. The houses in Penn Road on either side of Blyton Close were standing in Enid's day (Upton Leigh and Northfields House). At Beaconsfield Town Hall are some railings with a plaque of Noddy and Big Ears attached to them, and there's a Blyton-themed room at a pub called The Red Lion.
Posted by Inna on December 14, 2015
Dear Enid Blyton Society, I am in search of a book that I read as a child and I think was by Enid Blyton. The story was set during winter and the children spent their vacation in a mountain lodge, had to cope with snow, used the sleigh (I think) to descend to the valley to buy food from a farmer. Opposite to their mountain lodge was a castle where they observed some mysterious incidents. I think they discovered a secret passage and in the end solved the mystery. Would you happen to remember such a story and send me the book title? It would be such a nice childhood memory to read it again. Thank you very much in advance and many advent seasons greetings from Belgium. Inna
BarneyBarney says: It's possible that you're thinking of Five Get Into a Fix, Inna. There isn't a castle in the book but there is a large house called Old Towers. Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy (the dog) are staying in a hut in the snowy Welsh mountains when they see and hear strange shimmering mists and rumbling noises. The children go tobogganing and skiing and occasionally make their way down to the farm for provisions. The mystery takes off, and solving it involves underground passages and a visit to Old Towers. Dogs play an important part in the story (but then dogs are always important!), as does a little girl named Aily.
Posted by Maureen Masters on December 13, 2015
Do you know of a poem or reference to the "afterworld" in one of Enid Blyton's books or works? A relative wanted it at their funeral and I cannot find it. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: All I can think of is that Enid Blyton wrote a book called The Land of Far-Beyond which is loosely based on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress and tells the story of characters journeying to the City of Happiness.