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Posted by Amin on July 28, 2016
Sorry this isn't about Blyton but all you kind folks helped me with a book information before so I am posting this. I had a book in my childhood which I lost. It was Tales from the Arabian Nights. It was a dark blue hardbound with a jacket, UK published and had painted pictures as well as black and white sketches along with text on thick white paper. It had some uncommon stories like "The Serpent Queen" and "Maruf and the Ugly Fatima". If I remember correctly it was a Cathay Press from 1983. Can anybody lead me to this particular book? Maybe you have it in your collection.Thanks in advance.
Posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2016
i love listening to the Malory Towers audio adaptions and they are great, however I've always wanted to know the names of the cast. Were the children well-known professional actors or talented volunteers?
BarneyBarney says: I agree that it is always nice to know names, but sadly they are as anonymous as you!
Posted by Sandra Almeida on July 25, 2016
Adoro os livros da Enid Blyton. Ainda hoje os leio e já tenho 45 anos. Gosto especialmente de Os Cinco, Os Sete, Mistério e as Gémeas no Colégio de Santa Clara. Os livros da Enid foram muito importantes pra me lançarem como leitora.
BarneyBarney says: You're not alone in continuing to love Enid Blyton books at the age of 45, Sandra (if I've understood you correctly).
Posted by Bubla Basu on July 25, 2016
Enid Blyton's school stories tell truths that matter
BarneyBarney says: Interesting, but it would have been nice if you'd written a comment to go with the link.
Posted by Haya on July 24, 2016
Hello! I wanted to know what fraction of books is written by Lady Enid Blyton in the whole of English literature for children.😯😕😀
BarneyBarney says: New children's books are coming out all the time, so the fraction must be constantly changing!
Posted by Karen Taylor on July 23, 2016
I have the set Blyton: New Testament Bible Pictures 1-30 by Macmillan. Where would I sell them?
BarneyBarney says: Items like that don't tend to be as popular as the books but you could try eBay or a specialist dealer. We have some children's booksellers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Mary on July 22, 2016
I am searching for a book which I am certain is by Enid Blyton. The title is Seven White Gates. I remember one character was an uncle (?) called Malachi who used to go out at night and sit on 'devil's rock'. It was quite a creepy tale. I hope someone can help.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of Seven White Gates by Malcolm Saville. The uncle is Uncle Micah and the rock is the Devil's Chair.
Posted by Sue Webster on July 22, 2016
Hi. What is this Famous Five's Survival Guide I have been reading about and how can I get one? Sounds fun and would love one. By the way, are there any I-SPY Books enthusiasts out there? Collins/Harper have taken over from Michelin and have brought out some new updated books, which I have most of and they are better than Michelin. I have just won my first super spotter I-spy badge and certificate!
BarneyBarney says: Congratulations on being a super spotter, Sue! You can read all about The Famous Five's Survival Guide here.
Posted by Judith on July 21, 2016
With Enid Blyton's stories, do the publishers keep them as period pieces or do they decide that this is a good story and one that children now would enjoy on the same basis as any other book they might pick up, i.e. not as 'something set in the olden times'? The name Mary is now very unusual for anyone under forty, except perhaps as a middle name. Jill is also very outdated by modern standards. Zoe and Pippa probably are very firmly 80s/90s names, but there is nothing to stop the publishers updating again (Emily and Olivia?), and Mary and Jill are very much of their time. I see it as a huge compliment to Enid Blyton that her stories are good enough and timeless enough that publishers bother to do this.
BarneyBarney says: Just about all Enid Blyton's books have been updated to varying degrees.
Posted by Bill on July 20, 2016
Hello, Does anybody have the code reader from The Famous Five's Survival Guide? I (and my daughter) would be really grateful if someone would be willing to scan and share (and we can cut out the holes). Thank you for reading. Bill
Posted by Jane Morgan on July 12, 2016
Hello everyone. I'm wondering if by any chance anyone knows anything about Teachers World before Enid Blyton's time. I am doing some research for my local museum on people who lived in our village and we have a man who was a journalist on Teachers World (on the 1911 census). It has taken me a while to remember why I had heard of Teachers World then it came to me! It's a long shot I know but I reckon there is an expert out there on just about everything these days. Many thanks for any help you can give. :)
Posted by Brayden on July 6, 2016
Wondering if you could assist me in relation to finding out about an old Couch Built Bentley that Enid Blyton may have owned back in the 1950s. Registration LXW300. Then sold to a Mr. Fry in 1966. The vehicle is now in Melbourne, Australia, and I have been asked to value the vehicle for insurance reasons by the current owner. If there is any way you could help, I would be indebted to you. Sincerely, Brayden Walls Associated Valuer. The Valuers Group. Melbourne
Posted by June on July 5, 2016
Hi, I have Boys' and Girls' Story Book No. 5 by Enid Blyton given to me in 1937 (I was 4 years old). It is my most treasured possession but sadly it is very delapidated. No two pages are joined but still every page is there. Do you know if the book is still in print or any other books in the same series? I think originally there was No. 1 - No. 6. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You can see all six books in our Cave of Books, June. They're no longer in print but they may be available second-hand. Some of the stories will have been reused in later story collections.
Posted by TG on July 2, 2016
On June 29, 2016 Gill Singh requested information about a Noddy story containing seven dolls, of which there seems no existing evidence. Barney hopes someone will be able to help but someone may 'not' be able to help because the only tale located so far is where Noddy appears with 'nine' dolls. Gill is adamant there are 'seven.' Entitled 'Noddy and the Little Dolls,' it deals with Mrs. Jolly-Doll asking our hero to take her children picnicking to Windy Woods which he does, but a problem arises when the head-count is taken before returning home .... it appears they're one short! This particular offering is in The Big Noddy Book (Fifties) showing a giraffe in Noddy's car on the cover so if the doll-count turns out to be 'nine' after all, it may have been seen in a Sixties or Seventies reprint.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, TG!
Posted by Gill Singh on June 29, 2016
NODDY AND THE SEVEN DOLLS. Back in the 70s I used to babysit my cousin and she always wanted the same story read to her every night. I am sure it was called Noddy and the Seven Dolls but I can't find any evidence of such a book having existed. Now she has children of her own I would love to surprise her with the book. Does anyone remember it also? Or have I got the title slightly wrong? There were definitely seven dolls though. Please help!
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Gill!
Posted by M on June 27, 2016
We're hosting a Famous Five picnic next week for some of our year 3s and would like any information on what best to do. I'm helping the year 3s make everything from scratch but would like anyone's information or links to make it a special day for them.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds fun! There's a forums thread here that may be of help. Googling "ginger beer" etc. will bring up recipes. I hope the children have a wonderful time!
Posted by Garrybel on June 21, 2016
The other day I got some new books by Enid Blyton. They are the Secret series. I've already read all of them! They are so good, no, awesome! My favourite has to be The Secret of Moon Castle. My heart was thumping so hard when the children were scared by the eyes that were moving in the portrait. The Secret of Killimooin was also a really good one. If I was them I would be freaked out by the strange happenings! My dad and I read all the books together and his favourite one was The Secret of Spiggy Holes. I love Enid's books and will forever!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you enjoyed the Secret series so much. The Famous Five and Adventure series tend to receive a lot more attention but the Secret books are wonderful too - full of variety and excitement.
Posted by Diana Robilliard on June 19, 2016
I have a large hard-covered book of twelve musical plays for children by Enid Blyton. (It measures 26 x 31 x 4 cms in size.) The title is The Play's the Thing and the original music for the songs (included) is by Alec Rowley. There are 24 full page drawings by Alfred E. Bestall. The book doesn't appear to be dated but it appears to date from the 1920s or 1930s. It is published by The Home Library Book Company (George Newnes Ltd.) 67 & 68 Chandos St. W.C.2. I would like to enter this book in an Enid Blyton auction. How can I go about doing this from New Zealand? The cover is a little bit worn on the edges but the book is fully intact and in quite good condition.
BarneyBarney says: I think Trade Me is the best-known online auction site in New Zealand, Diana, but you could also try specialist children's book dealers. The Play's the Thing was first published in 1927, though I believe there was more than one edition.
Posted by Paul Austin on June 19, 2016
I wish Enid had written a follow up to Malory Towers showing Darrell and co at St Andrews. For some reason, I see Darrell as heavily involved in student politics and causes, maybe editing the student newspaper.
Posted by Garrybel on June 16, 2016
Why is your name Barney? Has it got anything to do with Enid's books? Cool name though. I know a guy called Barney who loves Enid's books! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: My name just happens to be Barney and isn't anything to do with Enid Blyton really - though I'm pleased that I share the name with Barney the circus boy from the Barney mysteries!
Posted by Garrybel on June 15, 2016
I'm such a big fan of Enid's books. My favourites have to be the Faraway Tree series. Enid had such a creative mind! I'm glad that her books are still read by many children today!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad too! Enid Blyton also encouraged exploration and Find-Outing, so I haven't answered the nine or ten questions you've just sent in separate messages. Take a look at our Author of Adventure section and Cave of Books, and have fun discovering most of the answers yourself!
Posted by Sarah on June 15, 2016
I'm a teacher and my pupils were asked to write to their favourite author. Is there a postal address we can use to send a letter to the Enid Blyton Society please? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You can send the letter to the address given under Subscribe By Post, Sarah. Letters are put up in the Letters from Children section of our forums.
Posted by Garrybel on June 14, 2016
Did Enid Blyton have a favourite book that she wrote? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't know, though Enid Blyton said in an interview that her favourite character was George from the Famous Five series. Her favourite book as a child was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
Posted by Heather on June 13, 2016
I got one of your books and the pages are in the wrong order. The book is called When the Moon was Blue and Other Stories.
BarneyBarney says: I may be talented with my paws, but the books were written by Enid Blyton! Occasionally, readers do come across faulty copies. It's annoying, but if you recently bought the book you should be able to return it and get a replacement or a refund. If that's not possible, I hope at least the pages are all there so you can still read the stories - even if you have to flick through the pages at times!
Posted by Amanda Hutton on June 11, 2016
Hi Rob Houghton. Thank you so much for your reply! We have FOUR of these Survival Guides but can't seem to see what you describe. Just wondering if you have a pic of it and could send it so we know what we are looking for or at least we can print it to use as a code breaker? Either way - thanks so much again for your reply.
Posted by Tony Sismore on June 10, 2016
Hello. As an apprentice bookbinder in 1952 I was involved in the production of The Queer Adventure. This was, as I recall, a run of 500,00 books printed and bound by Staples Press Ltd. To date this book seems to have virtually disappeared. Only one or two have surfaced, usually damaged, wrapperless, dirty and torn, etc. Of 500,00 where are they all? Regards, Tony.
BarneyBarney says: How interesting to hear that you were involved in producing The Queer Adventure, Tony. There are several copies available on eBay and Amazon, but mostly without dustwrappers. I suppose they've been passed from child to child over the years so the surviving copies are bound to show signs of wear and tear. I'm not sure what you mean by 500,00 books. 50,000, perhaps?
Posted by Rob Houghton on June 8, 2016
In reply to Amanda, the 'code reader' should be attached to The Famous Five's Survival Guide like a bookmark - with a red ribbon. It's an oblong piece of card that looks like parchment with holes cut into it. If it's not anywhere in the book, it looks sadly as if it's missing from your daughter's copy. :-(
Posted by Hannah on June 6, 2016
The only ones I haven't heard of (and I love Enid Blyton and have loads - not all - of her books) are: the Barney or R mysteries and the Six Cousins books. Oh yes, and the Adventurous Four.
BarneyBarney says: The Barney mysteries are wonderful (I'm not just saying that because my name is Barney!), as are the Six Cousins books. If you manage to find copies of them (the Barney series has been out of print for some time), I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Oh yes, and the Adventurous Four books are very exciting too!
Posted by Amanda on June 5, 2016
I have a question about The Famous Five's Survival Guide. Does anyone know where to find the code reader (mentioned on page 38) that Timmy found to help read the hidden message in the Duke of Dibeltoynn's Letter (page 31)? Apparently, the code reader is "an old piece of card and is full of holes and the code reader was left among our papers." My daughter (who is 10) has searched the whole book and can't find it. Thanks.
Posted by Jafta on June 2, 2016
I have quite a few Famous Fives including first editions & 10 Secret Sevens 1960s in great condition. Some on eBay now, 222135935609. See other items. Combined shipping is the best way to buy.
Posted by Peter on June 1, 2016
Faraway Tree for sale! I have a complete set of the 'Faraway Tree' books (three novels and the picture book, Up The Faraway Tree). These are NOT first editions but are the original Dorothy Wheeler-illustrated books and are all in good (NOT mint) condition. They all have their original colour dust-jackets. Anyone interested? Thanks, Brendan.
Posted by Margaret Fox on May 31, 2016
Hello Enid fans. I am trying to find a copy of The Fourth Bedside Book. There's a story about an empty dolls' house. Regards, Margaret.
Posted by Colin French on May 29, 2016
Hi all, can anyone shed any light on this amazing folding caravan that has recently been discovered, that Enid Blyton sold on in 1964? See this topic in the forums for the full story. Regards, Colin.
Posted by Fred Downes on May 23, 2016
Can you please advise me where I can buy the original hardback series of the Famous Five books? I would appreciate it if you can help me as I have been trying to track them down. They were a big part of my childhood and I would love to pass these stories onto my own two grandchildren. Many thanks, Fred.
BarneyBarney says: It may take some time to collect the lot but they often come up on eBay, Fred. Other places to try include second-hand bookshops, car boot sales, charity shops, Amazon and the sellers we've listed under Lashings of Links. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Michele Clark McConnochie on May 23, 2016
Hi, I am currently researching a travel book based on the homes of famous children's authors, sites that inspired them or the locations of their work. The only place I can find to visit linked to Enid Blyton is the pub in Knotty Green. Does anyone have other suggestions? I am travelling during July and August this year but am doing my background research at the moment. Thanks for any suggestions!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's home in Well End (Old Thatch in Coldmoorholme Lane) still exists but the gardens are sadly no longer open to the public. Certain aspects of Bourne End/Well End are thought to have found their way into the Find-Outers books, e.g. the river-path leading to Marlow is mentioned in some stories. The houses where Enid lived in Beckenham also still exist, but I don't know of any link to her stories and they're mostly very ordinary-looking. Corfe Castle is mentioned in Adventure of the Strange Ruby, and Enid's farm and golf club (both in Dorset) feature in Five on Finniston Farm and Five Have a Mystery to Solve respectively. Most of Blyton's settings weren't based firmly on real-life places, however.
Posted by Gail on May 22, 2016
I am DESPERATE to discover the British sales figures for Enid Blyton books between 1947-1957. I'll also need figures (if possible!) from public libraries! This request concerns the research for my dissertation subject for my degree, but so far I've had no success finding out if/where/how book sales were recorded/stored way back then! If ANYONE has ANY knowledge or suggestions I will be very grateful.
Posted by Dennis on May 20, 2016
Yes, the Five Find-Outers and Dog are available from Amazon. I just uploaded the whole series, they were about $4 Australian each (about £2) and very easy to read on my Paperwhite.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Dennis!
Posted by Sue on May 15, 2016
Hi, can Enid Blyton books be read online anywhere please? I quite fancy reading the Five Find-Outers and Dog ones again, lol. I'm only 60.
BarneyBarney says: They won't be available free anywhere because they're still under copyright, but you could check Amazon to see if electronic versions are available to buy as well as the printed books. Have fun reading the stories again!
Posted by Lisa on May 11, 2016
I hope someone is able to help me out! I was a kid in the 1990s and I had an Enid Blyton hardback story treasury. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called, although I can picture the front (it was a pale yellow colour with a large rectangle containing an illustration on the front). It was a collection of short stories and one of them was about a little girl who did a lot of baking (cakes, breads, biscuits, etc). I can't remember what happens in the story! It is frustrating me, as I would really like to find that book for my young children. I know that I am really vague with the details, I am trying to remember more!
BarneyBarney says: How big was the book, Lisa? If you go into our "Cave of Books" (button on the left) and do a search on "Award Popular Rewards" (it will bring up 72 books) you'll see that the reprints (click on a title and scroll down a bit to see the reprints) were pale yellow with an illustration in a rectangle. Another possibility is an annual-sized book called Goodnight Stories. It's not listed in the Cave of Books, but if you Google "Goodnight Stories Blyton" you'll find it. There may be umpteen stories about girls doing a lot of baking, but two possibilities are 'The Little Toy Stove' and 'The Little Candy House'. You could do a search on those titles in the Cave of Books and see what comes up, though not every book published since Enid Blyton's death is listed. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Amy on May 9, 2016
I love the Faraway Tree and the Wishing-Chair books. I think I like the Faraway Tree better. I've read them all!
Posted by Andrew on May 9, 2016
I am looking for a little Noddy story that I asked to have read so many times as a child that my parents can still remember the beginning but not the title. Can anyone help? "We're off to the station to wait for the train,/ We all want to catch it you see./ There's Miss Fluffy Cat and Wobbly Man/ And Golly and Monkey and me./ Look, here comes the train, oh what a surprise,/ Just look who's driving today./ It's our Little Noddy, he's there in the cab/ He shouts, 'I'm the driver, hooray!'" Any idea?
Posted by Deniz Besim on May 8, 2016
Hi, I just finished reading the last book of the Famous Five collection (#21) and the last paragraph of the book promises that there are more adventures to come. Enid Blyton says, "Hurry up and fall into another adventure. We are longing to hear what you and the others will be up to next. Goodbye for now - and take care of yourselves, Five. Good luck!" I would like to know why Enid Blyton didn't write any more Famous Five books since #21 after promising readers many more adventures to come?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote Five Are Together Again in 1963. She was already suffering from dementia at that point and her health gradually got worse. When she wrote the book she probably hoped she'd be able to continue with the series, but sadly that wasn't possible.
Posted by Carol on May 7, 2016
Hello Barney :) - 50 years ago I immersed myself in the lovely Malory Towers series and I'm really keen to find a set to purchase. However I have only come across the modern, pseudo Enid Blyton, collections. I have no problem with anyone who appreciates these modern publications but they're just not for me. Can you help this silver surfer in her quest to locate this bit of nostalgia? Very many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the only way you can get hold of the books you remember is to keep an eye out on sites like eBay or Amazon, Carol, or try the sellers listed under Lashings of Links. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Nysha on May 7, 2016
Hey guys...Could you please tell me how to create an account here without subscribing? Please help. I'm a big fan of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: You can join the forums free of charge and discuss topics with other fans, Nysha - just click on "join in" (bottom of this page) and register. If you want to receive the thrice-yearly Journal I'm afraid it's necessary to take out a subscription as the costs of printing and postage have to be covered.
Posted by Sandy on May 5, 2016
I notice that there are two untitled books in the Dean Reward series, Nos. 51 and 52. Can you please advise as to what the stories may be about? With many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: If you look at the Dean's Reward Series listing in the Cave of Books, you'll see that numbers 51 and 52 come after number 73 (because they were brought out at a later date). They're collections of short stories called Happy Day Stories and Rainy Day Stories.
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.