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Posted by Australian Paul on April 16, 2014
Is it known whether Enid enrolled Gillian and Imogen in things like piano lessons and ballet classes, or were those things more common for later generations of little girls?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know, but I suppose most parents would encourage whatever their children showed an interest in. Imogen was keen on horses and she had a pony of her own and used to spend a lot of time at the stables.
Posted by Paul on April 15, 2014
This message is for Sue Webster. Can you contact me through the email that Barney printed below? I am willing to sell the magazines to you for Ł10 plus p&p if you are still interested and if you can pay through Paypal (free to send money). I would prefer them to go to a good home rather than making loads of money. Paul :)
Posted by Paul on April 15, 2014
Hi Sue, I was hoping to get a lot more for them as I am trying to raise funds to move house. I don't really want to sell them but it's a case of "needs must''. :( I've been and still am a great fan of Enid Blyton and this collection shows it to be honest. :) Barney, where is the For Sale area as I cannot find it? Paul
BarneyBarney says: The For Sale area is here, Paul. You have to register to post on the forums, but registration is free of charge.
Posted by Sue Webster on April 15, 2014
Hi Paul, I could be interested in the magazines but could only afford about a tenner for them. I doubt if you'd let them go for less but if a tenner's okay then it's a deal!
BarneyBarney says: Sorry - I've just realised people need Paul's email address:
Posted by Paul on April 14, 2014
Hello. I have a full set (16) of Enid Blyton's Adventure Magazine that I bought with my pocket money when I was 13 years old (I'm now 40). I made my own folder for them and looked after them very well. All are in an excellent condition. I would like to pass them on to someone else now but have no idea of their value. Does anyone have any idea or would like to make me an offer?
BarneyBarney says: You might have more luck if you post in the "For Sale" section of our forums, Paul. By the way, 17 magazines were published altogether but the first (Five on Kirrin Island) was unnumbered and may have been a pilot issue, only available in some areas.
Posted by APerson on April 14, 2014
Good evening, Barney. My housekeeper happened to clear out all of my old Enid Blyton novels that were stored in the cellar, and I needed to know the exact message Mrs. Blyton left in the third Secret Seven novel. Thank you very, very much.
BarneyBarney says: I'm intrigued as to why you want to know, but if someone has the book with Enid Blyton's note/letter in it, perhaps they would be willing to type it out.
Posted by Snehalatha on April 12, 2014
I agree absolutely with everything Ana said. Today I am able to teach students English only because I am such a voracious reader of dear Enid Blyton. I owe her everything and my teaching career. Thank you, Enid. Be happy wherever you are.
Posted by Ana Asif on April 11, 2014
Hallo again, Barney! I've read a great lot of books since the time I last posted. Most of them were Enid Blyton, though. But I would like to tell everyone about ONE book I came across, it was non-Enid. Still, if people like Enid Blyton that much, they might well like this. I just couldn't put it down! It was the first in the series 'The Land of Stories' by Chris Colfer - The Wishing Spell - and it was marvellous. Anyhow, if you can't find it in stores there is a great app called Scribd. On it you'll find thousands of Enid Blyton books and The Wishing Spell. (I wonder if Barney will let me post my last two sentences, but I figure there is only one way to find out!) Also, I'm currently reading Secret Seven Adventure and there is a page which says 'Illustrated By George Brook', with a picture below. The picture really lets the cat out of the bag as it shows how the necklace was stolen! It is a most annoying spoiler. Anyway, Long Live Enid Blyton! Hip, Hip, Hurray! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I just checked out Scribd and it's an app you have to pay for so I assume it's okay, Ana. I agree that it's annoying when illustrations give away major plot points before you've read the relevant parts of the story.
Posted by Anonymous on April 10, 2014
Hiya Barney, I have loved Enid Blyton for ages and have read all of the Malory Towers and St.Clare's books. I was wondering if she had any similar books to those. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: If you're looking for school stories, there's the Naughtiest Girl series and a one-off book called Mischief at St. Rollo's.
Posted by Peter on April 9, 2014
Hi Barney: I live in Australia and as I have read all of the original EB Secret Seven Books I puchased online two books from the French/ English sequel series written by Evelyne Lallemand and Anthea Bell. The titles are "The Seven And The UFO's" (1992 re-print) and "The Seven Go Haunting" (1st edition 1984). It seems this series is almost forgotten and out of print for 22 years. The stories have a genuine Blyton atmosphere : All the gang are there including Scamper the dog,Jack's sister and her rather odd friend Binkie. It would be great if the series or even some of the stories were re-issued, although I guess they would also be updated to more recent times. I would be interested to know what you and possibly others think. Thanks so much
BarneyBarney says: You have summed this up very nicely yourself, Peter. Nine of the original twelve French Secret Seven books by Evelyne Lallemand were translated into English by Anthea Bell, but they have been out of print for over twenty years. A decision to take them out of print was made about both these and the 18 French Famous Five books by Claude Voilier and I don't think this ever likely to be reversed.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on April 6, 2014
Barney, which type of book do you prefer between school stories and humorous stories?
BarneyBarney says: Both! It depends whether I feel like reading about friendships and drama or about mishaps and mayhem. Of course, the school stories have some humorous happenings in them too!
Posted by Jessie on April 6, 2014
Enid Blyton is my favorite author on my list and I love the books she wrote like The Little Toy Engine and The Brave Little Puppy and I can't forget The Goblin Aeroplane.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you like Enid Blyton's short stories as they're excellent and they don't get as much attention as her full-length books. Regarding your second message (which asked rather abruptly, "Where is my message?"), I'm a busy dog with many rabbits to chase so I can't be on here tapping out replies with my paws all day long!
Posted by Adam Bartoš on April 1, 2014
Hi Barney, in June and July here in the Czech Republic come out the last two parts of the series Mysterious Places. I ask you what part is better, The Mysterious Circus or The Mysterious River, and are there some audio versions of the series? Thank you for your response.
BarneyBarney says: We call that series the Adventure series, and the two books are The Circus of Adventure and The River of Adventure. Both are very good indeed. If you look in our Audio Section you'll see that audio cassettes used to be available for at least some Adventure titles, but they're hard to find now.
Posted by Kate Mary on April 1, 2014
Hallo Barney, I see that some of the short story collections formerly published by Award are coming out this year published by Bounty Books (I thought they were Australian). And they already do the Family books and Riddles series. Is Award no longer with us? Their site has been down for ages and the link has gone from the links page.
BarneyBarney says: You're right that Award no longer publish any Enid Blyton books, Kate Mary. Hachette UK, who own the Enid Blyton copyright, now have control of the books which were printed by Award. Bounty is an imprint of Octopus, which is one of the publishing companies owned by Hachette.
Posted by Hadley on March 30, 2014
Hello. Could anyone tell me if there are any audio versions of the Faraway Tree series of books and where to get them?
BarneyBarney says: There are audio versions narrated by Kate Winslet, available as audio downloads from Amazon. You should be aware that the text has been updated - for example, the children are now called Joe, Beth and Frannie instead of Jo, Bessie and Fanny.
Posted by Bets on March 29, 2014
I have a real name but just call me Bets, one of my favorite characters in Enid Blyton's books. I have two questions: 1. Is Daisy in the Mystery Series fat? In the picture of her on the cover of The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, Daisy has a double chin. 2. Who is Theophilus? I think Barney the dog is cute, like Buster.
BarneyBarney says: Regarding Daisy, I wouldn't take much notice of the illustrations as they're only the interpretations of a particular artist. Enid Blyton describes Fatty and Ern as fat and Pip as a pipsqueak, so it's likely that the other children are of average build. If you've read the books you'll know that Theophilus is the first name of Mr. Goon, the policeman.
Posted by Lorraine on March 27, 2014
Hi, I am trying to find posters of the pictures from the Magic Faraway Tree. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I live in Australia. Cheers, Lorraine.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't think any posters of the Faraway Tree illustrations have ever been produced, Lorraine.
Posted by GC on March 24, 2014
Can anyone help? I remember reading a story about a boy and girl and they are on an adventure and end up in a cuckoo clock. I thought it was by Enid Blyton but have been unable to find it. Please let me know the title if it is one of hers. Many thanks as I would LOVE to read it again!
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of The Yellow Fairy Book (also published as The Queer Adventure, The Marvellous Adventure and The Faraway Tree Adventure). Peter and Mary seek refuge inside a giant cuckoo clock and spend the night with the cuckoo. The next morning, they fly off on the cuckoo's back to the Land of Storytellers.
Posted by Aliza on March 19, 2014
I just love Malory Towers and Enid Blyton. I like the fact that she had such a creative mind and sharp vision. By the way, I am so inspired that I myself am writing a book, even though I am only 10.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure Enid Blyton would be very happy to know that she has inspired you to write!
Posted by Paul on March 19, 2014
I don't think Enid Blyton would have had a mental place for a wealthy black British family whose son was at school with her main characters. Her infrequent black characters are either superstitious, bad-tempered and evil (Jo-Jo in The Island of Adventure), helpful adorers of her main characters (Mafumu in The Secret Mountain) or evil, self-loathing monsters (the African tribe who dye their hair red and their skin yellow and throw passing English children off mountains as offerings to the sun god - can't remember which book).
BarneyBarney says: The book about the African tribe and the sun god (though I don't think the members of the tribe are self-loathing) is The Secret Mountain. Actually, Enid Blyton does write (in The Mystery of the Strange Bundle) about a wealthy black boy who goes to school with Fatty. He's a Zulu prince, not a British boy, and his name is Boobanti. Fatty admires his ability at ventriloquism.
Posted by Sue Webster on March 19, 2014
Hi, sad that there's no Enid Blyton Day this year due to getting no speakers. Just thought - how about an Enid Blyton Day next year but with speakers from the Enid Blyton Society instead? People like Anita, Julie, etc. as I'm sure they and others could give an interesting talk. Other members could share their Blyton experiences, e.g. old Famous Five Club members, and others could share their favourite books and characters and explain why they like them. There could be some excellent stuff here. Hope this can be arranged for either later this year or next year. Cheers Barney, from Sue.
BarneyBarney says: If only people could understand my wuffs, I could give a talk on "Bones, biscuits and bunnies in Blyton books"!
Posted by Bedriye on March 16, 2014
Hi, I am writing from Turkey. I wonder, how can I get Enid Blyton's original Secret Seven and Famous Five books? I read them when I was in middle school in the 1990s. There are new ones published, but not with the original pictures. I want to get the the initial version of them. Can you help me with this?
BarneyBarney says: You'll need to look out for older copies, Bedriye. You could try second-hand bookshops, market stalls, jumble sales and websites like eBay. Good luck with finding the books you want.
Posted by Fiona Burke on March 14, 2014
I hope you can help, did Enid write a book on childcare, I have recently listened to a programme on radio 4 and I thought they said she had. I'm currently doing a degree in Early Years and would very much like to read this if indeed she did. I look forward to hearing from you.
BarneyBarney says: No, she didn't write a book on childcare, but she did write a short story for parents to read to adopted children called The Child Who Was Chosen. This is an extremely scarce booklet which you are unlikely to be able to find a copy of, so it can be seen in full in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on March 12, 2014
Thanks! Barney, what is a 'Siamese cat'?
BarneyBarney says: Put "Siamese cat" into Google, click on "Images" and you'll see lots of them! They're usually a creamy colour with dark brown features and blue eyes. They're great fun to chase!
Posted by Tanayia Myers on March 12, 2014
Hi, I am looking for the original hard copy versions of all The collection of The Faraway Tree. I used to read this when I was little and I want to get the collection so my kids can read it. Please, if anyone knows of anyone selling any please let me know. Must be in good condition, no rips or tears and no stains. Thanks guys.
BarneyBarney says: You might have more luck if you post your request in the "Wanted" section of our forums, Tanayia. Alternatively, you could try eBay.
Posted by John Rees on March 11, 2014
Wondering if there is an Enid Blyton Day this year. My Journal arrived yesterday. Only had time for a very quick scan, but nothing leapt out?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there isn't an Enid Blyton Day this year, John. It gets harder and harder to find speakers so it's not always possible to hold a Day. I hope you enjoy the Journal.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on March 11, 2014
Barney, in India we will be having 'Holi' this Sunday. Happy Holi! Rupsa
BarneyBarney says: Happy Holi!
Posted by Ana on March 5, 2014
I've finished the second Six Cousins book. It took me a while as I have English final exams tomorrow, but I squeezed it in! English - easy-PEASY! Anyway, the second book WAS cracking, as you said, Barney! (Spoiler Alert!) At first, I didn't think it would have such a happy ending, because Aunt Rose seemed an obstinate character. I do wish Enid had written a third one, but seeing that everything was as happy as could be, there certainly couldn't be anything more to write about! My sister's just begun an interest in Enid's books, and she won 1st prize in a reading competition and a writing competition! Not bragging, I just wanted to say what Enid's books do! Cheers, Ana!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you enjoyed the second Six Cousins book. Aunt Rose is a very interesting character to read about. Congratulations to your sister and I hope she continues to read Enid Blyton!
Posted by Matthew on March 5, 2014
I love Malory Towers, the Naughtiest Girl, the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, St. Clare's, the Mysteries and the Adventurous Four.
BarneyBarney says: Have you tried the Secret series and the Barney Mysteries?
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on March 5, 2014
Who was Enid Blyton inspired by?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was interested in people generally, so she was probably inspired by quite a few as she journeyed through life. When she was a child she admired the author Arthur Mee. She read his Children's Encyclopedia avidly and had at least one poem published in his magazine. Enid's father shared her love of nature, music and literature and encouraged her in those pursuits, so no doubt she looked up to him. When she began writing, her friend's aunt (Mabel Attenborough) gave her support and became a good friend and confidante. I would say Enid was inspired by all these people - and probably by others as well.
Posted by Ana on March 5, 2014
I thought I heard that Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm had a sequel. I just read the first one and I'd LOVE to read the next! Do tell me its name! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Click on the "Six Cousins" button above this Message Board and you'll find out the title of the next book, Ana. It's a cracking story, as Crackers might say!
Posted by Phillip Bond on March 3, 2014
I have Father Christmas and Belinda by Enid Blyton which I would like to sell.
BarneyBarney says: You could post in the "For Sale" section of our Forums, or try eBay.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on March 1, 2014
Hi Barney. I just completed the monthly quiz. I was quite astonished to see that Sir Terence and Mr. Lenoir (who are usually in the Hall of Fame) are right at the bottom. Was this time's quiz tough? I don't think so because I scored 20 right. Very puzzling.
BarneyBarney says: Some idiotic person was playing the fool and using the names of other entrants, but admin have sorted things out now.
Posted by Vishali on March 1, 2014
I really appreciate the effort of Sarath Jayawardana in translating an Enid Blyton book into Sinhalese. I hope this will benefit many people in Sri Lanka. Good luck!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 27, 2014
Barney, I read both the books and have started reading The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you read both the Six Cousins books, as they're like one story in two parts.
Posted by Anna on February 26, 2014
I recently bought a copy of Tales of Enid Blyton in a second-hand shop. It is a hardback book with no date in it. It has a number of short stories in it: 'The Little White Hen', 'The Cuckoo in the Clock', 'The Six Red Wizards' and many more, and also puzzles and craft ideas: 'Numbers of Things', 'Puzzling Problems', 'A Paper Posy' and 'Nursery Rhyme Puzzle' to name a few. I have been unsuccessful in locating anything online relating to this book. Do you have any information on this publication, especially its publication date? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Not all the books published since Enid Blyton's death are in our database, but I wonder if this is the book you have. If so, it appears to have been published by World Distributors in 1978.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 25, 2014
Just finished the Six Cousins book ...It was really great! Barney, why did Enid Blyton start writing books?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether you read both Six Cousins books or just one, Rupsa, but they're dramatic and well-written and are very popular with Blyton fans. Enid had a talent for telling tales, and imaginative stories would flood into her mind when she lay in bed each night, so it's not surprising that she became an author.
Posted by Ana Asif on February 25, 2014
I wanted to ask Barney, how did Enid write stories? Sitting at a desk? On the swings in the park? What did she get inspired by? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton used to type her stories straight onto a typewriter which was perched on a board across her knees. She would sit in a cosy lounge, or outside on a swing-seat. She was inspired by places she had visited, people she knew and experiences she'd had. These things would find their way into her stories, transformed by her imagination.
Posted by Ana on February 18, 2014
I'm glad you people agree. It is true that "Enid wrote the best books ever, despite what she was like as a person. Long live her books!" I really agree with this line as well: "She gave joy to millions - not only children but grown-ups too. " I don't think I would have ever received prizes for story-writing and essays if it weren't for Enid's books. Not only the wonderful English, but the way she writes them. I'm surprised someone could get such fantastic ideas. And like they say, "No one is perfect." Lots of things might have happened in Enid's life, some bad, some good. She never let it affect her writing, though. Anyway, "Several rumours spread out of spite", as Sneha said, is what I've been thinking. I don't think we should just believe what we hear. Pretty much the past few days I've been thinking about all this. Thanks for helping me out of confusion, Susan and Sneha. Three cheers to Enid! Hip, hip, hurray! Cheers, Ana.
Posted by Mrs. Blyton Boy on February 18, 2014
Hi Susie, Regarding what you said about wanting CDs (dramatised) of Five Go Off in a Caravan, Five Have a Wonderful Time, Five Have Plenty of Fun and Five Are Together Again, what you could do is buy a cassette to Mp3 converter off Ebay or at a local electronics store, then convert the cassettes to Mp3 and then burn the Mp3s to a CD. Just a suggestion. Cheers, Mrs. B.B.
Posted by Susan Webster on February 17, 2014
Hi Ana, just read that rotten article that you mentioned and people should remember that in Enid's day girls were more protected and seen as the weaker sex, unlike today. In the Secret Seven I think the girls were more adventurous, especially Janet, and wanted to be in with the boys in an adventure. What this person wrote should be ignored as Enid Blyton was an amazing person and we all have our faults. I have a temper like George in the Famous Five and Darrell in Malory Towers and I'm very much like them in my character - also a tomboy! Girls are as good as boys as George insists. It also depends on the book and the characters in it. Enid wrote the best books ever, despite what she was like as a person. Long live her books!
Posted by Snehalatha on February 16, 2014
I agree with Ana. No-one is esteemed enough to criticise Enid Blyton. She gave joy to millions - not only children but grown-ups too. I have been her avid reader for 52 years and still my table is full of Blyton books. I don't care how she behaved with her family. Several rumours spread out of spite.
Posted by Susie on February 16, 2014
We are looking for the following books on Audio CD in a dramatised, abridged, full-cast version: Five Go Off in a Caravan, Five Have a Wonderful Time, Five Have Plenty of Fun and Five Are Together Again. Please can you tell me if these are available anywhere? We can see old cassette tapes but no CDs. Many thanks, Susie.
BarneyBarney says: I just checked in the Cave and unfortunately those titles don't seem to have been released on CD as dramatised versions, Susie.
Posted by Mrs. Blyton Boy on February 16, 2014
Hi, I would like to know if there is a site with LOADS of Enid Blyton because I have read tons of Enid Books and I have exhausted the site, and I can't read the books on this website because I am not old enough and don't have enough money. So are there any sites with good Enid Blyton-style written books? (Or maybe could you make the fanfic on this website available for free.) Thanks, Mrs. B.B. P.S. I like the Five Find-Outers series above all other series, so I REALLY would like books based on that series. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we made our continuation books available to Society members only as a thank you for subscribing. Have you tried writing your own Enid Blyton-style stories? If you have friends who also like Enid Blyton, perhaps you could all write stories and read each other's.
Posted by Ana on February 15, 2014
I recently came across this web page, Is it okay to read Enid Blyton books? The author of that horrible article, Elizabeth Flux, has really enraged me. How can someone write such an article about Enid? But on the other hand, part of me thinks that Elizabeth is right when she quoted this from the Secret Seven, about Susie: '"She's more like a boy, really," said Barbara, which made all the boys look scornfully at her. "Well you know what I mean," she went on. "She's brave – and bold, and don't-care-ish – and she doesn't cry if she hurts herself, and she'll stick by her friends through thick and thin. If she were a boy I'd like her awfully – but as she's a girl, she's just a nuisance."' Well, it did make me feel that Enid did not really like girls. And her work MIGHT have contained some of the stuff that they say. But anyway, she is THE best author, and I'd like to judge her for her work, not her personal opinions, close to something that Julie once said. How could Elizabeth Flux call her what she did? I'm confused and annoyed. No cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books have weathered many such criticisms, Ana. Readers just have to remember that her stories reflect the prevailing attitudes of her era, so a few things will seem questionable today. The important thing is that there is much in them that is excellent, transcending time and place, which is why the books have never lost their appeal and continue to entertain and inspire children around the globe.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 14, 2014
Barney, in how many languages have Enid Blyton's books been published?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure, but over 40 languages have been "collected" so far in this thread on the forums.
Posted by Sue Webster on February 13, 2014
Hi Halarna, I've just seen your post about forming a Secret Seven club. This link will take you to a page on the Hachette website which tells you how to form a club. If you contact them they may send you a Secret Seven club pack with seven badges, pencils, bookmarks and a poster. Have fun.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 12, 2014
I have made badges with coloured card and written ''Enid Blyton's fans''. You could try that, Shriya!
Posted by Shriya Sharma on February 12, 2014
I have formed a club and want to make a badge for us. Can you tell me how to?
BarneyBarney says: The Secret Seven used to cover a button with cloth, attach a safety pin to the back and embroider SS on the front. Badges could also be made from a circle of card with a safety pin taped to the back. Alternatively, why not use an online badge-making service? I think you email your badge design to them and they will make you a metal badge and post it to you. You'd have to look into the details yourself. Have fun in your club!
Posted by Sarath Jayawardana on February 12, 2014
I have translated Enid Blyton's Tales of Long Ago into Sinhalese for the benefit of children in Sri Lanka. My publishers M/s. Vijitha Yapa Publishing have requested me to obtain your permission for printing this book. Please let me know how I should proceed. Regards, Saratah Jayawardana.
BarneyBarney says: You'll need to contact Hachette UK (Hodder), Sarath, as they own the copyright.

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