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Posted by Linda De Permentier on September 20, 2014
As a child (45 years ago) I read The Green Storybook in the Dutch version. I've been searching for years to find a copy, but without success. Finally I find this site and hope someone one can advise me if copies are still available and where. Thanks in advance. I'm from Belgium, Antwerp region.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your search, Linda. Is there a Dutch eBay or equivalent, where you could look out for the book? If not, I hope someone can help.
Posted by Prachi on September 19, 2014
Enid Blyton, I am a great fan of your books since my childhood days. Your books have always been very amazing. LOVE YOU.
Posted by Pip on September 19, 2014
Many thanks, Barney, for your reply. I have purchased a copy of The Land of Far-Beyond and look forward to reading it for my friend. :)
BarneyBarney says: That's great, Pip! I'm sure your friend will find it very special.
Posted by Pip on September 17, 2014
A friend of mine who is nearly blind would like to hear The Land of Far-Beyond. Has it ever been recorded on audio of any format, please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I haven't heard of an audio version of that book. If there isn't one available, maybe you could get a copy of the book and record yourself (or someone else) reading it? It's a great story.
Posted by Louise on September 16, 2014
Hi, is The Land of Far-Beyond, first published in 1942, a first edition if it's published by Methuen and Co Ltd, London? Kindest regards, Lou.
BarneyBarney says: Not necessarily as there may have been a number of printings, but it should have the original text.
Posted by Crystallmaze on September 14, 2014
Does anyone have any of the original Mary Mouse strip books for sale? These were illustrated by Olive Openshaw. As a child my mother bought me the complete set ( costing 1/-) but over the years they have been lent out and sadly not returned. I would be very grateful to know if anyone still has these lurking in a cupboard. crystallmaze@gmail.com
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, but your message might be seen by more people if you put it in the "Wanted" section of our forums.
Posted by Pollyanna on September 9, 2014
Regarding the poem, I managed to get the correct first two lines from my Mother and then was able to track it down. It is called 'The Face' and was actually written by Edward Wyndham Tennant, a First World War poet! Still, at least she has the poem now. I still love Enid Blyton books. They were one of the things I made sure weren't thrown away when I moved recently, despite my sister's best efforts!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for letting us know, Pollyanna. I'm glad you were able to track down the poem - and save your Enid Blyton books!
Posted by Mudit on September 6, 2014
I want to read Five Find-Outers books written by people other than Enid Blyton because I have read the real ones 40 times each! Help!
BarneyBarney says: If you joined the Enid Blyton Society you would be able to enter the Secret Passage on this website. We have a lot of continuation novels there, including Find-Outers books written by Trevor Bolton, Robert Houghton and Julie Heginbotham.
Posted by Afrin on September 3, 2014
Enid Blyton wrote the best books in the world. I love her books. I almost have all of them.
Posted by Pollyanna on September 2, 2014
My mum, who is 94, is continually trying to remember a poem she thinks was written by Enid Blyton. It is about a wonderful face, fairest of faces, and ends along the lines of 'and whose is this face - my mother's'. Can anyone help, please, as she thinks I can find anything on the net for her! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone recognises the poem, Pollyanna.
Posted by Shruti on September 2, 2014
SORRY Barney, I forgot to mention my hometown. I am from Odisha, India. Thanks to Sudarshan. If I ever get a chance to go to Bangalore I'll surely check out the place he mentions.
Posted by Farwa on August 31, 2014
Did Enid Blyton write any other song books?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, take a look in the Cave!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on August 30, 2014
Barney, did Enid Blyton write any songs?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton wrote a number of songs. Often she only wrote the lyrics but sometimes she composed the tunes as well, eg. for Responsive Singing Games (1923).
Posted by Lesley Caffrey Leukaemia Charity Shop on August 29, 2014
Hi, I was wondering if you could give me a rough idea on the price for the little books listed below as we are a charity shop raising funds for leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and naturally I would like to get as much money as possible for them. The Noddy Shop Books no 5, 3, 2, 1. Kindest, Lesley
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to give valuations, and these books are difficult as they originally belonged to a boxed set of five books which was brought out in 1958. You can get an idea of the price by looking at listings of those books on sites like eBay and Abebooks. Good luck with the sale!
Posted by Shruti on August 28, 2014
Thanks for replying, Barney, but Amazon or eBay India hardly have a good collection of used books. I will keep on looking in the used book shops for now.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you find some more Enid Blyton books, Shruti. Sudarshan has posted about a bookshop in Bangalore, but you don't say what part of India you're from.
Posted by Sudarshan on August 28, 2014
Has Blyton ma'm written any book(s) in any other language than English? Shruthi, if you live in Bangalore you have an extraordinary bookstore that has a grand collection of Blyton books. I just bought two second-hand Mystery books (Five Find-Outers and Dog) today! It's in 10th Cross Malleshwaram Bangalore. Good luck.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote her books in English but they have been translated into many other languages.
Posted by Nadia on August 28, 2014
It's good to hear that The Island of Adventure won an award! I just finished that book a few days ago and it was AMAZING. I now want a pet bird that talks - just like Jack had in the story.
BarneyBarney says: I must admit that Kiki is almost as good as a dog!
Posted by Shruti on August 27, 2014
Friends, anyone from India please kindly suggest where can I get old or used editions of Enid's books. I have exhausted all used book shops near my place and it has been about a year since I laid my eyes on a Blyton book.
BarneyBarney says: If you can't find second-hand Enid Blyton books locally, why not try online sites like eBay or Amazon or equivalent?
Posted by Sox on August 27, 2014
Found the Faraway Tree and it brought me back to my childhood days. I imagine what it looks like on the big screen...it was fantastic! Thank you for this webpage. Glad that there is something to remember Enid Blyton by.
BarneyBarney says: I've been looking for the Faraway Tree all my life!
Posted by Nadia on August 27, 2014
Did any of Enid Blyton's books win awards? If so, which ones?
BarneyBarney says: The only literary award Enid Blyton ever received was in America, for Mystery Island (The Island of Adventure retitled). It was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947.
Posted by Dr. Soheyl Sheikh on August 25, 2014
Nice to see this site. Didn't know it existed. I'm a 45 year old who has grown up on Enid Blyton's books. Last vacation, I'd gone home to visit my parents and got out my book collection, of which around 200 of them were Enid Blyton's. I re-read The Secret Island and was transported back to my childhood, when, unlike now, we as children would be in the frame of mind as Enid Blyton would put it, "Oh tomorrow, do come quickly!" She was a genius.
Posted by Darlene on August 24, 2014
I didn't know anything about Enid Blyton books until one day my grandson received one in the mail from the Create organazion for children who are in care. Anyway he loves them, and is intending to do a 3 minute public speaking speech about the Marshmallows Land from the Faraway Tree book. Good job everyone.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your grandson is enjoying the books, Darlene. Good luck to him with his speech!
Posted by Barney on August 22, 2014
Hi, it's Barney here. Except for writing replies I don't often post on my own Message Board, but I thought I'd better point out that a number of messages people have sent haven't made it onto the board lately. In some cases the writer hadn't put a proper email address, and in other cases the messages amounted to little more than chit-chat between friends. If you want your message to be approved, please include a genuine email address and make sure that your message is appropriate for an Enid Blyton website. A wuff of thanks in advance! Barney
Posted by Sue on August 20, 2014
I wish they would bring out all the Enid Blyton books on DVD not animated.
BarneyBarney says: They'd have to film them first!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on August 9, 2014
Hello! I am Ruprekha, Titli didi's (Rupsa's) sister. Nice to meet more Blyton fans.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Ruprekha! I hope you enjoy looking at the Cave of Books, the Author of Adventure, etc.
Posted by Miriam Weber on August 7, 2014
Just wanted to say thanks to the people who responded to my query of the 1st. Tix's comments especially were very enlightening as a way to try and tell authors on unnamed books - good to have some pointers and yes I can see now how I got confused, but that this book isn't an Enid Blyton! Thank you, Miriam.
Posted by Christelle on August 5, 2014
I have The Smugglers' Caves and Other Stories, 1st edition! What should I do with it?
BarneyBarney says: Er... Use it as a doorstop? A paperweight? A flower-press? A fan? Or better still, read it!
Posted by Tix on August 4, 2014
On Aug 1st, 2014 Miriam Weber wrote: “ … I have a book published by THOMAS NELSON & SONS called MR WHY & MR WHAT… my understanding was that it was by Enid Blyton…” Enid Blyton’s name hasn’t always been attached to her stories but there are subtle clues that can help to judge authenticity and the book in question contains several, although one can never be 100% certain of anything. The main character is a small girl called Dorothy Hamilton but she’s nicknamed ‘Blinkie’ because she blinks a lot when asking questions. Do those names reek of Enid Blyton? The style of writing doesn’t relate to our author - “The nursery door opened and Mummie’s pretty golden head came round the corner.” I can’t see Enid Blyton putting “Mummie’s pretty golden head,” and notice the spelling of ‘Mummy.’ The ‘God’ references seem out of place. Has anyone heard of Blyton characters going “A-Maying?” I’ve never observed “popinjay” in an EB book and it certainly isn’t in “Robin Hood” because I’ve read that one; his merry men displayed their archery skills by shooting at garlands of roses - not ‘Popinjays’ although admittedly, the May Queen was crowned with a garland. EB has described plenty of flowers in Enid Blyton's Nature Lover’s Book and other works, but I can’t recall her informing us about the Opium Poppy before today. What’s a quern? That’s a word I haven’t come across in Blyton. Inside The Christmas Book and others, we learn about the “mistle thrush” and not the ‘missel thrush’ as printed in the Thomas Nelson, and Enid Blyton clearly states the Dutch people have always called SOanta ‘San Nicolaas’ as opposed to ‘Sannik’lass’ which is a subtle point but worthy of note. Old Nature Tales, whilst looking familiar title-wise, contains the work of such artists as Alan Wright and Josephine Young whose names I’ve yet to see in an EB production, and finally, the Blyton tales were usually reprinted but I’ve never seen Mr Why and Mr What in any of the collections, despite it being a hefty ninety pages plus.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for taking the time to examine the book, Tix!
Posted by Farwa on August 4, 2014
Hello Barney! I just wanted to ask if Enid Blyton ever mentioned time travel in any of her books, magazines, stories, or any other place. It would mean a lot to me if you give some information on this.
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall time travel featuring in any of Enid's stories, Farwa.
Posted by Neeru on August 4, 2014
Hello, I just visited Golders Green crematorium, trying to pay my respects to Enid Blyton, but the office there said they had no record of her cremation and neither are her ashes there. They have tried looking at their records with other names but have been unsuccessful because lots of people have shown up looking for her. Does anyone know if she was cremated under a different name? Help... Neeru.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I have no information other than what is printed in Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography: "... some three months after being admitted to a Hampstead nursing home, she [Enid Blyton] died peacefully in her sleep on November 28th, 1968. Only Enid's family and close friends were present at her cremation at Golders Green in North London, but her memorial service at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, on January 3rd of the following year, was attended by representatives of her many publishing houses and of the four children's clubs with which she had for so long been associated."
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on August 3, 2014
To answer the question posted by Miriwm Weber, I have seen this book on Ebay, and all it says is various authors.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 3, 2014
Hello Barney. I just finished all three of the Galliano's Circus books. I wanted to know why Enid mostly featured spaniels and terriers in her books. It seems that they are the only pedigree dogs in the world.
BarneyBarney says: Enid had several dogs of her own and all of them were terriers or spaniels (I think), which explains why those breeds crop up so often in her books.
Posted by Miriwm Weber on August 1, 2014
Hi, I have a book published by THOMAS NELSON & SONS called MR WHY & MR WHAT and it includes 5 OLD NATURE TALES also. Was part of a "Good Luck" series. There doesn't appear to be any authors recorded and for some reason my understanding was that it was by Enid Blyton. Do you or anyone know anything about this book or know who wrote it? Thanks for your help. Miriam
Posted by Grahame Wickings on July 31, 2014
I would like to obtain a copy of The Book of Brownies, the 1926 edition as illustrated here on the website with the red spine. My brother had an identical copy long since lost when a child and loved it and I would like to replace it for him. Any help would be much appreciated. Kind regards, Grahame.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on July 31, 2014
Hi Barney. Remember me? Long time no see. I just finished The Land of Far-Beyond. One of Enid's more tragic works. I mean thirty percent is not so good, right? It is a sort of incomplete novel I feel.
BarneyBarney says: Of course I remember you, EB'sGF! The Land of Far-Beyond is rather sad and solemn in places, but it's a gripping story nevertheless. Very different from most of Enid Blyton's other books.
Posted by Sue Webster on July 29, 2014
Hi Barney, Can you tell me if the Lisa Newton book Felicity in the Third Form is still available and where I could possibly get a copy? Has anyone got a copy they don't want?
BarneyBarney says: It's only available in our Secret Passage, Sue. It's a digital book that Society members can download, along with other books by Lisa Newton and other writers.
Posted by Sue on July 28, 2014
Hi Barney, I have been sorting out my cupboards and sorting out all my Enid Blyton books. Some are doubles and date back to the 1950s. Is there anyone out there who would be interested in buying? Most are the Mystery books with Fatty, Pip, Larry, Daisy, Bets, Buster, Mr Goon, etc. Email: suep19@sky.com
BarneyBarney says: I've included your email address so people can contact you if they wish, Sue, but messages on this board quickly move down as new ones are posted, and I think you might get more response if you posted in the "For Sale" section of our discussion forums.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on July 26, 2014
Barney, I recently had my birthday and Mrs Snehalatha gave me seven books!! What could be better?!
BarneyBarney says: Em... eight books? ;-) Only joking - that sounds like a super birthday present and I'm sure you'll have hours and hours of enjoyment reading them!
Posted by Paul on July 22, 2014
Some of the Bowdleriser's choices are bizarre. There's no need to hide the fact that the kids in the books use different currency to ours, for example. And I was most annoyed to discover on re-reading Malory Towers that Zerelda had lost her Victory Rolls and now just had some vague "elaborate hairstyle".
BarneyBarney says: That is annoying about Zerelda's hair. There are lots of such alterations. Apparently, in The Enchanted Wood Bessie (whose name has been changed to Beth) now has pizza at her birthday party in the Land of Birthdays.
Posted by Nadia on July 22, 2014
Hi - did Enid visit Australia during her life? I'm guessing she didn't but just wondering because that's where I'm from.
BarneyBarney says: No, Enid Blyton never went to Australia.
Posted by Meg on July 21, 2014
Does anyone know if Enid Blyton wrote a short, illustrated story about a mean cake shop owner who is horrible to the young animal characters who gaze longingly at his cakes through the shop window? One night he has a nightmare in which the cakes have all come to life and tell him off. After this he, of course, gives the "children" cakes. It has beautiful illustrations!
Posted by Farwa on July 21, 2014
I am sorry about Linda's mother, since Parkinson's is an awful disease. I pray that she may get better, Linda. Sorry I'm a bit late saying this, but I haven't looked at the Message Board for some time.
Posted by Michael on July 19, 2014
Thank you for your help with my two queries.
Posted by Michael on July 19, 2014
Thank you for your reply to my query dated July 18th 2014 but do you know any actual addresses where Enid Blyton stayed in Swanage? Please email me if necessary.
BarneyBarney says: They weren't private houses so there's no harm in naming the places on the Message Board. Enid Blyton and her family stayed at the Ship Inn, the Grosvenor Hotel and the Grand Hotel. Not all of those hotels still exist. They also stayed at the Knoll House Hotel in Studland Bay.
Posted by Michael on July 18, 2014
Did Enid Blyton actually live in Swanage(does anyone know an address?) or did she just holiday there?
BarneyBarney says: No, Enid Blyton never lived in Swanage or any part of Dorset. She just used to holiday there.
Posted by PrettyGirl on July 17, 2014
Did Enid Blyton make any autobiography of herself because I am doing a project about her? Please answer, from PrettyGirl.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote an autobiography called The Story of My Life. Unfortunately it has been out of print for years, though second-hand copies may be available. You can find some information about Enid's life on this website - click on our 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left).
Posted by Ruth on July 17, 2014
Could you please tell me what the name of the book is, that tells about Enid Blyton's life in Bournemouth?, Dorset, that I saw on Tuesday please?
BarneyBarney says: I wasn't there at your heels on Tuesday but the book might have been Enid Blyton and her Enchantment with Dorset by Andrew Norman (Halsgrove, 2005) or The Dorset Days of Enid Blyton by Vivienne Endecott (Ginger Pop Promotions, 2002). Enid Blyton never lived in Dorset but she went on holiday regularly to the Swanage area, and she and her husband Kenneth bought a golf club and a farm in Dorset.
Posted by Don Massimo on July 17, 2014
I am so sorry! But I consider myself to have a new friend in heaven now.
Posted by Don Massimo on July 16, 2014
For many months, being in Italy, I was too busy to read your continuation novels. Now in Sri Lanka I have more time and I am very happy to read some of them. I began with Felicity in the Third Form. How nice it is! Really Lisa Newton can recreate the same spell as Miss Blyton! I should so like to make friends with her but I know by experience how these things are difficult!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Don Massimo. I'm sorry to have to tell you that Lisa Newton died some years ago. She had written her four Malory Towers sequels with the intention of submitting them to the publisher of the Malory Towers books, but she discovered that Pamela Cox had already been commissioned to write sequels. She then approached Tony Summerfield and was pleased when he suggested that the books be put up on the website as serials. Sadly, Lisa Newton died before the first one went up but her sister, who gave us permission to continue with our plans to serialise all four titles, will be glad that the books are bringing such pleasure to Blyton fans.
Posted by Abbie on July 15, 2014
Hello, I love your books and I have read all of them. My favourite book is The Magic Faraway Tree and also the Secret Seven. I hope you can make one more book, I would love to read again. Well, it was a pleasure to write to you and I hope you can write back. Yours faithfully, Abbie xx
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, but the best of her lives on in her books and she continues to bring joy to children around the world. You can find out more about her life and work by clicking on our 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left).