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Posted by JJAYS on November 25, 2014
I got it now - Hollow Tree House is in the Riddle series. I have it and it's a great book. Good luck, J.
BarneyBarney says: It was retitled The Riddle of the Hollow Tree for the Riddle series, but anyone wanting the original text should look for a second-hand copy of Hollow Tree House.
Posted by Heidi Wood on November 25, 2014
Hi, I would love to find a copy of Hollow Tree House. Any ideas where I might find this? Thanks, Heidi.
BarneyBarney says: Hollow Tree House is out of print, Heidi, but you should be able to find copies for sale on eBay or Abebooks. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Tuliana on November 23, 2014
I love The Riddle that Never Was. It's so exciting.
BarneyBarney says: The original title was The Mystery that Never Was, but it was changed when six stand-alone books were put together and altered to form the "Riddle" series.
Posted by Freda on November 22, 2014
Hi Barney, just a quick 'thank you' to your master for all the hard work involved in putting together the latest Winter Edition of The Enid Blyton Society Journal for us all to enjoy. In particular, the tribute to Mary Cadogan by Norman Wright was both interesting and very touching. Thank you. Freda
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
Posted by Indrachapa on November 21, 2014
Hi Barney! Are there any Enid Blyton museums or exhibitions anywhere?
BarneyBarney says: There are no Enid Blyton museums but there is going to be an Enid Blyton Exhibition at the Canterbury Beaney from January 17th to April 19th 2015.
Posted by Indrachapa on November 21, 2014
Hi Barney! How are you? I'm a great fan of Enid Blyton. Umm... what is Adventurous Four?
BarneyBarney says: Click on the Adventurous Four button (above the Message Board) and you'll soon find out!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 17, 2014
Hi! I just started reading The Faraway Tree. It's quite amusing and of course charming.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had a wonderful imagination. I'd like to visit the Land of Juicy Bones and the Land of Long Walks!
Posted by Snehalathanair on November 16, 2014
Yes, I have The Christmas Book - the lovely, old edition - about a family who enjoy Christmas adhering to all the old customs, written in that beautiful way only Enid Blyton can.
Posted by Maureen on November 15, 2014
Does anyone have information on Enid Blyton's Christmas Book?
BarneyBarney says: You can find out about it in the Cave of Books, Maureen. The text of that book has also been included in a recent Hodder publication, Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories, together with other Christmas tales.
Posted by Freda on November 14, 2014
Hi Barney, I have just read Jane Jannson's posting on 28th October 2014. What an excellent tribute to Enid Blyton and so very well put together. As you say, Barney, many will agree with Jane's comments, myself included. Freda
Posted by Jorge on November 13, 2014
Hello, can anybody help me with the following? I have something which I believe could be interesting for the right collector or museum. I have some rare memorabilia from Enid Blyton and the Five Find-Outers mystery series. It consists of 3 etching plates from illustrations by Joseph Abbey from the books The Mystery of the Secret Room and The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. Is anybody interested, or able to tell me what to do? Thanks, Jorge.
Posted by Farwa on November 13, 2014
Just wanted to say that I've been reading some recent messages on the Message Board, and I love Barney's helpful and funny answers! Thank you, Barney - you make a great part of the Enid Blyton Society! I'm also glad the that the website is running again.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Farwa. All the best societies have a dog!
Posted by Freda on November 12, 2014
Hi Barney, Many thanks for your prompt response - I'm sending you a nice juicy bone. Freda
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda!
Posted by Freda on November 12, 2014
Hi Barney, Just looked in the Fireside Journal section and noticed that the Winter 2014 edition has been published. Is it due to go out in the post soon? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Journal 55 should be back from the printer's any day now, Freda, so copies will soon be winging their way all over the globe!
Posted by Keith Robinson on November 12, 2014
Daniel (and others who are wondering), please note that the Further Illustrations are now back online. I disabled them temporarily because that page was being attacked by a spammer and using a lot of bandwidth, but I believe that spammer has now been clapped in irons. I can hear him being frogmarched away, muttering, "It's a fair cop, guv'ner..."
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for restoring the Further Illustrations, Keith. It's great to see them back! What a pity I didn't get to bite that spammer's ankles. I suppose they'd have tasted of spam!
Posted by Daniel on November 11, 2014
What has happened to the illustrations provided for each of the Famous Five novels? I went today to check some illustrations and found that one could not reload pages as in the past to see the illustrations. There is a link for 'illustrations' but it seems to be inoperative. Please advise.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry about that, Daniel. We had some technical problems and the "further illustrations" for all the books were temporarily disabled. However, they should be back soon so please keep checking.
Posted by Val on November 7, 2014
Hope someone can help me? I am after a full page picture of a chap called Daffy. He has a home inside the trunk of a tree and is cooking dandelion stew I think. Can anyone give me more information on this delightful character? He could be an elf or a mole. Thank you.
Posted by Conway on November 3, 2014
Will there be an Enid Blyton Day 2015?
BarneyBarney says: We can't say for definite at this stage I'm afraid, but we didn't have an Enid Blyton Day this year or last year because it has become harder and harder to find speakers. But with several new projects on the horizon, e.g. proposed Famous Five and Faraway Tree films, and a Famous Five musical, it's possible that people might be willing to come and speak about those in future years. Only time will tell.
Posted by Barney on November 1, 2014
It seems that the threat of ankle-biting has done the trick! I hope I'm not speaking too soon but the forums appear to be working again! That has put a wag in my tail!
Posted by Barney on November 1, 2014
Hi! Just wanted to say once again that we're aware of the problems with the discussion forums, which have been down for three days now. Very sorry about that but the website hosts are experiencing problems and they're working to try to get things fixed as soon as possible. With any luck, the forums should be back in a day or two. Thanks for your patience. The Message Board and the main website (Cave of Books, etc.) are unaffected and are operating as normal.
Posted by Luna on November 1, 2014
Thank you Enid Blyton for creating all of these books that everybody enjoys immensely and I also want to say thank you Barney for your kind answers!
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks, Luna.
Posted by Courtenay on November 1, 2014
Patricia, I don't think Enid Blyton ever referred to the Tovarich Troupe in her books. She did write many stories featuring circuses and circus acts, including acrobats. However, as far as I'm aware, none of these have a family troupe of acrobats like the Tovariches, either under that name or another. I might be wrong, though, if anyone else can enlighten us further!
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall Enid Blyton mentioning the Tovarich Troupe either, though she did create a wonderful circus dog named Lucky!
Posted by Lucky Star on November 1, 2014
Hi Barney. Thanks for the update on the forums. Hopefully they will be back soon. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms here. Bite some ankles, that might help. Lol.
BarneyBarney says: Biting ankles is a great idea, Lucky Star! I'll get Buster, Loony, Timmy, Scamper, Lucky, Crackers, Shadow, Topsy, Bobs and all the other Blyton dogs to help me! Maybe even some frustrated human forumites would like to join in!
Posted by Poppy on October 31, 2014
Thanks for that Barney. Looking forward to seeing the forum back up and running!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Poppy. We're expecting the forums to be back in action sometime this weekend. Claws crossed that everything will be sorted out sooner rather than later!
Posted by Patricia on October 31, 2014
I am interested in any Enid Blyton books with reference to the Tovarich Troupe.
Posted by Barney on October 30, 2014
Hi! I don't often post on my own Message Board, but people may have noticed that the website forums have been down for about 48 hours now. Sorry about that but the website hosts are experiencing problems and they're working to try to get things fixed as soon as possible. With any luck, the forums will be back soon. The Message Board and the main website (Cave of Books, etc.) are unaffected and are operating as normal.
Posted by Victoria on October 29, 2014
I am from Uruguay and I would like to acquire the book Hollow Tree House, preferably in Spanish. Could you help me? I cannot find it in my country. Looking forward to hearing from you, Victoria Ghiazza.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether Hollow Tree House was translated into Spanish, Victoria, but your best bet would be to try the equivalent of eBay and Amazon in South America and Spain.
Posted by Gillian on October 29, 2014
I have been turning out the loft and have found two Enid Blyton Jigsaws from my childhood. I was born in 1950. I don't want to sell them but would be very interested to find out more about them. The first is 12 piece plywood and I have found from this website that it is Noddy at the Police Station made by BeStime in 1953. The second is the one that I am really interested in as I cannot locate it on the above website nor can I find it by Googling. It is the same size and number of pieces as the above jigsaw and features Mr Bumpy's Bus. I am wondering if anyone knows anything about it. I do have part of the box, just the top with the picture on it, the sides are completely white with no words, pictures, etc. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: It's great that you still have those jigsaws, Gillian. The Bumpy and His Bus one dates from 1950 and can be seen in the Cave here.
Posted by Luna on October 28, 2014
I love the Malory Towers Collection. Absolutely amazing and exciting though in some of the final books like Winter Term at Malory Towers I got a few shivers down my spine!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad the Malory Towers books have brought you so much pleasure, Luna. People tend to think of all twelve books as a series these days, even though only the first six were written by Enid Blyton. The last six titles were written by Pamela Cox in 2009.
Posted by JaneJansson on October 28, 2014
Enid Blyton must have had an extraordinary and unique brain. Her books for children are so diverse and her writing so prolific that it is impossible to think of any other writer who could produce such a constant flow of work. She claims not to have planned each book and the fact that she could write a Famous Five story in less than a week seems to indicate that this was the case. She seems to have had a vivid and complete image of the world she was creating. If she could create a whole 'world' for just one set of books it would have been impressive, yet she created dozens of 'worlds' that she appears to have been able to conjure up in her mind's eye and return to again and again at will without becoming confused. Each of her series of books has such a different and recognizable tone - even when the stories are about a group of children having an adventure as so often was the case - each set of books 'feels' very different. I liked the Famous Five, the ...of Adventure books, and the 'Secret of...' books as a child, but returning to these stories as an adult I'm impressed by how the sets of books are so very different in tone and style from each other. Enid's books are simplistic, obviously designed for children and often criticized but there is a genius in her ability to create such complete worlds I feel.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely message, Jane, and I'm sure that many would agree with you wholeheartedly!
Posted by Jane on October 21, 2014
Hi, I have been scouring sites for the Adventure Game 8 book series and I ordered one and it came without all the equipment. Does anyone know where I can get these from please? I just want to have a little bit of my childhood and be able to pass it on to my niece xxx Thanks x
BarneyBarney says: I'm very sorry you didn't receive the equipment, Jane. You frequently find the book without the equipment (which has often got lost over the years) but it's hard to find the equipment without the book. If you decide to buy any more of these games, it's worth contacting the seller to ensure that all pieces of equipment are present before buying.
Posted by Aminmec on October 20, 2014
Hello Shailaja. Nice to learn you are a Blyton fan from India like me. It would be great to exchange more information. Do message me if you wish. Thanks.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 20, 2014
Hi Ana. Glad to hear you would like the books. When you have signed up on the forums and sent me your address in a private message then I can send the books off to you. Cheers.
Posted by Ana on October 18, 2014
Hi Sue! Sorry for the (very, very) late reply! :D Four years, that's a lot of time! I would LOVE to have those books, but I've tried getting some books from Amazon, I got them, but after a lot of problems, turns out there's some technical difficulty or something in the post office. Thank you so much, Sue, for offering! :D (I don't know how to send a PM by the way...help, Barney?)
BarneyBarney says: Are you a member of the forums, Ana? If not, you'll need to register (it's free of charge). Sue is on the forums as "Susan Webster", and you can click on her name and send her a PM (private message).
Posted by Shailaja on October 17, 2014
Hi, I am Shailaja from Mumbai, India. I am so thrilled to know that an Enid Blyton Society exists. I spent my childhood reading all her books and my favorites were the "Five Find-Outers" and the "Famous Five" series. They introduced me to the wonderful world of books. They gave me a chance for imagination and I enjoyed narrating them to others. I am 51 years old but still enjoy these books even now and encourage children to read them. Truly books can reach any part of the world and bring immense joy.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to hear from you, Shailaja, and to know that you're passing on your love of Enid Blyton to others.
Posted by Cathy on October 16, 2014
To Paula - the Shuddering Mountain and Whispering Island games are for sale on Amazon.co.uk, there are a few listed as very good condition and they are very cheap. Admittedly you'll be buying the whole game again but at least you'll have all the bits!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Cathy. You're as good as a dog any day!
Posted by Sue Webster on October 16, 2014
Hi Ana. Has it been 4 years since I said I could have sent you some books - 2010? Well, I do have some books if you would like them. I have First Form at Malory Towers, Fifth Formers at St.Clare's and Claudine at St. Clare's by Enid Blyton and The Sixth Form at St. Clare's by Pamela Cox. if you would like them can you send me a private message through the forums with your full name and address, and I will send them.
Posted by Paula on October 15, 2014
I have the Shuddering Mountain game book and the Whispering Island game book but am missing the equipment cards for these (lunch box, torch card, etc...) Does anyone know where I can get them? I tried to print them off but cannot match the size of the torch and compass and I'm also missing the dice. My 8 year old daughter loves those books and wants to read nothing else. Thank you.
Posted by Nadia on October 15, 2014
Hello! I have ordered the book The Mystery of Banshee Towers which is the last of the Find-Outers books :( ... I can't wait to read it because the Find-Outers series (in my opinion) is Enid's most exciting and fun series of books. I have loved every single one of them :) P.S. I'm so glad this site exists. It shows me that heaps of people from around the world still love Enid's books, just like me! From Nadia.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you like the website, Nadia. Enjoy reading the book!
Posted by Peter on October 14, 2014
Thanks, Barney. Apparently Peter and stoat go to the bottom of the garden, they hold hands and fly off to the Land of Always. Gnomes paint wings of butterflies. Ring any bells, please?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Peter. Just in case the story might be by another author, there is a book listed on Amazon called Wings! or The Land of Always-Will-Be by Winifred A. Cook. I've no idea what it's about though!
Posted by Gill on October 14, 2014
Could you tell me if a printer's error on the front of an annual makes it more collectable? I have a 1980 annual with the date missing. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Things like that are quite interesting but rarely add to the value - unlike with stamps which have mistakes!
Posted by Peter on October 13, 2014
Hi. My wife loves Enid Blyton books and wants The Land of Always. Could anyone give me any information please? Bought the DVD of The Faraway Tree. Also found the book but no information on "Always". Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Your wife might be thinking of The Land of Far-Beyond, Peter. Spoiler warning: The review in the Cave of Books gives away the plot.
Posted by Kate F. on October 13, 2014
Just read Five on a Treasure Island after reading that the Famous Five were Alan Cumming's fave childhood books. Curious, it was published in 1942, yet no mention of WWII raging, gas or food rationing, father and uncle not in British Military, family on vacation in Dorset and Scotland travelling in "large car"...was this explained when the first book was published? Are there any other "Five" books that mention the war? Very curious.
BarneyBarney says: Is Dorset mentioned in Five on a Treasure Island? I don't recall that. Enid Blyton's books are often unashamedly escapist, taking young readers away from life's troubles while at the same time keeping them on the edge of their seats. The world of Five on a Treasure Island is idyllic, depicting life in a little seaside village in a warless early 1940s.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on October 13, 2014
I wonder what's happened to 'please' and 'thank you' these days!!!
BarneyBarney says: Maybe Enid Blyton's story Polly's Ps and Qs ought to be required reading!
Posted by Eishan Khandait on October 11, 2014
I want analysis, summary and an explanation of the poem 'The Caterpillar and Butterfly' by Enid Blyton. A student of South Point, Kolkata.
BarneyBarney says: You'd better read it, analyse it and write up your thoughts, then!
Posted by JWG on October 11, 2014
I remember a television version of The Island of Adventure... only a submarine was sunk at the end and the uncle turned out to be somewhat murderous (and ends up being knocked down a well). Is this correct? Or is my memory wandering?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of the 1982 TV film of The Island of Adventure. It does feature a submarine and a murderous character who is knocked down a well - though the murderous character is not the uncle. Unfortunately, the video is hard to obtain and the film has never been released on DVD.
Posted by Paris on October 10, 2014
Hi Barney! I don't know if you'll remember me, but I used to post a lot on this site about a year ago. I have a dog called Barney, if that helps. I've been rereading a lot of Enid's books, and thought of this website. I just wish that she was still alive and writing, but hey! She has written so many fabulous books that it doesn't really matter. Paris
BarneyBarney says: I remember you, Paris! A friendly wuff and a wag of the tail from Barney to Barney!
Posted by Ana on October 9, 2014
Ahoy there, Barney! You calling me a bookworm is a GREAT compliment, thanks! :D I was scrolling through messages of 2010, feeling so immature looking at messages of back then! I mean, seriously? Asking you if you were real and can type? Bet you used to think I'm pretty strange. And as I scrolled with spotlight search, I saw messages that I had never answered. :( I feel so guilty. Sue, if you're hopefully reading this right now, I just want to say that I would have been VERY glad if you had sent me some books if I had read your messages. Hiba, yes I am from Qatar. By golly I feel so upset, anyway. Thanks for posting this, Barney. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: People think I'm "pretty strange", being a typing dog who reads books! ;-)
Posted by Ana on October 8, 2014
Hello Barney! Hadn't time to come on much, homework and stuff. I'm really, really proud to say that I've finished all the Enid Blyton books I could think of or that were available for sale! Do you know any other books like Enid's that I could read? I'm currently reading the Narnia series, and they're great! After that I'm probably going to read Hunger Games. I just wish Enid was alive and writing. :( Oh well, she left behind a long trail of glory. Rest in Peace Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: You are a bookworm, Ana! I don't know what you've read already, but if you like older adventure books you might enjoy Malcolm Saville (Lone Pine series and Jillies series) and Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons series). If you're a fan of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia you might also enjoy books by E. Nesbit (e.g. The Enchanted Castle and the Five Children and It series). Thinking about modern authors, Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series is very popular. Alex Rider has one exciting and fast-paced adventure after another. You might also like the Joshua Files series by M. G. Harris.
Posted by Julie on October 8, 2014
Hello. My brother Dan will be 50 next month. When he was born I was reading an Enid Blyton tale about a gnome called Diggitty Dan. To this day, my brother is known as Digs. Would love to find him the collection with the story of Diggitty Dan in it but can't remember which collection it was. Have searched and Googled Diggitty Dan with no luck. If anyone can help I would be delighted. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Julie.