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Posted by Joanne McNicoll on June 22, 2017
Can someone help? Been looking for a copy of the short story 'The Land of Nod' - where two noisy children end up at the top of the Faraway Tree and learn the importance of being quiet sometimes or they will be put to bed. Can anyone help? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - the story you're looking for is actually called 'Two Noisy Children' and the land the children visit at the top of the Faraway Tree is the Land of Sound-Asleep. If you go to our Cave of Books (see button over on the left) and put 'Two Noisy Children' into the search box, you'll see which books contained that story.
Posted by Paul Austin on June 22, 2017
Wish I still had my copy of The Family at Red-Roofs. It's criminally underrated.
BarneyBarney says: It tends to be rated highly by people who read it, but many readers of Enid Blyton only know the main series like the Famous Five, the Faraway Tree, Malory Towers, etc.
Posted by Steven on June 22, 2017
I am trying to purchase copies of the original versions of the six books that became the Riddle Series. Any advice?
BarneyBarney says: You should be able to find second-hand copies of the original versions online, Steven. Their titles are Holiday House, The Mystery That Never Was, Adventure of the Strange Ruby, Hollow Tree House, The Treasure Hunters and The Boy Next Door. They often come up on sites like eBay, or you could try the sellers we've listed under Lashings of Links (see button over on the left).
Posted by Paul Austin on June 18, 2017
It seems to me entirely pointless to have altered Jill and Mary which are fairly timeless - there isn't even the argument that today's child readers might find the names funny or obscene - and it feels a bit silly to 'update' names in a book that, unusually for Enid Blyton, is actually firmly situated during WWII! (Unless of course that's also been altered...?)
BarneyBarney says: I think various details have been altered so it's no longer as clear that The Adventurous Four is set during the Second World War. However, part of the plot relies on a gramophone so if that hasn't been changed it will be obvious that the action is set some decades ago.
Posted by Scot on June 15, 2017
I do wish they wouldn't modernise the St Clare's books. I've just bought the first three and they've all been modernised. One bit I noticed is when Isabel and Pat are at a midnight feast and Mam'zelle catches them. The original said she'd box their ears - but the copy I've got merely has her threatening to scold them. Another modernised part is when Matron threatens Janet after Mam'zelle becomes poorly. The original copy says she'll spank her - but this one merely says she'll punish her. And finally, in the Second Form book, when Mirabel is playing the fool, the first copy says Carlotta boxed her ears - but this copy says she merely trod on her toe. Why do they have to modernise them? It spoils the books!
BarneyBarney says: Treading on someone's toe to punish them just doesn't have the same impact!
Posted by Jane on June 5, 2017
I've got an Enid Blyton book called The Flying Goat. Please can you tell me how old this book is? I've looked on your website and it isn't listed. I've been collecting Enid Blyton books for years and this book I'd never seen before until I picked it up from a shop. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The Flying Goat is listed on the website, Jane. You can see it here. It's one of the Pitkin Pleasure Series and it was first published in 1951.
Posted by Scot on June 4, 2017
They shouldn't modernise the Malory Towers or St Clare's books - they weren't meant to be modern. They should stay true to the era they're set in - obviously early post-World War II.
BarneyBarney says: Just about all of Enid Blyton's books have undergone some modernisation but many readers would prefer to have the original text. The St Clare's series was written during the Second World War but it's set in a fictional early 1940s with no war.
Posted by Natalie on June 4, 2017
My daughter has been collecting the 70th anniversary editions of The Famous Five. She has books 1-15 but we cannot find book 16 anywhere. Has this been published yet? If not, does anybody know when it will be?
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately, only the first 15 Famous Five books were published as anniversary editions. Since then, all 21 books have been released with new covers by Laura Ellen Anderson.
Posted by Scot on June 2, 2017
Hi, Barney. I only meant that one copy of First Term at Malory Towers had Darrell slapping Gwen for bullying Mary-Lou - and another copy said she only shook her. Another bit that was reprinted was when Alicia asked if she should cut Gwen's hair - the original said she'd spank her with a hairbrush. I loved the books as a boy - and still do now.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - I see what you mean, Scot. It's a shame details like that have been changed in the name of modernisation. Readers who read the original text absorb a great deal of fascinating social history while enjoying a cracking story.
Posted by Scot on June 1, 2017
Hi, Amanda (March 19) - I'd see if there's a local bookshop that would buy your Noddy books. There's a bookshop near where I live that buys second-hand books and sells them on - it's called Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland. I'm sure they'd buy them. I loved the ink blot trick in one of the St Clare's books - I played that on my teacher once back in my native Glasgow. Why did they reprint the Malory Towers and St Clare's books? I loved them and so did my brother David.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Scot. I'm not sure I understand your question about the Malory Towers and St. Clare's books. Books will go on being reprinted if they're popular - and most of Enid Blyton's certainly are!
Posted by Hope on May 31, 2017
"Lashings of ginger beer" doesn't even make sense as lashings imply something hard and solid and ginger beer is a liquid.
BarneyBarney says: If you know the origin of the word, it makes sense. An old meaning of "to lash" was "to lavish" or "to give in large quantities". "Lashings of" is related to that.
Posted by Hope on May 30, 2017
Has anyone to do with Enid lived past 90 or 100?
BarneyBarney says: Marjorie Davies, Enid Blyton illustrator, lived to be 101.
Posted by Samantha M on May 29, 2017
Hi. I have a 1990 copy of A Book of Brownies. I believe the book to be a misprint or a prototype as it is missing signature, series list and the pictures are in an orange-looking colour inside. Would this book be worth anything?
BarneyBarney says: I doubt the book would have much extra value but you could put it on a site like eBay and see what you get for it.
Posted by Margaret on May 27, 2017
I have been given a Bible with a Christmas message by Enid Blyton handwritten on the front book plate. Is this one of many or is it quite rare?
BarneyBarney says: I believe it's a printed message that appeared in all the Bibles, even though it looks handwritten. Nevertheless, it's a nice item to have.
Posted by Sarah on May 24, 2017
I have been desperately searching for the pocket library collection - is there anywhere I can still buy these? :)
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean the Parragon Pocket Library books, Sarah? You may be able to get them second-hand from sites like eBay or Amazon, or from the sellers we list under Lashings of Links (see button over on the left).
Posted by George Johnson on May 22, 2017
Is the name NODDY still copyrighted?
BarneyBarney says: It probably depends how people want to use the name. Certainly the character of Noddy is still under copyright until the end of 2038. If in doubt, check with DreamWorks Classics who own the Noddy copyright.
Posted by Pamela Green on May 21, 2017
Hi. I am searching for a book I used to love when I was a child. I think it is by Enid Blyton but am not sure. One of the stories in the book is about a little girl called Pamela and it is her birthday. Please can you help me? I would be so grateful. Thank you very much.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Pamela. In the meantime, you could try doing a search in our Cave of Books (see the button over on the left) for words like "birthday" or "party". Maybe something will come up that jogs your memory.
Posted by David Stewart on May 16, 2017
Where is the video section on the site? I.e. the Famous Five TV series x 2, The Secret Series TV, The Adventure series TV, The Adventures of the Wishing Chair TV, Enchanted Lands/Faraway Tree TV (also x 2 Polygram VHS).
BarneyBarney says: We'd certainly like to have a section on TV series, films and cartoons but I'm afraid we haven't yet had time to add one, David.
Posted by Naomi on May 15, 2017
Hi there; I am trying to find a short story about a girl with curly hair whose brother somehow ends up in the power of a demon or the Devil, and she has to rescue him. She does this by challenging the demon/Devil to a contest, which she finally wins when she asks him to straighten one of her hairs, and he can't. Can you help identify this? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - that's 'The Tenth Task' from The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies. Jack is captured by Zani, chief of the wicked spirits, and he will only be released if he can think of a task the spirit cannot perform. Jack's sister Jean pulls a curly hair from her head and tells Jack to command Zani to make it straight.
Posted by Sheryl on May 15, 2017
I am looking for the Enid Blyton book that contains the story called 'Snowbound'. I would like to buy the book if it can be found. Thank you, Sheryl.
BarneyBarney says: Are you sure it's by Enid Blyton, Sheryl? There's no story of that title listed in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Paul Austin on May 14, 2017
Where did Enid get the names for her characters? (Elizabeth Allen, Pip and Bets Hilton, etc.)
BarneyBarney says: Enid said her characters' first names came to her instinctively but she had to look up suitable surnames in a telephone directory.
Posted by Tot on May 13, 2017
Does anyone remember the silkworms sold through Enid Blyton's Magazine?
BarneyBarney says: There was some discussion of that on our forum if you're interested, Tot.
Posted by Christine Moulding on May 13, 2017
I'm looking for a book which began, "It's time to get up, I must jump out of bed, and put my blue hat on my nid-nodding head. I'm cleaning my car and making it shine. Oh dear little car I'm glad you are mine."
BarneyBarney says: Someone asked about that book before and TG identified it as one of the 'Nursery Colour Picture' books entitled A Day With Noddy. You can see a picture of it here. Copies sometimes turn up on eBay, or you could try the sellers we list under Lashes of Links.
Posted by Riley on May 8, 2017
Hi, I was just wondering if you knew what breed of terrier Lucky is in Mr. Galliano's circus. My family is thinking about getting a dog and would particularly like a small as well as clever breed, and since I have a reading obsession I think of fictional dogs. I couldn't seem to find what breed she was (all I found was that she was a terrier and I don't know what type). If you don't know that's okay. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Lucky is a fox-terrier, Riley. I'm sure your new dog will be a wonderful companion!
Posted by Anne on May 6, 2017
I loved this book as a child. Do you know if I can purchase a copy? The Little Roundy Man - Sunny Stories for Little Folks (Issue 108, December 1930) - The Little Roundy Man, The Pets' Adventures [37-40], A Surprise For Mary, The Runaway Cheeses, Pippitty's Pet Canary, Pretending.
BarneyBarney says: If you're looking for that issue of Sunny Stories for Little Folks, Anne, it could be difficult to find. You could try sites like eBay or Amazon - or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links (button over on the left). Alternatively you could search in the Cave of Books to see what books those stories and poems were published in later on.
Posted by Vanessa on April 24, 2017
Hi. I am doing a master's degree in museum studies with Leicester University and am looking for further information regarding Tom Adams' painting "The Enid Blyton Lifescape". I believe there is an article written by her daughter, Gillian, in Journal number 5, spring 1998, but this is sold out in the shop. Would anybody be kind enough to email me this article? Also is there any further information as to this painting's current whereabouts now that Gillian Baverstock has died? If you can help me, please email me (Vanessa) at vbalkwill@talktalk.net. I would be most grateful. Many thanks, Vanessa.
Posted by Paul on April 24, 2017
I just want people to hear that the phrase "you talk like the daughter of the dustman" has far more impact and power than whatever replaced it in modern versions of Enid.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - that's Janet mocking Sheila in The Twins at St. Clare's. I expect the phrase will have been altered for modern editions but I think it's a shame to change Enid Blyton's words and lose the insight into the language and attitudes of the time.
Posted by Angela Kingston on April 21, 2017
Many thanks for those comments Barney and Paul. I don't plan on using any of Enid's characters at this stage, just Enid herself as a character or presence in the book, but will certainly get any relevant permissions from Hachette and others before I publish.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your book, Angela!
Posted by Paul on April 20, 2017
Angela: Being a student of both history and Enid Blyton and having stories where Enid's characters cross over with other authors' creations, I hope you will get permission from Hachette if you are having your novel professionally published. I'm pretty sure that Hachette have lots of things related to Enid copyrighted and/or trademarked.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's always a good idea to check out the copyright situation. Angela may well know this already but the contact details for Hachette UK are on their website.
Posted by Pip on April 20, 2017
Hello. Does anyone know how many books were made into audio CDs from the Twins at St Clare's series and the Malory Towers series? I'm looking to buy some if anyone is selling. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Click on our "Cave of Books" button (over on the left) and then scroll down to "Audio Section" and click on that. You'll see a list of all the records, cassettes and CDs that have been produced.
Posted by Angela Kingston on April 20, 2017
Hello, I'm an Australian writer who is interested in Enid's correspondence with her fans, especially in Australia. I'd like to know if anyone has ever collected/published this correspondence, or where I could find examples. I'd also be interested to know if Enid has ever appeared as a character in fiction, as I'm thinking of including her in my next novel. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there isn't a published collection of correspondence with fans. Letters sometimes come up on eBay or other auction sites and they're usually quite short, with Enid thanking a fan or congratulating them on winning a prize, and letting them know that she's working on another Famous Five (or whatever) book. Enid Blyton appears as a character in Michael Frayn's play Balmoral, set in an alternative 1930s Britain which has undergone a Russian-style revolution.
Posted by Barney the Dog on April 19, 2017
I don't often post on my own Message Board (except to reply to questions!) but I just wanted to let people know we're aware of the problems with the forums and have notified the webmaster. Sorry for any inconvenience. Paws crossed that normal service will resume soon! Edit: All fixed now. Three cheers for our webmaster - he's as good as a dog any day!
Posted by Kendall M on April 18, 2017
As a child I read lots of Enid Blyton books and I'm looking for her books now but keep finding the edited versions of these books which I abhor. Where can I find Enid Blyton untouched books to buy?
BarneyBarney says: Almost all Enid Blyton books have been edited if you buy them new. Luckily, second-hand copies are readily available. You can find them on eBay and Abebooks, at jumble sales and boot sales, in charity shops and from the sellers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Paul on April 17, 2017
Is there a way to find out what was the most "science fiction" of Enid's tales. The one with anti-gravity wings must be a contender?
BarneyBarney says: The Mountain of Adventure could be said to have science fiction elements but it's still an adventure novel. Only the mad king and his cronies really think the anti-gravity wings could work.
Posted by Jenni on April 13, 2017
Julie, I am thrilled you are writing another story and I look forward to it very much!
Posted by Maureen on April 13, 2017
Hi, I'm a 79-year-young Granny now living in Australia. When I was a child during the war years in England I owned, and loved, The Christmas Book by Enid Blyton. I have been trying to research whether a copy of it is still available. Could you let me know? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Some of the stories/chapters were recently included in Christmas Stories, published in 2014. However, that book doesn't have the same feel to it. The original The Christmas Book had lovely illustrations by Treyer Evans and was beautifully set out. It's no longer in print but I'd recommend getting a secondhand copy, Maureen. Copies sometimes come up on eBay or Abebooks, or you could try the sellers listed under our "Lashings of Links" button (over on the left).
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on April 12, 2017
Hello Jenni, thank you so much and I'm very pleased you liked my Barney Mystery. It is always nice to hear some kind of feedback. I am writing another story for the website, so when that goes up I do hope you'll enjoy reading that story too.
Posted by Braeli on April 11, 2017
I'm doing a research project on British authors and Enid Blyton is one of them. Anyone got a good site I should use? Could I join the Society if there is room?
BarneyBarney says: How about this website?! Click on our "Author of Adventure" and "Cave of Books" buttons (over on the left) and you'll find plenty of information. Regarding the Society, there's always room for new members. The more the merrier as I said to Loretta recently! Click on the "Fireside Journal" button and then on "subscribing" to find out how to join.
Posted by Jenni on April 11, 2017
Julie, I loved your Barney story and am sorry it has finished. Please put pen to paper again soon! Thank you, Jenni.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Jenni. I know Julie will be delighted that you enjoyed the story so much.
Posted by Kim on April 10, 2017
In reply to Melissa's search for a story entitled 'Don't Cut the Lawn' - a quick 'Google' search resulted in a story by that name written by Margaret Mahy. It was published in The School Magazine and the following link provides a PDF of the story: Don't Cut the Lawn
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Kim!
Posted by Melissa on April 9, 2017
Hello, I wondered if anyone could help me. When I was younger my sister and I had a collection of stories called Stories for 5 Year Olds by Enid Blyton which had a story in it called 'Don't Cut the Lawn' which we still quote now. I would love to get a hold of that story for my two year old niece but I can't find it anywhere! Sophie was born in 1985 so the book will have been published about 1990. Has anyone heard of it? Thanks, Melissa.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of a story with that title, Melissa. Was it definitely by Enid Blyton? Regarding the book title, there are Blyton books called Five-Minute Tales (1933), Five O'Clock Tales (1941) and Best Stories for Five-Year-Olds (1997) but they don't contain a story called 'Don't Cut the Lawn'. I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Natalie on April 3, 2017
I am reluctantly selling a lovely 1943 first edition copy of The Magic Faraway Tree if anyone is interested? Thanks, Natalie.
BarneyBarney says: Your email address won't show up in your message, Natalie, so I'll put it here so people can contact you if they're interested: nataliehowes84@gmail.com. You might also like to put a message in the "For Sale" section of our forums. People have to register to join the forums, but registration is free of charge.
Posted by Loretta Nauth on March 31, 2017
Hello, I would like to join the Enid Blyton Society if there's room. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The more the merrier, Loretta! Click on the "Fireside Journal" button (over on the left) and then on "subscribing" to find out how to join.
Posted by Hazel on March 31, 2017
Hi Barney, I think there has been a post about this before but I bought my daughter a second hand copy of the Survival Guide book and it didn't come with the code breaker bookmark. Is there anyone who could send us a scan of it please as she is very disappointed? Many thanks, Hazel.
Posted by Paul on March 27, 2017
What food sounded the tastiest, Barney? For me it's Google Buns with the sherbet. Sadly, with my diabetes, I could not partake of a Google Bun.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry to hear that. We dogs are discouraged from eating buns (Google or otherwise) too, but my favourite Blytonian treats are juicy bones, sausages and potted meat. Oh, and I wouldn't mind joining Buster in nipping Goon's ankles!
Posted by Francesca on March 26, 2017
Hello! Like everyone on here, I love Enid Blyton and growing up was desperate to go to Malory Towers, or be in a club like the Secret Seven. The characters in her books had a very different life and outlook to that which is possible today. I'm writing a piece about what lessons we can take from Blyton's children to teach to our own, and would love your thoughts! I can, of course, credit you, or remain anonymous, or we can just chat about it for fun! Thank you in advance xx
BarneyBarney says: I'd say that Enid Blyton encouraged children to be like dogs - brave, clever, loyal, observant, friendly, forgiving, positive and full of boundless energy! I don't know whether you're a member of our forums, Francesca, but if you joined you could either start a thread on the topic or search for key words like "morals", "lessons" and "wisdom" to see what has already been discussed. If you wish to quote anyone you could contact them via private message.
Posted by Ron on March 24, 2017
I wondered if there is a particular tree which inspired the magic tree as I have been told it is a huge sweet chestnut in Forest Row.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean the Magic Faraway Tree, Ron? I'm not sure that it was inspired by any particular tree. Enid Blyton loved trees in general and would have known myths and legends about trees such as Yggdrasil in Norse mythology, which connects nine worlds. She probably also knew the Elfin Oak in Kensington Gardens.
Posted by Julie on March 24, 2017
In reference to Tina's query & Barney's reply (March 19th) - The 13 colour plates are from Teachers' World & Schoolmistress definitely dated 1935-36. One example is - 'The Story of King Canute', dated 18/09/1935. Reference is made on this site, but we're trying to locate more information on the collection we have.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for coming back on that, Julie. I barked out a message to my pedigree chum, Fido, about this and you're right that the plates were done for Teachers World in 1935-36, to accompany a 32-part history series written by Enid Blyton. Interesting stuff! You should have received an email from the Society.
Posted by Sherilee on March 21, 2017
Good afternoon. I hope someone can help me. I had many Enid Blyton books as a child, one in particular was a great favourite. It was one of her storybooks and contained a story about two sisters, one nice and one not so nice! The key points were that one sister chose an opulent cloak and the other a very modest cloak and also the same with brooches. One chose an expensive frog brooch, the other a dainty bird brooch. Can anyone tell me the name of the story and which book(s) it appears in please? Thank you very much.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - you're thinking of 'The Little Candy House'. The two sisters are called Rosemary and Rosalind. The story appeared in Enid Blyton's Fireside Tales (Collins, 1966) and several earlier books as you can see here.
Posted by Rosie on March 21, 2017
Hello Barney, No I am not a member yet, but sure will be looking into it after this. Thanks a bunch! Rosie