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Posted by Sunskriti on February 15, 2017
Hey Barney! Darrell71 here. A quick question for you. I've read almost all of Pamela Cox's continuation books (Malory Towers and St.Clare's) and Anne Digby's continuations too (The Naughtiest Girl). I could, of course, find reviews online if I searched, but as this is pretty much the official Enid Blyton website, I was wondering what you guys/dogs think about those books. I mean, basically, as continuation books of some of the best Enid Blyton series, are there positive opinions overall or negative? Love and treats for you!
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks for the treats, Sunskriti! Pamela Cox's continuation books have been generally well received, but opinions on Anne Digby's have been mixed. Pamela Cox had been a fan of Enid Blyton's school stories since childhood and she decided to write her first two St. Clare's books because she had always wondered about the "missing" years in the series. I think I'm right in saying that Anne Digby didn't know the Naughtiest Girl books well before being commissioned to continue the series and that she was approached by the publishers because her own Trebizon boarding school stories were so popular. If you search for "Pamela Cox" and "Anne Digby" in the forums, you'll be able to read the views of Blyton enthusiasts.
Posted by Aminmec on February 15, 2017
The illustrations in the Mammoth books match the Dragon books. I hope the text is also retained (as Mammoth are the ones I am taking pains collecting). The Noddy books seem exciting. Are you looking to sell them, Linda?
Posted by Linda Elliott on February 13, 2017
I have a full set of hardback Noddy books with dustcovers, purchased 1979/1980, new, good condition (not written or scribbled in). Made and printed in Great Britain by Purnell and Sons Ltd. Paulton (Somerset) and London. Copyright Enid Blyton as to the text herein and Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., as to the artwork herein 1963. Are they likely to be of any real value other than sentimental please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations but you could get an idea of what they're worth by looking up similar books on eBay and Abebooks and seeing what they sell for.
Posted by Aminmec on February 12, 2017
Hello Barney, for the first time I came across a vintage hardcover of The Mystery of the Invisible Thief. I saw the illustrations by artist Treyer Evans for the first time. The dark blue 90s Mammoth editions and also the Dragon paperbacks have different artists (two if I know correctly). How come the Treyer Evans drawings were not continued in the Dragon and Mammoth books? Also is there a possibility that the text is altered in them (especially the Mammoth books)?
BarneyBarney says: Publishers often change the illustrations when they think the old ones are beginning to look old-fashioned or they simply want to give the series a fresh look. I think the Dragon paperbacks have the original text if you're talking about the ones from the 1960s and 70s, though I can't be 100% sure. I don't know about the Mammoth editions but maybe someone else can help.
Posted by Aminmec on February 10, 2017
Thanks Barney. So I understand the 24 books with golly (hardcovers with jackets, without jackets and paperbacks) are unaltered. However, I don't know about the square books from the 80s illustrated by Edgar Hodges you speak of. Are they to be counted as authored by Blyton or are the 24 the final number?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I think the 24 books have the unaltered text if they have a golly on the cover. I don't know whether anyone else reading this knows any different? Don't worry about the books with illustrations by Edgar Hodges. They're the same 24 titles but heavily abridged (or some of the 24 anyway, as I'm not sure whether all of them were released in that format).
Posted by Aminmec on February 10, 2017
Hi Barney, Have there been any alterations done in the hardcover Noddy books by Purnell in the 80s (the golly ones)? Do any differences exist between the Noddy books with jackets and the 80s Purnell ones without dust jackets?
BarneyBarney says: If they have a golly on the cover I think the text would be the same as the original, Aminmec. The ones with illustrations by Edgar Hodges (squarish books dating from the mid to late 80s) are heavily abridged.
Posted by J. Percival on February 6, 2017
An article about Enid Blyton in today's Eastern Day Press reminded me that I had a copy of The Story of My Life that is signed and she personally gave it to me. My grandparents lived in Beaconsfield and my grandfather did all her electrics etc. and my grandmother arranged for me to go to tea with her when she gave me the book.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds exciting, J. Percival. A memory to treasure! I wonder if you've ever thought of writing an article about your meeting with Enid Blyton for our thrice-yearly Journal? I'm sure readers would love to hear all about it. It's up to you, of course, but if you'd like to write something please get in touch (see "Contact Us" at the top of this page).
Posted by Mark Lawrence on February 6, 2017
I am currently writing an an article on the yellow hammer for the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) magazine Life Cycle. At the beginning of the article, I start with Enid Blyton, who coined the phrase of the yellow hammer's song "A little bit of bread but no cheese" its British nature folklore. I am trying to find where this came from. I have an idea it may be written in her book Nature Lover's Book, of which I have ordered a copy, or is it taken from her poem 'The Yellowhammer' which I can't find anywhere? Can anybody help?
BarneyBarney says: The phrase is mentioned in quite a few Enid Blyton books, Mark. I can't remember exactly which ones but I can tell you that it appears in the poem 'The Yellowhammer' which begins: "OH, little yellowhammer,/Do tell me why you clamour/For a little bit of bread and no cheese!" (originally published in Teachers World No.1469, July 22nd, 1931). Enid Blyton didn't coin the phrase. It's mentioned in books by other authors including The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter (1911). Beatrix Potter writes of birds twittering: "And another sang - "Little bita bread and - no - cheese!"
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on February 2, 2017
This society is quite nice and I like reading the Secret Messages here. Anjana, I think that thought of opening an Enid Blyton theme library is just great. May I ask you in which state are you planning to open? As you see I am also an Indian.
Posted by Anjana on February 1, 2017
Woof! Woof! Thanks a ton, Barney! You have given a hope and direction to this long-cherished dream of mine! Just cannot express how happy I am. Thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of good luck to you, Anjana! I hope you're able to open up your library.
Posted by Aminmec on February 1, 2017
In some Dean editions of the 90s I've come across 'printed in India' on the inside. Is it a probable practice to get text blocks printed from India and finally bound into the book in the UK, as it doesn't seem to be an 'Indian edition' by markings or appearance anywhere else? I do know that way back in the 50s or earlier Enid Blyton's Five Find-Outers were published in India to be sold in the UK.
BarneyBarney says: It's quite common for UK publishers to use printing firms in other countries. I've just checked a 1993 copy of Five Minute Tales published by Dean and it says, "Printed in Italy". The Enid Blyton Dossier by Brian Stewart and Tony Summerfield (Hawk Books, 1999) was printed in Spain.
Posted by Anjana on January 31, 2017
Would appreciate it a lot if you could give me an idea as to whether I need any specific permission from anyone for opening up an Enid Blyton themed library here in India. The thought has been churning in my mind for quite some time now. So please help if you can. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: If it's just a question of building up a collection of Enid Blyton books for people to borrow I'm sure that'll be fine, Anjana. However, if you want to do things like use Enid Blyton's signature, paint Blyton characters on the walls and hold Blyton-themed activity days it would be worth checking with the copyright holders first. Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright (except for Noddy). Here are their contact details. For anything related to Noddy, look for contact details on the DreamWorks Classics website (they own the copyright for Noddy).
Posted by Shirley Murphy on January 29, 2017
What's the story where Mr Meddle goes home in the dark but misses the right street and ends up in a stranger's house? Didn't they have streetlights in the 1940s?
BarneyBarney says: The story is 'Mister Meddle Makes a Mistake' from Mr. Meddle's Muddles. It was first published in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories in March 1940, when the blackout was in force because of the Second World War. That's why the streets were "very dark" with "no lamps lighted", as stated in the story.
Posted by Avantika on January 28, 2017
Hello, I am Avantika from India. I am a great fan of Enid Blyton. I knew her from my library. I just want to ask for information on her since I am writing a journal on her.
BarneyBarney says: Click on our "Author of Adventure" button (up above, over on the left) if you want to know about Enid Blyton's life, Avantika. For information about her main books, click on the "Popular Series" buttons (just above these messages).
Posted by Clare on January 27, 2017
Hello, I can't wait to show my son and daughter this site, as they are both fans of the Famous Five! My son has the whole 21 book collection but we are desperately seeking a copy of the Survival Guide....he has been asking for the last year but we have not been able to find a copy. We are in Western Australia, so if anyone knows where we can purchase (online) we would be very grateful! We have read it is no longer being published, but it would be wonderful to surprise him on his birthday! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I think you're right that The Famous Five's Survival Guide is no longer in print, which is a pity. Second-hand copies in good condition sometimes come up on eBay or Amazon, and some sellers will post worldwide. You could also check equivalent Australian sites. If buying second-hand, check with the seller that the book still has the cardboard codebreaker. You can see what it looks like here, below the big image of the cover. Hope you manage to get a copy in time for your son's birthday!
Posted by Adrian Scott on January 26, 2017
Hi to Barney and all Enid Blyton fans. When I was young I used to love story time when my parents would read to me as I went to bed. My own daughters loved it when I read to them too. I remember being quite excited to learn that Enid Blyton had lived in Beckenham and my parents believed it was close to the house where we had lived until I was three. You can imagine my surprise when I looked up the address and found out it was the same house! My birth certificate shows 95 Chaffinch Road, but I was over 60 when I found this out. I now have a grandson Ozzie and he loves his books. I hope he will be interested to hear about this coincidence. Oddly, I still have very clear memories of the house and many photographs as my Dad was a semi professional photographer. It seems such a pity that he and my Mother never knew about it being the same home.
BarneyBarney says: That's very interesting, Adrian. How lovely to discover that a house you lived in was once the home of Enid Blyton! Enid and her family lived at 95, Chaffinch Road from 1897 to 1903 and the house now has a blue plaque to commemorate the fact. I'm glad to know that your grandson loves reading!
Posted by Lynne Bruce on January 24, 2017
I am 65 years old but as a child was an avid reader of Enid Blyton and was a member of the club. Unfortunately my club badge was stolen when the house was burgled few years ago. My 8 year old granddaughter is now enjoying her works so I ask is there any club I could join her into, for her birthday, where she too could get a badge etc. as I did? 😊
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of any current clubs or badges, Lynne. Sorry about that. If you're talking about a Famous Five badge, second-hand ones come up quite frequently on eBay so you could get one there. Alternatively, I've heard that there are websites which will make you a badge if you send them the design you want. Searching for "make a badge" will bring them up. I hope your granddaughter has a lovely birthday.
Posted by Sian Awford on January 23, 2017
I have a tape recording of Enid Blyton reading about Noddy and Twizzle. Is this of interest to anybody?
Posted by Miss JJ on January 23, 2017
Hi Enid Blyton web site. I'm doing a school project and would like to ask you to answer some questions. Did Enid go on adventures? Did she play music because I play piano, violin and guitar. Thank you!! (Age 7)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton would have been interested to know that you play so many instruments, Miss JJ! She was a talented musician and her father wanted her to become a concert pianist. Enid Blyton had a place at the Guildhall School of Music but she turned it down to train as a teacher (she was a teacher for a few years before writing full-time). As a child, Enid Blyton used to like going for nature walks and bike rides which probably felt like going on an adventure. You can find out more about her life by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button (over to the left of this page) and then on 'A Biography of Enid Blyton—The Story of Her Life'.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on January 23, 2017
"Enid Bottom"? I think that they were writing on their mobile and the autocorrect must've kicked in! Barney, when will it be OK to put the original Blyton text online for free?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books will remain in copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Aminmec on January 20, 2017
I bought the Dean 90s edition of The Book of Naughty Children. While the cover has Eileen Soper's drawing, the stories inside are without any art. If I remember correctly the paperback editions had Eileen's drawings. What was the reason for Dean's omission of the interior art? It makes the book quite dull.
BarneyBarney says: It's a shame the illustrations have been removed. Publishers sometimes do that because they want to keep to a certain number of pages, or because they feel that the pictures look old-fashioned.
Posted by Lawrence Langton on January 17, 2017
Has Enid Bottom any connection with Bottom village in Lincolnshire?
BarneyBarney says: Eh? If you mean "Enid Blyton" and "Blyton village", Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography: "Enid Blyton's early forebears are believed to have come over to England at the time of the Norman Conquest and to have settled in Lincolnshire, where the name appears under various spellings in many of the early chronicles for that county. There is a village called Blyton in the Lincolnshire Wolds and a chantry was founded in Lincoln Cathedral in 1327, apparently bequeathed by a de Bliton who was the mayor of the city four years earlier. For several centuries the family were concerned with farming or the wool and cloth trade - but George Blyton, Enid's great-grandfather, was a cordwainer." Barbara Stoney goes on to mention that George Blyton lived in Swinderby.
Posted by Charlotte on January 17, 2017
Hi, We are looking for a poem about a wooden horse of Troy and it has led us to this website a couple of times. Is it a poem that Enid Blyton wrote? I know it contains the line 'The men of Troy are simple folk and simple folk of course'. Would you know if it is one of hers and if so know the full poem? We are urgently trying to locate it to be read at a funeral. Any help would be much appreciated!
BarneyBarney says: It seems that the poem is by Hugh Chesterman and was published in The New Merry-go-round Volume 6, 1928 and A Bulletin for Schools Volume 30, 1936. Click on this link to find out more.
Posted by Rina Rivai on January 15, 2017
Hi, I am from Indonesia. I am a big fan of Enid Blyton books. I still read her books though I am no longer a kid and don't have kids. Her books have been translated to Indonesian. That's why I can read them because I cannot speak English well. Her books were my Christmas presents.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you still enjoy the books as much as ever, Rina. Enid Blyton would be surprised to know how many adults around the world still love her wonderful stories and characters!
Posted by Maria Pia on January 6, 2017
Hi. I loved Enid Blyton. My books are 35 years old. Now my daughter and I are reading a book. The paper is yellow...but I love it. I hope my daughter loves these books as much as I did.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Reading to you and your daughter, Maria!
Posted by Adie on January 5, 2017
Did Enid Blyton ever visit Nottingham?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know.
Posted by Shrawan on January 4, 2017
Hi! Happy New Year 2017. Well, I have written some continuation books in St. Clare's and Malory Towers and I want them to be published. What can I do?
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year! Continuation books by Pamela Cox already exist for those series. However, if you'd still like to try you'll need to contact Hachette UK as they own the Enid Blyton copyright. Here are their contact details.
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on December 31, 2016
Why have some of the books of Malory Towers and St. Clare's been written by Pamela Cox instead of Enid Blyton? How did Pamela Cox get the right to write those books? And a Happy New Year to you!
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you too, Nashrah - and to all Blyton enthusiasts! Pamela Cox had been a fan of Enid Blyton since she was a child. As an adult she wrote some St. Clare's books and sent them to the publisher, who said they'd like to publish them. They then decided to extend the Malory Towers series as well, so they asked Pamela Cox if she'd like to write additional books for that series too. Pamela Cox's first St. Clare's books were published in 2000. Enid Blyton had, of course, been dead for many years by then.
Posted by Jellytots on December 30, 2016
Hi, when l was younger l had an Enid Blyton book that had two stories in. One was called Scamp and the other was about a circus. Can you help me find a copy please?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of Enid Blyton's Dog Stories published by Collins, which contains the two short novels Three Boys and a Circus and The Adventures of Scamp. Being a dog myself, I love these stories! I don't think they're in print at the moment but you should be able to find a second-hand copy of Enid Blyton's Dog Stories on eBay or a similar site.
Posted by Lynne on December 29, 2016
Hi, I am hoping someone can help me trace a book. When my children were young we had a book by Enid Blyton that was a story that included explanations for the Christmas traditions such as the holly and mistletoe and wreaths. Alas, the book has been lost and I can't remember the title. Please can someone help as I would like to read it to my grandchildren. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of The Christmas Book, Lynne. It's very interesting and I hope your grandchildren enjoy it.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on December 29, 2016
To those who say Enid's work was partly ghostwritten, why did no such ghostwriters come forward after Enid's death?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think anybody these days believes that any of Enid Blyton's work was ghostwritten. Enid herself scotched that rumour during her lifetime.
Posted by Lisa on December 29, 2016
I have been given the Famous Five Annual over the past few years for Christmas. Was there not one released this year? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there wasn't one this year, Lisa, as most aspects of the Famous Five have already been covered in the three recent annuals. Paws crossed that there will be other Blyton-based annuals in the future!
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on December 27, 2016
Hi Barney! I would like to know how Enid Blyton managed to write nearly 800 books? Many people say to me that it's quite impossible. Still I believe that she wrote that many.
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote because some were just picture books with minimal text and she also wrote poems, plays, articles and entire magazines. Also, many of her short stories were reused in various collections. What can be said with certainty is that she wrote more than 180 novels and over 4,000 short stories as well as the poems, etc. She was certainly a phenomenal author! If you click on our "Author of Adventure" button you can find out more about how she wrote.
Posted by Peter (From Australia) on December 24, 2016
Hi Barney: Greetings From Australia! I would like to wish all members of the Enid Blyton Society, and in fact everyone who posts on this site, a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! I don't post very often but I read every word written about Enid and her books, and the very interesting comments that are made. Thank you! Peter - Australia
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Peter! I'm glad you enjoy the website. A Very Merry Christmas to you! Enid Blyton would be delighted to know that her books continue to draw people together from all around the globe.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on December 23, 2016
I would like to wish everyone who is a member of the Enid Blyton Society a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and a thank you to Tony and Barney for their work throughout this year.
BarneyBarney says: A Merry Wuff-wuff to you and your family - especially your dog, Julie! Thank you very much for the serials you write for the website, including our current one - The Rook's Rock Mystery. I know they're greatly enjoyed by Society members. All the best for 2017!
Posted by Jeri Fry on December 8, 2016
Hi, I would like permission to reprint the story 'The Cuckoo in the Clock' that appears in The Golden Christmas Book compiled by Gertrude Crampton, copyrighted 1947 by Simon and Schuster. I own a Gingerbread Bakery and I have for years made a Cuckoo Clock out of Gingerbread inspired by this story. I would like to share the story this next few days in connection with the holiday giveaway of the gingerbread cuckoo clock. (By the way, Barney looks like my dog.) Thanks, Jeri Fry, owner of Cup and Cone, Canon City, Colorado, 719-275-3434.
BarneyBarney says: Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright so I suggest you get in touch with them, Jeri. Here are their contact details. The gingerbread cuckoo clock sounds great and I hope the holiday giveaway goes well. A "wuff" of hello and a wag of the tail to your dog! Edit: It seems that 'The Cuckoo in the Clock' in The Golden Christmas Book is by Gertrude Crampton herself. See this forums thread for details.
Posted by Murray on December 6, 2016
In the Famous Five, George says that when she is grown up she will live on Kirrin Island with Timmy. George loves Timmy but, as she is a child, she probably doesn't know too much about how dogs work or how long they live compared to humans, She will be crushed when Timmy dies long before she does.
BarneyBarney says: I always think of the Five as remaining eternally young!
Posted by Chris Carte on December 2, 2016
I have just discovered a Bible from 1953 that has a message inscribed and signed Enid Blyton. It reads, "Here is the greatest book in the world. I hope you will read it every day. Love from your friend Enid Blyton." Could this be valuable?
BarneyBarney says: Although it looks handwritten it's just a printed letter that was included in all the Bibles, Chris, but it's still a nice book to have.
Posted by Charlotte on December 1, 2016
Thank you so much for letting me know about 'A Week Before Christmas'. We now know what we need to look for to purchase the book for my mother-in-law. Thank you. 😊
BarneyBarney says: What a lovely present for your mother-in-law. I'm sure she'll be delighted.
Posted by Aparna on November 27, 2016
Hi, Barney! I think the story that Anonymous asked about is called 'A Week Before Christmas'. Ronnie, Ellen and Betsy do odd jobs to earn money to help their mother who lost her purse. It is one of my favourite short stories.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much indeed, Aparna! I remember that story now and it seems to be the right one. It can be found in these books.
Posted by Hopeful on November 26, 2016
Does anybody have the audiotape of Christmas stories as listed here Christmas Stories (TST 8006)?
Posted by Fiona on November 26, 2016
In reply to Anonymous (November 19th) - I'm sure I've read that story too. The children all go out and try to earn money in time for Christmas and one of the boys does it by sweeping snow for people. I think he then finds Mother's handbag under the snow on someone's path as she had been delivering leaflets and dropped it there. If I can remember the title or where I read it I'll let you know!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Fiona. I hope the additional details will prompt someone to come up with the title!
Posted by John Hall on November 21, 2016
What stories reference WWII the most? The Adventurous Four duology, perhaps?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure about the second Adventurous Four book, but the first one is very much a wartime adventure. So is The Children of Kidillin. There's also The Valley of Adventure, which deals with the after-effects of the war.
Posted by John Hall on November 21, 2016
Did Enid Blyton ever do retellings of Greek mythology?
BarneyBarney says: Yes. Enid Blyton wrote Tales of Ancient Greece (the stories from that book were included in the Dean & Son Tales of Long Ago), The Watchman with 100 Eyes and Other Greek Tales, Stories From World History Retold: The Adventures of Odysseus, Stories From World History Retold: The Story of the Siege of Troy and Stories From World History Retold: Tales of the Ancient Greeks and Persians. She also retold the fables of Aesop (search for "Aesop" in the Cave of Books).
Posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2016
Hi everyone, my mother-in-law has mentioned an Enid Blyton annual that contains a story about a mother who loses her red handbag. I think it's Christmas time, and her children help make Christmas special and also find the bag. This annual possibly has a gingerbread house story too! Can anyone point me to the right name as I'd really like to get this for her. She's had a difficult year and speaks of this book as a special memory. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: We prefer people to use a name (or a username) rather than post as "Anonymous", and an email address should also be provided. However, I've approved your post because it would be lovely if someone is able to identify the book that your mother-in-law remembers.
Posted by Freda Knight on November 18, 2016
Hi, everyone - I've been missing from this wonderful site for a long time, mainly because I'm involved with another site specialising in Lines/Triang Dolls' Houses and associated miniatures. As well as a library full of Enid Blyton books, I also have six 1/16th dolls' houses - the oldest of which dates to 1937 (with original wallpapers). However, I wish to state I am still passionate about Enid Blyton and her wonderful books and have had great pleasure in receiving the latest edition of The Enid Blyton Society Journal - beautifully put together and something really special to keep. I'm enjoying reading the various articles. I just want to say a huge 'thank you' to Tony and all the excellent contributors who have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a great read for the winter. Very best wishes to you all, Freda.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Freda. After reading your message, my tail is wagging so hard it's invisible! Your dolls' houses sound fantastic. Glad you're enjoying the Journal, which is packed with goodies as always!
Posted by Lee Miller on November 17, 2016
Where can I purchase the Enchanted Wood trilogy before it was changed? Thanks for any help.
BarneyBarney says: The series comes up quite often on eBay, Lee, and if you're after the original text you'd probably want to stick to editions dating from no later than the 1980s. If possible, check with the seller that the three children are called Jo, Bessie and Fanny (NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie). Another tip is to avoid 3-in-1 volumes, because some of those are abridged.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 16, 2016
It's almost summer here and the hot days have started. Did Enid ever write plots involving children trying to cope with the scorching heat of a summer's day or the cold snow and ice of a winter's evening?
BarneyBarney says: There are elements of that in books like Five Go Off in a Caravan, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace and The Secret Seven.
Posted by Ana on November 12, 2016
Oh gosh. It's been a very long time. Flashback to 8 years earlier, when I first discovered this site and mutual lovers of Enid Blyton; and it seems unreal. Some of my best memories are here, right on this very website. Hahah, I remember complaining about little things like the human verification and why the questions weren't harder. Hard to believe it's been so long! Do you remember my silly messages, Barney? Just scrolled to one message starting with this, "18 is really faaaar away Barney!! I'm just 8 now! I can't wait for 10 years more!" Thank you for tolerating some of my stupid questions, lol, like where I see I asked you if you could type. Hilarious...and ridiculously dumb. I still remember every inch of this website. Never, ever, ever change it, Barney, and thank you for keeping it going all these years. It's everything, old dog. Thanks for always responding to my ridiculous questions and messages, and making those years some of the best of my life. Here's to many more years of Enid Blyton and the Enid Blyton Society. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ana! I remember you well and your kind words have put a wag in my tail! It's nice to know that you remember an old dog and that the website (which I don't run completely by myself!) has brought you so much happiness. I hope you'll always turn to Enid Blyton from time to time, however old you become.
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on November 10, 2016
I love Enid Blyton very much. I would like to read all her books. She had real feeling for the freedom of children. That's why I Iike her. Moreover, as well as being my favourite author she is my inspiration for becoming a writer. Yes, I want to be good like her at writing stories. I respect all those who respect Enid Blyton. I wanted to be added on your discussion so that I would be updated about my favourite author.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad Enid Blyton has inspired you to become a writer, Nashrah! I'm not sure what you mean about being "added on your discussion". This Message Board is always available on the Home Page, or you could join our discussion forums (see link at top right or bottom right of this page).