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Posted by Karen on October 3, 2015
Am I the only one who used to take issue with the fact that while the Famous Five stocked up on food (usually apples, sandwiches made by the cook, a pie or two, cake and ginger beer), and a few spare jumpers when they were going to stay for a week on Kirrin Island, they never ever took a shovel or any toilet roll?
Posted by Lynne Evans on September 26, 2015
Was there an actual house that inspired Greylings Manor in The Treasure Hunters?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote at speed, and sometimes it was only after she'd finished a book that she realised that certain features of places known to her had woven their way into the fabric of the story - altered, of course, to fit the narrative. When she was in her late teens/twenties, she used to go and stay with the Hunt family at Seckford Hall, a fifteenth-century mansion in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The building was part-ruined but the Hunt family rented a portion of it and ran a farm. There was a "haunted" bedroom, a secret passage, a decaying banqueting hall, farm animals and beautiful countryside, so Enid would have been in her element. No one knows whether Seckford Hall might have inspired Greylings Manor, but she must surely have had it at the back of her mind when describing old houses and mansions in a number of her stories.
Posted by Jay on September 22, 2015
I read a short story with a Barney, a dog, in it. Thanks, Jay.
Posted by Jay on September 21, 2015
Hey Barney, I am getting a dog soon. Do you have any good dogs' names from Enid Blyton books? Jay. P.S. I have got Buster, Timmy, Scamper and Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Did Enid Blyton write about a dog called Barney? I can only recall Barney the circus-boy. There are plenty of names listed here, though one or two of them wouldn't be considered appropriate these days.
Posted by Lydia on September 18, 2015
Hello, I am looking for the 1983 edition of The Folk of the Faraway Tree illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves. Does anyone know where I can order it from? I grew up with those pictures and I want my baby to grow up with those pictures too.
BarneyBarney says: That version of The Folk of the Faraway Tree has been reprinted many times, so it shouldn't be difficult to find a copy. Georgina Hargreaves also illustrated The Magic Faraway Tree. In the same set is The Enchanted Wood with illustrations by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. You could try eBay, Abebooks or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links. A word of warning - in some of the later editions the children's names have been changed to Joe, Beth and Frannie, and Dame Slap has become Dame Snap. Before buying, check that the children are called Jo, Bessie and Fanny.
Posted by Karen on September 17, 2015
Harry Potter fans talk about Hogwarts always welcoming you home whenever you come back to Harry Potter after drifting away. I'd like to think the same of Enid's worlds and readers coming back to them.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's lovely how everything in the books is just the same as it always was, immediately drawing you back into the beloved and comforting atmosphere. The mysteries remain as juicy as ever, and so do the bones!
Posted by Sue on September 17, 2015
Hi Philippa, 'Percival Peeps' is by Mabel Lucie Attwell, remember it well! It is in Lucie Attwell's I'll Tell You A Tale, 1966. My daughter loved it at the time!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Sue! It always puts a wag in my tail to see mysteries solved!
Posted by Alison Elliott on September 16, 2015
I am looking for an old Enid Blyton book of short stories that were read to my brother and me when little. I remember some of the stories, there was 'The Little Lucky Man', 'Spinky Got a Spanky', 'The Little Chatterbox', a story about a man getting a carrot, rabbit, fox etc. across the water, another one about an elephant ornament who got his trunk and tail stuck on wrong. Please can you help me source this old book? I would very much like to obtain a copy and if possible two copies.
BarneyBarney says: It's most likely The Eighth Holiday Book, Alison. The story about the man getting animals etc. across the water is 'Think Hard, Boatman' and the one about the elephant ornament is 'It Serves You Right, Jumbo'. Good luck with obtaining a copy. Abebooks or eBay are good sources.
Posted by Cheryl on September 15, 2015
Hi, For years I've been trying to recall a book or books that I would have had in the early 1980s... it/they had a number of stories in. I seem to remember a hardback book with one story about a little boy who wanted to play cricket in the park but had to look after his little sister. He went to play cricket anyway and lost the sister for a time and finally found her eating an ice cream bought by a kindly stranger. Another story involved someone (a parent) changing a clock because the child wouldn't get up/be on time. Another story involved two children who would throw their junket dessert out of the window. The final story, which may not have been in the same book, was about a greedy boy who would always take second helpings, and was whisked away to a land where all there was to eat was chocolate cake and treacle tart/pudding and once he was thoroughly sick of it and promised not to be greedy, returned home and to everyone's astonishment, didn't want any more pudding ever again. Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm pretty sure that three of the stories are 'His Little Sister' (about the boy playing cricket in the park), 'Junket Through the Window' (about two children throwing their dessert out of the window) and 'Treacle-Pudding Town' (about the greedy boy). I also remember a story about a parent changing a clock, but it might not be the one you're thinking of. It's called 'What Happened to the Clock?' Mother alters the clock to make her children go to bed early, because the night before they had altered the clock to give themselves an extra hour to play. These stories have appeared in various collections. If you put the titles into the "Search the database..." box in the Cave of Books, you'll be able to see what books they were in.
Posted by Philippa on September 14, 2015
I am trying to find a book containing the poem "Percival Peeps". It starts ... "This is the story of Percival Peeps who wanted so badly a fairy for keeps, that he got out of bed one fine summer night to look for the creatures by pale moonlight." Can anyone help please?
Posted by Naz on September 14, 2015
Hi there, I have been trying for years to remember the name of a Blyton short story that had a big impact on me when I was young. It was about a boy who wanted to earn money and offered to do jobs for an old man, including cleaning some garden pots in the shed. He didn't clean them all - was lazy. When he told the man he was finished and asked for money he was caught out as it was hidden in the bottom pots etc and showed that he wasn't being honest or trying his best. Any idea of the name of the story for me to try and find the book for my own children now? (:
BarneyBarney says: I believe the story you're looking for is 'Tom the Scout-Cub', which can be found in Tales at Bedtime. I hope your children enjoy the story as much as you did, Naz.
Posted by Fattyindisguise on September 6, 2015
Are the Famous Five series the only books that were turned into shows that didn't have many changes? And if there were others that don't have many changes from the books can you still get them on DVD?
BarneyBarney says: There's a discussion about Blyton-related shows here, but I think they all had quite a few changes.
Posted by Fattyindisguise on September 3, 2015
Is there possibly a Five Find-Outers and Dog mysteries show because I don't think there is? Is there a reason why the mysteries collection (Five Find-Outers) only has 15 books and the Famous Five has lots more?
BarneyBarney says: There was a Japanese Five Find-Outers TV show back in the 1960s-70s, but the tapes were wiped. In answer to your second question, I can only guess that Enid Blyton had more ideas for Famous Five stories - or that more readers asked for them!
Posted by Christopher on September 3, 2015
I am keen to obtain the Famous Five Kirrin Island Treasure Quest board game. Does anyone have one that they would be prepared to sell?
BarneyBarney says: Your request might get more views if you put it in the "Wanted" section of our forums, Christopher.
Posted by Spoony on September 1, 2015
There appears to be no mention of a book I have had all my life, is it political correctness that I cannot find it under its published title? Yes, it's written by Enid Blyton. It's a wonderful story. What's it called? All Aboard for Adventure.
BarneyBarney says: An interesting title. Was the book published during Enid Blyton's lifetime? Many stories have been re-released in different formats since she died, and sometimes with different titles. Not all of these are currently in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Anita on August 30, 2015
In answer to Tracey (August 23rd) the poem about the policeman and the Queen of Fairyland is 'The Kind Policeman'. It has seven verses and it begins: "I watched a tall blue policeman stand/In Oxford Street and wave his hand,/And all the buses stopped and stood/Behind his back, quite still and good."
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Anita. 'The Kind Policeman' can be found in these books. Regarding The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies, it's possible that the poem is only in the 1924 edition. It's certainly not in the editions from 1967 onwards.
Posted by Samantha on August 30, 2015
Hello Barney, I was just wondering if you could give me an update on the status of the copyright for The Magic Faraway Tree? Is it in the public domain?
BarneyBarney says: Copyright lasts until 70 years after an author's death, Samantha, so Enid Blyton's books will remain under copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Devangana on August 29, 2015
After reading an Enid Blyton book I'm just lost in my own world. I am her true fan.
Posted by Wendy on August 23, 2015
Just found our old copy of the 15th tell a story series. This has two religious stories 'The Tale of the Fisherman' and 'The Good Samaritan'. Just wondering why they are not listed in the contents in the copy you show on the site ?
BarneyBarney says: A few of the things in books published by World Distributors were not written by Enid Blyton, and as there is doubt about these two stories they were left out of the contents listing.
Posted by Tracey on August 23, 2015
We are looking for a poem, about a tall blue policeman in Oxford Street and a fairy queen, which my gran read when she was a child in the 1930's. We believe it was written by Enid Blyton; she obtained the book by collecting tokens from a newspaper but has since lost it. Can you help? We think it had red writing and a rabbit with a flower on the front.
BarneyBarney says: I hope that this might ring bells for someone reading your message, Tracey.
Posted by Jay on August 22, 2015
Dear Barney, Could you please help me? At school there will be a Book Character Dress Up Day. What would be good clothing do you think? Thanks, Jay.
BarneyBarney says: I've heard of people dressing up successfully as the Saucepan Man, Silky or Dame Washalot from the Faraway Tree books, Jay.
Posted by Klaus on August 20, 2015
Hi Nigel, thank you very much for your post from August 10, 2015. I ordered The Castle of Adventure and I will read it again after so many years. I hope to find the passages I'm looking for.
Posted by Celia Ager on August 17, 2015
One of the most memorable Enid Blyton books was about four children who ran away and lived on an island after the three siblings' parents went missing on a plane and the fourth boy was badly treated by his grandparents. I've never forgotten the story and the vivid descriptions of the sun setting and the contented life they were living - but I can't remember the name of the book. I'm a lifelong lover of Enid Blyton and still remember the pleasure I got from devouring the books.
BarneyBarney says: The book you remember is The Secret Island, Celia. The three siblings are Peggy, Mike and Nora, and their friend is Jack. Jack lives with his grandfather who cannot provide a home for him any longer, and the other three children are ill-treated by their aunt and uncle.
Posted by Celia Ledley on August 14, 2015
i have the holiday book dated 1947 green binding which has water colour pictures by both Noel kookiness and grace lodge is this unusual The book was given to a child at Christmas 1947 as parents wrote in it so date is authenticated by this inscription
BarneyBarney says: I'm not quite sure what you are asking here, Celia. What you have is a copy of The Second Holiday Book and like all copies of the book it has 8 colour plates in it, 4 by Noel Hopking and 4 by Grace Lodge. I don't know why you should think this unusual as all twelve Holiday books had colour plates in them.
Posted by Ashok on August 12, 2015
Many decades ago, when I used to devour Blyton books, I recall reading a full length book where Enid Blyton writes about herself in the third person.The book has Enid Blyton as herself inviting children to tea. Any idea what that book was called? And I am very sure Enid Blyton wrote a few books (not as herself) in the first person.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of A Story Party at Green Hedges (1949), in which Enid Blyton invites children to a party at her house and makes up a story for each of them - though I think she writes about herself in the first person. A similar book is A Picnic Party with Enid Blyton (1951), in which Enid Blyton invites children on a picnic and tells them stories.
Posted by Kevin Riley on August 11, 2015
Did Enid Blyton ever live in a house called Noddyshall in Mersham near Redhill in Surrey? I'm asking because the house was in our family at one time and the family story is that she bought it from them. I've also found a mention of her living in Mersham on the Internet. However none of the on-line biographies I've seen seem to mention it.
BarneyBarney says: No, Enid Blyton didn't live in a house called Noddyshall in Mersham. Perhaps the story came about because she wrote the Noddy books!
Posted by Nigel on August 10, 2015
Klaus (July 25, 2015), your memory is probably a little muddled, but the book you're thinking of might be The Castle of Adventure.
Posted by Craig C on August 9, 2015
I have a Bible. Inside the cover is stuck a Happy Christmas note on which is hand-written in black ink: 'Here is your Christmas Bible. In it is the greatest story in the world - the story of the very first Christmas. Read it on Christmas Eve - and be sure to read your Bible every day, Love from your friend, Enid Blyton'. Of value?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, but those notes were printed and pasted into all the Bibles.
Posted by Devangana on August 9, 2015
Hi, I started reading Enid Blyton books at the age of 11. I just read short stories and wrote my own version.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton has inspired many readers to become writers.
Posted by Lisa S. Seecharan on August 8, 2015
Hi, I started reading Enid Blyton's books at the age of 10. I read some of them. My 8-year-old daughter is an excellent reader. I am introducing her to Enid Blyton's books and I would like to start with the Magic Faraway Tree Collection. Are these 3 original version books still available? If yes, where? If not, please recommend the best version available online. I've heard the stories have been changed a bit. Elizabeth doesn't like reading online ebooks. We have that in common. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope your daughter enjoys Enid Blyton's books as much as you did, Lisa. If you look for second-hand copies of the Faraway Tree books published before about 1985, you should get the original text. If in doubt, check with the seller whether the three children are still called Jo, Bessie and Fanny. In modern versions their names have been changed to Joe, Beth and Frannie. If your daughter's name is Elizabeth, she might also like the Naughtiest Girl books (starting with The Naughtiest Girl in the School) as the main character is called Elizabeth.
Posted by Mishika on August 8, 2015
Hello there! I have read the St.Clare's series and it is simply amazing! Had a wonderful time reading it!
BarneyBarney says: Have you read the Malory Towers books as well, Mishika? If not, I think you'd enjoy those too.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on August 6, 2015
Thank you to you, Trevor. Your stories are always exciting and fantastic to read. Best wishes, Julie.
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on August 5, 2015
Thank you Daisy, Julie and Chrissie for your kind words on the forums about The Harbour of Adventure. I derived great pleasure from writing the story so it is doubly rewarding to know that you enjoyed reading it. Now, for the first time this year, I can look forward to reading a weekly serial on the Enid Blyton Society Website. Roll on, Monday.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Trevor. I enjoyed The Harbour of Adventure very much too!
Posted by Kalpani on August 1, 2015
Hi Barney! Um... my problem is, if the Five Find-Outers series is named the mystery series, then what is the series name of the Diana, Roger and Snubby adventures?
BarneyBarney says: Those books are often called the Barney Mysteries, which sounds like a very good name to me!
Posted by Robin James on July 31, 2015
Are these books available to purchase? 1981 editions of; The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood?
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell Enid Blyton books on this website, Robin. You'd need to search online and double-check with the seller if you're looking for specific editions.
Posted by John Wakefield on July 29, 2015
Re this posting on your forum in 2008 - Re: Five Go Off To Camp, Morris 8 Tourer, Post by Petermax 07 Apr 2008, 20:58, TB3 wrote: On the subject of old cars, anyone thought of trying to track down the bus used by The Barnies? What a good idea. Featured in Five Go Down to the Sea, the Barnies' bus, JXT 482 was what appears to be a post-1950 Bedford OB. A quick check on the DVLA website did not yield any results, nor did a search of the Bedford OB website, which has a list of the seventy surviving vehicles of this type. The Bedford OB JXT 482 got reregistered as ESL 175 and survives as a caravan with Chris Triggs of Nantwich.
Posted by Devangana on July 29, 2015
Hi, I just read the autobiography of Enid Blyton. It was fantastic. I suggest that others read it.
BarneyBarney says: In case anyone wants to look for it, the title is The Story of My Life. It's probably only available second-hand now.
Posted by Devangana on July 28, 2015
Hi, I am a new member. I just read 5 chapters of Amelia Jane Again. It was very funny when the pig blew in the air. I also speak German.
Posted by Klaus on July 25, 2015
Hi all, my name is Klaus and I live in Germany. The thing is that I was in tough with books of Enid Blyton many years ago. It was around 1967. Our teacher was reading a book to the pupils. It must have been quite impressive to me, because a few passages are still in my head. So, I've been struggling to find the book he was reading for a long while now. Hope to find a person who can tell the title. I would enjoy finding this book and to read it again after many years. What I remember is the following part of the plot: one boy went to a castle to do some exploration, because it was noticed that at the castle was going on something strange. When he was in the castle he was disturbed by another person, so he quickly ran to an old coffer to hide himself behind it. When he jumped over the coffer he noticed that there was no ground, but a hole, and he fell down deep and was bolstered by a few old mattress which were prepared for someone else. Would be great if anyone could give a hint to find the book with this story.
BarneyBarney says: Castles feature in quite a lot of Enid Blyton books, so I'm not sure which one you're thinking of. I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Donna on July 23, 2015
Hi. I am trying to track down a poem that started "Amelia Jane went out in the rain and Oh! how the rain did pour." Can anyone help?
Posted by Jay on July 18, 2015
It's OK, thanks Doreen. Hope that I may meet you.
Posted by Doreen on July 17, 2015
Thanks, I may do that Barney. They are packed away at the moment but will need to be sorted soon. Sorry Jay, no magazines - all books.
Posted by Jay on July 17, 2015
To Doreen, if you have any Enid Blyton magazines I would love to buy some of them. P.S. I live in Victoria.
Posted by Doreen on July 16, 2015
Is there a group in Australia? I have over 300 books but I'm not able to keep them any longer but don't want to bin them. Any information would be appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: There are some Australian fans on this website, Doreen, so you could always post a message in the "For Sale" section of our forums.
Posted by Jessica on July 13, 2015
Hiya. I've always loved sunflowers. I remember my Dad reading us 'The Discontented Sunflower' from a bedtime story book. It is our wedding in September, and we have sunflowers as the theme. I wish to read 'The Discontented Sunflower' again but cannot remember which book it is in. Please may you advise so I can get my dad a copy in time for our wedding? Thanks, Jessica.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think it's by Enid Blyton as that story isn't listed in the Cave of Books, Jessica, but maybe someone will recognise it anyway.
Posted by Freda Knight on July 12, 2015
Hi, Barney - Please pass on my sincere thanks to Tony Summerfield for all his hard work in editing and preparing the Enid Blyton Society Journal for publication and sending it out so promptly to us members. As it drops though our letterboxes, it marks the seasons and is well worth the subscription. Don't forget to put your sun cream on, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda, and thanks for your contribution to the Journal. Luckily we dogs don't need sun cream, though I do enjoy a shady spot and a long, cool drink of water!
Posted by Noni Alaniz on July 11, 2015
Hello, I discovered Enid a little time ago and now I'm obsessed with her books. I started collecting old copies of her novels, which are beautiful! She's a big inspiration to me because I want to be a writer too! Greetings.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you achieve your dream of becoming a writer, Noni!
Posted by Farwa on July 10, 2015
Hi Linda, I too love The Green Story Book and I was lucky enough to get a lovely old copy of it with beautiful illustrations. I hope you are able to find it. Have you read Anytime Tales? It is a lovely book as well, with very nice stories.
Posted by Aarttee Kaul Dhar on July 10, 2015
Hello, I want to know if there has ever been any research document published on Enid Blyton, any thesis for a Ph.D by a scholar or any other original document of substance? If yes, which and where can I find it?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton and the Mystery of Children's Literature (Macmillan, 2000, ISBN 0-333-74718-6) is a lengthy academic analysis of Enid Blyton. David Rudd researched and wrote the book during his time as a senior lecturer at the Bolton Institute of Higher Education. Unfortunately, it is now only available second-hand - you could check online sellers.
Posted by Linda on July 8, 2015
Hey Barney, I'm from Belgium and wonder if The Green Story Book is still available on the market. If so, where/how can I purchase this book that has been on my mind since childhood (lost it 45 years ago!)? It would make me very happy to read these stories again with my granddaughter. Thanks in advance for your help.
BarneyBarney says: The Green Story Book doesn't appear to be in print at the moment, Linda, but you could look for a second-hand copy on sites like eBay. I hope you enjoy sharing the stories with your granddaughter!