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Posted by Carol on December 31, 2009
Were Enid Blyton's daughters ever reunited with their real Father or did she never let them see him.
BarneyBarney says: Sadly neither of Enid's daughters ever saw their Father again.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on December 31, 2009
A Happy and prosperous New Year to all of my fellow Blytonites.
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 31, 2009
Hi all! Thanks to Harry for his help regarding Blake and Shakespeare. Is anyone going to the Enid Blyton Day next year? I'd love to go but can't afford it, can afford the ticket but not the rail fare. If anyone near Walsall is going and has a spare seat in a car then I'd be glad to hear from you. Thanks very much. Cheers, Sue.
Posted by Shaimaa on December 30, 2009
Hello Barney. I want to ask you who Enid Blyton's husband is so I can research him in my school project. I know it is nothing to do with her books but my project is to do with her life and family. You're the only one I can ask. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was married twice, Shaimaa. Her first husband was Hugh Pollock, a publisher, and her second husband was Kenneth Darrell Waters, a surgeon. For more details about Enid Blyton's life, click on our "Author of Adventure" button and have a look at the biography and chronology. Good luck with your project!
Posted by Harry on December 30, 2009
Hi all, but especially Sue, I was taught that William Blake's "Tyger" was a commentary on the Industrial Revolution. I hope this helps.
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on December 30, 2009
Hiya Barney, I have read the Famous Five and I really enjoyed reading it. I really want to read the Secret Seven but I can't seem to find it, so I want to ask you if the Secret Seven is compared to the famous by the same characters so it could be easier to look it up with more detail and hopefully be able to find libraries which do have them. If you can, please give some details in the book (other than the author) so I can ask some people or librarians. Thanks a lot!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not completely sure what you're asking, Zahraa, but if you click on the "Secret Seven" button on the home page of the website you'll see a list of the fifteen titles in the series, with reviews. The members of the Secret Seven Society are Peter, Janet, Jack, George, Colin, Pam and Barbara. Another very important character is Peter and Janet's golden spaniel, Scamper.
Posted by Anonymous on December 30, 2009
Hi, Hope you can help. I have come across a full collection of "The Old Testament" bible pictures by Enid Blyton which was left by my grandfather when he passed away. There's 30 in total. I can't find any info on these pictures on the web. Any ideas please as I would like to put them for auction. Thank you Barney.
BarneyBarney says: You are not the first to ask this question, so I will repeat the answer I gave before. Enid Blyton's Old Testament Bible Plates were produced in 1949 to accompany the set of fourteen Enid Blyton Bible Stories - Old Testament which contained 30 stories, so there was a John Turner Plate for each story. There was also a set of 30 plates for the New Testament readers illustrated by Elsie Walker. Unlike the Nature Plates these also came out in book form published in two volumes by Macmillan in 1960 as Old Testament Picture Books.
Posted by April June on December 30, 2009
Merry Christmas! - or rather, a very belated 'Merry Christmas'! I have a huge bone for you, Barney - a Christmas present!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much, April June! A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. I'll save the bone as a treat for when I've finished answering all these messages!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 30, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Enid Blyton website! And may there be many more to come ! Good work to all involved including dear old Barney - wish I could send you a nice juicy bone! Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I was busy singing in carol services and concerts. Must go now as got to start essay for uni. I wish Shakespeare was as much fun as reading Enid's books and as easy to understand. Could anyone help? Question is: Compare the ways in which Blake and Shakespeare use images of nature to comment upon the social world (what does this mean?) Essay has to concentrate one of Blake's poems - I've chosen "The Lamb" - and a passage from "Twelfth Night." Can't seem to find a suitable passage to compare with "The Lamb." If anyone can help I'd be very grateful. Thanks Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your kind wishes, Sue. I'm afraid I'll have to stick with Blyton and bones and let others chew over Shakespeare and Blake, but best of luck with your essay!
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on December 29, 2009
Hi Barney. Can I ask you a hard question, I hope it is no problem? Can you estimate the amount of books Blyton has written? I am asking this because I have got 52 and I want to know if she has written more. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm used to hard questions, Zahraa, but I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We know that she wrote over 180 novels and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. Fifty-two books is a good start but you've still got some way to go if you want to collect them all!
Posted by Anonymous on December 29, 2009
Hi Barney, Clearing out my mother's effects I discovered a 1953 Coronation Bible which has a dedication from Enid Blyton in the front. It looks original and I know that there are others. Are these inscriptions original or are they facsimilies ? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I believe that all the Coronation Bibles had a dedication from Enid Blyton printed in the front. A nice item to have, though.
Posted by Sarah on December 29, 2009
Hi Barney, I've loved Enid Blyton's books since I was 10 years old. Now I'm 13 and I still love St. Clare's and the Malory Towers. I'm from Germany and here the books are called "Hanni & Nanni'' and "Dolly''. Is there a possibility to buy the Englisch books here, too? It's so fun to read the Englisch summary. The characters in the books are also called different in German than in English. I've read all 18 Malory Tower books which are published in Germany. Are there more in England? Sorry for my bad Englisch, I'm learning Englisch since I'm 7. Best wishes from Lake Constance (Bodensee), Sarah
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to hear from you, Sarah, and your English [or Englisch ;-) ]is far better than my German! You actually have more Malory Towers books in Germany than we do here! Enid Blyton only wrote six, one for each school year, but a German author wrote twelve more to cover every single term. Over the last few years six more Malory Towers books have been published in English, written by Pamela Cox. They are about Darrell's younger sister Felicity and her friends. I don't know whether the English Malory Towers books are sold in German bookshops, but if not you could order them from an online bookshop.
Posted by John Atkins on December 26, 2009
Hi Barney, Maybe you will agree that Boxing Day should be the one day of the year when you do exactly what you want - and with this (possibly selfish thought?) in mind, I'm sitting by the fireside reading Jane Brocket's "Ripping Things To Do" - a nostalgic trip in the footsteps of childhood heroes; a present from my friend and fellow Blyton fan, Cherry. But I must leave little Bets Hilton and the chapter on 'Invisible Ink' until after lunch, as the gong has sounded and it's time for me to raise a glass of Château Trottevieille Saint Emilion '04 to Tony, Keith, Anita and all others who make this website possible and also wish Society members a Happy New Year.
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you too, John! Château Trottevieille sounds like the perfect wine for a Find-Outers fan, and '04 is a great year as it was the year which saw the birth of this website! Bearing in mind what you said in your message about doing as you please, my New Year's Resolution is to spend next year's Boxing Day rabbiting on Salisbury Plain!
Posted by Hope189 on December 25, 2009
This website is indeed a treasure trove of Blytonian information. Many thanks to those who have kept the site running, especially Tony. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, website!
Posted by Ming on December 25, 2009
Happy Birthday, to the Enid Blyton Society website! Three cheers! :-) Thanks for such a lovely site, Tony, Keith, Anita and Matt and whoever else I might have missed out.
BarneyBarney says: You missed me out, Ming old thing! ;-)
Posted by Tony Summerfield on December 25, 2009
This website was born on Christmas Day 2004, so today marks our fifth birthday. Many thanks to all those who have enjoyed using it and I hope that we attract many new users in the future. Happy Birthday Website!
BarneyBarney says: Three hearty barks for the Website!
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on December 25, 2009
May I wish all fellow Society members a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. My dog, Tim, hopes that you, Barney, have received a very large bone, plenty of chewy biscuits and a loud, squeaky toy!
BarneyBarney says: A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Trevor. Speaking for myself, bones, biscuits and squeaky toys are all a fellow needs, but I know that there are many others here who much prefer your wonderful books and they are all hoping that you will have a new one for them next year!
Posted by Hope189 on December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas! Let's hope we get lots of Blyton books as presents.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Christmas, Hope! I'm "Hope-ing" for a nice, meaty book I can really get my teeth into, like "Shadow the Sheepdog" or "The Adventures of Bobs".
Posted by Wayne Pyer on December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas to all the Enid Blyton Society members and visitors.
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas to you too, Wayne, and I hope you wake up to a bulging stocking!
Posted by Marilynn on December 23, 2009
Wow! Congrats Enid! Enid is the 10th bestselling author of the decade (in the UK at least!). She sold almost 8 million copies of her books. A great achievement! Did her daughters get any royalties from the £31 million generated from sales? Anyway, she's even ahead of Stephenie Meyer and Philip Pullman! Read the report here:
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the link, Marilynn!
Posted by Dominic on December 21, 2009
How old are the first paperbacks of the Famous Five? I've just started to collect first edition hardbacks as well.
BarneyBarney says: The 21 Famous Five books first went into paperback at the rate of a few titles per year between 1967 and 1971, Dominic. You can see the covers of the first editions and reprints in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Hope189 on December 18, 2009
Amazing statistics. Agatha Christie is one of my favourite writers. Her mysteries, though written in an entirely non-Blytonian style, have always captivated me.
BarneyBarney says: I like her too. I always think of her as WAGatha Christie!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on December 18, 2009
According to the official Agatha Christie website, more than 2 billion copies of Agatha's books have been sold: Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. I think that speaks for itself!
Posted by Hope189 on December 17, 2009
I'm surprised that Agatha Christie didn't make the list.
Posted by Marilynn on December 16, 2009
I'm sorry if this has been posted before, but Enid Blyton is Amazon's 7th bestselling author of the decade! You can read the article here.
BarneyBarney says: That's good to know, Marilynn!
Posted by Ellie on December 16, 2009
Hi, I was wondering if anyone would know the value of a 1st edition copy of "Puzzle for the Secret Seven"? Thanks, let me know.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations, Ellie, but a lot would depend on condition. You could see what copies in similar condition are selling for on eBay or Abebooks.
Posted by Janet on December 11, 2009
Hi, I remember reading a story of Ribbony Rose which I loved when I was little. Where can I get a copy of the book it is in?
BarneyBarney says: 'Pinkity and Old Mother Ribbony Rose' is a lovely story which comes from The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies (some editions have the title "A Book of Fairies"). I'm not sure whether it is currently in print, Janet, but you could check on Amazon. If not, second-hand copies turn up frequently on eBay.
Posted by Rosemary on December 10, 2009
Hello Barney and others, how delightful to have found you and all the characters I knew so well from Enid Blyton's tales. Wandering through the site is like coming home again. I wonder if someone knows the answer to a question I have had in my mind for years. I remember a story about a little girl who was sad because she could not go out to play as it was raining. However, when she looked closely at the raindrops on the window she found that each one had a tiny fairy in it. I spent quite a bit of time ill at home, so this story was comforting and I tried very very hard to see the tiny fairies in the raindrops on my window pane. I am sure this was an Enid Blyton story. Does anyone recognise it?
BarneyBarney says: I'm delighted that you're enjoying your wander through the website, Rosemary. I'm afraid I don't remember that story but I hope someone will be able to help.
Posted by Miranda on December 8, 2009
Thanks Barney, You are a wealth of information! Have taken on board what you say Re: stories continuing and fully agree that they should but also can't get to grips with some commercial changes. Need to get to a cave, island or ideally fireside with hot drink to recover!!!!! Thanks again for replies.
BarneyBarney says: If it's a Cave you're after, then you are in luck, Miranda, we have a Cave of Books right here for you to visit. Step in and enjoy!
Posted by Miranda on December 8, 2009
Hi Barney & All, Thanks so much for answering my question. Yikes!!!!!! - Chorion were responsible for the animation I was talking about! Don't know what others think of this? Judging by your answer to me (Miranda) & Lorraine below there does not seem to be much anyone can do with genuine inspiration & enjoyment from any of the marvellous stories now - even a children's play without getting permission from Chorion (correct me if I am wrong)! I think I have been behind the times in discovering there has been some sort of commercial 'take over' of all material (again - correct me if I am wrong) which disappointingly for me co-incides with my discovery of this site! What a shame! After my last post I explored the site further and discovered the 'continuation' novels - I have not read any but thought 'good luck' to the authors if they were continuing in the spirit of things even though some may not take to them - presumably these are now no longer legal because of 'Chorion' - am just glad this site is allowed to continue! (but wish I'd found it before!) In reply to Chris (although this is probably not of much help if you have been researching through here and other sources for a while & is almost certain to be fictitious) plus I am new on here and have not read all old posts but just in case - I have just re-read "Five Get Into Trouble" where a Bentley [I know not the only Bentley to be mentioned !! ] but registration KMF 102 is mentioned. Am new here and obviously behind the times in all senses but thought would post just in case. Thanks Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Chorion has given permission to various writers to continue the series/put on plays, Miranda - or even commissioned writers specially - but the quality of material being produced varies. Some additions are in the spirit of the original books, e.g. the novels by Trevor Bolton and Pamela Cox, while others, such as the new Faraway Tree books about Silky and her fairy friends and the "Famous Five on the Case" cartoon you mention, differ greatly from Enid Blyton's original creations. There has also been some updating of Blyton's own texts and, of course, the book covers are regularly revamped. Some of what has been done is controversial but the overall idea is to try to ensure that the stories continue to appeal to fresh generations of children.
Posted by Dorothea on December 8, 2009
I am looking for books illustrated by Norman Meredith (like the Rubbalong Tales of Enid Blyton) Could anybody help me to find those books? Thank you in advance.
BarneyBarney says: I will get my paws in action and ask someone to send you an email, Dorothea.
Posted by Lorraine on December 7, 2009
I was wondering if you have to apply for copyright to create a play based on "The Folk of the Faraway Tree" to be performed by a non profit children's theatre group in Australia. If you do can you tell me how to go about it and what the cost would be?
BarneyBarney says: Chorion own the rights to Enid Blyton's books so you would need to contact them to ask permission, Lorraine. I don't know what their policy is regarding performances of Blyton stories but I wish you luck!
Posted by Miranda on December 7, 2009
Hi all, Can't believe I have only just discovered this site and just want to say I think it is great - the illustrations and menu options make it as far I am concerned: I am immediately transported back to my childhood hardbacks that I longed for every Christmas, birthday or as a 'reward' present, from my very first fairy books through to my 'big' children's (normally softback by then) adventures & girls' school books! - I have kept every single one. Anyway - to my question if it is possible to answer. I remember seeing a post on here somewhere from someone who had written a book about the Famous Five and had to get permission and approval from the Enid Blyton Company and give them 50% of royalties. With this in mind, I am curious to know how the copyright/trademark works - I'm sure I remember French & Saunders doing televised 'take-off' episodes and sketches and have recently discovered a children's mainstream televsion cartoon (which I just couldn't get to grips with) of a 'new' Famous Five. I did not think anyone would be allowed to re-create them in this way. I have also come across (whilst doing random searches) a site where you can download all the Famous Five Adventures free - this struck me as probably totally illegal (so I didn't touch them) but then wondered if it may just be unethical rather than illegal. I have even started to wonder about the legal side of selling/buying second hand Famous Five Books Re: Copyright & Republishing rights. I have not actually been able to find anything out about the Enid Blyton Company yet but it did strike me as a bit tough to part with half of your royalties when writing a book, if a whole new animated series has been created? Hopefully you could shed some light on this - am just off now to have a good explore around the rest of the site - I'm not at work today and I suddenly feel as if I am on my school holiday!!!!
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased you're enjoying the site, Miranda. I hope you remembered to check your torch batteries before exploring the Cave - there are so many goodies there that people (and dogs!) are always tempted to linger longer than they intended! To answer your question about the Enid Blyton Company, there is no Enid Blyton Company these days - the rights to all Enid Blyton's works are owned by Chorion. Publishers and broadcasters can only bring out sequels and spin-offs, or edit Blyton's original books, if Chorion grant them permission. You're right that any websites which allow you to read the Famous Five books etc. free of charge are illegal since all Blyton's major works, including many of her short stories, are currently in print and will remain under copyright until the end of 2038. Buying and selling books second-hand is not illegal, though some people prefer to buy new if the author is still living because otherwise the author makes no money from the sale. Of course, that doesn't apply in Enid Blyton's case.
Posted by Betty on December 7, 2009
I would just like to say thank you to Barney for answering my question about Noddy's car, kind regards.
Posted by Toffee Princess on December 3, 2009
Dear Barney, I can't thank you enough for replying to my post a few weeks ago. I only just had a chance to check back today and you had the answer for me. It brought a tear to my eye to discover that I can get hold of a copy of the story, 'The Land of Nowhere', as it was republished recently. Thank you for your help.
BarneyBarney says: Glad to be of help, Toffee Princess. I know what it's like to be reunited with a long-lost story - almost as exciting as unearthing a long-buried bone!
Posted by Katharine on December 2, 2009
Thanks to Petermax and Barney for their information about the Famous Five TV series. I found the link useful. I look forward to a TV section being added to this website one day.
Posted by Chris on November 30, 2009
Is there a company that still publishes Enid Blyton's books, Sorry to keep bothering you, but yes, for a few years I have done research about this 57 Bentley. It was also owned by Peter Duncan who I was told was an actor. If I can get in touch with a publishing company that knows some of Enid Blyton's history that would be great. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
BarneyBarney says: Sorry Chris, but you really are driving up a dead end on this one. I have checked this out with both daughters (Gillian before she died over two years ago) and neither was able to help. If they can't answer your question nobody else is going to be able to I'm afraid. The current company that holds the copyright to Enid Blyton's books has only been in charge for just over ten years and they certainly wouldn't be able to answer questions about cars that might have been owned fifty or sixty years ago.
Posted by Jan on November 30, 2009
Hi Barney, Thanks for reply. Have looked at Cave of Books and have a question. Under 1965 "Brer Rabbit's a Rascal," presume this is first time published, but also "Brer Rabbit's a Rascal" (No.10). What does the No.10 stand for and if it is a later edition how can one tell from the book when it only says 1964? Thanks, Jan.
BarneyBarney says: "Brer Rabbit's a Rascal" is listed twice, Jan, because it comes under 'Brer Rabbit' but also under 'Dean's Reward Series' (it is no. 10 in the Dean's Reward Series). There are a number of stories in that volume that had previously only been pulished in magazines like "Teachers World," as well as stories taken from earlier Brer Rabbit books. Dean are well-known for not being very precise about dates. They often state only the first date of printing (of the Dean edition), even if the book has been reprinted numerous times. And sometimes they put the date of the very first edition of the book, even if the Dean edition didn't come out until the 1960s or 70s, e.g. the Dean "Naughty Amelia Jane!" says 1939. All rather confusing for collectors!
Posted by Harry on November 30, 2009
I came across this blog yesterday -it gives some small insights into Gillian Baverstock and her daughter Sian's life - if they are true. Apologies if this has been posted already. Thanks for the great site.
BarneyBarney says: That blog was discussed briefly on the forums a couple of years ago but we've had many new members since then who might not have seen it.
Posted by Chris on November 30, 2009
I purchased a car that I am being told was owned by Enid Blyton, it is a 1957 Bentley. Can anyone tell me if they have pictures or can tell me if I can prove this. I got some car history and it is showing that her business owned it but the second owner Richard Lowther Broads granddaughter said he purchased it from her. I just want to find out the history, any info would be great. Thank you
BarneyBarney says: When you mention Richard Lowther Broads it rings bells, as I am sure we have been asked about this car several times before. Fairly recently somebody in America emailed saying that they had Enid Blyton's Bentley, I don't know if that was you. The actual position is that the company, Darrell Waters, owned quite a few cars and it is impossible to say if a particular car was used by Enid's chauffeur (she wouldn't have driven it herself) or just by one of the directors of the company. A few years ago at one of our Enid Blyton Days we had a Riley sitting outside and we were told that this was the car that was mostly used for Enid Blyton, but who knows! I have a photo of the Riley, but have never seen any photos of a Bentley.
Posted by Susan on November 29, 2009
Somewhere, in my home - I hope - I have "Noddy goes to Toyland." It is signed by Enid Blyton and was given to me by her housekeeper. This lady and her son used to stay at our Guest House in Ramsgate each year. It was not long after the war and she used to send me a bar of chocolate via her housekeeper.
BarneyBarney says: That's very interesting, Susan. Do you remember the name of the housekeeper? I know Enid Blyton employed a cook called Frances Tapping at one time, who had a son named Kenneth, and she also employed a housekeeper called Doris Cox, but of course she would have had a number of housekeepers, cooks and other staff over the years.
Posted by Jan on November 29, 2009
Hi Barney, Thank you for your reply re "Brer Rabbit Again" 1963. It is confusing when you buy a book and it only has one date, one assumes this is a first edition, apparently not so. Can one obtain a list of all Enid Blyton's works with first edition dates and who published by? Can you help with this? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You could look in our Cave of Books, Jan, or consult the list at the back of Barbara Stoney's "Enid Blyton - the Biography." The most recent edition of Barbara's Biography has an updated list compiled by Tony Summerfield, who is also responsible for the listings and scans in the Cave. Tony Summerfield's four-volume "Illustrated Bibliography" is of invaluable help to collectors and enthusiasts as it contains a great deal of information on each book. For example, the entry for the Gifford edition of "Enid Blyton's Daffodil Story Book" in Volume 2 of the Bibliography reads: "1949 John Gifford (for Foyle's) Enid Blyton's Daffodil Story Book (Flower Book 1) (May) 8/6 (10 x 7.5) (128 pages). Cream cloth boards with green linen spine, title in gold on spine and front which also has a vignette in gold with a wraparound dustwrapper (ill. Dorothy M. Wheeler, Kathleen M. Gell, Eileen A. Soper and Hilda Boswell; dustwrapper and endpapers by Hilda Boswell) (pictorial endpapers printed in green, illustrations printed in two colours, black and blue, red, yellow or green) (20 stories - from Sunny Stories (18), Safety Train (1) and new (1), 2 picture strips - specially written, 11 poems and non-fiction) (note: Other colours were also used for the cloth boards and linen spine. An abridged version with a new cover was republished by Latimer House in 1954 and this is listed separately)." Very useful details, and in addition the titles of the stories to be found in the book are listed in a separate section at the back of the volume.
Posted by Jan on November 27, 2009
Hi Maggie. Interested in your Enid Blyton collection, can you advise how many books/items there are and what money you would be looking at for the full collection? New collector. You can contact me on 0418 250 047
Posted by Jan on November 27, 2009
Have purchased four books - "Brer Rabbit Again," "Brer Rabbit's a Rascal," "Sunshine Book" and "Storytime Book." All 13cm x 19cm hardcover, only one date, all 1964/65. Are these first editions? New collector.
BarneyBarney says: Those sound like Dean & Son editions to me, Jan, which are fairly easy to find and contain reprints of earlier material. They're not worth much but are still nice books to read.
Posted by Mark Godding on November 27, 2009
Maggie, would you like to contact me about the collection at, 01380 727872
Posted by Maggie Risby on November 27, 2009
I have, with regret, made the decision to 'part with' my Enid Blyton collection. I have collected over many years and although I do not have a quantity of First Editions, there are some in there! Does anyone want to make an offer on my most prized item- REAL FAIRIES,1923.Brown cover with gold lettering. I would say in very good condition for its age. Perhaps if someone is looking for 'that certain item', I may have it? I also have other E.B. ephemera.
Posted by Petermax on November 26, 2009
Katharine, here is a link to an episode list that may be of use to you.
Posted by Chloe on November 26, 2009
Hello, I'm Chloe. I go to school and we have been reading this book called 'The Mystery of the Hidden House' and I love it !! It's getting old now, thanks x
BarneyBarney says: Hello Chloe, I'm Barney. I don't go to school, but I love 'The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat' - what a great title!! I am not sure what is getting old your end, but this end it's me!
Posted by Sharon on November 26, 2009
This is a response to Stephanie's email. I understand completely why you had to leave your relationship because of a narcissist. It seems that they have the emotional make-up of a five year old (hence Enid Blyton being able to relate to children easily - she was one!!). It is a cruel and sadistic condition and that was certainly portrayed in the drama recently, and I pity anyone who has to tolerate it. No wonder her poor daughters were confused by her. I believe that narcissistic personality disorders are very destructive to normal people and the only way out of it is to have 'no contact'. You have my heartfelt sympathy, Stephanie, I know the pain that they cause and you have to rebuild your self esteem once they are gone and not think it is all your fault (which is what they make you feel).
Posted by Katharine on November 26, 2009
Does any one know of a list of the 1970s Famous Five TV series episodes as I recently purchased some of the programmes on video and would like to know how many more I need? Apologies if it's listed here somewhere, but I've had a quick look and couldn't see anything.
BarneyBarney says: Eighteen stories were filmed, Katharine, some as double episodes. The books that were missed out were "Five on a Treasure Island", "Five Have a Mystery to Solve" (the rights to both those stories still belonged to the Children's Film Foundation, who had filmed them earlier) and "Five Have Plenty of Fun" (that story was considered to be too similar to some of the others). "Five on Kirrin Island Again" was retitled "Five on Kirrin Island" and became the first title in the series. We hope to add a "Film and TV" section to the website eventually.
Posted by Xtraman on November 25, 2009
Just wondering why I cannot find any reference to Tony Summerfield's masterly works: "Enid Blyton An Illustrated Bibliography" anywhere in the website. What I should like to know is how many volumes are there [three? four?] and if they are still in print, that is, if anyone can order copies from the Society's bookshop. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Tony's "Illustrated Bibliographies" contain detailed information on all Enid Blyton's books and include illustrations of the vast majority of them. There is also information on the magazines and on books containing contributions by Enid Blyton. They are indispensable to Blyton collectors and enthusiasts. All four volumes can be bought from the Society Shop.
Posted by Xtraman on November 25, 2009
Wonderful website. Enjoying the wonderful changes. Would be pleased if you can let me know what year Enid Blyton left her 'small' school at Southernay to take up full time writing. I tried to find this information in the chronology in this website but to no avail. Xtraman
BarneyBarney says: My tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen after reading your lovely comments about the website, Xtraman! Enid Blyton left her small school at Southernhay in April 1924, a few months before her wedding (she married Hugh Pollock in August of the same year). Barbara Stoney says in her "Biography" that Enid Blyton earned over £500 from her writing in 1924, and £1,200 in 1925.
Posted by Tabard Theatre on November 25, 2009
Well the actors who play the four are all young adults (aged from 18 to 24). Rehearsals have started very recently, and I can honestly say we all very excited about the upcoming production. The whole office is already humming the tunes. The best thing one could do however is experience it itself, and get yourself down to the Tabard Theatre! Hope that answers a few questions, and hope to see all you Enid Blyton fans soon...
Posted by Tabard Theatre on November 24, 2009
Just a quick message for all Enid Blyton fans. An entirely new musical version of the Famous Five is coming to London! It's Christmas time when the most surprising things can happen. The Famous Five come alive, set sail and go adventuring once more! There are castles to explore, dungeons to escape, baddies to beat, treasure to find and lashings of ginger beer to be drunk. Join Julian, Dick, George, Anne and not forgetting Timmy for a Jolly Good Show! From some of the most successful children's stories of all time Enid Blyton's timeless characters and mysteries provide the inspiration for a new musical adventure for children of all ages and grown-ups too. An affectionate reminder for anyone who has ever enjoyed the Famous Five books and the perfect introduction for those who haven't yet. Filled with fun and music, a little bit of danger... and a dog! From the same creative team that brought you last year's sell-out Christmas spectacular at the Tabard Theatre, Stig of the Dump. West-End Director Russell Labey (Whistle Down the Wind, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, New Boy) returns to the Tabard with composer Leon Parris. This amazing new production starts on the 8th December and continues on until January. Visit for information on how to book tickets.
BarneyBarney says: "...and a dog!" - It sounds good already! What you don't say and nor does your website is whether the children are being played by children or adults, could make a big difference.
Posted by Simon on November 24, 2009
Hi Barney, After recently watching the "Enid" programme, I was left feeling rather shocked to discover, if portrayed correctly, that our favourite childhood authoress was such a cold hearted, self-obsessed woman with not much regard for anything outside her own world. How she did not involve her own daughters in the tea parties that were held for other children is unbelievable. Did she really treat them in this manner, banishing them like that? How do you feel about the programme, Barney? It's left me feeling completely shocked and disgusted, and somewhat loath to pick up another book - even at the age of 44. I'm sorry this is not quite the post you would expect to receive. I too feel in two minds sending it, but I need to express my disappointment.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry you were disappointed, Simon. To those who are familiar with Barbara Stoney's "Enid Blyton - the Biography" and Imogen Smallwood's "A Childhood at Green Hedges," the portrayal of Enid Blyton in the film probably didn't come as too much of a shock. Perhaps a little more emphasis could have been put on her fun, creative side - not much was mentioned in the film about her musical ability, or her days as a teacher - but the fact remains that she did cut her mother and her first husband out of her life and that she had very little time for her daughters as they were growing up. The drama did attempt to show some understanding of why Enid was like that, emphasising the trauma caused by her beloved father walking out on the family when she was twelve. Despite everything, Enid Blyton's books have entertained, educated and inspired millions of children over the years and in that way she has been, and continues to be, a force for good. I'd say that the best of her went into her books and that they can be enjoyed on their own merits.
Posted by Amy Elizabeth on November 23, 2009
Hope you enjoy those Malory Towers books by Pamela Cox, Tiffany! I've read them and they're quite nice, although I prefer Enid Blyton's own stories of that lovely boarding school. And Barney - I just recently read "Mischief at St Rollo's"; I just didn't mention it because it isn't a series - well, at least I think it isn't. Is it a series, Barney? P.S. Looking at all the responses you wrote to the messages people send, you must be a busy dog - and a very big Enid Blyton fan! And considering how many messages you've responded to, I'd like to give you a bone for your hard work - here it is!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much, Amy Elizabeth. I'll enjoy having a bone to gnaw on while thinking up answers to all these questions that keep coming in! You're right that "Mischief at St. Rollo's" is a one-off book, not part of a series.
Posted by Javier on November 23, 2009
Hello Barney. I love your website. I have a quick question. I have recently found out that Blyton wrote a number of short stories featuring the Find-Outers and Dog. Could you please provide me with more information about these short stories? (I apologize if you already have this information in the Cave of Books. I tried to find it and I couldn't.) All the best.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Javier! Enid Blyton wrote two short stories about the Five Find-Outers and Dog - 'Just a Spot of Bother!' (1957) and 'The Five Find-Outers and Dog Tackle the Mystery Sneak Thief' (1962). They were originally published in annuals but have most recently been reprinted in Enid Blyton's Adventure Treasury.
Posted by Tiffany Sayer on November 22, 2009
How has Enid Blyton managed to release some new books about Malory Towers, e.g. "Winter Term at Malory Towers," if Enid died in 1968? Does she have other books she wrote that have not been released/published? Thank you, Tiffany (nine years old).
BarneyBarney says: The new Malory Towers books have been published with Enid Blyton's name on the cover, which may be confusing, but in fact they were written by Pamela Cox. Continuation books by various authors have been written for several Enid Blyton series and, while some publishers put the real author's name on the cover, others only put it inside. Enid Blyton's signature has the status of a logo, which is why publishers are able to print it on the covers of continuation books.
Posted by Louise on November 22, 2009
Please could you tell me if "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies" is still in print? It was my favourite as a child and I would love to share it with my daughter.
BarneyBarney says: I've just had a look on Amazon and "A Book of Fairies" (as it is called in recent printings) does not appear to be available new from Amazon, though it can be bought from registered sellers. You could also try eBay or Abebooks.
Posted by Simon on November 22, 2009
Are Enid's two children still alive? And what happened to both of her husbands?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's elder daughter, Gillian Baverstock, died in June 2007, Simon. Her younger daughter, Imogen Smallwood, is still living and is a patron of the Society, as was Gillian before her death. Blyton outlived her second husband, Kenneth Darrell Waters, who died in September 1967. Her first husband, Hugh Pollock, married Ida Crowe after he and Enid divorced. He and Ida had a daughter, Rosemary. Hugh died in November 1971 in Malta.
Posted by Arthur on November 22, 2009
I have a 45 rpm vinyl record. Enid Blyton Voice. Anyone interested in making me an offer for it?
Posted by Amy Elizabeth on November 22, 2009
I've read all the boarding school series - the Malory Towers series, St. Clare's series and Naughtiest Girl series. I read them quite some time ago, especially the Naughtiest Girl series, but I keep reading them over and over again! Enid Blyton makes me wish I went to a boarding school! I hope I will go one day; but I have many siblings, so I probably will never go. But hopefully I will . . . and then I'll bring my Malory Towers series with me! : )
BarneyBarney says: Did you know that the publishers of Blyton's boarding-school stories sometimes receive letters from children asking how they can apply to go to Malory Towers or one of the other schools?! "Mischief at St. Rollo's" is another boarding-school book by Enid Blyton. I mention it just in case you haven't read it, Amy Elizabeth.
Posted by Jo on November 21, 2009
Having seen the film "Enid" I would be fascinated to read something by her younger daughter, Imogen. Has she written anything?
BarneyBarney says: Imogen Smallwood published her 'fragment of autobiography,' "A Childhood at Green Hedges," in 1989. Sadly, it is now out of print and second-hand copies are becoming increasingly hard to find. You can see what the book looks like in our Further Reading section. We know that the makers of the film consulted that book as well as Barbara Stoney's "Enid Blyton - the Biography" and various other books and TV programmes.
Posted by Sue Long on November 21, 2009
I have been hunting for this book for years - i.e. the book with 'The Village of Untidy' in - can I buy it? If so how?
BarneyBarney says: 'The Village of Untidy' can be found in these books, Sue. "Peter and the Magic Shadow and Other Stories" is still in print but if you're looking for one of the older books you could try eBay or Abebooks.
Posted by Katharine on November 21, 2009
Thank you Barney for sorting out the problem I was having with the quiz. I have now done the quiz and managed to get 18, a vast improvement on the zero it was showing!!
BarneyBarney says: Not a bad score at all, Katharine!
Posted by John Dedman on November 20, 2009
How much money did Enid Blyton make in her lifetime? Her estate has now made millions of pounds after her death in 1968.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think anyone knows the answer to that, John, but I'm sure she could have bought mountains of dog biscuits!
Posted by CJ on November 19, 2009
Hello, I have just watched the Enid Blyton 'drama' on the BBC. My question is, could anyone tell me what the story was called near the end, it was about two children that were walking through the woods with ' baggage' on their backs? The pictures were B&W. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure that that scene was in black and white, but the book from which it was taken is The Land of Far-Beyond, inspired by John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress."
Posted by Stephanie on November 19, 2009
In response to Sharon's comment about narcissistic personality disorder, I thought exactly the same thing when I watched the drama. I was in a relationship with someone until very recently for six years who I'm convinced had NPD. His behaviour was very similar to that shown by Enid Blyton in the drama. Being with this man was very difficult and in the end I had to leave the relationship for my own sanity. He became very verbally and emotionally abusive quite early on in the relationship. The disorder is linked to putting up a false self to hide one's "true self" because of a fear of abandonment that evolved as a child. It does seem to fit the character and the story in the documentary.
Posted by Stephanie on November 19, 2009
Anyone who missed the "Enid" drama can still watch it on the BBC iplayer. I think you can even download it free from the site.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the link, Stephanie. I think I'm right in saying that BBC iplayer can only be watched by people (and dogs!) in the UK and that programmes are only available for a short period of time.
Posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2009
We have "The Christmas Book" 1944 by Enid Blyton. I would love to know what value the book has? D & T
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations and a lot would depend on condition anyway. You can get a rough idea of the value by checking out the price of the book in online second-hand bookshops or on eBay.
Posted by on November 19, 2009
I have a book and I am trying to find the date it was published. It is the make: Odhams and the story is 'What happened over the Wall' by Enid Blyton, the book consists of many other stories and is a fantastic read, however the first inner page is missing where the date would be. Does any one know any thing about this book? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The book, The Children's Own Wonder Book, was published by Odhams in 1947.
Posted by Linda Mitchell on November 18, 2009
Hello, have just found this site after watching the programme "Enid" with Helena Bonham Carter. I just wanted to say that Enid Blyton's "Bom the Little Drummer Boy" was the very first book I ever had from our local library as a child (I was five I think) and all through my childhood I would lose myself in her books, couldn't get enough really. I am now in my late 50s and have bought a complete set of the Adventure series for a friend's grandson's Christmas present (he is nine and loves the books), how lovely to think that children everywhere still love the stories even in this interactive age! Will log on to this site now I have found it!
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy exploring the website, Linda! What a great present for your friend's grandson!
Posted by Sheila Wilson on November 18, 2009
I have a copy of "Toys in Toyland and Other Stories," hardback with cover, 1963. Is it worth anything?
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean "Tales of Toyland and Other Stories," Sheila? If it's a Dean&Son edition there are plenty of those around so it won't be worth a fortune, but it's a lovely book to read.
Posted by Mrs Edward Cullen on November 18, 2009
I'm afraid, due to the recession I am unable to buy the DVD (of "Enid"). I have been a HUGE Enid Blyton fan since years and I think I deserve to at least watch this movie. Please, can someone upload it on YouTube? And please, don't ignore my message.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid, due to the recession I am unable to buy books. I have been a book-loving dog since I was a puppy and I think I deserve to read stories without having to pay. Please could books be made freely available online instead of being sold in the shops?
Posted by Katharine on November 18, 2009
Hi, I've tried to take part in this month's quiz as usual and it's not letting me. It says my name has already been used, but I can't find it on this month's score list. I did try at the beginning of the month and my computer crashed on me, so maybe it still thinks I'm in the middle of the quiz! Anybody else having any problems?
BarneyBarney says: Your try at the beginning of the month was recorded in your name with a score of zero, Katharine, which doesn't show up on the scoreboard but is visible to my keen canine eyes! I've removed it now, so you should be able to do the quiz as usual.
Posted by Cathrin Grace Hazra on November 18, 2009
Dear Sir/Madam, I am Cathrin from New Delhi, India. I am starting a library for children and young adults at the moment. I decided on this idea as I did not have a job for the last 5-6 months and since I love reading and collecting books, I have my very own collection , I decided to open this library from my home, as I do not have the finance to get a place as it is expensive. I do not have the funds to buy new books, hence, have decided to ask Ms. Enid Blyton to help me in the form of donating some books from her collection/library/publishers so I can keep them in my library for children to read. My address is : Cathrin Grace Hazra, G-12, 2nd Floor, Poorti apartments, F-block, vikaspuri, New Delhi - 110 018, India. Mobile: 98109 77748. Thank you, Cathrin
BarneyBarney says: Sir Barney speaking! Enid Blyton died in 1968, Cathrin, but I'm putting up your message in case anyone who visits the Message Board is willing to donate some books. I wish you well with your library.
Posted by Suzi on November 18, 2009
I remember reading what I think was an Enid Blyton book of short stories. Included were stories about trees getting a "green veil " in the spring, and how the boy sparrow got his black bib. Does anyone remember these, and the title of the book? Or the author if not Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall the "green veil," Suzi, but there are several Blyton stories about cock sparrows getting their black bibs, e.g. 'Little Black Bibs,' 'Black Bibs' and 'The Sparrow Children.' If you do a search in the Cave of Books, you can see where these stories are to be found.
Posted by Minnie Sanders on November 18, 2009
Hello, I am trying to remember the title of a book by Enid Blyton I loved very much as a child. In it, there's a poor family with twins, whose names, I think, are Peter and Mary; and the family lives just outside the gates of Fairyland. The twins make friends with a princess who lives in Fairyland. The princess loses her ball, and a gnome takes her down a wishing well, I think - but the wishing well doesn't work. There's an "Enchanted Wood" (but the book is not the Faraway Tree series, although the wood sounds much like the wood in those books); and there is also a land of "Stupids". I seem to recall the word "Fairy" in the title of the story. I would much appreciate it if you could provide me with the name of this book.
BarneyBarney says: The book you're looking for is The Yellow Fairy Book, Minnie, which has also been published under several other titles, including "The Queer Adventure." The Faraway Tree and Moon-Face appear in most printings of the book but they were not in the first edition, as the story was changed slightly for later editions. The princess is called Princess Fenella.
Posted by Janice on November 18, 2009
I have several books from the 1950s and 60s by Enid Blyton. "The Valley of Adventure" 1950 Macmillan, "The River of Adventure" 1955 Macmillan, "Good Work Secret Seven", "Three Cheers Secret Seven," "Good Old Secret Seven", all published by Brockhampton Press. "The Ship of Adventure" by Thames Publishing, "Stories For You" published by Dean and Son. "Shadow the Sheepdog" by Collins 1960. Is there anywhere I can go to find out if these are of any value? I read them all when I was young but I am now almost fifty. I inherited the books from my older cousins.
BarneyBarney says: It's impossible to value books without seeing them, Janice, and a lot depends on condition, but if you want to have an idea of their value you could have a look on eBay or Abebooks to see what price similar books are fetching.
Posted by Gerry on November 17, 2009
I agree with Lizzie about the Adventure series. In the 1950s I remember having to wait for weeks for "The Mountain of Adventure" in the school library - it was incredibly popular. Part of the attraction were the marvellous illustrations which you would look at long before you reached them in the text!
BarneyBarney says: Stuart Tresilian's detailed and dramatic illustrations are indeed wonderful, Gerry. Unfortunately, the pictures have been removed from the current paperback editions of the books. All Stuart Tresilian's illustrations can be seen in the Cave, here.
Posted by Chris M on November 17, 2009
Hi, I remember reading a book by Enid Blyton when I was about 11- it was about the seaside - a nature book and I loved it. I am now nearly 60 but would love to know if anyone could tell me its title,it was a big book. I Loved her books and so does my daughter.
BarneyBarney says: I am not at all sure which book you might be referring to. Enid wrote a number of nature books, but none of them was specifically about the seaside. I do wonder if by any chance you are thinking of a book called The Seaside Book, which was written by Malcolm Saville and published in 1962. You say you are now nearly 60 so this would be roughly the right date for you to have read it as an 11 year-old.
Posted by Lizzie on November 17, 2009
I adored Enid Blyton books as a child. I am now in my 50s! My favourites were the Adventure series. I especially recall reading them on holiday in Cornwall, I just think the books were magical and a fantastic read! My daughter, now in her thirties, was also a great fan and we have a third generation discovering her books! The granddaughters are big fans of Noddy I think it is wonderful that children still adore her books and get so much fun from them and I hope that will continue for ever!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad to hear that Enid Blyton has brought pleasure to several generations of your family, Lizzie!
Posted by Beverley on November 17, 2009
My mother has two first edition books. She is wondering where we can look to find out if they have any value. They are 'My Book of Rhymes' and 'Nursery Rhymes'. In good condition. Thank you for your time.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Beverley, you didn't actually say whether the two books are by Enid Blyton, perhaps you could let us know.
Posted by Cathy the Sado on November 17, 2009
Hello, My Aunty had a plaque in her bathroom many years ago, it started, "Please remember, don't forget, never leave the bathroom wet." I can't remember the rest of the words and would be grateful if you could help. Cathy
BarneyBarney says: The verse goes like this, Cathy, but I don't think it has anything to do with Enid Blyton: "Please remember, don't forget, Never leave the bathroom wet, Nor leave the soap still in the water, That's a thing we never oughter, Nor leave the towels about the floor, Nor keep the bath an hour or more When other folks are wanting one, Please don't forget, it isn't done!"
Posted by Sharon on November 17, 2009
I loved Enid Blyton's books as a child in the 50s, but I am saddened by what I have read about Miss Blyton's behaviour. Has anyone come to the conclusion that I have, that she suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Her behaviour fits the bill completely. Her parents' fights and subsequent parting would all help to form a narcissist. They get worse as they get older. I have a sibling with this disorder and it is quite horrible. They just do not know how to love.
Posted by Pauline Gorvett on November 17, 2009
Please could I ask which boarding schools were Gillian and Imogen sent to and were the stories that Enid Blyton wrote (Malory Towers) centered on the experiences of her own daughters?
BarneyBarney says: Gillian and Imogen went to Godstowe and then Benenden. Enid Blyton had already started writing boarding-school stories before her children were sent away to school, so it's likely that she relied mainly on her imagination and on memories of boarding-school books she had read as a child. Later on, her daughters' experiences might have played a part. At least one (probably both) of Enid's brothers had also attended boarding-school.
Posted by Wartime Child on November 17, 2009
At the age of 73 I can still feel the warm feeling of snuggling in an armchair with an Enid Blyton book. Paper was rationed and books were like gold dust but my mum travelled by train to the next town where she had heard some Enid Blyton books were available. Please can anyone remember the annual of 1943/44? which had a poem dedicated to wartime children. It started: 'There's no ice cream for you to eat, no sugar biscuits crisp and sweet ... and ended, 'We grown-ups think we've lots to bear, but boys and girls you've done your share'. How do I still remember this, when I have difficulty in remembering what I did last week? I would love to hear from anyone who remembers it.
BarneyBarney says: Someone once asked about that poem on the forums, Wartime Child. The full text is: "There's no ice-cream for you to eat, No sugar biscuits, crisp and sweet, No quivering jelly, all a shake, Not a single creamy cake, No holidays upon the sands, No donkey-rides, no jolly bands, No gay balloons to toss about - so many things you've gone without: No easter eggs, exciting, gay, No crackers for your Christmas Day. Oranges? Well, just a few, But no bananas all year through. No thrilling toys, no birthday treats, Not much chocolate, too few sweets! We grown-ups think we've lots to bear, But, boys and girls, you've done your share!" It can be found in The Daily Mail Annual for Boys and Girls, 1944.
Posted by Dorothy Featherstone on November 16, 2009
My only relative outside my parents and brother was my cousin Dorf - she lived next door to Green Hedges in Beaconsfield. I longed to meet Enid Blyton and would try to see through into the garden, but my parents and Dorf wouldn't let me go and knock on the door. She died when I was six years old and I wished I hadn't had to 'respect her privacy'!
BarneyBarney says: Sorry you didn't get the chance to meet Enid, Dorothy. I can understand how excited you must have felt as a young child to know that Enid Blyton lived next door to your cousin.
Posted by Blessed on November 16, 2009
I've been a fan of Enid Blyton since I was a child. It started when my mom bought the first book of Enid Blyton for me. I can only recall that book is known as "Betsy May", blue background and Betsy May is sitting on a swing. However, that book has small print and I was not used to reading such small print then so I didnt complete it eventually. But for all these thirty years, this book has been on my mind and now I want to read my first book of Enid Blyton - "Betsy May" again. I have looked through your list of books and I can't find that book cover with that title. Maybe I have recalled the title incorrectly. But at least I can recognise that cover. I am wondering if there were many reprints in which the cover was changed. I intend to read and pass on the books to my children next time. I hope I can find that book again. Please help me. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The full title of the book you're looking for is "Tales of Betsy-May." I think the edition you remember is the 1970s Dragon/Granada paperback, though there is not yet a picture of that cover in the Cave of Books. The cover shows Betsy-May standing (while swinging) on a swing, against a bright blue sky. You could look for a copy in online second-hand bookshops, or on eBay.
Posted by Patricia on November 16, 2009
Hello, I didnt like the film starring Helen B. Carter. I have always been an Enid Blyton fan, from the age of nine. Apart from Noddy and the fairy stories, and Mr. Muddle. My absolute favourites were always "The Island of Adventure," "The Castle of Adventure" and the rest in the series. I thought she was magical.
BarneyBarney says: I think you got slightly muddled there, Patricia, as Enid Blyton wrote about a Mr. Meddle and his muddles!
Posted by Suzanne on November 16, 2009
My mother was an Austrian refugee who was employed by Enid Blyton in her household in Green Hedges. The accounts she told me about Enid Blyton were very true to the BBC production. She was not a nice employer, she was not nice to her daughters and cared more about their dog than her own children. I wonder if her daughters are still alive and had any say in the production.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to hear from you, Suzanne. I believe that Barbara Stoney interviewed your mother (Mary) for her Biography of Enid Blyton, first published in 1974. You may be interested to know (if you weren't aware already) that the Austrian maid (Greta) in the book "House-at-the-Corner" is thought to have been based on Mary. Enid Blyton's elder daughter Gillian Baverstock died a few years ago, but her younger daughter Imogen Smallwood was invited to the film set of "Enid" and talked to some of the cast about their roles.
Posted by Mehak on November 16, 2009
I want to know if I can get in touch with Enid Blyton's daughter, Imogen Smallwood? Is there any way I can write to her? Where is she residing at the moment? Please let me know as soon as you can! I would be very grateful.
BarneyBarney says: We have to respect people's privacy, Mehak, so I'm afraid we can't give out information like that. Imogen Smallwood is a patron of the Enid Blyton Society and has attended many Enid Blyton Days, where Blyton enthusiasts have the opportunity to talk to her.
Posted by Jenny on November 16, 2009
Does anyone know where I can get a copy of The Land of Nod? It's my mum's favourite story and I can't seem to find it anywhere and I have lots and lots of Enid Blyton books!! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Your mum might be thinking of a short story called 'The Bed that Ran Away,' Jenny. Anna is a sleepy-head and her bed takes her to the Land of Nod. Her brother Guy goes there to look for her. The story can be found in these books.
Posted by Karen on November 16, 2009
I have a daughter who is extremely interested in Enid Blyton, her favourite books are about Malory Towers, St Clare's, Famous Five and Secret Seven. As I was growing up myself I was made aware by my mother and aunt that their mother (my grandmother) was in service when she left the north, and came down to London. To their knowledge their mother, Elizabeth Black, was Housekeeper to Enid Blyton. My daughter is so excited about knowing this information, but we have no way of confirming this information or dismissing it. Would anyone know how we would go about trying to find out if this information is correct? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: That's very interesting, Karen. Enid Blyton would have had many members of staff over the years, only a few of whom are mentioned by name in Barbara Stoney's Biography. If you know the dates your grandmother was in service, it might be possible to find out further information from a census or some other record.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on November 16, 2009
I have just read your message, Chris, regarding the large sundial from Green Hedges, do you have a provenance for this item? And as Barney has already mentioned, it would be fascinating to know more.
Posted by Pushkin on November 16, 2009
My mum was a parish councillor and, when Green Hedges was demolished and the new houses built, campaigned to have the new road called Blyton Close in memory.
BarneyBarney says: That's interesting, Pushkin. Well done to your mum!
Posted by Chris Herring on November 15, 2009
I am the man who owns the firm that demolished Green Hedges in 1973 for the builder Frank Perfett of Penn, Buckinghamshire. I have the large sundial that was on the right hand side of the house, I am looking for a good photo of it. I would consider selling it if the right offer is made.
BarneyBarney says: It sounds like an interesting item, Chris. Were you present at the demolition of Green Hedges? It would be fascinating to know more about that.
Posted by Elaine on November 15, 2009
I loved Enid Blyton as a child, now I am reading the books to my six year old. Tuppeny, Feefo and Jinks and Mr Pinkwhistle. Love them!
Posted by Beatriz Silva on November 14, 2009
Being Portuguese I would like to say that when I was younger my brother, my sister and I read several times all the books of Enid Blyton. Now it is very difficult to find them here in Portugal, as they are no more sold. So as one of my sons also likes Enid Blyton and he can already understand English, I buy her books of the Famous Five from Amazon.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry to hear that the books are currently hard to find in Portugal, Beatriz, but I'm glad that your son shares your enjoyment of Enid Blyton.
Posted by Mrs Edward Cullen on November 14, 2009
Hey, I'm so glad about the Enid Blyton biopic. I'd really appreciate it if someone would record it and upload it on YouTube. I'll be dying to see it! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Those who are unable to watch "Enid" when it's shown on BBC4 on Monday will be glad to know that they won't have to resort to YouTube as the biopic is to be released on DVD at the end of the month.
Posted by Hugo Strotbaum on November 14, 2009
Dear Society and followers, Is there anybody out there who can tell me more about Enid's youngest brother Carey Charles Blyton (1902-1976) ? Vital statistics and other basics? Thank you
BarneyBarney says: I don't think we can help you very much, particularly with 'vital statistics'. I can tell you that he had a son who is still alive, but obviously now fairly elderly.
Posted by Lucy on November 12, 2009
Hello, you are my favourite author! I love reading and really enjoy reading the Secret Seven books. I have read all of them and have started the Famous Five. My all time favourite book is "Secret Seven Adventure," book two. I get them out of the library. I like to read them in bed but sometimes they're too scary and I can't get to sleep for a long time! From Lucy. P.S. I am eight years old.
BarneyBarney says: These paws of mine haven't written many stories, Lucy, but I do share your admiration of Enid Blyton's books! The scary ones are even more scary read by torchlight at night, curled up in a dog basket beneath a blanket!
Posted by April June on November 11, 2009
Why, Marilyn Penny! I was born in Canada, and am living in it in an orphanage right now -- and Enid IS known! Her lovely books are in many bookstores. My late Canadian parents were travelers, and I accompanied them on most of their trips -- but I lived in Canada for most of my eleven years, and to my knowledge Enid Blyton was always popular here. Perhaps this is because we live in different places?
BarneyBarney says: You are absolutely right, April June! When Enid was at her writing peak, Canada was part of the British Empire and her books sold just as well there as they did in countries like Australia. When we talk about Enid not being popular in North America we should be careful to separate Canada and the USA.
Posted by Maisie on November 10, 2009
Hello Barney, Just to mention that the BBC have put out a press pack for "Enid" on their Press Office site, it may be of interest to your members.
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on November 10, 2009
During Enid Blyton's heyday, America had their own versions of The Famous Five, Secret Seven, etc, such as The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. However, probably, if Enid Blyton and her company had seriously considered marketing their books in America, their books would have been better known. Enid Blyton visited the USA only once. Maybe, if she had visited the country more, maybe even like 2-4 more times, punctuated by book signings, her books would probably have been better known in the country. Her "heir-apparent" JK Rowling makes several trips to America that include book signings as well as appearing on several prominent top TV shows. To some extent, this may explain why her Harry Potter books are popular in America. If Enid Blyton had done the same, maybe she and her books would have been better known in North America.
Posted by Rachael on November 10, 2009
How many books did Enid Blyton write?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We do know that she wrote over 180 novels and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her phenomenal output, have a wander through the Cave of Books.
Posted by Marilyn Penny on November 9, 2009
Love Enid - but here in Canada she is all but unknown ... how is that possible ???
BarneyBarney says: Your guess is as good as mine, Marilyn! Enid Blyton never caught on in a big way in Canada or America during her lifetime. Perhaps British books in general weren't popular in those countries at the time, or perhaps Canadian and American authors produced enough mystery, adventure and fantasy books of their own so there wasn't room for similar books from other countries.
Posted by Maisie on November 9, 2009
Hello Barney, BBC4 have put up a website page for "Enid" and there is another clip of the programme on the site. Regards, Maisie
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Maisie. Only a week now until the programme is broadcast!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on November 9, 2009
Anne, there are at least four Facebook accounts. Type Enid Blyton into the search box, and they should come up!
Posted by Diane on November 8, 2009
Hello, I am writing about Enid Blyton for my English project at school and have found your website very interesting. Please could you tell me whether Enid Blyton has won any major book awards? Thank you for your time. Diane
BarneyBarney says: I believe the only literary award Enid Blyton ever received was in America, for "Mystery Island" ("The Island of Adventure" retitled). That novel was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947.
Posted by Lisa on November 8, 2009
Just like to say, I love Enid Blyton books and have read most of them! They're fantastic! I would advise many people to read, and become part of the adventures!
BarneyBarney says: I love that feeling of being in the adventure, especially when there is talk of meaty bones or nipping baddies' ankles!
Posted by Maisie on November 8, 2009
Hello Barney, Perhaps your members may be interested to know that there is now a clip on You Tube, a preview of the forthcoming biopic "Enid". Regards, Maisie
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Maisie.
Posted by Mark Lloyd on November 8, 2009
Thanks Barney for your reply of the 6th November to my original enquiry about the book based on Brecon. My memory is a bit vague because my childhood was some years ago!! However, I think that the story referred to a real gravestone in the Cathedral churchyard of a French Prisoner from the Napoleanic Wars. If this helps to narrow down the book please let me know,otherwise I shall research the titles you mentioned in your reply. Thanks again, Mark
BarneyBarney says: I don't think there's a reference to that gravestone in any of the books I mentioned, Mark. Perhaps someone else reading this will be able to help. Is the story definitely by Enid Blyton or could it possibly be a book by another children's author of the time?
Posted by Anne on November 7, 2009
I do not even know how to express how Enid Blyton made me the person I am today. Her books molded me into being who I am and I need to inspire that in my nephews and nieces. Please create a fan group on Facebook; that way you can reach out to many young people who are online but without character.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we dogs don't know much about Facebook. Isn't there any information on Enid Blyton there already? I know that there is an Enid Blyton MySpace account. I hope you're able to inspire your nephews and nieces, Anne!
Posted by Amy Elizabeth on November 7, 2009
Lovely site! Enid Blyton is one of my very favourite authors. I have many books of hers, and I hope I shall be able to obtain many more! I started reading Enid Blyton's books when I was five and was immediately absorbed in them. Sometimes I wish I was older than ten, much much older, so that I could have had a chance to write to Enid Blyton! And I wish I had a dog just like you, Barney - that would be wonderful!
BarneyBarney says: You can share my bones and biscuits with me any day, Amy Elizabeth! I'm glad you've had so much enjoyment from Enid Blyton's books and I hope you have plenty more in the years to come!
Posted by Mark Lloyd on November 6, 2009
I have a query - can anyone help? I come originally from Brecon, Powys, in Wales. I recall reading an Enid Blyton story based in Brecon when I was a child. Can anyone please give me the name of the book? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean a short story or a full-length novel, Mark? "The Mountain of Adventure," "The Ragamuffin Mystery" and "Five Get Into a Fix" are all set in Wales, but I can't remember whether Brecon is mentioned in any of those books.
Posted by Tony Summerfield on November 5, 2009
What you must remember, Alicia, is that the original Blyton hardbacks were published in their thousands, so there is no chance whatsoever that the original text will be 'lost forever' as you put it, as most of the books from her main series are still out there somewhere. There is a danger that some stories might be lost, but we are talking here about books that have never been reprinted and therefore won't have had any text changes. So don't panic, the future of non-updated text is quite safe!
Posted by Alicia Johns on November 5, 2009
Barney: As I understand it the copyright to Enid's books lasts until midnight on 31/12/2038 so Chorion are able to do what they like. I worry that the original texts could be lost forever. Would someone be able to publish or preserve the original non-updated versions of her texts?
BarneyBarney says: If a publisher wished to publish original-text editions, preferably with the original illustrations and cover designs, I hope that Chorion would give their permission. There seems to be a fair amount of interest in facsimile editions among Blyton fans. It's possible that Chorion or some of the major Blyton publishers have first editions of at least some of the books in their archives. If not, perhaps collectors would be willing to help.
Posted by Raymond V Alarez on November 5, 2009
Where do I buy the hardcover blue book, "Secret Seven Mystery" by Enid Blyton? On the cover are seven children holding hands.
BarneyBarney says: You're looking for an early Brockhampton Press hardback edition, Raymond. Originally the book would have had a dustwrapper over the top, with the picture you describe being on the blue cloth boards beneath. You could try eBay or websites like Abebooks.
Posted by Nita on November 4, 2009
Hello, I've just joined. I wonder if you can tell me when the 2010 Enid Blyton Day will be held? Also, are there any groups in Melbourne, Australia?
BarneyBarney says: Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berkshire, has been booked provisionally for Saturday 15th May for the 2010 Enid Blyton Day, though the schedule will not be finalised until nearer the time and tickets have not gone on sale yet. I know there are a number of Enid Blyton fans in Melbourne but I'm not aware of any official groups.
Posted by Jennie on November 4, 2009
Hi Barney, Where can I find the biography that Enid Blyton wrote herself on the computer? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I could take what you've written in a way I don't think you meant and reply that, as Enid Blyton's autobiography came out in 1952, she certainly didn't write it on a computer! If you wanted to know whether the autobiography - The Story of My Life - can be found online, I'm afraid it's still under copyright and therefore it would be illegal for anyone to make the full text available on a website. The book has been out of print for a number of years but second-hand copies sometimes turn up on eBay or online bookshops.
Posted by Debs on November 4, 2009
Heyo Barney! Could you please tell me when Journal no. 40 comes out? Does the online store sell "Island of Fog" by Keith Robinson? Thanks! Debs.x
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Debs! Journal 40 is currently at the printers so we hope it will be ready to send out within the next couple of weeks. We don't sell "Island of Fog" in the online shop - at present it can only be obtained from America. I expect you're already aware of Keith Robinson's Unearthly Tales website, Debs, but if anyone else wants to know more about "Island of Fog" and how to buy a copy, just click here.
Posted by Dollychivers on November 4, 2009
I've just bought a copy of 'Five go to Mystery Moor' and the dealer said it was a First Edition. I didn't pay over the odds for it but would like to know... how can I tell?!
BarneyBarney says: If you look opposite the contents page it should say 'First Printed 1954'. You don't say if the book has a wrapper, but if so there should be just four books listed on the back flap, the last one being 'Five Go Down to the Sea'. I hope this helps.
Posted by Betty on November 3, 2009
Hi, I have a Noddy car with Big Ears and a grey-faced golly, can you tell me if the car with just Noddy in it was made before or after my car? Mine is made of cast with plastic parts. Thanking you.
BarneyBarney says: These are the Corgi cars that you are talking about that were made in the early 1970s. Noddy first appeared on his own and he was then joined by Big-Ears and a golly in the boot. This came in two versions, one with a grey-faced golly and one with a black-faced golly. Later still the golly was replaced in the boot by Master Tubby Bear.
Posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2009
Could you please tell me the value of my book? It's called "Noddy in the Land of King Ho-Ho" and it is in black and white.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations but the book comes from "Noddy's Castle of Books" and you can find out a little more about it here.
Posted by Ellie on November 2, 2009
Enid Blyton is my favourite ever author and I was wondering how many books and stories she wrote before she died.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We do know that she wrote over 180 novels and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her phenomenal output, have a wander through the Cave of Books.
Posted by Eni on October 31, 2009
Just bumped across this page while checking out for anything on my most adorable "Enid Blyton's" books and I was delighted to know there are thousands of people worldwide who cherish her books just like I do. Since my junior school days I haven't been able to lay hands on any Blyton books, I don't mind getting old copies, can I also buy? Thanks for your society. I'd like to join immediately. What is the best method to pay the £13? I am in ABUJA, NIGERIA.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Eni. We don't sell books through the website but you could check online bookshops like Abebooks or sites like eBay. Many sellers will ship worldwide. It would be great to have you as a member of the Society - information on how to pay for membership (which includes receiving the thrice-yearly Journal) can be found here.
Posted by Renee Pollard on October 30, 2009
I would just like to say that I have a 1917 copy of "Knock Three Times" by Marion St John Webb in almost perfect condition. It is nearly 93 years old and such an interesting book. It is a green and gold hard cover with all the illustrations intact and I was just wondering what an antique like this would be worth today? If anyone has any information for me please feel free to e-mail me at Thank you.
Posted by Maisie on October 29, 2009
Hello Barney, just noticed on the BBC Press Page that "Enid" is being shown on 16 November, BBC4 at 9-10.30pm.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much indeed for that information, Maisie. My tail is wagging madly now! Anyone who wants to know more, click here and scroll down.
Posted by April June on October 29, 2009
I simply cannot get enough of the Enid Blyton Society, just like I can't get enough of Enid Blyton's books and stories! Whenever I can, I go to this website. It's wonderful, and I never tire of it! I wish to thank Mrs. Anita Bensoussane very much for compiling Enid Blyton's biography, and for all the information she provided about one of my favourite authors. Enid Blyton is indeed amazing. Here I can learn more about her and her books than I ever thought I could!
BarneyBarney says: I'm delighted you're enjoying the website, April June. Don't forget to arm yourself with a torch and a length of rope when venturing into the Cave of Books, just in case! Personally, I also make sure I'm well supplied with dog biscuits!
Posted by Little Bird on October 28, 2009
Hello Barney, Could you tell me if there is still a copyright on all of our beloved Enid Blyton books please or can anyone use (or abuse?) her lovely stories in new releases? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's work will remain under copyright until the end of 2038, Little Bird. Continuation titles may only be released with the permission of the current copyright holders (Chorion).
Posted by Toffee Princess on October 28, 2009
I'm trying to track down an Enid Blyton book much cherished from my childhood which included three children whose rabbits were stolen and they had to go to a strange land to retrieve them. They had to grow wings and sneak off in the middle of the night and the wings flew off on their own the next night. The title 'The Land of Nowhere' springs to mind. Can anyone help please?
BarneyBarney says: The story you're looking for is indeed called 'The Land of Nowhere,' Toffee Princess. It's about two children - not three - called Denis and Susie, and the stolen rabbit is called Snowball. The story has appeared in a number of books.
Posted by Letitia on October 28, 2009
I have several little comics called Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories dated 1937 which my Aunt used to place one at a time on the end of my bed when I spent my summer holidays with her. Would these be of interest to anyone.
BarneyBarney says: I am sure they would be of interest, but it would be helpful if you could supply a bit more detail. How many do you have and what numbers they are for a start.
Posted by Sharon on October 26, 2009
Please can you help me? I cannot remember a book's name I had as a child. I know it had toys and a naughty doll if I remember, but I am sure it wasn't "The Toys Came Alive." I loved that book. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I wonder whether you might be thinking of the Amelia Jane books, Sharon, about a naughty rag doll who lives with other toys in a nursery. Alternatively, there are lots of short stories about toys and it may be worth doing searches in the Cave of Books on words like "toy/s," "doll" and "nursery."
Posted by Phil Penfold on October 26, 2009
Barney: Could you tell Val Ward (October 1) that I have a fair First Edition copy of "The Christmas Book," and I'm happy to give more information to her if you can put her in touch with me? The cover is green, with a gold embossed illustration of holly and mistletoe, with the Wise Men's star above it. I'm not a dealer, by the way - just the owner. Best wishes, Phil P.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Phil. Unfortunately Val didn't provide her email address but maybe she'll see this and get in touch with us - then we can put her in touch with you.
Posted by Lulu on October 26, 2009
Hi, I've just come across a book tiltled 'The Greatest Book in the World' by Enid Blyton which is personally signed by her and addressed to a 'Rosalind Watson' with words "with my warm thanks for all your help and my best wishes from" followed by her signature. The book is bound and printed in England by Hazell Watson and Viney Ltd, Aylesbury and London. I'm curious to konw if this book was addressed to the daughter or some relative of the printer? Could you please shed some light? Also, what is the value of such a book? I am currently collecting vintage children books.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Lulu, sadly I don't think that we can help you. It is hard enough trying to find out details about the illustrators and their families, but the family of printers would be harder still. As far as value is concerned I'm afraid that we are unable to offer valuations, but it sounds like a very nice book to own as part of your collection.
Posted by John on October 25, 2009
Hi, Barney I recently purchased a copy of "First Term At Malory Towers"- printed 1952- for my daughter. She was delighted to receive it but was saddened by the fact that pages 3 and 4 were missing. Would any of you or any of the members be able to help with what the lost pages said. Thank-you, John
BarneyBarney says: That's bad luck John, but I have asked Tony if he can help and he tells me they are already on the way attached to an email. Two pages missing are annoying, but it is much worse when it is the last two pages of a whodunnit! When this happens to me I just say that it was obvious that the cat did it!
Posted by Cheryl on October 23, 2009
My sister and I (both mums to young children) living in Seattle and Melbourne Australia, love Enid's work. I would desperately love to purchase the "Naughtiest Girl in the School" series for my seven year old niece. Can anyone help? Thank you so much. PS, my lovely husband just completed a poster of the Faraway Tree for my little son's school book week... and won.
BarneyBarney says: Congratulations to your husband, Cheryl! The Naughtiest Girl books are still in print, published by Hodder. If your local bookshop doesn't have them in stock (I'm not sure of the availability abroad), they should be able to order them for you. Alternatively, you could buy them online.
Posted by Peter on October 23, 2009
Just now I cried, just a little bit. I cried because today my seven year old son came home from school, talking about the land of the Faraway Tree, which he had just seen in an animated film that must have impressed him very much. He loved the characters, Silky, the Saucepan Man, etc. So this evening I Googled and found this Enid Blyton Society page, with her year-by-year chronology, and then I realised Enid had died the year before I was born. Yet she had had such a profound effect on me as a small boy in Primary School growing up. I had all but forgotten it, but my son brought all these memories rushing back... the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, the Faraway Tree, these were the favourites I had grown up with, and suddenly I have a yearning to read them again, to regain the feeling of being in that fantasy land that existed between her writing and my imagination. She is the best children's author that ever was, and I dare say that if one enjoyed her as a child, one can enjoy her again as an adult. Her writing never ages. May her memory stay alive in us for ever.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you enjoy rediscovering the books, Peter, and that your son will enjoy them too. Enid Blyton may have died in 1968 but her stories still enthrall countless readers. Long may they continue to do so!
Posted by Megan on October 23, 2009
I would like to introduce my six year old granddaughter to the Enid Blyton books. I regret to say I never read them as a child myself and therefore I'm unfamiliar with them, though many titles are familiar. Would you be kind enough to suggest a starting point, i.e. three or four books to start her off with? I would be reading them to her, but don't want to start off with books that are too old for her. Would appreciate any suggestions.
BarneyBarney says: The short story collections (many of which are published by Award) are ideal for someone of your granddaughter's age, Megan. Some volumes have a mixture of stories while others focus on one character, e.g. the tales about Mr. Pink-Whistle. The Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series are wonderful fantasy stories, ideal for reading aloud, as is "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies" (sometimes titled "The Book of Brownies.") Another lovely book for someone of that age is "Tales of Toyland," about Tiptoe the fairy-doll and Jolly the sailor-doll who run away from the nursery and go to live in Toyland. You can find out more about these titles - and others - in the Cave of Books. I hope these suggestions are of some help and that you and your granddaughter enjoy discovering Enid Blyton together.
Posted by Pattie on October 21, 2009
I have a copy of "The Castle of Adventure" which I won in a competition in (I think) the Enid Blyton Magazine - this must have been about 50+ years ago. It is signed "congratulations and love from Enid Blyton" and I am wondering if the book has any value.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations, Pattie, but it's lovely to hear that you won the book in a competition. A genuine Enid Blyton signature will undoubtedly add value to the book but things like edition and condition make a difference as well.
Posted by Green Meadow on October 20, 2009
Can't help commenting that I wish with all my heart some kind publisher would publish Enid Blyton's original works just for adult purchase and reading, as it seems to cause so much controversy for children. It just means so much that not even one element of her work should be altered because it completely ruins the "feel" of the stories and you really can SENSE it. My friend and I were discussing the new prints as compared to those we read as children and how different they felt!!! I'm afraid the joy of Enid Blyton's stories will gradually be lost with time. As for me I'll aways cherish my childhood memories of Enid Blyton stories, the adventures, magical tales, family and animal stories etc. - they certainly are the greatest ever!
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on October 20, 2009
Thank you, Barney. I've read the link you posted. Enid would be so proud I'm sure that her granddaughter is continuing to write about Noddy.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on October 20, 2009
Hello Barney, I'm just catching up reading your notice board and got to the message posted by a lady called Julie also. But I was just wondering what article she was referring to. Obviously the book written by Sophie, but I wondered where I could read the post. I may have missed it somewhere. Thank you, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: The other Julie was referring to an article in the Sunday Telegraph, Julie.
Posted by Tony Summerfield on October 20, 2009
Just adding to Barney's reply below, apart from not commenting on Sophie's book as I haven't yet seen it, I wouldn't anyway have expected it to have reinstated the golliwogs. The reason for this is that the book was written and illustrated in the style of the original classic Noddy Library books and all golliwogs were removed from these about twenty years ago. It would therefore be a complete nonsense to have a set of books with no golliwogs in, if they suddenly reappeared in the new book. They were actually removed for sound commercial reasons. The BBC were prepared to take out a licence to both republish the books and put Noddy back on television, but they made the condition that the golliwogs had to be removed. As this would put Noddy back in the limelight, Darrell Waters considered this to be a sensible move and one that Enid herself would almost certainly have approved of.
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on October 19, 2009
What's up Barney? I am a great fan of Enid Blyton and am really concerned to find out when I can read more but can you tell me any libraries I could go to to find more books? In addition I really enjoy writing to you. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure where you live, Zahraa, but the best place to start is your local library. If you ask the staff about Enid Blyton books, you might find that they're willing to get more in. Libraries in the UK run an inter-library loan scheme which means that, for a small charge, your local library will get books for you from other libraries. It's also worth keeping an eye out for Enid Blyton books at second-hand shops, jumble sales and markets, as they're usually much cheaper than new books and sometimes you can pick up a lovely old edition for very little money.
Posted by Julie on October 18, 2009
I agree with you, Tony Summerfield, about the golliwogs being omitted from the book by her granddaughter. It was too ridiculous when he was taken off the Robertson's label all those years ago. Society has taken PC to the limit. He is one of her characters and should be recognised with the respect he deserves. He always brings a smile to my face, and those of my child. If you teach children to love and respect in the true fashion, there shouldn't be racism, anyway.
BarneyBarney says: Tony tells me that he has been slightly misquoted here. He wasn't commenting on Sophie's book as he hasn't read it, but simply on the general principle of altering what the author originally wrote. For some reason the author of this article has chosen to concentrate largely on golliwogs, but they only ever occupied a very small bit of Enid Blyton's immense output.
Posted by Nicki on October 18, 2009
Thank you so much, Barney. As soon as I saw the name I knew that yes, the book I am looking for is "The Very Big Secret."
Posted by April June on October 18, 2009
I wish all of the original Enid Blyton books were still in print; for I want to read them all, and I do so want to read a great many of her other stories, such as "The Family at Red Roofs" and "Tuppenny, Feefo, and Jinks" and the "Sunny Stories". It's such a pity that some of Enid Blyton's works are out of print now. I would have enjoyed reading them very much. But I guess even if they still were in print it would be hard to get them, being an orphan. Sometimes I feel like Dinah or Lucy-Ann, since Dinah doesn't have a father and Lucy-Ann is an orphan. I sometimes pretend they're my friends, although I love all nature, animals and wildlife and Dinah doesn't. Oh, well. Here, Barney - I have a nice meaty bone for you!
BarneyBarney says: (Gnawing bone) Thank you, April June! I hope you'll be able to get hold of the books you're looking for over the years - it's nice in a way to discover them gradually and savour them slowly rather than devour them all at a gulp. I suppose the same applies to bones really!
Posted by David on October 18, 2009
Re "Nature Lover's Book." Thank you, I am sure you are right, David
Posted by David on October 17, 2009
My mother fondly remembers a favorite Enid Blyton book she had as a very young child but cannot remember the title. The book was definitely a nature book and contained stories, some told by 'Uncle Remus'? and also things to do and look for. Can you tell me what this book is likely to be called so that I can get it for her?
BarneyBarney says: I wonder whether your mother might be thinking of Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book, David. It contains stories, poems, nature notes and things to do. Three children (Pat, Janet and John) are taken on nature walks each month by Uncle Merry (not Uncle Remus - he was the fictional slave who traditionally narrated the Brer Rabbit stories, though he is not mentioned in Enid Blyton's re-tellings of the tales of Brer Rabbit).
Posted by Suvom on October 17, 2009
I'm trying to find a story about a round man with a round cat who lived in a round house and I believe it was written by Enid Blyton. I can't find it in any of the story books I've managed to locate. Do you know if this is an Enid Blyton story and if so in which book it can be found?
BarneyBarney says: The story you are describing sounds like The Little Roundy Man. It can be found in a variety of books, check through and see if any of them ring a bell.
Posted by Nicki Nightingale on October 17, 2009
I am looking for an Enid Blyton book thar I loved as a child, I thought it was hollow tree house but, on reading a review of that book I realized it wasn't. It is about some children, I think their mother was away. they found a baby in the garden and ran away with it to live in a hollow tree, after they were found their mother came back having had a baby of her own. Does anyone know the name of this book.
BarneyBarney says: I think the book that you are looking for, Nicki, is The Very Big Secret.
Posted by Divyesh Shah on October 16, 2009
I would be extremely grateful if you could please help me obtain a copy of "Tuppenny, Feefo and Jinks" by Enid Blyton. I live in Sydney, Australia, and really would love to reread, and then pass on this great adventure which I read when I was a child in Kenya.
BarneyBarney says: Copies come up from time to time on eBay (Australia), Divyesh, so you could keep an eye out there and also check other book sites. There is a copy for sale on eBay at the moment, here, although it has some scribble on the dustwrapper.
Posted by Sue on October 16, 2009
I have vague memories of my schooldays when the teacher read out a story in instalments, I believe that the book was written by Enid Blyton. The story featured a grey pumpkin which could only be stopped by the touch of a black leaf. Does this sound familiar to anyone, can you put a name to the story?
BarneyBarney says: That sounds like "Knock Three Times!" by Marion St. John Webb.
Posted by Natalie Warner on October 15, 2009
I have all 24 of the Noddy books. All but two have their original dust jackets and I was wondering if they would be worth anything? At the time of purchase all 24 books were 4s.6d. Thank you for your help. Kind Regards, Natalie
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations, Natalie, and a lot depends on edition and condition anyway, but you could try checking sites like eBay and Abebooks to see what prices similar books are fetching.
Posted by Stephen on October 13, 2009
Deb, I had always been led to believe that Enid Blyton never had a personal secretary...with the exception of probably during the latter part of her life when things began getting a little difficult, especially in matters pertaining to health. Wow, this is great news, especially for those interested in Enid Blyton's personal history.
Posted by Deb on October 12, 2009
My great aunt was Enid's secretary for a while. We have a boxed set of silver forks with a handwritten note from Enid thanking Janet for being a wonderful secretary and wishing her all the best for her future. I'm interested to know the value of this. Can anyone help?
BarneyBarney says: It's great that you still have the forks and the accompanying note, Deb, but an item like that would be difficult to value so it may be worth consulting a dealer or two. Do you have any information about the time your Great Aunt Janet spent working for Enid Blyton? It would be interesting to know more.
Posted by Alicia Johns on October 11, 2009
Did Enid ever connect her school stories? I.E. do St Clare's, Malory Towers and Whyteleafe exist in the same "universe"?
BarneyBarney says: In the various school series, there are no references to the other schools. However, twins David and Delia apply to go to Whyteleafe in "House-at-the-Corner." Some of the girls in one of the St. Clare's books also visit Mr. Galliano's Circus.
Posted by Shadow on October 10, 2009
I really wish there could be a Famous Five badge! I never had a chance to join... Could you tell me more about the Secret Seven as well as the site please? THANK YOU!
BarneyBarney says: The best way to find out more about the site is to click on the buttons and links, Shadow. Even I can manage that with my paws! You'll find a Secret Seven button, among others.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 9, 2009
Hi, super, gorgeous dog! I was in the original Famous Five Club and still have my newsletters, membership card and badge. It was sad when it closed. Do you know of any other Famous Five Club I could join? Thanks, Sue
BarneyBarney says: Super and gorgeous I may be, but I'm afraid I don't know of any current clubs dedicated to the Famous Five. There are lots of threads about the Famous Five on the Forums though, and you could always try making your own badge and posting a photo of it - that might encourage others to do the same!
Posted by Claire on October 6, 2009
Hello, my Aunt Bet nursed Enid towards the end. My mother was given a lot of signed books to Christine Stoner. I don't know where they are now, but I would love to trace them and purchase them back.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with tracing the books, Claire! It's interesting to hear that your Aunt Bet nursed Enid Blyton. I wonder whether that was in a nursing home or at Green Hedges? Does your Aunt Bet have any memories of that time to share (or, if she's no longer with you, did she talk to the family about that time)? Of course any memories may well be personal or confidential, and we respect that, but if you do have any information that could be shared it would help us build up a clearer knowledge of Enid Blyton's life.
Posted by Constance on October 5, 2009
Please could you tell me if my Faraway Tree card game, that has a little note from Enid Blyton in, is rare, or did they all come with little notes to the children in them? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The Faraway Tree card games all came with notes from Enid Blyton, as did several other Blyton-related card games produced by Pepys. Nice items to have, though!
Posted by Roger on October 5, 2009
Hi, Tony sorry to be a pain, my wife accidentally deleted the list of the Brockhampton strip books, could you if possible re-send me them please? Many thanks, Roger.
Posted by TG on October 4, 2009
Just as well that we have Anita to check things over in her ordered mind. Sure enough she was puzzled about the reference to “Blyton Close” in the words I wrote about "The Big Enid Blyton Book” (I could have been “testing” her of course)! I tend to condense time because it passes so rapidly and her posting prompted a search for the correct date, which also brought back many memories. As I waded through earlier lives I found that I’d visited the Beckenham and Bromley districts in September of 1979 where I hunted down a few relevant sites. I went back to Penn Road ten days later and it was quite a shock to find that Green Hedges had disappeared and there was now just a little place named after the renowned author. Sadly … Enid Blyton’s life had come to a Close. I’ll have to notify Tony to alter the details because we must get these things right.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for clearing that up, Terry. Anita will be glad to be able to stop puzzling over the matter! Interesting that you made a return visit.
Posted by Jerry on October 3, 2009
For Val Ward: "The Christmas Book" can be bought here for about £7 plus postage - The Christmas Book
Posted by Maisie on October 2, 2009
Hello Barney, I attended the preview of "Enid" last Friday and thoroughly enjoyed the BBC drama, she is depicted as being a really strong minded woman and the biopic explains a lot about her early life, how it affected her writing and made her the wonderful children's author that she clearly became. During the Q&A session the BBC producer mentioned that he'd had meetings with the Enid Blyton Society to allay any fears that this drama would be unsympathetic. If I hear when it is being broadcast, I will post a comment! Regards Maisie
BarneyBarney says: Interesting to hear that you attended the preview of "Enid," Maisie. The Enid Blyton Society didn't have any input as far as the content of the film is concerned, but a few members were invited for a set visit during filming. They thoroughly enjoyed their time on set and it certainly whetted their appetites for the drama. Those who attended the 2009 Enid Blyton Day in May were also treated to a talk about the film, by staff from both Carnival and the BBC, together with some stills and clips.
Posted by Val Ward on October 1, 2009
Where can I buy a copy of "The Christmas Book" - preferably the 1944 1st edition but any edition would do? I had this book as a child in the 1950s and loved all the stories of Christmas within it and would like to read it to my Grandchildren.
BarneyBarney says: "The Christmas Book" turns up on eBay from time to time, Val, or you could try book sites like Abebooks. Good luck with finding a copy.
Posted by Mary Lea on October 1, 2009
I was introduced to Enid Blyton books by a junior school teacher in the 1940s. She read several of the 'Secret' books to the class and we listened as we were transported by these wonderful stories. I have a set of 8 volumes of Newnes Pictorial Knowledge which my parents purchased for myself and three siblings in the 1930s. These gave us hours of pleasure on many rainy days. Enid Blyton is listed as Assistant Editor. One of the volumes contains several short stories but the name of the author is not given. 'Peepo and the Magic Brush', 'The Wonderful Circus', Hush-Hush the Owl' and 'Tiptoe's Magic Paint'. Can anyone tell me if Enid Blyton wrote these stories?
BarneyBarney says: The "Pictorial Knowledge" books are lovely, Mary, and I'm glad you've treasured your set for so long. Yes, Enid Blyton contributed a number of items including most of the stories you mention. You can find out more in the Cave.
Posted by Anonymous on September 29, 2009
Hi, I collect a lot of Enid Blyton first editions, however the strip books i.e. Mary Mouse, Noddy and the others, all the titles of all strip books were available in an illustrated catalogue from Brockhampton Press. I doubt whether I will be able to get a copy of this. Anyone know of such a list other than the Cave of Books? Please,I would pay for one, MANY THANKS.
BarneyBarney says: You may be interested in Tony Summerfield's comprehensive Illustrated Bibliography, which comes in four volumes. It not only lists but gives full details of all Enid Blyton's books and magazines, with illustrations of most of them.
Posted by Enid-Jo on September 28, 2009
Heyo Barney! Why isn't "The Secret Valley" on the website anymore? Why is "The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp" not written by Trevor J Bolton? Thanks! xxx Enid-Jo xxx
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! Trevor Bolton's "The Secret Valley" never appeared on the Enid Blyton Society website as it was snapped up by Award and is now a published book, available from bookshops and from sites like Amazon. Except for that title, all the books that Trevor has written so far have appeared on the Society site. Trevor Bolton is a talented writer but so is Robert Houghton and I hope you'll enjoy his Find-Outers story, "The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp," over the coming weeks and months.
Posted by Anonymous on September 28, 2009
Hi, Barney what is the Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage about?
BarneyBarney says: Hi, whatever your name is, it's about something catching fire! But that's just a dog's opinion, if you want to know a bit more why don't you read the review here, that's what it's there for!
Posted by Muminah on September 27, 2009
Hi Barney! Thanks a lot for your advice. I sent a mail to Mr. Tony Summerfield and he made the change for me. And I am very happy to be registered in the forums column.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you enjoy the forums, Muminah!
Posted by Juan on September 26, 2009
My mum is looking for a book about a character called 'Twinkledee' who is a pixie. This book was also made in the shape of a 'crossed legged - seated' pixie and was possibly in rhyme. It was around 1955 when she remembers reading it at the age of four years so if anyone has any details at all it would be great! She does remember this extract: 'Twinkledee tied grandpa gnome's whiskers to a daffodilly tree' - what a naughty pixie ! Hope someone can help. Thanks.
Posted by Muminah on September 26, 2009
Hi Barney! I have just registered to the forums page and the user name is actually my father's name. So, now will I be addressed in my father's name? Can't I change it or isn't there any way which would make me be called by my own name?
BarneyBarney says: If you contact either Anita Bensoussane or Tony Summerfield, telling them your current user name and the one you'd like to change to, they'll be able to alter it for you.
Posted by Muminah on September 22, 2009
Yes, Barney! Of course. Sorry for letting out dear old Buster. Without Buster they wouldn't be the Five Find-Outers and Dog. If there was no Buster, Bets and the others would never guess that Fatty was in disguise. And Fatty would have a really hard time facing Goon, and Goon will be very happy with no Buster dancing and yapping around his heels.
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Muminah. I wasn't accusing you of leaving Buster out, of course. But yes, he does play more of a role in the stories than people might think - more of a role than Larry, Daisy or Pip in many cases!
Posted by Muminah on September 21, 2009
Hi! For the past few days I have been reading the Five Find-Outers and Dog series, and to tell the truth it's nearly the third time that I'm reading them all and I never felt even a little bit bored. Fatty and his disguises, his ventriloquism, the way he lets his tongue loose and recites poetry, his correct deductions and his clever words which drive Goon crazy are all marvellous! Fatty is my favourite character in all Blyton books. I love to read the parts where Fatty makes Goon mad. I have no words to explain Fatty's brilliance. I wonder how Enid Blyton created such an interesting character. I'm sure if Fatty really existed he would become the next Sherlock Holmes. Out of the whole series "The Mystery of the Strange Bundle" and "The Mystery of the Invisible Thief" are my favourites.
BarneyBarney says: I agree that it's a wonderful series, Muminah, and that the two titles you've picked out are two of the best Find-Outers books. Not forgetting the "and Dog," which is of course vitally important!
Posted by Taab on September 20, 2009
Hi Barney, Am looking for "Book of Brownies" and Hop, Skip and Jump stories. Where may I buy them from? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies" may well still be in print - you could check on Amazon. If not, copies turn up regularly in online bookshops or on eBay. If by 'Hop, Skip and Jump stories' you mean the book "Hop, Skip and Jump," that is only available in vintage editions and is harder to find. You could try looking on eBay or sites like Abebooks.
Posted by Wendy on September 18, 2009
Hi, We have been sorting through some (very) old stuff in storage today and came across Sunny Stories edition 1 The Tricky Gollywog. From searching the web I see this may have a there anywhere on the web I can get an idea please? Kind regards.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations and early copies of Sunny Stories would be particularly difficult to value anyway, as so much depends on condition and demand. You could see what similar items are fetching on sites like eBay and Abebooks.
Posted by Muminah on September 17, 2009
Hi Barney! I came across an Enid Blyton book (The Five Find-Outers and Dog - "The Mystery of the Secret Room" - A Dean Publication ) which had a page about an "Enid Blyton Trust for Children". Has it any connection with your society? Does it exist now?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the Enid Blyton Trust for Children still exists, Muminah. It was set up by Enid Blyton's younger daughter Imogen Smallwood in 1982, to raise money for organisations which help children with various needs, and is now run by Imogen's daughter Sophie. It is not connected to the Enid Blyton Society, although Imogen Smallwood has been a patron of the Society for a number of years. You can find out more about the Trust here.
Posted by April June on September 16, 2009
Amber, good luck to you in writing your stories! I hope you still have a mother - she has good taste if she likes Enid Blyton's books. I write many stories too, when I find the time. It's amazing, what imagination can lead you to and what it can make you do! I use my imagination a lot in my life, and use it to make my life here in the orphanage as comfortable as possible. I still have some of my books - most are Enid Blyton's, but I also have "Anne of Green Gables", "A Little Princess" and "Pollyanna". All are wonderful books. On my eleventh birthday - September 4, 2009 - I used my imagination and imagined a lovely birthday party. The only thing is now, I half live in my imagination - and that's the truth!
BarneyBarney says: Best of luck with writing your stories, April June. I love using my imagination too, to conjure up visions of meaty bones and sausages!
Posted by Michelle on September 13, 2009
Hello, I was wondering if there are any copies of the book Mr Tumpy and his Caravan. Thanks, Michelle.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Michelle, I am not quite sure what you mean here. If you are asking can we supply a copy, the answer is no, as we don't sell books other than our own publications. I am sure you would be able to find a copy on the internet though, if not at ebay you could try It would have to be secondhand as the book is no longer in print.
Posted by Sophie on September 11, 2009
Hi there, I am looking for an original copy of Shadow the Sheep-dog for my father. Would you know where I could find one? Kind regards, Sophie.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sophie, I am not quite sure what you mean by an original copy. If you mean a 1st edition in a dustwrapper it could be quite expensive, but if you are just looking for a reprint with the original text it shouldn't be too difficult to find a copy either on ebay or, where you can always find plenty of secondhand Blyton books.
Posted by Amber Wright on September 11, 2009
Hello, I am Amber Mae Wright. I am a girl who reads a lot of Enid Blyton Books (I get that from my mum) Its a pleasure reading them... I love The Famous 5 series! But I also write books myself. When I am Older I want to be as successful as Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Good to hear from you Amber. So you write books do you, we will have to look out for your name on the cover of a book some day, good luck!
Posted by Atul on September 9, 2009
Hi Barney .... Thanks for your earlier suggestion. the little girl in India has received a surprise .... full set of Barney 'R' Mysteries! we can go one better ... and make her a member! How can we do that? Can make a payment here but need to register her details as a member. Can I call a number for membership and pay over the phone? Best regards - Atul
BarneyBarney says: Hello Atul, I'm glad the earlier suggestion proved useful. I'm afraid it is not possible to become a member by phone, but if you look at the top of the page under the Welcome section, you will see the link of how to join the Society and it explains the different ways you can do it.
Posted by Charlene on September 9, 2009
I wonder if you could help me, this may be a bit of a long shot. When I was a child my mum used to read a story to me about a selfish girl called Biddy who went through the story wanting everything, she saw a balloon seller and said "I want them all", she took them and floated away. I am not entirely sure that this is an Enid Blyton but the writing style is very similar, from what my mum can remember the story was in a book of other stories and is proving rather difficult to track down.
Posted by Elizabeth Delzell on September 8, 2009
I am trying to discover the title and author of a children's book about their garden that I used to have but have lost. The children enjoy seeing bulbs begin to grow in spring, they give their mother a bunch of daffodils for her birthday, they have a cat who visits the garden at night, and their baby sibling enjoys pulling washing off the clothesline in the garden. Can anyone identify this book, probably published before 1950?
Posted by Paul on September 7, 2009
Hi all, I have some 78 records of Noddy stories read by Enid Blyton. The records are in very good condition, has anyone any idea of value?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to give valuations but you could try seeing what similar items sell for on eBay or in online second-hand shops.
Posted by Linda on September 6, 2009
I am looking for reproduction dustjackets, or even just a decent colour copy of the front cover from Famous Five 1st ed books - in particular "Five on a Treasure Island" and "Five Go to Demon's Rocks." Can anyone help?
BarneyBarney says: The copying of dustjackets is rather a controversial issue as some sellers of reproduction jackets charge astronomical amounts of money for images which are not theirs to sell in the first place. At the same time, I can understand how annoying it is when books with original dust-jackets are either almost impossible to track down or are themselves on the market for enormous amounts of money.
Posted by Lima on September 5, 2009
That was really helpful, thank you Barney. The thing is, I was 'google-ing' up for "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies" in other online stores but the result that came up was a book called "A Book of Fairies" by Enid Blyton. Published by Rewards, I believe. Are they the same book? Forgive me for being too persistent on this subject.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, that's the same book, Lima. I haven't seen inside it though, so I don't know whether it has been updated in any way.
Posted by Penny Gribble on September 5, 2009
Looking for Hop, Skip and Jump book for sale.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether you mean "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies," Penny, which is the main book about Hop, Skip and Jump, or a shorter book about the same characters (titled "Hop, Skip and Jump") which came in more than one edition. You can see the books here. "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies" should be quite easy to find from online bookshops or eBay, but "Hop, Skip and Jump" is not so readily available.
Posted by Lima on September 5, 2009
Thank you Barney! I've got some more questions if it's okay with you. Do they have a new version of "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies" or do I have to get an older copy? And if they do, would 'Pinkity and Old Mother Ribbony Rose' be altered like some of the other 'modernised' Enid Blyton stories? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think that story appears in any modern collections, Lima, though I could be wrong. In any case, an older copy might be better because, as you say, it would have the original text. This edition published by Dean&Son was in print for many years and is readily available second-hand from eBay or online bookshops.
Posted by Petula.T.J.Fernandes on September 4, 2009
I would like to know if there is a free Enid Blyton club I could join. Thanks, P.T.J.F
BarneyBarney says: Why not join the Forums on this website, Petula? It's free to register and then you can join in discussions with other Blyton fans from around the globe. It really is a kind of international Enid Blyton club! Of course, you could always bring a handful of biscuits or a nice meaty bone for the club dog! *Looks hopeful.*
Posted by Lima on September 4, 2009
Hey. I was wondering if anyone knows an Enid Blyton story about a fairy and a ribbon shop. I also vaguely recall something about how they made ribbons from clouds or something similar to it......thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of the story 'Pinkity and Old Mother Ribbony Rose,' Lima. It's about a ribbon shop owned by Mother Ribbony Rose, where the ribbons are made of things like mist and spiders' thread and "pink sunset clouds mixed with almond blossom." Mother Ribbony Rose employs a gnome named Pinkity to roll up the ribbons. The story can be found in "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies."
Posted by Emma on September 3, 2009
Barney, I have a quick question for you. I was looking in the review for the Faraway Tree Stories and I saw that the names of the children are Jo, Bessie and Fanny. In the newer edition (I think in the 1990s) the names are Joe, Beth and Frannie. Did they change the names during the years??
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the names have been changed in some recent editions of the books, Emma. Controversially, many other Enid Blyton books have been "updated" in various ways too. Not all publishers have made the same alterations though. In the Dean "Faraway Tree Collection" which is currently in the shops, the children are still called Jo, Bessie and Fanny. However, in the Egmont editions which are also currently in the shops, the children are called Joe, Beth and Frannie. That's despite the fact that Dean is actually an imprint of Egmont!
Posted by Stuart Evans on September 3, 2009
For sale - nature plates by Enid Blyton and Eileen Soper in leather case. No pin holes. Make me an offer 01229430547
Posted by Megan Molenaar on September 3, 2009
Hi, My most favourite books ever as a child were the Enid Blyton Faraway Tree series. I now have two daughters and am currently reading "The Folk of the Faraway Tree" to my eldest daughter, however it is a modern reprint and I am very disappointed in the illustrations. I would love to get a copy of any or all of the books in the series illustrated in colour with some of the older style illustrations but am unsure if such a thing exists. Could anyone tell me if there is an illustrated colour copy and if so what its ISBN and publishing details are so I can track it down? Thanks in advance for any information, regards.
BarneyBarney says: All the different editions of the Faraway Tree books are listed, with pictures of the covers, in the Cave here, Megan. The original internal illustrations by Dorothy Wheeler were in black and white, as were those by Rene Cloke. I think that the only copies to have colour pictures were the annual-sized editions that came out in the 1970s-80s, lavishly illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone ("The Enchanted Wood") or Georgina Hargreaves ("The Magic Faraway Tree" and "The Folk of the Faraway Tree.")
Posted by Muminah on September 1, 2009
Hi! I have a Famous Five book called "Five Caught in a Treacherous Plot". I think that it is not the original name as at the end of books printed by "Hodder and Stoughton" , where the whole name list is available this title is not there. This particular book is an "Aladdin" publication. Could you please tell me the real name of the book? The story is involved around a place called "Owl's Dene on Owl's hill" and this story is where Dick gets kidnapped instead of the wealthy Richard.
BarneyBarney says: You have an American edition of Five Get into Trouble. One or two of the Famous Five books had their titles changed when they were published in America.
Posted by Nan on August 31, 2009
Thank you Barney for your reply. I have googled RL Stevenson and WB Rands' poems, but they are not the same ones. The Land of Nod poem goes: "Land of Nod is over the moon and across the silvery sea, It's turn to the left and turn to the right and over the tallest tree. It's a wonderful land the Land of Nod, with fields full of woolly white sheep, But no one is ever allowed there, unless they are fast asleep". The Caravan Man poem first verse goes: "The Caravan Man can mend a pan, or a teapot that's lost it's spout, he knows the names of the birds and flowers, and how to tickle a trout". There are two more verses. Perhaps someone who may read this may know where these poems come from. As a child I would usually only read Enid Blyton books so thought they must be from one of them. I have some of her books and am now letting my granddaughter read them so she can get the pleasure from the stories as I did. I have now managed to track copies of her 'Book of the Year' from the internet so may get one now thanks to you Barney. Regards Nan.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the further information, Nan. I hope someone reading this is able to identify the poems. I'm glad to hear that your granddaughter is enjoying your Enid Blyton books.
Posted by Muminah on August 30, 2009
Hi! Since there are three Enid Blyton Journals per year, will they be published after every four months, like April, August and December? Or when are the three Journals issued? And, like there is a museum for Sherlock Holmes, is there a museum for Enid Blyton in England?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the Journal is published every four months, Muminah (end of March, end of July and end of November). I'm afraid there is no Enid Blyton Museum although the gardens of Old Thatch in Bourne End, where Enid Blyton lived from the late 1920s to the late 1930s, are open to the public several days each week during the summer.
Posted by Will Webber on August 30, 2009
I have a box set of 30 pictures by John Turner for Enid Blyton's Old Testament and I am struggling to find any information about them, can anyone supply any?
BarneyBarney says: Hello Will, Enid Blyton's Old Testament Bible Plates were produced in 1949 to accompany the set of fourteen Enid Blyton Bible Stories - Old Testament which contained 30 stories, so there was a John Turner Plate for each story. There was also a set of 30 plates for the New Testament readers illustrated by Elsie Walker. Unlike the Nature Plates these also came out in book form published in two volumes by Macmillan in 1960 as Old Testament Picture Books.
Posted by Nan on August 30, 2009
Many thanks 'Barney' for the answer to my query about an Enid Blyton book that I had in my childhood. How clever of you to know so much! Seeing its list of contents brought back memories of other stories and poems I used to read. I wish I could get a copy of the book, but fear it may be expensive if I do happen to track one down. There are two poems I remember from other books that I think may have been Enid Blytons and are titled : 'The Land of Nod' and 'The Caravan Man', but were they actually penned by her and if so what books were they in? I remember the verses of these having learnt them as a child and thanks to my good memory have them written down. Once again many thanks and look forward to your reply.
BarneyBarney says: I wonder whether the two poems you recall might possibly be 'The Land of Nod' by Robert Louis Stevenson and 'The Peddler's Caravan' by William Brighty Rands? As you remember the words, you could try doing a spot of Googling and see what comes up. As far as "Enid Blyton's Book of the Year" is concerned, reasonably-priced copies turn up from time to time in online bookshops and on eBay.
Posted by Louise on August 29, 2009
I remember from when I was a small child (late 1950s/early1960s) two stories and would dearly like to track them down. I am reasonably sure they are Enid Blyton but not 100%. One story involves a girl who lied to her mother that her bike had been stolen, when in fact she had just hidden it because she was meant to have washed it and had not. The second involves a child (I think) going to some sort of sweet shop and choosing what she wants. There is a description of all sorts of things like nougat and bonbons. Can anyone help me? This has been on my mind for decades as I can't recall the entire story and would love to!
Posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2009
Hi Barney, I'm trying to locate a children's poem where the last lines are ....."Sally Slick or Sloppy Sue, now answer truly, which are you?" Can you help, please? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: 'Sally Slick and Susan Sloppy' is by Aileen E. Passmore. It appears in Every Girl's Annual, which also contains a story by Enid Blyton ('The Seven Donkeys').
Posted by Mumina on August 29, 2009
Hi! I am from Sri Lanka. I found this site quite by accident. I have really been stuffing all ideas of Enid Blyton within me since I was eight. There was really no proper person whom I could speak about or share my ideas about Enid Blyton. And now thanks to your site I have found the whole Blyton family. I have a lot of Enid Blyton books and I keep on reading them over and over again. I even force my younger sisters to read them because I believe it will give them the pleasure which it gave me. And thankfully they have improved and are gradually becoming ardent fans just like me.
Posted by Nan on August 29, 2009
Please can anyone tell me the name of an annual Enid Blyton book about 1950's time. It was published every year and had poems and stories for every month of the year in it. I was given this book when I was a youngster for Christmas and can remember the poem about the Germander Speedwell in one of the issues. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Nan, the book that you are referring to is Enid Blyton's Book of the Year, but it wasn't an annual, just a one-off book. You probably had the reprint which was an annual-sized book. It does have the Speedwell poem in it.
Posted by Mumina on August 29, 2009
Hey Barney, Enid Blyton's stories are so awesome! I sometimes wonder whether there are any real places like Malory Towers or St. Clare's. Are there? I am from Asia and I really got to know the beauty of your country after I read Enid Blyton's stories.She really brings out the beauty of England and her description of all the food gives us a feeling as if we are really eating it. And I am very happy that there is such a club as yours which brings all Blyton fans together .GOOD JOB!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Mumina. I love Enid Blyton's descriptions of juicy bones! Although there are girls' boarding-schools in Britain, Malory Towers and St. Clare's are entirely fictional and I expect modern boarding-schools are quite different in many ways.
Posted by Rayeed on August 29, 2009
Can anyone tell me where can I get the two books of St.Clare's written by Pamela Cox?
BarneyBarney says: Pamela Cox has written three St. Clare's books, Rayeed. They are all in print and you should be able to buy them from a bookshop (if they don't have them in stock they can probably order them for you) or from websites like Amazon.
Posted by Josie on August 28, 2009
On your list of books by Enid Blyton is it possible for you to put the publisher that first published the books, or is that not possible?
BarneyBarney says: Hey Josie, we currently have 2258 books in the Cave of Books and every single one lists the original publisher. The novels even have all the reprints and they also list the publisher. So yes, is the answer to your question, it is possible!
Posted by Maisie on August 28, 2009
There is a preview and Q&A session of BBC's "Enid" on September 25 at 18:30 pm (6:30 pm) followed by a Q&A at 8:00 pm at Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London. Thought this may be of interest to your members. Helena Bonham Carter, Dennis Lawson and Matthew Macfadyen will attend.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds very interesting. Thank you for letting us know, Maisie. Details of how to book tickets can be found here.
Posted by Susan B on August 28, 2009
Please can someone tell me if Sunny Stories for Little Folks measures the same size as Sunny Stories? Thank you very much,
BarneyBarney says: It does indeed, Susan. Unfortunately copies of this are very scarce though and it is an almost impossible job to build up a collection.
Posted by Paul B on August 28, 2009
Thank you for your correct response Barney. Indeed it was "The Queer Adventure". I didn't realise the name had been changed, although that doesn't surprise me. To my delight my daughter (now aged 22) has just informed me that she still has my old hardback version in her book case. I shall enjoy reading it again after many years, hopefully this weekend. Even in middle age I still delight in reading Enid Blyton every so often, Five Find-Outers being my favourite series.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your daughter still has the book, Paul, and I hope you enjoy re-reading it. It's always a pleasure to reacquaint oneself with a long-lost book while chewing on a nice meaty bone.
Posted by Ken on August 28, 2009
Did Enid Blyton receive any titles, was she Dame Enid Blyton for example? If so when did she receive this title? Thanks Barney. Hope someone takes you for a walk, Ken.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid Enid Blyton never became a Dame or anything like that. In fact she only received one literary award and that was in America, for "Mystery Island" ("The Island of Adventure" retitled). Walk?! My ears certainly pricked up at the sound of that word, Ken!
Posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2009
How do I know whether I have joined the society or not if I post a money order to your respectable society?
BarneyBarney says: When we receive the payment, we will send out a copy of the latest Journal to you. For anyone else wanting details of how to subscribe, take a look here.
Posted by Paul B on August 27, 2009
Can anyone tell me the name of an Enid Blyton story (cannot find it listed here) about a couple of children who visit a land frequented by giants? I remember one part of the book where they shelter from the giants in a cuckoo clock, the cuckoo living in the clock befriends them. My memory is a little hazy for other details of the book. Needless to say they return home to their 'proper' world safe and sound by the end of the novel. Thank you for any help on this.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds like The Yellow Fairy Book, Paul, which tells the story of Peter and Mary and how they rescue Princess Fenella. The book has been reprinted with several different titles over the years, one of the best-known being "The Queer Adventure."
Posted by Ilsa Cheeseman on August 27, 2009
Another possibility for Michelle's memory of the train journey could be from "The Adventures of the Wishing Chair" when the children go to rescue their cat and Chinky takes them to a tree at the bottom of their garden, twists a piece of bark which makes a door slide open. At the bottom of a stairway is a passage which takes them to a station where they catch a train which has many passengers - gnomes, elves, rabbits, moles etc.. The train stops at many stations until they get out at their destination. I wonder if that rings any bells, Michelle?
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 27, 2009
Michelle, as Barney says, there are several stories where a 'magical' railway journey is featured. Indeed, in The Land of Do-as-You-Please ("The Magic Faraway Tree"), some of the Faraway Tree folk go on a fascinating train journey. However, I think the one that you are thinking of concerns Hop, Skip and Jump's trip on the Green Railway in "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies". The Green Railway is discovered by holding tight to a ring of mushrooms whilst saying a magic rhyme. "Mushrooms, take us down below; One, two, three, and off we go. Rikky, tikky, tolly,vo!" The brownies all sink through the ground and end up at the little railway station. Stations on the line include Fiddlestick Field and Giggleswick.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for that, Nigel. "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies" is a marvellous fantasy story and it's a pity that, as a stand-alone book (though there were also a few short stories about Hop, Skip and Jump), it doesn't receive a lot of attention compared to the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series. Published in 1926, it has the distinction of being Enid Blyton's first full-length novel.
Posted by Laureen on August 26, 2009
Hi I was looking through your lists of books and decided to make a check list of the books I have and found myself at a loss. I have 60 or so hard cover books not on your list by the date they were published, no paperbacks were listed by their date published, 3 strip books not on your list, and one Jigsaw??? Where can I get an accurate list to check my Enid Blyton books?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Laureen, I am sorry that you found the Cave did not match up when you were searching for your books. I think the listing is as accurate as you will get anywhere on the internet, but do let us know if you find something better. What you must remember is that Enid died in 1968 and up to that point the listing is pretty comprehensive. Over the past twenty or thirty years numerous books have been reprinted and although we list some of these there are still a great many that we don't. The same goes for jigsaws, there were over a hundred Noddy jigsaws produced by Arrow and as yet none of these are listed, but be patient as we will try and get round to it. Sadly there are only twenty-fours in a day!
Posted by Michelle on August 26, 2009
I grew up on Enid Blyton books and have just found this website. I particularly loved the Malory Towers and St Clare's series. However, I have been trying to find out, for several years, the books which contain two stories from memories I have. As the only books I can remember reading were Enid Blyton, I hope the following will be recognised. One was a story about someone going through a door and down a tunnel (under a tree?) and finding a station where a train called at various stops - toytown etc? I seem to remember there were pixies, elves and toys on the station waiting for the train and they got off at various stops. The other is a memory I have of a girl losing a shoe on the beach and eventually finds it under a bunch of seaweed. It might have been a red sandal? As I live near the sea, everytime I see seaweed I get a flashback of this story but cannot remember the book.
BarneyBarney says: "Happy Hours Story Book" (Dean & Son edition) contains a story called 'A Ship and a Pair of Shoes,' which might possibly be the second story you mention. Susan loses her white sandals on the beach and a boy named Sam helps her look for them even though he has reason to be angry with her. I can't say any more without giving away the whole story! If you look in the Cave of Books, you can see which other compilations also contain that tale. I hope someone can help you with the story about the train. I know there are trains like that in some of the full-length novels, e.g. "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies," "Tales of Toyland" and (I think) the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series too. Several short stories also feature such trains but I can't think of any particular titles at the moment. A search on "train" in the Cave brings up the following titles.
Posted by Jacquimac on August 26, 2009
My son just read my copy of "The Adventurous Four," a Sunday School prize from 1981. He has read it four times, so I went to the library and got "The Adventurous Four - Shipwrecked!" But the twins' names have been changed! Anyone know why? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Most of Enid Blyton's books have undergone some editing in recent years, Jacquimac, which can be confusing as well as frustrating. Twins Mary and Jill had their names "updated" to Pippa and Zoe some time ago, despite the fact that the first book in the series is still clearly set during the Second World War! The good news is that the current publishers, Award, are considering changing the names back to the originals in future reprints. Just wondering, by the way, whether you're aware that "The Adventurous Four - Shipwrecked!" is "The Adventurous Four" under a different title? "The Adventurous Four Again!" has been retitled "The Adventurous Four - Stranded!" and Enid Blyton's short story about the Adventurous Four has been expanded to create a third novel called "The Adventurous Four - Trapped!"
Posted by Mamacat on August 26, 2009
Hi Barney, it's lovely to meet you and I'm very glad I found this website (quite by accident!) I too grew up on a steady diet of Enid Blyton stories and still revisit them occasionally. There was one story I particularly loved about the magic fly away cottage and Mother Mickle Muckle (I think that's right.) Sadly I have no idea where the book is now and don't remember its title (from memory it was a collection of stories by Ms Blyton.) I would love to read that story again! Thanks for providing this site, reading the comments has brought back many happy memories.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your kind comments, Mamacat. It's not often that a cat gets a dog's tail wagging! The story you remember about Mother Mickle Muckle and her cottage is called 'The Fly-Away Cottage' and can be found in the following short story collections.
Posted by Anonymous on August 25, 2009
Can anyone tell me which Enid Blyton book told the story of the brother and sister trapped by a genie in a cave, and only released after the genie couldn't straighten one of the girl's hairs?
BarneyBarney says: That story is 'The Tenth Task' from "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies." The boy and girl are called Jack and Jean. I think that only Jack is trapped, but it's Jean who suggests that he asks the genie to straighten a piece of her curly hair.
Posted by Gnanesvari on August 25, 2009
I love your books. They are fantastic and I feel that I want to be a character or a Secret Seven member when I read your books.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, Gnanesvari, but it's great to know that her books still mean so much to so many people.
Posted by Shadow on August 21, 2009
Exactly, can't they understand that some work just cannot be improved, it really ruins the whole taste. Wish someone would take heed. Recently, I bought a new set of Adventure Series which has the original cover illustration, it is the closest to the original ones I may get now. I do hope that the contents have not been edited. Those in Britain are certainly the luckiest! It's costlier for overseas readers to buy Enid's books and much harder to find them all. Thanks for information, Barney.
Posted by Grace on August 21, 2009
Hi! I really want to read the books of Enid Blyton but at the moment I do not have the money to buy them. Do you know any online sites where I may read them?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books are still under copyright, Grace, and will remain so until the end of 2038, so it's illegal for anyone to make them available online free of charge. If you are unable to buy them, perhaps you could borrow them from the library or from friends?
Posted by Shadow on August 20, 2009
Hehe, no I didn't forget and you're smart Barney. A pat and biscuit for you. I love the story of "Shadow the Sheep-Dog" and all the other miscellaneous stories like "The Six Bad Boys," "House-at-the-Corner," "Come to the Circus!"...and Noddy too! I hope more titles of Enid's books will be made available worldwide. Most of her books cannot be found anymore.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the biscuit, Shadow! I crunched it up at once. Most of the main series and many of the short stories and one-off novels are in print in Britain (though the books have undergone a spot of editing/updating which is disappointing and frustrating), but unfortunately bookshops often stock only a small selection. Websites like Amazon are useful for checking which titles are currently in print.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 20, 2009
Bethany <3; it's difficult, as Barney said, to make a constructive reply not knowing your age. As Barney says, Enid Blyton isn't for everyone - who is?! However, you obviously like her enough to search out this website and post a comment! I guess by "using the same plot" you mean that most mystery/adventure books contain secret passages, villains, flashing lights etc. Possibly true, but most Agatha Christie books contain murders and detectives! Can you have too much of a good thing? Glad that you have enjoyed at least some of Enid's books! :-)
Posted by Shadow on August 20, 2009
Wuff Barney, I've loved Enid Blyton since I was a child. I'm re-reading and buying more old books by her. My wish is that publishers will re-publish all her original books. That would be so so great!!! I love all the illustrations in the original versions shown in this site. Thanks to all here for bringing us the old and warm memories of this truly enchanting author. Enid's stories are always enchanting and adventurous, they simply don't age with time! My favourites are the Enchanted Wood, Wishing Chair, Family Collection, Willow Farm, Cherry Tree Farm, Malory Towers and St. Clare's, the various -minutes tales and adventures series of Famous Five, Five Find-Outers, Secret Seven, Snubby & Co., Jack, Kiki & gang, Mike & Prince Paul, Amelia Janes. In short I just love anything from Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Wuff, wuff and a wag of the tail! But didn't you forget to mention "Shadow the Sheep-Dog"?!
Posted by Bethany <3 on August 19, 2009
Apparently the only Enid Blyton books that I enjoyed are "The Secret Island," the Enchanted Wood and Malory Towers books. I think that Blyton's other mystery/adventure books are boring, cliched and extremely repetitive. I mean she uses the same plot of almost every mystery/adventure book!!! Sorry but that's my opinion. Don't hate me for it!!! Haha!
BarneyBarney says: One dog’s meat is another dog’s poison as they say, so obviously not everyone will enjoy reading Enid Blyton books. At least you found some of them to your liking, Bethany! I can’t help noticing, however, that critics of Enid Blyton invariably rely on extreme statements and wild exaggeration when it comes to making negative points about her work, e.g. the following sentence: “I mean she uses the same plot of [for?] almost every mystery/adventure book!!!” I did wonder whether your username 'Bethany <3' might indicate that you're no more than two years old. In that case you're a very advanced reader for your age, Bethany, and will perhaps be able to appreciate the mystery and adventure books better when you're a bit older!
Posted by Zubin on August 18, 2009
I like Enid Blyton. She is my favourite author. I love the Famous Five. Where can I get the Famous Five movies?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean the two Famous Five TV series (1970s and 1990s), video cassettes of both series come up regularly on eBay. Some episodes are also available to view on YouTube.
Posted by Emma on August 18, 2009
Atul, I am 12 and I would also recommend the Faraway Tree stories and the Wishing Chair series.
Posted by Atul on August 18, 2009
Hi Barney, Need your expert help. Need to buy Enid Blyton books for an 11 year old in India ... understand that she is a 'big' fan. Can you kindly suggest what series are suitable for that age group? Best regards, Atul
BarneyBarney says: What a lucky girl - I'm sure she'll be thrilled to receive some Enid Blyton books to add to her collection! Unless she has already read them, I'd say that the Barney/"R" Mysteries (a series of six books beginning with "The Rockingdown Mystery") are suitable for that age-group, as are some of Enid Blyton's "family and society" titles, most of which are stand-alone novels. Of those, I'd particularly recommend "The Family at Red-Roofs," "The Six Bad Boys," "House-at-the-Corner," "Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm" and "Six Cousins Again." She would probably also enjoy the Adventure series (8 titles) and the Find-Outers series (15 titles), if she hasn't already read them. You can find out more about all these novels in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Sarah on August 17, 2009
Hi Barney, My name is Sarah, I'm from Germany. I've got many Enid Blyton books like the Malory Towers series (it's called Dolly in German) and the St. Clare's series (it's called Hanni & Nanni in German! That's funny.) And I love the books. They are so great. Next year, there will be a movie about St. Clare's in the cinema. But only in Germany I think because they make the film in Germany. Sorry for my bad English, but I'm from Germany :-) Love, Sarah
BarneyBarney says: No need to apologise for your English, Sarah. It's good to hear from Blyton fans from different countries. I hope that German St. Clare's fans will let us know what the film is like!
Posted by Samara on August 16, 2009
I love Enid Blyton and this site. Just wondering how many books Enid has written in total, the ones under pen names as well (I know of Mary Pollock)?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote, Samara. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We know that she wrote over 180 novels though, and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. Early on in her career, Enid Blyton wrote short stories under the names Becky Kent and Audrey St Lo (sometimes written as Audry Saint Lo) and poems as Christopher. Except for the six "Mary Pollock" books, all her other novels were published under her own name.
Posted by Sue Webster on August 16, 2009
Hi Barney, lovely dog! Just read "The Ragamuffin Mystery" and it's great! I'm a bit like Snubby, getting into trouble. I read my books over again, Famous Five books, Secret Seven books, school stories, adventure books etc and it's great to be with the children in the stories sharing their adventures and excitement. Just been reading the messages and you said that Enid had little contact with her family, close to her dad but not her mum. I'm like that - get on great with my dad but mum and I have very little in common except singing and cats - we dont really get on.
BarneyBarney says: Interesting to hear that you're a bit like the mischievous and irrepressible Snubby, Sue. I have to admit to having occasional mad moments in which I'm a bit like Loony!
Posted by Amy on August 14, 2009
Does anyone know of an Enid Blyton book which makes a mention/has pictures of a circus acrobatic group called Tovarich Troupe?
Posted by April June on August 14, 2009
I simply love this site! It's wonderful, filled with lots of information about such a brilliant children's author. I'm ten, and I've loved Enid Blyton ever since I was five. I've loved lots of other books too - I'm a real bookworm - but the books by Enid Blyton are some of the books I love the most. They're so absorbing and enchanting and thrilling! They just pull me into a magical world which no one else can enter, a magical, reading world full of adventures. Maddi, you're so lucky! I really wish I could write to Enid Blyton and get a Secret Seven and a reply from the amazing children's author. I'd get the same thrill as you, Maddi; truly I would. I simply ADORE Enid Blyton!
BarneyBarney says: What a lovely message, April June!
Posted by Josie on August 14, 2009
Do you know where I could buy or even find these books?: "A Complete List of Books By Enid Blyton" 1951. "Enid Blyton: A Bibliography of First Editions and other Collectable Books" by Mason Willey 1993. I live in NZ, so something near there would be better for the cost point of it. I found "A Complete List of Books" in an Auzzie Library but it will be very expensive to get it over here, to NZ. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I wonder whether you're aware of Tony Summerfield's 4-volume Illustrated Bibliography, Josie, which contains full details and illustrations of Enid Blyton's books as well as magazines and books containing contributions by Blyton.
Posted by Zoe on August 13, 2009
Excellent site which has brought back childhood memories. I loved the Faraway Tree.
Posted by Enid Blyton Fan = D on August 13, 2009
Does Award Publications have a website? If so please give me the link!
BarneyBarney says: Award Publications do indeed have a website!
Posted by Samara on August 11, 2009
Love the site! I've seen "More Adventures on Willow Farm" online saying first published in 1942, but on here it says 1943, why is that? I see lots of different copies of the same books but with different coloured cloth covers and all say first edition. Why is that?
BarneyBarney says: Hello Samara, I'm delighted you like the site. More Adventures on Willow Farm was actually published in February 1943, although it does have a 1942 date in it. This happened in a number of cases when there was a paper shortage in wartime, the intended date of publication wasn't always the same as the actual date. I think you will find that the dates given in our Cave of Books are likely to be the most accurate ones. As for your second question I think you are going to have to be more specific as to which books you are talking about, certainly there were one or two Famous Five books with different coloured cloth first editions and once again this would have been down to the paper shortage at the time of publication.
Posted by Suzanne on August 10, 2009
I started ready Enid Blyton at a young age and periodically re-read the 'Malory Towers' series because I loved them so much. Even now at forty three I gain that special something that gives me food for the soul. In my opinion Enid Blyton had that special something that in its uniqueness will never be recreated by anyone else. I still cry when I read them..
Posted by Maddy on August 10, 2009
I started reading the Famous 5 & the Secret 7 from third grade. When I read these books I loved them. I just thank Enid Blyton for writing such wonderful books.
BarneyBarney says: As do many others who visit this website, Maddy.
Posted by Paul on August 9, 2009
The phrase "no just cough, don't be absurd" popped into my head, and this site came up. Must be 35 years since I read the Book of Brownies! That and the Faraway Tree and the bit where the Famous Five could hear the sea booming away above them in the smugglers' tunnels were the bits I remember most fondly. It's been good to rediscover the synopsis, although I think I'd find rereading the things a bit disappointing.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you will try reading some of the books again, Paul, it would be interesting to hear if they did disappoint you now or just brought back some fond memories.
Posted by Joanna Durham uk on August 9, 2009
As a young girl growing up Enid Blyton was my idol. I've read and re-read her books so many times and I still do as a adult, lol. I scour the charity shops and car boots looking for books I haven't read. My favourite book of hers is The Secret Island, I adore the story and it's by far my favourite. Has nobody else got a favourite book of hers?
BarneyBarney says: You obviously haven't explored our forums, Joanna, as there are plenty of threads on Favourite Books. You are certainly not alone in choosing The Secret Island!
Posted by Maddi on August 9, 2009
Just discovered your site, using google by the way! - Enid Blyton is a sort of guardian/goddess feeding my soul when I was a litle girl. Think I read everything she ever wrote and she is an integral part of my childhood - so pleased to see that she still is doing the trick then. Also just to share with you, and I worked out by the date I was seven at the time, I wrote to Enid and received a postcard of the Secret Seven in reply! From Green Hedges and thanking me for my letter. Well miraculously I still have it and I did use it for a bookmark as suggested. I wonder if children reading today would get the same thrill that I did on hearing from the author who I more or less worshipped! Just going to the library and finding one of her books (that I hadn't read) I was in heaven. My thanks to her indeed. ps I still have my copy of the 'Treasure Hunters' too.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the post Maddi, very interesting. I am glad that you have still got your Secret Seven postcard, treat it carefully - it is worth a few dog biscuits now! I hope you enjoy the website.
Posted by Vanessa on August 9, 2009
Hi. I am Vanessa Chia, I love reading Enid Blyton's adventures stories. Can I buy the books in the website? Where can I buy the books of Enid Blyton in Malaysia?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Vanessa, I can't really answer the question as to where you can buy books in Malaysia, perhaps someone else reading this can help. There are however plenty of places that you can buy Enid Blyton books online, either new or secondhand, just look at Google and choose.
Posted by Anonymous on August 6, 2009
I want to buy the books but I want to know if they have been changed or edited in any way-politically corrected- or otherwise? I want the real original text that I read all those years ago. Also are the illustrations the original ones? Not the 60's style but the 40's and 50's.
BarneyBarney says: A difficult question to answer as you don't specify which books or series you are talking about and Enid wrote quite a few! The general answer is that most new books currently being published have been updated and very few have any illustrations at all. If you want the original text you will have to buy secondhand editions and go back a few years, and if you want the original illustrations you may well have to go back to the original editions. Our Cave of Books should help here as you can see who the original illustrator was and also who illustrated the reprints.
Posted by Thomas on August 6, 2009
The positive aspect of twitter is the search mode Many journalists are now using twitter to get fresh information on themes. A twitter account would direct them to this site.
BarneyBarney says: I think we'll take the chance that they might also try Google!
Posted by Jacqueline on August 6, 2009
Thank you Sue and Kate Mary for that info....don't I feel silly! I was sure Enid Blyton wrote it, but I was only 10 and it's a long time ago. However I did read loads of EB as well! Am on the trail for it now so I can read it to my little granddaughter. Thanks again, what a lovely site this is. All good wishes, Jacqueline
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 6, 2009
Personally, I agree with Barney. I think the first syllable of TWITTER sums it up perfectly! This website is the doyen of the Blyton world, why go anywhere else for updates to this site? It's all here!
BarneyBarney says: Now there's a comment to make a fellow's tail wag! We do have our own updates page which normally only gets used when a new review is added, but every day more is added to the Cave of Books so we will see if we can update the updates more often to keep you better informed.
Posted by Hibah on August 6, 2009
Hello everyone, I love reading the Famous Five books and the Mystery series. I just wanted to ask are the Barney series just as good for me to read? I'm 11 this year, and are they suitable for me to read? Of course, all Enid Blyton books are great! Have a great summer everyone by reading Enid Blyton's books!
BarneyBarney says: Hello Hibah, if you enjoyed the Famous Five and the Mystery Series you would certainly like the Barney books. One of my favourites with a name like that, and there is a great dog in them called Loony who was based on Enid's own dog Laddie.
Posted by Ally on August 5, 2009
Hello I am a huge EB fan and I am doing some research for a project at school, by reading the EB biography it sounds to me like she didn't like her family members. For example no family members were invited to her first wedding and she didn't attend her father's funeral.
BarneyBarney says: You are quite right Ally, Enid had very little contact with her family. She actually adored her father but got on less well with her mother and didn't attend her funeral either. Good luck with your project, I hope that you will find the information on this website useful.
Posted by Thomas on August 5, 2009
Hello, perhaps it would be a good idea to get a twitter account and post some updates there.
BarneyBarney says: I think that I will stick to barking and leave the twittering to birds!
Posted by Sue on August 4, 2009
Hi there Jacqueline, "Adventure in Purbeck" was written by Eileen Meyler, circa 1955. Hope this helps! All good wishes, Sue
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Sue and Kate Mary. A wag of the tail for both of you!
Posted by Kate Mary on August 4, 2009
"Adventure in Purbeck" is by Eileen Meyler published by the Epworth Press 1955. Haven't checked ebay, but there are a couple of copies on abebooks.
Posted by Jacqueline on August 4, 2009
I remember a book called, I think, "Adventure in Purbeck", when I was about ten. I absolutely loved it and now find myself living very close. Can't find the book anywhere, have I got the title wrong? It was definitely about the Isle of Purbeck....lovely story, inspired me loads! Thank you, Jacqueline
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton didn't write a book of that title but perhaps someone reading this will know who did!
Posted by Lesley on August 3, 2009
I remember reading "The House of Adventure" in the 1950s. The children find an empty house where the table is laid with food covered in dust. It is not on the list - Is my memory playing tricks?
BarneyBarney says: I wonder whether you might be thinking of The Rockingdown Mystery, Lesley, in which Roger, Diana, Snubby and Barney explore a deserted mansion, Rockingdown Hall. Eerily, the bedrooms and nurseries in the old house are still fully furnished, there are toys on the shelves and the table is laid for a meal (initially Barney says, "...there's a meal laid on the table," which is most disconcerting, but subsequently Blyton talks only of "plates and dishes on the table, set out ready for a meal.")
Posted by Jack on August 2, 2009
Hi all, I'm looking to collect some mint/fine Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Towers and St. Clare's Blytons...Can anyone please advise me a good place to buy this sort of thing? Thanking you, Jack
BarneyBarney says: I would keep an eye on eBay and on online book sites like Abebooks, Jack. Abebooks list a lot of booksellers who should be able to provide you with full details and good scans of books before you commit to buying.
Posted by Sue Webster on August 1, 2009
Hi, Could someone tell me the titles of the other Malory Towers books written by another author and St. Clare's books plus any Secret Sevens and Famous Fives. I know there are other books but I've forgotten who wrote them. Thanks from Sue.
BarneyBarney says: If you look in the Cave of Books under Continuation Books, Sue, you'll see all the additional books by other authors including Pamela Cox (Malory Towers and St. Clare's), Claude Voilier (Famous Five) and Evelyne Lallemand (Secret Seven).
Posted by Enid-Jo on July 31, 2009
Heyo Barney! Which series of Enid Blyton's books are your favourites? Mine are Five Find-Outers, Adventures and The Barney Mysteries. Luvya!
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! My favourite books are the ones which contain the most interesting and intelligent characters. They are stand-alone titles rather than series - "Shadow the Sheep-Dog," "The Adventures of Scamp" and "Bimbo and Topsy." "Letters from Bobs" and its two sequels also make entertaining reading. It's always nice to curl up with a good book when I'm dog-tired.
Posted by Sierra on July 30, 2009
Hey, does anyone know how much Enid Blyton earned from her books? Just out of curiosity, lol. And was she rich?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think that anybody really knows an accurate answer to this question, Sierra, but it would be safe to say that she could have afforded a mighty mountain of dog biscuits!
Posted by Susannah Hervey on July 30, 2009
I would be most grateful if you could help me, I am trying to get hold of an email address to ask permission to use the stories of "The Adventures of Pip" by Enid Blyton in a free children's newsletter which I am planning to release later this year. It will be a Junior Nature Reserve Membership in Billericay, linked with Basildon County Council. This will give the children of Billericay more insight and hands on projects to do with our three nature reserves. I have always read "The Adventures of Pip" to my children and thought that the stories would be a real highlight amongst a quarterly newsletter. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with it, Susannah! The copyright-holders are Chorion, who may be contacted through their website.
Posted by Samara on July 29, 2009
Is there a way to identify a 1st edition "Brer Rabbit Again" book if it is missing the dustjacket?
BarneyBarney says: "Brer Rabbit Again" is not an early Enid Blyton book, having been published by Dean & Son in August 1963. The stories were taken from earlier Brer Rabbit books published in the 1940s-50s. Tony Summerfield says in his "Illustrated Bibliography" that the first edition had red cloth boards with the title on the spine in black. He adds that "All editions are dated 1963," so I expect it would be difficult to identify a first edition if the dust-jacket is missing.
Posted by Anonymous on July 29, 2009
Can anyone please identify the story that starts..."Brer Bun was the best dressed rabbit in dusty/dusky wood. As he stepped out of his cottage one fine morning he said:...."
Posted by Chris on July 28, 2009
I recently came across a small book, "Noddy and the Magic Goldfish" - with magic spelt 'magig.' Does anyone have information about this book? Value etc.
BarneyBarney says: Your book is one of the titles from 'Noddy's Castle of Books,' Chris, though not all editions have the spelling mistake. I'm afraid we can't give valuations but you can find out a little more about the book here.
Posted by Shirley on July 28, 2009
Could you please tell me when Enid Blyton came to Australia and where she visited?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton never visited Australia. She stayed with a teacher in France in 1913 as a teenager, went on a cruise around Europe and North Africa in 1930 and visited America in 1948. Otherwise, she took her holidays in Britain.
Posted by Anonymous on July 27, 2009
Hi, I am trying to find an old story tape that I used to have as a child that I would love for my son. It was Naughty Amelia Jane read by Su Pollard. Any ideas? Thanks.
Posted by Sherina Chetty on July 27, 2009
I grew up with Noddy and Big Ears. Unfortunately my Mum passed on my books. I would love to purchase them and read them to my six year old grandson who has heard about them from me. Where can I purchase them?
BarneyBarney says: The Noddy books are still in print, Sherina, and you should be able to find them in bookshops or order them if they're not in stock. However, the golliwogs were removed from the stories from about 1987 and there have also been updates to the text in recent years, so if you want unaltered copies you may prefer to look for pre-1987 editions on sites like eBay and Abebooks. I hope your grandson enjoys the books as much as you did!
Posted by Arshavi on July 27, 2009
Hi Barney, I wanted to know whether Enid Blyton's Trust for Children is still going on? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the Enid Blyton Trust for Children is still going. It was set up by Enid Blyton's younger daughter Imogen Smallwood in 1982, and is now run by Imogen's daughter Sophie. You can find out more about it here.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on July 26, 2009
Thank you, Barney, it's on my list of priorities.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on July 26, 2009
In response to the message by Judith, I too would have loved to view Green Hedges. This lovely house inspired me to paint it in a watercolour and since then I've turned it into a Wentworth jigsaw, which the online shop is kindly selling on my behalf. I have as yet to see the representation at the model village, to compare it with my own interpretation from the original black and white photos.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you manage to visit Bekonscot one day and see the model of Green Hedges, Julie.
Posted by Judith on July 24, 2009
My children aged 6 and 12 were desperate to go and see Green Hedges as they knew it was where Enid Blyton spent a lot of her life. We have seen a little representation of it at the model village, but to our horror once at Beaconsfield, found it had been knocked down. We were horrified. Do you know why? How long did Enid Blyton live there? We are therefore planning to go to Old Thatch. Is there anywhere else we should go?
BarneyBarney says: Green Hedges was owned and run by Darrell Waters Limited, who looked after all the upkeep and paid all the staff. When Enid died, having lived there for about thirty years, it was clear to Eric Rogers, chairman of the company, that neither Gillian nor Imogen would want to live at Green Hedges as both were happily settled with their families in homes elsewhere. He therefore decided to sell the house with the aim of making a maximum profit for the company, which resulted in it being sold to developers. At that time (the early 1970s) it's possible that no one realised how much interest there would still be in Enid Blyton for decades to come, and didn't even consider maintaining Green Hedges as a museum. Old Thatch is lovely, with beautiful gardens, and is well worth a visit, Judith. The gardens are open to the public a few days a week during the summer - click here for details. If you go along Coldmoorholme Lane to the river, it's possible to walk along the river-path to Marlow which is mentioned in the Find-Outers books. Bourne End is believed to have inspired the village of Peterswood.
Posted by John Rees on July 24, 2009
Hi. Two questions. I noticed in Waterstones this week that the continuation book 'Secret Valley' has been published. I know stories have been written based on other series and I wonder if they have been published too? Also. I have a memory of seeing a photo of the driveway at Green Hedges, with Enid leaning out of her car to stroke a dog. Have no idea where I saw it. Anyone have any ideas? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I suspect you are talking about the various other books in our Secret Passage that have also been written by Trevor Bolton and the answer is no, none of them have been published. Originally I was going to put The Secret Valley on this site but didn't do so when Award decided to publish it. As for your other question, I have never seen a photo of Enid leaning out of a car window to stroke a dog, but it sounds like a good idea to me!
Posted by Georgina on July 24, 2009
We have a signed first edition of Enid Blyton's "The Island Of Adventure" and we were wondering if you could give us an estimation of its value. It's missing its dust cover but the signature is definitely genuine. Published 1944.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations but you could try consulting a dealer.
Posted by Jack Trent on July 24, 2009
Have a great admiration for Inspector Jenks, Fatty and Bets. Like George, Kiki parrot and Tim, or Timothy. Dislike T. Goon, Mr Roland in book 2 of the Famous Five and Rooky in "Five Get into Trouble"!!! So long Tim, wish I could meet you.
BarneyBarney says: I wish I could meet Tim too, and Buster and Scamper and Loony and all the others!
Posted by Alan on July 21, 2009
Hi. Can anyone tell me where I can pick up a copy of the book advertised on this site... called "Mr Pink Whistle's Big Book", with lots of stories in it? If you could, I would be grateful, as all the ones I have found advertised seem to be advertised with red covers, unlike the one shown here with a picture of Pink Whistle himself on! If anyone can, help please! Thanks, Alan.
BarneyBarney says: The picture of Mr. Pink-Whistle appears on the wraparound dust-jacket, Alan. Underneath the dust-jacket are the red boards, so the books with red covers you have seen are copies which have lost the dust-jacket. If you just want to read the stories, a copy without a dust-jacket should do fine and will no doubt be easier to find. If you require a book with a dust-jacket, that may prove harder to track down and perhaps more expensive. It would be a good idea to keep an eye on sites like eBay and Abebooks.
Posted by Mr. Peters on July 20, 2009
May I request the site to be submitted to Google AdSense. This can help search engine rankings as I believe such a great site does not deserve to stay in the middle when you search 'Enid Blyton'. Also that way the site owner can fund the site directly from Google. Isn't that amazing?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know much about Google AdSense, Mr. Peters, but I'll certainly look into it and see what our webmaster thinks. Thanks for the suggestion.
Posted by Royston on July 20, 2009
I have lots of 60s and 70s Enid Blyton books for sale, all in good condition. They were bought for me when I was 6 (I'm 38 now so this gives you an indication of how long I've had them). To find out more email I am in the UK by the way :)
Posted by Sherry on July 19, 2009
Growing up I really loved the Naughtiest Girl in the School series. I have been trying to find copies of the books for years. Do you know of a bookstore in Boston that might sell them?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help you, but if not you could try online bookstores.
Posted by Enid-Jo on July 17, 2009
Heyo Barney! When will the password next change? I thought it would change when the new journal came out. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! The password will change shortly - my paws are at the ready to type in a new one! We always wait for a little while after sending out the Journals as it can take some time for the Journals that are sent overseas to reach their destination.
Posted by Nathan on July 17, 2009
I remember my first Enid Blyton book was an audio of "The Secret Seven" and from then on I fell in love with Enid Blyton's works. My mum had advised me to read the "Famous Five" after months of just Secret Seven. So I took up "Five on a Secret Trail" as an audio tape and when you are 10 years old it can be scary and I remember stopping the tape while lying in bed to go to sleep, it was so scary. Thanks for the brill website even though I'm 14.
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to hear about your introduction to Enid Blyton, Nathan. "Five Go off to Camp" and "The Ring O' Bells Mystery" also have rather a 'spooky' feel to them.
Posted by Alexis-Natalie Mae on July 16, 2009
My first Enid Blyton book was back in 1997, when I was starting primary school. The fantasies, magic, fellowship and adventure she encouraged not only became a point of escape and comfort as I went through my parents' divorce, but made me every bit the indie, book-devouring, music loving, alternative kid today. Attending law school in England, and visiting my flatmate's family in Dorset (think Famous Five and ginger pop) was like coming home after a decade. Thank you for keeping the flame alive.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad Enid Blyton's books have brought you so much pleasure and comfort, Alexis-Natalie. Long may they continue to do so!
Posted by Irene Chua on July 15, 2009
Hi Barney, I'm from Singapore. I grew up reading Enid Blyton's books - Adventures of Mr Pink Whistle, The Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair, Famous Five, Secret Seven and many more... It's really part of my childhood and it ignited and instilled my interest in reading up till now. I've also enjoyed reading your witty answers to the readers' questions...always make my day!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Irene. You've made my day too! I'm like a dog with two tails now, and both are wagging nineteen to the dozen!
Posted by Fran on July 12, 2009
I have Enid Blyton's "The Bluebell Story Book," "The Daffodil Story Book" and "The Fifth Holiday Book" published by John Gifford Ltd, they were my mum's. Anyone have any information on them? There is no obvious published date, etc. Could they be worth anything to anyone? They are in quite good condition.
BarneyBarney says: If you do a search in the Cave of Books, Fran, you'll be able to find out when the books were first published. We're unable to estimate what they're worth, especially without seeing them, but if you check eBay and online book sites like you'll get an idea of the usual selling price.
Posted by Jennifer Leigh on July 11, 2009
I grew up in Wales and I am now in Canada. Enid Blyton's books were the first books that I read and loved. I loved Noddy and the Faraway Tree. To this day I love anything to do with fairies and you know of some famous book quotes?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean by famous book quotes, Jennifer. If you mean from Enid Blyton books, famous phrases would include "Wisha-wisha-wisha" (Faraway Tree), "Clear-Orf" (Find-Outers) and "I do think food tastes so much nicer out of doors" (Lucy-Ann in the Adventure series, though Anne of the Famous Five says something similar). If you want quotations from other authors, or about books and reading, do a spot of Googling and I'm sure you'll find plenty!
Posted by Shireen on July 10, 2009
The first book I ever read by myself was an Enid Blyton book (one from the Secret Seven series) and this was in 1966! Since then reading has been a great hobby of mine. Enid Blyton's writing had a major impact on my life - it broadened my outlook, created global awareness, was the inspiration for me to complete my studies, leave my country for better opportunities and generally live an exciting life (as far as possible without getting into too much trouble!).
BarneyBarney says: What a lovely tribute to Enid Blyton, Shireen! Her books are indeed an inspiration.
Posted by Kathy on July 8, 2009
Hi there. I have an Enid Blyton book titled "The Mystery of Holly Lane" and it was published in 1956 by Methuen & Co. My question is there is a foreword page that starts off "Dear Children" and a paragraph about all the other books in the series and then at the bottom it says, "Best wishes to you from Enid Blyton," which looks like it was signed by her. I was just wondering if this is a real signature or if it is just a copy that was placed on all of these books. The signature is a different shade of black than the writing itself. I look forward to hearing back from you. Kind Regards, Kathy.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's just a printed signature, Kathy, but it's nice to have an early hardback edition as those introductory paragraphs were removed from later editions.
Posted by Emma on July 8, 2009
Hello everyone! If any of you have any Enid Blyton books, will ship them to Scotland and are willing to sell them for a good price, I am interested!
Posted by Rachel on July 8, 2009
Whilst having a clearout for a forthcoming move I have come across a book from my childhood, a Sunshine Picture Story of Enid Blyton's "Little Black Doll". Having just re read it I feel it may be quite controversial in today's political climate. Could you tell me if it has any monetary value on today's market?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give book valuations, Rachel, but you can find out a little more about the Sunshine Picture Story Books, including "The Little Black Doll," here.
Posted by Enid-Jo on July 8, 2009
Heyo Barney! I was on Amazon looking for Trevor Bolton's "The Secret Valley" (it was under Blyton) and I found it, but I also found a book called "The Secret Forest" under Blyton. Was this by Trevor Bolton too? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! "The Secret Forest" is not by Trevor Bolton. It is in fact by Enid Blyton, having previously had the title "The Secret of Killimooin." Funnily enough, when "The Secret of Killimooin" was first published in 1943 it had been advertised under the title "The Secret Forest" before being published as "The Secret of Killimooin."
Posted by Shazia on July 8, 2009
Can I know how many children did Enid have?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had two daughters named Gillian and Imogen. For further information about her life, look in the "Author of Adventure" section.
Posted by Mrs Harcourt on July 7, 2009
I have found in my attic what I believe is a first edition copy of Tales from the Arabian Nights in a pale blue cloth cover. I am trying to find someone who can give me more information about this book - when published and how much it may be worth. It was printed by Newnes and it says it is a John O'Londons Childrens Library Book. Please can you help! Thank you for your time.
BarneyBarney says: Not quite, but you are almost there Mrs H. The first edition of Tales from the Arabian Nights was actually a hardback with red cloth boards and a dustwrapper as can be seen here. What you have is the school edition that was published shortly afterwards, but internally it is exactly the same as the first edition.
Posted by Rob on July 6, 2009
I would have to say without a doubt that this site is the 'official' Blyton site!
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Rob!
Posted by James on July 6, 2009
Hi Barney, can I copy the images of the books to my own site? And all the covers? It is increasingly getting hard to get good quality first edition images for the books. Of course I'd link to the images in the website, but the question is of copyright. Chorion's did not in the least give me any information! I am sorry to feed you with questions, but just one last (I sound like a schoolboy LOL): which is the OFFICIAL website of Enid Blyton? and do you know of a website with good Enid Blyton information and less graphics, because I'm on dial-up and it gets very hard to load? Hope you can answer some of the questions at least! Regards, James
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for asking, James, but we've spent literally hundreds of hours scanning books and other Blyton-related items for the Socitey website so we'd prefer it if people didn't use the images elsewhere. I don't know if any particular Enid Blyton website could be called the "official" one. Chorion own the copyright to Enid Blyton's work as you know, but they only have a small amount of information about Blyton on their website. Links to other Blyton sites can be found here. One of the links is to "Michael Edwards' Enid Blyton Page" which makes very little (if any) use of graphics. "Yahoo! Groups: Blyton" is a good discussion group.
Posted by Katheline on July 4, 2009
Hi Barney, Does anyone know where we can get Famous Five books in U.A.E, DUBAI?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help you, Katheline. If all else fails you could buy from online bookstores, though of course you would then also have to pay for postage and packing.
Posted by Kate on July 3, 2009
Thank you so much for the information, it's a fantastic book and my 9 year old son thinks it's the "bees knees". He uses it as a guide when we go for walks along the wall. Thanks again.
BarneyBarney says: I agree that it's a fantastic nature book, Kate - beautifully-illustrated, a mine of information and very readable. I'm delighted that your nine-year-old son loves it and finds it useful, and I'm sure Enid Blyton would be delighted too.
Posted by Kate on July 3, 2009
Hi, I have a green cloth-covered hardback book by Enid Blyton called "Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book." The dates inside are 1944, 1945, 1947 and 1947 again, can anyone tell me if these dates are when it would have been published? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: "Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book" was first published in 1944, Kate, hence the first date in the list. The other dates denote reprints so your book looks like a 1947 edition (as 1947 appears twice, that suggests that there were at least two printings that year). You can find out more about the book here.
Posted by Shazia on July 2, 2009
I am not buttering you up Barney. I have read all your books.
BarneyBarney says: I have only written one book, 'It's a Dog's Life', my autobidography, but I don't think that anyone has read it.
Posted by Shazia on July 1, 2009
Hi, I am Shazia. I love all the books of Enid Blyton. I like you, Barney. You are so cute. I wish I had a dog like you. I want to know who married Bets in the Five Find-Outers and Dog series. Also, whom did Fatty marry and how many children did he have?
BarneyBarney says: Buttering me up won't get you the answers to your questions I'm afraid, Shazia! Enid Blyton didn't write about the Find-Outers as adults so we don't know whether they would have got married and had children. However, you may enjoy reading the fan fiction about the Find-Outers as grown-ups, written by Julie Heginbotham and Nonnimus. It can be found at
Posted by Rose on June 30, 2009
I have used Sunny Stories in my classroom especially ones that had a moral pertaining to events in the classroom!
BarneyBarney says: A good idea, Rose. It's great to hear that Enid Blyton's short stories are used in schools. I can imagine that stories like 'Peter's Pencil Box,' 'The Great Big Story,' 'The Packet of Sweets' and others would provoke some lively and thoughtful discussion.
Posted by Nicci on June 30, 2009
I am looking to find the lyrics as well as a download version of "Im a Niddy Noddy Man" Can anyone help with this?
Posted by Heather Toms on June 30, 2009
I have two Mary Mouse strip books of the same story i.e. "Hurrah for Mary Mouse," but they have two different covers. Why is this? Heather.
BarneyBarney says: It looks as if you might have the first edition and an early reprint, Heather, which can both be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on June 28, 2009
Hey Barney, I am so interested in your books and I loved the Naughtiest Girl series. Mostly I love the way your books are so imaginative but tell me, have you ever known somone who has a mum and dad like Joan's? I thought that's how Enid got the idea, do you know?
BarneyBarney says: They're Enid Blyton's books of course, not mine! The storyline involving Joan Townsend in "The Naughtiest Girl in the School" is very interesting indeed, but I suppose we'll never know whether it was inspired by someone Enid knew or whether it came entirely from her fertile imagination.
Posted by Lynne McKenzie on June 28, 2009
Searching for a Noddy story that starts, "We've come to the station to wait for the train, we all want to catch it you see. There's Big Ears and Noddy....." and they all catch the train and journey through Toyland visiting the Skittles etc.
Posted by Liraneil Gomez on June 27, 2009
I love Enid Blyton's books. Each story has a lesson like 'Clever Mr. Trusty' and others.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, many of Enid Blyton's short stories are real gems, demonstrating timeless truths in an imaginative and entertaining way.
Posted by Steve on June 23, 2009
Barney,...I have purchased many Enid Blyton books on Ebay. Alas, very few have dustcovers. Is there a place that sells reproductions of the orginal covers I could get to put on my books?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any particular place that does that and I imagine it would be illegal anyway. People occasionally sell reproduction dust-wrappers on sites like eBay but sellers often ask ridiculous prices.
Posted by Holden on June 23, 2009
Hello there. I am looking for a book my Grandmother used to read to me when I was a boy. It was a collection of stories about elves, pixies and fairies. The only story I remember concerns a naughty pixie who steals people's washing and hides it down wormholes, only for the clothes to be discovered when mushrooms grow from the holes. What's the name of this book? Kind regards.
Posted by George Ambrose on June 23, 2009
I have a full sixty print collection of; stories and notes to Enid Blyton nature plates in good condition also the Enid Blyton 1956 book printed by Robert Maclehose; alsothe L J F Brimble 1953 book printed by Robert Maclehose. Would you know a buyer for me?
BarneyBarney says: You could try a dealer, George, or list the items in the "for sale" section of our forums, or put them on eBay. Photographs would be very helpful as potential buyers like to see what they'll be getting.
Posted by Enid-Jo on June 19, 2009
Heyo Barney! How are you? I was just wondering if you could tell me when the next Journal comes out? Thanks! xxx
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! I'm full of beans (or bones!) as always, thanks. I can't give an exact date for Journal 39, I'm afraid, but it should be with you in about three weeks or so. You can see the cover and list of contents here, if you haven't done so already.
Posted by Christopher Kenyon on June 18, 2009
I have a large collection of Enid Blyton books, many of them are first editions. I am looking to sell these books. Can you point me in the correct direction please? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: If many of the books are first editions in good condition, complete with dust-wrappers where applicable, it's probably worth getting them valued by a dealer, Christopher. Some titles are more collectable than others. Alternatively, you could check out what similar books are selling for on internet book sites and eBay, which will give you a rough idea of what yours might be worth.
Posted by Steve on June 18, 2009
I have recently revisited my old Famous Five books. Someplace I read Julian, Dick and Anne's surname was Kirrin. That's incorrect isn't it?
BarneyBarney says: In "Five Get into a Fix," Enid Blyton gave Julian, Dick and Anne's surname as Barnard. However, when readers questioned that she said it was a slip-up and confirmed that their surname was Kirrin (as stated in several of the books). It does seem odd, though, that their name should be Kirrin. Uncle Quentin and their father are brothers so would have the same surname, yet it is Aunt Fanny's family who have owned Kirrin Cottage and Kirrin Island for generations. It doesn't really add up and, although people have come up with various explanations, it seems that Enid Blyton simply made a mistake.
Posted by Amy on June 18, 2009
I am trying to find a book I think was by Enid Blyton. It featured a little girl who had been poorly and who fell behind at school. She was always very neat and tidy and her teacher complimented her on this which made her feel happy. Any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not at all sure that it's the story you're looking for, Amy, as I think there were several on the same theme, but the following books contain a short story called She was Always at the Bottom, about a girl named Janie who is bottom of the class but who is awarded a prize for being kind.
Posted by Hilary on June 17, 2009
Hi, please help me, 27 years ago I used to read my daughter a story by Enid called 'Bubbly the Mischievous Pixie', it was in a book of short stories. She is now pregnant and I want to buy the book for her...It had a green cover. Any ideas??
BarneyBarney says: I think you're probably thinking of 'Bubbly's Trick,' Hilary, which is about a water-pixie named Bubbly who is "a mischievous, naughty, tricky little pixie, always having a joke, always playing a prank." He gets into trouble when he plays a trick on the Twisty Wizard. The story can be found in the following books. It looks as if "The Greedy Rabbit & Other Stories" might be the one you remember.
Posted by Emma on June 16, 2009
I am trying to track down an early Noddy book that contains a song with the line; "What shall we eat at the party? I think I'll start with a little jam tart." It was my brother's favourite in the mid/late 1950s. Does anyone know which book this came from?
BarneyBarney says: Those lines come from You're a Good Friend, Noddy!, first published in 1958.
Posted by Emma on June 15, 2009
Miss Valerie, Do you have prices for the books? I am interested in all of them.
BarneyBarney says: I've removed your email address from your message, Emma, and passed it on to Valerie so you can discuss things with her directly.
Posted by Valerie Robins-Dawkins on June 14, 2009
In reply to whoever, these are the books I have for sale: Five On Kirrin Island, Five Go Adventuring Again, Five Run Away Together, Five On A Hike Together (1st Edition), Five On a Treasure Island, Five Fall Into Adventure (1st Edition), Five Go Off in a Caravan, Five Go Off to Camp, Five Get Into Trouble (1st Edition), Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm (1st Edition), The Rilloby Fair Mystery(1st Edition), The Secret Severn (1st Edition), Second Form at Malory Towers, Ring O' Bells Mystery (1st Edition), The Mountain Of Adventure, Enid Blyton Treasury. If interested get in touch.
Posted by Emma on June 13, 2009
This is for Valerie Robins-Dawkins, Miss Valerie what books do you have for sale and how much are you selling them for?
Posted by Ella on June 12, 2009
Can you tell me what Enid Blyton book Fefo, Tupney and Jinks were in as my memory fails me!
BarneyBarney says: Feefo, Tuppeny and Jinks were in The Green Goblin Book, Ella, which was later retitled "Feefo, Tuppeny and Jinks" and then "Tuppeny, Feefo and Jinks"!
Posted by Valerie Robins-Dawkins on June 11, 2009
I have a lot of books dating back to 1947 all in pristine condition with original sleeves, some of which are first editions. They're all Enid Blyton of course. If anyone can help me to sell these I would be very grateful.
BarneyBarney says: You could list the titles in the "For Sale" section of the forums, Valerie, or put them on eBay. Photographs are always helpful as people like to see what they're buying.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on June 10, 2009
Hello Barney, I know you are a busy chappie, but I was just wondering when a report would be on the site about the 2009 Enid Blyton Day. Best wishes - Julie
BarneyBarney says: The report is being written at the moment, Julie, but then the photos need to be added so I'm not sure exactly when it'll be up on the site. I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait though!
Posted by Katharine on June 7, 2009
Thanks Barney for the info about Enid Blyton related places to visit. Looks like I might need a couple of days to fit everything in!!
Posted by Anonymous on June 6, 2009
Was Enid Blyton friends with any other author?
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall hearing of any close friendships but Enid Blyton did meet Richmal Crompton, Malcolm Saville, Captain W.E. Johns and Alison Uttley. She also interviewed A. A. Milne and Marion St. John Webb in the 1920s.
Posted by William on June 6, 2009
Thank you Anita for recognising that an error had been made in relation to the compilation of A Biography of Enid Blyton in which it is stated that Enid Blyton had won a scholarship place at the Guildhall School of Music. Looking forward to seeing the entry removed. Regards, William
Posted by Anita Bensoussane on June 5, 2009
Your comment about the music scholarship got my cogs turning, William. To be honest I can't actually remember where I got that piece of information from (I've just skimmed through Barbara Stoney's "Biography" and a couple of other books to no avail) and I may well have been mistaken, so thanks for pointing it out. I'll have that sentence altered but can't do it myself so it will have to wait until our webmaster, Keith Robinson, has time to change it - he already has a few things on his "to do" list! Thanks again.
Posted by Harry on June 5, 2009
Hi, I have been re-reading "The Folk of the Faraway Tree" and I have noticed several references to "Google Buns". I wonder if Larry Page, the founder of the company 'Google', read the book and liked the name!
Posted by William on June 5, 2009
Hello, I read with interest Anita Bensoussane's brilliant biography of Enid Blyton. There is however something a bit puzzling about her reference to Enid having won a scholarship. Here are the actual words from the piece she wrote: "...Towards the end of 1916 Enid Blyton was due to begin studying at the Guildhall School of Music, having won a scholarship place." I have done extensive research on the subject and am sure that Enid Blyton had won no scholarship place. Please then can you ask Anita for an explanation with a view to withdrawing the erronous information. xmagician
Posted by Katharine on June 4, 2009
Hi, I'm planning a trip to Beaconsfield and wondered if anyone knows of any Enid Blyton related sites in the area I could visit? By the way, I love this site, especially the new links to the most popular books.
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased you like the new links, Katharine! There is a model of Enid Blyton's house, Green Hedges, at the Bekonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield and there is an Enid Blyton room at the Red Lion pub, where customers can sit and read Blyton books while having a meal or a drink. As you probably know, Green Hedges was demolished in 1973 and the road which has been built where the house used to stand is called Blyton Close. Bourne End isn't too far away and is well worth a visit. The gardens of Old Thatch, Enid Blyton's home in Bourne End, have been open to the public a couple of days each week for the last few summers. The house and gardens are enchanting, as is the walk along the river-path from Bourne End (believed to have been the inspiration for Peterswood in the Find-Outers books) to Marlow. Have an enjoyable trip!
Posted by Michelle on June 2, 2009
Hi Barney, I loved the St. Clare's and Malory Towers books. I know Malory Towers was set in Cornwall as much reference was made to it in the books but do you know where St Clare's was set? I don't remember any reference to any location.
BarneyBarney says: The location of St. Clare's is never given, Michelle. However, we're told that the train to St. Clare's departs from Paddington Station in London so that may provide a clue. Does anyone have any ideas, I wonder?
Posted by Jason on June 2, 2009
Hi, Have just started reading my little boy the Famous Five books and he loves them! Does anyone know where in the UK the books were set? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: A couple of the books are set in Dorset, e.g. "Five on Finniston Farm" and "Five Have a Mystery to Solve." Finniston Farm was based on Manor Farm in Stourton Caundle, Dorset, which was owned for several years by Enid Blyton and her second husband (Kenneth Darrell Waters). Kirrin Island and its castle were based on an island and castle which Enid saw while on holiday in Jersey. However, for the most part the settings appear to have come from Enid's imagination with a few details here and there based on places she had visited. Hope your son continues to enjoy the books, Jason!
Posted by Sue Webster on May 31, 2009
Hi Barney, what is this story called "The Secret Valley"? It's not one I've heard of before and where can I get it and how much is it? Also what can be bought in the Society shop? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: "The Secret Valley" is a sequel to the Secret series, Sue, written by Trevor Bolton. An excellent story written in the spirit of Enid Blyton's originals, full of atmosphere and drama. The book is available in paperback (£5.99) or hardback (£9.99) and you should be able to buy it or order it from any bookshop, or from online book sites like Amazon. As to what can be bought in the Society shop, there's a link here.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on May 31, 2009
Good to see the final series link (Secret series) is active at last! Well done, Keith!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's good to have all the "popular series" buttons active. They're very handy (or paw-y!) and they make the Home Page look nice and colourful.
Posted by Liam on May 31, 2009
I want to buy all the Secret Seven series on DVD or whatever has come on DVD. Can you please help me and tell me where I can get it? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry Liam, but there has never been a film or TV series based on the Secret Seven books so there are no DVDs available. Some of the books and annuals produced in the 1970s-80s have photo covers but those photos were just taken for the books. Audio cassettes and CDs are available of some of the Secret Seven stories - try checking on sites like Amazon or eBay if interested.
Posted by Emma on May 29, 2009
I am from North Carolina and I got introduced to the Enid Blyton books when I was about 8 and now I am 12. My favorites are probably the Faraway Tree Series and the Adventure series. My friends also enjoy my books too. I love how with every book they still all have the Enid Blyton charm! Also, I love the website. It has so much information and is very well put together.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your kind words, Emma. It's heartening to hear that you and your friends enjoy Enid Blyton's books as I believe that Blyton is relatively unknown in your neck of the woods. Keep spreading the word!
Posted by Sophie on May 29, 2009
I am 15 and I have read Enid Blyton books since I was about 7. I still read them and she is my favourite author of all time.
BarneyBarney says: It's great that you've been a fan for such a long time, Sophie, but it would have made your message more interesting if you'd told us a little about which books you like best, and why.
Posted by Lin on May 27, 2009
Hi Barney. I ordered a hardback copy of "The Secret Valley" at the Enid Blyton Day. Have you any idea when they are likely to be sent out? The Enid Blyton Day was first rate as per usual.
BarneyBarney says: Glad you enjoyed the Day, Lin! We are still taking orders for "The Secret Valley" in the Society shop, but it will be removed from there on the official publication date which is June 1st. We will then send address labels of all those who have ordered copies to Award. When they know the number of copies that need to be signed they will have to send them to both Trevor Bolton and Val Biro, so you still have a bit of a wait, something to look forward to!
Posted by Anonymous on May 27, 2009
Very random, but I remember being bought a little book by Enid Blyton about a girl who goes to a sweetshop where she has to choose which she wants and they are all very colourful. I have no idea of the title and wondered if anyone knows - I think it was a short story and the cover was green with a picture of the little girl outside the sweetshop on the front.
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of the Collins Colour Cubs edition of The Girl Who Found Sixpence. It is about a girl called Jeanie who finds sixpence and spends it all on cheap pink, green and yellow sweets - "the kind that mother didn't usually let her buy." The book is green and the cover shows Jeanie finding the sixpence but one of the pictures inside shows her looking at jars of sweets in the shop window.
Posted by Rob on May 27, 2009
Hi. I have just taken possession of "Pictorial Knowledge," Enid Blyton co author. Can you tell me more please?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was the Associate Editor of the "Pictorial Knowledge" books (1930), Rob, and she also contributed material to Volumes 4 and 5 as can be seen in the Cave of Books. Early editions of this set of educational books consisted of eight volumes but later editions had ten.
Posted by Viv on May 26, 2009
Brain has gone blank - which is the book with secret writing in lemon or orange juice? Help please! Viv
BarneyBarney says: It's "The Mystery of the Secret Room," Viv!
Posted by Anonymous on May 25, 2009
I was a fan of the Famous Five and have got a complete collection. I've passed on the books to my son who enjoys them very much. Unfortunately book number 11 ("Five Have a Wonderful Time") is missing from this collection. Is there anywhere I can get back a copy to complete my collection again? My collection is the 70s set in which this book comes with a beige colour soft cover. (The picture of the book is the same as in the article from Keith Robinson.)
BarneyBarney says: You could try eBay or online book sites like Abebooks.
Posted by Amanda on May 21, 2009
I live in Lakes Entrance, Australia and have two Enid Blyton books that I can't find any information about. Can anyone give me some more information? They are called Enid Blyton's Little Books No. 4 "Ho-Ho and Too Smart" (there is no date and the book is soft covered) and "The Two Sillies and Other Stories" by Enid Blyton (this book is also a soft cover and is part of the Old Thatch series printed in 1947 at W. & A.K. Johnston Limited Edinburgh & London).
BarneyBarney says: I've removed your telephone number, Amanda, as we don't encourage people to give out personal details on the Message Board. We can't give valuations of books but further details of those two titles are to be found in the Cave here and here.
Posted by Stephen on May 20, 2009
Hello Barney, I was reading through the secret messages and I noticed a question on April 24 by an Enid-Jo Stevens, asking if Enid Blyton ever wrote a book containing her own name. Well, I remember reading the book "The Knights of the Round Table" (1930) and I believe there was a character in one of the stories called Enid, I'm 90% sure of this.
BarneyBarney says: Well-spotted, Stephen!
Posted by Joanne on May 18, 2009
Hey, can anyone tell me why Enid Blyton ALWAYS used the same names for characters in her books like: Peter, Jack, Dick, etc... And does anyone know if the Famous Five series from the 70s and the other one from the 90s have been released on DVD or VHS?!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton used names that were popular at the time she was writing although she sometimes used more unusual names too, eg. Yolande and Claude ("The Put-em-Rights") and Melisande (the "Six Cousins" series). The 1970s Famous Five TV series has been released on video but there has never been an official DVD release. The 1990s TV series has been released on both video and DVD.
Posted by Joanne on May 18, 2009
Hey, I found some cool pics of Enid Blyton. Click here.
Posted by Enid-Jo on May 18, 2009
Heyo Barney!!! I am related to Hannah, who asked you about Enid Blyton as a musician. Once I became a member of this website, I recommended it to Hannah because we both love Enid Blyton books. Love Enid-Jo XxX
BarneyBarney says: It's nice that other members of the family share your love of Enid Blyton, Enid-Jo.
Posted by Susan Payton on May 17, 2009
Re: previous post on MiniCine illustrations. The film holder says "Directed by Enid Blyton," but I'm not sure who the illustrations are by...
BarneyBarney says: I'm still not quite sure what you have got here, the filmstrips in their folders or the original artwork. The text was indeed written by Enid Blyton, but no illustrator is credited for the artwork. The Society was offered this artwork about ten years ago by the person who had all the Martin Lucas archives. We weren't interested as the price was high and the artist is not known and I think most dealers would say the same if it is indeed the original artwork that you are trying to sell.
Posted by Hannah on May 17, 2009
Could you please tell me if Enid Blyton played any instruments? luv ya
BarneyBarney says: Enid was a gifted musician and played the piano, you can read about her Music Scholarship in her Biography section. luv ya too, Hannah, I think perhaps you are related to Enid-Jo!?
Posted by Enid-Jo on May 17, 2009
Heyo Barney! Have you read all Trevor's Sequels? I have read Raynam Marsh, McGregor's Farm, Canyons of Adventure and I'm reading Five Return to Kirrin Island and The Boy Next Door Returns. Could you please tell me where I could get The Secret Valley from? Love Enid-Jo XxX
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! (Hey that rhymes!!) I have indeed read all of Trevor's sequels. I am lucky enough to have printed copies of them, so I can take them off to my kennel and read them quietly there. I have even read 'The Secret Valley' and it is one of his best. If you look below this Message Board you will see that there is a thread about this in the forums. For the next two weeks we are offering Society members (and that includes you!) the chance to buy hardback copies from the Society Shop and these will be signed by both Trevor and Val Biro the illustrator. If you don't want to take up this offer you should be able to buy a paperback copy in a bookshop after it is published on June 1st. I can tell you that it is a smashing book, and as I said above one of Trevor's best!
Posted by Megan on May 16, 2009
Hi Barney! I love the Secret Seven. Do you?
BarneyBarney says: I have a very soft spot for Scamper, Megan.
Posted by Dave on May 16, 2009
Is there a film of St Clare's and if so who played the twins?
BarneyBarney says: No, I'm afraid there isn't Dave.
Posted by Lin on May 15, 2009
Has anyone tried to book their tickets for the Famous Five film in August? I got through to the box office to be told that they did not yet have the programme for August and tickets probably would not be on sale until end June/early July!
BarneyBarney says: I don't think that they have even decided the actual time yet, Lin. We announced it on the EB Day as we wanted people to know well in advance, but unlike us it seems that not everyone sells tickets six months ahead of the event!
Posted by Rebecca on May 14, 2009
I have gone through the Interactive Island. The quizzes are nice but I wonder why there are no challenging riddles over there. Love, Rebecca
BarneyBarney says: What kind of thing did you have in mind, Rebecca? The quizzes we have up at present are designed to be a bit of fun and fairly quick to do, but please feel free to let us know if you have any other ideas for quizzes.
Posted by Super Tyke on May 14, 2009
Hi Barney, Found a copy of 'Child Whispers' 1923 in good condition. Any chance you know what it's worth?
BarneyBarney says: A nice, early book of poetry (Enid Blyton's very first book in fact, with the first edition dating from 1922) but I'm afraid we can't give evaluations. A dealer in children's books would be able to tell you what it's worth.
Posted by Susan Payton on May 13, 2009
Hello. I have a large collection of drawings designed for the MiniCine projector which I believe are by Enid Blyton. Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Brer Rabbit and Cinderella are just a few. I don't know where to start in terms of finding a dealer so I hoped someone on this forum could help. Anyone?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean. I doubt the drawings would be by Enid Blyton. Are you talking about the text that goes with them?
Posted by Enid-Jo on May 12, 2009
Hi Barney! You told me that I would have to be patient and wait for the Barney Mystery button to be usable, and I waited patiently. It certainly wasn't a disappointment!!!
BarneyBarney says: Glad you like it, Enid-Jo. The Barney Mysteries are smashing, the highlight of the books being Loony's amusing antics! As for the circus-boy, he has a most distinguished name!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on May 11, 2009
Lisa, there is indeed a DVD of The Faraway Tree. You will have to make your own mind up as to how authentic it is!
Posted by Peter on May 10, 2009
I have the complete set of Old and New Testament Bible pictures in excellent condition, are they of any value?
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean the poster-sized pictures, Peter? I'm afraid we can't give valuations but, if you want to sell them, you could either consult a dealer or try listing them on eBay and let people bid what they're prepared to pay for them.
Posted by Lisa on May 10, 2009
Hi Barney, Please tell me why a movie has not yet been made of The Magic Faraway Tree? It would be wonderful to see this book come to life on screen. Imagine all the characters like Moonface, Silky...I'm sure children all over the world would enjoy such a fantastic story.
BarneyBarney says: With today's amazing special effects I'm sure that the Faraway Tree and its folk could be brought to life on the cinema screen. However, the best representation is always the one on the screen of one's own imagination.
Posted by Spotkin on May 9, 2009
Hi Barney, First I want to tell you how wonderful, fun & informative your website is! I love Enid Blyton's books, especially the Adventure Series. It's wonderful to be able to look at the Tresilian illustrations again! Thanks for all your hard work. Now to ask for your help. For years I have tried to find the title of a story that I read when I was around 8 years old. I'm pretty sure it's by Enid Blyton. It's about two girls. One is rich and has lots of beautiful clothes, while the other is poor with ragged clothes. The rich girl is mean to the poor one and her parents give her dresses away to the poor girl. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much indeed for your comments on the website, Spotkin, though I have to admit I don't do *all* the work myself. Tony, Keith and Anita help out! I don't recognise the story you mention but hopefully someone will be able to locate it.
Posted by Amanda on May 8, 2009
Desperately seeking the story about Mr. Curly's kettle! Mean Mr. Curly was given the kettle by a tinker and the kettle was a menace, yet persuaded Mr. Curly to change his mean ways. I loved it as a child and would so like to find it again for my daughter. Please, can anyone help?
BarneyBarney says: Pleased to help, Amanda. The story about Mr. Curly is a wonderful tale called 'The Little Singing Kettle,' which can be found in the following short story collections.
Posted by Margaret on May 7, 2009
Could you help me? I remember reading an Enid Blyton book when I was about 8 (26 yrs ago!) and it involved a boy and a girl going into a shop and buying some toffees, the boy eats one with the letter H on it and starts turning into a hen? It has puzzled me for years! and I can't find it in any of the books I have purchased. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The story you're thinking of is 'The Magic Toffee' from Twenty-Minute Tales. The boy is eating the letters of his name - Henry - but only gets as far as eating H-E-N. If you're thinking of the Dragon paperback version, Margaret, Dragon split "Twenty-Minute Tales" into two books - "Twenty-Minute Tales" and "More Twenty-Minute Tales." 'The Magic Toffee' is in "More Twenty-Minute Tales."
Posted by Sally Anne on May 7, 2009
Did Enid write a short story called 'Little Miss Milligan'? If so what book was it in?
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of 'Little Mrs. Millikin,' which is a lovely story with a Christmas theme. It can be found in various short story collections.
Posted by Enid-Jo on May 4, 2009
Heyo Barney! When will the Secret Series and Barney Mystery buttons on the homepage be ready? I really want to read them as they are two of my favourite series! XxX
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! I happen to know that the Barney Mystery page is being worked on at this very minute, so keep your eyes peeled. Sorry we can't always get these things done in double-quick time but there are so many things to do in life - bones to gnaw, exciting smells to sniff, tails to chase...
Posted by Katie on May 4, 2009
Hello, can you please tell me what was Enid Blyton's favourite book and some of her favourite things, for my school project ?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's favourite book as a child was "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald. More about her life, including her hobbies and the books she enjoyed reading, can be found in our Author of Adventure section. Good luck with your project, Katie!
Posted by Enid-Jo on May 2, 2009
Heyo! Thanks for your information, Barney. I can't wait for Chapter 23 of "The Boy Next Door Returns." It's at such an exciting point! XxX
Posted by Enid-Jo on May 2, 2009
Heyo Barney!!! Could you please tell me what day the new serial chapter comes out? Thanks! XxX
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! A new chapter of Trevor Bolton's serial is added each Monday. Happy reading!
Posted by Gurpreet on April 29, 2009
Hi Barney! I am very happy that we have got a novelist like Enid Blyton. I like her very much and my favourite novels are - "The Children of Cherry Tree Farm," "The Children of Willow Farm," "More Adventures on Willow Farm" and the Famous Five. Thanks Barney!
BarneyBarney says: It's good to know that you like the farm books and the Famous Five, Gurpreet, but it would have made your message more interesting if you could have said why those particular books are so special to you.
Posted by Enid-Jo on April 29, 2009
Hello Barney! I love the Secret Series but on the home page you can't read about it like you can with the other series, there is also one other series like this. Why is this please?! Lol - (Lots of Love)
BarneyBarney says: We're in the process of writing the introductory pages to the main series, Enid-Jo, and haven't yet got round to the Secret and Barney books. It shouldn't be too long before those two buttons become active though. At least it gives you something to look forward to!
Posted by Kal on April 28, 2009
Hi Barney, I grew up reading and loving Enid Blyton's creations. It made me the imaginative person I am a good way of course :) I love to share her stories with my friends, and friend's friend...through Facebook. What do you and her fans think about this?
BarneyBarney says: I think it's great that Blyton's books are continuing to stir readers' imaginations in the twenty-first century. Enid Blyton would no doubt be delighted that advances in technology have resulted in people from around the globe being able to promote and discuss the books online.
Posted by Kate Mary on April 28, 2009
Thank you for that answer, Barney. I assumed that "Bravo, Secret Seven" was an uncollected short story, but I should have guessed by the date it was "Fun for.." under another guise.
Posted by Kate Mary on April 27, 2009
Hallo Barney, you are just the chap I need to answer this question. Has the story "Bravo, Secret Seven", which was published in School Friend magazine in 1963, ever been reprinted in book form? I can't find it at all in the cave.
BarneyBarney says: "Bravo Secret Seven" is the final Secret Seven book under another name, Kate Mary. It was serialised in "School Friend" magazine from May 25th - August 10th 1963 and was published in book form as "Fun For the Secret Seven" in July 1963.
Posted by Jemima-May Trent on April 27, 2009
Hello Barney, are there only three Bobs books? Yours sincerely, J-M T
BarneyBarney says: Yes, there are three Bobs books which can be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Sue Webster on April 26, 2009
Hi Barney. I love Enid's books and was in the Famous Five Club. Could there be a chance of the club ever being restarted? I'm sure that other members who were in it and fans who were not would like to see this super club reformed.
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps you could try writing to the current publishers of the Famous Five books, Sue, and see what they think?
Posted by Henry on April 25, 2009
Hi all! It seems that Enid Blyton and her books have been forgotten in North America. (Try searching on google - "Enid Blyton in America.") She is virtually unknown because her books are not available/in print there anymore. Surely an American publisher should be made aware that her popular series could make them a bit of money as well as bring enjoyment to many children! Chorion could also do more to promote non-Noddy stories to the American market.
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately Enid Blyton never caught on in America the way she did in other countries, even during her lifetime. Having said that, the only book for which Enid Blyton ever received a prize was "Mystery Island," the American edition of "The Island of Adventure." It was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947.
Posted by Tanya on April 25, 2009
Hello, I've recently been given a full set of 1950s Enid Blyton nature - these are supported with hardback books. Would anyone be able to give me an idea of what these are worth, if anything at all? We would like to sell them but we don't have any idea where to start. Thanks, Tanya
BarneyBarney says: It's not clear from your message, but do you mean the 1950s Enid Blyton nature plates (large posters illustrated by Eileen Soper)? I'm afraid we can't give a valuation but you could try listing them on eBay where potential buyers will bid whatever they are prepared to pay.
Posted by Enid-Jo Stevens on April 24, 2009
Hello Barney! Can you please tell me if Enid Blyton ever wrote a book containing her own name? Love Enid-Jo xxx
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any novels featuring an Enid, I'm afraid, but there are two short stories in "Two Years in the Infant School" about girls named Enid. One is called 'Enid's Dream.' Enid dreams that the onions are crying because they can't produce pretty flowers like the bulbs which Enid planted in her garden. The tulip bulbs reassure the onions, saying, " not weep, onions, Enid likes you for dinner!" The next day, Enid has onions for her dinner and she tells them that they're delicious and eats them all up!! The other story is called 'Moo-Moo-Moo' in which a girl named Enid goes for a walk with her friends, Bill and Bob. She hides in a hollow tree so they'll wonder where she's gone, but the boys catch sight of her and moo like cows to give her a fright.
Posted by Djamila on April 24, 2009
Hello my friends! How are you? Me? I am good! Pardon me if sense I do not make, for I come from the France. My favourite author is Enid Blyton. I like to read her in English and French. Merci!!!!
BarneyBarney says: Bonsoir, Djamila! I believe my good friend Timmy is called Dagobert in the French Famous Five books!
Posted by Andrew on April 24, 2009
Has anyone got - or does anyone know where I can get hold of - a signed photograph of Enid Blyton? I don't want a signed book, just a signed photo. Many thanks for looking.
Posted by Lizzie on April 23, 2009
Hi there, I read Enid myself and then to my children and we have a very old, much loved copy of 'The Girl Who Found Sixpence' which we have had since the 1980s but we were trying to find out when Enid wrote the story? We would be grateful if you know the information? We know the version we have is the Collins Colour Cubs which was published in 1982. I love your website, very colourful and a trip to the past with the illustrations. Many thanks, Lizzie
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your kind words, Lizzie. 'The Girl Who Found Sixpence' was published in the magazine "Sunny Stories," No.270, March 13th 1942. It first appeared in book form in Tales After Tea in 1948.
Posted by Rebecca on April 23, 2009
Hello! I am just asking where can we find Enid Blyton's autobiography in this website?
BarneyBarney says: Take a look under Author of Adventure, Rebecca.
Posted by Peter Reilly on April 22, 2009
I think Enid Blyton was the best children's book author of all time, I always loved reading her books and I still do! Even when I get old I'll take a trip down memory lane for good old Enid Blyton's books! I have quite a collection of her books and I love reading them, especially the Five Find-Outers & Dog, Famous Five and Adventure series. In fact all her books were brilliant! There's something I love about her books that I always love reading, God bless her. May she rest in peace. Are there any DVDs from Enid Blyton? I used to love watching the Famous Five on telly back in the 70s, I'd love to buy the series on DVD.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad Enid Blyton's books have brought you so much pleasure over the years, Peter, and continue to do so. I'm afraid there has never been an official DVD release of the 1970s Famous Five TV series because there is some confusion over who owns the rights. However, fans are hoping that it will be released eventually. The 1990s Famous Five TV series is available on DVD in some countries.
Posted by Hana on April 22, 2009
Hello Barney! Could you please tell me how many books are in the Mr. Twiddle series? Yours faithfully, Hana
BarneyBarney says: There are three books in the Mr. Twiddle series, Hana. You can see the titles in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Debi on April 19, 2009
Hello Barney! If it is possible, could you please tell me where I can get the book "Letters From Bobs"? I would love to read it, but it may not still be in print. Thank you xxx
BarneyBarney says: The original Bobs books are very difficult to find I'm afraid, Debi. Naturally they're well worth a read if you can get them, having been written by a dog! All three were reprinted by the Society a few years ago but I believe that "Letters From Bobs" has now sold out, although the two sequels - "More Letters From Bobs" and "Bobs Again" - are still available from the Society Shop.
Posted by Christine on April 19, 2009
Hello to all of you in England! I'm an Australian living in Germany in the meantime. I'm 60 years old and have so many memories of Enid Blyton's books, Noddy and Big Ears and so on. I love these stories and was wondering by all this popularity if it wouldn't be possible with all the writings of Enid Blyton, these very old ones, to have them be reprinted as big books. You can't let such valuable Literature disappear. I would always be in love with these fantasy stories. Hope I can come to England one day to see this collection. I'm looking for a story called 'The Magic Button.' It was about a grocer who cheated the customers. Fairy Blackstick sewed a button to his shirt that looked like the others, but...this button could talk and called out thief when he was dishonest by weighing something wrongly on the scales. I thought this was from Enid Blyton too but up till now I was unable to find it. Perhaps I'm mistaken. All the best to you, Christine
BarneyBarney says: A bark of welcome to you, Christine! About printing "big books" of Enid Blyton's early stories, I suppose publishers are only willing to print what they know will sell. Many of Blyton's short stories are still in print as it happens, thanks mainly to Award who publish collections of Enid Blyton's short stories as reasonably-priced hardbacks, as well as publishing some of the novels. Many of the original Noddy stories are also still in print (though with a few alterations to the text and illustrations.) I think the Enid Blyton story you mention is actually called 'The Enchanted Button.' Crooky the Goblin cheats the customers who come to his shop so Witch See-a-Lot (not Fairy Blackstick, unless the name is different in different editions) sews a magic button to his shirt which, as you say, calls out to tell everyone when he is cheating. The books in which this story appears can be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Debi on April 19, 2009
Hello Barney! I just wanted to say thank you to whoever set up this website because I love it. I also wanted to thank Trevor J. Bolton for writing the sequels to some of Enid's series. I am a huge fan of Enid Blyton and right now I am struggling to find a lot of her books that I haven't already read so it is good to have the sequels which are almost as good. So please keep writing them!!!!!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Debi. Trevor will no doubt feel like a dog with two tails when he reads your comments! You may be interested to know that his sequel to the Secret series, "The Secret Valley," is to be published shortly by Award.
Posted by Caroline on April 19, 2009
Hi, please could anyone tell me how many books Enid Blyton has written altogether? Thanks, Caroline
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We do know that she wrote over 180 novels and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her phenomenal output, have a wander through the Cave of Books.
Posted by Naureen on April 18, 2009
I have, thanks Barney! I'm so excited to find it--I've been a fan of Enid Blyton's forever. In fact, her presence in my childhood was evident when I was moving- I went through my library and found little messages in old Famous Five books, including one from the Tooth Fairy who writes suspiciously like my father does! The book was left in lieu of payment upon the loss of my first tooth. I do have a question about my membership. I haven't received anything via email-should I have?
BarneyBarney says: Everyone joining the Society through the website should receive an automatic email welcoming them to the Society, telling them that their first Journal is on the way and also giving them the password for the Secret Passage, which is the members only section of the website. It sounds as if this is not happening so we will have to check it out. If there is going to be some unavoidable delay with receiving the Journal, normally when a new Journal is about to be published, everybody joining at this time will receive a personal email explaining what is happening.
Posted by Naureen on April 18, 2009
Hi, I just found this list after going through an Enid Blyton marathon recently--I was moving and found my old books... Anyway, I managed to catch all the series on TV when they aired, and because for a short time I lived in a country where things came to us ten to twenty years after they aired, that includes the original Famous Five series. The only thing I'm missing is the Secret Series--I never got to see it. Does anyone know where I might be able to pick up a copy? Or if anyone has it taped and would like to share it with a fan currently living in the United States... Can't find ANYTHING online!
BarneyBarney says: Hello Naureen, I'm afraid there is a good reason why you haven't been able to find the Secret Series that was filmed in New Zealand, it has never been released on video or DVD. It wasn't actually as successful as the Adventure Series which was also filmed in New Zealand. That was released on video in both New Zealand and Australia, but not over here in the UK, so it is extremely difficult to find copies of. My tail is wagging as I hear that you have just joined the Society!
Posted by Smitha Parvathy on April 18, 2009
Can you give me a complete list of Enid Blyton novels on farm life?
BarneyBarney says: A "please" would have been nice, Smitha. There is a list of farm books here, some of which are novels. Another one is "The Buttercup Farm Family," which is listed in a different category.
Posted by Pierre on April 18, 2009
The Enid Blyton Society website is truly a wonderful site and I am pleased to say that the Famous Five and the Secret Seven are my favourites out of all the Enid Blyton books.
Posted by Stephen on April 18, 2009
I'm trying to remember the name of an Enid Blyton book I used to read all the time as a child. It was about three brownies who go off adventuring, one of their adventures finds them in a land where they are only allowed to speak in rhyme and were only allowed to leave when the ruler of that land couldn't straighten the curly hair of one of their friends. Ring any bells?
BarneyBarney says: Bells ringing loudly and clearly, Stephen! That's definitely The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies, which was Enid Blyton's first full-length novel. A wonderful fantasy story about the three brownies Hop, Skip and Jump. The land where they have to speak in rhyme is the Land of Clever People.
Posted by Rachel-Clair on April 16, 2009
I am currently writing my dissertation on Enid Blyton and the Faraway Tree series and I must say this site has been invaluable. I loved the Faraway Tree series as a child and am enjoying re-discovering it as an adult. Unfortunately, I don't seem to be taking very kindly to the critics but am very much enjoying challenging them! Before writing my dissertation, I didn't know this site existed but it's fair to say that long after it is completed, I'll still be a frequent visitor!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Rachel-Clair. I'm frisking like a puppy now! Best of luck with your dissertation.
Posted by Linda Huyton on April 16, 2009
Hello, I am trying to find the original short story book which contains 'The Girl Who Found Sixpence.' I would like to obtain this special book from my childhood...Thank you, Linda Huyton
BarneyBarney says: The book you recall is Tales After Tea, Linda. A lovely collection of stories, beautifully illustrated by Eileen Soper.
Posted by Kylie on April 16, 2009
Hi, I've been looking for an Enid Blyton book from my childhood... It had a selection of stories in it, I'm not sure if it was a book of fables or what. One of the stories was about a boy who was riding a bike and grabbed onto a lorry to go up a hill or something along those lines. I also remember a picture in it of a girl with a stitch?? There were goblins or golliwogs in the book as well. Any help with a title for this book would be appreciated, I've been searching for a long time :-)
BarneyBarney says: I wonder whether the story about the boy with the bike might be "I Dare You To!" which can be found in Happy Time Stories. It's about Bill, who is a daredevil. He often rides his bike dangerously to impress the other boys, one day riding home from school holding on to the tail of a van because another boy, Geoffrey, dared him to. Needless to say, his irresponsible behaviour ends in disaster! The same story is to be found in "The Eighth Holiday Book." There are stories about golliwogs and goblins/fairy-folk in "Happy Time Stories," though I'm not sure about a girl with a stitch. EDIT: Having thought about this further while chewing on a nice juicy bone, I actually think the book you're looking for is A Story Party at Green Hedges. The story about the boy who grabs hold of the back of a lorry while cycling up a hill is called "Peter's Birthday." The book also contains the story "Sally's Stitch," about a girl with a stitch, as well as stories about golliwogs and fairy-folk. These tales were reprinted by Award in The Teddy Bear's Tail and Other Stories.
Posted by Margery Fenworthy on April 15, 2009
In the St.Clare's series, what is the real name of the French mistress Mam'zelle?
BarneyBarney says: I am not sure that I know the answer to that one, Margery - but I am surprised that you don't either, as you were actually at St. Clare's as a pupil!!
Posted by Gemma on April 14, 2009
I have been thinking of a book of short stories I had as a child - not sure if it was Enid Blyton, but I remember in one story a child hiding in a hedge and discovering it lead into a secret land or something like this. The only other thing I remember about the book was that the cover had a dark green background! Sorry, not much to go on, but thought it worth an enquiry.
BarneyBarney says: As you say Gemma, not much to go on, but hopefully it will ring a bell somewhere, even if the book was not written by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Rob Houghton on April 14, 2009
To Mary: The only Blyton story I can think of is one of the chapters in 'The Magic Faraway Tree' in which the characters go up into the land of 'Topsy-Turvy' where everyone walks on their hands and the houses are all on their roofs with smoke coming out of windows instead of chimneys. Don't know if that's the right story, though!
Posted by Mary Marland on April 14, 2009
Hi All, I seem to remember reading a story called "Upside Down Village" when I was a very little girl (early 50s). Could anyone tell me if this is one of Enid Blyton's stories or did I imagine it? Thank you. Mary
BarneyBarney says: To the best of my knowledge there is no Enid Blyton story with this title, Mary, but you may well be describing an Enid Blyton story here, perhaps someone else might have a suggestion?
Posted by Julie on April 14, 2009
Are the Wishing-Chair series as same as the Faraway Tree series?
BarneyBarney says: No, they are two completely different series, Julie. The only thing they have in common apart from the fantasy theme, is that they were both originally published by Newnes and they still share a publisher as the current editions are published by Egmont. Check them out under Novels in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Su on April 14, 2009
Message to Julie - The first story in the adventures of Mr Pink-Whistle sounds like the one you may want. Mrs Spink has four children, they only have one set of clothes and have to spend the day in bed while she washes their clothes for a party the next day. Things keep happening to the newly washed clothes and Mr Pink-Whistle helps out. Hope this is what you were thinking of, Su
Posted by Julie on April 13, 2009
Trying to remember a story which was about children who only had one set of clothes which they got dirty - and they were hanging out on the washing line so the children had to wait in their nightclothes for them to dry! Does this ring any bells?!
BarneyBarney says: Not ringing any bells yet, Julie, but we will try and come back to you on this, so watch this space!
Posted by Kenneth Jones on April 12, 2009
Just purchased a complete set of "facsimile" Famous Five books (21). Has the text been updated, I hope not but one sentence uttered by Dick includes the phrase 20p but free to owners. Please say that this is an oversight. The original text is essential to take me back on a fantastic nostalgia trip. Ken
BarneyBarney says: I hope you are sitting down Ken, as I am pretty sure that the so-called 'facsimile' editions have the updated text. If I am wrong I am sure that someone will soon tell me, and I will be in the doghouse with my tail between my legs!
Posted by Rob Houghton on April 9, 2009
Hi Derek! Nice to see you on the message board! Your mother was by far my most favourite Enid Blyton illustrator. I always feel her illustrations leant great class to any book she illustrated, particularly 'Those Dreadful Children' and the Brer rabbit books and the short story collections. Best Wishes to you, from Rob
Posted by Su on April 9, 2009
I have just purchased Boys' and Girls' Circus Book from a well known trading website and am a little confused. Under the contents page there is a listing for two colour plates mentioned on your site (the front one has been ripped out). I have checked the first chapter and the illustrations (Hilda McGavin) are all there but it was published by George Newnes. There is no date inside and it looks old but no dust jacket. Was this later published by Newnes? Also I have been waiting nearly two weeks to get a login to the forums, have had a welcome email but waiting for activation email. How long should this take. Thanks, am relying quite heavily on your site to catalogue my collection!
BarneyBarney says: Hello Su, it looks as if we need to have more information in the Cave about the Boys' and Girls' Circus Book. It was first published by the News Chronicle and about a year later republished by Newnes in an identical version, with just the publisher's name changed. In 1942 Newnes republished it in illustrated red cloth boards with a dustwrapper. It sounds as if this might be the edition that you have. You will find if you try to log into the forums with your password and user name that you can do so. I activate all accounts almost immediately, but there is a glitch in the system and apparently not everyone gets the confirmation email, sorry about that we are trying to do something about it.
Posted by Mary T on April 9, 2009
Just found this site. Enid Blyton was my favorite author as a child (late 50's and early 60's). I would swear the four characters were Jack, Diane, Lucy and Phillip. I've looked here and can't find a series with those characters. Am I crazy? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Of course you're not crazy, Mary! The series you remember is the Adventure Series of eight books. You're pretty close with the names - the children are Jack, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Philip. Jack's parrot Kiki features prominently too. They have amazing adventures in Britain and abroad.
Posted by Derek on April 8, 2009
I am the son of Grace Lodge. I believe that the post office stamp honouring Ms. Blyton used some of my mother's illustrations but I could never get anyone at the GPO to say yeh or neh. With so many people stealing identities we have to be careful what biographical data is made available. If you care to write to me maybe we can come up with something interesting.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Derek, great to hear from you and I will send you a separate email as I would love to hear more about your mother. She was one of Enid Blyton's main illustrators for five decades, initially producing work for her in the 1920s. She was also one of the few illustrators to actually meet Enid Blyton. I can tell you that the five Centenary stamps issued by Royal Mail in 1997 were all freshly designed illustrations by Christian Birmingham, who is a well-known children's illustrator in his own right.
Posted by Laura on April 8, 2009
Hi Barney, What a fantastic treasure trove of a website - I have just spent several very happy hours on it. A lot of hard work has been put in so thank you! I particularly liked looking at how the cover artwork on the books has changed over the years. I have recently discovered the brilliant 'Adventure' series & have been pleasantly surprised to see that the covers on the current books look like they are using the original artwork.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much indeed, Laura. I'm like a dog with two tails now! I'm glad you've enjoyed wandering through our book-lined passages. Yes, the covers of the current "Adventure" books do have scenes from Stuart Tresilian's original artwork and they look super. It's just a pity that they don't have any internal illustrations.
Posted by Steph on April 7, 2009
You'll be happy to know that when I Googled Enid Blyton for my daughter's homework about her favourite author your site came up fourth.
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Steph. Hope your daughter (and you!) found the site useful. We try to pack it with as many goodies as possible.
Posted by Donna on April 6, 2009
Hello, Please help! I grew up on Enid Blyton and would not have had it any other way - however lately I have been interested in purchasing collections of the Famous Five, Faraway Tree, the St Clare's series and The Adventurous Four but I was mortified to find new editions have different names and lost chapters. Is there anywhere I can buy the original editions please please?
BarneyBarney says: Your best bet is to look on eBay and on websites like Abebooks, Donna. Major alterations to Enid Blyton books began in about 1987, when golliwogs were removed from the Noddy stories. Books from before that date usually have pretty much the original text, though even then there are sometimes minor alterations (e.g. currency updates or shorts being replaced by jeans.)
Posted by Nigel Rowe on April 6, 2009
I did Google "George Famous Five", and to my dismay (sorry Keith!), came up in the top three, but no sign of the Society. What do we have to do to promote ourselves to the higher listings of this doyen of search engines?
BarneyBarney says: Patience is a virtue!
Posted by Arshavi on April 6, 2009
BarneyBarney says: Ouch! All those capital letters make me feel as if you're shouting at me! Personally I've never heard of a website devoted wholly to George (I assume you mean the Famous Five George and not the Secret Seven one) so, unless someone else can help, I'm afraid you might need to do a spot of Googling.
Posted by Alice Wade on April 1, 2009
Can you read Enid Blyton books online?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books are still under copyright and most of the main titles remain in print, so I'm afraid it isn't legal to make them available online.
Posted by Alice Wade on April 1, 2009
I loved the book "The Magic Faraway Tree." Can you tell me more about how Enid got the idea?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton may have been inspired by myths, fairytales and legends, Alice, and possibly by books like "Christmas-Tree Land" by Mrs. Molesworth. There are numerous tales of trees being inhabited by sprites and other creatures, and the concept of a "Tree of Life" is to be found in many cultures and religions. Blyton would no doubt have been familiar with Yggdrasil, the "World Tree" of Norse mythology, which encompasses various worlds and is inhabited by animals. You can find out more information about how Enid Blyton wrote the Faraway Tree books here (see Part 3, "Surely Enid Blyton Must Have Done Some Planning Before Writing a Book?")
Posted by Jane on April 1, 2009
For years I have been telling people about an Enid Blyton book I read as a child which featured a group of children called The Sturdy Six. I can remember very little about the book other than the children's club house was in a chicken coop and that they chose the name Sturdy Six after dismissing other names such as Stalwart Six. I seem to be the only person who remembers this book - most people think I dreamed it! I have just searched your chat forum and I have found one mention of the Sturdy Six - that the leader of the club was a disabled boy and the story is in a short story collection. This is the only glimmer I have had in all these years that I didn't make this book up. Do you have any more information about the Sturdy Six? I can't find any mention of them in your "Book Cave". Very many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: The story you remember is called Let's Have a Club of Our Own! It was printed as a booklet but also appeared in a number of story collections. A character named Mark says, "To be sturdy is to be trustable and straight and dependable and strong - 'The Sturdy Six' - yes, that seems a good name to me for our club."
Posted by Lesley on April 1, 2009
I wonder if you might be able to assist with an enquiry that my Mother has. She is trying to find the story book which includes a tale about a little boy earning money and who cheats by not cleaning all of the plant pots he is supposed to, in order to earn some money. I think the moral of the tale is probably about being found out if you don't do the job properly and try to cheat. If you are able to help with this enquiry this would be much appreciated. If possible I would like to find out the title of the story and the book of stories that it is contained within. Many thanks in anticipation of your possible assistance.
BarneyBarney says: I think the story you're looking for might be "Tom the Scout-Cub," Lesley, which is to be found in Tales at Bedtime, Collins, 1961. Tom wants to earn some money for a camping trip with the Cubs so a man offers to pay him to tidy his garden shed. Lazy Tom cuts corners by washing only a few flower-pots and stacking them on top of the dirty ones, moving things around on a shelf to give the impression that he has cleaned it, etc.
Posted by Debbie on March 31, 2009
I am currently working on producing quilts based on Enid's books. I am thinking of selling the patterns. Can you tell me who holds the copyright for her works? Thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like an interesting project, Debbie. The copyright for Enid Blyton's works is held by Chorion.
Posted by Enid Blyton on March 31, 2009
Can I read EB's books online?
BarneyBarney says: I wouldn't have thought you needed to read the books if you wrote them (tail droops in desperation!).
Posted by Apoorva on March 31, 2009
Hi Aparna, you can find the Secret Seven books in any of the chain bookstores like Crosswords or Landmarks. Also depending on which part of India you belong these are usually available at any of the old bookstores which stock children's books. The SS books along with the FF and Find-Outers books are usually easily available.
Posted by Cathy on March 31, 2009
We have an Enid Blyton book called Fairy Tales for little ones, which we expect is 1920s. Unfortunately it has no publishing details. The pictures are by Ogle and there are about 20 pages plus the colour plates. Am I correct that this doesn't seem to be a book which which the Society is familiar?
BarneyBarney says: We do have your book listed in our Cave of Books, Cathy, but just under the simple title Fairy Tales. You are right, it is 1924 and published by Birn Brothers who never included their details in these early books. I have just stuck my paw into admin and changed the title for you!
Posted by Anti litter bugs on March 27, 2009
I just loved Enid Blyton books as a child and many of her stories have stuck in my mind. I desperately want to re-read the one about the children who go mushrooming but the white lumps they see are rubbish and when they go to the river to fish it is full of junk. Which book is it in please? When I see litter around it comes to mind, as does Pam Ayres' poem 'Littering.'
Posted by Aparna on March 27, 2009
Hi Barney! You see I love the Secret Seven but can you tell me where I can get the books at less cost? Thank you Barney. I am from India!
BarneyBarney says: I believe that Navrang sell whole sets of Enid Blyton books at competitive prices, Aparna. Click on the advert in the left-hand column. Or perhaps other readers from India will be able to recommend particular bookshops. The Secret Seven are lucky to have so many mysteries to solve - and even luckier to have a fine dog like Scamper helping them!
Posted by Erinvdv on March 26, 2009
Hi there... I want to start reading the Magic Faraway Tree / Adventures of the Wishing Chair etc. books to my children but can't remember which one came first. Can someone tell me?
BarneyBarney says: Take a look at the information on the Wishing Chair and Faraway Tree series in the Cave of Books, Erin. Hope your children enjoy them.
Posted by dp on March 25, 2009
Hello, could you help me with this; I have been given a part copy of an 1924 Teachers World, which has in it a new Christmas song by Enid Blyton called 'Shepherds Song'. Ever heard of it?
BarneyBarney says: Yes indeed! It is in Vol. XXXII No. 1060 published on November 7th 1924, with music by Alec Rowley. There are numerous uncollected stories, poems and songs contained in Teachers World in the 1920s and 30s. One day we will hopefully list them all in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Diane on March 24, 2009
What times does the Enid Blyton Day in May start and finish and is it suitable for children?
BarneyBarney says: The doors open at 10.30 a.m. but the first speaker isn't until about 12.00 p.m. Whether the Day is suitable for children depends on their age and personality. There are several speeches lasting around half an hour each so some very young children may find it difficult to sit still that long although older children should be fine. The Day normally finishes at around 4.30 - 5.00 p.m. A very enjoyable Day - hope you can make it, Diane!
Posted by Nanniemaxinexx on March 23, 2009
I have an original 1930s book, the "News Chronicle Boys' and Girls' Story Book" in excellent condition and with the original delivery box. It's listed on eBay and needs a good home. Barney, can you help..?
BarneyBarney says: Well, I can post your message here and hopefully potential buyers will be encouraged to head off to eBay.
Posted by RagamuffinJo on March 22, 2009
Hi Barney. Do you know what happened to Connal the dog who played Timmy in the 1995 version of the Famous Five? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I don't know what adventures befell Connal after his role as Timmy but he was already four or five years old when he was in the "Famous Five" TV series so, if he's still around now, he'd be a pretty old dog! Before starring as Timmy, Connal had appeared in "Peak Practice" and "Seaforth."
Posted by Anne on March 22, 2009
I love the Famous Five. I have almost all the editions. How can someone dislike Famous Five? But I am sad to know that the character George is been married to an Indian when she grows up and her child's name is Jyothi. I like to see them as children myself.
BarneyBarney says: It's only in the current "Famous Five on the Case" cartoon (and related books) that we see a grown up George and meet the children of the Famous Five. If it's any consolation, modern adaptations like that are often relatively short-lived and are soon forgotten, while Enid Blyton's original books have been in print for decades and are still selling well.
Posted by Sharron on March 21, 2009
Please help. When I was younger I was read the story of "CONNIE'S CURIOUS CANDLE" along with others every night by my grandma, I now want to know if this has been reprinted or what book was the story in as I am desperate to find a copy.
BarneyBarney says: "Connie's Curious Candle" is a wonderful story, Sharron, and is to be found in several short story collections as shown in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on March 21, 2009
Hi TG. I've lived in the Rhondda all my life so I think I can clear this up for you. There is no Welsh word similar to this and we always took it as Enid's way of expressing the valley's accent. Hope this is helpful.
Posted by TG on March 20, 2009
An article dealing with some of the old fashioned or parochial references that Enid Blyton used every now and again would be an interesting one. Long time member Robert (Houghton) is to be thanked for drawing attention to the "Be you sartin" and "that air board" references in the latest Society magazine (the Journal, which is available by subscription only). I'd never heard of the two expressions before so it's good to see explanations for them and perhaps I can also learn the meaning of "whateffer" which appears several times in "Mountain of Adventure." When I first read it I thought the word might be indigenous to Welsh communities and used where others might employ the word "Ar" or "Aye." Then again, I interpreted it as a term for "Guvnor" which is often utilized when addressing someone we don't know personally, but in later years I settled on "whatever" and left it at that. Enid Blyton deserved to be well and truly told off for not catering more to us members of the "International Set" but then again she may not have realised, in the 1920s at least, that her magazine contributions and succeeding books would be travelling to the four corners of the globe. I thank, in advance, anyone who supplies the "whateffer" answer - and that includes Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Seems that "whateffer" means whateffer they want it to mean, indeed to gootness it does, look you!
Posted by Vicki Price on March 20, 2009
I have a set of Enid Blyton books published at Lutterworth Press in London, hard covers, some of the books have gift inscriptions C1950. The books are "Hollow Tree House," "House at the Corner," "Those Dreadful Children," "The Six Bad Boys," "The Children at Green Meadows," "The Twins at St Clare's" (Seventh Edition, Published Methuen & Co), "Five on a Treasure Island," beautiful old set. Are they worth anything?...Thanks, Vicki - Australia.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't do book valuations, Vicki, but as a general rule first editions with intact dust-wrappers are worth more than reprints. You can see all the different editions in the Cave of Books. Browsing sites like eBay and Abebooks will give you an idea of the price those books fetch.
Posted by Janet on March 19, 2009
Hello, I am trying to track down a quote from a Mr. Twiddle book, I think it was "Don't Be Silly Mr. Twiddle." The quote is something like "Mr. Twiddle lived a short distance away from his body." Does anyone know the exact quote and where it comes from? Thank you, Janet.
BarneyBarney says: I've just used my paws to flick through my "Twiddle" books but unfortunately I didn't manage to find the quotation, Janet. Hopefully someone else will have more luck.
Posted by Vanessa on March 18, 2009
Hey, I have a copy of Enid Blyton's "The Enchanted Wood," dated 1939, illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone and published by Darrell Waters. I was wondering if it would be of any value?
BarneyBarney says: 1939 was the original publication date of "The Enchanted Wood," Vanessa, but if your copy has illustrations by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone then it's a 1970s/80s printing. Not worth a great deal but a very attractive book nevertheless. Information on various editions of "The Enchanted Wood" can be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Mehak on March 18, 2009
I was wondering if there were any other Enid Blyton books that weren't published. Does anyone know about that?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any children's ones, but in the 1930s Enid Blyton wrote a novel for adults called "The Caravan Goes On" which was never published. There has been speculation that she may have used material from that novel in some of her circus books for children but no one can know for sure as the manuscript no longer exists. Enid also wrote a play for adults, "Summer Storm," which again was never published or performed. Before her death she was planning to write new books in her Secret Seven and Noddy series. The Noddy book was to be called "Noddy Goes to the Moon."
Posted by Jeanette on March 17, 2009
I have a book dated 1916 - "Bo-peep" Cassell & Company Ltd - A picture book for little folks. Does this have any value? Regards.
BarneyBarney says: With such an early date it's unlikely to have any Enid Blyton content. The Cassell Bo Peep books with Blyton contributions shown in the Cave of Books were all published later. Regarding value, you could see what price the book is listed at on internet book sites like Abebooks.
Posted by Anne on March 15, 2009
Thanks Barney & TG, you've both made my day! Just going to phone my Mum & let her know!
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Anne. Just thought I'd mention that the same stories are to be found in Enid Blyton's Ninth Tell-a-Story Book.
Posted by TG on March 15, 2009
For Anne - "My Enid Blyton Bedside Book" has: 4. 'The Girl Without a Fancy-Dress.' On her way to a fancy dress party Eileen falls into a puddle. An elderly lady takes her home and presents her with a fairy costume. 5. 'The Lost Baby Mouse.' 6. 'Mrs. Doodle Loses her Head.' The book is available on the internet for a few pounds.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, TG! The book can be seen here in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Anne on March 15, 2009
Hi, in the 60s my mum used to read Enid Blyton stories to me. There are a few stories I would love to read again, but don't know what books they're in.Hope someone can help!! 1. Pixies that worked in a ribbon shop. 2. Maraduke, a bear I think, that hid on top of a cupboard at school. 3. Mrs Pepperpot. 4. Eileen, a little girl that didn't have anything to wear to a fancy dress party & met a lady who was a fairy. 5. A mouse that thought the moon was made out of cheese & lived in a dolls house. 6. A lady that lost her face, she wore a bonnet! 7. Not sure if Blyton: 'washing fell in the mud with a flip & a flop & a terrible thud & all had to be done again'. Hope I'm not asking too much of everyone!! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The first story about pixies working in a ribbon shop sounds like 'Pinkity and Old Mother Ribbony Rose' from "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies," though I can't be certain that's the story you're looking for. 'Mrs. Pepperpot' reminds me of Alf Proysen's tales of an old woman named Mrs. Pepperpot who keeps shrinking to the size of a pepperpot. Hope others can help with the rest of the stories, Anne - some of them may well be by Enid Blyton though I'm not sure whether they all are.
Posted by Yonthen on March 15, 2009
I loved Enid Blyton's books when I was younger and still do. From Faraway Tree to Wishing Chair I cherished every single moment of joy they brought as I read every single page. I wish I could get my hands on some of her books but it seems almost impossible to do that here in New York. Well I am very happy that there's this website to honor Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Hope you continue to enjoy the website, Yonthen. You may be able to pick up new or second-hand Enid Blyton books from internet bookstores, though of course the cost of postage and packaging needs to be taken into account.
Posted by Mehak on March 13, 2009
I just want to say that this is a great website. Three cheers for the Enid Blyton Society!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Mehak. Three wags of the tail for you!
Posted by Smita on March 12, 2009
So lovely to hear that there is a society in memory of the person that brought me so much joy in my childhood and youth, for I reread my books and both my children read the very same copies! I am wondering if anyone remembers this particular story of a small poor boy whose mother is all he has and he lives next door to a rich family where the parents kept fighting... it's a very hazy memory of one of her 'family' books.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad that your children are enjoying your childhood books, Smita. The "family" book you remember sounds like The Six Bad Boys. The boy who lives with his mother is called Bob Kent and the family where the parents constantly argue is the Berkeley family. Tom Berkeley becomes friends with Bob and the two of them join a gang.
Posted by Lucky Star on March 12, 2009
How gorgeous all those newly added games and jigsaws are in the Cave of Books, Barney. Many thanks for displaying them there.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Lucky Star. Those jigsaw puzzles are a bit fiddly for me to do with my paws but I do like the pictures of Timmy, Scamper and Buster.
Posted by Miriam on March 11, 2009
Hi, My mum remembers a story/book where someone is told, "If you want a friend you have to BE a friend." Does anyone know which story/book this was please? Thanks, Miriam
BarneyBarney says: Your mum may be thinking of the short story "She Hadn't Any Friends," about a girl called Linda who feels lonely because she has no friends at school. Her teacher, Miss Brown, tells her that it's because she's "an in-between person...not nice, and not nasty either" and advises her that "the way to make friends, Linda, is to BE one." The story has appeared in various collections including The Fifth Holiday Book and Bedtime Stories.
Posted by Anonymous on March 11, 2009
Does anyone remember the Faraway Tree card game? Is it still available?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean the Pepys card game, it first came out in 1950 and hasn't been available new for a long time. However, you may find it second-hand on sites like eBay or from dealers.
Posted by Troy Jesse Smith on March 9, 2009
My Grandfather gave me my first Enid Blyton book as a child, "The Castle of Adventure", I think he had it since he was a child! I later stumbled across another one of her books "Mystery Island", I loved both books immensely and they are the only two novels from my childhood still in my possession! One day, I will pass them to my children (God willing)!
BarneyBarney says: It's great that you've kept the books from your childhood, Troy, and that one of them was passed down to you from your grandfather. You may be interested to know that "Mystery Island" was called "The Island of Adventure" in Britain. The series is known as the "Adventure" series and there are eight books in all, which can be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Lucky Star on March 8, 2009
What a sad loss for the Blyton world. I am very glad to have met this wonderful lady once. Barbara Stoney's work will live on for a long time as the definitive story of Enid Blyton. My sincere condolences to her family.
Posted by Liz Harris on March 8, 2009
Anita has just told me the sad news of Barbara Stoney. How she will be missed - her wonderful work will be a great legacy. Thoughts with her family at this sad time.
Posted by Sue Webster on March 8, 2009
I have just seen the news that Barbara Stoney died on Friday. What a shock! A friend sent me the biography of Enid Blyton autographed by Barbara. I will remember her family in my prayers and pray that the love of Jesus will be with them. Sue
Posted by Wayne Pyer on March 8, 2009
Dear Barbara. Your fellow Blytonians owe you so much for your tireless work. You will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
Posted by Julie2owlsdene on March 8, 2009
I am so very sorry to read Tony's posting informing us of the sad death of Barbara Stoney. I feel very privileged to have met, and spoken to this wonderful lady last year at the Enid Blyton Day. I shall treasure the conversation we had. My sincere condolences go out to her family.
Posted by Fide on March 8, 2009
Hello Barney, How many editions of "The Mystery Series" are there since "The Mystery of Banshee Towers" was published?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not quite sure what you're asking. "The Mystery of Banshee Towers" was the last full-length book in the series, if that's what you mean. If you mean how many reprints have there been, have a look at the reprint covers for the Find-Outers series in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Tony Summerfield on March 8, 2009
I am very sad to have to say that Barbara Stoney died on Friday March 6th. Her definitive Biography of Enid Blyton was an inspiration to all who read it, and all subsequent articles on Enid have been taken directly from her meticulous research. She always took a great interest in the Society and attended every Enid Blyton Day. For the last few years she has also been one of our Patrons. On a personal note I will deeply miss a really good friend. I learnt so much from our frequent lengthy phone conversations; she was a mine of information and had a wonderful sense of humour. My thoughts at this sad time are with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Posted by Simon on March 7, 2009
Hi Barney, I've just stumbled across this site after googling some details on a particular book I was looking for. Can you answer me this please? I remember reading an Enid Blyton book as a child (I'm 43 now!) about some children who go to stay with their Aunt (I think) who go to play in a wood at the bottom of the garden. The wood has a stream in it - and that's all I can remember - any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: The only book I can think of off-hand which might be the one you remember, Simon, is The Treasure Hunters. Jeffery, Susan and John go to stay at their grandparents' old house and follow a stream through the wood until they come to a large, round pool.
Posted by Dolly on March 7, 2009
Hi, I notice that on the Forums on 28/08/05 Bob wanted to find out about Sylvia Venus' work. I have a piece of art by her which is really sweet and I have never thought of looking her up before and it makes me happy that it obviously resonates with me because of my childhood stories. It seems quite tricky to find out about her.
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to know that you have a piece of artwork by Sylvia Venus, Dolly, and that you enjoy it so much.
Posted by Ruth on March 6, 2009
I have just spoken to my sister Alexa (see below) about the "Once Upon A Time Stories". To her great delight I still have our original copy and a few other titles, I will now be scouring second hand book stores for more.
BarneyBarney says: It's great to hear that you still have your childhood copy, Ruth. Good luck to you and Alexa in your hunt for further Enid Blyton titles.
Posted by M. Myers on March 5, 2009
I am looking for the "Adventure" books Enid Blyton wrote: The Circus of Adventure, The Castle of Adventure, The Mountain of Adventure, The Sea of Adventure, The Island of Adventure, The Valley of Adventure, etc. There were five or so in this series. I read those to my classroom every year. They LOVED them. Can these books be purchased anymore? Copyright was 1949 and illustrated by Stuart Tresilian. I hope that someone can give me information on how/where to find copies of these. They are excellent adventure books for children to read.
BarneyBarney says: There are eight books in the "Adventure" series and all are still in print, though the current editions don't have internal illustrations. There have also been some (relatively minor) updates to the text. Older copies with the Stuart Tresilian pictures are readily available second-hand, though the Macmillan hardbacks can be pricey especially with dust-jackets. Many paperback editions dating from the 1960s-1980s still contain some of the internal illustrations by Stuart Tresilian. The originals and reprints can be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Alexa on March 4, 2009
Hello! I was wondering if you could help me. As a child I had two favourite books. One was "Tupenny Feefo and Jinks" (which I have managed to track down). The other was of a little man (I cannot recall if he was a brownie, elf or pixie!!) who lived in a round house and travelled to his adventures when his house rolled there! I cannot recall the name or anything close to it. I would dearly love to find out the title as I now have a son of my own and I am sure he would love these stories as I did.....many many years ago! I hope you can assist me as I am beginning to wonder if I imagined this book!!!
BarneyBarney says: The only Enid Blyton story I can think of which contains a house like that is 'The Little Roundy Man,' Alexa. It's a short story rather than a novel, but a longish short story. It takes up 15 pages of Collins' Once Upon a Time Stories, which has an illustration of the Roundy Man's house on the front cover. The story has appeared in other short-story collections too, which can be seen if you put "Roundy" into the "Search the database" box in the Cave of Books. When Roundy wants to travel about in his ball-shaped house he presses the chimney and it sinks down into the roof, enabling the house to roll along smoothly. Your question also reminds me of Mr. Tumpy and His Caravan, in which the rather rotund Mr. Tumpy journeys from place to place in a caravan that has feet instead of wheels. However, that's a picture-strip book.
Posted by Viking Star on March 2, 2009
Hi Barney. Re. your latest comments regarding 'Anonymous', all I can say is "hear hear" - or perhaps "woof woof"!!
BarneyBarney says: Woof woof!
Posted by Mark on March 2, 2009
I have approximately 70 of Enid Blyton's novels but am unable to find most of the ones I'm missing. Ebay etc etc doesn't turn up most of them. Many have been out of print for a long time. Does anyone know if ebooks are available anywhere?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books are under copyright until the end of 2038 I'm afraid, Mark, so they can't legally be made available online. Most of her novels and novellas are still in print or are readily available second-hand as long as you don't mind too much about which edition you read. If you're looking for early printings in good condition, then the hunt gets harder. Have you tried sites like Abebooks?
Posted by Roisin on March 1, 2009
Hiya Barney, Have you ever read "Bimbo and Topsy"? I have and it's awsome. I found it in a book box and love it. If you have read it what would you rate it between 1 and 10?
BarneyBarney says: There are lots of book discussions in the Forums and you'd have more chance of receiving responses to your question if you asked it there, Roisin. "Bimbo and Topsy" gets 10 out of 10 from me because characters like Topsy and Bobs are so engaging. It's an interesting book as Bimbo, Topsy, Bobs and Cosy were real cats and dogs belonging to Enid Blyton and the two girls, Gillian and Imogen, were named after Enid's own daughters. The action takes place at Green Hedges, where Enid Blyton lived in real life.
Posted by Elise on March 1, 2009
Hi, I have just joined and sent in my subscription but do not know the members password, please help!!!
BarneyBarney says: You have beaten me to it, Elise, but my paw has just sent you an email with the password.
Posted by Ming on March 1, 2009
Interesting how Anonymous (same person?) wants blues and reds on, and here, where there is a very nice use of red, finds it dull! What isn't dull, my dear Anon.? Murky brown?! And reviews are the personal opinions of the writer of the review - whether they wish to be "distant" (how??) or not is their concern!
BarneyBarney says: I expect that Nanny has recaptured Anonymous by now and put him/her/it back into the pram. I enjoying hounding rats, but this one isn't worth it.
Posted by Terry on March 1, 2009
I own a copy of Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories "The Two Naughty Boys" No 245 date September 19, 1941. This is in excellent condition and I would like to dispose of it. Is there some way I could sell this?
BarneyBarney says: You could try listing the magazine on eBay, Terry, or advertising it in the "For Sale" section of our Forums.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on March 1, 2009
Hello Barney, you are quite right of course, this very SAD person has also showered the Enid site with similar wording. It's a great pity he/she can't put his efforts into doing something worthwhile. This is one person Barney who deserves not only to be growled at but to be bitten too.
BarneyBarney says: Hope s/he has got tasty ankles!
Posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2009
Hey Barney why don't you change the masthead of the site? Looks TERRIBLE. Chaannge it please!!! -The Enid Blyton Society in a terrible font with terrible pictures-??? Gah!!! You have a poor taste Barney old dog . THE Enid Blyton BOOK CLUB would look far better!!!!! Society-- bosh!! She wrote for children didn't she? PS- I love the -Cave of Books- section , although I would like you to NOT be so distant in your writing. One more word-- CHANGE the COLOUR, it looks hoooorrrriiiiibbbbbbble!!!!!!!!!!
BarneyBarney says: Anonymous and impolite. Well, we all know what a dim view Enid Blyton took of writers of rude "nonnimus" letters. How strange that should have received a similar anonymous message on their board only recently.
Posted by Alisa on February 25, 2009
I would like to use an image of Noddy & Big Ears admiring a Red Toadstool house on a blog post about the myths surrounding the mushrooms. Does anyone know where I might get permission?
BarneyBarney says: Chorion hold the rights to Enid Blyton's works, but as you're not aiming to benefit financially from posting an image on your Blog you probably don't need to worry too much about copyright. You could always add a note saying you'll be happy to remove the image if using it constitutes an infringement of copyright. Of course, using large amounts of text from the books would be a different matter.
Posted by Corrinne Merrick on February 24, 2009
Thank you, Barney, for your response about Spinky. What a pleasure to finally find where the story came from. What a delight Enid was (and still is).
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Corrinne. Indeed she was, and is, and will continue to be!
Posted by Corrinne on February 24, 2009
I have a memory of a short story in one of Enid Blyton's books about an umbrella that punishes a bad goblin(?) called Spinky. Can anyone tell me which book this comes from? I thought it was from the 'Book of Fairies', but I don't see it in the index.
BarneyBarney says: I think the book you're looking for is Fairy Stories, Corrinne, published by Purnell in 1970. The story about Spinky (who is a pixie, by the way!) is called "The Spanking Umbrella."
Posted by Ronald on February 24, 2009
Hey Barney, thank you for answering my question. I have another: is the name of the inspector on which Jenks is based Jennings or Jenkins? I notice Barbara Stoney uses the former, but I have heard it as "Jenkins".
BarneyBarney says: You're right that Barbara Stoney says in "Enid Blyton - the Biography" that the character of Inspector Jenks was modelled on a real police inspector named Stephen Jennings. However, in an article in "The Enid Blyton Society Journal" Enid's younger daughter Imogen Smallwood refers to him as Jenkins. I don't know which is the correct name.
Posted by TG on February 23, 2009
Oh Dear! Our Hero's been attacked again and this time it's in the forum of The Enid Blyton Society (Least Favorite Enid Blyton Book). Cheer up Little Noddy. Your millions of fans can choose to ignore any critic over the age of six.
BarneyBarney says: Bumpy Dog is a super character!
Posted by Atharva on February 23, 2009
Hi, my favourite book is "Five on Kirrin Island Again." Has anyone read it? Who is your favourite out of the Five!
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether you're registered on the Forums, Atharva, but there are lots of discussions there about the Famous Five books and I think you'd get more response there than on the Message Board. My favourite character is Timmy, as he is the bravest and most intelligent member of the Five!
Posted by Ronald on February 22, 2009
Hi Barney, Does Ring o' Bells Mystery not have the definite article "the" in its title (according to Cave of Books)? It will be the "odd man out" then.
BarneyBarney says: Well-observed, Ronald! Yes, for some reason the first edition of "Ring o' Bells Mystery" didn't have "The" at the beginning of the title. "The" was added to later printings of the book to bring it into line with the rest of the series.
Posted by Caroline on February 20, 2009
When I read the Malory Towers books as a pre-teen, the copies I owned had the most beautiful illustrations on the covers (and a few inside the books themselves). I stupidly got rid of my books and now can't find the books with the same covers, and am wondering if they are still available anywhere or if anyone even knows who the illustrator was. The one I remember most clearly was the cover for "Upper Fourth at Malory Towers," which had picture of a sunrise coming up over the lacrosse field. The colours were so pretty! I realise it's a very vague question, but does anyone else remember these covers or have any information about them? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Have a look in the Cave of Books, Caroline. We show as many reprint covers as possible for Upper Fourth at Malory Towers and the other books.
Posted by Shirley Harrison on February 20, 2009
I have been commissioned to write a "biography" of the real teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. In the mid twenties Enid Blyton interviewed Mrs Milne with Pooh and Christopher Robin in Sussex. Is any of her family in possession of archive diaries or letters that might throw extra light on that meeting? I shall be really grateful for any leads. Thank you, Shirley Harrison
Posted by Paula on February 20, 2009
My grandson loved the Wishing Chair series. The Faraway Tree is the next. I note there are 5 books, are they done on DVD as he is in hospital and it might pass some time,there is a lot of time to pass. I want to start at the beginning of the series through to the end Thanks from Naneeeee
BarneyBarney says: There are actually only three Faraway Tree books in the series, Naneeeee (gosh all those 'e's, it might have been easier to say Paula!), there is a fourth book, but it is just a picture strip. Kate Winslet recorded all three, but I believe that only the first one, The Enchanted Wood, has been released on a CD. It may not be all that easy to find though. I hope your grandson gets better soon.
Posted by Arshavi on February 20, 2009
Dear Barney, in one of the series of Famous Five, 'Five Have a Mystery to Solve', there's a note from Enid Blyton that Whispering Island is real it true? Where is it?
BarneyBarney says: Indeed it is true, Arshavi. Whispering Island was based on Brownsea Island which can be found in Poole Harbour, just off the Dorset coast. It is now owned by the National Trust. You can find out more about it by checking it out on Google.
Posted by Belinda Bear on February 18, 2009
My mother tells me that I was named after a bear called Belinda who was part of a family of bears. I am convinced that this was an Enid Blyton character. Please can anyone help?
Posted by Ali Shaikh on February 18, 2009
Wow! I've just seen this website after nearly a year (I was way too busy with my business) and I just LOVE the makeover! Yeah I know I'm late but still....There is so much information to be found in the Book Listing as I found on my earlier stay — by the way "Cave of Books" does seem a better name for it!! I just love the deep pink background, it just gives a very "friendly" look. Good to see the forums again — yes I haven't registered and probably never will, since I just don't have the daring to do these things! (And also, my business gets in the way). I just loved reading the topics. Now I have so much to read and read here to pay for all the months I've missed. Hurrah for the Enid Blyton Society! — it shows the beautiful and good side of the world. I'm afraid to say I've seen the dark side of the world more often — but I always remember what is said to be 'the good old days', where you could just read and buy chocolate and not have a care in the world. Swonderful, that, as Ern Goon would say!! (A special thanks must go to to the people who made all this possible: Tony Summerfield first and ahead of all, but Keith Robinson, Anita Bensoussane and Matthew Roberts should also get credit. Not forgetting dear old Barney!!!)
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for your kind and enthusiastic comments, Ali. My tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen! I hope that one day you will take the plunge and register! We still have more to add to various areas of the site, especially the Cave of Books which is a real treasure trove.
Posted by Su on February 17, 2009
Me again and thanks for the replies but I've found the story after trawling through all my childhood books and it isn't an Enid Blyton! My memory isn't what it was. The story is by Joyce Stranger from "A Dog Called Gelert and Other Stories." Oh well, back to an evening of the Adventurous Four.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for letting us know. Enjoy your adventurous evening, Su!
Posted by Cora on February 17, 2009
Hi there, You may remember me from a little while ago. My name is Cora Morris, I am a ten-year-old girl from London who is a fan of Enid. I have a feeling that the book that Su was talking about was "Harry the Dirty Dog," by Gene Zion. I too remember as a toddler begging for this to be read to me at night. Hope this helps, Cora
BarneyBarney says: Of course I remember you, Cora. You're still as good as a dog any day!
Posted by Roxanne Bianco on February 17, 2009
Hi, I was wondering could anyone tell me how many books Enid Blyton wrote about the wishing chair? Was it only two? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: There are three altogether, Roxanne. The two best-known volumes are "Adventures of the Wishing-Chair" and "The Wishing-Chair Again." However, in the 1990s a third book was published called "More Wishing-Chair Stories" or "More Wishing-Chair Tales" (depending on the publisher.) This consists of several chapters which were removed from all printings of "Adventures of the Wishing-Chair" after the first edition, as well as some uncollected Wishing-Chair stories which Enid Blyton wrote for "Sunny Stories" magazine and "Enid Blyton's Omnibus."
Posted by Joni on February 16, 2009
Dear people, I am a theatre-worker in Holland. Now, I have written a play inspired by one of the stories of the Famous Five. We are planning to perform maybe at the end of this year or otherwise in the summer of 2010. We are not a commercial institution, we are not being paid, we pay everything ourselves for the time being (it is very difficult to get money for a project.) But we will fight for it! We want to do it well! We feel that we should do something to stimulate kids to get outside in nature, playing with eachother and with their parents. We want to get them away from their computers for a while and make them more outside-people. I am not trying to change the world, I cant! But maybe this little stone could make a little difference for even a few kids? Now I have two questions. Do we have to pay rights to perform this play? If so, how much would that be? Maybe we could get your support? Next question is: when we are ready to perform, would you like to visit our premiëre? Don't mind my bad English writing, I am trying my best! Hope to hear from you. Friendly greetings from Holland, Joni
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for telling us about your project, Joni, and best of luck with it. Where are you planning to perform the play, and will it be in Dutch? Chorion own the rights to Enid Blyton's work so you will need to get in touch with them to discuss copyright issues. They have a "Contact Us" button on their website.
Posted by Anonymous on February 16, 2009
Hi there, like many a mother before me, my children are asking whether there is a recipe out there for Pop Biscuits... it could be cute!
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of a recipe but I certainly wouldn't mind wolfing down two or three Pop Biscuits myself! They're described in the Faraway Tree books as biscuits which pop in the mouth, and then honey floods out, so presumably they're quite crunchy on the outside. Googling "crunchy honey biscuits recipes" or just "honey biscuits" or perhaps "honey cookies" gets plenty of results, but finding a recipe in which the honey remains separate from the biscuit, flooding out from the middle when you bite into it, could prove tricky. Perhaps you could try experimenting with different recipes. Let us know if you find a particularly good one! Now, I wonder if anyone has a recipe for Toffee Shocks...?
Posted by Anonymous on February 15, 2009
Can anyone tell me who built this amazing website? 'Tis SO easy to navigate! I LOVE this. I would like to know the owner's name VERY much. If you don't know already, there's also another good site on Enid Blyton,
BarneyBarney says: Thank you. If you look at the bottom of the website pages, you'll see a note saying that the website was designed by "White Oak Design." Click on the link to find out more!
Posted by Su on February 13, 2009
This is my first post and with no joy from the Cave of Books I hope I can find an answer. I remember reading a short story as a child which I think was by Enid Blyton. It was about a dog "he's such a good dog" who the family let out for the day and he got up to lots of mischief running over flower beds, running in the road etc. Does this 'ring any bells' with any of the members or am I after a completely different author? Many thanks and where's the spell checker? Su
BarneyBarney says: Hope someone can help with the story about that scamp of a dog, Su. As for the spell checker, I'm afraid you'll have to rely on the one in your own head!
Posted by Ming on February 13, 2009
James, you could try organising the trip for May 2010, then your group could attend the Enid Blyton Day as well.
Posted by James on February 11, 2009
I am organising a literary tour of the UK for a South African School group in June 2010. They wish to do some Enid Blyton things - what should I be suggesting to them? Thanks, James.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds as if it'll be a very enjoyable tour, James. You may be interested to know that the gardens of Old Thatch in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, where Enid Blyton lived in the 1920s-30s, are open to the public every year for a few days each week from May to August. A lovely place to visit, full of atmosphere. Down the lane from Old Thatch is the river, where it's possible to follow in the footsteps of the Find-Outers and walk through the meadows along the river-path to Marlow. Dorset also has a number of Enid Blyton connections. In Studland is the golf club which was owned by Enid and her husband Kenneth. From the golf course there are views over Brownsea Island, which was the inspiration for Whispering Island in "Five Have a Mystery to Solve." Finniston Farm was based on Manor Farm in Stourton Caundle, which Enid and Kenneth owned, though I'm not sure whether it's open to the public. The 1957 Children's Film Foundation version of "Five On a Treasure Island" was filmed at Corfe Castle, where the Blyton-themed Ginger Pop Shop is to be found. Camping in or near any of those locations would be a very Blytonian thing to do.
Posted by Rosemary Lee on February 11, 2009
Does anyone know if there are any jig-saws available featuring either "The Enchanted Wood" and/or "The Wishing Chair"?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of any modern jigsaws but three Faraway Tree jigsaws were produced by Bestime in the late 1940s and early 1950s, one wood and two card. Naturally, they are very scarce now. There was also a Wishing Chair one.
Posted by hope189 on February 10, 2009
Barney, Is it possible to withdraw my membership of the forums? Just curious!
BarneyBarney says: If you wanted to withdraw your membership you'd have to email one of the administrators and ask if your account could be deactivated. But I hope you prefer to stick around and join in the fun.
Posted by Albert on February 8, 2009
Hi Barney, can you answer my one question? Is there a copyright on the covers displayed here (I mean first edition covers)? Can I use them for my own Blyton site (not the text, just the scans of the covers). Apologies if this question is very silly. Thanking you in advance, Albert Jackson.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for asking, Albert, but it has taken literally hundreds of hours over several years to scan and edit the images and add them to the website (in fact it is an ongoing process) so I'm afraid we can't give permission to others to just copy and paste the pictures and use them elsewhere.
Posted by Philip Mannering on February 8, 2009
I also can't access the forums, it still says (it has been saying that since Saturday morning): "Currently under maintenance. Please check back again later." Keith said that the forums will have to be closed 12 hours, but it has been much more than that. At first I thought it was my computer - that's why I was relieved when another forumite had the same problem! Hope the forums open soon. - Philip.
BarneyBarney says: Hope you're able to gain access by now, Philip. Moving to a new server was slightly trickier than anticipated but the job is now more or less complete.
Posted by Bannerman on February 8, 2009
Barney, I'm sorry to ask you this, but do you know when the forums will be up and running again? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry you're having trouble accessing the Forums. As the site updates around the globe there will be problems getting onto the Forums but the situation is only temporary and we hope that everyone will have access sometime today.
Posted by Jo Kornstein on February 6, 2009
Dear all Enid Blyton Fans! I am working on a film about Enid Blyton which is being made by the BBC and would be grateful for any help or advice you may be kind enough to give! In particular we are looking to hire collections of Enid's books to dress her study and any models or toys of Noddy for example. If anyone has first editions and would be willing to allow the covers to be scanned so that we could mock up her original books that would be amazing. All hires would be highly insured and cared. My email address is Many thanks, Jo.
Posted by Re: Honour Bright on February 5, 2009
I did a Google search and found a book on eBay which might be the one you are looking for, William. It's called Honour Bright.
Posted by SK on February 3, 2009
William, The book you refer to could be "The Goody-Naughty Book" by Sarah Cory Rippey, which is available at Project Gutenberg for free. There is also a boy called Button Bright in the OZ books by Frank Baum.
Posted by Gail Bragg on February 2, 2009
Thank you so much for the information about the Ninth Holiday Book; I have visited the site and ordered the book already. I wish everyone else I dealt with was so helpful and prompt. Thanks again.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for letting us know, Gail. A wag of the tail for you. Hope you enjoy getting reacquainted with the book!
Posted by Rosy on February 2, 2009
Had a story book when a child, various stories, about minding your ps and qs, a budgie painted brown to look like a sparrow, someone who got lost in the London smog, found a strange house, and whose shoe was splashed with paint which made it invisible. Any ideas anyone please?
BarneyBarney says: I know of a story called "Polly's Ps and Qs," about a girl who is taught to mind her manners by having the letters P and Q pinned to her dress every time she forgets to say "Please" or "Thank you." You could try looking up that story in the Cave of Books (put "Qs" in the "Search" box) as it has been printed in various collections and, if it's one of the tales you're looking for, you may recognise a book cover or other story titles. Sorry I can't be of more help, Rosy, but perhaps someone else has some information?
Posted by William Holmes on February 1, 2009
I am desperately trying to find a book which I read as a small child aged about 8, 9 or 10. It's about a young boy who used the phrase "Honour Bright" when he wanted to emphasize that he was telling the truth. Part of my research has led me to Enid Blyton. Was she the author of such a book? If so, do you know how I can acquire a copy? If she was not the author, do you know who was? Thanking you in anticipation, William.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 31, 2009
Hi Nigel, just read your message and I'll have a look to see what our county library has. Thanks. Maz, that book about the stolen cars is THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN HOUSE and is a great read! Wayne Pyer, just seen your message. Great to hear from another Taff and from South Wales too! Will be watching the Six Nations rugby next weekend! Being part Scot too it will be a bit difficult to cheer Scotland and Wales on the Sunday when they face each other so I hope for a draw!
Posted by Gail Bragg on January 31, 2009
Many years ago I had a book which I think was called 'The Ninth Holiday Book,' it was given to me by my Aunt . Somehow this has been mislaid and I would love to read the stories which were so wonderfully moral to my class of young children, stories such as 'The Scribblers' and 'Peter's Pencil Case' and 'He was Afraid.' Can you help me to locate a copy ?
BarneyBarney says: Abebooks have a number of copies for sale, Gail.
Posted by Caroline on January 30, 2009
Hi, I am planning on using The Faraway Tree Series as my texts for a Year 1 Primary Literacy Unit of fantasy stories. Does anyone know of any resources available or websites that have games to play/parts of the story online? Any ideas welcome, it is my favourite book and I believe it will get my class's imagination flying!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of any resources, Caroline. Making your own would be time-consuming, I know, but once made they could be used year after year. Children could perhaps draw and describe fairy-folk characters from their own imagination who could live in the Enchanted Wood, or invent new lands to come to the top of the tree. They could make board games and collages based on the books and perhaps write their own "Saucepan Man" songs. Another idea would be for children to design their own book covers including blurb, or write a letter or diary in the role of a character. If you could get hold of various editions from different eras, it would be fun for children to discuss the illustrations and see which ones they liked best. Perhaps your pupils could also do some research on Enid Blyton's life. The Faraway Tree books are rich and there is plenty of scope for imaginative responses and for stretching children's vocabulary and making them think about character and setting. Have fun with the project and I hope your class enjoy it!
Posted by Parthipan on January 30, 2009
I need to know how many books are written by Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Is it really a "need," or just a "want"?! I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We know that she wrote over 180 novels though, and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her phenomenal output, try exploring the Cave of Books.
Posted by Emily on January 27, 2009
Hi, I am desperately looking for some help. My mother keeps mentioning a book by Enid Blyton. One of the stories is about there being just enough blue sky to make a pair of sailor's trousers. I haven't been able to find the name of it anywhere. Thanks, E.
BarneyBarney says: I know of two stories containing the phrase about there being enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers. One is 'A Pair of Blue Trousers' in "Enid Blyton's Book of the Year," about a weather-clerk who is in a bad temper and refuses to make the sky blue until he is forced to by a dog and a sailor-boy. The other is 'A Bit of Blue Sky' from "Enid Blyton's Happy Story Book," in which Nannie Wimple cuts a piece of blue out of the sky to see if the weather is going to be fine enough for two children to play outside.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on January 27, 2009
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Posted by Jessica on January 27, 2009
Hi Barney, When I was about 8 I had an audio cassette of "The Island of Adventure," read I think by Peter Davison. It was absolutely fantastic and I re-call it vividly. Now I am 31 and would love for my children to hear the same version but I cannot find it anywhere. Any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: "The Island of Adventure" was read by Peter Davidson, not Davison. I believe these old audio cassettes are quite hard to find but you could keep an eye out on eBay and Amazon and also try boot sales, charity shops, etc. Good luck with your search, Jessica.
Posted by Maz on January 24, 2009
Hi, Just wondered if anyone can help. When I was young my father read me all sorts of books at bedtime, including Enid Blyton. A book I remember (but not very well) really sticks in my mind and I have been looking for it for years. It was an adventure story and some children solved a mystery of some stolen cars! I seem to remember them looking over a wall/fence/hedge etc at a big house and seeing the cars and gang. Can anyone help me trace the book? Thanks, Maz
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of The Mystery of the Hidden House, Maz, which is the sixth title in the Five Find-Outers and Dog series about Fatty and his friends.
Posted by Jayne on January 24, 2009
Hi, Can anyone tell me did Enid paint herself? I have a lovely old English scene water colour with the initials EB on it. Inside the E is the the B initial, quite distinctive. Jayne
BarneyBarney says: I believe Enid Blyton was quite talented at sketching and at painting in watercolour. However, there have probably been numerous artists over the years with the initials E.B. Perhaps an expert would be able to help you?
Posted by Wayne Pyer on January 23, 2009
Hi Barney. Just a short note for Sue Webster. I'm from South Wales and love Enid Blyton. Nice to hear from a fellow taff.
BarneyBarney says: Prynhawn da, Wayne!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on January 23, 2009
You could see if your county libraries are available online, Sue. Google your County + library and see what comes up. I know I can view all titles available in Wiltshire and reserve them to be collected in Salisbury. I think you have to be a member of the library to access this though.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds jolly useful especially if, like Sue, you know which titles you're after. However, browsing through titles online isn't quite the same as surveying tall bookshelves of inviting-looking covers, taking down books which catch the eye and flicking through them. The whole smell and atmosphere of a library is quite special.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 22, 2009
Hi Barney, Will be down the library tomorrow and see what I can find out.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 22, 2009
Hi, Can I get hold of "The Adventurous Four - Shipwrecked" and "The Adventurous Four - Stranded" in my local library? Would they be able to get them? Also would the library be able to get the book called "The Story of My Life" that Enid wrote back in 1952? Thanks, Barney, old chum! I'm part Scots/Welsh---any other Scots and Welsh out there?
BarneyBarney says: You'll have to ask at your local library, Sue. If they don't stock the books you want, they may be able to get them for you via the inter-library loans scheme, which means they'll check which other libraries have copies and get hold of them for you. You have to pay a charge for inter-library loans though. Last time I checked, it was about 75p per book. Older books like "The Story of My Life" are not always easy to obtain. If you can't get a library copy, it may be worth keeping an eye on eBay to see if any reasonably-priced copies come up.
Posted by Joaquim Augusto Reis on January 20, 2009
BarneyBarney says: All those capital letters are a little hard on the eyes but it's great that you've been an Enid Blyton fan for forty-five years, Joaquim. There has never been a TV drama series of the Malory Towers or St. Clare's books, I'm afraid, though a Japanese cartoon series based on the St. Clare's books was made in the early 1990s. It was dubbed into Arabic, French, German, Spanish and Tagalog but was never made available in English (or in Portuguese as far as I know.) Not too long now till the next Enid Blyton Day in May!
Posted by Eloise on January 18, 2009
Hi Barney, I just wanted to say for Monlibu's sake that I have all of the mystery books original prints that my dad had when he was little, I'm not sure if they still do them (?) Anyway did Enid Blyton ever publish an autobiography? Laters, Ella ;-)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton published her autobiography, The Story of My Life, in 1952.
Posted by Arshavi on January 18, 2009
Dear Barney, Can I become a member even if I don't want the Journal?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, but joining the Society involves subscribing to the Journal. I hope you'll be able to subscribe at some point in the future, Arshavi, even if it's not possible for you at present.
Posted by Vicki on January 15, 2009
When I was a little girl I remember hearing a story on an audio book about Connie and her candle and also about children who went to a far away land where there were hundreds of beds and people went there to sleep and rest. Does anyone know what this story was called?
BarneyBarney says: The two stories you are looking for sound like "Connie's Curious Candle" and "Two Noisy Children." I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the audio tape, Vicki, but knowing the titles of the stories might be of some help. Both stories can be found in the book Sleepyland Stories.
Posted by monlibu on January 13, 2009
Thanks Barney. In which case I meant reproduction prints. Surely there must be someone out there doing them? If not sounds like a good business idea as I for one would love some. Maybe the Society could reproduce what they have, if copyright allows?
BarneyBarney says: Funnily enough I don't think I have seen anybody selling reproduction prints from Blyton books, but you do get photocopied dustwrappers sold at 'humungous' amounts on ebay!
Posted by parthipan on January 13, 2009
barney!is there enid blyton's slethules. can you please tell their rael names .i am exited to know it.
BarneyBarney says: I thought I would show one message in its 'natural form' as it comes in to me. I am now exiting to hunt for slethules!!
Posted by monlibu on January 12, 2009
Hi Barney dog, Doubtless asked before, but help me out please. I'd like to find originals or prints of illustrations / covers from the adventure, mystery and secret series. Think there'll probably be some at the EB day (?) but are there other sources (other than ebay) and what are the typical prices?
BarneyBarney says: Not too sure that I am understanding your question here. Are you talking about original artwork from the Adventure, Mystery and Secret series? If so, the only artwork in this line that I have ever come across is the Tresilian covers from the Adventure series, which the Society bought last year.
Posted by Arshavi on January 12, 2009
Dear Barney, I live in India as I am an Indian and I cannot afford to come to London. Please help me. thankyou , Arshavi
BarneyBarney says: I am not quite sure what you are wanting here, Arshavi, but the only transport we have is the Wishing Chair and I think it might find the journey is a bit too long!
Posted by Sonja McDaniel on January 12, 2009
Thank you, Barney, for your response about the illustrator, Florence M. Leicester (per my question sent to the message board on January 2, 2009). I did in fact find two listings on your website with Florence as illustrator. As you say, they are not Enid's books. One that Florence illustrated was Bo Peep's Bumper Book (1928), also called Cassell's Bo Peep. Another was The Child's Bumper Book, published in 1953. I believe the NU librarian was not necessarily saying that Florence illustrated Enid's books, but that this information about Florence could be located on your website. I am very pleased that your have that information available, and I am convinced by comparing the art that this is the same artist as the charcoal drawing that we discovered. Can you think of any other resources that would help me find more information about Florence M. Leicester? I really appreciate your quick response, since I have been looking for this information for about five years now with no luck till now. Sincerely, Sonja
BarneyBarney says: Sadly information on children's illustrators is difficult to find, and I can't really suggest any source of helpful information. Perhaps someone reading this will have a bright idea!
Posted by Sue Webster on January 10, 2009
Hi everyone and dear old Barney , good dog ! I would love to go to the EB Day in May but can't afford the rail fare. Are there any members in my area who may be going and with whom I could get a lift , I live in Walsall, West Midlands. Thanks very much .
Posted by Parthipan on January 10, 2009
Hai Barney! I love the 'Famous Five' story books very much. I have read all the Famous Five books written by Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Hai to you too Parthipan!! Luckily for you there are plenty of other Enid Blyton series for you to get your teeth into now!
Posted by Katharine on January 9, 2009
'Secret Lives' rings a bell, so that's probably the one I am thinking of. If it didn't present Enid in a very favourable light, perhaps it's best if it's not repeated anyway!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on January 9, 2009
Yes, you're right of course, Barney. I was confused as Imogen does feature in the programme, but is played by the actress Anna Massey.
Posted by Katharine on January 9, 2009
Thanks for your replies Barney & Nigel. I'll check out the Maureen Lipman one, although I don't think that's the one I'm thinking of. I'm fairly sure the one I'm thinking of was broadcast during the 1990's. I mainly remember that the daughters seemed to have very different memories of their mother.
BarneyBarney says: It sounds to me as if you are talking about the Channel 4 programme, Secret Lives, which most people agreed gave a thoroughly unbalanced viewpoint of Enid, as it had almost nothing good to say about her at all.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on January 9, 2009
Katharine, the programme you might be thinking of is "The Enid Blyton Story", featuring Maureen Lipman as Enid. You can watch it on YouTube, the first episode is here.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for that, Nigel, but it may not be the one that Katharine is looking for, as Imogen wasn't in it. I am sure others will enjoy it though.
Posted by hope189 on January 8, 2009
Dear Barney, Thanks for the compliment. I'd love to be a Find-Outer as I love mysteries and the mystery series is one of my most favourite series books. Come to think of it, you too would make a fantastic Find-Outer considering the way you "sniff out" all the answers to our questions!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, we dogs have good noses for sniffing things out, but I am sure that there is 'hope' for you yet!
Posted by hope189 on January 8, 2009
Dear Barney, I did some sleuthing and found out that Enid Blyton wrote 2 books in the series - "The Adventurous Four",also called "Adventurous Four-shipwrecked" and "The Adventurous Four Again", also known as "Adventurous Four-stranded". Clive Dickinson wrote a sequel called "Adventurous Four-trapped".
BarneyBarney says: Well done, we'll make a Find-Outer of you yet!
Posted by Jane B on January 8, 2009
Thank you so much for your reply - predictably I am now desperate to read the relevant articles in Journals 17, 19 and 20.
BarneyBarney says: I thought you might want to see the articles, I am sure we will be able to arrange something.
Posted by Katharine on January 7, 2009
I seem to remember watching a documentary several years ago celebrating 100 year's since Enid's birth, it contained interviews with her daughters. Does anyone know if this would be likely to be repeated to celebrate Noddy's anniversary? Unfortunately I either didn't record it at the time, or the tape got wiped!
BarneyBarney says: There have been a few documentaries about Enid, so I am not quite sure which one you are referring to, but in answer to your question I would have thought it very unlikely that anything will be repeated, though there may well be something new in the pipeline.
Posted by Auntie Andrea on January 7, 2009
Please does anyone know where I can go for valuations of my EB collection. I have quite a few first editions and would love to know if they are valuable!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that the Society is unable to help with valuations, but as a general comment it is worth saying that most books that people think might be valuable normally aren't. Value is almost always related to scarcity, and if a book is scarce most people are unlikely to have a copy anyway.
Posted by Jane on January 7, 2009
I've just read Barbara Stoney's great biography of Enid and came to this website with two burning questions which I can't find the answer to on the website - please can you help. 1. Who was the woman Enid's father Thomas set up home with - did they have any children together and what happened to her after Thomas's death (was she provided for in his Will)? 2. What happened to poor old Hugh (Enid's first husband) and Ida? Did they have children? was he happy after the divorce?
BarneyBarney says: Two meaty questions, Jane, and a bit difficult to answer concisely. When Barbara Stoney wrote her Biography she didn't know the answer to either of these questions, but both have since been thoroughly answered in articles that she wrote for our Journal. In Journal 17 - 'Thomas Blyton's Other Family' and a two-part article in Journals 19 & 20 - 'Hugh Pollock's Life After Enid'. In simple terms Thomas married Florence Agnes Delattre and their granddaughter, Flora Watson, is a long-standing member of the Society and regularly attends the Enid Blyton Day and can often be seen helping out on the Society stall. Ida Pollock is still alive and still writing at the age of 100, she has just published her autobiography and lives with her daughter Rosemary.
Posted by hope189 on January 7, 2009
Dear Barney, a couple of questions for you. 1. By what names were the Adventurous Four books originally published? Were the names changed in the revised editions? 2. Are the TV series versions of any of Enid's books aired on TV now?
BarneyBarney says: One for you and one for me I think! You can find the answer to your Adventurous Four question for yourself by having a look in the Cave of Books. As for TV series, there haven't really been all that many - just the Famous Five and The Castle of Adventure was also serialised, but nothing has been done recently, so I'm afraid that nothing is being aired at the moment at all.
Posted by Katherine Willfong on January 5, 2009
Seeking information about the Noddy books and where they may be purchased. Please advise. Thanks Katherine PS Please e-mail answer
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that the Message Board doesn't offer an email advice service! As far as information is concerned you will find plenty on Noddy in The Cave of Books, but as for where they may be purchased there is a very good website called Google!
Posted by Fathima Zehra on January 5, 2009
I love Enid Blyton's story books.But sometimes they are too romantic.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think that I have often heard Enid Blyton's books described as too romantic!
Posted by Sally on January 5, 2009
I sent a cheque some time ago for one ticket to the EB day but have not received confirmation. Would you please confirm that you have received it and when I can expect to receive the ticket. Thanks
BarneyBarney says: The Society receives a large number of cheques over the year, and normally these are for goods (magazines etc.) which are sent by return, so no acknowledgement is necessary. Your cheque for a ticket did arrive safely, and if you look at your bank statement you will see that it has been paid in. You were very quick off the mark in sending in your form, so possibly didn't have a chance to read the bit that says, 'Tickets in the form of programmes will be sent out about three weeks before the day'. We look forward to seeing you in May.
Posted by Sonja McDaniel on January 2, 2009
Several years ago, my mother and I went to a frame shop to have an old print of University Hall at Northwestern University in Illinois reframed. When the framer took apart the old frame, a charcoal drawing in black and pink fell out from behind. It was a portrait of a lovely young woman, and it was signed Florence M. Leicester and dated 22-10-11. The librarian at Northwestern University did some research for me to see if this was a student at NU at some point. But the only artist by this name is the illustrator of Enid Blyton's books. The time frame would fit with Florence's life. We had the drawing framed, and it is displayed in our home. Is it possible that this drawing was actually done by the illustrator of Blyton's books?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know where the librarian got the information from, but it is wrong as Florence M. Leicester didn't illustrate any Enid Blyton Books. She did illustrate the covers of two annuals in the 1920s which Enid Blyton contributed to, but nothing as early as 1922. It still sound like a very nice early drawing that you possess.
Posted by Rosemary on January 2, 2009
Thank you for such a swift and comprehensive response!!
Posted by Rosemary on January 2, 2009
Can you tell me why some of the Mary Mouse strip books have holes in the spine?
BarneyBarney says: This was something that was done to late reprints in the 1960s, apparently to make it easier to display them in shops by hanging them up. One wonders also if one of the reasons was that they fitted too easily into little pockets! These 'holed' editions were also heavily abridged as they sometimes had just under half of the original illustrations.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 1, 2009
Hi Cora, What a great idea - start a club for Find-Outers fans! I'd join! I wish the Famous Five Club could be restarted too and one for the Secret Seven! Happy New Year to everyone. Sue.