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Posted by Zaidi on December 31, 2010
Hello Barney, how are you? You know our problem of the car is all right now. You gave me quite good answers but I still don't believe in the dog but you the one who's writing! I hope my brother hasn't messaged you. Alhafiz or good bye.
BarneyBarney says: Golly, you could talk the hind legs off a donkey - or even a dog, Zaidi! ;-) If you like chatting and getting to know fellow Blyton fans, why not join our discussion forums? People have to register in order to post on the forums, but it's free of charge.
Posted by Syed on December 31, 2010
I am the brother of Zaidi. How are you? I want to be a member of the Enid Blyton Society. I hope it doesn't cost any money because no one will pay for me.
BarneyBarney says: Belonging to the Society involves subscribing to the Journal which is published three times a year. I'm afraid we have to charge for that in order to cover printing and postage costs. However, it's free to join the discussion forums on this website.
Posted by Zaidi on December 31, 2010
Hi Barney, how are you? The year 2010 is finished. What are your resolutions as I know someone pretending to be Barney is giving our answers so you are some person, what are your resolutions? I am right now in great tension because someone hit into our car and broke some things off it. I am just believing in God, let's see what happens.
BarneyBarney says: Hi, Zaidi. At least you can be thankful that it was only the car that was hurt. I see you have faith in God but not in this dog! ;-) My New Year's resolutions are to take my master on longer walks (good for him as well as me!) and to sniff as many exciting smells as possible.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on December 31, 2010
Katharine: 'The Famous Five Books' was a specialist subject in Junior Mastermind a year or so ago.
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Nigel.
Posted by Mehar on December 31, 2010
Can I see the characters of Malory Towers? Their images? Please!
BarneyBarney says: You can see book covers and early internal illustrations in the Cave of Books, Mehar - just click on the "Malory Towers" button and then on the individual titles. It's not always clear which characters are being represented, though! The pictures are only artists' interpretations and the best images may well be the ones in your own imagination!
Posted by Paul on December 31, 2010
Thanks, Barney and Nigel. I once got in trouble with my old primary school a few years ago - they had a message page up about children's books and I posted a few of my favourite Enids. I then had an email from the school saying that interacting on that page was a Bad Thing because current students were posting there and it was unacceptable for older people and primary school kids to interact. With my Asperger's Syndrome making it difficult to discern social boundaries, I hadn't realised that I was doing anything wrong.
BarneyBarney says: Funny that the message page was set up so that it was accessible by all, if the school held that opinion!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 30, 2010
Hi, are there any readers who once had the Old Thatch newsletters? I had some and there was also a secret code card which I have lost. Is there anyone who still has a secret code card who could make me a copy? It was a membership card too, I think. Hope someone knows if I can get a copy or can copy one for me. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone reading this will be able to help.
Posted by Zaidi on December 30, 2010
Hello. How are you, Barney? I am fine. You see I am in Pakistan, I am having vacation and I am getting bored at home but I don't want to go to school but it is enjoyable to be a member of this society. I have written a whole report on Enid's life as it was my Assignment from school to make any report and I got full marks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your love of Enid Blyton is helping you both at school and during the hols, Zaidi!
Posted by Hiba on December 30, 2010
Hi Ana, I just read your letter to Sue. You asked her if she was from Qatar. Are you staying in Qatar? Just asked, because even I am staying in Qatar. And please don't think I am interfering with you Ana.
Posted by Katharine on December 29, 2010
One look at my scores on the monthly quiz is enough to show I wouldn't be a very good contestant on Mastermind!
BarneyBarney says: If I were you, I'd bone up on the subject beforehand!
Posted by Katharine on December 29, 2010
Does any one know if there has ever been a contestant on Mastermind whose specialist subject was Enid Blyton and/or her books?
BarneyBarney says: Not that I know of, perhaps you will be the first, Katharine!
Posted by Secret on December 29, 2010
I love Enid Blyton books but don't have enough. What do I do?
BarneyBarney says: I will let you into a 'secret', get some more!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 29, 2010
Hi Tony and dear faithful old Barney --- there's a dog on Blue Peter called Barney too --- hope you had a brilliant birthday and hope many more to come , mine was on Dec 10th. wish I could give Barney a big cuddle!
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sue, thanks for the cuddle, if I had known about your birthday I would have sent you a birthday lick (I don't suppose you would want a bone, and I am not sure that I could spare one anyway!). I am so pleased to hear that Blue Peter have named a dog after me. I will say Hi to Tony for you.
Posted by Sue Webster on December 29, 2010
Hi Hiba . I still read Enid`s books and I'm a grown up! Who cares what people think ? if you enjoy the books then enjoy them. I do, and feel I'm there with the characters . I hate being a grown up though as there's not much fun being one! I love being a big kid! cheers!
Posted by Zaidi on December 29, 2010
Please have as many quizzes as you can and add more things in the society as I am a member. Otherwise it gets boring as I Log on every day.
BarneyBarney says: We have a fresh quiz every month Zaidi, but I think that is all we can manage. New things are added to the website every day, so there is plenty for you to see in the Cave of Books. I log on every day as well!
Posted by Hiba on December 29, 2010
Hai Barney. Hats off to you. You and your crew have done a lot of work to make children read a lot of books.Can't you make your quizzes a bit easier?
BarneyBarney says: Hai Hiba, the crew of the good ship Blyton thank you for removing your hat. I wouldn't even get as many as you on the quiz, but my master says I am 'bone idle' - boom, boom!
Posted by Saswati on December 29, 2010
Dearest Barney, I simply adore Enid Blyton (even at the age of 12). Do I have to be embarrassed because of this?
BarneyBarney says: Dearest Saswati, I am sure you are right that Enid Blyton was adorable when she was 12. Don't be embarrassed, I adore bones and I am quite happy to gnaw them in public.
Posted by Hephzibah on December 28, 2010
Barney, Merry Christmas! Does Enid have a special Christmas website? I love Enid's books! They are the best in the world!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Hephzibah, tail wags to you too. Enid does indeed have a special Christmas website and you are on it. It is also special for the other 364 days as well!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on December 27, 2010
Hiba, when I was in my teens there was a feeling of 'shame' in still reading Enid Blyton. Peer pressure dictated that it was quite childish to read Enid's books. However, as you get older, you will gain in confidence and read books that you want to read, and not because you think you ought to. Paul: I started reading Blytons at the age of four, and I'm sixty now! I certainly don't feel ashamed. Why not take a look at the forums, and you'll see plenty of people all still reading Enid's books. The majority are adults, as well! Neither of you should feel any shame.
BarneyBarney says: Well said, Nigel!
Posted by Hiba on December 26, 2010
Merry Christmas, Barney. I am a girl of 13 and I still read Enid's Famous Five. Do I have to feel ashamed of it? My parents don't approve of it.
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas, Hiba. Some teenagers do feel under pressure from their parents or peers to stop reading Enid Blyton. However, it seems a pity to have to give up reading the books if you still enjoy them. What would your parents prefer you to read? Perhaps you could talk to them about it and agree to try some of the authors they suggest, while explaining that Enid Blyton is still important to you too.
Posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2010
Dear Barney, The Secret Seven are wonderful. Why don't you put quizzes about them?
BarneyBarney says: Our Monthly Quiz has a mixure of Blyton-related questions, but there are also question-and-answer type games on the forums (in the "Games" section) if you're interested, including one on the Secret Seven.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on December 25, 2010
Congratulations on the best site on the world wide web and a dinosaur size bone for Barney! Merry Christmas one and all.
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas, Wayne. Thanks - that bone is mega!
Posted by Paul on December 25, 2010
Barney, Should I feel ashamed that I was reading Blyton at six years old and am still reading her at thirty?
BarneyBarney says: Ashamed? No, of course not! You should rejoice in the fact that you've avoided becoming cynical and jaded over the years, and that the stories you loved when the world was fresh to you still have the power to bring you joy. I hope that's still the case when you're a hundred years old!
Posted by Francis on December 25, 2010
Must be one of the best author-themed websites around - a particular thanks for the "Cave of Books". A lot of hard work by Tony and others is very much appreciated by us all. Happy Birthday/Christmas.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Francis. The Cave is a cheery place to be on this cold winter's day!
Posted by Lucky Star on December 25, 2010
A wonderful milestone. The best Enid Blyton site in existence. Congratulations Barney and a very Happy Christmas to you and your master.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Lucky Star - the same to you. Let's hope the website continues to go from strength to strength in 2011!
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on December 25, 2010
Happy 6th Birthday. You do a grand job, Barney, answering all those questions. I hope you find some time to sit back and relax today! Best Christmas wishes.
BarneyBarney says: Hope you have a lovely Christmas too, Julie. However busy I may be, I always make time for snoozing, feasting, playing games and going for walks!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on December 25, 2010
Hearty congratulations! Is it only six years? Give yourself a Turkey Bone and have a very merry Christmas, Barney - you deserve it!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Nigel. Wishing you plenty of turkey and treats as well!
Posted by Tony Summerfield on December 25, 2010
Today is a very special day for us as we celebrate our sixth birthday as the website was launched on Christmas Day 2004. A big thank you to all the people who have supported us over the past six years.
BarneyBarney says: I'd like to add a hearty "Woof" of thanks too.
Posted by Genette on December 24, 2010
How many Christmas and New Year themed stories did Enid write?
BarneyBarney says: I can't give you a complete list, Genette, but this thread on the forums lists a number of Christmas and New Year themed stories by Enid Blyton and other authors.
Posted by Nepolean on December 24, 2010
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!:)
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Nepolean. My tinsel-bedecked tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen!
Posted by Lucky on December 24, 2010
Blessed Christmas! Peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Barney, I hope you'll have a glorious Christmas, Woof woof woof!!!
BarneyBarney says: A Woofy Woof Woof to you too, Lucky!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 23, 2010
Hi Ana, just read your letter. And hi Barney, super, cuddly, loveable, dear old dog! Sorry not to have answered earlier but my computer was out of action. Have you managed to get registered on the forum, Ana? If so you could now send me a private message with your address so I can send you a couple of books - if your parents don't mind. My email address is welshgirl1032003@yahoo.com. Barney said I'm from the UK - yes. Have a Very Merry Christmas - in the Welsh language it is Nadolig Llawen. I'm part Welsh and part Scots (I have family from Wales and Scotland), all part of the UK. To Barney: If Ana has registered on the forum and tried to contact me there, where would be the most likely place to find it? Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Hi, Sue! I've combined your two messages into one. If Ana has registered on the forums and tried to contact you, I expect she'd have sent you a PM (private message). I hope your computer is all right now. Nadolig Llawen!
Posted by Nikki on December 22, 2010
What thin books or periodicals might Enid Blyton and maybe Katharine Adams have had their material published in? Please see my earlier post about The Lost Noreen. Sure wish our mother hadn't tossed out an item from our childhood that meant so much to us! We are trying to find a copy of what we remember.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton contributed to so many periodicals (a few thousand!), as well as annuals, books of plays, etc, that I'm afraid it's hard to say. If you check out these two links, especially the book covers in the second link, perhaps you'll recognise something. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Hephzibah on December 22, 2010
Barney, I was wondering if I could join the members club without having an email. Now tell me, what is a general dogsbody?
BarneyBarney says: You need to have an email address in order to register on the forums, Hephzibah. If you haven't got one, perhaps you could set one up? Or if not, maybe a member of your family would let you register using his/her email address? Joining the forums is free of charge, but if you want to join the Society that involves subscribing to the thrice-yearly Journal (details are to be found under "Fireside Journal"). A "general dogsbody" is a drudge - someone who does all the lowly jobs no one else wants to do! I was only joking about being one!
Posted by Fat Tony on December 20, 2010
Hi Barney! Why are many Blyton books abridged these days?
BarneyBarney says: I think only a few are abridged - though practically all of them have had the language updated. Where chapters are cut out, I suppose it's usually a case of publishers wanting the story to fill no more than a certain number of pages, without reducing the size of the type. If my guess is correct, it's terrible to think of the coherence and integrity of a story being sacrificed in order to keep printing costs down!
Posted by Hephzibah on December 19, 2010
Barney, I want to know if Enid wrote the book The Naughty Girl. Toodles! And oh, you are like a protocol officer cracking a joke!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote The Naughtiest Girl in the School (and two sequels) if that's what you mean. As for being like a "protocol officer", that sounds rather more grand than "general dogsbody"!
Posted by Lucky on December 18, 2010
I checked my Mr. Galliano's Circus 2003 edition and you're right, Barney, it is published by Hinkler. It is mentioned that this edition has been abridged but I wasn't alert to things like this before I found this site. The three chapters removed are "Poor old Punch", "The Strange Medicine" and "The Two Marvellous Brothers", all lovely and heart-touching chapters on Jimmy finding a cure for poor Punch, the dog who was very ill to the point of death, and rescuing Lulu the lovely spaniel. I am particularly touched by Jimmy's refusal to give up on Punch and his undying effort to save him. I'm still continuing this book as I have a 1972 edition so I'll get to Lulu the lovely spaniel soon! I always loved this Circus series as a child and what a shame that this book has been abridged. I do believe you're right too, Barney, they are no longer available even in my bookshops in Malaysia. I wonder what Chorion has got to say about this!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much indeed for the information, Lucky. Much appreciated. What a pity that such lovely chapters were taken out of Mr. Galliano's Circus. I wonder whether the other two books in the series were also abridged by Hinkler?
Posted by Nikki on December 18, 2010
I just discovered that the play The Lost Noreen was in a book named Mehitable by Katharine Adams. My friends and I were performing this play for the neighborhood when we were little. We found it in a thin book or magazine collection of stories. Could Enid have adapted or included Katharine's play in one of her own magazines?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote her own material for Sunny Stories and Enid Blyton's Magazine but The Lost Noreen might possibly have appeared in a thin book or periodical to which a number of different writers (including Enid Blyton) had contributed.
Posted by Hephzibah on December 18, 2010
You're a funny little dog, Barney! Do you have any friends apart from books? I want to know how many series of novels Enid wrote. Her books are like a big hug from a close friend!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I do have friends apart from books - I'm quite a sociable dog and my bark is worse than my bite! If you want to know about series of novels, Hephzibah, have a look in the Cave under 'Novels/Novelettes'. There are also character-based series, such as the Mr. Meddle and Amelia Jane series (look under 'Character Books').
Posted by Hephzibah on December 18, 2010
Enid's books are just like having a visit from your best friend, a lot of laughs and fun! How many books altogether did Enid write?
BarneyBarney says: Some of my best friends are books, Hephzibah! Being a canine, I'm particularly fond of dog-eared books! It's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote, I'm afraid. 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 Enid Blyton's amazing output, have a wander through our Cave of Books.
Posted by Nikki on December 17, 2010
Did Enid Blyton write a play called The Lost Noreen? Una was Noreen's sister. Noreen was taken by the fairies and Una was always hoping Noreen would return. Somehow the characters end up in a fairyland and meet up with Brownie. There was a song in the play about Noreen, oh sweet Noreen. If she did, what book is it in?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Enid Blyton wrote that play, Nikki. There's no record of it in the Cave of Books. But perhaps someone reading this will know who did.
Posted by Red Tower on December 17, 2010
Hi Barney, Re Book & Magazine Collector, it appears to have breathed its last - "Sadly, the Christmas issue of Book & Magazine Collector (on sale from 18 November) will be the last". See this link. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: That is sad news, Red Tower.
Posted by junkie on December 16, 2010
Hi Barney, I'd like to know where I can find a price guide for Enid Blyton's old books. I'd like to purchase 1st editions of series like "Five", "Adventure" and "Mystery", but I don't want to pay an exorbitant price. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: There is a book that was published by Book and Magazine Collector which attempts to put prices on Children's books, but really it is up to you on how much you think a book is worth. If you are looking for first editions of these series though, you are going to need a very deep pocket and a lot of patience if you want some of the early ones - the only copies I have seen of Five on a Treasure Island for sale in recent years have been over £3000!
Posted by Sue on December 15, 2010
Oh my goodness! My sentiments exactly, Genette. I saw the new Narnia film last weekend as well and said to my (28 year old) daughter afterwards that I would absolutely love it if a film was made of The Magic Faraway Tree (both our favourite Blyton book). It seems there are movies made of everything else nowadays. Wouldn't it be fantastic to showcase this wonderful tale to a new generation? I,for one, would be the first in line to buy a ticket.
Posted by Bec on December 15, 2010
Hi Barney, The copy I have is printed in 2003, and only has 23 chapters. The last chapter is 'Jimmy and Lotta get their Reward'. That explains why there's no mention of Lulu. In Chapter 2, the first two dogs' names have been changed to Ebony and Jet, the others are the same. Thanks for your help, I'm going to look for an older original edition.
BarneyBarney says: Gosh, it looks as though three chapters have been removed from your edition, Bec. My copy also ends with 'Jimmy and Lotta get their Reward' - but it's Chapter 26!
Posted by Genette on December 15, 2010
Hi Barney, I saw the new Narnia film today, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It was okay but I wish they would make a movie based on an Enid Blyton story. Why is C. S. Lewis marketable and Enid isn't? To Bec: the Galliano's Circus books have definitely been edited - I read the 1980s editions as a child in the 1990s and I would remember any nigger or darky references.
BarneyBarney says: I believe C. S. Lewis's books are regarded as "classics", whereas Enid Blyton's are "popular fiction". For some reason it seems to be all right for old-fashioned elements to be retained in "classics", whereas "popular fiction" must be constantly updated! An Enid Blyton film done well, in period and without irony, could have just as much appeal as C. S. Lewis in my opinion. I don't think the Galliano's Circus books were edited until very recently, but they disappeared from bookshops long ago except for some Hinkler editions (Australian, I think?) which popped up in remainder bookshops two or three years ago. I was wondering whether the books Bec is reading are the Hinkler ones.
Posted by Bec on December 14, 2010
Hi, I'm reading my son the series about Mr. Galliano's circus and we have just finished the first one and started on the second - Hurrah for the Circus. In the first chapter it mentions Lulu, a dog Jimmy and Lotta rescued. Our copy of Mr. Galliano's Circus doesn't mention Lulu but I'm sure I remember reading about her when I was little. Does anyone know if Mr. Galliano's Circus has been edited and the chapter removed?
BarneyBarney says: How jolly queer, Bec. It does look as though Lulu has been edited out of your copy, though goodness knows why! Fancy removing a perfectly good dog! I'd be interested to know which edition you've got, Bec, and the date of publication. Lulu is introduced in Chapter 24 of Mr. Galliano's Circus - 'The Two Marvellous Brothers' (there are 26 chapters in all). The Marvel Brothers Jan and Yol perform wonderfully on the trapeze but they are cruel to their black spaniel, Lulu. Mr. Galliano orders them to leave the circus, saying, "I will not have anyone with me who treats a dog as you treat yours." From then on Jimmy and Lotta take care of Lulu. The dog also gets a brief mention at the end of Chapter 26, when Jimmy and Lotta sit on the steps of the Browns' caravan, "cuddling a black spaniel". By the way, in Chapter 2 - 'Jimmy Makes Friends with the Circus Folk' - Jimmy meets Lal and Laddo's dogs and Lotta says, "That's Darky and that's Nigger and that's Boy and that's Judy and that's Punch and that's..." I was wondering whether any of the dogs' names have been altered in your edition, especially the first two.
Posted by Stephen on December 12, 2010
Charlotte, even by the late 1950s The Famous Five had become quaint along the rural-urban continuum. For instance, Dick tells some of the locals in Five Get Into A Fix (which was first published in 1958) that the Five (or rather the four children) do not care that much about urban life. The way he phrases this attitude suggests that by the late 1950s, young people were into the urban way of life and that The Famous Five's quest for a rural lifestyle may have been seen to be an aberration. Stephen Isabirye
Posted by Neha J. Varghese on December 12, 2010
Recently I read Five Run Away Together. What an awesome book it is. The best part is the mooing, bleating and neighing by Dick, Julian and George to frighten away the Sticks. Really, Enid, you are an excellent writer. My rating would be five out of five!!!
BarneyBarney says: That book always makes me chuckle!
Posted by Charlotte on December 12, 2010
Whyteleafe would be interesting to bring to our world, too. They would be better able to cope with the modern world than St Clare's or Malory Towers. Bringing the characters from the fantasy stories to our world would also be interesting, if only to see how Number 10 Downing Street would deal with wizards, pixies, goblins, fairies and magicians. George from the Famous Five would be shocked to learn that most girls and women don't wear dresses and skirts anymore outside of special occassions. By modern standards, George is quite feminine. How would the children from the farm stories cope with the much more urbanised country of 2010? Much of what was farmland in the 1940s is now suburbs of cities and towns, filled with houses.
Posted by Charlotte on December 12, 2010
Hi Barney! If Enid's characters could be brought to the real world, how do you think they'd react to our world? I often think of transporting Malory Towers to our world and seeing how the Malory Towers girls of the 1940s would react to 2010 - it brings the image of a knight in armour in the middle of a tank battle.
BarneyBarney says: An interesting thought, Charlotte. I wonder what Enid Blyton's characters would make of the internet, mobile phones, i-pods, digital cameras, DVDs, microwave ovens, The X Factor, Big Brother, the fashions and music of today, celebrities, foods and all kinds of other things? I imagine they'd be overwhelmed and bewildered at first!
Posted by Ana on December 11, 2010
Sorry Sue, I couldn't answer your questions before. Actually, all the Blyton books are my favourite. First I think they aren't interesting but when I read them, gosh! I spend days and nights reading them! Day and night, sorry, because I take only a day or night to read novels and short stories. Are you from Qatar? And Barney's right that I have to check with my parents first, still it was so very kind of you to ask me! Ya and now the forums! I tried to register myself but I was not approved. So maybe we could chat over here? (If you find it convenient.) Sorry for answering late! Bye bye. Hope to get your answer soon! Merry Christmas!
BarneyBarney says: Sometimes when people register on the forums, Ana, the email saying they've been approved doesn't reach them. Sorry if that has happened to you, but it means it's possible that you've been approved without knowing it. You could try posting on the forums and see. If you're not able to post, why not try registering again? Sue is from the UK, by the way.
Posted by Famous Five on December 9, 2010
Hi Barney, I wrote in to my local bookstore to bring in the illustrated centenary edition of the Famous Five and although I did not get a favourable answer at first, somehow the store did bring in the illustrated edition! I've already bought my books 11 to 21 and now I have got the complete set. I hope this edition will have better sales as I find it more pleasurable with the captivating cover illustrations as well as internal illustrations, not to mention at least this edition is not extensively edited though I long to have the original which will be too costly from eBay. Thank you very much for this website, it has given us a lot of information and yes I do hope the publishers will take heed of our comments! Cheers and let's look forward to a cheery Christmas!
BarneyBarney says: Well done for influencing your bookstore, Famous Five! My tinsel-bedecked tail is wagging furiously! Happy reading, and I wish you and your family a cheery Christmas too.
Posted by Carole Stutz on December 9, 2010
I have memories of The Children of Willow Farm years ago (1940s). Is a copy available now? If so please let me know how to obtain it. I now live in the USA. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: If the book is still in print you ought to be able to order it from a bookshop or from Amazon, Carole. If not, try Abebooks or eBay. Buying second-hand might be better anyway as you'll be able to track down the edition you remember. The Children of Cherry Tree Farm and More Adventures on Willow Farm are about the same children - Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Penny.
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on December 8, 2010
Barleycorn, I discuss some of what could be considered to be Enid Blyton's "green" issues in my book, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage. In my book, under sub-headings such as "Science in Blytonian Literature," I point out Uncle Quentin's intended blueprint for the world as far as environmental resources are concerned. He reveals this blueprint to his daughter, George, during his captivity on Kirrin Island in Five On Kirrin Island Again in which he would rid the world of its contemporary key pollutants, notably, coke, coal and oil. In light of the past and present catastrophies pertaining to oil spills such as the recent Gulf of Mexico (that incurred fatalities), Valdez and others, as well as the disastrous coal mining accidents we often hear about almost on a daily basis, in hindsight, we could credit Enid Blyton for having wanted to rid the world of these pollutants in 1947 when Five On Kirrin Island Again was first published, well before Al Gore, former US Vice-President, was born and who was to win a Nobel Prize based on his intentions to also rid the world of these three major pollutants when the world was still very much unaware of the environmental calamities that are currently bedevilling the world. Enid Blyton's "green issues" are also illustrated in her nature writing. Certainly, Enid Blyton walked a very tight rope between science and religion and surprisingly she was very effective in trying to reconcile the two. No wonder I discuss the two under the sub-headings "Science in Blytonian Literature" and "Religion in Blytonian Literature" in my book.
Posted by Ragav on December 7, 2010
Are the Secret Seven, Famous Five, Malory Towers and St.Clare's books unedited and uncensored?
BarneyBarney says: The current editions have been edited, Ragav, with updating of language and sometimes of characters' names too, though the plots remain unaltered. If buying second-hand, you can be pretty sure of having the original text if you buy copies dating from before about 1965. And books up to around 1987, or even slightly later, usually still have the original text or at least only minor alterations such as changes to currency and clothing.
Posted by Barleycorn on December 7, 2010
Sorry for troubling you again, Barney, but I was wondering how many of Enid's stories had a green or environmental theme? Also, was Enid a religious person?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Enid Blyton wrote about "green" issues as such, though her characters are careful to adhere to the Countryside Code and make sure they close gates, leave birds' eggs alone, bury tins, don't drop litter, etc. Many of her stories also illustrate the principle of "waste not, want not". Enid said in a letter to her friend, Dorothy Richards, that she believed in God but found it hard to have a personal relationship with her Creator. As a child she had thought of God as a God of vengeance. She didn't attend any place of worship as an adult, but she valued Christian ethics and these appear in some of her books, especially those written for Lutterworth Press (they were a religious publisher and specifically asked for stories with a religious or strongly moral element).
Posted by Cara on December 7, 2010
I have been searching for years for the story book containing the story about a sixpence that rolled away, turned into an adventure and finally returned to its owner. I cannot for the life of me remember the title of the story but think it may have had Noddy illustrations and started with a tug of war over the sixpence that then fell and rolled away down a hill. It quite possibly did not have sixpence in the title. It was in a compilation of stories, possibly in a bedtime collection. Any ideas? It was read to me by my father when I was 4 yrs old (I'm now 53) and had bandages on my eyes for weeks after an operation. My treat was 15 minutes a day without bandages and this story was my favourite. I would love to have the collection again or at least this story in another book if necessary. Hoping you can help.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't remember that story, Cara, but I hope someone reading this will be able to help.
Posted by Ifeoluwa on December 7, 2010
Enid is a great writer. Barney, is there a biography of Enid's husband and children? Toodles!
BarneyBarney says: Enid's younger daughter Imogen Smallwood wrote about her childhood with Enid Blyton in A Childhood at Green Hedges (1989), which is now out of print but may be available second-hand. Other than that, I'm not aware of any biographies of Enid's husbands and children. Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography contains information about family members, as does Enid's own The Story of My Life (again, out of print). Ida Pollock's Starlight contains quite a lot of information about Hugh Pollock, Enid's first husband and father of Gillian and Imogen, though the book is mainly about Ida herself and it doesn't give details of the whole of Hugh's life. I hope that helps, Ifeoluwa.
Posted by MJ on December 7, 2010
Hello! Do you have a Twitter account? Would like to follow you. :)
BarneyBarney says: There is an "Enid Blyton" Twitter account (see link on the left) but personally I don't tweet or twitter - I only bark!
Posted by Narnia_Horse on December 7, 2010
Thank you for the information, I might join 'The Forums' soon. My new question is: I know how Enid Blyton's Famous Five has been turned onto a cartoon series, but did Enid ever really want her books to be turned into plays, films, or T.V. series?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure quite what Enid Blyton would have made of the "new generation" Famous Five cartoon (!), but on the whole she was happy for her stories to be filmed or performed. During her lifetime she wrote a Noddy play (which also incorporated characters like Mr. Pink-Whistle and the Faraway Tree folk) and a Famous Five play. Both were performed in London and elsewhere for several years. She also took an interest in the two Children's Film Foundation Famous Five films which were shown in cinemas in the 1950s/60s, and in a Noddy TV show.
Posted by Barleycorn on December 7, 2010
Hi Barney! Was Lossie Laxton (whom Zerelda admires in Third Year at Malory Towers) based on a real actress? Was Zerelda based on any girl Enid once knew?
BarneyBarney says: It's possible that Lossie Laxton was based on glamorous actresses of the day like Judy Garland or Deanna Durbin. If Zerelda was inspired by a real person, Enid Blyton kept quiet about it!
Posted by Narnia_Horse on December 6, 2010
Hello again! I was just wondering if The Family at Red-Roofs book was the same place mentioned at the beginning of the St. Clare's series, as I know Enid wrote about the twins going to a school called Red-Roofs before going to St.Clare's. Could you help me?
BarneyBarney says: They're not the same place, Narnia_Horse. Red-Roofs in The Family at Red-Roofs is a family house - not a school. Have you considered joining our forums, where fans discuss numerous Blyton-related topics including favourite books and characters? You have to register in order to post, but registration is free of charge.
Posted by Narnia_Horse on December 5, 2010
Thank you Barney for the information and help!
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Narnia_Horse. Happy reading!
Posted by Narnia_Horse on December 5, 2010
Hi Barney, I'm new around here, but already think that it's great! I am a huge fan of Enid Blyton's books and have to thank my cousin, Eleanor, and my Nan for getting me into them! I can't stop reading now! I love Malory Towers, St. Clare's, The Famous Five, Secret Seven and, hopefully, will soon be starting the Naughtiest Girl books. Are there any other books you can suggest for me by Enid Blyton? Thank you, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Nice to meet you, Narnia_Horse! The Barney Mysteries (also known as the "R" Mysteries), Adventure Series, Secret Series and Find-Outers Mysteries are all very popular with Enid Blyton fans. And for something slightly different, why not try some of the stand-alone novels like The Six Bad Boys, The Family at Red-Roofs or The Boy Next Door? You can find out more in our Cave of Books, but remember to take a torch and a length of rope!
Posted by Neha J. Varghese on December 4, 2010
I am so fond of Enid Blyton's adventurous stories. My mom was shocked when she saw me finishing Five Go to Smuggler's Top in just one day. My mom said if I studied science in the same way I could top the class. I simply replied that science doesn't have Timmy, George, Dick, Julian, Anne and adventure. I do like Enid Blyton's books very, very, very, very, veeeeerrrrrrrry much. She is an awesome, wonderful, excellent, amazing writer. These words aren't enough to describe her stories.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to see your enthusiasm, Neha! Your mother may be happy to know that the Famous Five books have some scientific content. ;-) Crooks are always trying to steal Uncle Quentin's papers, which give details of the experiments he is working on in the hope of discovering a cheap and efficient source of energy!
Posted by Genette on December 2, 2010
I see what you mean about the slip-up - I guess Enid didn't do drafts! It does bring up a funny "Superman" image of Joan putting on glasses à la Clark Kent and saying, "Now I'm Joan Lesley" and then taking them off and saying, "Now I'm Joan Townsend". I heard that, a few years ago, Enid Blyton Ltd had a bad attitude towards fan sites, threatening to sue them, claiming libel and copyright infringement.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know where you heard that Enid Blyton Ltd had a problem with fan sites, Genette. Enid Blyton Ltd only existed for about a year, from early 1995 until Chorion bought the Blyton copyright in 1996, so it was before the days of Blyton-related websites! It's possible that copyright holders were a bit more wary in the early days of the internet, but now that fan sites and fanfic are well-established there's usually no trouble unless, for example, fans try to make money from writing fanfic.
Posted by Genette on December 1, 2010
Why are there two characters called Joan in the Naughtiest Girl? Did radio feature in any of Enid's stories? When did text changes to the stories start? Where can I get Enid Blyton audiobooks?
BarneyBarney says: Tails and whiskers, what a lot of questions! Regarding The Naughtiest Girl in the School, if you mean Joan Lesley and Joan Townsend they're the same person - Enid Blyton simply made a slip-up. Radio features in a number of stories, for example The River of Adventure and Five Go to Billycock Hill, but it's usually referred to as wireless. A few text changes were made when the books started to be issued as paperbacks in the 1960s and currency updates were common in the 1970s, but major editing started in 1987 with the removal of the golliwogs from the Noddy stories. Since then, the various series and one-off titles have been updated at different rates. I'm not sure about the audiobooks but I suggest you try Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and eBay. Whew - I'm off to flop down in front of the fire!
Posted by Mah.rohan on December 1, 2010
Hi Barney, I wanted to ask you what is your favourite Enid Blyton book you have read?
BarneyBarney says: There are a lot of good ones but Shadow the Sheep-Dog is a favourite of mine because the main character is one of Enid's most admirable and intelligent creations!
Posted by Sue Webster on November 29, 2010
Hi Dick, Just read your message and I too read a bit of Enid Blyton before I go to sleep. Reading In the Fifth at Malory Towers. Ana, not heard from you yet as I offered to get some books for you. Email me with your address and I'll see what I can get for you - welshgirl1032004@yahoo.com.
BarneyBarney says: Given Ana's age, she'd need to check with her parents first, Sue. And postage and packing costs would also need to be taken into account, of course.
Posted by Marie on November 28, 2010
Did Enid set any stories in the North East - Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Gateshead etc.? Someone once commented that Enid could never have depicted the Five or Seven or Find-Outers in gritty situations even though other children's authors have shown their "kid detectives" investigating serious crimes. The author behind Pippi Longstocking had her "kid detectives" investigate a murder in one of her books.
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall Enid Blyton setting any of her stories in the North East, but as most of the locations are left deliberately vague it's possible for readers to imagine that some of the stories are set there - though large towns and cities rarely feature in Blyton books. In a letter to librarian Mr. S. C. Dedman in 1949, Enid Blyton said that she was aware that her writing gave children "a feeling of security as well as pleasure - they know that they will never find anything wrong, hideous, horrible, murderous or vulgar in my books, although there is plenty of excitement, mystery and fun... I'm not out only to tell stories, much as I love this - I am out to inculcate decent thinking, loyalty, honesty, kindliness, and all the things that children should be taught." She was aware of her responsibility as a children's writer and therefore avoided certain subjects that she felt were unsuitable. Her most "gritty" novel is probably The Six Bad Boys, which deals with family problems and juvenile delinquency.
Posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2010
Can you let me know where I might be able to get a copy of a cassette tape/CD that I had when I was younger in the 80s? It was called Christmas Stories and had 'A Coat for the Snowman', 'What Happened on Christmas Eve', 'The Christmas Pudding Wish', 'The New Year's Imp', 'Santa Claus gets a Shock' and 'Santa Claus gets Busy'. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Someone else asked about that tape/CD not long ago but I'm afraid I'm not familiar with it. Perhaps someone reading this will be able to help.
Posted by Ana on November 27, 2010
Barney, do you type? I have asked you this before but maybe you were so interested in your jokes so you just skipped that, answer me quick. Ana
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I can type!
Posted by Kate Mary on November 27, 2010
Thank you Barney, you are indeed a wise and learned old dog.
BarneyBarney says: It's always nice to have an intelligent question to work on, Kate Mary!
Posted by Kate Mary on November 27, 2010
Hallo, Barney, I'm reading "Enid Blyton's Sunshine Book" at the moment. It is rather a rag-bag collection of stories and poems but I am very fond of it. I particularly like the two non-fiction stories, 'A Country Walk in England: Spring and Summer' and 'A Country Walk: Autumn and Winter', but this is what puzzles me. The Cave says they were previously published in the "Gay Street Book", but they are not listed in the contents of that collection, a further search told me that 'A Country Walk in England' was published in "The Children's Wonder Book in Colour No.2" illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe, in the Sunshine Book they have pictures by Grace Lodge. Is the Tunnicliffe version both stories or only the first one or is it a different story altogether? In short(?) where were these stories first published? Over to you old chap!
BarneyBarney says: Gosh, now there's a challenging question for a dog on a cold frosty morning! The Cave is right on this one, but not as complete as it should be. The two non-fiction stories in Enid Blyton's Sunshine Book are both taken from Enid Blyton's Gay Street Book (illustrated by Grace Lodge) as the Cave states, but you are right in saying that they are missing from the contents of the latter book. The reason for that is that they are non-fiction and as a general rule the Cave was set up to deal with stories and poems and non fiction wasn't accounted for. A great many of the short story anthologies have non-fiction bits on 'How to Make Things' etc., but none of these are included - perhaps they should be! On the second part of your question I can't lay my paws on the Odham's book with the Tunnicliffe illustrations, but if my memory serves right (and I am an old dog!) the text is exactly the same, but all four seasons are done in one episode and they are not divided up as they are in the other two books - phew!
Posted by Marie on November 26, 2010
Hi Barney! What was Enid's view of female beauty? Was she an "accept the way you are" type or did she think a girl should always try to improve her looks? I ask because I've been crippled by body image issues in the past and I couldn't remember what my favourite childhood author - Enid - would have said.
BarneyBarney says: From her stories it appears that Enid Blyton didn't think much of girls who were obsessed with their looks and spent hours preening themselves. In Third Year at Malory Towers Zerelda gradually learns that some of the things she had considered important and devoted a lot of time to - dyeing her hair, using make-up, aping film stars and trying to grow up too quickly - were stopping her enjoying a full and carefree girlhood. Ironically, many of today's magazines for teens and pre-teens encourage such behaviour! Nevertheless, Enid Blyton saw no need for young girls to look slovenly either. Jane in the Six Cousins books is criticised for being untidy, biting her nails and failing to make the most of her thick mop of hair, which is always tangled but could be shiny and silky if only she looked after it better. She and her cousin Melisande often dress in a similar style, yet Melisande looks fresh and neat while Jane's clothes are crumpled and stained. Kathleen Peters in the The Naughtiest Girl Again is told that she is pasty-faced and unattractive because she eats too many sweets, doesn't take enough exercise outside in the fresh air and scowls instead of smiling! Rather harsh, perhaps, but the overall message seems to be that it's a good thing to respect yourself but not to worry constantly about your image. The emphasis is on being glowing rather than glamorous, and making the most of what you have got rather than striving for what you haven't. And a smile and a generous spirit are worth far more than a pretty face or figure anyway!
Posted by Green Meadow on November 26, 2010
Hello Barney! I've only recently managed to buy the newly released version of The Children of Green Meadows, a book I longed so much to find as I love Enid Blyton's family stories. What a lovely idea it is to have the PDSA and Busy Bees to encourage and cultivate love for the animals in children! Are they still active? By the way, I printed the illustrations from your Cave site and pasted them in my book, I love the old illustrations much better =D
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you've enjoyed looking at the vintage illustrations, Green Meadow. The PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) is still active but animals are now treated in clinics/pet hospitals rather than in mobile "animal vans". Also, treatment is only available these days to the pets of those who receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. There is still a club for young supporters but it's called Pet Protectors, not Busy Bees.
Posted by Glenn on November 25, 2010
Hello! I have a query which I wondered if you could help with (not overly important, but just to satisfy my curiosity). My son loves the "Faraway Tree" stories just as I did as a child (still do, it's really satisfying when I recommend and sell one). Before my son had his own, I read him my Dean Rewards copies that I had back in the early 1970s. I know that the books have been 'updated' with new names and text changes in the last few years but my Folk of the Faraway Tree also says 'revised edition 1972'. Do you know in what way it was revised? I can't seem to find out anywhere.
BarneyBarney says: People have asked that before in the discussion forums, Glenn, but so far no one has identified any textual changes to the 1970s Dean printings (of course, first editions of the Faraway Tree books are far from plentiful so most readers don't have the opportunity to compare). Sometimes, publishers label a new edition as 'revised' when nothing has been changed except the illustrations! I can only speculate that if there were any textual alterations in the early 1970s, they were minor.
Posted by Ana on November 25, 2010
Of course Barney! I am real! What a stupid question to ask! Well if you feel annoyed by this you also have my cousin sis. (Hunaina) to rebuke! She helped me to write this message! When is your birthday? 1 large chocolate cake for you whenever it is!
BarneyBarney says: I was only joking, as the ;-) symbol shows! I just couldn't resist asking, since you asked me! We dogs don't tend to keep our birthdays as a rule, but cake is welcome any time - thanks, Ana!
Posted by MJ on November 25, 2010
Hello! So if Imogen Smallwood just wrote a book last year, that means she is still alive?! How old is she this year?
BarneyBarney says: Imogen's book (A Childhood at Green Hedges) was published in 1989, MJ. It was her daughter Sophie who wrote a Noddy book last year. But yes, Imogen is alive and well. It's no secret that she was born on 27th October 1935, so you can work out her age for yourself!
Posted by Ana on November 25, 2010
18 is really faaaar away Barney!! I'm just 8 now! I can't wait for 10 years more! Thanks for asking me, Barney, I don't feel at all excluded! You said in one of MJ's messages, ''talented as my paws are" but I really can't believe you can type anyway. Are you real? Or do the site people just write in your name? (Are you a talking dog like Scooby Doo?) I haven't explored the site properly now so will you tell me how to go inside the forums? I feel really excited now by what you said 'bout the forums! 7 meaty, juicy bones if you help me! I wonder if my message was too long?
BarneyBarney says: If you're only 8 you'll have to ask for books as birthday presents etc, Ana! I just got someone to pinch me to see if it would hurt and it did (like billyoh!), so that proves I'm real! Scooby Doo is quite different - he's just a cartoon! Are you real?! ;-) To join the discussion forums, click on the forums link (top right) and register (registration is free). It may take a few hours for your registration to be approved, but after that you can post. Alternatively, you can read the forums without registering but you won't be able to post. Seven bones? Golly - I'll have to get Timmy, Buster, Scamper, Loony, Lucky and Bumpy Dog to come and help me out!
Posted by MJ on November 25, 2010
Hello! Do Enid Blyton's daughters write books? Is either of them still alive?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's daughters, Gillian Baverstock and Imogen Smallwood, each wrote a book or two about their mother but they haven't had anything else published as far as I know. Gillian died about three and a half years ago. Imogen's daughter Sophie Smallwood wrote a Noddy book last year - Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle - to celebrate 60 years of Noddy.
Posted by Dick Kirrin on November 24, 2010
I am now an OAP and in recent years I have taken to reading my Enid Blyton books before I fall asleep. They remind me of a slower paced, nicer sort of world. But I am worried that I must be going mad, I rarely would tell anybody about my reading habits. I wonder if there are other members who go to sleep with Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: Have you thought of registering on our forums, Dick Kirrin (actually, we already have a "Dick Kirrin" there so you'd need to choose a different username)? If you read the various discussion topics you'll see that you're far from alone in returning to Enid Blyton at an age considerably above that of the intended readership! Some adults are out and proud about their "Blyton habit" and read the books quite openly in public places.
Posted by Anonymous on November 24, 2010
Dear Barney, I would like to buy some of the Noddy series for my son. Do you sell them at the Enid Blyton Society, otherwise direct me as it has been difficult for me to locate them (original and new copies) on the internet? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell Blyton books but the Noddy series is available from Amazon, or you could look on eBay for vintage copies.
Posted by Susie on November 23, 2010
Dear Barney, I wrote to you the other day, regarding Hilda Rice, a great aunt of mine. You kindly confirmed that she was a Blyton illustrator, and that a copy of the letter was published in your spring 2010 Journal. I was so pleased! Is there any way that I could obtain a copy of that booklet, or a copy of the letter/letters? If anyone could help, I would be so grateful. Not a problem if there are costs involved - if anyone could help out. Thanks so much. You are such a good boy Barney (pat pat).
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the 'pat', Susie, you have just woken me up. A fellow has to have forty winks sometimes and whilst I was having mine, some interfering person read MY message and I believe that he sent you a copy of the letter. I feel quite redundant, so I am off to chew a bone!
Posted by Anne Ward on November 23, 2010
Hello there, I came across the site while googling 'The Wizard's Magic Necklace'. I remember my father acting out the story for me with voices, when I was very little, and I never knew where it came from. Does anyone know if the story is still available? My dad died in 2006 and was born in 1923.
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Anne. You'll see from this link that 'The Wizard's Magic Necklace' appeared in two Enid Blyton books, with The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies having been reprinted frequently over the years. If it's not in print at the moment, you ought to be able to find a second-hand copy without too much trouble.
Posted by Nepolean on November 23, 2010
Hi Barney, I read Moira Linton's message below about Harry Potter done in Enid Blyton style. Please tell me where I could find this fanfiction.
BarneyBarney says: I've read a few bits and pieces of fanfic over the years, but I'm afraid I can't often remember exactly where I saw things! If Moira is reading this, perhaps she could provide a link!
Posted by MJ on November 23, 2010
Hallo! Thanks for the instructions! I'm working on it now! Hehe. Soon, maybe, you shall see me in the forum! :D
BarneyBarney says: I see you're now registered, MJ!
Posted by Susie on November 22, 2010
Hello Barney...I have been informed by a relative that a great aunt of mine did illustrations for Enid Blyton, when she was writing books on nature/botany? Her name was Hilda Rice. Wondered if you could help/confirm? There's a good boy. x Susie :o)
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Susie! Yes, Hilda Rice did do some illustrations for Enid Blyton. In The Enid Blyton Society Journal Number 41, Spring 2010, we published a letter sent by Enid Blyton to Hilda Rice on April 23rd 1928. It was about some drawings that Hilda did for the Nature and Needlework sections of Modern Teaching, a four-volume publication that was used in classrooms. Copies of that letter and five others were kindly sent to the Society by Hilda's sister and cousin.
Posted by Moira Linton on November 22, 2010
Hi Barney, Have a bone and some biscuits! Have you read the fanfiction where Harry Potter is done in the style of Enid Blyton? I wonder if JK Rowling took inspiration for her boarding school from St. Clare's or Malory Towers? I'd still rather climb the Faraway Tree than be a student at Hogwarts!
BarneyBarney says: Golly, I'm amassing quite a store of bones and biscuits in the Cave now! Thanks, Moira. I think it's fun for fans to play around combining elements of different authors' works but, like you, I'd feel more at home in the Enchanted Wood (or, to be honest, running through an ordinary wood with Timmy or Shadow!) than at Hogwarts. After all, I don't have three heads!
Posted by MJ on November 22, 2010
I can join your forum?! I thought it is only for Society members! Oh! I would be honored to join your forum. So, how can I do that? Can I make a topic to be discussed? Thank you! (I think you would not want a bone anymore, do you? :D)
BarneyBarney says: It's free to register on the forums, MJ, and you don't have to be a Society member. You can join by clicking on "Forums" and then registering. It may take a few hours for your registration application to be approved, but after that you can post. If you're thinking of starting a new topic, please check (using "Search") whether there is already an existing discussion on that topic, to which you could add your thoughts.
Posted by Sue Webster on November 22, 2010
Hi Ana from Qatar. It would be great to chat to you and see what your favourite Enid Blyton books are. If you are under 18 I could see if I can get some books for you - there's a chap on our market who has lots of Enid Blyton books, second hand. Drop me a private message (via the forums) and send me your address and I'll see what I can do. Go to the forums, go to members and look under "S". Hope that's okay.
Posted by Anonymous on November 21, 2010
Barney, how many children did Enid have? Are they still alive?
BarneyBarney says: Enid had two daughters, Gillian and Imogen, but Gillian died about three and a half years ago. For more information on Enid Blyton's life, click on our "Author of Adventure" button.
Posted by MJ on November 21, 2010
Hello! I giggled when you said that you had condensed my messages into one! At the mention of condensed, I thought about condensed milk! Haha! Oh, you had no idea of Peg Kehret? She was an author. An outstanding author indeed! You should really read the book Abduction written by her. Very nice stories she wrote! Unfortunately, she died in 2006. By the way, I'm thinking of sending my stories to Reader's Digest. I hope that they will publish them. I have just bought an issue of Reader's Digest magazine! Thanks for the advice (you and Lucky Star!) or I wouldn't have thought of sending my stories to magazines. Maybe I will get my first pay check when my story is published! Hey, in my opinion, you look like Timmy, George's dog (or should I say, Georgina's dog) in the Famous Five! Here, have a meaty bone! Enjoy!
BarneyBarney says: Bones and biscuits, I don't know which wags the most - your tongue or my tail! ;-) Have you ever considered joining our discussion forums, MJ?
Posted by Anonymous on November 21, 2010
I remember reading a little book of stories - each only a page or two - to my eldest son, now 38. One of the stories was 'Go Away Dirty Fly'. They were all little moral stories and he loved them. Would love to have the book for my grand-daughter, any ideas what it was called and if I can get it?
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of The Adventures of Pip, which contains lots of short stories including a tale about a fly ('Go Away, Dirty-Feet!'). You could check on Amazon to see whether the book is still in print. If not, there should be second-hand copies available on sites like eBay.
Posted by George on November 20, 2010
How/where can I get a download of 'Noddy's Toyland Train' song which was on a 78 record in the 1950s? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether it's available to download, George, but copies of the record sometimes turn up on eBay.
Posted by Ana on November 19, 2010
Barney, this is the first time I'm relating my feelings to you, but I feel really sad. Just because I'm not in England I can't buy books, I can't see your site's Journal, I mean I can't buy anything, why, I can't help being in Qatar can I? I can't see any book on the net. It's just obnoxious.Try to help me out will you? I'm asking this to you because you are a believable and a faithful dog, I really do hope you help me. Answer me quickly.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure of your age, Ana, but once you're eighteen you should be able to purchase books and other items from websites all over the world using a credit or debit card, Paypal or electronic transfer from your bank. I'm sorry if you feel excluded, but there are many things you can see and do on this website. Why not join our forums, for instance, and enjoy discussing your favourite books and characters with other Blyton fans from around the globe?
Posted by Lucky Star on November 19, 2010
I liked your stories, MJ. You should definitely keep writing them and submit them to school or parish magazines etc. You might have a great future ahead of you as a writer. You never know.
Posted by Jayne on November 19, 2010
Hey Barney! Can you tell me which book centered around rich cousins coming to stay with poorer relations at a farm, please? I have fond but fragmented memories of the story and would love to read it to my daughters. Thanks!!
BarneyBarney says: Happy to help, Jayne! The book you're looking for is Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm. There's also a sequel - Six Cousins Again. Compelling family stories, both of them.
Posted by MJ on November 19, 2010
Hello! It's absolutely all right if you have no time to visit my blog. I'm very thankful that you replied to me already! Oh, and the "Barney" I am referring to is the purple dinosaur in a children's show. Do you watch it? It's a little soft toy that is a purple dinosaur that can come to life! By the way, in this Society is there a shed where meetings are held like in Secret Seven? If I'm correct, that is super cool! Lucky Star, I feel so happy that you like my stories! I never thought that you would go and visit my blog. Thank you! I will enter some competitions and maybe I could tell you the results? Thank you so very much for visiting! I will definitely continue writing! May I ask, is Peg Kehret one of your Society members? Thanks! :D Here's a bone and some snacks! (Do you like snacks? Hehe...)
BarneyBarney says: I've condensed your three messages into one, MJ, as a dog can feel quite overwhelmed by so many questions - and snacks! Our shed is a virtual one and I'm not a puppy, but I don't consider myself a dinosaur! I have no idea about Peg Kehret!
Posted by Lossie Laxton on November 19, 2010
Hi Barney. Have a meaty bone. Which book had the prank involving anchovy toast and shoe polish?
BarneyBarney says: Ah - Lossie Laxton, she with the huge roll of hair on top of her head! The book you're thinking of is Fifth Formers of St. Clare's featuring the mischievous Antoinette. Thanks for the bone - it's just what I needed!
Posted by MJ on November 18, 2010
Hello! Thank you so much for replying to me! I have taken down what you said. Great piece of advice! :D You said that I could enter competitions! I would love to do that! Thinking of it has even made me excited already! Does this website allow people to submit their stories? By the way, are you really Barney? I'm just asking you out of curiosity. It will be absolutely all right if you do not want to reveal your true identity. I have got a blog of my own where I write stories. I hope that you will visit it and give me some comments. It's Tributes to Amazing Authors. But please don't have high hopes as I don't really think my stories are outstandingly good. Hehe. Thank you! Once again, I am very thankful towards you for replying to me! :D
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I haven't had time to look at your blog properly, MJ, but I wish you luck with your story-writing. We don't have a fanfic section on the website but you could look out for writing competitions in magazines etc. And of course I'm Barney! Who else involved with this website has four paws and a tail?!
Posted by Catherine on November 17, 2010
Hi Barney! With the recent announcement of the Royal Wedding, I was wondering how many figures of royalty or aristocracy were in Enid's stories? I seem to remember Bets being disguised as Princess Bongawee and, of course, there was the Honourable Angela Favourleigh.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton included a number of princes in her books - Prince Paul of Baronia (Secret series), Prince Aloysius Gramondie Racemolie Torquinel of Tauri-Hessia (Gussy from The Circus of Adventure), Prince Bongawah of Tetarua State (The Mystery of the Vanished Prince) and the Zulu prince Boobanti who goes to Fatty's school (The Mystery of the Strange Bundle). Lady Candling appears in more than one Find-Outers book. The short stories often feature royalty, and one of Enid Blyton's non-fiction books was The Story of Our Queen. As for Enid, she herself was Queen Bee and Queen of Storytellers!
Posted by MJ on November 16, 2010
Hello! I really love Enid Blyton's books! I heard that you are writing books too. Have you written any adventure books? I ask because I love to read about adventure and have almost read all of Enid Blyton's adventure series! And I am trying to improve my writing. Any tips for me? How exactly did Enid Blyton write so well? :D So sorry if there are too many questions... Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: Hello, MJ! Talented as my paws are, I've never used them to write a book! Perhaps you're thinking of the continuation books in our "Secret Passage" (for Society members only), written by Trevor Bolton and Robert Houghton? Regarding tips on writing, in her autobiography The Story of My Life Enid Blyton says that she developed her writing and story-telling skills by relating stories to her brothers, making up her own rhymes based on the rhythm and rhyme-scheme of popular nursery-rhymes, keeping a diary, writing letters to real and imaginary recipients, entering literary competitions and paying great attention in English lessons at school. She also read widely. As well as fiction and poetry, she read biographies of famous authors and borrowed books from the library on the Art of Writing. The advice Enid Blyton gives in The Story of My Life to would-be writers is: "Fill your mind with all kinds of interesting things—the more you have in it, the more will come out of it. Nothing ever comes out of your mind that hasn't already been put into it in some form or other. It may come out changed, re-arranged, polished, shining, almost unrecognizable—but nevertheless it was you who put it there first of all. Your thoughts, your actions, your reading, your sense of humour, everything gets packed into your mind, and if you have an imagination, what a wonderful assortment it will have to choose from!"
Posted by Nicola on November 16, 2010
Hello Barney, wonder if you know where I could purchase some Famous Five Christmas or birthday cards? Many thanks for all the wonderful memories of both the Famous Five and Secret Seven books!
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased to hear that the sections of the website devoted to the Famous Five and Secret Seven have brought back happy memories, Nicola. I think Viv Endecott sells a selection of greetings cards featuring illustrations from Enid Blyton books in her Ginger Pop Shop, but I'm not sure whether she does a Christmas range.
Posted by JK on November 16, 2010
Hi, I'm a graphic designer and would like to use an old Enid Blyton illustration. Do you know how I would go about this? Are there images which are out of copyright which I can use or do Chorion own all of the rights?
BarneyBarney says: Chorion own the rights to the texts, but not to the illustrations. However, they might be able to point you in the right direction. If the publishers still exist, you could try contacting them.
Posted by Rob on November 15, 2010
Thanks for mentioning my continuation novel, too, Barney! Here's an extra juicy bone for you, and a couple of biscuits too!
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Rob! You've certainly put a wag in my tail. I think I might settle down for a re-read of The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp while enjoying my bone and biscuits. A juicy bone goes well with a juicy mystery!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on November 15, 2010
Of course, Barney could plug the fantastic Adventurous Four follow-up written by Trevor Bolton, and available in the Members' Section of this excellent website!
BarneyBarney says: Wuff wuff! In dog language that means, "Yes, you're quite right!" As Nigel says, The Adventurous Four to the Rescue! is a fantastic book and well worth a read, as are all Trevor Bolton's continuation books (and Robert Houghton's too!)
Posted by Naomi on November 15, 2010
Barney, I'm wondering if you can help? I'm looking for a cassette/CD of 6 Christmas stories I, my sister and brothers used to listen to time and time again. I can only remember a couple of the stories, but wondered if there was any way we can get hold of it again... we are desperate! Stories included: 1. 'A Coat for the Snowman' - with Mrs. White in it, 2. 'The Night the Toys Came Alive', 3. One where a boy helped Father Christmas - where Father Christmas fell in the pond, 4. One where the pixie goes round taking back the toys because the children didn't say thank you. That's about all I can remember... Would love it if you could help!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that cassette/CD, Naomi, but I hope someone reading this will be able to help you.
Posted by Poppy on November 15, 2010
Hi Barney, thanks for your information, I will look for those other books. Do you think I may find them in places such as: charity shops and eBay? Thanks again! From Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: If you mean the Adventurous Four books, Poppy, the only one you haven't got is The Adventurous Four - Trapped!, which started off as a short story but was expanded into a full-length book by Clive Dickinson. The Adventurous Four - Shipwrecked! is the same as The Adventurous Four, and The Adventurous Four - Stranded! is the same as The Adventurous Four Again! You could look in charity shops and you might be lucky, but I think you'd probably find the book more quickly if you tried eBay.
Posted by Catherine on November 15, 2010
Barney, you are so right! What's next, the Five or Seven with mobile phones and trying to get a wireless internet signal for their laptops while pursuing the villains? I dread to think what a TV version of Malory Towers would look like. Somehow, June sending anonymous emails just wouldn't have the same impact.
Posted by Famous Five on November 15, 2010
Hi Barney, I would like to know if the Centenary edition of the Famous Five has books 11 to 21. I was lucky enough to buy the one and only boxed set of this edition from my local bookstore but it has only books 1 to 10. I have a good mind to write in to my bookstore to bring in the at least "less-edited edition" in the hope that Enid Blyton's original work may be maintained. By the way, can the Society do anything about this, I mean the changes and updating of Enid Blyton's original work? Cheers and thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I believe that all 21 books were brought out as Centenary editions, though it's possible that the rest might only be available individually rather than as a boxed set. Chorion own the copyright to Enid Blyton's works, so when publishers suggest alterations to the texts it's up to Chorion whether or not to approve them. By setting up and maintaining this website, the Society provides somewhere for Blyton fans to make their views known. Visitors to the site frequently comment (on the Message Board and the Forums) on the editing of Blyton books, so let's hope publishers are taking note!
Posted by Catherine on November 15, 2010
I never understood the alterations to the Adventurous Four books. The names Mary and Jill are pretty timeless, while the names Zoe and Pippa are crass and trendy and stick out like a sore thumb. Also, in the second book, the editors forgot which twin they had re-named Zoe and which twin they had re-named Pippa and switched them!
BarneyBarney says: I hadn't realised that the names were switched in the second book, Catherine! There's nothing wrong with being called Zoe or Pippa, but those names do sound out of place in a book set during the Second World War. To update details here and there while leaving the basic plot unchanged is to create a surreal mish-mash of a world, spoiling the ambience of the story and making parts of it seem like nonsense.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on November 14, 2010
There was a TV series (I think it was a TV series and not a film) made of The Enchanted Wood. I rather liked it, although I know it wasn't to everyone's taste.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it was a BBC TV series made in the 1990s - a cartoon series called Enid Blyton's Enchanted Lands, which had episodes based around the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books. However, Blyton's original storylines were altered quite considerably.
Posted by Poppy on November 14, 2010
Hi Barney! I was wondering, were there more than two 'Adventurous Four' books? I have got two - The Adventurous Four and The Adventurous Four Again, I have also got an Adventurous Four tape! Thanks! From Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Poppy! Enid Blyton wrote two full-length Adventurous Four books, plus a shortish story of four chapters which was published in Enid Blyton's Omnibus! in 1952 with the title 'Off With the Adventurous Four Again!' In 1998 Clive Dickinson added more chapters of his own to turn that story into a third full-length novel called The Adventurous Four - Trapped! Also in 1998, The Adventurous Four was retitled The Adventurous Four - Shipwrecked! and The Adventurous Four Again! was retitled The Adventurous Four - Stranded! Some alterations were made to the texts, including name changes.
Posted by Moonface on November 14, 2010
Hi Barney! Did Tony Summerfield, who runs the Society, ever meet Enid? There can't be many left that knew her pre-dementia, as it was 40+ years ago.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you're not implying anything about Tony's age, Moonface!! No, he never met Enid Blyton but he knows her younger daughter, Imogen Smallwood, and also knew her elder daughter, Gillian Baverstock.
Posted by Morgan on November 14, 2010
I was wondering if anyone knows where to find the Pennant Readers series for sale? I can't seem to find it in newer edition reprints or anyone selling it online. Any help is appreciated, thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The Pennant Readers are scarce items, Morgan, so your best bet is probably to try a specialist bookseller. Some are listed under "Lashings of Links". It's always worth keeping an eye on eBay as well, though.
Posted by Kara-Lynne on November 14, 2010
I was wondering why no-one has made a film of the 'Enchanted Wood/Magic Faraway Tree' series or indeed the 'Wishing Chair' series? They would make the most wonderful films. Has anyone procured the rights?
BarneyBarney says: Both series would probably look fantastic on screen with today's special effects, though the stories are episodic so may not translate well to film. It has to be said that, more often than not, the best "film versions" are the images that run through our own heads, conjured up as we read Enid Blyton's magical words.
Posted by June Johns on November 14, 2010
Imogen Smallwood does seem to have selective recall when interviewed - I can't remember if it was in A Childhood at Green Hedges or not, but Enid going to Imogen's headmistress and clearly telling her that Imogen was not going to be expelled for a petty misdemeanor! - Enid's dreadful shock at Imogen's Infantile Paralysis - Enid's sitting with Imogen for hours and days in the hospital and letting her choose the pony names for the Six Cousins books - it just doesn't reconcile with the picture of an uncaring mother that Imogen paints. It's all very sad, really. Enid got/gets enough abuse from her detractors without having this kind of thing flung at her, and it seems so cowardly when she can hardly answer it herself, now, either!
BarneyBarney says: At least some of those incidents are mentioned in A Childhood at Green Hedges and, as the book was written by Imogen, that suggests that she was trying to paint a balanced picture. Some of the more shocking revelations in A Childhood at Green Hedges tend to remain in readers' minds while quieter, more reflective passages are overlooked. The book is not wholly negative by any means and actually shows Imogen attempting to understand the mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. Imogen has always respected her mother's ability as a writer and she and her daughter Sophie support the Enid Blyton Society, attend Enid Blyton Days and run a charity (the Enid Blyton Trust for Children) in memory of Enid's own charity work.
Posted by Anonymous on November 13, 2010
Enid Blyton books are very interesting. Barney, is there a biography of Enid?
BarneyBarney says: The most comprehensive biography of Enid Blyton is Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography. If you click on our "Author of Adventure" button you'll see various other books about Enid Blyton listed too, including Blyton's autobiography (The Story of My Life) and Imogen Smallwood's A Childhood at Green Hedges. Those two titles are not currently in print but they sometimes come up for sale second-hand.
Posted by Harry on November 13, 2010
Hi Barney, Here is a link to a photograph of Alison Uttley's house 'Thackers', which was also in Beaconsfield and similar in style to Enid Blyton's 'Green Hedges'.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for that, Harry. We know from Denis Judd's biography, Alison Uttley: The Life of a Country Child, that Alison Uttley was jealous that Enid Blyton's books sold so well. She referred to her as "The Blyton, photographed and boastful" and as "a vulgar curled woman". Once, both authors attended a lunch party and Alison asked Enid what else she'd written, other than the book about the horse (she claimed later to have mixed Enid Blyton up with Enid Bagnold, who wrote National Velvet). Denis Judd says that Blyton replied frostily, "Smith's window is full of my books." Another report of the same conversation says that Enid answered that her books were just as popular as Alison Uttley's Peter Rabbit stories (which of course were penned by Beatrix Potter, with Uttley having written about Little Grey Rabbit)!
Posted by Catherine on November 11, 2010
Hey Barney! Have a bone! Did Enid like tea or coffee? What about soft drinks such as Coca Cola? Did she drink alcohol?
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Catherine! I never say no to a nice, meaty bone! I don't know whether Enid Blyton liked tea or coffee but she did drink alcohol in moderation. In A Childhood at Green Hedges Enid's daughter Imogen Smallwood mentions that her mother drank sherry, stout and gin. Her second husband, Kenneth, had an interest in vintage wines and also drank whisky, brandy and liqueurs. Enid's other daughter, Gillian Baverstock, said in an interview that her mother gave many of her story characters a liking for ginger beer because she (i.e. Gillian) was so fond of it. At the time Enid Blyton was writing, Coca Cola wasn't as popular in Britain as it is now.
Posted by Simon Monksfield on November 9, 2010
Hi, I am looking to buy the 1979 Dean illustrated The Enchanted Wood with the children on the cover, not pixies. We used to read it when she was little and lost it somehow. I would love to give it to her as a present. Hope you can help, Si. PS I am based in East Anglia. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure who you mean by "she", Simon - your daughter or sister, perhaps? Copies of that book sometimes turn up on eBay, if all else fails.
Posted by Sue O'Brien on November 8, 2010
Hi, I wondered if a Noddy 2011 Annual has been made this year, no one seems to know. I have been collecting them every year for my son who is now nine - it would be a shame to change his collection now! Thank you, Sue x
BarneyBarney says: I just checked on Amazon, Sue, and you're right that there's no sign of a Noddy Annual for 2011. What a blow! Perhaps there has been some delay in producing it? I suggest that you contact Egmont or Chorion to find out whether or not there is an annual in the pipeline.
Posted by Catherine on November 8, 2010
Hi Barney! Is it true that Darrell and Felicity Rivers were based on Gillian and Imogen? Was Malory Towers based upon a real school?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Darrell and Felicity were "based on" Gillian and Imogen, though certain aspects of her daughters' personalities and experiences seem to have influenced Enid Blyton when she created her characters. The age gap between Darrell and Felicity is similar to that between Gillian and Imogen, and Darrell is to attend St. Andrew's University after leaving school just as both of Enid's daughters did. Darrell actually resembles the young Enid in some ways, being popular, academic, sporty, hot-tempered, good at writing (she writes the Cinderella pantomime in In the Fifth at Malory Towers) and fond of tricks and jokes. Like Darrell, Enid became Head Girl of her school. The name "Darrell Rivers" was undoubtedly inspired by the name of Enid's second husband, Kenneth Darrell Waters. Mr. Rivers, like Kenneth, is a surgeon. As for the school itself, in her autobiography (The Story of My Life) Enid Blyton writes: "The schools in my books are a mixture of all the schools I have known - a bit of one, a piece of another, a chip of a third!"
Posted by Bryony on November 6, 2010
Hi Barney, I have a book written by Mary Pollock and have often wondered if it would be a collectors' item. Are they quite rare?
BarneyBarney says: The "Mary Pollock" books are certainly less common than later editions featuring the Enid Blyton signature, though collectors tend to be interested only in copies that have dustwrappers and are in good condition. Of course the first editions of the Mary Pollock books just came with a pictureboard cover and didn't have dustwrappers, but when they were reprinted as part of the Tower House series they all had wrappers. You don't say which edition of which book that you have.
Posted by Harry on November 5, 2010
Hi Barney, Forty-two years after her death, the enduring popularity of Enid Blyton can be quantified in the following figures: 10th most valuable author of the decade (2000-2009) at £31.2m; 25th most valuable author of 2009 at £3.747m (24th in 2008); second most valuable deceased author in 2009 (behind Stieg Larsson) and 25th most borrowed author from libraries (2009-2010). See The Telegraph; The Bookseller 1 and The Bookseller 2. According to Nielsen BookScan, there are 671 ISBN entries attributed to Blyton. It would be interesting to find out how many of these are firstly actual novels/short story collections, and secondly actually written by Blyton, or rather just Blyton in name. Do you think that Nielson would reveal the list of titles behind the ISBNs to the Society to look at? I would find out personally but I live in South Africa and it would be very expensive to phone them. Thanks for the great new section in the Cave, Tony. Sorry about the long post!
BarneyBarney says: I'm delighted that you're enjoying the Cave, Harry. Unfortunately we haven't time to find out about sales figures for genuine Enid Blyton books and continuation books by other authors, and such figures would be constantly changing anyway. If anyone is interested in following this up, perhaps they could post on the Message Board to let us know what they've found out.
Posted by Three Cheers for EBS on November 4, 2010
I am having an absolutely glorious time looking at the illustrations in the Cave! I love the Enid Blyton Nature Readers illustrations best. My word, they are just so very lovely! I've checked out the Holiday Book illustrations too. Well, I have to say I have never seen such lovely and well captured scenes in colour. I'm learning so much looking at these illustrations of the environment, animals, farms, lifestyles, houses and buildings, attire, hairstyles, types of toys then, games, activities, picnics, seaside, festivals - all my favourite moments and more for me to check out! Which is your favourite moment, Barney? :-)
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad the illustrations are bringing you so much pleasure, Three Cheers for EBS. There are many tail-wagging moments for me but I particularly like the picture of the children and dog romping in the hay (Grace Lodge, first Holiday Book). It looks tremendous fun and I'd love to join them!
Posted by Katie on November 3, 2010
Do we know why Enid chose the names Gillian and Imogen for her children? Imogen in particular - it's unusual to see it outside British media and books.
BarneyBarney says: We don't know why Enid (and presumably her husband Hugh too!) chose those names, but they are pretty and I believe Gillian was a popular name at that time.
Posted by Rosa Verchot on November 3, 2010
Hi, I'm from Spain but have been living in Maryland USA for the last twenty years. I loved reading the St. Clare's books when I was twelve and now I would love for my daughter to read them. Unfortunately I can't find them in the USA. Would it be possible to buy the whole St. Clare's series from you and for it to be shipped to the USA? It would be a great Christmas present for her. Thanks for your help.
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell books, Rosa, but you could try ordering from Navrang, Amazon or other online booksellers. I hope your daughter enjoys the St. Clare's series!
Posted by Robert on November 3, 2010
Can anyone give me Enid Blyton's date of birth and tell me whether or not she ever painted pictures as a hobby?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was born on 11th August 1897. She was quite a talented artist but her daughter Imogen Smallwood says in "A Childhood at Green Hedges" that Enid "never drew or painted at Green Hedges until, when her mind began to let her down, I bought her some water colours and she began, hesitantly at first, to paint her beloved garden".
Posted by Mick on November 2, 2010
Hi there, I am just wondering if anyone knows how I might be able to ask Sophie Smallwood to sign the two copies I have of "Noddy and The Farmyard Muddle". They are a 1st birthday present to my youngest (and one for his older brother of course!) as I wanted to buy them something special rather than something they didn't need! I hope someone can help. Thanks for reading.... Mick
BarneyBarney says: Sophie Smallwood regularly attends the Enid Blyton Day and she was signing copies of "Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle" there earlier this year, Mick, but I'm afraid I don't know how you could get your copies signed in time for your son's birthday. Perhaps you could get Sophie to sign them at a later date?
Posted by Donna on November 1, 2010
Just wanted to know who owns the copyright to the illustrations - front covers of Enid's works: "Hurrah for the Circus", "Mr Pink-Whistle's Party" and "The Enchanted Wood". I am currently in the process of working on an arts project and would like to seek permission to use the images of the front covers. I have seen on this site that Chorion appears to hold the copyright on the text - but not sure whether they too would hold copyright for the illustration/design work. Hope someone may be able to assist!!
BarneyBarney says: It's often difficult to find out who owns the copyright for illustrations I'm afraid, Donna. You're right that Chorion only own the text copyright, but it might be worth getting in touch with them to see if they can advise you whom to consult regarding the illustrations. You could also try contacting the original publishers if they're still in business, or see if the current publishers can help. Sorry I don't know any more than that.
Posted by Francis on October 30, 2010
Barney, Please give everyone involved in producing and updating the 'Cave of Books' a great deal of thanks from all of us. It is a very impressive and comprehensive list. The only problem is that it makes me want to own all the books! Francis
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Francis. Tony Summerfield is the man to thank for the Cave of Books - he has put literally thousands of hours into it, scanning and "cleaning up" illustrations before adding them as well as researching dates and other information. Except for technical input from Keith Robinson, reviews written by several contributors (notably Terry Gustafson but a number of others as well), series introductions by Anita Bensoussane and occasionally a little help from my paws, the Cave is all his own work. And it really is a Cave of Wonders!
Posted by Tessa Ayres on October 30, 2010
I have a leather bound 1944 Christmas story by Enid Blyton. My Great uncle was Lional (Jack) Brimble who is mentioned in the book. Enid Blyton signed this copy thanking L. Brimble for all his help. And signed in the book are 5 other signatures of people who helped with the book. I am thinking of selling, where is best to go? Many thanks, Tessa Ayres
BarneyBarney says: It sounds interesting but I'm not sure which book you mean, Tessa. You mention 1944, so are you talking about "The Christmas Book"? If you're thinking of selling it you could try one of the specialist booksellers listed under "Lashings of Links", or perhaps an auction house or eBay.
Posted by Poppy on October 29, 2010
Hi Barney, thanks, the Famous Five and the Faraway Tree are two of my favourites too! Thanks again! Bye, Poppy.
Posted by Harry on October 29, 2010
Hi, Would it be possible to update the "complete listing of books" in the Cave to reflect the books that are still in print as of 2010, or alternatively have a listing of all Enid's current publishers (Egmont, Hodder, Award etc) with details of all titles each hold/print? I know this would require lots of work but it would be helpful and interesting to know what is still in print in relation to total books published. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Harry, the Cave is a work in progress and not yet complete despite the myriad goodies that it already holds (it's a mammoth task as you'll appreciate, and there are always new bits and pieces to work on). We have been focussing mainly on earlier editions as well as lesser-known writing (we've just added a section on periodicals containing contributions by Enid Blyton) but if you select a book and look at "reprints" you can see the latest editions of most titles. Whether we'll have time at some point to put together and maintain a list of "in print" Blyton books I'm not sure, but we'll bear your suggestion in mind.
Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2010
Hello, I would like to know in which countries "The Twins at St. Clare's" has been published? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I can't name all the countries in which the St. Clare's books are/have been available, as they are popular around the world. In places like India and Canada they are read in English but in other countries the stories have been translated - I know that there are/have been Dutch, German and Japanese translations, for example.
Posted by MM on October 29, 2010
I have the Famous Five card game. Inside is a handwritten letter signed by Enid. Is this valuable?
BarneyBarney says: All the Pepys Famous Five card games contained those letters. They are just printed copies so are not valuable.
Posted by Francis on October 28, 2010
Dear Barney, As you are the fount of all knowledge on Enid Blyton, do you know who the non Famous Five figure is on the front of the "Five on Kirrin Island Again" TV Annual? Very respectful Francis
BarneyBarney says: If you mean the boy on the right, I think it's Yan from "Five Go Down to the Sea"!
Posted by Karen Calderwood on October 28, 2010
I have found a folder in my attic of what seem to be prints of drawings under the title Blyton Nature. They are very large in size. The artist's name is difficult to read but seems to be Elaine A. Sopley? Can anyone enlighten me on my find please?
BarneyBarney says: The posters you have found were known as the Nature Plates, Karen, and there were sixty altogether. The artist was Eileen Alice Soper, who also illustrated the Famous Five series and various other Enid Blyton books. The plates came out in 1949 to accompany the first thirty Nature Readers (each contained two short stories about the natural world) which Enid Blyton had written to be used in schools. While the class was working on a particular story, the teacher would pin up the relevant poster on the wall. They are lovely pictures but, because of their large size, they don't appeal to all Blyton collectors.
Posted by Poppy on October 28, 2010
Hi Barney, just wondering which is Enid Blyton's most popular book? Thanks, Poppy X
BarneyBarney says: Hi Poppy, That's a difficult one to answer but I'd guess that the Famous Five and Faraway Tree series have been some of the best-selling Enid Blyton books over the years.
Posted by Joseph on October 28, 2010
Hello Enid Blyton Society! Just a quick one to ask which novel the "Secret Passage" avatar was taken from? It's a question that's been on my mind for quite some time... It looks fantastic!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you like it, Joseph! It's one of my favourite pictures too. The image comes from The Adventure of the Secret Necklace, illustrated by Isabel Veevers.
Posted by Christine on October 26, 2010
Hi, I have been looking for the 1979 edition of "The Enchanted Wood" illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone for a long time now and wonder if anybody would know of a way I might get hold of one. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: That edition of "The Enchanted Wood" sometimes comes up for sale on eBay or Abebooks, Christine, or you could try the booksellers listed under "Lashings of Links". Good luck with your search!
Posted by Gloria on October 26, 2010
Hello, I have looked on your web pages for "The Life of Christ" posters but cannot find any details or information about these. I have a few posters from years ago from a Sunday School class I used to do. Q. Were they used to tell children stories? Would like to know why they were printed and are they collectable today? Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Mrs. G. Dale
BarneyBarney says: The Bible plates were used in schools and Sunday Schools, Gloria, pinned up on the wall to accompany Enid Blyton's re-tellings of Bible stories. Because of their large size, the posters have only limited appeal to collectors. If you're thinking of selling them, you could try eBay.
Posted by Three Cheers for EBS on October 25, 2010
Hey Barney, just to share with you some articles Will the Enid Blyton Fans Please Stand Up? and Cuddly-Fuzzy Moments which a mom wrote in her blog on her delight at re-introducing Enid Blyton stories to her children and reliving the "glow" again. Don't we all feel the same every time we see and hear her name! Oh, by the way, I do enjoy checking out the illustrations from old books like "Five on Treasure Island". I love the illustrations by Eileen Soper of the Five. Superb! I think the new books are dismal from a void of illustrations and lack of scenes and the children depicted often look like adults, for example the recent "The Secret Island". Keep up the good work and many thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Three cheery barks for you! It's good to see that Enid Blyton books remain popular in Malaysia.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on October 22, 2010
Hi Barney. I've just found a copy of Readers Book 1, published by Macmillan in 1952, in Welsh. I have never seen a Welsh translation this early and was wondering if anyone can shed any light on when this started. I've checked the cave and found the English version but could not find the Welsh one there. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Wayne, Yes some of the Macmillan Readers were issued in Welsh, and I have also seen some Welsh editions of early Mary Mouse books. I can't put a date for you offhand but I suspect they were in the 1940s. I'm afraid that the Cave doesn't list any 'foreign language' books, but I guess we could include a picture if one comes along.
Posted by Francis on October 21, 2010
Barney - Yes, I am even more impressed - many thanks for your hard work and impressive knowledge. It was much appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: My pleasure, Francis.
Posted by Aditi Misra on October 20, 2010
Hello! I am Aditi from India. I have read a lot of your written books. They are simply wonderful! I liked the Faraway Tree, Malory Towers, the Famous Five and the Secret Seven! Can you please tell me where are you staying? Bye.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, Aditi, but the best of her lives on in her books. You can find out all about her life, including where she lived, by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button and reading the section called "A Biography of Enid Blyton - The Story of Her Life".
Posted by Francis on October 18, 2010
Barney, You deserve a really meaty chew for being such a clever dog! Checked the reprints as you suggested and recognised the covers from my compilations. If you find out details of the third compilation I will be even more impressed. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I've done a spot of investigation and the "third" compilation book I was thinking of actually predates the others, being a T.V. Special published in 1978. It contains "Five Go Off in a Caravan", "Five Go Off to Camp" and "Five Go to Mystery Moor". The cover is black and red with the heads of the Five in circles and can be seen here (scroll down and it's the book on the right on the bottom row).
Posted by Francis on October 17, 2010
Hello Barney. Are you familiar with the large hard-back annual-sized books of the Famous Five series? They contain illustrations by Jolyne Knox with lovely colour plates from the late 1970s TV programmes. I have two volumes - the first containing "Five on a Treasure Island", "Five Go Adventuring Again" and "Five Run Away Together" and the second one "Five Go To Smuggler's Top", "Five Go Off In A Caravan" and "Five On Kirrin Island Again". Do you know if any more volumes were produced and if so how many? Hope this question is not too indigestible!
BarneyBarney says: I enjoy having something meaty to chew on, Francis! The first six Famous Five books were produced as individual annual-sized volumes with TV covers which can be seen in the Cave - take a look at the 7th (or occasionally 8th) reprint under the book title, e.g. Five on a Treasure Island. Those six books were then released as two bumper compilations (not yet in the Cave), which are the ones you've got. However, there was also a third compilation volume which I can't get my paws on at the moment. If I'm able to give you further details later, I'll edit my reply accordingly. Or maybe someone else will be able to chip in?
Posted by tkurbjuhn on October 17, 2010
I very much doubt that the lack of details results from a lack of research. Surely Mrs. Blyton owned an encyclopedia and it would have been easy to give more details of foreign countries. I think it is her style staying vague about places and details. She gives only a few hints and that stimulates the fantasy of her readers.
Posted by tkurbjuhn on October 17, 2010
I am not so sure Enid Blyton would be glad to hear that she was ill-informed about people from other countries. Of course she had the values of her time and I cannot know if she reflected them. But I think so and I think she would have defended her moderate racism.
BarneyBarney says: We don't know what Enid Blyton would have said on the matter but her books reveal a lack of research when it comes to depicting foreign countries. For example, we're never told in which part of Africa "The Secret Mountain" is set and exotic fruits and vegetation are vaguely referred to but never named. "The River of Adventure" takes place in the Middle East but Blyton avoids being specific, with Bill saying only that they are "some way from the borders of Syria - a very old part of the world indeed!" For Enid Blyton to have become more informed would probably have taken too much time when what she really wanted to do was get on with telling a cracking story.
Posted by Rob on October 16, 2010
Thanks for the explanations, Barney and Rachel. I must admit I have never really liked "The Mystery that Never Was", feeling it is certainly one of Enid's lesser works. I agree with you Barney when you suggest Enid probably knew little of other races and so used stereotypes: very much as most British people would have done at the time. We tend to forget that nowadays the world is a much 'smaller' place than it was in the middle of the last century, and that Enid's books should always be read with this in mind. I've never considered Enid to be racist or xenophobic, just ill-informed, even innocent of the ways and lives of other people, be it richer or poorer or from other countries. The way that she portrays Americans for example, backs this up, as they are very much 'Hollywood film' characters rather than real individuals.
Posted by Rachel on October 15, 2010
Barney is right that Enid had a lack of sensitivity when it came to things such as race and class. You'll notice how badly the Nouveau Riche fare in both St Clare's and Malory Towers. If you go back into Enid's early writing, however, you'll find that this bigotry was always there – 15 year old Enid's postcard to a friend (during one of her very few trips abroad) from France complained of how ‘greedy’ the French were and how much they ate (this from the woman whose narratives are often dominated by food!)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's writing undoubtedly contains stereotypes of foreigners, though a number of foreign characters are portrayed in a positive light on the whole and are well-liked. The faults of French girl Claudine in the St. Clare's books (which include copying other people's schoolwork quite openly and locking matron into a cupboard so the girls can enjoy their midnight feast without interruption) are put down to her lacking "the English sense of honour" - yet at the same time she is such fun, so lively and warm-hearted, that she quickly becomes one of the most popular girls in the form. Enid Blyton obviously liked Claudine (who was based on a Belgian girl Enid knew as a child) and the French girl has the distinction of having her name included in the title of one of the books - "Claudine at St. Clare's". Enid Blyton probably knew little about other races or cultures and therefore relied on stereotypes in portraying them, but she didn't set out to denigrate foreigners and she succeeded in creating many likeable characters of various races and backgrounds.
Posted by Rob on October 15, 2010
Hi Rachel: I was hoping you might enlighten me as to how "The Mystery that Never Was" could be described as "racist and xenophobic", as I can't fathom it out...?
BarneyBarney says: Rachel is probably referring to the fact that, back in 1960, a reader for Macmillan rejected the manuscript of "The Mystery that Never Was", claiming that the author's attitude was xenophobic in that the thieves' foreignness seemed to be regarded as sufficient to explain their criminality. The reader also commented on the weak plot and thin characterisation. "The Mystery that Never Was" is not one of Blyton's best books, having been written late on in her career, but to describe Enid Blyton as xenophobic is to exaggerate. She wrote about a fairly homogeneous society in her books simply because that was the kind of society she was used to. It doesn't follow that she was racist. It's true that her books do sometimes portray foreign characters as funny or suspicious but she also creates foreign characters who are likeable and admirable, for example the black African boy Mafumu in "The Secret Mountain" who is courageous, intelligent, dependable and a loyal friend to Jack et al. Then there are the people of different nationalities who rub along together in the circus stories. At times, Enid Blyton's descriptions of people of various races could be handled more sensitively. In "The Island of Adventure" we have Jo-Jo, a black man with "rolling eyes", and Blyton herself seems unsure of the origins of her vaguely "Eastern" characters in "The Mystery that Never Was", writing about Hassan: "Nicky thought he looked as if he came from the East - was he an Indian - or perhaps a Persian? He looked pretty fierce, anyway." This betrays not racism on Blyton's part, but a lack of knowledge, and would appear to be typical of an author who writes at a fast pace, unwilling to interrupt the flow of a story by stopping to research the finer details.
Posted by Rachel on October 14, 2010
What were Gillian's feelings about her mother's work? I know that, not long before her death, she defended "The Mystery that Never Was" from allegations that it was racist and xenophobic.
BarneyBarney says: Gillian Baverstock was keen to promote her mother's work and to ensure that it remained available to new generations. She used to attend literary events and go into schools, where she would read some of the short stories to children and talk about Enid Blyton's books and characters. I know that she was particularly fond of "The Secret Island", the nature writing and the tales about naughty rag doll Amelia Jane.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on October 14, 2010
It must be remembered that Enid's younger daughter, Imogen, is still alive. It might be polite not to be too offensive about Imogen's mother with only a TV film as evidence against the lady. Imogen attends the annual Enid Blyton Day, so I can't see that there is much to find fault with either Enid Blyton or the Enid Blyton Society.
BarneyBarney says: Imogen herself had a difficult relationship with her mother and has written about it, but she also shows understanding of Enid Blyton and acknowledges her talent as a children's writer. Both Imogen and her daughter Sophie Smallwood support the Enid Blyton Society and regularly attend the annual Day as you say, Nigel.
Posted by Rob on October 14, 2010
Lili: I think you mean 'old fashioned drivel'...but still... All I can add to what everyone else has said is that Enid's private life was meant to remain private. In the days she wrote, authors didn't expect their private life to be splashed across newspapers and television, unlike today. The most important thing to Enid was the writing of stories that would inspire good behaviour and ideals in her child readers, and that she undoubtedly achieved. Children reading her books do not need to know about the ins and outs of Enid's life to appreciate her books. I agree that the film was unbalanced, and maybe would have benefited from showing some of Enid's better traits as well as the 'more juicy' aspects of her life, but considering that none of the less admirable traits of her life got into her books, I don't see what problem there is with children reading them.
BarneyBarney says: For those who haven't seen it, there's a nice, meaty thread on the forums about the "Enid" film.
Posted by Petermax on October 14, 2010
"After seeing the movie about this author, I will never allow my grand children to read any of her old fashioned dribble!" Is it really a good idea to take a recent movie interpretation of Enid's life so literally, Lili? Everyone knows that film/TV scriptwriters use an enormous amount of poetic licence. May I remind you that "Enid" was a fiction film and not a fly on the wall documentary. As for shame on the Enid Blyton Society for allowing Enid to get away with "such bad behaviour"!
Posted by Spitfire on October 14, 2010
Wow, Lili, strong language! It seems a shame to dismiss Enid Blyton's work as 'old fashioned dribble' and to ban your grandchildren from reading her wonderful stories simply because the authoress does not live up to an ideal standard. Nobody claims that Enid Blyton was perfect (or even that her books were perfect), but the fact that there were unpleasant aspects to her character surely only illustrates her humanity, with all its weakness. As fellow humans with weaknesses of our own, we can look at her life and acknowledge her failings, but who are we to judge her in such harsh terms? As countless people have testified, it was Enid Blyton's books that hooked them into reading as children. The adventures, mysteries, school stories, etc, have provided harmless and exciting escapism for generations across the world. Moreover, all her books have an uncompromising moral tone - no children will ever learn from her books that stealing or lying is okay, but despite this she demonstrates a sensitivity to circumstances which sometimes results in these behaviours. She created some of the most popular characters in children's fiction, and her books are still sold and lent in almost every children's bookshop or library across Britain, and many beyond. People remember her with affection because they remember her stories with affection and pleasure, and often gratitude. Besides the older classics and reams of modern literature, her books have a rightful place on the shelves, and children's literature would be greatly the poorer without them.
Posted by Katharine on October 13, 2010
Lili, everyone is of course entitled to their own opinions. However, I would like to suggest that you read the Barbara Stoney biography of Enid Blyton. I have just finished reading it, and found it to give what appears to be a well-balanced portrayal of her. She wasn't perfect, like most people she had her flaws. Maybe if she'd been a more 'well-balanced' person she wouldn't have been able to write in the way she did. Also perhaps you might like to bear in mind that some of the ways in which she behaved towards people were 'normal' for the times she lived in. Children 'seen and not heard', staff dismissed for seemingly trivial reasons, etc. I myself was a little disappointed when many years ago I saw a documentary which revealed some of her less pleasant aspects, but then I decided that at the end of the day I'd enjoyed her books and learnt a great deal from them as a child, why should I stop enjoying them just because the author wasn't the fantasy figure I'd created in my head?
Posted by Nepolean on October 13, 2010
In reply to Lili's comments: I am not going to say anything new, but still you have to remember that every person/thing has its positives and negatives. It seems that Enid Blyton's negative side was portrayed in that movie (haven't seen it yet), but her books are her positive side and we all love her for it. Please don't stop your grand children from reading her books. I can't believe that a person who can write such wonderful books could be a monster. A monstrous person can never write books that can make people happy. I am her fan and I am not ashamed of it and neither should anyone else. Even if she had displayed a bad attitude, I believe that there should have been a reason for such behaviour.
Posted by Lili on October 12, 2010
After seeing the movie about this author, I will never allow my grand children to read any of her old fashioned dribble! To think that my youngest child had so many of this woman's books and yet in her real life Enid Blyton was a self made monster who maniplated situations to suit her. Ghastly person and I am truly shocked by her behaviour towards so many, especially her own family. And as for checking this message for meanies or rotters! Enid still wins, a person is not allowed to view their opinion about this author as SHE is still in control. Shame on you Enid Blyton Society for allowing this author to get away with such bad behaviour towards staff, family and anyone who came into contact with her.
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton Society, formed in 1995, can't possibly be held responsible for the behaviour of a person who died in 1968! Besides, as any reader of Blyton books knows, an individual is accountable for his/her own actions. Enid Blyton did have a dark side to her character and the "Enid" film concentrated on that and failed to focus on things which would have shown another side of her, e.g. her days as an inspirational and enthusiastic teacher or the way she communicated with fans through her magazines and encouraged them to use their initiative, do their bit for society and raise money for charity. The best of Enid Blyton comes out in her books so I see no need to stop children reading them - they have had a positive influence on generations of young readers all over the world.
Posted by Graham Barber on October 12, 2010
We have two sets of the Enid Blyton Bible pictures in loose leaf. Can you put any light on them and what we should do with them? Kind regards, Graham Barber.
BarneyBarney says: The Bible plates were used in schools, Graham, pinned up on the classroom wall to accompany stories from Enid Blyton's Bible Story readers. Because of their large size they have only limited appeal to collectors. If you're thinking of selling them, you could try eBay.
Posted by Paul on October 12, 2010
Hi Barney, I heard that Enid longed for a son but is there any truth to the rumour that she resented her daughters for this reason?
BarneyBarney says: Several people who knew Enid Blyton have said that she'd have liked a son as well as daughters, but I haven't read anything that suggests she preferred boys over girls.
Posted by William on October 11, 2010
Hi Barney, I think you're doing a good job keeping Enid Blyton fans happy with interesting answers to all types of questions. Here's another one for you. How many hits or visitors the website receives? Is there a counter on the site? Many thanks William
BarneyBarney says: Hi William, a stats man! No, we don't have a counter on the site as figures can be very misleading. We actually have three different sites giving us stats and there is a huge difference in the figures. Just to give you a vague idea, over the past year according to Google Analytics we have had just over 258 thousand visits from 172 thousand different visitors. They don't measure hits, but over the same period Webalizer say we have had just over 28 million hits, I guess that is an awful lot of dog biscuits, but I hope this helps!!
Posted by Imogen Lucas on October 11, 2010
True! Today's situation is like the 19th Century when Shakespeare's plays were Bowdlerised to be acceptable for Victorian Britain. The main difference between Bowdler and Chorion is that Bowdler encouraged people to seek out the original texts, which can't be said of the people that wield the red pen at Chorion.
BarneyBarney says: I think it's the various publishers of Blyton books who get out the red pens, though presumably they seek Chorion's approval. You may be interested in joining our forums, Imogen, where there have been a number of discussions on the issues you've raised. Comments on the BBC Archive can be found here and there are also several threads on textual updates.
Posted by Imogen Lucas on October 10, 2010
Thanks, Barney. It's nice being able to have a positive conversation about Enid. Those who criticise her are a tiny minority but they make a lot of noise!
BarneyBarney says: For years Enid Blyton's books were dismissed by certain adults (most of whom probably hadn't read them properly) as formulaic and poorly-written but recently critics have begun to re-evaluate them, concluding that they have much in them that resonates with children and fires their imaginations. The work of many other authors who were popular in the mid twentieth century has now disappeared from bookshops but Enid Blyton books continue to sell well in many countries. That speaks for itself!
Posted by Imogen Lucas on October 10, 2010
Dear BBC, Enid Blyton was not a racist, take a look at e.g. "Five Go to Smugglers' Top", which has a black French African or Franco-Caribbean kid as one of Dick's friends and a main character; he's mentioned as being black once early in the book and then is not treated any differently to the others. It really gets my goat when people make shallow assumptions because of how cultural attitudes have changed. Bear in mind a lot of people in fifty years' time could well equate us to Hitler because maybe we use a word like, oh, "black" which may well have been decided to be appallingly racist for no apparent reason by then.
BarneyBarney says: I think the BBC objected to Enid Blyton mainly because they considered her writing banal rather than because they thought she was racist. Pierre (Sooty) in "Five Go to Smuggler's Top" is described as having dark hair and eyebrows but not as being black - his name (Pierre Lenoir) suggests French ancestry. There are number of likeable black characters in Blyton's books though, including Mafumu ("The Secret Mountain") and Sam ("The Mountain of Adventure"). Mafumu in particular becomes a great friend of the white child characters. And Fatty mentions in "The Mystery of the Strange Bundle" that he goes to school with a black Zulu prince named Boobanti, who is a wonderful ventriloquist. Regarding the way some people view Enid Byton these days, I agree with you Imogen when you say, "It really gets my goat when people make shallow assumptions because of how cultural attitudes have changed."
Posted by Imogen Lucas on October 9, 2010
Hi! Why did the BBC ban Blyton for so long and only interview her in 1963 - when the early stages of her dementia had already started so she couldn't fully appreciate it?
BarneyBarney says: It took years for Enid Blyton to be taken seriously by the BBC, who for a long time dismissed her stories as "mediocre" and "very small beer". You can read some correspondence between Enid and the BBC here. A recent article in the "Enid Blyton Society Journal" Number 42 (Summer 2010) revealed that Enid was interviewed on the BBC television programme "Readers and Writers" on 24th August 1951, perhaps as a result of Louie Clampitt (whose son Fred was a Blyton fan) having written to the BBC suggesting that they make a programme about Enid Blyton.
Posted by Miss Attitude, loz! on October 9, 2010
Hi Barney, what type of books did Enid Blyton write?
BarneyBarney says: All sorts for all age-groups, Miss Attitude! Check out the Cave!
Posted by John Thompson on October 7, 2010
Hey Barney, got any news regarding my quest for dust covers?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I've said all I can on the matter, John, and we haven't heard from anyone else.
Posted by Ilsa on October 7, 2010
I can't remember any girl wearing trousers right through the 1950s and I think it was well into the '60s before they became a popular part of the female wardrobe! I first had a pair of jeans in the mid 60s and felt most uncomfortable in them. Now I very rarely wear skirts but much prefer the comfort of trousers - though not jeans.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for that, Ilsa! I'm grateful that we dogs don't have to bother with such things!
Posted by Catherine on October 7, 2010
Hi Barney! Did girls wear trousers that much when Enid was writing? I ask because I noticed that both Gillian and Imogen were wearing dresses in the famous 1946 photo and I thought that girls wearing trousers started to catch on during the war.
BarneyBarney says: Although it started to become more acceptable for girls to wear trousers or shorts during the War, I think frocks/dresses continued to be the most popular choice for girls and it's likely that Enid Blyton would have felt it more appropriate for her daughters to wear dresses for formal photos or publicity shots. I don't know whether anyone who lived through the War/post-War years would be able to tell us more?
Posted by Lucky Star on October 5, 2010
Ah, Thank you Barney. Trust your sharp eyes to see what we mere humans miss. Have yourself a large bone.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Lucky Star! What a treat - and plenty of meat on it too. You're a star!!
Posted by Lucky Star on October 5, 2010
What on earth is a "Trope"? Quite an interesting site, they give some interesting descriptions of Blyton's major series.
BarneyBarney says: It says on the TV Tropes website that "Tropes are storytelling devices and conventions".
Posted by Catherine on October 5, 2010
Barney! Have you seen the entry on Enid at the TV Tropes Wiki ? Notice how they suggest for one trope example that Gillian and Imogen were almost "raised by wolves" when it came to their relationship with their mother. I wish Gillian or Imogen had recorded audiobooks of their mother's stories, particularly Gillian who was said to have sounded just like Enid.
BarneyBarney says: No, I hadn't seen that. Thanks, Catherine. It doesn't say much of substance, but at least it gives a link to the Society!
Posted by Katharine on October 5, 2010
Kevin, I've just finished reading Enid's biography and the poem you mention. I was amazed to find something like that written by her, it was very thought provoking. Very different from her usual poems about fairies and the countryside. Just goes to show how wide her talents were.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's interesting to see Enid responding to a topical issue.
Posted by Kevin on October 4, 2010
I remember some years ago, I read what I think was a biography on Enid in which a poem of hers was reproduced. The poem was about a murder and the hangman. I would love to read it again, can anyone help?
BarneyBarney says: The poem you're looking for is 'To Hang - or Not to Hang - that is the Question!', printed in Appendix 1 of Barbara Stoney's "Enid Blyton - the Biography". Enid Blyton wrote it in 1950, during the Government discussion on the Abolition of Capital Punishment. The poem is too long to reproduce here, but she approved of hanging murderers and rapists.
Posted by John Thompson on October 3, 2010
Barney replied to my post regarding dust covers, thanks for the feedback. Are there any other options open to me to satisfy my quest?
Posted by Diane on October 3, 2010
I recently purchased a greeting card with a vintage picture of a dog in it. I was told the image was from an Enid Blyton book about a spoilt dog that lives in the lap of luxury. He runs away from home and gets lost in the woods were he meets "real" creatures and manages to return home a reformed character. Does anyone know the name of the book? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I feel as though I ought to know this story with it being about a dog, Diane, but I'm not sure. There is a short story called 'The Rich Little Dog' which is a bit like that, though the dog doesn't get lost and he meets other dogs who let him join in with them. That may not be the tale you're looking for, but perhaps someone else will be able to help. If you were to join our forums, you could ask about the story under Book/Story Search and perhaps post a picture of the image.
Posted by Catherine on October 3, 2010
Barney, Do you think if Enid had lived longer, and had not developed dementia, would she have remained popular as a continuing writer? Our timeline is very different to a world where Enid was still writing in the 1960s and 1970s. Can you imagine Enid trying to cope with teenage life in the 1960s when it came to her books? The Famous Five in a Swinging Sixties nightclub? Of course in that world, Green Hedges would still exist today as Enid would have sold it to private owners not developers.
BarneyBarney says: It's an interesting question, Catherine. I think Enid Blyton liked children to be children and would have frowned upon the idea of young girls and boys being encouraged to grow up too fast and take an interest in things like image, fashion and sexual relationships from an early age, so I don't imagine her books would have embraced nightclubs etc. She wrote mainly for children aged about 4 - 12 so teenage issues didn't feature in most of her stories anyway, though no doubt her books would have continued to make some reference to modern food and technological developments as appropriate (in "The Mystery that Never Was", published in 1961, Nicky's father complains that Nicky watches too much television).
Posted by Mannat on October 2, 2010
I love reading books written by Enid Blyton, especially the Five Find-Outers, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, etc...I will keep reading books by Enid Blyton all through my life.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton herself may have been surprised at the number of people who do exactly that, Mannat!
Posted by Katharine on October 2, 2010
I've just finished reading Barbara Stoney's biography and found it really interesting. However I have a question. Towards the end it says that Enid was finding it difficult to produce work and I wondered how much new material she actually produced in her final years. The chapter seemed to jump about nine years between her mind appearing to struggle and Kenneth's death. I couldn't work out from the Cave of Books which books were new and others just re-issued. Anyone know the answer?
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say precisely, Katharine, but we know that Enid's final novel was "The Hidey Hole", published in August 1964 after having originally appeared in "Playways Annual" in September 1963. After that, most books that appeared were reprints or collections of stories that had been published elsewhere earlier, though there were a few new Noddy picture books and some re-tellings of Bible stories - "The Boy Who Came Back" and "The Man Who Stopped to Help", both published in August 1965.
Posted by Fan of Buster on October 1, 2010
Hi Barney, how are you? I'm currently reading the Five-Find Outers and Dog series. I'm amazed with this British home style where there's the main house, summer house, bottom of the garden and shed. I love to read about the children rolled under the trees' shades and meeting in the shed. I imagine it must be a very very large area. I wish I have a home like that! Can you tell roughly how big is the area? Potted meat with biscuits for you!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the biscuits with potted meat, Fan of Buster! That's put a wag in my tail! We know that Enid Blyton's house, Green Hedges, had a garden of about three acres, later to become four acres when Enid and Kenneth purchased some extra land at the bottom of the garden. I imagine that the larger detached houses in Peterswood would probably have had about the same amount of land, while smaller houses would have had considerably less.
Posted by Catherine on October 1, 2010
Yes I do live in Australia :) It was ordered through my mother's credit card so it's her name on the delivery address. I also look forward to reading Gary Russell's book "Spies, Smugglers and Spook Trains".
BarneyBarney says: Happy reading!
Posted by Catherine on October 1, 2010
Hi Barney! I just ordered Barbara Stoney's biography of Enid from the Society shop and I have also ordered Gary "Dick Kirrin" Russell's book from Hirst Books. I feel so excited - it's like waiting for a Christmas present!
BarneyBarney says: I have just been wrapping my paws round a book, Catherine, and I will trot down to the post office with it tomorrow! I hope you live in Australia because that is where the parcel is going to!!
Posted by Poppy on September 30, 2010
Hi Barney, sorry I have not had time to come on the website, thanks for the information. I will look out on eBay for the badges. Thanks again, Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Poppy.
Posted by 1nspectagadget on September 29, 2010
I have a copy of Stories & Notes to Enid Blyton Nature Plates. My copy says 1949 Macmillan yet your site says 1950?????????
BarneyBarney says: The reason for the entry on our website is that the book was published in May 1950!
Posted by John Thompson on September 29, 2010
I have just started to collect the Adventure series. Unfortunately, the first three I have don't have dust covers. Could you point me in the right direction possibly to get reproduction?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, John, but we can't promote websites or individuals selling reproduction dust covers. I can understand your yearning for colourful wrappers for all your vintage books and I know it's frustrating that you can't simply go out and buy dust jackets from the shops, but at the same time it's terrible to see people raking in money by scanning old dust jackets, making numerous print-outs and selling them at a large profit.
Posted by Micheal on September 29, 2010
Hello, A quick question - are there three "Faraway Tree" books or four? My daughter loves the collected 3 volume one - but is it complete? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: If it's the Dean 3-in-1 compilation, I'm afraid the second book in the trilogy ("The Magic Faraway Tree") may have been abridged, with several chapters having been removed. There is a fourth Faraway Tree book called "Up the Faraway Tree" but that's only a slim picture-strip volume, with simple stories told in very few words. I'm not even sure if it's still in print.
Posted by Alison on September 25, 2010
I say my teacher would not have said but shouted at me if I asked him. He would shout: "Look it up in your dictionary!" He is not mean but he does make a row! Plus I don't know what it means because I am only eight! Now, last question this month! I have the St. Clare's books, all of them up to number eight, but it said on one book that there was one called "Kitty at St. Clare's". Do you know if this book is still selling with the series or is it sold apart?
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure your teacher's bark is worse than his bite! Enid Blyton only wrote six St. Clare's books, the other three being written by Pamela Cox. "Kitty at St. Clare's" was published later than the rest (in 2008) so it's possible that it may not be included in boxed sets. Even if it is, you should still be able to buy it on its own from bookshops or from Amazon. "Kitty at St. Clare's" tells us more about life in the third form, so it fits into the series after "The Third Form at St. Clare's".
Posted by Marie on September 25, 2010
Hi Barney! Did Enid listen to the radio much? What was her favourite type of music? What were her favourite songs?
BarneyBarney says: We don't know much about the music Enid Blyton listened to, Marie, though we know that she was a skilled pianist. In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life", she says that as a child she liked listening to her father playing classical music - "Beethoven's sonatas, Chopin's nocturnes and ballades, grand pieces from Liszt and Rachmaninoff, and a great deal of Mozart." When playing the piano herself, she "enjoyed learning sonatas and nocturnes and all the rest" and "liked Bach best of all." Being a dog, I'm fond of "Bark" too! Enid Blyton's family wanted her to train to be a professional musician but she chose to be a teacher and writer instead.
Posted by Alison on September 24, 2010
Big question! Why are your replies so long? You keep talking about novels! And I don't know what "novels" are. Sorry if you think this is mean. I am just really confused! Please help.
BarneyBarney says: A novel is a fiction book telling a long story, which is usually divided into chapters. Examples include "Five on a Treasure Island" and "The Secret of Moon Castle". I'm sure your teacher would have told you to look the word up in a dictionary Alison! As for my replies, they're as long as they need to be!
Posted by Amy on September 19, 2010
Hi Barney. How many books or short stories has Enid written?
BarneyBarney says: See my reply to Eagles Rocks! about four messages back, Amy!
Posted by Genette on September 19, 2010
Hi Barney! With all the modern editing of Enid's stories, I was wondering if she was ever asked to change any of her stories while she was still alive? Also, while she had a lot of tomboys in her stories, did she feature any janegirls? (Janegirl is a British term meaning the male equivalent of a tomboy, i.e. a boy that acts like/wants to be a girl).
BarneyBarney says: The only book I can think of that may have been edited by Enid Blyton herself is "The Yellow Fairy Book", originally published in 1936 by Newnes. In 1952, when it was reprinted by Staples Press, the title was changed to "The Queer Adventure" and alterations were made to the text - for example, the Faraway Tree and Moonface were introduced into the story. It seems likely that Enid Blyton would have made these changes herself or at least approved them. Some books were serialised in magazines ("Sunny Stories" or "Enid Blyton's Magazine") before being published in book form and there are a few cases in which the text has been altered slightly for the book version. It's not certain whether these changes were made by Enid Blyton or by the publishers. I can't think of any janegirls in Blyton books!
Posted by Victoria Jose on September 17, 2010
Are Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene (author of the Nancy Drew mystery series) the same person?
BarneyBarney says: No, they're not! English author Enid Blyton generally wrote under her own name, except for half a dozen books which she wrote as Mary Pollock, and a few contributions to annuals for which she occasionally used pseudonyms. The Nancy Drew books are American and were written by a syndicate of authors. None of them were actually called Carolyn Keene, which is a made-up name.
Posted by Barbara on September 17, 2010
Did anyone get to the Hartley's auction? I would love to know if the collection stayed together or where it ended up. Such a pity if it was split.
BarneyBarney says: There's a thread on the forums - here - all about the auction of Gillian Baverstock's Blyton-related items, Barbara.
Posted by Eagles Rocks! on September 15, 2010
Hi! 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 know that she wrote over 180 novels though, and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. To find out more about Enid Blyton's amazing output, have a wander through our Cave of Books.
Posted by Poppy on September 12, 2010
Sorry Barney, I must have confused you with my last question. I got a secondhand Enid Blyton book and it had the Famous Five badge in. Is it around anymore and possible to get or do they not sell them anymore? Thanks, Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: I thought your book must be an older copy, Poppy. The badges are not available to buy new as they were given out to people who joined the Famous Five Club, which sadly no longer exists. Second-hand badges sometimes come up for sale on sites like eBay, though they can be rather pricey.
Posted by Gauri on September 12, 2010
I just love Enid Blyton! Is that her real name?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton was her real name! Enid was married twice - to Hugh Pollock and Kenneth Darrell Waters - but she kept the surname Blyton in her professional life.
Posted by Imogen Loucas on September 11, 2010
Hi Barney! Why are Enid's stories edited but other children's authors are left alone? Roald Dahl, for example, was a misogynist and an anti-Semite but no one suggests taking a red pen to his books.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know enough about Roald Dahl to comment on your statement about him, Imogen, but books by other children's authors have also been edited - among them L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" books, Malcolm Saville's "Lone Pine" series, Helen Bannerman's "Little Black Sambo", Penelope Farmer's "Charlotte Sometimes", Ruby Ferguson's "Jill" pony books, the "Nancy Drew" books (Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of a syndicate as you may know) and P. L. Travers' "Mary Poppins" series. Enid Blyton's books have been tampered with more drastically than most, however, and many of the updates seem pointless. I suppose it's the fact that her books sell so well that makes the publishers anxious to keep the texts "relevant", but in the process they may well be in danger of ruining the special Enid Blyton formula which made them so popular in the first place.
Posted by Mick on September 11, 2010
It's an incredible pity that all the items in the Hartley's auction In Ilkley on the 15th will most likely be split up and go to (probably) speculators rather than Enid Blyton admirers. In a few years' time it will be realised that the really one-off things like her manuscripts should have gone to the nation in the form of a museum dedicated to her. I personally would give my eye teeth for the Harry Rountree illustration...
BarneyBarney says: It is a great pity that the items owned by Gillian Baverstock can't be kept together as a collection. Let's hope that at least some of them will end up somewhere where they will be put on display so that Enid Blyton enthusiasts have the chance to see them.
Posted by Betsy-May on September 11, 2010
Glad you enjoyed your bone, Barney! Oh, what a strange reason. What publication year should I look out for that generally Enid Blyton books weren't changed that much? Thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to specify a year, Betsy-May, as different publishers changed things at different times. Between the late 1960s and the late 1980s there were only a few very minor alterations, mainly updates to money (i.e. shillings etc. being replaced by decimal currency) and, in series such as the Famous Five and Secret Seven, changes to some of the clothing, e.g. shorts sometimes became jeans, and overcoats sometimes became anoraks. More major alterations were made from 1987 onwards, starting with the removal of golliwogs from the Noddy books, and since then there have been numerous updates (affecting some books and series more than others).
Posted by Janie on September 10, 2010
Hiya Barney! Enid Blyton is the BEST author in the world and next to her is Joanne Rowling. So, Famous Five is my most favourite series and can we get reviews about the books in this website? Because it's the first time I'm visiting and I have finished The Famous Five series and I want to collect reviews. I want the reviews with the plot and the adventure parts. Please Barney tell me! Also how old are Julian, George, Anne and Dick (Famous Five) at the end of the series? Thanks in advance, Barney! ♥, Janie !!
BarneyBarney says: Hiya Janie, We certainly do have reviews of all Enid Blyton's novels on this website. If you look above this Message Board you will see ten buttons with pictures and if you click on the Famous Five one that will list all the books and there is a review for each one. You want to know how old the Famous Five are - or Four actually, as you left out Timmy! They are all three or four years older than they were at the start of the series!
Posted by Betsy-May on September 10, 2010
Say, tails wagging here too!!!Wow! four and half and already starting full school, that's very young. I asked because Nanny said Betsy-May must be wheeled to her dancing class otherwise she would be too tired from walking and another reason is Peter is five and is already going to school, so Betsy-May must be still rather small. Oh guess what Barney, I've just found an old Dragon Betsy-May book and her favourite toy should be a golliwog not a doll called George and there's a chapter on Betsy-May learning her manners which is not in the Dean version (2007). It's a good chapter but what warrants the entire chapter to be taken out? I love a golliwog more than a doll called George. When I read golliwog I think it has got more character! Here's a bone from Mrs. Jenks for you, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you kindly for the bone! Sometimes newer editions have had a few changes and occasionally because of space a chapter has to be left out of the new edition, but at least you are able to read it as you also have the Dragon edition. I am now off to chew my bone!
Posted by Betsy-May on September 7, 2010
I've just finished reading "Tales of Betsy-May". As usual Enid Blyton can always make simple everyday affairs into lovely tales! I would just like to know Betsy-May's age. Could she possibly be 3 or 4 years old? What do you think, Barney? Thanks & Best Wishes from Tubby-puppy and Tinker-dog.
BarneyBarney says: A wag of the tail to you, Tubby-puppy and Tinker-dog - and to you too, Betsy-May! Yes, the stories about Betsy-May are charming and a lovely read. Enid Blyton never gives Betsy-May's age but in one or two of the later tales we're told that she longs to go to school but isn't old enough yet, so she's definitely of pre-school age (children in Britain start full-time school at about four and a half - thought I'd mention that as some readers from other countries may not know).
Posted by Edward Mellor on September 7, 2010
Hi Barney, Enid Blyton has written many books and I have grown up with them but the most advanced books I can find that she wrote are the Adventure series. Did she write any other books for older kids? I love the Famous Five by the way. I read most of her books I think as well. Enid Blyton RULES.
BarneyBarney says: Although they may not be quite as long as the Adventure books, Enid Blyton herself felt that the six Barney/"R" Mysteries were aimed at a slightly older readership than her other series, perhaps because of the emotional subject-matter (Barney being on a quest to find his father). Some of her family/society novels like "The Six Bad Boys", "The Family at Red-Roofs", "House at the Corner" and the two "Six Cousins" books would also probably appeal to older readers.
Posted by Dipti on September 6, 2010
Thanks Barney!!!
Posted by Mick on September 6, 2010
Older children (and adults) who like the "Adventure" series could try the novels by American writer Augusta Huiell Seaman now that the earlier ones are coming out of copyright. Amazon sell reasonably priced editions by the Dodo Press. She wrote a lot of books mainly in their time considered suitable for girls, with a strange series non-series feel to them: they often feature two sisters with a younger irritating (but clever) brother who solve mysteries, often with a historical theme (but set in the present). The thing is that they are never the same children! I'd avoid the ones actually set in the past, unless you like historical novels. The original hardbacks are difficult to come by (and thus expensive, as my bank balance demonstrates) but I'd really recommend the new paperbacks. P.S. Has anyone else got any recommendations?
BarneyBarney says: The Augusta Huiell Seaman books sound very interesting, Mick!
Posted by Dipti on September 5, 2010
Hi Barney, Did Enid Blyton's books have an impact on the world of writing? Did Enid Blyton have an impact on literature? Please could you tell me.
BarneyBarney says: Hi, Dipti. A number of writers have said that it was Enid Blyton who got them interested in reading, and that their love of reading led to a desire to write. Her work is not regarded as "Literature" with a capital L, nevertheless she is recognised as a cracking storyteller whose pacy plots, memorable characters, atmospheric descriptions, creation of suspense and immensely readable style have meant that her books have remained in print and have entertained and inspired generations of readers and writers.
Posted by Mick on September 5, 2010
I take your point to some extent ,Barney, about facsimile dust covers, but surely the artist and copyright holder were paid for their work when the book was first sold. All you are doing is replacing something that was already paid for, and some 'orrible child has lost/eaten etc. Otherwise you could argue that the artist and copyright holder should be reimbursed every time the book is resold second hand.
BarneyBarney says: I suppose the difference is that no seller has a monopoly on second-hand copies of a book. And book-sellers can't keep on producing an infinite number of copies at next to no cost to themselves, and amass a huge profit from their sale. People who buy second-hand books may even go on to buy new books by the same author (if his/her work is still in print). When it comes to printing off rare dust jackets, however, a seller with the right book and right equipment has little or no competition and can make a mint. I've seen someone on eBay selling multiple copies of facsimile Enid Blyton dust jackets for over £20.00 each, which doesn't seem ethical to me (I haven't checked for a while so I don't know whether eBay have since removed that person). Anyway, I'm afraid that that's why I don't feel inclined to provide a link!
Posted by Kitty on September 5, 2010
Thanks for the help, Barney. I read the book over the holidays and you had to tell your favourite book and I couldn't find it. Thanks very much.
BarneyBarney says: When you say "you had to tell your favourite book," Kitty, I assume you had to talk about it at school. I wonder if any of your classmates also mentioned Enid Blyton books as their favourites?
Posted by Mick on September 5, 2010
I know facsimile dust jackets are a loaded subject due to their sometimes fraudulent use on eBay, but are they in fact legal? If the answer is "yes", then could you give me a link since I have rare first editions, like "The Secret Island", but unfortunately without the beautiful cover?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, Mick. I can understand your yearning for colourful wrappers for your vintage books and I know it's frustrating that you can't simply go out and buy dust jackets from the shops, but at the same time it's terrible to see people raking in money by scanning old dust jackets, making numerous print-outs and selling them at a massive profit, with none of the money going to the illustrator or the copyright-holders.
Posted by Marie on September 4, 2010
Hi Barney! Did Enid own any dogs? My family lost our dog Minnie to cancer the other night and we are all having a hard time adjusting so I've been taking comfort in my favourite book dogs, Timmy and Buster.
BarneyBarney says: Very sorry to hear about Minnie - it will obviously take time for you and your family to come to terms with losing a much-loved companion. Enid Blyton wasn't allowed to keep pets as a child, but when she grew up she had many pets including dogs such as Bobs and Topsy (fox-terriers), Sandy (a smooth-haired terrier) and Laddie and Lassie (black cocker spaniels). Topsy and Bobs feature in the book "Bimbo and Topsy" (Bimbo was one of Enid Blyton's Siamese cats), while Loony in the Barney Mysteries is based on Laddie.
Posted by Kitty Taylor on September 4, 2010
When was "The Enchanted Tree" written?
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean "The Enchanted Wood"? You can find out all about it here. There's a lot of information on this website if you take the time to look!
Posted by Alison on September 4, 2010
Thanks for the help. I am on an Ipad!
BarneyBarney says: Lucky you! Being a dog, I have pads on my four paws!
Posted by Alison on September 3, 2010
Hi again, I am asking the same question as Wendy but I have a particular book! Are there any films of the Faraway Tree, the Wishing Chair, Famous Five and Secret Seven? Hope you know.
BarneyBarney says: I corrected your "Faraway Three" to "Faraway Tree", Alison, though I did have a chuckle at the idea it conjured up of three children in a permanent daydream! Back in the 1990s there was an "Enchanted Lands" cartoon series on TV, with tales from the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair series. The stories didn't stick closely to the books though. I know that the "Enchanted Lands" stories were released on video but I'm not sure whether they ever made it to DVD. No Secret Seven films or TV series have ever been made, but the Famous Five books have been filmed several times. The 1957 and 1964 Children's Film Foundation films ("Five on a Treasure Island" and "Five Have a Mystery to Solve") are due to be released on DVD this month, and the 1970s Famous Five TV series will be available on DVD shortly (starting with a German release later this year). The 1990s Famous Five TV series can also be bought on DVD. You could try looking for the DVDs on sites like Amazon (or perhaps eBay in the case of "Enchanted Lands", as I'm not certain whether those recordings are still available new). Alternatively, you could try shops like WH Smith. I know that the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe, Dorset, will be stocking the two Children's Film Foundation Famous Five films when they're released.
Posted by Wendy Beasley on September 1, 2010
Can anyone tell me if the two Blyton films are available on DVD, and if so where? Thanks, Wendy
BarneyBarney says: Which films do you mean, Wendy? Do you mean films based on particular books, or films about Enid Blyton's life?
Posted by Adventurous Four on September 1, 2010
Well that explains the mystery!!! I think I got muddled over the titles but I can't understand why the fact that it has been re-written is not disclosed. I do think you deserve a big juicy bone for solving it! I say, fine detecting work and compilation of clues you're working on in the Cave, what better way to have an adventure! Thanks again, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, A4! When it comes to continuation books by other authors, or books which have been rewritten to the point where they differ greatly from the originals, it's up to the publisher whether the author is identified on the cover. Some publishers choose to acknowledge the author - Anne Digby's name is on the cover of her "Naughtiest Girl" sequels - while other publishers either put the author's name inside or don't mention it at all (meaning that young readers will wrongly assume they are buying a genuine Enid Blyton book).
Posted by Adventurous Four on August 31, 2010
There is a book which I'm contemplating buying entitled "The Adventurous Four - Stranded!" The inside information said that it was first published in 1952 as "Off With The Adventurous Four". Barney, please do you know if there is any difference in terms of the text in the new book aside from the names of the children from the original one? I read a bit of the book and it didn't quite feel it was truly by Enid Blyton. Thanks and hope you have a nice day...an adventurous one! :-)
BarneyBarney says: Every day spent in the Cave is an adventure, thanks, A4! I think the book you mean is "The Adventurous Four - Trapped!" It started life as a shortish story of four chapters in "Enid Blyton's Omnibus!" in 1952, with the title 'Off With the Adventurous Four Again!' In 1998 Clive Dickinson added a lot more chapters of his own to turn the story into a full-length novel, meaning that much of the content is not by Enid Blyton. Also in 1998, "The Adventurous Four" was retitled "The Adventurous Four - Shipwrecked!" and "The Adventurous Four Again!" was retitled "The Adventurous Four - Stranded!" Some alterations were made to the texts, including name changes.
Posted by Alison on August 31, 2010
Hallo again, thanks for the help! And I do have loads of time! I don't know if there is a newspaper! I just hope there is. Enid is my role model. I love her! Thanks for all the help. Tomorrow I might need some more help.
BarneyBarney says: Tomorrow I might need some more bones and biscuits to keep my strength up! ;-)
Posted by Alison on August 30, 2010
Hi, me again. Thanks for answering the questions. My friend wanted to know! I will tell her the answers when I go back to school! Just want you to know that I am not in middle school yet - there are quite a few years to go, like three! But I am going to start writing the article now! Do you have any words or things that can help me? Love Alison♥
BarneyBarney says: It sounds as though you have masses of time, Alison! If I were you, I'd start keeping a notebook about Enid Blyton. You can jot down anything you learn about her, and anything interesting that occurs to you while reading her books. Then you'll have plenty of material to work with when you come to write the article.
Posted by Amelia Jane on August 30, 2010
Barney, I have a golliwog in my toy collection. It was my mother's before me. When I showed it to a school friend her mother got upset. Is the golliwog really racist or just a toy?
BarneyBarney says: When that question was put to Enid Blyton she said that golliwogs were simply nursery toys, not symbols of racism or representations of black people. Golliwogs are generally presented as smart, cheerful, lovable characters and they tend to be loved by the children who own them. Although they have been removed from children's books and were hard to find in the shops at one point, they are now making a come-back in Britain. In your case, your golly is a family heirloom and I'd continue to cherish him and explain to friends that he is nothing more than a much-loved cuddly toy.
Posted by Rev Peter Dale on August 29, 2010
Hello, just a quick question really that I wondered if you could help me with. I have some large posters showing the "life of Christ" by Enid Blyton...a good dozen or so. Q. are they collectable? The reason why I'm asking is that I've never seen others around like this. Thanks and regards Rev P. Dale
BarneyBarney says: It sounds as if these are the New Testament Bible Plates, that were produced to go with Blyton's Bible Readers published by Macmillan. Because of their size they are difficult to store (they originally came in a large brown 'wallet') and equally difficult to display in quantity. For this reason they are not really of much interest to Blyton collectors.
Posted by Poppy on August 29, 2010
Hi Barney, in the back of my new book there is a page about a Famous Five badge. I have looked on eBay for them but I cannot find them, are they not selling any more? Can you help me?
BarneyBarney says: Is your "new" book secondhand, Poppy? (That sounds like nonsense, but you know what I mean!) There used to be a Famous Five Club for fans, who were sent a badge and a membership card on joining. Unfortunately the Club came to an end years ago. The badges do sometimes turn up on eBay but can be quite pricey, I'm afraid.
Posted by Alison on August 29, 2010
I have three questions! 1.Did Enid Blyton have a favourite book? 2.Did she have brothers and sisters? (How many?) 3.What age was she when she wrote her first book? I am definitely going to write an article about Enid Blyton if there is a newspaper for my middle school!
BarneyBarney says: Golly, you make me feel as if I'm doing 'Enid Blyton' as a special subject on "Mastermind", asking me all these questions! ;-) Enid's favourite book as a child was "The Princess and the Goblin" by George Macdonald. She had two younger brothers, Hanly and Carey. Her first book was "Child Whispers", a slim volume of poetry which was published in June 1922 when Enid Blyton was twenty-four. You can find out more about her life by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button. Good luck with your article!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 28, 2010
Barney, maybe your master will get you a cat for company? You could always share your basket with a nice Siamese Cat, smelling slightly of turpentine!
BarneyBarney says: Cats are all right in their place - but their place is certainly not in my basket!
Posted by Yumi on August 27, 2010
Hi. I would like to know if you have any more Naughtiest Girl series. I just love Elizabeth.
BarneyBarney says: If you're asking whether anyone has written a Naughtiest Girl continuation book for this website then I'm afraid not, Yumi. I don't know whether you know, but six Naughtiest Girl sequels were written by Anne Digby some years ago.
Posted by Katie on August 26, 2010
Barney, I'm sorry if I upset you. I just thought it'd be a fun idea to include more of Enid's characters on here. I enjoy seeing her characters being brought to life online. Please accept a bone as an apology.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Katie! And don't worry, I wasn't upset. If some visitors prefer to correspond with a female, perhaps my master will consider finding me a nice lady canine companion to help me out on the Message Board! Not a bad idea at all!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 26, 2010
You do a great job, Barney! I like the fact that it is only you who answers questions - to have other characters jumping in would appear to be imitating eb.net! You are also privileged in being the only dog that I have allowed in the grounds of my mansion!
BarneyBarney says: It was a real privilege to spend a sunny afternoon in the grounds of Rowe Hall, Nigel!
Posted by Loony on August 26, 2010
Don't go Barney, I like your comments. They make me laugh! What a lovely poem 'Things I won't Forget' by Enid. I often read the comments and discussions here and what wealth of information I can learn of the history and happenings both past and present time.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Loony! It's great to hear from a fellow canine!
Posted by Katie on August 26, 2010
Barney, I saw that the other Enid Blyton website has members of the Five Find-Outers answering visitors' questions. Has any thought been given to adding more people here? - I'd love to see how, for example, Alicia from Malory Towers would go about answering questions. Adding a female Blyton character would also assist those that, for whatever reason, feel more safe or are more comfortable talking with a woman.
BarneyBarney says: I like to think I'm an approachable dog, Katie, and that people are happy to come to me with their questions. I do like the set-up over at www.enidblyton.net, where questions are answered by several characters from the Find-Outers books, though I don't think visitors are able to choose whether their queries are answered by Fatty, Bets or Inspector Jenks - it depends which character gets there first! Much of the time our Message Board isn't quite as busy as the one at www.enidblyton.net, so having one dog answering questions is probably sufficient for now. Thanks for your comments though - it's always interesting to hear people's suggestions.
Posted by Jackie on August 25, 2010
I like the bookcovers by Lilian Buchanan, is there anywhere I can buy them? She was my Aunt's sister in law.
BarneyBarney says: Interesting that you have a family connection, Jackie. If you want to buy books with Lilian Buchanan dustwrappers, you could look on eBay or try the booksellers we list under "Lashings of Links". Occasionally original artwork by book illustrators turns up at auction, but more often than not publishers threw away artwork when it was no longer needed, in order to free up space.
Posted by Dark Queen on August 25, 2010
In an old Dragon paperback "The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage" Larry is mentioned to have dropped a shilling but in the new Dean 2009 edition it has been changed to coin instead. Also in "The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat" in the passage about the cats, the word queer has been changed to peculiar. I've been meaning to get these new hardcover editions as a collection since they do have nice cover pictures but I've changed my mind since I discovered the changes in text. "Coin" seems so bland and there's no fun in "peculiar". I'm sure these words must have existed in Enid's time and if she didn't use them, then that's it. Another disappointing thing is there is no illustration at all in these new books.
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed disappointing that so many of Enid Blyton's books have been edited/updated - some series more than others.
Posted by Katie on August 24, 2010
I know what you mean about the St Clare's girls ending up too old for school - I think someone calculated that they would be about 20-21 at the end. Have you seen the school drama "Waterloo Road"? The actresses playing schoolgirls are all in their 20s but playing 16/17 - they look ridiculous in school uniforms and it totally blows the suspension of disbelief. Thank God we never got to see Pat and Isobel as 21 year old schoolgirls.
BarneyBarney says: I haven't seen "Waterloo Road", Katie, but I imagine that school uniforms on actresses in their 20s may look somewhat perverse!
Posted by Katharine on August 24, 2010
Re different ages in the Malory Towers/St. Clare's books. I don't know about private schools, but I'm sure I heard somewhere that many years ago children moved class according to their abilities rather than their ages. I believe my grandmother was taught in a large room which covered several years of children, the youngest at the front, the older children at the back, no maximum classes of 30 back then! Mind you, we're talking pre WWI, and she left school at 13, no SATS tests or GCSEs for her either!
BarneyBarney says: That's interesting, Katharine. I know some small village schools still operated in that way until fairly recently - perhaps some still do?
Posted by Spencer Smith on August 23, 2010
Trying to find a poem by the wonderful Miss Blyton called 'I Wonder'. It's my daughter's eighth birthday and my mother read me this on my eighth birthday, and it refers to Enid when she was eight years old. Any clues much appreciated, Spencer.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of an Enid Blyton poem called 'I Wonder' but you might possibly be thinking of 'Things I won't Forget', which is included in Appendix 1 of Barbara Stoney's "Enid Blyton - the Biography" and first appeared in Enid Blyton's poetry collection "Silver and Gold" in 1925: When I'm grown up I won't forget the things I think today -/ I won't forget the sort of things I like to do and say;/ I won't be like the folk I know, who seem so very old,/ And quite forget the things they did when they were eight years old./ There's lots of other things, of course, that I'll remember too;/ And then when I'm grown up I'll know what children like to do./ I'll know the things they're frightened of, I'll know the things they hate -/ And oh! I hope they'll love me, though they'll know I'm long past eight!
Posted by Javier on August 23, 2010
Hello Barney. I hope you are making the most of your summer taking long walks and swimming in the rivers! I have a question for you. In the St Clare's series, Blyton seems to have skipped the third form. The book that follows "The Second Form at St Clare's" is "Claudine at St. Clare's", where the girls are already in the fourth form. Do you know if there was any reason for this? Thank you for your time!
BarneyBarney says: I'm enjoying the summer very much thanks, Javier! We don't really know why Enid Blyton didn't write about the third form or sixth form at St. Clare's but there are a few oddities in the stories, such as the fact that the O' Sullivan twins are already aged 14 in the first form, so perhaps she decided to miss out a year or two in order to avoid focussing too much on the fact that they would be rather old by the time they got to their final years at the school! The Malory Towers series is better-structured but even there there are some inconsistencies, e.g. Darrell starts Malory Towers in the summer term, some characters spend more than three terms in one year and some members of a class move up early to the next form while the majority stay put. It's possible that things are more flexible at private schools than at state schools, but it's still difficult to make sense of it all. Luckily, we soon get caught up in the exciting stories and stop dwelling on minor details! As you may know, Pamela Cox has written books about the third year and sixth form at St. Clares.
Posted by Emma Lees on August 23, 2010
Does anyone know if the Malory Towers books by Pamela Cox have been brought out on audiobook yet?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I've no idea, Emma, but perhaps someone reading this will know. Alternatively, you could look on a site like Amazon.
Posted by Ana Asif on August 22, 2010
Hi Barney, sorry I pestered you last time (apology accepted?) My only question was that till now are all the books published of Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: An occasional question is fine, Ana. If you mean are all Enid Blyton's books still in print, not all of them are but most of the full-length novels are still published as well as many of the short stories. If you want to know about specific titles, you could check sites like Amazon to see whether those titles are currently available to buy new.
Posted by Saucy Jane on August 19, 2010
The Family Collection is also a very good one. My best memories are the canal trip the family made in a houseboat and the story of how the children had placed their trust in God when the mother of a little boy who came to stay with the family was very ill. Very interesting reviews and first-rate illustrations in the Cave. I wish to goodness I had all these old books!
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to see this series mentioned as it appears to be one of Enid Blyton's lesser-known series.
Posted by Poppy on August 18, 2010
Thanks Barney, I will try and get hold of "House-at-the-Corner". I think I have got all the rest and read them all, thanks again.
BarneyBarney says: Hope you enjoy "House-at-the-Corner", Poppy.
Posted by Poppy on August 17, 2010
I have quite recently read "The Six Bad Boys". I was wondering if there was a "Six Bad Boys Again" or is there just the one? I really enjoyed the first one! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: "The Six Bad Boys" is a stand-alone novel, Poppy, but if you liked that you may enjoy some of the other 'family and society' novels written for the same age-group (if you haven't already read them), e.g. "The Family at Red-Roofs", "House-at-the-Corner", "The Put-em-Rights", "The Children at Green Meadows" and the two "Six Cousins" books.
Posted by Katie on August 17, 2010
Hi Barney, Where can I write to Enid's daughters Gillian and Imogen?
BarneyBarney says: Sadly Enid Blyton's elder daughter, Gillian Baverstock, died three years ago, Katie. We can't give out the address of Enid's younger daughter, Imogen Smallwood, but many fans have been able to meet her as she regularly attends the Enid Blyton Day with her daughter, Sophie.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on August 17, 2010
Reading your answer to Nigel's question, Barney, instantly I thought, what a clever, wise dog you are. The perfect answer. No wonder such a wise and clever dog is answering all these challenging questions that come your way.
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Julie. You're welcome to share my bones and biscuits any time!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 17, 2010
Barney, you always tend to list canine characters as your favourites! How do you rank the dogs in Enid's major series? Timmy, Buster and Scamper (it is noteworthy to ponder as to why the Adventure series didn't feature a dog, only an irritating parrot!). I'd like to know which of these would get your top accolade, and would you have liked to have been one of Enid's hero-dogs!
BarneyBarney says: Gosh, you do put a dog in a dilemma, Nigel! It's impossible to pick a favourite as the dogs you mention are all so appealing in their own ways. Timmy is wise and brave, Scamper is wonderfully patient and Buster's admirable aim in life is to nip Goon's ankles as often as possible. Then there are Loony and Crackers, who more than live up to their names, and Lucky the fox-terrier, clever as paint. I suppose which one I like best depends on what kind of mood I'm in. If I'm in a playful mood I might prefer to read about Loony, but when I'm feeling more serious I might plump for Timmy. As for myself, I'm not sure that I'd like to have been one of Enid's hero-dogs. Their lives sound rather dangerous at times and I think I prefer to curl up with a book and a bone and participate in their adventures from the comfort of my blanket!
Posted by Poppy on August 16, 2010
Hi Barney, my favourite Enid Blyton book is "The Circus of Adventure", have you got a favourite? I also liked "The Six Bad Boys".
BarneyBarney says: They're both great books, but personally I've got a soft spot for "Shadow the Sheep-Dog" and "The Adventures of Scamp". Shadow and Scamp are two of Enid Blyton's most intelligent characters!
Posted by Gemima on August 16, 2010
I have a very old Enid Blyton book - "The Holiday Book". It doesn't have a date of publication but from the message scrawled inside I know that it was given to someone as a gift, Xmas 1946. Any idea if it might be worth anything?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations but you can find out more about the Holiday Books here.
Posted by Lauren on August 16, 2010
I am doing a feature article for school on Enid Blyton. Can you please let me know how the lasting impact of her achievements are important to society?
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your article, Lauren. It is often said that Enid Blyton books continue to play a very important part in getting children to enjoy reading independently, which is no doubt true. Other readers have spoken of the things they've learnt from her books - good morals, fairness, courage, owning up to wrongdoing and making amends, an appreciation of nature, etc. During her lifetime, Enid was in contact with her readers through magazines like "Sunny Stories" and "Enid Blyton's Magazine". Through those magazines she encouraged boys and girls to get involved with charities, e.g. readers of "Enid Blyton's Magazine" were invited to join clubs which regularly raised money for a children's home, blind children, children with cerebral palsy and sick animals. Enid Blyton has been a positive influence on readers for generations and continues to inspire, educate and entertain children today, more than forty years after her death.
Posted by R G Marsh on August 14, 2010
Thank you so much for the good news about the two 1950's Famous Five films coming out on DVD on 13/09/10, I will be putting an order in for both! Could you please let me know if I can obtain the 1970's Famous Five television series on DVD? Your advice is much appreciated Barney and a huge thank you again!
BarneyBarney says: I always try to help if I can! There has been a great deal of discussion about the DVDs of the 70s Famous Five TV series in our forums in the following thread. If you look at the post by Timmy254 on August 2nd that will tell you more, but briefly these DVDs are being released in Germany in October. At present there is no sign of a UK release.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 14, 2010
Barney! Surely you're not going to write in text-speak? "Luv" indeed! You are far too old for that kind of sloppy writing - even if you are a most intelligent dog! ;-)
BarneyBarney says: I am duly rebuked, but I was trying to match the tone of Ana's message, some of which didn't quite make the Message Board!
Posted by Ana Asif Saleem on August 14, 2010
Hi Barney, remember me, Ana? Barney you are right I can't get that book ["Adventures of the Wishing-Chair"] anywhere online but what about u torrent, can I get it over there, do you have any idea, please tell me? Will ya let me know how much time does it take for you to send and see people's messages when they are sending it to you? It will be useful to me cuz I can send my messages according to time. (Does it take a day?) So sorry I'm troubling u a lot but in which book are you? I thought it would be nice to get details about you, you know everybody likes to get details about people whom we are sending messages to. Are u in the book Barney Mysteries? Barney, please answer my last two messages fast. Hi Barney, I'm very upset with u for not attending my last 3 mess messages and I wanted to ask u that can I get that book in u torrent? Please answer me this time, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I've put all five of your messages together, Ana. A dog doesn't like to be pestered like this - I can't be on the Message Board constantly - and no, I'm not a character from a Blyton book! "Adventures of the Wishing-Chair" is still in print, as are the vast majority of Enid Blyton's other main books, and the copyright doesn't run out until the end of 2038. So if you find any of the major novels anywhere online, they've been uploaded illegally.
Posted by Christina Stotler on August 13, 2010
I don't know if it is Enid Blyton book all the book says is on the back Birn Bros. LTD. printed in England No. c. 16 I didn't know if you could help me it does not have any other details on it I just want to know more about this book, thank you, Christina
BarneyBarney says: As I said in my original reply, Christina, Birn Bros published a huger number of books and I can really only help with those written by Enid Blyton, and even then I really need to see the book.
Posted by Ana Asif Saleem on August 13, 2010
Barney Hi! I wish you were my pet I could bring you a big juicy bone and biscuits and whatever you like and that too every day!!!!!! I was wondering where on the internet I could get the book "The Adventures Of The Wishing Chair" and the rest of the set whole set.
BarneyBarney says: You are so kind, I just luv juicy bones!! I am not sure what you mean about the Wishing-Chair books, if you want to buy them you can find them all over the place, have a look at our Lashings of Links page. If you just want to read them on the internet you are going to be out of luck as you will not ne able to find them.
Posted by Anonymous on August 13, 2010
Hi Barney, Did Enid's female characters largely prefer dresses to pants and shorts? I ask because as far as I know, girls didn't start regularly wearing pants and shorts until after World War II.
BarneyBarney says: I don't like anonymous posts, it reminds me of what cats do in the garden!
Posted by Poppy on August 12, 2010
Thanks Barney for the information about Enid Blyton's "The Story of My Life" I will certainly try what you suggested, thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: A pleasure, Poppy, good luck with finding a copy.
Posted by Christina Stotler on August 11, 2010
I found this book that has Birn Bros printed in England no. c.16. It is called our counting book. I was wondering what year it was made I can not find it on the internet anywhere I was wondering if you could help me. I would really appreciate it, thank you, Christina
BarneyBarney says: We would need a few more details that that, Christina, as Birn Bros published hundreds of books over a long period. What makes you think that the book is by Enid Blyton?
Posted by R G Marsh on August 11, 2010
Could you please let me know if there are any plans to put the two 1950s/60s (black and white) Enid Blyton Famous Five films on to DVD? Please please please!!!
BarneyBarney says: You'll be glad to know that both films are to be released on 13th September - check out this link.
Posted by Anne on August 11, 2010
I am writing from Canada. I have a box of Sunny Stories from 1930's and 1940's and some later editions, as well. Does anyone have any suggestions about the best way to sell these? I expect they would have more appeal in Britain. Would I be better to sell them individually or as a set? They're in fair condition. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: This is up to you really, Anne. If it is a large collection selling them separately might be rather tedious. You could always try putting them in the For Sale section on our forums, which wouldn't cost you anything (you would have to register first), or else you could try putting them on an internet website like ebay.
Posted by Karen on August 11, 2010
My friend's 19 year old daughter listed me as an influence on her Facebook page. My claim to fame? I introduced her to Enid Blyton....I am so proud!
BarneyBarney says: Good for you, Karen!
Posted by Bimbo & Topsy on August 11, 2010
Many happy returns of the day to my favourite author, Enid Blyton!Thank you for all the wonderful and amazing stories. When is your birthday, Barney and how old are you? Hope you get loads of treats =D
BarneyBarney says: My birthday, now there's a question! I like to think of every day as my birthday, but a fellow never reveals his age. I can tell you that I am the same age as my tail!
Posted by Gillian on August 10, 2010
I think Enid Blyton is amazing. I was called after her daughter. She just gave us so many amazing adventures and made boarding school seem more the thing. The illustrations are so amazing too.
Posted by PC Goon on August 10, 2010
Hi Barney. I enjoy writing Five Find-Outers fanfiction. What appeals to me is the atmosphere of 40s, 50s Britain that we find in Enid's books. Am I right in thinking that the copyright on Blyton books expires at the end of 2038 and thereafter it is a 'free for all' for those who want to legally self-publish continuation books on the Five Find-Outers and other Blyton series? Has Chorion given anyone permission to do any such self-publishing or even themselves published any good-quality fanfiction, or commissioned any continuation books? Sorry to trouble you with these questions, old boy.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, you're right that the copyright on Blyton books expires at the end of 2038. I don't know of any published Find-Outers continuation books, but continuation books have been produced for other series (traditionally published, not self-published) with the approval of Chorion. Some, like Pamela Cox's Malory Towers and St. Clare's books or Trevor Bolton's "The Secret Valley", have been written very much in the spirit of the originals. Others, however, have strayed far from Enid Blyton's original creations - I'm thinking of books like the anonymous "Faraway Fairies" series and the new Wishing-Chair stories.
Posted by Poppy on August 9, 2010
Hi Barney! I wanted to ask you about the Enid Blyton autobiography. Where do you think I could get it from?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's "The Story of My Life" has been out of print for years, Poppy, but second-hand copies sometimes come up for sale on eBay or Abebooks. Alternatively, you could try contacting the booksellers listed under "Lashings of Links".
Posted by Katherine Lister on August 9, 2010
I have a copy of the Second Holiday Book circa 1947 but my contents are different to the one listed on this site. Was there another edition with extra stories, or have some stories been omitted in your list? Thank you
BarneyBarney says: I have just been through 'The Second Holiday Book' page by page and the stories listed in our Cave of Books are correct and nothing is missing. I would love to know what extra stories you have as there is only one version of this book. It did get reprinted as an abridged version in 1959, and this version only had 22 of the original 29 stories, with 156 pages instead of 192. Do let us know how your book is different.
Posted by Famous Five on August 9, 2010
Hi Barney, many thanks for the information. A big bone and biscuit for you. You know, I feel kind of dismayed and sad to see bit by bit Enid Blyton's original work being lost by this constant so-called editing and updating. Well, just look at how many people are still recalling Enid Blyton stories they read in childhood. I think I'll go and have a dose of "Enid Blyton's Sixth Bedtime Book". By the way, here's a note for the publisher from Timmy! Grinning.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for the bone and biscuit! Let's hope the dogs in the modern editions of the books are still allowed to enjoy titbits!
Posted by Katharine on August 8, 2010
I've just been been trying to find out if Enid's house 'Elfin Cottage' still exists, can't find it on Multimap. Any one able to answer this for me?
BarneyBarney says: It certainly does exist, it has a blue plaque on it and I have taken a photo of it (I'm a smart dog!). There is a letter from that address in Journal 41 and you will see that it goes on as 31 Shortlands Road, Bromley.
Posted by Harry on August 7, 2010
Hi Barney, have you heard of the book "The Return of the Five Find-outers" by M. E. Rosson? They are selling it on Amazon. Do you think it is worth buying?
BarneyBarney says: That's the first I have heard of it, Harry, I didn't know it existed. It seems that it is only available on the UK Amazon as a Kindle edition, but I have checked it out on Amazon.com and it is also available as a 406 page paperback in America. If you are interested I suggest you should buy a copy quickly as I think it is probably illegal and may not be on sale for long when the legal eagles get their claws into it!
Posted by Sue Thomas on August 6, 2010
Please could you tell me if there have been any productions of the Faraway Tree and if scripts are available for stage ?
BarneyBarney says: To the best of my knowledge there have not been any stage productions of the Faraway Tree, so I am pretty sure that there would be no scripts available.
Posted by Sue Webster on August 5, 2010
Hi Barney, dear old faithful dog! Could I get Enid's autobiography "The Story of My Life" from the local library? I'd love to read it. Cheers, Sue.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sue! It's unlikely that your library will have the book in stock, but they might be able to get it in for you if you ask.
Posted by LaNae on August 3, 2010
I am looking for a story my mom read to me in the late 1950s about a little bed that ran away because the little boy didn't want to go to bed. Is this an Enid Blyton story?
BarneyBarney says: There are a few Enid Blyton stories about children not wanting to go to bed, LaNae, and about beds walking away, but I can't think of one that is quite as you describe. Perhaps someone reading this can help?
Posted by Petermax on August 3, 2010
Here is a rough translation of David Castelló's message, courtesy of Google: "Good afternoon. From Spain I'd like to thank the authors of this page, which I think is just wonderful. As a child I read the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, the Adventure and Mystery series ... And now, as a parent I'm re-reading them again to tell the adventures of these courageous kids to my daughters, aged 7 and 8. Well, a big hello to all Enid Blyton fans in the world. Greetings from Spain."
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Petermax. And thanks too to Nigel Rowe, who also submitted a translation of David Castelló's words.
Posted by Queros on August 3, 2010
The 1946 Calendar contains a load of images of Brer Rabbit - do these appear in the earlier magazine stories or are they unique to the calendar ?
BarneyBarney says: They are indeed unique to the calendar. None of the magazine stories would be in full colour and these were done specially for the calendar by Ernest Aris.
Posted by David Castelló on August 2, 2010
Buenas tardes. Desde España felicitar a los autores de esta página, la cual me parece simplemente maravillosa. De pequeño leía LOS CINCO, LOS SIETE SECRETOS, LA SERIE AVENTURA, MISTERIOS... Y ahora, siendo padre, los vuelvo a releer para contarles las aventuras de estos intrépidos muchachos a mis hijas de 7 y 8 años. Bueno, un saludo enorme a todos los aficionados a Enid Blyton del mundo. Saludos desde España.
BarneyBarney says: No hablo Español I'm afraid, David, but I know we sometimes have Spanish visitors to the website who will be able to read your message.
Posted by Namita on August 1, 2010
The Famous Five books are my favourite. Also the other adventure and mystery books are just wonderful. It would be superb if we, ordinary children, could experience all those great things.
BarneyBarney says: Along with ordinary dogs (or even extraordinary dogs!)
Posted by Famous Five on August 1, 2010
Hello Barney, here's a comment from a newspaper columnist on the updating of Enid Blyton's Famous Five. I agreed with the writer and wonder at the necessity of the fuss. Enid Blyton's wordings are the life and magic itself of her stories. That's why we still love and remember her stories with warmth even in adulthood. So what does it mean the original edition will still be in print??? Are they going to print the "original with illustrations"? That would be an interesting and welcome development!
BarneyBarney says: I agree that the updates are unnecessary and that they distort the flow and rhythm of the writing and destroy the period flavour of the stories. Unfortunately, the original text editions haven't been in print for years. Hodder and Stoughton have said that they will still be keeping the centenary paperbacks in print, with the Eileen Soper illustrations, but even those have undergone editing (though not as extensive as the latest changes, which abridge the books as well as updating the language).
Posted by Becky Warman on July 31, 2010
My Mum is looking for a book that her sister was very fond of as a child. She can't remember the book title or author but thinks it may possibly have been Enid Blyton. The story is 'Chrissie and the Inkblot'. My Auntie would have been reading it in the 1950s. Any ideas greatly received. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The story doesn't ring a bell, Becky, and might not be by Enid Blyton, but perhaps someone reading this will know it anyway.
Posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2010
I just LOVE Enid Blyton :) I have read so many books in my life, but Enid Blyton is still my favourite! I have never found any author that I like as much as her. Her books are so happy and beautiful, and they make me fill with joy! I absolutely love her. Thanks Enid :)
BarneyBarney says: Reading Enid Blyton books puts a wag in my tail too, but I must admit that messages signed "Anonymous" make my tail droop a little. However nice the messages may be, they seem less friendly without a name (either a real name or a username) attached to them.
Posted by Anita Bensoussane on July 28, 2010
On 26th July, TG talked of a story called 'Do Pass it On' which appears in the book "Jinky's Joke". I just wanted to add that I have a book called "Goodnight Stories", published by Treasure Press in the 1980s with full-colour illustrations by Suzy-Jane Tanner, which also contains that story. I thought I'd mention it in case that's the book to which Dayostar is referring.
Posted by Hels on July 28, 2010
Could you possibly help me please? I have looked around the website, but I cannot find a record of the book I am looking for. My grandmother bought me a book, I think it would have been in the early/mid 1980s, it was a Bedtime Story book containing as far as I can remember stories such as 'Tommy tell-tale,' 'Johnny Come at Once,' 'His Little Sister' and a story about a clock and the children turn back the time! The book has long since gone to a charity shop, but I would love to find a copy of the book. Can you help at all?
BarneyBarney says: Not all later Enid Blyton books (i.e. short story collections published some years after her death) have been added to the Cave yet, Hels, but I think the book you remember is "Enid Blyton's Gift Book of Bedtime Stories". It's a big, light blue book with pictures of fairy-folk and animals on the cover and the coloured illustrations are by Rene Cloke. The copy I have in front of me was published in 1978 by Dean, but there may have been later reprints. There are 27 stories including 'Tell-Tale Tommy', 'Johnny, Come at Once!', 'His Little Sister' and 'What's Happened to the Clock?'
Posted by Colin Peel on July 28, 2010
As I am related to Enid Blyton through my Mother I am keen to find a family tree showing her cousins, particularly Charles Blyton. Any help would be appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: It's interesting that you're related to Enid Blyton through your Mother, Colin. Primrose Lockwood included family trees in her articles in Journals 10 and 11, but unfortunately cousins weren't shown. If you manage to find out anything more, please let us know.
Posted by Claire on July 27, 2010
Hi! I am desperately searching for a dvd/video of the televised "Secret Series" and was just wondering if there is anywhere I can track it down!
BarneyBarney says: Sadly you are going to have to give up your search, Claire. Cloud 9 filmed the Adventure Series and followed it with the Secret Series in New Zealand. The Adventure Series was released on video by Disney in Australia and New Zealand but not in the UK, but the Secret Series has never been released on either video or DVD.
Posted by TG on July 26, 2010
Dayostar wrote on July 26, 2010: Does anyone know of the story about the favour that is passed on and comes back full circle to the little boy who starts it all? Enid Blyton repeated plots in many of her stories so there could be several with the same theme. In 'Round and Round it Goes,' Rubbalong repairs someone's shoes and as the customer is rather poor he tells her not to worry about paying – "Just pass the favour on," he tells her. She does, and the recipient of her favour also passes it on. Round and round it goes and eventually it comes right back to the Rubbalongs. This might be the one though. It's called 'Do Pass it On.' Harry is a kind little boy who's always doing favours for people and telling them to pass it on. One particular day he helps the old apple-woman to pick up the fruit that she's dropped all over the road and, as usual, asks her to pass the kindness on. The chain is started and after several people have "passed it on" Harry is rewarded when the act he initiated is returned to him in the form of a favour from the park-keeper. That story is from 'Jinky's Joke.'
Posted by Dayostar on July 26, 2010
Does anyone know of the story about the favour that is passed on and comes back full circle to the little boy who starts it all? I really need to get my hands on this story!! PLEASE HELP!
BarneyBarney says: Racking my brains as I'm sure I've read that story, but I can't think of the title or the book. I hope someone else reading this will know!
Posted by TG on July 25, 2010
Sally wrote this: "Terry - just to say that I loved your Bill's Diary in this quarter's Enid Blyton Society Journal". Sally is a loyal Follower of Enid Blyton related material and her encouragement is appreciated (she’s encouraged before). I also thank Rob Houghton (that brilliant artist) for his kind words, and also Lucky Star. Daisy? Yes. She’s a real player in the world of Enid Blyton. The fact is that compared to the last contribution consisting of about 10,000 words, the next installment will contain about 17,000! That takes time but at least Sally’s request stimulated several hours of work on a Sunday evening (unpaid!). The result should be sent within a week - hopefully! Part of the delay could be attributed to the fact that a person who held vital information was holidaying in the Lake District and incommunicado!
BarneyBarney says: I look forward to reading the next installment!
Posted by Michael Molton on July 25, 2010
Hi, I've always loved the Five since I was a kid and still have many books. My question to all Five fans would be, what happened to them when they grew up and left school? What jobs did they have for example? What is their history up to today? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You'll probably get more answers to your question if you put it on the forums, Michael.
Posted by Sally on July 24, 2010
Terry - just to say that I loved your Bill's Diary in this quarter's Enid Blyton Society Journal. Bill was always one of Enid Blyton's best characters and somewhat of an enigma. It is interesting to see his thoughts around the adventures. I hope this will be the first of one for each book - although there is undoubtedly more material regarding Bill in some more than others. Keep writing! Also want to see more of "They Made Their Mark". You promised something about Pip and Bets....
Posted by Green Meadow on July 24, 2010
Browsing the Cave of Books...just love the illustrations in the old Enid Blyton books! They make the stories more alive and interesting, especially to know the olden days British culture. By the way, how does the society manage to come up with them all?! Are these shared by the members? Thank you all for sharing.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for your interest, Green Meadow. The Cave is indeed a Cave of Wonders! Many of the books belong to Society Organiser Tony Summerfield, but a fair number have been scanned for the Cave by other collectors. Older books often have faults such as tears or staining, so Tony does a great deal of work on the scans before uploading them to make the images look as pristine as possible.
Posted by Sharon Foo on July 19, 2010
Hello! Greetings from Malaysia. I'm hunting high and low for a couple of books that I've lost in my childhood time which I wish to buy for my collection. They are "A Book of Fairies" and "A Book of Brownies". I wonder whether these books will be re-printed in the near future. Can anyone help? Thank you in advance.
BarneyBarney says: Try searching for them on Amazon, Sharon, to see if they're available to buy new. They may be called "The Book of..." or "The Enid Blyton Book of...", rather than "A Book of..." If they are still in print you can either buy them online or order them from your local bookshop. Otherwise, there should be plenty of second-hand copies around if you check sites like eBay, Abebooks or equivalent.
Posted by Julius on July 16, 2010
I read almost all the Enid Blyton books - the Famous Five as a boy, the Secret Seven, the Five Find-Outers and Dog, the Malory Towers series - Oh and I have very fond memories of the characters. These books built my reading skills and made me a writer too. Hopefully I can reach a fraction of her writings!
Posted by Beatrice on July 15, 2010
I love her books and have read all of Malory Towers. She has such a sense of humour.
Posted by Starryyeyesssss. on July 14, 2010
I have grown up with the Famous Five books and loved them all. But I still always wonder about George... was she a lesbian? Or just going through a tomboy stage?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was concerned for the most part with her characters' childhoods, so I doubt she devoted any time to thinking about their sexuality. In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life", she says that George was based on a real girl and that the girl had a dog which was like Timmy in character.
Posted by Sally Ferguson on July 14, 2010
I am trying to track down any of Enid Blyton's stories in audio CD format. I have heard "The Magic Faraway Tree" read by Kate Winslett and it was fantastic and would love my own copy. Can you please help with my request?
BarneyBarney says: Quite a lot of audio CDs and cassettes of Enid Blyton's stories have been produced over the years but I'm not sure which titles are still available, Sally. You could look on Amazon, or there may be second-hand ones for sale on eBay.
Posted by Spitfire on July 13, 2010
Regarding Lucy Pevensie's post about Six Cousins, it's true that Roderick is a bit babyish and clingy but that seems to be his mother's fault for keeping him tied to her apron strings! Personally, I don't feel that much sympathy for Rose. Whether she's suffering from post traumatic syndrome or not, Roderick certainly is! The poor kid wakes up night after night after having terrifying nightmares of the fire! I like the way his character is developed in these two books.
BarneyBarney says: Roderick loves dogs and dogs love him, so he must be a good egg!
Posted by Katharine on July 13, 2010
Re: Aunt Rose from Six Cousins. Apart from all the valid points Barney makes I think it's also important to remember when the book was written. That era had a 'stiff upper lip' attitude. I don't know if anyone had ever heard of counselling or therapy back then. It was published just after the war, a time when countless families lost homes, possessions and loved ones, and they would have had to just try and carry on as best they could. Most wouldn't have been able to afford a nursing home.
BarneyBarney says: I love the phrase "stiff upper lip", but when I try to stiffen my top jaw it just looks as if I'm snarling!
Posted by Lucy Pevensie on July 12, 2010
Hey there. Does anyone know why Blyton portrayed Aunt Rose from "Six Cousins" in such a negative way? She's described as being haughty and lazy and doesn't care for her children, staying in a nursing home and letting her children go away to Mistletoe Farm. Personally, I could really sympathize with her and her situation. First of all, her house was BURNT DOWN. She could be suffering from some severe emotional trauma. At the same time, Linnie is so rude to her, basically ordering her to be strong and take care of the children. And frankly, Roderick annoys the HECK out of me. Did anyone else find the two books rather annoying?
BarneyBarney says: We can have a little sympathy for Rose as the people around her, especially her husband David, don't seem to appreciate how difficult it is for her to adapt to life on a farm. And if the daintier things in life mean so much to her, such as afternoon teas and frilly frocks, surely her family could indulge her once in a while, as a treat. However, I think Blyton's main point is that Rose doesn't even try to make the best of a bad situation - instead she wallows in misery and languishes in a nursing home (for which someone will have to pick up the bill!) for months. Her husband and children have also had to go through the shock of their house burning down but they get on with things as best they can despite the trauma. And Linnie, already very busy with Mistletoe Farm and her own family, takes on her brother-in-law's three children and cares for them. When Rose eventually emerges from her cocoon, it's no wonder that her family have moved on without her. What is objectionable is Rose's selfishness, rather than her ineptness. She is not willing to muck in with the rest of her family, face up to what has happened, give her children the emotional support they need and do her bit in sorting things out. And when they go to Holly Farm, which is a chance for them to build a new life for themselves, she does the jobs she has to do grudgingly, and with a bad grace. If only she tried to help herself and her family, people might feel more sympathy for her.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on July 12, 2010
I would like to confirm that Barney is not a character from a book! I have had the privilege to have met him, and consider him a friend of mine. You are an incredible dog, old thing. [Orders a jumbo bag of biscuits from Amazon].
BarneyBarney says: It's always good to see you, Nigel, especially when you come bearing biscuits! *Wags tail vigorously*.
Posted by Terri Nwanma on July 11, 2010
Hallo Barney. I have a lot of questions but I think I'll ask them one by one. I'm from Nigeria. How can I get Enid Blyton's schoolbook series in sets? And which book are you in?
BarneyBarney says: Regarding the school series, you could order them from a local bookshop or you could try sites like Navrang or Amazon (Navrang ship worldwide - I'm not sure about Amazon). I'm not a character from an Enid Blyton book (!) though there is a circus-boy called Barney in the set of six books beginning with "The Rockingdown Mystery".
Posted by Robin Heath on July 9, 2010
I own a 1929 Triumph Noddy car which I would like to use in the production of "Noddy and the New Taxi". I also own the 1988 world expo Pedicab which is the other main vehicle in this book. How do I go about receiving permission to act out one of my childhood stories without causing WW3 as I have a person here in Australia says I have to have permission! Thanks, Robin Heath.
BarneyBarney says: The copyright for the works of Enid Blyton is owned by Chorion, Robin, so you'll need to contact them about putting on a production. All Blyton's stories and characters will remain in copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Erica on July 5, 2010
Good morning dear Barney, I've read all the books of Enid Blyton. I'm a crazy fan of her. The question I had was, how does she get ideas to write such wonderful books? I never had ideas like these but I want to write my own book! Give me some tips!
BarneyBarney says: In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life", Enid Blyton advises would-be writers to expose themselves to a range of experiences, to read widely and to think deeply about issues, in order to give their imaginations a store of things to work with: "It is open to all writers to enrich their imagination and to make it easy of access. The more one observes and hears and learns, the more one reads (and that is very important), the more one ponders and muses consciously on this, that and the other, the richer the imagination becomes." You could try keeping a diary of things that happen to you, Erica, including your thoughts on things you've heard or read. It may happen that some of your diary entries could form the basis of a story. If all else fails, gnawing a juicy bone always gets the ideas flowing!
Posted by June Johns on July 2, 2010
Thanks awfully Barney - here's a bone! I want to introduce my friend to Enid Blyton but she is visually impaired. Are there books for the blind versions available - or any other type of audiobooks? The proliferation of homosexual themed Blyton fanfiction unnerves and disgusts me - I have nothing against homosexuals but corrupting a classic children's series with artificial same sex relationships just feels wrong. I want to read about the innocent friendship between Bill and Clarissa and not about how they discovered page 69 of the Karma Sutra.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the bone! *Chews it eagerly*. Your queries sent me to the RNIB website, June, where I discovered that they have a range of Blyton titles available as talking books (your friend would need to have a Daisy player, which can be hired, but perhaps she has one already?) or as braille books. Places like Amazon also sell some Blyton audio books on CD but I believe most of those are dramatised and abridged, rather than being straight readings. It's worth having a look, though. You could also see whether any Blyton books are produced as e-books. Some e-readers have an audio option (I think Kindle does) but I don't know whether your friend has one, or what the audio option is like (does the narration sound robotic, for example, or is the book read with expression?) About the Blyton fanfiction, it does seem a pity that sexual themes are so common but people can just ignore that and stick with the original books if they prefer.
Posted by Maria on June 30, 2010
Can you please send a short book review on "The Book of Brownies"?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure why you want the review, Maria, but there's one on this website here, by Terry Gustafson. I removed your email address from your post because it's not a good idea to include it on a public message board unless absolutely necessary.
Posted by June Johns on June 30, 2010
Have any changes or "updates" been made to the Malory Towers series? (though I shall be happy if Darrell no longer shakes me!) J. Johns, Malory Towers, Cornwall.
BarneyBarney says: Hullo, June! It probably won't surprise you to hear that a few alterations have been made. For instance, I believe that Darrell no longer slaps Gwendoline in "First Term at Malory Towers". I'm not sure whether June still gets shaken though, so don't let your guard down!
Posted by Javier on June 30, 2010
Hello Barney! I was wondering if you could thank Anita Bensoussane for her Barney Mystery series reviews. I really enjoyed reading them. I love the way she analyzes the ambiance and the language of each book in the series, as well as how she relates parts of the plot to other Blytons or other authors' (e.g., Edgar Allan Poe's) novels.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your kind comments, Javier. I'll pass your remarks on to Anita - I'm sure she'll be delighted that you enjoyed the reviews.
Posted by Georgie Nicholls on June 28, 2010
I love reading the Famous Five. My Mum has ordered "The Famous Five's Survival Guide". I'm so excited to get it!
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy reading it, Georgie! Here's to plenty of adventures!
Posted by Aleshia Jones on June 28, 2010
I have 47 collectable Enid Blyton books, I have had all the pleasure of reading them and would like someone else to appreciate them, do you know anywhere I can look to sell them and what sort of prices range? Thanks, Aleshia.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Aleshia, eBay would be a good place to sell your books as you can decide on a starting price and you may perhaps make more than you'd expected on some titles. To get an idea of value, you could see what similar books are selling for on eBay or Abebooks. A lot depends on age and condition.
Posted by Alice on June 28, 2010
Hi Barney, This message addresses Pamela Cox. I was wondering if you know her email or could recommend a place to find it? I want to know her email because I would like to ask her if she is going to carry on the Malory Towers, because I was most devastated when I finished "Goodbye Malory Towers".
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give out people's email addresses, Alice, but you could try writing to Pamela Cox using her publisher's address which you'll find in the books. I'm sure her publisher will forward any correspondence to her. I think Pamela only ever intended to write six Malory Towers continuation books, though. Have you read her three St. Clare's titles?
Posted by Donna Duff on June 26, 2010
Hi Barney, My kids love reading the "Island of" series of books and wondered if there are any plans to release the series on DVD. I know that there was a film made of "The Island of Adventure" and they would love to see it. Take care.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Donna. In Britain, films were made of "The Island of Adventure" and "The Castle of Adventure". They haven't been available to buy new for ages, but sometimes old videos turn up on eBay. In the 1990s, films of all eight books were made in New Zealand. However, the plots were altered drastically and "The Castle of Adventure" became "The Woods of Adventure". That series was released on video (again, not DVD), but only in New Zealand and Australia.
Posted by Carole Baston on June 25, 2010
Please can anyone help?!! I work as a volunteer for Cancer Research U.K. We have been donated a 1949 first edition, signed by the author, Enid Blyton Bedside Story Book. It's in excellent condition. I have tried to find a valuation, but I'm struggling. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Carole, I'm afraid we can't give valuations. I can only suggest that you check what similar books are selling for on Abebooks and eBay, or consult a dealer. The signature, if genuine, ought to add value to the book. Once you've got a rough idea of the value, it might be worth listing it on eBay at a price which will attract potential buyers. I hope you raise a good amount of money for Cancer Research.
Posted by Catherine on June 24, 2010
Hi Barney! Thanks for your help re the story of Brer Fox and Wahoo! Catherine
BarneyBarney says: Glad to be of help, Catherine. It's a cracking story!
Posted by Mrs. Jackie Reeves on June 24, 2010
I have a boxed set of Mystery books, need to sell. In mint condition, never been out of box. Anyone interested in buying them, email isn't working but you can call me on 01603 485169.
Posted by TJ on June 22, 2010
Hi Barney, Thanks for your help! I have another one - can you help me find a story about little fairies who take their shoes off and keep their feet warm in the cover of a hot water bottle, only for one sleepy fairy to leave hers behind?
BarneyBarney says: It's the same book as before, TJ, as that story ('Wanted - a Hot Water Bottle') appears in the Dean & Son edition of Tales of Toyland. The Dean & Son version contains 11 assorted short stories, as well as the chapter book about Tiptoe and Jolly.
Posted by TJ on June 22, 2010
Hi Barney, Could you help me please? I'm trying to find an Enid Blyton book which had a fairy and a boy doll who lived at a house, who escaped to live in Toyland, or Toytown. The fairy had to hide her wings away in the back of her dress so everyone thought she was a normal doll.
BarneyBarney says: Hi TJ, the book you're looking for is Tales of Toyland, about Tiptoe the fairy doll and Jolly the sailor doll.
Posted by Catherine on June 22, 2010
In what Brer Rabbit story does Brer Fox lift up his hindleg and say "Wahoo''?
BarneyBarney says: Strangely enough, someone else asked about that story only a month ago, Catherine. It's called 'Brer Wolf's Trick'. A hilarious story which can be found in Five-Minute Tales.
Posted by Lady.pink on June 22, 2010
Hi Barney, I own a copy of "The Mystery of the Missing Man", the Dean 1997 edition. Unfortunately the first page of chapter 21 is printed twice while the second page of chapter 21 is missing. It seems that all the action takes place in the missing page! Is there a way I can obtain the missing page online? Thanks in advance!
BarneyBarney says: Although books from some of Enid Blyton's major series are available online (or at least have been - I haven't checked recently), I'm afraid we can't promote the relevant websites. The books have been uploaded illegally, since they are still in print and under copyright. If it's too late to exchange your book, you could perhaps borrow a copy from the library or a friend and scan or photocopy page 2 of Chapter 21.
Posted by Romy on June 21, 2010
Hi Barney! I've got a question about "The Twins at St.Clare's" and I really hope you can help me! I'm supposed to write a paper on the translation of the St.Clare's series for university and I have a copy of "The Twins at St. Clare's" from 1967. What I need to know is, whether this is the exact same as the first edition from 1941 or whether there have been any changes. Thank you very much in advance!
BarneyBarney says: I don't know for certain whether the text had been altered in any way by 1967, Romy, though I think it's unlikely. Perhaps someone else reading this will know for sure. Good luck with writing your paper!
Posted by Mah.rohan on June 17, 2010
Hi, Barney, who is your favourite character in Enid Blyton's books?
BarneyBarney says: As I said to Cat recently I love all the dogs, especially Shadow because he is so intelligent, Loony because he is mad and Buster because he nips Goon's ankles on a regular basis! Oh, and I mustn't forget Lucky, Jimmy Brown's clever fox-terrier in the Galliano's Circus books.
Posted by Rob Houghton on June 16, 2010
It's not really a 'dog's life' then, Barney! Don't work too hard!
BarneyBarney says: Don't worry - I play hard too!
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on June 16, 2010
Hello Barney, Thought I'd send you a message as I wouldn't like you to be sitting in the garden all day long just gnawing on your bone. I've just been re-reading Anita's excellent review of this year's Enid Blyton Day, and I was wondering whether or not any photos would be added to the review as in the previous Enid Blyton Days. Best wishes, Julie.
BarneyBarney says: I suppose a dog does have to work to earn his bones, Julie! We're busy with a number of things at the moment, including the next Journal which is due out in about a month, but we certainly haven't forgotten the photos of the Day and we'll let you know when we add them.
Posted by Su on June 15, 2010
Message for Kerrie - I don't know if this is of any help but browsing through ebay (UK) I came across 'The Adventures of Mary Mouse' 12" LP for sale. Not very useful if you don't have a record player though!
Posted by Cat on June 15, 2010
Hi Kerrie, I'm not sure about CDs but I have seen on Amazon the books of the Mary Mouse adventures. P.S. Thanks Barney for woofing happy birthday to my mum!
Posted by Kerrie on June 14, 2010
Hi, I am trying to find any of the Mary Mouse adventures on CD or cassette for my little girl as I loved them so much, does anyone have any ideas? Many thanks x
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone reading this can help.
Posted by Mah.rohan on June 12, 2010
Hi, I like the Famous Five the best. Wherever they go there is a mystery at hand. I also love the mysteries Enid Blyton has set in Famous Five.
BarneyBarney says: I like the sound of Kirrin Island, teeming with rabbits!
Posted by Mah.rohan on June 11, 2010
Hi, I am a fan of Enid Blyton. I have the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, the Mystery Series, the Secret Series and I'm finishing the Adventure Series. Great books, great adventures and they are so mysterious.
BarneyBarney says: Which books are your favourites, I wonder? You would probably enjoy the Barney Mysteries too (six books beginning with "The Rockingdown Mystery").
Posted by Cat on June 11, 2010
Hey Barney, how are you? Could you please wish my mum happy birthday as she goes on this website too? Please please please!
BarneyBarney says: Just this once, Cat, as we try to keep the Message Board as Blyton-based as possible. A Wuffy Wuff Wuff to your mum - hope she has a great day with plenty of presents. I love to receive meaty bones and rubber balls, but her tastes might be different!
Posted by Jenny on June 10, 2010
I love all of Enid Blyton's books, they are fab! I wish they were films too, Molly! Are you over ten Molly? What type of dog are you Barney?
BarneyBarney says: I'm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Jenny.
Posted by Anonymous on June 10, 2010
To Peter Hale - There is a website forum called "The Mausoleum Club" which is a forum of archive TV enthusiasts. They might be able to help with your memories of "BOM the Drummer Boy".
Posted by Molly on June 9, 2010
Hello if you really are Enid Blyton, I am Molly and I love love love the Naughtiest Girl series. I read them every day all over again and again! I would love you to make them into a film, it would really express my feelings. I wish I could be Elizabeth Allen, it seems so real when I read them! Please reply x! P.S. I wanna join a fan club or so?? x
BarneyBarney says: Do I really look like Enid Blyton, you Bold Bad Girl?!
Posted by Namita on June 9, 2010
Hey Barney, yes I have registered on the website forums! It is a lot of fun there, discussing and learning more about the characters we love!
BarneyBarney says: A wag of the tail for you, Namita!
Posted by K. Aishwarya on June 9, 2010
I am a fan of Enid Blyton. I just love her Famous Five and Secret Seven! For me it is a real adventurous novel where I go inside the book. If I had a wish I would wish that Enid Blyton should long live and write more stories!! Barney, can you say a very good novel for a 12-14 year old child?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether you're aware that Enid Blyton died in 1968, K. Aishwarya, but her books and characters live on and I hope they'll continue to do so. "Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm" and its sequel "Six Cousins Again" would be particularly good for older children, I think, as would "The Six Bad Boys", "The Family at Red-Roofs" and "House-at-the-Corner". All are family/society stories with well-drawn characters who go through dramatic and life-changing experiences. Of the mystery and adventure series, the eight "Adventure" books about Jack Trent and co. and the six "Barney Mysteries" would perhaps be the most appealing for older readers.
Posted by Peter Hale on June 8, 2010
Does anyone else remember the TV cartoon series of BOM the Little Drummer Boy, from the late 50s/early 60s? They were 5 minute stories, and consisted of black and white line drawings. Although there were animated actions - in particular Bom marching along banging his drum - most of the animation consisted of the lines of the picture drawing themselves on. I know I'm not dreaming this, because I later worked with the people who had made the series (Moreno Cartoons) - but I can find no mention of it on the internet.
BarneyBarney says: Hopefully someone is going to say that they remember it, Peter, but I have never heard anyone mention it. We have always been aware that Bom appeared on TV, as he featured as a regular in TV Comic from July 7th 1956 to November 14th 1959. This was a much longer stay than Noddy who went from December 1956 to December 1958. It would be good to see one of the five-minute Bom stories.
Posted by Cat on June 7, 2010
Well Barney, I was just thinking a group could get together (a bit like the Enid Blyton Day) or people on this website could think of some ideas as well. A group effort is best! So if they post something I'm sure we could all put something together.
BarneyBarney says: A few people from the website - and other Blyton fans - met up at the British Film Institute in London last year on 1st August for a showing of the 1964 cinema serial of "Five Have a Mystery to Solve". However, people may be away on holiday or busy with family in August as schools have broken up for the summer hols. Also, it would be important that any gathering arranged didn't conflict with Viv's event, which already provides an opportunity for fans to get together.
Posted by Cat on June 7, 2010
Hi Barney, as I'm newish to the Society do you do a special day when we celebrate Enid Blyton being born or if not could we because it would be really cool?
BarneyBarney says: Viv Endecott, who runs the Ginger Pop Shop and Eileen Soper's Illustrated Worlds in Dorset, holds a day of celebration every year either on or near Enid Blyton's birthday (11th August). I know you've already visited the shop, Cat, but I'm including a link for others who may read this. As far as the Society is concerned, we sometimes wish Enid a Happy Birthday on the forums but that's all, though some members meet up at Viv's Day. Did you have anything particular in mind that could perhaps be done on the website? If you're a member of the forums, you could start a discussion there.
Posted by Namita on June 5, 2010
Hello Barney the best dog! Excuse me Pearl, I wanted to know if you can arrange an Enid Blyton event in my school, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya Borivali (W) Mumbai 92. Please send me a message on this site saying yes or no! Hello Sue Webster, I have joined the Famous Five Fan Club. I don't have a badge and want one. I can make one at home, but please tell me how to make one. My mother can make the Secret Seven badge if you again tell me how to. But, the problem is how to give the badges to you as I don't receive the Enid Blyton Journal.
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Namita. I don't know whether you've registered on the website forums, but if so you could ask about badges in the "Famous Five Club" topic which is to be found under "Miscellaneous Blyton".
Posted by Cat on June 4, 2010
Hi Barney (again):] I would just like to recommend the Ginger Pop shop in Dorset near Corfe Castle (that was filmed as Kirrin island in the Famous Five 1996-7). It does cheaper books and everything about Enid Blyton, Ginger beer old toys and puzzles relating to her books. Its brilliant it really would remind you of your childhood if you are an older person. It makes a lovely visit as I have been there recently with my parents. Maybe you should ask your owners to visit there Barney. From Cat.
BarneyBarney says: I am an older dog, Cat, with barely enough puff left to chase 'Cats' round the garden! It is good to hear that it would remind me of my puppyhood, but I am not sure that dogs are allowed in and I am told it is rather small, so there might not be enough room for my owner too. The good news is that they have a much larger shop in Poole, where a whole pack of us can fit, check it out on our Lashings of Links page. I must correct you on your filming though, it was the 1957 film of Five on a Treasure Island (shortly available on DVD), that was shot in Corfe, not the 1996-7 series.
Posted by Sue Webster on June 4, 2010
Hi Rob Houghton, just seen your message. Whereabouts in Harbourne is the Oxfam Bookshop? I've never been there and I live in Walsall. What bus would I need to get there from Birmingham city centre? Our library hasn't any of the books I mentioned but maybe I'll be able to get one or two as they are on the mobile library. My friends and I were in Ludlow yesterday and there was an Oxfam Bookshop there but I never thought about going in! I'm a muppet!
BarneyBarney says: Robert Houghton is registered on the forums so perhaps you could try sending him a PM, Sue?
Posted by Namita on June 4, 2010
Hi Fatty, is this your real name? I too am from Bombay and we students, in our schools, also exchange books. I know many enthusiasts in my school, hope we could have the power to have a get-together and a picnic later on.
BarneyBarney says: Let us know if you manage to arrange anything!
Posted by Australian EB fan on June 3, 2010
There was indeed a Faraway Tree play done at the beginning of the 1990s by students at Australia's Monash University. For those who are interested, students at fellow Australian university RMIT University do regular Roald Dahl plays each year.
BarneyBarney says: That's interesting, Australian EB fan!
Posted by Fatty on June 3, 2010
Hi Namita, we haven't had an official "Enid Blyton Day" in India yet but some of us 'mature' enthusiasts do meet up on occasion to discuss Enid Blyton, exchange books etc. Maybe if we can rope in enough enthusiasts, we could organise a formal get-together someday. I'm in Bombay, by the way.
BarneyBarney says: Best of luck with getting enthusiasts together!
Posted by Margaret on June 3, 2010
Hi. Have any of Enid Blyton's stories been adapted for the stage? Our theatre company would be interested in producing a stage version of the Faraway Tree, and we were wondering if it was available.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Margaret! There have been stage versions of the Famous Five, the Secret Seven and Noddy but I don't know of a Faraway Tree play. If you're thinking of adapting the Faraway Tree books for the stage you'll need to check with Chorion, who own the copyright.
Posted by Namita on June 2, 2010
Hey Barney, what does really happen in an Enid Blyton Day? Can 'I"' organise it, as there are many Enid Blyton fans I know?
BarneyBarney says: If you click on the "Enid Blyton Day" button, Namita, you can read accounts of this year's Day and previous Days. The Enid Blyton Day is held in a large hall and over the years we have had various people speaking about Enid, have shown film clips and have had stalls where people can buy Blyton-related books, games, jigsaws, badges, etc. However, when the Day started about 17 years ago it was a smaller affair. That may be the best way to start in India - with a gathering of Blyton fans meeting for a meal or picnic and bringing books to sell or swap. Then you'll know who would be interested in meeting on a regular basis and how many would be able to get involved with contacting potential speakers, arranging a venue, selling tickets, etc. Good luck if you do decide to start the ball rolling!
Posted by Linda on June 2, 2010
Hello! I am looking to use the image of Enid Blyton's "Holiday Book" in a publication but I can't find anybody to clear copyright for this image with. Would you have any idea who holds the rights to her book covers? Many thanks!
BarneyBarney says: The "Holiday Books" were published by Sampson Low, who were taken over by Purnell, who were then taken over by Maxwell Communication Corporation plc. Unfortunately that means that tracing the current copyright holders will probably prove difficult, Linda. I'm sorry I don't know any more than that.
Posted by Rob Houghton on June 1, 2010
In answer to Sue's query about Claude Voilier, and the Secret Seven sequels, if you have an Oxfam bookshop in Walsall, Sue, then they may well have them from time to time. I know for definite that the Oxfam bookshop in Harbourne, Birmingham, have a few Claude Voilier paperbacks, as of last week, and sometimes the Secret Sevens. Hope that helps, Sue!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Rob.
Posted by Sue Webster on June 1, 2010
Hi Barney and Cat. Thanks for telling me I may be able to get the other continuation books in the library. My library was shut today so I will try tomorrow. I don't live near Cambridge or Haverhill but could mention Linton if my library in Walsall hasn't got them. Cheers. I didn't know the Claude Voilier books were out of print as I've only just discovered them.
Posted by Cat on June 1, 2010
Hey Barney, I would just like to give an additional answer to Sue. In my local libary they have a very good collection of Enid Blyton books and the ones that Pamela Cox has written. I live near Linton Libary so if you live near Cambridge or Haverhill ask them for the books in Linton and they can save them for you next week.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad to hear that books by Enid Blyton and Pamela Cox are stocked by your local library, Cat.
Posted by Hafsa on June 1, 2010
Hi Barney, I'm Hafsa and I wanted to ask if Enid Blyton writes books for children aged 7-9 because her books are a bit too grown up for me, anyway I'm nine.
BarneyBarney says: Have you tried the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series, the Secret Seven books and the short stories, Hafsa?
Posted by Namita on June 1, 2010
Hey Barney, can't we have an Enid Blyton Day in India? I would love to go to it!
BarneyBarney says: Let's hope someone in India is able to organise one, Namita!
Posted by Sue Webster on May 31, 2010
Hi Barney old boy! Could you tell me if I can find the sequels to Malory Towers and St Clare's by Pamela Cox, the sequels to the Secret Seven by Evelyne Lallemand and the sequels to the Famous Five by Claude Voilier in my local library? Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sue old girl! ;-) The Pamela Cox books are still in print so your library may have at least some of them in. It's less likely that they'll have the Evelyne Lallemand and Claude Voilier books because they've been out of print for years, but you can always ask. Libraries can sometimes borrow books for you from other libraries but there is a small charge for that per book. It's also worth checking eBay, though of course the postage and packing charges add to the cost.
Posted by Melisande on May 31, 2010
Hi, I'm new to online Blyton sites but I like what I see here. I saw "Heather's Blyton Pages" but it doesn't seem to be updated anymore and my email to it went not answered. Is it true that they were going to make a TV series of Malory Towers in the 1990s but it didn't work out?
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Melisande. You've certainly come to the right place if you're an Enid Blyton fan. "Heather's Blyton Pages" is no longer updated but is preserved because there is some useful information on it. I did hear rumours of a proposed Malory Towers TV series some time ago but I don't know why it wasn't made.
Posted by Cat on May 30, 2010
Hey Barney, how are you today? I would just like to say that you must be a very clever dog to be able to type on the computer but anyway I think the answers you give to people are very good so keep up the good work!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Cat. I suppose I have become rather nimble with the old paws!
Posted by Namitha Kumar on May 30, 2010
Hello Enid Blyton Fans, I am a fan from Bangalore, India. I grew up reading Enid Blyton books. Noddy, Secret Seven, Five Find-Outers, Famous Five all through my childhood. I still have the collection. Though I am now a college lecturer, I continue to read through these sometimes. I want to know if Enid has children or relatives in England.
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Namitha. I'm glad your collection of Blyton books still brings you pleasure. Enid Blyton has a daughter and granddaughter (Imogen and Sophie Smallwood) who live in England and regularly attend the annual Enid Blyton Day. Enid's other daughter Gillian died nearly three years ago, but she too used to come to the Enid Blyton Day.
Posted by Kiwi on May 29, 2010
Hi Barney, How many books has Enid Blyton written in total?
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 her 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.
Posted by Denis in Sydney on May 28, 2010
I have a recollection that in "The Adventures of Binkle and Flip" there's an episode where someone pretends to be dead but is found out when someone else says, "Dead people always raise their leg in the air and shout 'Yahoo'". Or something like that. Can anyone provide further information? (I have lost my copy of the book).
BarneyBarney says: I don't remember an episode like that in "The Adventures of Binkle and Flip", Denis (though maybe it's just my memory playing up!) but I do recall a Brer Rabbit story like that called 'Brer Wolf's Trick'. Brer Fox pretends to be dead but Brer Rabbit is suspicious and says loudly, before getting too near him, "Brer Fox looks as if he's dead, but he doesn't act as if he is. Dead foxes always kick up their hind leg and shout, 'Wahoo!' when anyone comes to see them." A hilarious story which can be found in Five-Minute Tales.
Posted by Cat on May 27, 2010
Hi Barney, out of all of the dogs in Enid's books which one is your favourite? ( My favourite is Timmy from the Famous Five because he's very clever). Do you know what is the most popular Enid Blyton series and has she written any books that are not in a series?
BarneyBarney says: Crumbs, Cat, you make a dog dizzy with so many questions! I love all the dogs, especially Shadow because he is so intelligent, Loony because he is mad and Buster because he nips Goon's ankles on a regular basis! If you look in the Cave, you'll see that Enid Blyton wrote quite a lot of one-off books. The Famous Five series must be one of her most popular and best-known series.
Posted by Prabahika on May 27, 2010
Is there any book by the Enid Blyton Society coming up?
BarneyBarney says: All the books produced by the Society are listed in the shop, Prabahika. The latest three booklets are "Bobs and His Friends", "More Bobs and His Friends" and the script of "Five Fall into Adventure" (from the 1970s TV series).
Posted by Cat on May 26, 2010
Hey Barney, how do you make your own forum?
BarneyBarney says: The short answer is that I don't! Our webmaster deals with the technical side of things. Attempting to explain it all here would probably result in a complicated message full of long numbers and strange symbols, looking rather like a page torn from Uncle Quentin's notebook!
Posted by Hafsa on May 26, 2010
Hello, I'm Hafsa. I wanted to ask how many books there are in the Famous Five series?
BarneyBarney says: If you click on the "Famous Five" button you'll see that Enid Blyton wrote 21 Famous Five books and a few short stories.
Posted by Rob Houghton on May 26, 2010
Further to my comments about the Noddy records, these can be bought at Green Meadow Books, via the 'Lashings of Links' button on this site. They are £15.00.
Posted by Cat on May 26, 2010
My name has just been shortened. I'm really a dog person. I had a dog called Barney but he died a few years ago.
BarneyBarney says: Barney is a super name for a dog!
Posted by Rob Houghton on May 25, 2010
The songs 'Steady' mentions in his/her post feature on the two 45rpm records Enid recorded, featuring songs from the play 'Noddy In Toyland'. I think the songs mentioned are called 'I'm a little Nodding Man', 'The Toyland Train' and 'Stamp Stamp Stamp'. 'The Toyland Train' is featured on record number 1, whilst the other two songs are on record number 2. I'm not sure where they can be bought from. I paid £15.00 each for mine.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for your help, Robert!
Posted by Cat on May 25, 2010
Cool, thanks for answering. I like those sort of books too.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad to see that a "Cat" likes books about dogs! ;-)
Posted by Cat on May 25, 2010
Barney, what is your favourite Enid Blyton series? Mine is the Famous Five!!!
BarneyBarney says: The Famous Five are great, especially Timmy, but my favourite books are the ones which feature the most lively and intelligent characters, such as "Shadow the Sheep-Dog", "The Adventures of Bobs" and "Bimbo and Topsy."
Posted by Namita on May 25, 2010
Hello Barney, when is the Enid Blyton Day in 2011? And are you going to reply to my messages, waiting for your reply?!
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton Day is usually held on the second or third Saturday in May, Namita, at Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berkshire, England. However, it is becoming more and more difficult each year to find speakers or booksellers for the Day, so only time will tell whether there will be an Enid Blyton Day next year. I liked your last message, by the way, and thought your words said it all and didn't really need a reply.
Posted by Steady on May 25, 2010
Hi, When we were kids my dad used to play and sing Noddy songs such as 'The Wobbly Man', 'Toyland Train' and 'Stamp, Stamp, Stamp' (these may not be the right titles, but someone will remember). Does anybody know if it's possible to get the music or at least the words for these? I would imagine that they would date back to the 1950s. I'd appreciate any help!
BarneyBarney says: Vintage Noddy records sometimes come up for sale on sites like eBay, Steady. I hope someone reading this can help you further.
Posted by Emmanuel Sefa Boakye on May 25, 2010
hi sir/madame,please I wants you to send free story books.I am about [13 years] boy.I have read on of your intreasting story which was[THE SECRET OF MOON CASTLE],and please I need more of your books.I HOPE BY THE GRACE OF GOD MY REQUEST WILL BE ANSWRED.Adress[ address deleted].THANK-YOU.
BarneyBarney says: I'm posting this message (exactly as I received it) as an example of some of the messages I get which require considerable editing. Emmanuel does at least have something to say - I've had to gobble up a number of messages today either because they said little more than "I love Enid Blyton books" or they were written all in capital letters or they simply didn't make much sense. Such messages make my normally perky tail disappear between my legs, whereas my tail wags merrily when people submit sensible messages and have taken care with things like grammar and punctuation. I do of course make allowances for those who don't have English as a first language, which probably applies to Emmanuel, though even in his case there's no need to use such a mixture of small and capital letters. Anyway, in answer to Emmanuel, most things in life have to be paid for - food, housing, clothes, etc - and books are no different. At your age it may be difficult to earn money but you might be able to earn some by doing little jobs for your family. Alternatively, you could try asking for books as presents for special occasions such as your birthday or you could save up money given to you by relatives. Second-hand books are often cheaper than new ones. You'll treasure the books all the more if you've had to wait for them.
Posted by Anonymous on May 24, 2010
Why have the Magic Faraway Tree adventures never been made into a film, especially with all the special effects of today?
BarneyBarney says: A cartoon TV series based on the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair stories ("Enchanted Lands") was made in the 1990s but it strayed quite far from the books. One problem with making such a film would be that the Faraway Tree books tend to be episodic, with plotlines being resolved every few chapters and new ones beginning. At times, they seem more like collections of short stories than novels. Besides, film-makers' interpretations can be disappointing and it may be that the BEST film of the books is the one that runs through your own head as you read them!
Posted by Namita on May 24, 2010
Enid Blyton is Great. I just fall in love with each and every book of hers I read. She has some magic in her writing which makes me feel I am in that magical world. She 'IS' wonderful, as she is the soul who has inspired me.
Posted by Carolann on May 23, 2010
Hi Barney, I think it would help take their minds off the bombs and the planes over their heads. And food rationing went on until 1958. I shouldn't be telling you your history, but that's why Miss Blyton's, and others', books are important. We all need to remember our past so we don't have to repeat it.
BarneyBarney says: I agree with what you say, Carolann. And when texts are edited/updated in modern editions, that picture of the past becomes distorted.
Posted by Carol Boardman on May 23, 2010
Hello, first time on the site. I first fell in love with Miss Blyton's books in 1961. I am 60 and still love them. I will not buy the changed books. Would you change "Hamlet"? Concerning the food in the books, food was hard to get. Milk was given to kids at maybe one cup a day.
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Carol! The children of Enid Blyton's day must have found their mouths watering when reading about all the scrumplicious food the characters tucked into at midnight feasts and picnics. Her descriptions of nice, meaty bones always make me feel hungry!
Posted by Sharon on May 23, 2010
This is such a cool Society. I just love it. I love the books of Enid Blyton. I wish that I could meet her!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968 but thankfully her books live on!
Posted by Sally on May 23, 2010
I would like to buy this book - "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies" (Hop, Skip & Jump). My step-father had a copy that he used to read to me when I was younger and I miss it. He gave the copy he had to his nephew (in his will) and I would like to purchase a copy. I know it's out of print, would you please advise...x
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sally, I suggest that you try eBay, Abebooks or the booksellers listed under "Lashings of Links." I hope you're able to find the edition you remember from your childhood.
Posted by Sue Webster on May 22, 2010
Hi, I had a brilliant day at the Enid Blyton Day last Saturday too. Met some great people and friends from the forum. Can't wait till next year now! Mary, there's not an official Famous Five Club now sadly but there's an unofficial one on the forum which I started and you are welcome to join in! Must go now, "Dr Who" has just started!!!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you had such a good time at the Enid Blyton Day, Sue!
Posted by Nigel on May 21, 2010
I have a shield type badge red in colour with Enid Blyton Magazine Club. Can anyone help with this?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean help wear it, then certainly. It would look rather smart attached to my collar! Those badges came out in the 1950s, Nigel. Children who read the fortnightly "Enid Blyton's Magazine" could fill in an enrolment form and send it off with a postal order and stamp, and they would receive a badge. Members of the Magazine Club worked to raise money for the Spastic Centre in Chelsea, helping children with cerebral palsy.
Posted by Angela on May 21, 2010
Hi, I just wanted to know if there is any facility to read Enid Blyton's books online for free.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there isn't, Angela, as Enid Blyton's books are still under copyright until the end of 2038. If you find any of the novels available online, they have been uploaded illegally.
Posted by Roshni on May 20, 2010
Hi, everybody. I'm new to this site. What exactly happens here on the Enid Blyton Day? Thanks a bunch.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Roshni, and welcome to the site. The Enid Blyton Day is held once a year at Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berks, and is an opportunity for Blyton fans to get together and chat, listen to speakers or watch film clips, buy books and look at displays of items like manuscripts and artwork. Sometimes there is a picnic afterwards. It's a fun-packed day in which everyone has A Wonderful Time and Plenty of Fun. There is a thread in the forums about the 2010 Enid Blyton Day, which was held last Saturday. To see accounts and photos of previous Enid Blyton Days, click on the "Enid Blyton Day" button on the left.
Posted by Bhaarathy on May 18, 2010
I love this Society.
BarneyBarney says: So do we all, but your post would be meatier and more satisfying if you'd said what you particularly like about the Society!
Posted by Melinda on May 18, 2010
I have tried to find the name of a book I read when I was a child - the story centred around the impossibility of 'making a curly hair straight' and somehow this was an important part of the story - I would love to know if anyone knows this story.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Melinda, I can think of two possibilities. One is The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies, a full-length novel about mischievous brownies Hop, Skip and Jump. They journey from land to land, finding themselves at one point in the Land of Clever People. They can't escape from there unless they can think of something that the Very Wise Man can't do. Eventually, they get the better of him when they challenge him to straighten a curl taken from the head of a girl from the Land of Giggles. The other possibility is the short story 'The Tenth Task' from The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies. Jack is set to become the slave of Zani the wicked spirit, unless he can think of a task that Zani cannot perform. He is saved by his sister Jean, who suggests that Jack asks the spirit to straighten a curly hair from her head.
Posted by Kiki's New Mam on May 17, 2010
Had a great time at the Enid Blyton Day, Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased that you and your sisters enjoyed the Day, KNM!
Posted by Mike on May 16, 2010
Hi, could someone tell me the name of the books with Zachary The Gypsy? I can't find it anywhere on the internet and this seems the sensible place to ask. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Mike, The book you're looking for is Enid Blyton's Animal Lover's Book. As you can see, it was also reprinted as an Armada paperback in the early 1970s with the title "Enid Blyton Nature Lover's Book Number 1 - Rambles with Zacky the Gipsy." There were four paperbacks in the set altogether, containing material from "Enid Blyton's Animal Lover's Book", "Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book" and "Enid Blyton's Book of the Year."
Posted by Jane Thomson on May 15, 2010
I have had a fantastic day!! at Twyford! today!! thank you!!
BarneyBarney says: Delighted!! to hear! that you had a good time!!
Posted by Livvy on May 14, 2010
Enid Blyton - Now she was an amazing book writer, as we all know she wrote stories for childen. She also had children herself and if you didn't know she treated her children badly as it said on this programe about authors and what she did was she would invite someone from her children's school round to her house to play with her children and lock her children in their rooms and left the others downstairs to talk to her!
BarneyBarney says: It's clear that there was a difference between Enid the writer and Enid the person but some television programmes have tended to exaggerate somewhat!
Posted by Mary Marmion on May 14, 2010
I love reading these books of Famous Five/Secret Seven. Could you send me out their fan club address? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I've removed your address from your post, Mary, because we discourage people from giving out their personal details on a Message Board like this. I'm not sure whether there is an official fan club for either the Famous Five or the Secret Seven at the moment, though I know there used to be one for the Famous Five. If there is, the address would be printed in current editions of the books.
Posted by Sophie on May 13, 2010
My grandmother was Hilda McGavin Illustrator of many Enid books. Does anyone know where I can buy a Boys and Girls Circus Book? I would love to show my children and give it to my mother - Hilda"s daughter.
BarneyBarney says: There are a few for sale on the internet, Sophie, here is one from AbeBooks.co.uk. Your grandmother did a great deal of illustrating for Enid Blyton over a long period, but we know very little about her. It would be great if you could get in touch by email and tell us more.
Posted by Beena on May 12, 2010
Hi! I am Beena Edward. I love the Famous Five. I love reading Enid Blyton's books, I wish she was here making more children like me happy.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton may not be here in person, Beena, but her stories live on!
Posted by Anonymous on May 12, 2010
I have posted many messages but you never answer. I live in Pakistan and can't afford Enid Blyton Magazine. Please can I read it online?
BarneyBarney says: I haven't answered previously because it's not clear what you mean by "Enid Blyton Magazine." If you mean the Journal which we publish thrice-yearly, I'm afraid we need to charge people for it (see "Fireside Journal") because we have to pay for paper, printing and postage. We don't make a profit on it and contributors are not paid, but we do have to cover our costs. The Journal is not available online because most readers prefer a printed copy.
Posted by Sue Webster on May 11, 2010
Hi Barney, Can't wait till Saturday - my first Enid Blyton Day! Should be brilliant and hope the weather is too! Hope to meet some Famous Five members as well - we have a club on the main forum so say HI! Will you be there as I'd love to meet you?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sue! I'll be busy looking after the Message Board on Saturday while you're all off enjoying yourselves, but I hope you have a fabulous day. Paws crossed for good weather!
Posted by Rani on May 10, 2010
Does anyone know where I can purchase the adventures of Mr Pink-Whistle which has the story of Amelia Jane and the broken doll? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: There's a story called 'The Girl with the Broken Doll' in "The Adventures of Mr. Pink-Whistle," Rani. However, the girl is called Jessie and the doll is Rosemary Ann. Enid Blyton did write stories about Amelia Jane too, but she's a naughty rag doll who lives with other toys in a nursery. If "The Adventures of Mr. Pink-Whistle" is still in print, you should be able to buy or order it from any bookshop or from Amazon. Otherwise, you could look for a second-hand copy on eBay or Abebooks.
Posted by Sonia C on May 9, 2010
As a new member, I'd really like to go to the Enid Blyton Day which is now sold out. Is there any chance of buying a ticket from someone who finds themselves with one but is now unfortunately unable to attend?
Posted by Katharine on May 8, 2010
I've just discovered the booklet 'The Child Who Was Chosen' in the Cave of Books and wanted to say thanks for showing it in its entirety, as it's extremely unlikely many people will ever be lucky enough to see a copy otherwise.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Katharine. Yes, it is an unusual booklet and shows how versatile Enid was as a writer.
Posted by jj on May 8, 2010
Barney, no offence, but you look scary. Actually I'm petrified of dogs. Now for my question, how do you subscribe to the Journal, and is it available in India?
BarneyBarney says: My bark is worse than my bite, jj! We can send out copies of the Journal to anywhere in the world. Click on "Fireside Journal" to find out more.
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on May 8, 2010
Thank you for telling me, I'm sorry if I wrote something rude, I didn't really notice. Can I just ask if you can buy books online? Thank you. Is it really true that Enid Blyton actually wrote Noddy? That's amazing if it's true!
BarneyBarney says: It's not only rudeness that gets me growling, but inanity, laziness and carelessness. Your post above, for example, was originally two posts which I've condensed into one (I put in the capital letters too, which you could have put in yourself) and the answers to your questions are obvious. There's a "Noddy" button above "Secret Messages," and an advert for Navrang (an online bookseller) over on the left. More booksellers are to be found under "Lashings of Links." We also mention other sites frequently on here, such as Abebooks and eBay. If you take the time to explore the website, you'll find the answers to many of your questions.
Posted by Katharine on May 8, 2010
Re: "Emil and the Detectives". I had this book read to me by a teacher back in the 1970s and really enjoyed it. I was lucky enough to find a copy recently and read it last week. I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down, and thought it just as good as anything Enid Blyton could have written (although she's still by far my favourite author). I shall have to read something by Philip Pullman to see how he compares.
Posted by Harry on May 7, 2010
Hi everyone, I haven't posted for a while ...hope you're all well. I read on Philip Pullman's official site that one of his favourite childhood books was Erich Kastner's "Emil and the Detectives". This is the same man who derides Enid's books. Emil is such a slow, boring read, compared with Enid's books (in my opinion). I'd say he is just green with envy. I would however recommend "The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang" by H. W. Press. What are your views?
BarneyBarney says: Philip Pullman has made snide remarks about a number of popular children's writers, unfortunately. His "His Dark Materials" series is beautifully written (I haven't read his other books) and he's a successful writer who has his own fans among children, teenagers and adults, yet he comes across as an insecure and discontented man.
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on May 6, 2010
Why do you never answer my questions?
BarneyBarney says: Keep them ALL sensible, and you may find that I will!
Posted by Mike Rowlands on May 6, 2010
I'm trying to find a Famous Five or Secret Seven book where there was a line similar to, 'the train pulled into Newton Abbott station.' Anyone help?
Posted by Marie on May 5, 2010
Barney, Did Enid ever do a bodyswapping story? I seem to remember a fanfiction where Julian and Anne of the Famous Five swap bodies but I don't know whether Enid did a bodyswap in any of her work.
BarneyBarney says: I can only think of one story in which bodyswapping plays a part, though there might be others. In the short story 'The Boy Who Was Too Clever' ("A Second Book of Naughty Children"), a brownie grants George a wish and George declares, "I wish that all the wishes I ever wish will come true." All goes well until one hot day he sees a boy swimming in the river. George can't swim and he says without thinking, "I wish I was that little boy and that little boy was me!" Sadly, he finds that he can't change back to himself when he wishes to because he is now someone else, and that boy's wishes don't come true.
Posted by Mary on May 4, 2010
I want to find the name of a book by Enid Blyton that my old head master used at national school in the mid-70s. I have some of the pages. I can remember that it went through each month of the year describing what each month brought in nature, trees, flowers, birds, insects, pond life. These chapters were titled "Nature Notes". Another chapter is "Do you know these animals?" I hope you can help, as I would love to know if I could get a copy of it. Thank you for your help.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote a number of nature books, Mary, but I'm not sure which one you're remembering. If you look in the Cave of Books, likely titles such as "Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book" and "Enid Blyton's Book of the Year" are listed and the former has a review which might jog your memory. I hope you manage to identify the book and that you're able to get hold of a copy and relive those wonderful memories.
Posted by Ingano on May 3, 2010
Hey Barney! Can you tell me how many Secret Seven series there are and Malory Towers series? I would love to know. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: You could have taken a leaf out of the Secret Seven's book and done a spot of investigation yourself, Ingano. A quick search in the Cave would have told you that there are 15 full-length books in the Secret Seven series and 6 in the Malory Towers series.
Posted by Lizbethann on April 30, 2010
I would like to find the story of the fairies who hid their shoes in the white 'dead' nettles so that I can tell it to my grandchildren - I remember it as a child and always think of it at this time of the year. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The story you're looking for is called 'A Fairy Secret' and it can be found in the following books. I hope your grandchildren enjoy it as much as you did.
Posted by TG on April 26, 2010
The Lashings of Ginger Beer phrase has been commented on many times and the respected Norman Wright’s finding has also seen the light of day more than once. Here it is again from a 1993 copy of "Green Hedges Magazine" – "The reference to Lashings of Ginger Beer has been taken up by the media as a genuine Blytonism. A reading of the twenty one original books reveals that not once do the Five ever speak of Lashings of Ginger Beer. My daughter disagreed with me and I offered her ten pence for every Lashing she found – result: it cost me nothing, there were none." The first time I heard of the phrase (never seen it in an Enid Blyton book) was in the entertaining parody of ‘Five Get into Trouble’ ('Five Go Mad in Dorset') produced back in the early Eighties by those artists who called themselves The Comic Strip.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on April 26, 2010
It is strange how phrases that were never written can be attributed. Sherlock Holmes never said, "Elementary, my dear Watson" and Captain Kirk never said, "Beam me up, Scotty!" I have read the phrase, "lashings of lettuce" in an Enid Blyton book (don't ask me which one!), but as Barney suggests, "lashings of ginger beer" was never written.
BarneyBarney says: Good point, Nigel. Of the phrases that Enid Blyton did write, my favourites are the exclamations uttered by characters like Topsy, Bobs, Bimbo and Cosy in "Bimbo and Topsy": "Tails and whiskers!" and "Bones and biscuits!"
Posted by Francis on April 25, 2010
Did Enid actually write the words "lashings of Ginger Beer" and if so in which book? Is the 64 slices of bread in "Five on a Hike Together" a record (to say nothing of half a fruit cake!)? Are we expected to consume as much on the Enid Blyton Day!!
BarneyBarney says: I don't think the phrase "lashings of ginger beer" was actually used by Enid Blyton, Francis, although the Famous Five (well, four of them at least) do consume "lashings of" other things, such as eggs or tomatoes, in some of the books. Gluttony at the Enid Blyton Day isn't compulsory, but it's certainly encouraged!!
Posted by June Johns on April 21, 2010
Hi Barney, How is life? It's boring here at old Malory Towers - especially for someone who doesn't worship at the altar of Darrell Rivers! On to business - Was Enid a cat person or a dog person?
BarneyBarney says: You'll have to think of a trick to play to liven things up, June! Enid had a number of dogs (hurrah!) and cats (well, they're all right in their place, I suppose). Dogs included Bobs, Sandy and Topsy (fox-terriers) and Lassie and Laddie (spaniels). Cats included Bimbo (a Siamese) and a ginger cat called Rufus.
Posted by Nadine on April 21, 2010
Does anyone know where I can get a hold of the Secret Series VHS?
BarneyBarney says: Hello Nadine, my tail droops to tell you this but the short answer is that you can't get hold of them, as the Secret Series was never released on either VHS or DVD. The Adventure Series that was made by the same company was released on VHS, but only in Australia and New Zealand.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on April 21, 2010
Gosh, Anita has just beaten the Cleverest Dog in the World! Not often Barney is stumped, but when he is, Anita provides the answer! I've got heaps of short story books in my collection, most of which I've never read, not being a lover of short stories. With my appetite duly whetted, I will start reading them! Maybe Anita will take you for a walk, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's short stories always go down well with a generous supply of bones, Nigel, or perhaps in your case you'd prefer scones! I'll have to check out 'Too Clever for Mr. Slick' myself. In the same volume are two promising-sounding stories called 'Feefo, the Pixie Dog' and 'The Noah's Ark Puppy,' though I'm not so keen on 'The Big Blue Cat.' But first of all I'll fetch my lead so Anita can take me for that nice long walk!
Posted by Anita Bensoussane on April 20, 2010
Hi Barney! On 28th March LP asked the title of a story in which two children escape from "gobliny-folk" by tricking them, claiming they can drink boiling water (sherbet) and eat shoe leather (liquorice). I've just come across that story in "Twenty-Minute Tales" so I thought I'd mention it in case LP is still looking in. The story is called 'Too Clever for Mister Slick' and it's about a girl and boy called Jean and Morris. The Dragon paperback version split the book in two, so in that edition the story appears in "More Twenty-Minute Tales."
Posted by Lorraine Agnello on April 15, 2010
I am trying to find the book which had two of my favourite bedtime stories, as a child I remember making my poor mum read them over and over every night. The first story was 'Simon's Clean Handkerchief' and the other one was 'The Cracker Fairies.' Can you tell me which book they are in as I'd love to buy it for obvious sentimental reasons.
BarneyBarney says: You're spot-on with both titles, Lorraine, and if you do a search in the Cave of Books you'll see that both stories appear in various collections. However, I'm not sure whether they were ever published together in one volume. Perhaps you're thinking of two separate books, in which case the Cave may well jog your memory, or it may be that the book you're thinking of is not yet listed in the Cave.
Posted by Terry on April 14, 2010
Hi, I am trying to find a book which contains a story that I loved when I was a child. I can't remember the exact title but it was something like 'A Wongy Lemon'. I can remember singing the song but just can't remember the correct title.
Posted by Debbie on April 11, 2010
Hi Barney!! I was wondering if you knew when "The Lake of Adventure" was going to be available on the website. I am looking forward to reading it, and I can't wait for it to come out!!! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: "The Lake of Adventure" has been in the hands of our webmaster for a few weeks, Debbie, so it may be up any day. I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview and it's a wonderful story which I'm sure "Adventure" fans will enjoy.
Posted by Rob Houghton on April 11, 2010
The only story I know with a Mrs Millikin is in "The Fourth Holiday Book": 'Little Mrs Millikin', but it's got nothing to do with magic spectacles unfortunately. It's a Christmas story about children's presents.
BarneyBarney says: A heartwarming story, Rob, though as you say it's not about magic spectacles.
Posted by Bex on April 11, 2010
I am trying to find a title of a book which was to do with I think Granny Milliknies and her magic spectacles.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know if it'll be of any help, Bex, but there are several stories with the word "spectacles" in the title.
Posted by JB on April 9, 2010
I am trying to find the title of a book that contained a story I loved when I was a child. I am pretty sure the book was something to do with fairies and the story was about I think an elf who worked in a ribbon shop rolling up ribbon for an evil witch. It ended where the poor elf saved the Queen's ferns from the frost by rolling them up like the ribbon. If anyone can help with this I would be very grateful.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - the story you're thinking of is 'Pinkity and Old Mother Ribbony Rose' from The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies. Pinkity is a gnome and Old Mother Ribbony Rose is the witch for whom he works. A lovely story containing some beautiful descriptions of ribbons sold in the shop - "There were blue ribbons made of the mist that hangs over faraway hills, and sea-green ribbons embroidered with the diamond sparkles that glitter on sunny water. There were big broad ribbons of shiny silk, and tiny delicate ribbons of frosted spider's thread, and wonderful ribbons that tied their own bows."
Posted by Vita on April 9, 2010
Hello! Thank you so much for books. I like ''Famous Five'' very much. Where can I download all Enid Blyton's and Claude Voilier's books about Famous Five? In this series I specially like George and Timmy! Sorry, my English isn't very good, because I living in the Russia.
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to hear from you, Vita, but I'm afraid Enid Blyton's Famous Five books and the sequels by Claude Voilier are still under copyright and are therefore not available online - or not legally, anyway.
Posted by Pat Pemberton on April 9, 2010
Did all Sunshine books contain letters from readers? I am looking for such an edition and don't know which one it is.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean by "Sunshine books," Pat. If you search for "Sunshine" in the Cave of Books (heh - sounds crazy to search for sunshine in a cave!) perhaps you'll find what you're looking for.
Posted by Iz on April 8, 2010
Thank you so much for your books. They have been invaluable in my life. Apart from the great stories, they have created a world of relationships with my family. My sister, brother and I used to bury ourselves in our local library and just read 'Famous Fives' /Enid Blyton books all day and take some home with us to read under the bedclothes with a torch when we were supposed to be asleep!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I imagine that many siblings, cousins, friends and schoolchums have bonded over Blyton books. Enid Blyton has given children hours and hours of happiness and excitement. Long may she continue to do so!
Posted by Jacob Kendrew on April 4, 2010
Hi, where do I find the Monthly Quiz? Do you have to be a member? Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Click on the "Interactive Island" button, Jacob (in the panel on the left) and then on "Monthly Quiz." You don't have to be a member to have a go at the quiz. Have fun and good luck!
Posted by Jacob Kendrew on April 4, 2010
Hello Barney, I'm a big fan of Enid, I am 11. I love the Famous Five and Adventure series most. I just found out on the net that there are movies of some of the Adventure books. Where would I be able to buy them? How much would they cost? I live in New Zealand. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Jacob, You're right that films of all eight Adventure books were made in New Zealand in the 1990s, but I'm afraid I don't think they have ever been released on either video or DVD. I do know that the storylines were altered considerably though. "The Island of Adventure" (1982) and "The Castle of Adventure" (1990) were also filmed in the UK, though once again there were some changes to the plots. Both of those came out on video but are no longer available, though second-hand copies sometimes turn up.
Posted by Clarissa Carter on April 1, 2010
Hi, What is the general fan view of the new St Clare's books? I saw them described as "dreadful, including boys inserts into the St. Clare's series". Are the books considered "canon" by Chorion?
BarneyBarney says: Opinion is divided, Clarissa. Some Blyton fans prefer to read only the original books, while others are happy to read continuation books by other authors without necessarily regarding them as "canon." Pamela Cox is a genuine fan who does retain something of the spirit of Blyton's originals in her work. Her books are published with cover designs that make them blend in with the rest of the series and Enid Blyton's name is printed on the covers, so it does look as though the publishers (Egmont) are trying to play down the fact that they were not written by Blyton.
Posted by Ed on April 1, 2010
Hi there. I was wondering is there any way I could get contact with Enid Blyton's daughter Imogen by letter? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give out addresses or contact details on here, Ed, but if you'd like to meet Imogen Smallwood she usually comes to the Enid Blyton Day in May. This year's Day is on Saturday 15th May at Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berkshire. Click on the "Enid Blyton Day" button for further details.
Posted by Katharine on April 1, 2010
Thank you very much Barney. I managed to get a score of 18, which considering I hadn't read at least 6 of the books in question I thought was a reasonable score.
BarneyBarney says: Not a bad score at all, Katharine!
Posted by Mac99 on April 1, 2010
Hi, Just finished the quiz and I clicked on finish and it gave me the message "You can't change your score now". Regards, Mac
BarneyBarney says: Sorry to hear you had problems with the quiz, Mac. I haven't come across that before. Your attempt registered as a zero score, which I've now zapped with a tap of my paw, so feel free to try again and please let us know if you have further problems.
Posted by Katharine on April 1, 2010
Help!! My computer froze on me just as I'd typed my name into the box to start this month's quiz and now it won't let me try again as it says I'd still using it. Please Barney, could you sort it out for me like you did once before?
BarneyBarney says: A click of the paw and a wag of the tail and it's sorted! You can have another go now, good luck!
Posted by Ethan Dawson on March 31, 2010
Hello my name is Ethan Dawson, I have asked my mum to help me send a message. I would like to say how much I really enjoy reading the Secret Seven and Famous Five. My mum is helping me to become an independent reader, my first book is "Well done Secret Seven", I'm really happy about it.
BarneyBarney says: Well done, Ethan! By introducing you to Enid Blyton books your mum has started you off on something which will bring you pleasure for many years to come. Have fun getting to know all Enid Blyton's exciting characters! Timmy and Scamper are two of my favourite characters but you will have your own favourites of course.
Posted by Mike on March 31, 2010
Hello there, I have listed on eBay two games from the 1950s which may be of use to someone who collects Enid Blyton items, the item number is 140392405209. Please feel free to email me if you require more information. Many thanks and all the best, Mike. PS I was advised to post this message and hope it is okay to do so? Very sorry if not.
Posted by Rob on March 31, 2010
I searched "images of Green Hedges Blyton" on Google and came across a site with amazing film of Green Hedges' demolition amongst other interviews....for anyone who hasn't seen it..
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Rob. We have a link to that site (the BBC Blyton archives) under "Lashings of Links", and the programme which contains the poignant footage of Green Hedges being demolished is "Success Story".
Posted by Nigel Rowe on March 30, 2010
Sorry, Barney, I should have scrolled down further to see where Enid was Baptised. Do we know why she became a Baptist?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's family were staunch Baptists, Nigel. Her great-grandfather George Blyton was a tramping preacher who had an (unfulfilled) ambition "to go to the Fiji Isles to 'convert the heathen'". He gave his elder son Thomas (Enid's grandfather) the second name of Carey, after one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. Enid's father was also named Thomas Carey, and one of her brothers and her nephew were called Carey as a first name.
Posted by Jacquie on March 29, 2010
Would be interested in any comments on the TV programme "Enid".
BarneyBarney says: So would I, Jacquie, if people would like to share their thoughts. I've already commented (see February 5th) but it would be interesting to hear what others have to say. There has been quite a lot of discussion about "Enid" on the forums.
Posted by Dawn Deeleymackintosh on March 29, 2010
I can't believe that I had forgotten the names of all the books I had as a kid. It's a shame I don't have them any more. I must go out and buy them all and read them again.
Posted by LP on March 28, 2010
Hello - I am trying to work out which story/book I remember from my childhood. Two children are kidnapped, possibly by gobliny-folk, and to escape they trick them by saying they can drink boiling water (sherbet) and eat shoe leather (liquorice). All help welcome, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know that story but I hope someone reading this can help you.
Posted by Zeeman on March 28, 2010
Hi, I read one of your books. I read about the the Five I can't remember. One of them is named Timmy, a dog. I read about when they went to Finniston Farm. Can you tell me what is that book's name? Thanks a lot Barney. You receive a bone.
BarneyBarney says: You'll find that searching for "Finniston" in the Cave of Books will be of great help, Zeeman! Meanwhile, I'll enjoy gnawing the bone - thanks!
Posted by Anonymous on March 28, 2010
Hi, I'm looking for a story by Enid Blyton, I think it's the short story 'About the Doll that Fell Out of the Pram', but I'm not sure. All I know for sure is that the characters' names in this story were Anna and Victoria and it was one of Enid's short stories. Do you know if it is 'About the Doll that Fell Out of the Pram' and where I can find it? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I just had a look at The Doll that Fell Out of the Pram but it's about two girls called Joanna and Doreen so it may not be the story you're looking for. Perhaps someone else can identify the story?
Posted by Nigel Rowe on March 27, 2010
If you'd really had the chance to ask Enid which font she used, Layla, she'd probably say, "The one at St Peter's Church in Dulwich!"
BarneyBarney says: Yes, swatshemighthavesaid! Except that she wasn't Christened until the age of thirteen, at the Elm Road Baptist Church in Beckenham.
Posted by Layla on March 27, 2010
What font did you use for your books, Enid Blyton? The Mystery and the Malory Towers and St Clare's ones. I really like that font, so I thought I'd use it for my book.
BarneyBarney says: A question like that makes me feel even dizzier than I do after a lengthy game of chase-my-tail!
Posted by Prentice on March 26, 2010
Hi Barney!!! I have got an Adventure book ("The Mountain of Adventure") and my friend has got one from a year later and, about the black man in it, there is racial content in my book and in my friend's book the man has changed and is white. So when did publishers start to change the Blyton books to stop them sounding racial?
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean the paratrooper Sam from "The Mountain of Adventure", Prentice? I hadn't realised he was a white man in modern editions, though I know that in the original book he used the word "nigger" (which is nowadays considered extremely offensive because of its use as a term of abuse) to describe himself. In Enid Blyton's day that word didn't have such negative connotations in Britain, and Nigger was in fact a popular name for black dogs! I'm not sure when "The Mountain of Adventure" was altered but it was probably some time after 1987, which is when the golliwogs started to be removed from the Noddy books. If you say your friend's copy dates from a year after yours, that must have been when the changes were made.
Posted by Julia on March 25, 2010
I was wondering if you could help me with a question I have about The Faraway Tree series of books. I am currently reading "The Enchanted Wood" for my seven year old son who is absolutely blown away by it. We borrowed our copy from the library but since I've found out that all newer versions of these books are heavily edited. Could you please tell me what year these changes were made and/or by which publishers so I could purchase a copy printed before that date? With many thanks, Julia.
BarneyBarney says: It's a difficult one, Julia. In the current Egmont paperbacks, changes have been made to characters' names and to food and some vocabulary but the stories have not been abridged as far as I know. In fact, I believe "The Enchanted Wood" has been lengthened with the addition of a four-chapter Christmas-themed episode which originally appeared in "Enid Blyton's Omnibus!" There is also a Dean edition currently available, which contains all three Faraway Tree books in one volume. That has the characters' original names and I don't think there has been any other general editing either - but several chapters are missing completely from the second book in the series ("The Magic Faraway Tree"). To be on the safe side, it might be worth trying to get hold of copies printed before the late 1980s. I'm sorry I can't give a specific date but I'm not absolutely sure when the books first underwent editing.
Posted by Olivia on March 22, 2010
How did Enid Blyton die, Barney? And what age was she?
BarneyBarney says: According to Barbara Stoney's Biography, Enid Blyton "died peacefully in her sleep on 28 November 1968." She was 71 years old. You can find out more about Enid Blyton's life in our "Author of Adventure" section.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on March 22, 2010
Hello Barney, I was just wondering whether or not you knew when Trevor's new story will be available on the site. You're probably going to bark and say 'what a silly question', it's like asking how long is a piece of string. But I thought I'd ask anyway, you being such an intelligent dog. :-)
BarneyBarney says: Woof!! What a silly question, but I like chasing balls of string as it is fun to see how long they are! The simple answer to your question is, I don't know. It is in the hands of our webmaster and has been for the last ten days, so it is just a question of when he gets round to it.
Posted by Jilly on March 21, 2010
Can you tell me if any of Enid Blyton's books are published in Greek. If so, do you know where I can buy them. I would like to send them to my grandsons in Crete to try to get them to enjoy reading more. I've found a website www.skroutz.gr/books which seems to have them but I don't speak or read Greek so I'm not sure!! Thanks
BarneyBarney says: I had a look at the website that you mentioned, Jilly, but it was all Greek to me!! I did put Enid Blyton into search (in ordinary doggie letters, not those strange squiggles) and loads of books came up. Quite a number had pictures and I guessed that those with a '5' on them were probably Famous Five. Probably the best thing would be to ask your Greek family to choose the books and say that you will pay for them, unless some helpful Greek speaker reads this message and is prepared to help.
Posted by Sarah on March 20, 2010
Hi, I'm a teacher in a primary school and I have managed to get my entire class interested in the books by Enid Blyton. We are currently writing letters to our favourite authors and I was wondering if there is anywhere that I can send the letters they write to Enid Blyton on her behalf?
BarneyBarney says: I'm delighted that you have managed to get your class interested in Enid, Sarah, and I am wagging my tail enthusiastically. Sadly there isn't really anywhere to send children's letters to Enid Blyton. Our Society is primarily for adults as anyone who takes our Journal will realise and although teachers do send us letters from children we have neither the time or manpower to answer them. We have done our best on this website to answer any questions that children might have and I'm afraid that is the best we can do.
Posted by Sue Webster on March 18, 2010
Hi, to my favourite dog! Next to one called Buddy! I'm hoping to go the Enid Blyton Day and was wondering what sort of items will be on sale other than books? Are there other things on sale to do with Enid? Cheers, Sue.
BarneyBarney says: Hi, Sue! Not long now till the Enid Blyton Day - I hope you are able to go. Many of the stallholders sell things like jigsaws, games, models, posters, badges(!), audio cassettes and videos, as well as books. Vintage items can be quite expensive but there are some bargains to be found.
Posted by Francis on March 17, 2010
Can you give me some indication of which of the two TV series is the most worthy of buying? Maybe they both have their strengths but having not seen them at the time it would be useful to know!
BarneyBarney says: If you mean the two Famous Five TV series, Francis, it depends what you're looking for. The 1990s series benefits from great locations and from being set in the correct period, and Jemima Rooper is marvellous as George. The 1970s series was a lower-budget production shot on slightly grainy film and the actors wear 1970s clothes, yet that too has its strong points - notably great casting, good acting and catchy music and sound effects. In both series there are alterations to the storylines, though some episodes stick more closely to the books than others. I believe episodes from both series are available on YouTube, so you could watch a couple and see what you think.
Posted by Mac on March 17, 2010
Has anyone realised that Moonface makes Google biscuits? I wonder whether The Faraway Tree was really the beginning of the information tree..the internet? I wonder if Google should pay for the use of this word?
BarneyBarney says: Interesting thought, Mac. It's actually Google Buns that the Faraway Tree characters make, and Pop Biscuits. There's also a clown called Google in "Circus Days Again."
Posted by Nigel Rowe on March 15, 2010
If Timmy would be playing the trom-bone, I would imagine Stephen Isabirye would be blowing his own trumpet!
BarneyBarney says: You are a hoot, Nigel!
Posted by Marlene Oakes on March 15, 2010
My Grandson has broken his Mr Twiddle story cassette tape. I have searched the net but can not find a cd replacement. Can you tell me are there any around? Have they ever made any Mr Twiddle audio discs? Or is there any one who still makes the cassette?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I haven't seen the Mr. Twiddle cassette, Marlene, or a CD version, but I hope someone can help you. You could try looking on eBay for a replacement.
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on March 15, 2010
Smitha, How about giving my book, "The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage" a try? It has a chapter on Enid Blyton, then it discusses The Famous Five in concert with her other famous or noted books and series.
BarneyBarney says: I like the idea of "The Famous Five in concert"! ;-) I imagine Timmy would play the trom-bone!
Posted by Smitha Parvathy on March 12, 2010
I am extremely happy to announce that I have started research on Enid Blyton. Please do help.
BarneyBarney says: It would be useful to know what kind of research you're doing, Smitha! You should be able to find plenty of information on Enid Blyton's life and work by clicking on "Author of Adventure" and "Cave of Books."
Posted by Elizabeth Hill on March 11, 2010
I have 3 pen and ink original drawings for 'Tommy's White Duck' by Helen Jacobs. I have a "full page" - showing a white duck with rearing horse, page 2 a white duck and page 3 a young boy with white duck. I believe these were in a 1954 book as a short story. I would love to see these pictures in the setting they were drawn for.
BarneyBarney says: This is slightly puzzling Elizabeth. The story, 'Tommy's White Duck' does appear in a 1954 book, which was a new edition of 'The Daffodil Story Book'. The pictures you describe certainly fit the story, but two things are wrong. Although it was described, there was no full-page picture of a rearing horse with the duck and secondly the illustrations for this story were provided by Eileen Soper and not Helen Jacobs. If you can send scans of the illustrations we might be able to help you further.
Posted by Rachel at Prima Baby Magazine on March 11, 2010
Hello. I am writing an article for Prima Baby magazine about much loved heirlooms for children. I'd love to speak to a mum aged 20 - 45, from the UK, who has at least one child, 4, or under who has an Enid Blyton heirloom that has been passed down to them. If this is you or you know of someone then please get in touch. My email is rmgfreelance@hotmail.com. Many thanks Rachel
Posted by Viv on March 8, 2010
Hello Neil, There are some life size baddies at Eileen Soper's Illustrated Worlds in Poole and two members of the Famous Five can be seen climbing across the outside of the building, but I haven't got any posters. Viv
Posted by Tony Summerfield on March 8, 2010
In reply to Julia's post on March 3rd, I have been told by Fred Clampitt that his collection is being auctioned by Halls in Shrewsbury on Wednesday May 19th.
Posted by Neil Gooch on March 8, 2010
Can someone please help? I have a 12-year-old autistic son who loves The Famous Five and The Magic Faraway Tree, I am looking for pictures/posters.
BarneyBarney says: We have pictures of the book covers and internal illustrations (black and white) in the Cave of Books, Neil. Your son may enjoy looking at them, though they won't blow up to poster size. I hope someone reading this is able to help.
Posted by Prabahika on March 7, 2010
I have read Enid Blyton's Famous Five, St. Clare's, Malory Towers and Secret Seven series. Are there more series of hers which I am missing?
BarneyBarney says: If you enjoyed those series you may well enjoy the Adventure series, Five Find-Outers books, Secret series and Barney Mysteries, Prabahika. Click on the buttons (above this Message Board) to find out more.
Posted by Stephen I on March 6, 2010
John Callaghan, Your correspondence reminds me of the research process on my book, whereby my copy of "Five have Plenty Of Fun" appears beyond reasonable doubt to have been my only first original edition of the book as it stated categorically, that it was the first imprint of the book, though it did not have either an Enid Blyton introduction to it (as was the case with most first editions of the Famous Five series), nor signature to it. As it appears to be an authentic copy of the first edition of the book, I am unwilling to part with it again, nor other Enid Blyton books I painstakingly re-purchased again after decades of who knows what had happened to the copies I had procured as a child.
Posted by Peter Henley on March 5, 2010
Is the BBC "Enid" movie broadcast last year (Helena Bonham Carter) available on DVD to buy (preferably USA version)?
BarneyBarney says: I just had a look on Amazon.com, Peter, and I'm afraid "Enid" only seems to be available as a Region 2 DVD. Therefore, I assume you would need a multi-region DVD player to be able to watch it.
Posted by John Callaghan on March 4, 2010
Hi, I have a copy of "Five Have Plenty of Fun", 1st edition 1955, signed by Enid Blyton. It says "Kay with love Enid Blyton" and is written in blue ink. Book has no dust cover but is in okay condition. Good thing is there are no rips and all pages are intact and in okay condition. It may even be quite good condition for a book of its age, but I am not sure. Please could any one tell me the value of this book as I believe I have found a delightful signed first edition Famous Five book for an Enid Blyton lover to add to their collection. Thing is I am not sure af its value. If it is not too much then I will keep it myself as I grew up myself being a big Enid Blyton fan. Anyway, thanks for looking and I do hope someone can help me with my questions. Thanks again, John.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations, John. Collectors usually prefer books in fine condition with dustwrappers, though of course a genuine Enid Blyton signature is a nice thing to have. You could have a look what similar signed books are selling for on sites like Abebooks and eBay.
Posted by Katy Cannon on March 4, 2010
I am trying to find the audio book of the Magic Faraway Tree read by Kate Winslet. Nowhere seems to sell it in the UK. Also have the names of the three children changed? If so, why??
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps someone reading this will be able to help you find a copy of the audio book, Katy. If it's still available new, you should be able to order it from a local shop or from Amazon. If not, you could see whether second-hand copies are available from sites like eBay. I'm afraid that the children's names have been changed to Joe, Beth and Frannie because Jo sounds like a girl's name, Bessie is an old-fashioned name that was apparently associated with black slaves (or so I've read!) and Fanny has sexual connotations. The Dean editions of the books still have the original names but I think they were altered on the Kate Winslet recordings. It's possible that Dame Slap might also have become Dame Snap - I'm not certain exactly when that change was made.
Posted by Stephen Conn on March 4, 2010
Woof Barney ;-) I have just read Duncan McLaren's book which brought back such fond and happy memories of my childhood reading in the early 1960s. I am now delighted to have discovered your website! Best wishes from Heidelberg, Germany. Stephen Conn AKA Fatty ;-)
BarneyBarney says: Woof woof, Stephen! Welcome to the website and happy reading!
Posted by Julia on March 3, 2010
When will Fred Clampitt's collection be up for auction! Sounds amazing..... wonderful article!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad that you liked Fred's article, Julia. I am not sure about when the auction will be, but I am sure he will let us know and we will say something about it on this board.
Posted by Rob Houghton on March 3, 2010
The poem Dawn mentions, 'Midnight Tea-party', has been reprinted several times in various collections, usually still containing the 1950s illustrations by Willy Schermele. It appeared in 'Enid Blyton's Good Morning Book', 'Enid Blyton's Story Book' and later in 'Enid Blyton's Tell Me a Story Book', published as late as 1982. I've picked up copies of these books in charity shops quite recently, and they aren't too hard to find. Good luck in finding a copy, Dawn!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Rob!
Posted by Don on March 2, 2010
Very disappointed in Navrang. Ordered books - which by the way are shipped from India - and a month later no sign of them. After three weeks they promised a refund or to resend books but they have now ceased communicating and are not responding to my emails. We have no books and no refund. THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry to hear about your experience with Navrang, Don. We give a link to their site because our webmaster has used them himself and was pleased with the service he received. I wonder how others have got on?
Posted by Dawn on March 1, 2010
I have a very old book by Enid Blyton which I wanted to replace being I now have a grandson of four months old. It is a bedtime story book containing a verse about 'the gollywog and the teddy having their friends to tea'. Can I still get a copy of this or are all the mention of Gollywogs taken out of it ?
BarneyBarney says: Gollies have unfortunately been removed from Enid Blyton books over the last couple of decades, Dawn, and I don't even know whether that particular title would still be in print. If you need to replace your book your best bet would be to look out for a second-hand copy online, on a site like eBay or Abebooks.
Posted by Rachel on February 28, 2010
I am looking for a Flyaway Cottage audio CD and haven't had any luck finding one yet. Any help would be appreciated! Would love to track one down!
Posted by Enid-Jo on February 28, 2010
Heyo Barney! How many Famous Five series are there because I want to collect them all? I was satisfied the first time I read a Famous Five series, it was called "Five Go Down to the Sea". It was wonderful!! I wonder if I can collect them all. Good bye! Luv Enid-Jo.
BarneyBarney says: Heyo! Do you mean how many books are there in the Famous Five series, Enid-Jo? If you like the Famous Five then you've got many hours of happy reading ahead of you because there are twenty-one books in the series, as listed in the Cave of Books. Timmy is the best character, of course!
Posted by Anonymous on February 28, 2010
Read a book in the 1960s about a little girl staying at Grandma's I think. There was a pedlar at the door, pegs dressed as people, foil-wrapped chocolate, a little house in a snow dome that came to life, a cupboard made into a dolls house. Could it have been by Enid?? Would love to track it down!! So many memories! Any help please?
Posted by Sue Webster on February 27, 2010
Hi, dear old cuddly lovely Barney! Haven't been on for a while but did see a message by someone called Nikita, I think, who was asking about Secret Seven badges. I wish there were SS badges available as I'd have loved one. Is there a clever person out there, good at sewing, who could make me a couple of SS badges - red background with the green SS on? I'm totally useless at sewing so couldn't do it! I'm hoping to come to the Enid Blyton Day for the first time this year and will wear my FF badge and would love an SS badge to wear too so if anyone could make me a couple I would be very grateful. You could send a private message to me on the forum. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I would have a go myself, Sue, but my paws are not made for delicate work with a needle and thread!
Posted by Gerry on February 26, 2010
Hoping to get to the Enid Blyton Day (for the first time) but it depends on the scheduling of another event. I probably won't know for a few weeks. Is there a certain date by which I will have had to purchase the tickets or would it be OK to buy them in a month's time?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Gerry, It will be fine for you to buy the tickets in a month's time. I do hope you can make it to the Day on Saturday 15th May - it's always immense fun. There is no set date by which tickets have to be bought, though they do have to be purchased in advance and are not available on the door. I suppose it's possible that tickets could run out if there's a mad rush, but that's unlikely as Loddon Hall is a fairly large venue.
Posted by Nan on February 25, 2010
To Cathy Sado who wrote in Nov 2009. Just read your query about the verse you wanted more information on. It is the Bathroom Verse by Mabel Lucie Attwell. I have a plaque with it on. Also a picture of the whole verse which has four more lines to it which is sometimes missed out on the plaques. You will probably find some on eBay if you put Mabel Lucie Attwell's name in 'search'. Hope you see this as it is a while since I visited this site. I was looking to check up if anyone had found an answer to my query I posted in August 09 about the poem the 'Land of Nod' I had as a child and where I could find it again. Regards Nan.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Nan. I hope Cathy is still looking in. I also wish you luck in finding out more about the 'Land of Nod' poem.
Posted by Simon on February 23, 2010
Hi Barney, Here at work we have a book club where an agent leaves an occasional selection of books on various subjects. We, as staff, just fill out an order form and pay on the day of collection. Imagine my delight when he brought in the Adventure Series box set of all 8 adventures, paperbacks published by MacMillan 2009 with a retail price of £39.92. And I bought the whole lot for £8!! Absolute bargain, no? This company has a website: www.thebookpeople.co.uk. I've just checked their website and typed in Enid Blyton and the box set is listed, but currently showing out of stock - might be worth keeping an eye on though... just thought I'd share my luck.
BarneyBarney says: What a bargain, Simon! I bet your tail hasn't stopped wagging!
Posted by Keith Robinson on February 22, 2010
Michael et al, "The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp" is now available as a full-length download; go here and click the "view entire story on one page" link in the introduction. Enjoy!
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Keith! The link will only work for Society Members who have logged in using the password.
Posted by Mazza on February 21, 2010
Oh the old days! When I was at junior school (as a PUPIL rather than a STUDENT as they called us then), one of the stories read to us was "The Land Of Far Beyond". This would have been in the early 1970s. Can you imagine this happening now? Enid Blyton is loathed by the left and even when they are published they have been hacked to death by the PC brigade. In "The Enchanted Wood" Dame Slap is now Dame Snap.
BarneyBarney says: In yet another version, Dame Slap has become Dame Tickle!! Enid Blyton has been out of favour for a while in many schools in Britain, but there are always a few Blyton-friendly teachers who keep the flame burning and I have heard of her books being used in some classrooms even in the 21st Century.
Posted by Anonymous on February 18, 2010
I wonder the highest price a book could go for.
BarneyBarney says: It's not clear whether you mean an Enid Blyton book or a book by any author, but first editions of "Five on a Treasure Island" have been known to fetch at least a couple of thousand pounds.
Posted by Nikita on February 18, 2010
Wanted to know what the Secret Seven badge looks like ....... the one they wore every time. Nikita.
BarneyBarney says: The badges were red and green and are described in detail in "Secret of the Old Mill": 'The girls set to work that very evening, as soon as they got home, to make the little badges. Janet begged three small buttons from her mother, and a bit of cloth. She covered each button in red, and then threaded a needle with bright green silk. She neatly sewed S.S. on each button in green. They really looked beautiful when they were finished.' Typically, the girls make the boys' badges as well as their own (Janet's three badges are for Peter, Colin and herself).
Posted by JulieG on February 18, 2010
Hi there, Just a quick note to see if anyone could help me gather together some pictures of Enid Blyton and some of her characters as I am trying to do a project at school. I need to be able to print out on A4 sheets. Any pointers would be great. Thanks! JulieG
BarneyBarney says: There are a lot of illustrations in the Cave of Books, JulieG. You could save the pictures you want into "My Pictures" and then print them out. Alternatively, if you have a scanner you could scan pictures from your own books.
Posted by Michael on February 18, 2010
Hello, please can you add a link to download the whole of "The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp", just like the previous serials?
BarneyBarney says: Our Webmaster will certainly make that option available as soon as he has the time, Michael. Although we don't have a new serial at the moment, there is one in the pipeline as Trevor Bolton is currently working on an exciting new 'Adventure' book - "The Lake of Adventure."
Posted by Kate on February 17, 2010
Hello, I wrote in about the dust jackets before,thank you, it's nice knowing that they were probably not 'switched'! But it lead to another question for me. When I was a teenager in the mid 80s, I wanted to collect the set published at the time but decided I didn't have enough pocket money. They had no dust jackets, just laminated (?) boards (slightly shiny). I can't remember if they had the plain titles or the black backed titles....after the 70s, were they ever published with the older style titles again?
BarneyBarney says: You had me puzzled there for a minute, Kate, as I couldn't think what on earth you were talking about, but then I realised that you used the name 'Anonymous' last time and it is the Noddy books that you are interested in! They certainly came out after the 70s as they have been in print all along apart from a brief spell recently. The illustrations were altered in places in the late 80s when the golliwogs were 'culled'. All these later editions would have simply had shiny laminated covers, so it is difficult to know precisely which edition you are talking about, but they did return to the older styled titles.
Posted by Alan Rigg on February 16, 2010
I have three postcards written by Enid Blyton in 1953/4 to Alison Howe of Jesmond, Newcastle on Tyne, I would like to sell them, what is the best way to do that?
BarneyBarney says: There are three possible courses, Alan. You could do it yourself on ebay, send them to auction or take them to a specialist dealer. It is obviously entirely up to you which one you choose.
Posted by Heath on February 15, 2010
Hi I have a a lovely first and second testament bible issued by the British and Foreign Bible Society in celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The book itself is in very good condition with only a little wear to the outer edges, and pages are intact and unblemished. The delight of this bible is that it is enscribed and signed by Enid Blyton in very clear black ink on the first page. The inscriptions reads "Here is the greatest book in the world. I hope you read it every day. Love from your friend. Enid Blyton." Would this be worth anything?
BarneyBarney says: This particular edition of the Bible frequently turns up, Heath, and the same printed message is in every one. Credit must go to the printers as you are certainly not the first person to think that this is a handwritten message and judging by the number of enquiries that have come in over the years you won't be the last!
Posted by Debbie Edwards on February 15, 2010
Hi, I am trying to find any of the Amelia Jane stories on CD or cassette, as my kids loved them and want my granddaughter to enjoy them too, also can we still buy the series Malory Towers?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone reading this is able to help you, Debbie. Have you tried looking on Amazon and eBay?
Posted by Miss Toni Hall on February 13, 2010
Hi, I have a set of four nature study books in semi softback by Evans Brothers. The books are in green, red, orange and yellow. I am thinking of selling the set and wondered if you could tell me their value. They are very old. They have a PR number on the last page reading 3082 printed by Clay Company. I cannot find anything on your website that matches my collection? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: This sounds like the reprints of the "Round the Year with Enid Blyton" books, and you will find them in the Cave of Books in the Education section. They were frequently reprinted and are quite common and therefore not worth much.
Posted by Gerry on February 12, 2010
I've got all the Macmillan Adventure series - some with dustcovers and a few of the Thames editions with the revised dustcovers. Were all the 8 Adventure books printed by Thames Publishing with revised dustcovers?
BarneyBarney says: Only the first six titles were reprinted by Thames Publishing, Gerry. It's interesting to compare Stuart Tresilian's revised dustcover designs with his original ones, and it's a pity that Thames Publishing didn't reprint "Circus" and "River".
Posted by Lily on February 12, 2010
Hiya Barney! I love Enid Blyton. I either have my nose stuck in one of Enid's books or on the computer. I really think Enid has to be the best author of all time! From Enid's #1 fan Lily :)
BarneyBarney says: Hiya Lily, I'm glad you love the books so much, but it would have been nice to know what your favourite titles are.
Posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2010
Hello, I have a set of the original 24 Enid Blyton Noddy books that I bought at a bookfair in Australia. They are all probably 60s editions, I'd say definitely not first editions. Thing is, all of them have the plain title lettering on the front of their dust jackets but some of the hardboards underneath have the black backed title design. Was this quirk the case with some of the books published later? Or is it likely that there has been a switcheroo on the dust jackets? That in itself wouldn't make much sense since the djs would be older. They also seem a very good fit... would really appreciate some enlightenment. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The editions you have are likely to be from the late 70s. When the black backed title design first came in they used up spare dustwrappers from the previous edition. When the dustwrappers ran out they simply issued the books with their laminated boards and with no dustwrapper. So your books are correct and have not suffered from a 'switcheroo'!
Posted by Enid-Jo on February 10, 2010
Heyo Barney!! When is the new serial going to start? When is the new Journal coming out? Thanks! Luv Enid-Jo.
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo!! Trevor Bolton is working on a new serial called "The Lake of Adventure." I'm not quite sure when it'll be ready so you'll have to be patient, but I'm sure it'll be well worth waiting for. As for the next Journal, that is almost ready to go to the printers and should be with you in about three weeks or so.
Posted by Rich on February 8, 2010
Thanks for the reply, I will post them in the for sale section when I get the chance in case anyone here is interested.
Posted by Olivia Babb on February 8, 2010
The Faraway Tree Collection is the best book I have ever read and YOU are my favourite author in the world and I wish I could read every single book you have written, but sadly I can't.
BarneyBarney says: I agree that the Faraway Tree series is marvellous and I hope that one day you will achieve your dream of reading every single Blyton book. Although her stories live on, Enid Blyton died in 1968.
Posted by Rich on February 8, 2010
Hi, I have been clearing out my loft and found a set of Newnes "Pictorial Knowledge" which I was given years ago. As they looked pretty old I did an internet search to see if they might be collectable which led me to your site. I can't find a publication date but the covers are the same as the one listed in your "Courses and Encyclopaedias" section and Enid Blyton is listed as the associate editor although for some reason I have two of volume 7 and am missing volume 2. I was wondering if you have any idea how much these might be worth (though I appreciate it's hard to say without inspecting them) or if any of your members might potentially be interested in them? Thanks, Rich.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to give valuations, Rich, but I'm posting your message in case anyone is interested in the books. You could always list them in the "for sale" section of our Forums, though you'd need to register to do that.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on February 8, 2010
Regarding Arthur Hastings' request, I believe Tony has completed all the work concerning the Day by the time it starts, so I would imagine that he would be able to do the filming, editing and so on.........:-/
BarneyBarney says: If my Master wants to give me any commands after reading that, regarding nipping ankles or anything along those lines, I'm at the ready!!
Posted by Jan on February 5, 2010
Hi Barney, Further to last email regarding "Story Time Book" could not find in Cave of Books. This was printed by Dean in 1964. It is listed in one of the books by year lists but would like to know about one with jacket and one without both issued in 1964 and same picture on jacket as on cover without jacket. Sorry to email again, Jan.
BarneyBarney says: "Story Time Book" is listed here, Jan. If you scroll down, you'll see a note at the bottom which tells you that the first edition had eight titles listed on the dustwrapper. It also points out that the dates inside the Dean & Son books mean nothing. Dean used to continue printing the date of the first edition even in later printings. Tony Summerfield wrote an article on 'Deans in Dustwrappers' for the "Enid Blyton Society Journal" (Number 10.) He says in his article that there were 48 titles in the first batch of Dean & Son books, published between 1963 and 1974. The first 27 books were issued in dustwrappers but 10 of those had the wrapper changed around 1970, so there are 37 in total to collect in dustwrappers. Hope that helps!
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on February 5, 2010
Thank you for that, that will come in handy.
Posted by Captain Hastings on February 5, 2010
Would it be possible to make a DVD of the Enid Blyton Day this May, so those of us who can't get there could buy a copy and enjoy this wonderful event?....Yours hopefully...
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether such a thing might be possible in the future, Captain Hastings, but it's not something we've really thought about up to now as there is already a lot of work involved in organising the Enid Blyton Day. To produce a DVD we'd have to have the necessary equipment, find someone willing to do the filming, get permission from the speakers (there might also be copyright issues regarding any film or audio clips shown), be able to guarantee reasonably good sound and picture quality, work out the costing, deal with orders... A lot to think about, as you can see!
Posted by Chloe Patterson on February 5, 2010
I am VERY disappointed at the film "Enid" for portraying my favorite author in such a horrible and negative way. First of all, the film should have concentrated ENTIRELY on Enid's literary career and instead they've just dug up info about her private and social life. Just because Enid is famous does not mean she isn't entitled to her privacy - and NO ONE has the right to judge her in such a negative way.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry you were disappointed, Chloe, but the purpose of the film was to look at Enid as a person rather than as a writer. 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 Jan on February 4, 2010
Hi Barney, I have three copies of "Story Time Book" printed 1964, one is hard cover with printed jacket, the other two are hard covers with the same picture but do not have jackets. Can you tell me are they all first editions? Also "Round the Year Spring", did it have a jacket or just the red hard cover with the picture of lambs on the front? Thanks, Jan.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Jan, If you put the titles of the books into the "search" box in the "Cave of Books," you'll be able to see pictures and details of the first editions and reprints.
Posted by Derek Lenaghan on February 4, 2010
I have three postcards sent and signed by Enid. Are they of any value?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations, Derek, but I'm sure it would be worth consulting a dealer.
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on February 3, 2010
Thank you for answering my question about Enid Blyton's career, but may I please ask what a painest means? Sorry, I am not very talented in English. Thanks a lot. Zahraa
BarneyBarney says: A pianist is someone who plays the piano, Zahraa.
Posted by Alison Cullinan on February 3, 2010
Hi Barney, I need some help. I am doing a report on Enid Blyton! Can you help me? Bye Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean a report on her life or her books, Alison? If you click on the "Author of Adventure" button you'll find a lot of information about Enid Blyton's life. If you want book reviews and information on the major series, click on the "Cave of Books" button. Good luck with the report!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on February 2, 2010
June, there is a Yahoo Group devoted to Jenny Thanisch - who played Anne in the 70s Southern Television series.
Posted by Gerry on February 1, 2010
Talking to a lady in an antique shop the other day, she told me that she had never read any Enid Blyton books as her mother banned them as unsuitable. Why is it that Enid stirred up such a massive amount of prejudice and almost hatred from so-called intelligent people (the mother was a teacher)? They treated her books in the same way as they would do pornographic material. The trouble was that they knew their children would enjoy the books and that would not do!
BarneyBarney says: As Enid Blyton was a "popular" author who turned out numerous titles at a rapid rate, her books tended to be regarded as lightweight and ephemeral. However, time is the real test and Blyton books still sell well in Britain and internationally and are stocked in abundance by high street bookshops. The same cannot be said of the works of many other authors of her era who were regarded as "better" writers. Enid Blyton is having the last laugh!
Posted by Shahana Khalid on February 1, 2010
How many awards or medals did Enid Blyton win?
BarneyBarney says: It may surprise you to know that the only literary award Enid Blyton ever received was in America, for "Mystery Island" ("The Island of Adventure" retitled). That book was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947.
Posted by Alison Cullinan on January 31, 2010
Hi Barney, what was the first book Enid Blyton wrote and how good was it? Bye Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Alison, Enid Blyton's first book was "Child Whispers," which was a slim volume of poetry. It was published in 1922. Many of her poems were about fairies or nature and would probably be regarded as rather whimsical by most modern readers.
Posted by June Johns on January 30, 2010
Hi Barney, Do any of the actors from either the 1970s or 1990s Famous Five series have their own websites? Oh, I go to Malory Towers. Second Form, not like those high and mighty Upper Formers.
BarneyBarney says: Nice to hear from you, June! Say hello to Felicity and all the others! I'm afraid I don't know whether any actors from the two Famous Five series have their own websites. You could try Googling their names, or perhaps someone else knows and will reply.
Posted by Pearl on January 30, 2010
Hi Nandini, I'm Pearl. I live in Mumbai and I have done my Master's thesis on Enid Blyton. I would love to help you and your school plan your event, if you'd like. Please feel free to email me at pearlmascarenhas@gmail.com
Posted by Zahraa Himdan on January 30, 2010
Greetings Barney, may I please ask you about Enid? I was wondering whether she had a first career as something other than an author. In conclusion, I would like to say thank you for answering the previous questions that I have written. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Enid was a talented pianist, Zahraa, and her parents expected her to become a musician like her aunt. However, she chose to become a teacher instead so that she could get to know children better and use some of her own stories and poems in the classroom. Enid Blyton taught for about five years, writing stories, articles and poems in her spare time. In 1924 she left teaching and became a full-time writer. You can find a lot of information about Enid Blyton's life in the Author of Adventure section of the website.
Posted by Alison Cullinan on January 30, 2010
Hi Barney, What is the best book that Enid Blyton wrote?
BarneyBarney says: Impossible to say, Alison, as she wrote so many good'uns and it all boils down to personal preference. If you asked twenty people, you may well get twenty different answers!
Posted by Bluerose on January 27, 2010
Barney, Enid Blyton is indeed a splendid writer. I'm a great fan of her. Is anyone planning to make a movie out of any story of hers?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean a cinema film, Bluerose, I don't think any of Enid Blyton's books have been filmed for the cinema since the Children's Film Foundation made "Five On a Treasure Island" and "Five Have a Mystery to Solve" in the late 1950s/early 1960s. There have of course been TV series, films and cartoons of various books, the best-known being the Famous Five TV series of the 1970s and 1990s. A period adaptation of one of Blyton's books (remaining faithful to the novel and taking the story seriously and not resorting to irony or parody) would be great!
Posted by Olly on January 27, 2010
I have an obscure question; There was an audio book released on cassette for the story "The Island of Adventure". Does anyone happen to know the name of the composer / piece that was used as the introductory music to the cassette? Regards, Olly
Posted by Lindi on January 26, 2010
I hope someone can help! My best friend had the Enid Blyton Book of Fairies as a child with a map inside the cover showing the land of the fairies. it's long gone, but she has mentioned in the past that she wishes she still had it. (We had great fun with this book as children - picking a place on the map to "visit"!) She is 50 in April & I would love to get her a copy for her birthday - any ideas what edition this would be please? It must be the one with the map! many thanks Lindi
BarneyBarney says: Yes Lindi, we can help you on that. The original map was a two page fold-out in the 1920's edition of The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies. Sadly this is a very expensive book and though there are currently two copies on AbeBooks and one on ebay all are over £140. I suspect that the edition that you are talking about is the first reprint from 1949 and you will see that on AbeBooks you could buy a copy of that edition without a dustwrapper for £11. If you wanted a copy with the dustwrapper you would have to pay quite a bit more. Later editions possibly did not have the map inside the cover, so you would do best to check with the seller first. I hope this helps you.
Posted by Roshain Wijewardane on January 25, 2010
Hi Barney, we know that Enid Blyton wrote so many books. What was HER favourite ? Thanks - Roshain.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Enid Blyton ever said what her favourite book was out of all the titles she had written, Roshain. She did tell us her favourite character though - George from the Famous Five books.
Posted by Roshain Wijewardane on January 25, 2010
How can I see short information about each book of the Secret Seven and Famous Five series ?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Roshain, If you click on the "Secret Seven" and "Famous Five" buttons (above) you'll see an introduction to the series and reviews of each book. I don't know whether you'd regard the reviews as "short" though.
Posted by Enid-Jo on January 24, 2010
Hi Barney! What kind of music did Enid Blyton like listening to? Thanks. Love from Enid-Jo xxx
BarneyBarney says: Heyo Enid-Jo! Enid Blyton was a talented pianist and played classical music by composers like Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Bach. In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life," she says that Bach was her favourite. Naturally, "Bark" is a favourite with dogs too! Presumably she enjoyed other kinds of music as well, but I don't think we have any information about that.
Posted by Gary Whittington on January 21, 2010
I have been trying to find a poem that my father remembers from his childhood. It goes along the lines ' There was a naughty golly, do you know what he did, when Betty came to wash him, he ran away and hid.' He is sure it was from an Enid Blyton book, any ideas? Thank you, Gary.
Posted by Stéphanie on January 20, 2010
Hi, I'm currently translating into French a BBC show on Enid Blyton's life ("Enid") and desperately looking for the French title of "the adventures of Bobs". Could you please help me ? Thanks a million. Stéphanie.
BarneyBarney says: 'The Adventures of Bobs' was a small school reader in the Old Thatch series and I am not at all sure if it would have had a French edition. Normally with Blyton books, when they were published in their French editions names had been altered, but as Bobs was the actual name of a real dog perhaps it would have been left the same.
Posted by Mia on January 20, 2010
Dear Barney, I am ten years old and I'm doing a project about Enid Blyton at school. Could you tell me anything about her that you think I wouldn't know? Thank you very much xx
BarneyBarney says: Take a look at our Author of Adventure section, Mia. There's a lot of information on Enid Blyton there. Did you know that she had a fox-terrier called Bobs, who wrote letters to children? His letters were printed in a magazine and children used to enjoy reading about what he had been up to. Good luck with your project!
Posted by Barbs on January 20, 2010
Feel privileged to have started my reading with the Famous Five. Still enjoy my reading. Will read just about anything.
Posted by Nandini Kar on January 19, 2010
Hi Barney! I just thought you would be the best person to guide me on this. I am working with the primary wing of a school in India and am planning to hold an event around Enid Blyton and her work. Can you please give us some insights for K-3 level? THANKS.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure of the age of the children in K-3 level, Nandini, but there are plenty of activities based on Enid Blyton books which would be suitable for primary school children. Younger ones may enjoy listening to stories being read aloud, followed by a discussion of characters and morals. They could create paintings, drawings or collages based on the stories, or act them out. Older ones could write their own stories in the style of Enid Blyton, or write letters or diaries from the viewpoint of a certain character, or research her life or a topic inspired by the books (e.g. 'Great Auks' after reading "The Island of Adventure"). Another idea would be for groups of children to make audio versions of some of her stories, complete with different voices and sound effects. If by "event" you mean a day devoted to Enid Blyton or something like that, you could have displays of the books, a timeline of major events in her life, a showing of a TV adaptation of one of her stories, a stall selling typical Blyton food (sardine sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, scones, fruit cake, ginger-beer, lemonade, etc), people dressed up as characters from the books, simple quizzes, treasure hunts, writing in invisible ink, decoding secret code messages, etc. As I said, I'm not entirely sure what you mean or how old the children are, so please feel free to get back to me if these suggestions are of no use.
Posted by pjosiejo on January 19, 2010
Hi there all, This is my first post so apologies if I'm not in the right place etc..... :wink: I happened to be reminiscing and I came upon your site..OMG.....have been on it nearly all day :D !!! I LOVE Enid Blyton, and I reread "The Secret Island" about five years ago...loved it! I have two queries though...... I'll get the first one out of the way as I have been looking for years; I remember a book which I was really enthralled with.....it was quite a dark book compared to her others about a lad who had been in a children's home (I seem to recall there were vague references to him being abused and authorities were involved/looking for him) and he befriended some children... and there was a bit in the book where it was winter.....near Christmas and the lad is looking in a shop window or a house and is looking really sad because a family is there and then he ran away, he was like Jack in "The Secret Island"......always thought it was but it wasn't. I think he was a bit wayward/streetwise but he'd stolen because he was hungry etc.....but it was really exciting to read as a youngster! All I can vaguely remember of the cover is that it was possibly dark red....very vague I know and am really sorry but I'm forty now so not read it for about thirty years lol!!! The other is a short story about a lad who is a real bully to everyone and one of his victims gets his older brother or relative to dress up as a giant on stilts and jump out and scare him......If anyone is able to help me, I would be so grateful. Many thanks, Jo x
BarneyBarney says: Hi Jo! The book about the boy who becomes involved in crime sounds like The Six Bad Boys. As you say, it's quite a 'dark' book for Enid Blyton and a compelling read. The story about the bully could be 'You're a Bully!' from Stories for You. Have fun rediscovering Enid Blyton!
Posted by Becky P on January 17, 2010
Hiya, As a child I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton books. I am now trying to encourage my nephews to read them too. I remember reading a book by Enid Blyton but I can't remember the name or many details so I am hoping for help here. The story was about a man who lived either in the woods or in a cave. He was a longhaired man who lived wild amongst the animals. If I remember correctly there was a little boy and maybe a girl who used to visit him and he would tell them all about wildlife and their ways. I think he could also communicate with wildlife in some way. It taught me about squirrels in dreys, hares in forms in fields, badgers in sets, the difference between hares and rabbits etc etc. I would love to know the name of the book. I'm not sure how many there were or if it was a series. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of "The Children of Cherry Tree Farm," Becky. Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Penny go to stay on a farm, where they meet Tammylan the "wild man." Tammylan lives alone in a cave in the winter or a willow-house in the summer, and his only friends are the animals that live in the countryside. Over the months he teaches the children about wildlife. Benjy in particular is drawn to him and learns a lot about nature. There are two other books in the same series - "The Children of Willow Farm" and "More Adventures on Willow Farm" - but Tammylan doesn't feature so strongly in those. Another possibility is "Enid Blyton's Animal Lover's Book," in which Zacky the gipsy teaches Richard and Susan about wildlife. You can find out more about these titles in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Sally Ayres on January 15, 2010
Hello there. I am trying to find out what legal issues there are or may be about using Enid Blyton stories on the radio. Are they still subject to copyright and if so who owns that? Could someone let me know as I am using her as a project for university wthh imt brodas her stories on radio. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm puzzling over "wthh imt brodas" (!) but the copyright is owned by Chorion. All Enid Blyton's stories will remain in copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Jeannie Gilliland on January 15, 2010
I joined the Enid Blyton Fan Club in the early 60s, 65 or 66, and still have the letter and badge and original envelope that I sent for the badge with it. I loved the Famous Five and Secret Seven stories, she was such a good writer and you did not need to see it anywhere than in print, the mental pictures were vivid.
Posted by Maddie and Emma on January 14, 2010
Hi. We are some girls from Australia and we both love Enid Blyton stories. We really like her and want to be more like her. We were wondering...... Do you know, who was Enid's favourite author? We would really like to know. Thanks. Maddie and Emma
BarneyBarney says: Hi Maddie and Emma, Although Enid Blyton has come in for some criticism for the way she treated family members and others during her life, her books show the best of her and it's great that they continue to influence young people from all over the world. In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life," Enid Blyton mentioned that her favourite book as a child was "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald. You can find out more about the books she enjoyed reading in the Biography under "Author of Adventure."
Posted by Judy J on January 12, 2010
Thanks, Barney, for your reply (7th Jan.) I really meant plays for young children to perform; are there any written from the Faraway Tree stories? Enid Blyton is a huge favourite of the 7 year old girls that I teach and they would love to perform a play of some of the stories.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Judy, I'm glad the girls in your class like Enid Blyton. Performing Faraway Tree plays sounds like a wonderful idea! I don't think any have been published, but perhaps you and some of the children would be able to write your own plays based on scenes from the books? Enid Blyton uses a lot of dialogue in her stories, so it probably wouldn't take too long to turn a chosen scene into a playscript. I imagine it would be enormous fun making costumes for characters like Moon-Face, Silky, Dame Washalot and the Saucepan Man, and deciding on appropriate voices and mannerisms!
Posted by Phil on January 12, 2010
Does anybody remember Bendytown and whether Noddy went there? I vividly remember pictures of bendy gas streetlamps and both my wife and I seem to think it was in a Noddy book. Can anybody can clear up this mystery for me and let me know which book this was in? Thanks.
Posted by Lilyanne Mellor on January 8, 2010
My grandma told me about the St Clare's books so I am going to read them now. I have read Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, Naughtiest Girl in the School, Naughtiest Girl Again and Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor, and I am currently reading Here's the Naughtiest Girl. Do you recommend the St Clare's books?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I think you'll enjoy them, Lilyanne!
Posted by James on January 7, 2010
Is there a site please where I could offer for sale a letter written by Enid Blyton to my mother in 1945.
BarneyBarney says: We have a 'Sale' section on our own forums but you would need to register first. Other than that the only site that I can think of is ebay, or alternatively you could try putting it into auction.
Posted by Judy J on January 7, 2010
Please can anyone help me find a dramatisation of 'The Faraway Tree'?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Judy, If you mean an audio version I think the readings by Kate Winslet (of all three books) might still be available. You could have a look on Amazon - if they're not listed, try eBay. There were also some Faraway Tree cartoons a few years ago but they didn't stick closely to Enid Blyton's original stories.
Posted by Grace on January 6, 2010
Hello, I was just wondering if anyone knew when the 10th, 11th , and 12th Malory Towers books (by Pamela Cox) are to be released in Australia?
Posted by Boldylox on January 4, 2010
Hello, Barney can I ask when Enid Blyton sadly died? Thanks. P.S. You are the most handsome dog ever, if you like it that way.
BarneyBarney says: I like to think I contribute to the attractiveness of the website, Boldylox! If you click on "Author of Adventure" and then on "Chronology," you'll find out lots of information about Enid Blyton including the fact that she died on 28th November 1968.
Posted by Chew Ai Lee on January 4, 2010
I am looking for Enid Blyton Bible Stories Old Testament 1 to 14 and Enid Blyton Bible Stories New Testament 1 to 14, too. They are first published in 1953 by Macmillan according to your book list. Do you know where I could buy them? Thanks. Ai Lee Chew from Singapore
BarneyBarney says: You could try looking on eBay or Abebooks, or contacting the booksellers listed under "Lashings of Links."
Posted by Amy Elizabeth on January 3, 2010
Happy New Year to all!
Posted by Chloe Jane on January 2, 2010
Hello, I love the Adventure series by Enid Blyton and have read them many times! I was just wondering if the films of them can be bought anywhere? And if so, where could I buy them? Happy New Year everyone! :)
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year to you too! If you mean the British films of "The Island of Adventure" and "The Castle of Adventure," both were released on video but not DVD. Copies still turn up from time to time on eBay. There was also a New Zealand TV series of all eight books (though "The Castle of Adventure" was retitled "The Woods of Adventure"). However, there were significant changes to the storylines. I don't know whether the New Zealand series ever came out on video or DVD but you could try Googling to find out.
Posted by Boldylox on January 2, 2010
Hello. I want to ask you what Enid Blyton's favourite colour is. P.S. You are the cutest dog ever!
BarneyBarney says: Why thank you Boldylox, though people generally call me 'handsome' rather than 'cute'! I don't know whether Enid Blyton had a favourite colour, although in her autobiography, "The Story of My Life," she wrote about her daughter Gillian, "Like me, she loves green and yellow, and she has made her room lovely with those two colours." We also know that Enid liked to wear red.
Posted by Kylie Paris Ruby Jackson on January 1, 2010
Are any of Enid Blyton's books on a film, or TV series? Happy New Year to every EB fan out there!
BarneyBarney says: A very Happy New Year to you too, KPRJ! There have been two TV series of the Famous Five as well as a couple of films. Two of the Adventure books, 'Island' and 'Castle' have also been made into films. There have also been a few cartoons and one or two foreign language films and of course a great many TV programmes about Noddy - but I think you were really asking about her full-length books.