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Posted by Gemini on December 31, 2012
Seeking a story which may have been one of Enid Blyton's. Children's bedtime story known late 1940s or early 50s. Red Imp in a tree, comes into a bedroom where toys are playing, disturbs and annoys toys who lure him into toy box, catch him and send him off to the moon. Can anyone identify this story please?
BarneyBarney says: It sounds as though it might well be an Enid Blyton story, Gemini. I hope someone can come up with the title.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 31, 2012
Happy New Year! May everyone here find 2013 a most memorable, beautiful year. Once again, Barney, "May Peace And Juicy Bones Shower Over You!" I guess you remember that don't you, elephant-like memory dog? I GUESS I can give you a New Year feast. I won't give much, just Waggomeat, potted meat sandwiches, chocolate biscuits, bacon and a raspberry tart. That's because you must still be crunching away the Christmas dinner! And three little gifts. A new collar, a nice feathery bed (very much like Prince Bongawah's sleeping bag!) and a nice pat on the head! Bye-Bye 2012! Ana
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you, Ana! Yes, of course I remember the shower of juicy bones! Thanks very much for the gifts, especially the feather bed as I'll need a good long sleep after tucking into all that food!
Posted by Ana Asif on December 30, 2012
Hello, Barney! Was Enid Blyton interested in hiking, biking, camping, caravanning, shopping and swimming and was she a wise shopper? Did she like make-up? Did she like to READ books? That reminds me, can you tell me some good mystery and adventure series after I finish the Five Find-Outers? I've only got two more novels left to read and that's why I don't feel like reading in fear of finishing them. But maybe I will if I know there's more coming up! So long! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know the answers to all those questions, Ana, so I'll just answer what I can. Enid Blyton liked going on nature walks. She was a strong swimmer and enjoyed swimming in the sea while on holiday. In A Childhood at Green Hedges Enid's daughter Imogen Smallwood tells us that Enid often wore red nail varnish and that she liked to do as much of her shopping as possible at Harrods in London, because it saved time to get everything in one place. As an adult Enid Blyton read historical novels, Agatha Christie and light romances. Her favourite book as a child was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. You might like the Barney Mysteries if you haven't tried them already, or the Secret and Adventure series. Click on our "Popular Series" buttons to find out more.
Posted by Paul on December 29, 2012
Wouldn't the copyright to Blyton's works be on everything? How can they separate different characters/stories?
BarneyBarney says: The previous copyright holders were Chorion, and they must have taken the decision to sell the rights to certain characters or stories separately if necessary. Noddy got snapped up first, perhaps because of the TV shows and merchandising associated with the character.
Posted by Suhas on December 29, 2012
Hi Barney, May I know who are the rights holders for the entire Enid Blyton books?
BarneyBarney says: American company Classic Media own the rights to Noddy. Hachette UK (Hodder) own the rights to everything else.
Posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2012
I wanted to know the general contents in a Journal that you normally publish. Thank you Barney for the reply.
BarneyBarney says: If you click on our "Fireside Journal" button and then on "Journal Catalogue", you can click on an individual Journal and see the list of contents. Each issue is packed with mouth-watering goodies!
Posted by Enid Blyton's best fan on December 28, 2012
Hi Barney, I'm going to be busy with exams till March so I hope you won't forget me.
BarneyBarney says: I may be a dog but I'm like an elephant in that I never (well, very rarely!) forget!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 27, 2012
Hi Barney, I can't log into the forums, don't know why so will try here. Has anyone got any of the Old Thatch newsletters and a secret code card? I used to have these but lost some plus my code card. Will pay for them. Cheers, Sue.
BarneyBarney says: Didn't you re-register as "Susan Webster" at one point, Sue?
Posted by Sue Webster on December 27, 2012
Hi, just discovered the Society Facebook page and it's good. Are there any fans going up to Seven Stories in Newcastle next May for the Enid Blyton Exhibition? Maybe we could meet up in Birmingham and go up together. Should be great!
BarneyBarney says: The Seven Stories Enid Blyton Exhibition does indeed sound as though it's going to be fantastic, though I'm not sure whether a meet-up would be possible for many because fans would be coming from different places at different times. I believe the exhibition is to run for a year in Newcastle before going on tour (locations are yet to be confirmed).
Posted by Enid Blyton's best fan on December 27, 2012
Hey Barney, I have a question. When is the Enid Blyton Day in 2013 ? I would love to know and I will make sure I am a member of our Society and thanks Barney for helping me in the subscription matter. I should be joining soon I believe. Did you put on pounds, Barney? Ha, ha, ha, just joking!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there are no plans for an Enid Blyton Day in 2013 as it isn't always possible to get speakers. It doesn't matter if we dogs put on a few pounds, as we soon run them off again!
Posted by Enid Blyton's best fan on December 26, 2012
Hey, I wish you a very blessed Christmas and Happy Birthday Enid Blyton's website. I have a question to ask Barney. I am a very big lover of ALL Enid's mystery and adventure types and boarding school types of books and I wanted to know whether there are further books of my favorite types? AND I want to subscribe to the Journal and become a member in our Society from the New Year (2013). I am basically an Indian and I stay abroad in Oman, a Gulf country, so how can I subscribe to the Journal, Barney ? It would be very kind of you if you help me in this matter. Just see that you don't put on too many pounds eating too many Christmas cakes and too many goodies. My request! An advance HAPPY NEW YEAR.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Enid Blyton's best fan. I hope I don't get you mixed up with another person who posts on the Message Board, called Enid Blyton's greatest fan! You can see all of Enid's books in the Cave, plus continuation books by other authors. Good reads which are not as well known as the Famous Five etc. include the Secret series, the Barney Mysteries, The Six Bad Boys and The Family at Red-Roofs. The last two are stories about family life, but they're full of drama and very popular. We'd love to have you as a member of the Society. Just click on "Join the Society" near the top of this page and choose the "Worldwide" subscription. I'm off to have just one more mince pie!
Posted by Wanda on December 26, 2012
I would like to find a book that had lots of stories in it, one of which was called 'Johnny, Come at Once!' Can you help?
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of Enid Blyton's Marigold Story Book (John Gifford 1954) or Enid Blyton's Everyday Book of Playtime Stories (Dean 1975), Wanda. Check out the details in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Hunaina on December 26, 2012
Sorry I'm late! A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the members of the Enid Blyton Society! Wish the Enid Blyton Society forums happiness completing eight years, Such a happy moment so no shedding tears! Christmas has finally come, And has once again brought with it lots of fun! Soon, it will go away... But it will once again come back to stay!
BarneyBarney says: A nice little rhyme, Hunaina! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted by Lotta on December 26, 2012
Dear Barney, Wishing you a holy and blessed Christmas. Happy 8th Birthday to the Enid Blyton Society too. Hurrah for the double celebration! :)
BarneyBarney says: Mince pies, gingerbread and home-made lemonade all round! Here's to a New Year full of fun and adventure!
Posted by Falicity on December 26, 2012
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all Enid Blyton fans.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Falicity. Peace and happiness to you and your family.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 25, 2012
Warm Christmas wishes, Barney. I do so hope you got what you 'looked forward to' as you said to Hunaina. Barney, I do so get muddled up in this 'Inspector Jenks promotion' business. Wasn't he a Superintendent? Then he again became Chief Inspector. Did he get depromotion? I'd like to give you a nice Christmas dinner but I hope you won't just cut it out of my post. Anyway, I now know exactly how Enid Blyton felt when she made food lists for her characters to have. Someone said that Enid Blyton's books 'make you feel hungry', here or on, I don't remember. So here goes: A big bonecake, strawberry ice with raspberry sauce, a big sponge cake with half raspberry jam and half apricot jam, potted meat sandwiches, chocolate biscuits, Waggomeat, tongue and a big bottle of ginger beer. Hope you enjoy it! A BIG MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN!
BarneyBarney says: I'll accept the feast today, Ana - thanks very much and Merry Christmas! Enid Blyton must have got confused and have forgotten Inspector Jenks' latest title. The character was modelled on a real policeman Enid Blyton knew, called Stephen Jennings, and Enid aimed to promote Jenks whenever Jennings was promoted in real life (though she seems to have got in a bit of a muddle).
Posted by Tony on December 25, 2012
Posted by Ellen on December 25, 2012
What did Enid do on New Year's Eve? Did she stay up to midnight to welcome in the New Year?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether Enid Blyton always stayed up till midnight to see in the New Year, but she did make a New Year's resolution. In January 1956 she wrote in Enid Blyton's Magazine: "What resolutions did you make? Or did you forget to make any? I shall have made my usual one — it never varies — and I am sure you must know it by now. My resolution is simply this — to be kind. And, if you think about it, kindness covers nearly all other resolutions. If you are kind you cannot be mean or untruthful or dishonest or cowardly — kindness of heart means that you cannot possibly do or say anything that would hurt anyone or upset them. So I hope you agree with me that my resolution is one of the best ones that anyone can make — and perhaps, if you haven't already made one yourself, you will share in mine."
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on December 24, 2012
I would like to wish Society members a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. And Barney, Timmy the dog (my Timmy, not George's) hopes you will have something nice and chewy on Christmas Day.
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of greeting to you and Timmy, Trevor. I'm sure Timmy and I will both be enjoying some chewy treats and a lovely, long walk tomorrow. Thanks for the treats you provide regularly for Society members, Trevor, in the form of continuation books for the Secret Passage. They are much appreciated.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas to all my fellow Society members and Enid Blyton enthusiasts worldwide. May all your hopes and dreams come true.
BarneyBarney says: Yours too, Wayne!
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas to all Society members, and a very Happy New Year to all. And a large bone for Barney for all his hard work whilst typing the replies with his 'doggy paws'.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Julie! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 24, 2012
Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas. It reminds me of the story of 'The Magic Stocking'.
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas! Enid Blyton wrote quite a few Christmas-themed stories, another good'un being 'Santa Claus is Surprising'.
Posted by Didgeridude on December 23, 2012
Hello Barney, I would like to wish you and all Enid Blyton Society members a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Didgeridude. Wishing happiness and peace to you and yours.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 23, 2012
Barney. What were those flowers in 'The Top Of The Wall' in Five O' Clock Tales? What happened to Gillian and Imogen after their mother's death? Are there any descendants of Enid in these days? A bone for you.
BarneyBarney says: The flowers in the story are known as wallflowers. Gillian and Imogen were both married by the time their mother died. Imogen is still alive and well, as are four of Enid Blyton's grandchildren, and I believe there are great grandchildren too.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 22, 2012
Lovaduck!I just finished reading some Five Find-Outers books - The Mystery of the Vanished Prince, The Mystery of the Strange Bundle, The Mystery of Holly Lane and The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage. Tally-Ho Cottage beats the whole lot of 'em. Fatty has quite surpassed himself now! Lovely, phenomenal, beautiful, ingenious, grrrreat and THE BEST! Frederick, my dear boy, I must say that you're a very gifted and talented person! Barney, my country is a total let down, nothing ever happens because there is no crime at all! How on Earth can I keep a lookout for mystery and adventure and get one, Barney?! Hot meringues. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Don't go giving Fatty a swelled head, Ana! Your country has no (or very little) crime and you complain about that?! Sounds like Heaven to me! Not too good for Find-Outing though, I have to admit!
Posted by Hunaina on December 22, 2012
Barney, I believe you're right that I don't have enough time to complete a book like that. But I maybe can manage at least an hour a day but currently I'm at vacation so I do have a lot of time. How can I plan the book and what should it be like? I mean, adventure, mystery, imaginary, etc. Please do give your choice as I believe your choice would be really useful [don't tell me to choose]. Cheers, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: Don't forget that I'm a book-reading dog, not a book-writing dog, Hunaina! However, some books may be harder to write than others. A mystery needs careful plotting because you have to include little clues without giving the game away, and a school story involves dealing with lots of characters at once and interweaving their plot threads. I'd probably start with an action-packed adventure or an imaginative fantasy story if I were you, and make a rough plan of each chapter. You could try borrowing some "How to Write" guides from the library which have advice on writing a novel.
Posted by Hunaina on December 22, 2012
Hello Barney! After reading Drishti's post, I would like to say all the best to you Drishti and regarding that Barney, I'd tell you that I've tried to write a book many times and I've always ended up giving up. Not to mention, I'd like taking up some moral advice from you that wouldn't make me bored in the end and give up! By the way Barney, how are Christmas preparations going? Have you planned something special?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was apparently able to sit and type a book in full flow, with no preparation beforehand. However, she had about seven or eight hours a day to devote to her writing and often completed a whole book in a week or less. I imagine you don't have as much time to spare for writing, Hunaina, so it might help if you tried planning out your story beforehand (if you don't already do that) so you know where you're heading and can keep track of where you've got to. Regarding Christmas, dogs in good homes get well looked after and don't need to prepare. I'm looking forward to a delicious meaty meal, a long and bracing winter's walk and a snooze by the fire, before watching Doctor Who in the hope that K-9 might put in an appearance!
Posted by Paul on December 21, 2012
I'm surprised that none of Enid's stories have been adapted for the big screen. They would sell well, at least in the British Commonwealth.
BarneyBarney says: Two of the Famous Five books (Five on a Treasure Island and Five Have a Mystery to Solve) were adapted for the cinema in the 1950s and 60s but it is surprising that there has been nothing since then.
Posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2012
Hi, I've got tons of questions, please answer. What religion was Enid? How many books did she publish? What's the most popular book or series? And last but not least, is there a movie about Enid?
BarneyBarney says: It doesn't seem very friendly to bombard a dog with questions while not even giving a username, but I'll be polite in return and answer to the best of my ability. Enid Blyton didn't attend church as an adult but would no doubt have called herself a Christian. She wrote over 180 novels and around 5000 short stories as well as poems, plays, articles, etc. The best-selling books at the moment appear to be the Famous Five, Faraway Tree and school series. A television drama about Enid Blyton was made in 2009. It starred Helena Bonham Carter and was called Enid.
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on December 20, 2012
Drishti, it is heartening to learn that you are writing a novel, having derived your inspiration from Enid Blyton's books. At one time, at around your age, I too tried to write a novel based on Enid's literature. Though those plans fell through, instead, much later on, I was able to write a book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage. Thus, I very much encourage you in your venture, after all in recent years and decades, several pre-teens as well as teenagers have written very successful books.
BarneyBarney says: There is a forums thread here about Stephen Isabirye's self-published book The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage.
Posted by Paul on December 20, 2012
Is church mentioned much in Enid's stories? One thing I don't like about the Chalet School books is the emphasis on religion in the stories because the author converted to Catholicism. Enid's stories are better than other examples of the children's genre at the time because she doesn't have her children decide to emulate the Ku Klux Klan or British Union of Fascists against local minority shopkeepers and farmers.
BarneyBarney says: Church is mentioned briefly in some novels - for example the children in The Secret Island can hear church bells and decide to keep Sunday as a day of rest, and Roger and the others tell Barney they've just returned from church in The Rilloby Fair Mystery. Only in a few books does it play a more significant part, for example in The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor where Julian Holland goes into a church to make a solemn promise to God, or in House-at-the-Corner where Pam finds that going to church helps her during troubled times.
Posted by Drishti Baruah on December 20, 2012
Hello Barney! Enid Blyton wrote a number of books on various topics such as magic and adventure. What was her first book about? Anyway, I'm twelve and am writing a book which is adventurous. I love creative writing. But this is my first book and get confused at times. Please advise.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's first book was a volume of poetry about fairies and children. It was called Child Whispers. Good luck with your adventure book. As you write, I'd advise you to make notes about characters and plot developments so you won't get confused.
Posted by Anna MM Vetticad on December 18, 2012
A late response to Sandeep Mukkadap who so kindly replied to my query about The Land of Far-Beyond posted here on September 12, 2012. I've been busy. Just saw your response - thank you very much. Now a combing operation of Delhi libraries begins. :) Happy Christmas, Anna.
Posted by Khired on December 18, 2012
Hey! I read The Mystery of the Hidden House and it was really awesome. I am here after a long time which was a tough time for me because of my tests. However, Enid Blyton novels such as The O'Sullivan Twins and some of the other stories of these series were good company for me. Barney! I have read only one book of the Adventurous Four, it is really good, I will soon read the others. After reading all the books of Enid Blyton based on mysteries, I think they have made me a good detective after all!
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy being a detective, Khired! Enid Blyton only wrote two full-length Adventurous Four books plus one longish short story. In 1998 the two books were retitled The Adventurous Four Shipwrecked! and The Adventurous Four Stranded!, and the short story was expanded by Clive Dickinson to form a third novel, The Adventurous Four Trapped!
Posted by Falicity on December 18, 2012
Hello! After all I did at school to get good marks my hard work paid off, but I really had no time to read books which is my hobby, so now I've got more time to read. How old was Enid Blyton when she wrote her first book? I am starting now. I am 11 years old and I am living in Sri Lanka which is my country so I don't get a great opportunity but I am trying. Barney, if you call Buster I shall flee!
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Falicity. Enid Blyton was in her mid twenties when her first book was published, but before that she submitted poems, stories and articles to magazines. You could try entering children's writing competitions, Falicity, or if your school has a school magazine why not write something for it?
Posted by Hunaina on December 17, 2012
Hi Barney! How did Enid Blyton actually put a start to her career? Which was her first book and what was the name of the publishers? Did she have any idea that she would end up becoming a great author? By the way, did Enid Blyton write any mature books for adults or teenagers? Cheers, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton began her writing career by submitting stories and poems to magazines. Following numerous rejections, her work started getting accepted for publication on a regular basis in the early 1920s. Her first book was a volume of poetry called Child Whispers, published by J. Saville in 1922. Enid Blyton couldn't have known at that stage how successful she would become. In the 1930s she tried writing an adult novel, The Caravan Goes On, but it was never published and the manuscript has been lost.
Posted by Naved Bhurani on December 17, 2012
I have read the Find-Outers series, all fifteen books. They were awesome.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 16, 2012
Hello, Barney! I've read The Mystery of the Hidden House, The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat and The Mystery of the Invisible Thief. Those books were wizard, absolutely smashing! It's fun to read mystery stories as it gives you a chance to solve mysteries and test yourself too! I did I think solve Pantomime Cat as I knew that when it's no one else it has to be.........And Invisible Thief was also good and I never did like the culprit much. Clear-Orf! Ana
BarneyBarney says: Clear-Orf, eh? Be careful or I might have to get my friend Buster to come snapping at your ankles! ;-) It's good that you're reading the books in order and I agree that those three are cracking stories!
Posted by Hunaina on December 16, 2012
Hello Barney. Did Enid Blyton have any pen name? If yes, what was it? Did she prefer herself to be known as Enid Blyton or by her pen name? Thanks, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: Early on in her career, Enid Blyton's work appeared in some magazines under the pen names Audrey Saint Lo, Becky Kent and Christopher. She also used the name Mary Pollock for six books for Newnes in the early 1940s. Other than that, she stuck to Enid Blyton.
Posted by Paul on December 15, 2012
Hi Barney! Enid gets a lot of criticism for the cruelty of her protagonist characters in the school stories towards "flawed" pupils but I think she was being more honest than most authors, then or now, about how school life is not a bed of roses and that kids can be very cruel to each other. Take away that realism and all you have is saccharine schmaltz which no kid can believe or relate to.
BarneyBarney says: Pupils in the school stories are pretty fair on the whole, usually ready to give wayward classmates another chance. After all, the main characters have their faults too, with Darrell Rivers finding it hard to control her temper and Elizabeth Allen being impulsive.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 14, 2012
Quite right, Barney. I think the boy who ate treacle-puddings was Timothy. He was fond of chocolate cakes too.
Posted by Sue Barker on December 14, 2012
Am trying to track down the story of the boy who ate too many chocolate puddings! Can anyone help please? I loved it!
BarneyBarney says: I remember a story in which a greedy boy eats too many treacle-puddings and is whisked off to Treacle-Pudding Town. However, if it's chocolate puddings you're looking for, perhaps someone else will be able to help. It could be said that such characters get their "just desserts" (as opposed to their "just deserts")!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on December 13, 2012
Hunaina, Barney is quite correct in saying that Enid would have classed herself as a Christian. However, if you had asked her what religion she was, she would have undoubtedly have said, "Church of England." The Roman Catholic church is Christianity's largest sect in the world, but most people living in Britain would be, or would say they were, C of E, especially if they were only occasional worshippers. Britain has a large number of Roman Catholics, as well as other Christian sects including Methodists and Baptists.
BarneyBarney says: It's a bit complicated with Enid Blyton because she was brought up in a strong Baptist family and later became interested in Roman Catholicism for a while, following conversations about religion with her Catholic friend Dorothy Richards. However, she had her daughters Gillian and Imogen Christened in the Anglican Church (i.e. the "Church of England").
Posted by Aurora on December 12, 2012
Hallo Barney! Well, I guess we won't have a fancy date again until 2-2-2022 or 2-2-2020. And Barney, I did find a copy of The Book of Fairies. Thanks to you Sandeep for you gave me the idea of buying secondhand and I found one. Bye for now!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you found a copy of the book, Aurora!
Posted by Paul on December 12, 2012
Was Enid ever involved with politics? She loved nature and animals so much in her stories, she comes across as a proto-Green/environmentalist. It's obvious she adored it even when just taking a cursory glance at her writings.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Enid Blyton became heavily involved with politics, although she did write poems and articles for newspapers and church magazines/leaflets in which she spoke out in favour of hanging (for murderers of children), criticised the Government's call for married women to work in factories (because it would mean "abandoning children to the care of others"), deplored the violence so often depicted in comics and cinema films, and supported an anti-gambling campaign. Through her Enid Blyton's Magazine in the 1950s she encouraged readers to raise money for sick and injured animals, for youngsters who were blind or who suffered from cerebral palsy, and for a children's home which catered for the under fives.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 12, 2012
Greetings Earthling! This will be the last time we are having a 12-12-12 (i.e. date-month-year), we are lucky ones to experience this phenomenal occasion. We won't have it for a century now. Has Enid Blyton lived to see this time in her time? I guess not. Well, I see that Enid Blyton has celebrated her birthday at home, but I THINK I heard that she celebrated it with the orphans and the poor? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton must have seen a 12-12-12 in December 1912. I haven't heard much about her birthday celebrations, to be honest.
Posted by Hunaina on December 11, 2012
Hi Barney! Was there any book of Enid Blyton which made her think that would develop her writing career? (Though all her books are the best!) Were her children interested in writing?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had great success with writing poems, short stories and articles for magazines in the 1920s-30s, so she just developed her career from there. She was already successful as a writer before she ever wrote a full-length novel. Her first full-length novels were serialised in her Sunny Stories magazine before being published in book form. Enid's daughters Gillian and Imogen didn't become writers, though they did both write books about their mother.
Posted by Don Massimo Lapponi o.s.b. on December 11, 2012
Unfortunately I do not find a mail address of Hachette ed. and being in Sri Lanka I need it to contact them. What about Pamela Cox? I have seen that she too has continued Miss Blyton's works.
BarneyBarney says: If Hachette don't provide an email address, I assume they only accept contact by letter or phone. Pamela Cox's St. Clare's and Malory Towers books were published by Mammoth.
Posted by Aurora on December 11, 2012
Thanks Ana for your kind and sweet feedback. I hope you too will get a pet soon...and also a beautiful one. And Barney, I do agree that dogs are cuter and sweeter than cats. Happy?
BarneyBarney says: Don't worry, Aurora - it's right that you should like your own cat best!
Posted by Hunaina on December 11, 2012
Hello Barney! I don't know what will be your point of view but I am quite serious about this. Can you make an Enid Blyton Club in which we can register for free? (I am not asking for the Journals and what you send to the members, you can keep the paid member service running.) But please, please do reply. Thank you very very much, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean a place where Enid Blyton fans from around the world can come together to discuss the books and characters etc., Hunaina? If so, our forums already serve that purpose and they're free of charge to join.
Posted by Hunaina on December 11, 2012
Hello Barney! Which religion did Enid Blyton belong to? What did she graduate in? Did she have a deep interest in anything except in writing? Thanks, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: Gosh, you do like to bombard a dog with questions! As an adult Enid Blyton didn't attend church but she would no doubt have described herself as a Christian. The Land of Far-Beyond is her most imaginative religious book, very loosely based on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. After leaving school, Enid Blyton trained as a teacher and taught young children for about five years before giving up teaching to concentrate on her writing. Besides writing, she was interested in nature, classical music and education.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 10, 2012
Happy Birthday, Aurora! As for the cat, you're a lucky one. I've begged and begged my parents for a cat at least, as they won't get me a dog. I think yours is a beautiful one Aurora, the way you describe it. I was wondering, how did Enid Blyton celebrate her birthdays? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I've truncated your message, Ana, as the part about your neighbour's birthday and the long list of goodies for me wouldn't be of general interest, I'm afraid. I expect Enid Blyton celebrated her birthday at home with her family. Lately I've had to gobble up several messages before they've hit the board, mostly from children who want to chat about holidays, exams or computer problems, or simply list the books they've read recently, or say nothing more than "I love Enid Blyton." Don't forget that this Message Board is open for everyone to read and is not a place for personal conversations. Only post if you've got a genuine point or question about Enid Blyton which is likely to be of general interest. Edit: I just wanted to add that my last few remarks are aimed at everyone who uses the Message Board, and not at Ana personally.
Posted by Malcolm on December 10, 2012
In the Brer Rabbit stories, there is reference to Miss Meadows and the girls. Who and what were they supposed to represent?
BarneyBarney says: They were in Joel Chandler Harris's original stories and they're human characters living in Brer Rabbit's community.
Posted by Hunaina on December 10, 2012
Hello Barney! Did Enid Blyton have some really major crisis during her writing career? Did she ever have any financial problems and was really broken and helpless? Did anyone put his hand forward to help her at that time? Thanks, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: I don't believe Enid Blyton ever experienced financial hardship, Hunaina. She was fortunate to have been blessed with a talent for writing, but she worked hard at it!
Posted by Aurora on December 10, 2012
Hi Barney! Thanks for your reply. Guess what? My birthday was yesterday and I got a cat! It was cream with dark ears and tail and it resembles Bimbo mostly as I hoped for. I am really happy!
BarneyBarney says: Lucky you, Aurora! A cat is almost as good as a dog! ;-)
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 10, 2012
Barney. In the review of The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, it is said it is the sound of Tempests that drew Larry to the curtain. But in my copy it says that Larry pulled the curtains so that he could wake tomorrow.
BarneyBarney says: If you're referring to David Cook's review in the Cave of Books, what he actually says is that it would have been a good idea for Larry to have been drawn to the window by the Tempests, because in David's opinion the Tempests ought to have been mentioned earlier in the story rather than suddenly being sprung on the reader.
Posted by Carla Jordan on December 9, 2012
I am having difficulty signing and registering. HELP.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean for the website forums, Carla, or for the Enid Blyton Society (i.e. for the Journal)? There's a "join in" link for the forums at the bottom of this page, and a "Join the Society" link up above under Welcome.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 9, 2012
Hello, Barney you must be busy hanging up stockings for Christmas! I wonder why my last post is not posted yet. I really must know what has inspired Enid Blyton. By the way, yes Hunaina, I did read Anne Frank's diary but only half of it. I didn't like it much which is why I gave up reading it. Were Enid Blyton's books written in pen at first or did she directly write them in print? I think in pen. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid your last message never arrived for some reason, unless it had no Blyton content in which case it would have been deleted. You can see what inspired Enid Blyton here. Enid wrote her earliest poems, stories and articles in pen or pencil. However, in the late 1920s she learnt to type (with two fingers!) and after that she always composed her books straight onto the typewriter, sitting with it perched on a plank on her knee. We four-legged creatures get to hang up four Christmas stockings!
Posted by Khired on December 9, 2012
Oh hello Barney! I don't know what I am talking about regarding the "the bedside stories", I've got awful flu like the Five Find-Outers in The Mystery of the Strange Bundle. Maybe by reading it, I may also be a good dectective when I grow up. I hunted in the Cave of Books and found some titles. Barney, I couldn't find you in the library. What should I do?
BarneyBarney says: Strong peppermint bull's-eyes are what the Find-Outers prescribe when you've got the flu! Regarding finding me in the library, I'm not an Enid Blyton character although I am a bit like Enid Blyton's own dog Bobs, who used to write letters to her readers. There is a series called the Barney Mysteries, but the Barney in those books is a circus boy.
Posted by Don Massimo Lapponi o.s.b. on December 8, 2012
I have recently learned that some of Miss Blyton's works were continued by Anne Digby - pen name - and that the latter is still alive. Do you know if it is possible to contact her?
BarneyBarney says: You could try contacting her through her publishers, Don. Anne Digby's "Naughtiest Girl" books were published by Hachette UK (Hodder).
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on December 8, 2012
The Book of Fairies was published by Dean, and Aurora, if she's from India, should have no serious difficulties in finding a copy in any good children's library or in second-hand book-shops particularly in cities like Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi. I'm not so sure about new editions however, as I haven't seen any so far. It's a great book and I have fond memories of reading out those stories to my niece when she was a child. A Warm and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Barney! That you may continue to enjoy excellent health and good cheer enabling you to carry on this good work in keeping the torch of the 'Blytonian Path' ever more bright and effulgent is my prayer to the Lord on this holy occasion.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Sandeep. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too! The Book of Fairies (also known as The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies) was first published by Newnes in 1924 but was reprinted by Dean for many years, so you're right that the Dean version is probably the easiest to find secondhand.
Posted by Hunaina on December 8, 2012
Hi Barney! I recently bought Goodbye Malory Towers, The Mountain of Adventure and The Secret Seven. I was so shocked that when I turned the pages of the Malory Towers book, up it was written "Enid Blyton" and down it was written "Pamela Cox"! By the way Ana, I guess you read about Anne Frank's diary when you asked about whether Enid Blyton kept a journal. Bye Barney for now!
BarneyBarney says: It is confusing when publishers don't make it clear that certain titles in a series are actually continuation books by another author.
Posted by Khired on December 8, 2012
Hello Barney! I have been searching for the bedside stories in different libraries but I can't find the titles. Can you help? I am nearly finished with The Mystery of the Strange Bundle and it is solved after all!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean by "the bedside stories", Khired. Most of Enid Blyton's short stories would make suitable bedtime reading (or any time of day reading!)
Posted by Aurora on December 8, 2012
Hi again Barney! Thank you, I really loved the discussion. Barney, I've read The Book of Brownies and it was really magical but after hearing about The Book of Fairies I am really keen to read it. I have searched in as many shops as possible but couldn't find it. What should I do, Barney? Is that book available online?
BarneyBarney says: I can only find The Book of Fairies available new as part of The Magic Folk Collection, Aurora. However, secondhand copies of the individual book can be found on sites like Abebooks and eBay. Unlike The Book of Brownies, The Book of Fairies is not a novel but a collection of short stories.
Posted by Anonymous on December 7, 2012
Does anyone have any more information on Enid during her teachers' training in Ipswich? I am particularly interested in 1916-18...what was she like as a teacher, did the war get in the way of her life, did she also take part in school activities around the wartime restrictions etc, are any of her books related to this period? Also is there any extensive information on her stay in France in 1916 I think? Many thanks and season's greetings!
BarneyBarney says: Interesting questions, though I'm not sure whether anything is known about that period other than what's in Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 7, 2012
Barney, Where can I get the Secret Seven continuation books? If the Secret Seven and the Five Find-Outers lived in Peterswood, why didn't they meet each other and join hands? And the Secret Seven never mentioned an annoying policeman (Mr. Goon).
BarneyBarney says: The Secret Seven continuation books by Evelyne Lallemand are only available secondhand, EB'sGF, as they've been out of print for years. There are usually some for sale on sites like eBay and Abebooks. The town where the Seven live is only referred to as Peterswood in the final Secret Seven book, which was written when Enid Blyton was suffering from dementia and her mind was no longer sharp. Therefore, it was probably just a slip-up on her part.
Posted by Jan Keating on December 6, 2012
Thank you for the reply on the Round The Year book, thanks also to the kind person who showed the photo of the book without the jacket. As it does not show any reprints do we take it that this book was only printed once in 1950? If this is the case does that increase its value? Thanks again, Jan.
BarneyBarney says: If there was more than one issue, the format would have been the same. I'm afraid the nature books don't tend to fetch a lot of money and volumes which still have their dustwrappers are invariably worth more, but it's a nice item to have anyway. To get an idea of value, you could see what that book sells for on eBay and Abebooks.
Posted by Aurora on December 6, 2012
Hallo Barney! The book Come to the Circus! is awesome. I really loved it and took it to my heart as it was so realistic. Fenella faces lots of trouble in her new surroundings but gets used to it soon. I do wish I was in her place sometimes...What do you think?
BarneyBarney says: Come to the Circus! is a thoughtful book with some quite grown up themes, Aurora - a bit different from Enid Blyton's other circus books. You might enjoy reading the forums discussion about it.
Posted by Jan Keating on December 5, 2012
Thank you for your reply regarding the Round The Year book, however the one shown under Round The Year in your book selection is nothing like the one we have. The picture on the front is only of the three lambs, as I said the same as the picture on the individual book of Summer. It has a hard red cover and holds all the four Round the Year books in one volume. Can you assist please? Jan
BarneyBarney says: We are talking about the same book here, Jan, it is just that the picture in the Cave shows the dustwrapper. If you go back and use the link in your previous message, you will see that someone has posted an image of what the book looks like if you remove the dustwrapper and I think you will find that you recognise the picture.
Posted by Khired on December 5, 2012
I have issued The Mystery of the Strange Bundle and it's totally amazing till now. I am feeling sorry that the Five Find-Outers at first got flu. I wonder how they will manage to solve a mystery in this state. I am requesting to the ones who already read this book, please don't spoil my suspense. You see, sometimes people can't help giving out secrets! Barney, I wanted to know how a dog can use a desktop? Please don't mind!
BarneyBarney says: The Mystery of the Strange Bundle is a marvellous book, Khired, with lots of humour as well as mysterious goings-on. In answer to your question, I have agile paws!
Posted by Jan Keating on December 5, 2012
We have a Round the Year book with all four seasons with a red hard cloth on boards book and on the cover it shows the three lambs as shown on the individual summer book. Printed by Evans. However, I cannot find any reference to it in the Cave of Books. Can you please advise? Thanks, Jan.
BarneyBarney says: You probably made a typing mistake when looking for it. I just popped Round the Year into the search box and up it came.
Posted by Aurora on December 4, 2012
Hello Barney! I am glad to find that Bimbo and Topsy were Enid Blyton's real pets once. I love all the naughty things they do and had always wished for having pets like them. This birthday I've asked for a pet and I do hope I can find one like Bimbo or Topsy.
BarneyBarney says: Or perhaps one like me! ;-)
Posted by Chris on December 3, 2012
Hello, I'm trying to find a favourite book I had as a child that I THINK was written by Enid Blyton. Memory is now very hazy, but as I remember the story included a jetty (so presumably also a boat?) and a train station maybe called JUNIPER? Anyway, thanks to anyone who reads this and I hope some kind soul can help me. I just remember it being a lovely, imaginative story, very dreamy. Cheers and Regards, Chris.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Chris.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on December 3, 2012
I agree with and endorse absolutely Mr. Tony Summerfield's views about sticking to the 'Blytonian path', instead of chatting and discussing frivolous issues that are of no interest or concern to anybody. I was right when I said Barney is very patient (in a previous message when I'd written on this very issue) in answering such petty talk, and I feel it is morally wrong to take advantage of someone's magnanimity and kindness, especially when the gentleman is elderly and doing an honorary job so very well. Let's hope that better sense prevails!
BarneyBarney says: If I weren't a dog, I'd be blushing at your kind words!
Posted by Khired on December 3, 2012
Hello Barney! Thanks for the information! It's amazing to find these famous characters especially Fatty were once real! I'd like to know whether Enid Blyton wrote any stories or books based on old stories such as folk tales of any places?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton rewrote the Robin Hood stories, the legends of King Arthur, Greek myths and the Tales of the Arabian Nights (see Tales of Brave Adventure and Tales of Long Ago in the Cave of Books). She also retold Aesop's Fables, the Brer Rabbit stories and various other traditional tales and legends (search for "Aesop" and "Brer Rabbit" in the Cave).
Posted by Ana on December 1, 2012
Hallo, Barney! Has Enid Blyton written a journal or perhaps a diary in which she wrote her feelings? I guess she did. By the way, I was reading the Five Find-Outers as I told I have the whole set but I didn't mention it was on my computer. The Mystery of the Hidden House is a LIT file and I can't open that. Is there any way I can open it? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton did keep a diary but it was just a brief record of places she had visited, appointments she had had, people she had seen, films she had watched, etc. Unfortunately, most of her diaries no longer exist. I don't know anything about LIT files but the only electronic versions of the books which are legal are ones bought as e-books from reputable companies like Amazon or similar.
Posted by Khired on December 1, 2012
Hello! I am now a days reading The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. It was boring but later it got really interesting. Enid Blyton knows how to manage clues in a mystery interestingly. Thanks for the reply. Were any of the characters in the books of Enid Blyton real?
BarneyBarney says: Take a look here to find out which of Enid Blyton's characters were based on real people or animals.
Posted by Ayan on November 30, 2012
Good morning! Barney, Tales of Long Ago is extremely fantastic. It is a very good combination of different cultures, like Greek and Arabian, really awesome. Enid Blyton is a fantastic writer and most popular among kids and elders!
BarneyBarney says: It's a great book and I'm glad you enjoyed it, Ayan!
Posted by Martin Collins on November 30, 2012
Hi, We are here to ask whom to contact about the rights of the Enid Blyton book The Secret Seven. Our company is looking forward to buy the rights of this eBook. Please reply to us as soon as possible.
BarneyBarney says: The rights are currently held by Hachette UK (Hodder) so you'd need to contact them, Martin.
Posted by Tony Summerfield on November 30, 2012
I just want to add to a comment that Barney made in an earlier post that this Message Board is not intended to be a chat room. We set it up so that people could ask quick questions about Enid Blyton and her books without the need to register on the website. Far too many children now think that it is a wonderful place to have a chat with Barney and often ask questions that could be answered easily by a quick look at the website. Barney is very patient and tries to answer all questions, but he is an elderly dog and pointless posts are giving him a lot of unnecessary work. I am not asking you to stop posting, simply to stop and think before you do as to whether your post is really necessary and of interest to others.
Posted by Khired on November 30, 2012
Thanks! School stories by Enid Blyton are most interesting, especially The O'Sullivan Twins and the other titles from St.Clare's and the Five Find-Outers. I wanted to know whether Malory Towers and St. Clare's have any connection other than that they are both school stories? I really get confused between the characters most of the time as both these series seem to be very similar. The Mystery of the Hidden House is really interesting. I have recently read it. The best part was the way Pip, Larry and Fatty went to rescue Mr. Goon's nephew, Ern. It was funny when Fatty jumped on Mr. Goon, thinking that he was Ern. I wonder how the Five Find-Outers sort out mysteries like these and how they get mixed up in them. I have recently issued The Enchanted Bellows and Other Stories by Enid Blyton. Enid Blyton wrote a lot about fairies and pixies that it seemed that I am in their world. The Faraway Tree is very interesting, bringing different lands on the top and different adventures for the three kids and their friends. I am searching for The Secret Island, can you help?
BarneyBarney says: It seems it's a dog's lot to be bombarded with questions today! It's nice to see your enthusiasm for the books, Khired. School stories need a mixture of characters in order to be full of drama, conflict and fun, so it's not surprising to find similar characters in the St. Clare's and Malory Towers series. Both schools are bound to have their fair share of sporty types, tomboys, cheats, mischievous girls, snobs, good eggs, timid characters, etc. Regarding the Find-Outers, they tend to go looking for juicy mysteries and strange happenings to investigate - unlike the Famous Five, who simply keep falling into adventure even when they think they're going to have a peaceful holiday. I agree with you about Enid Blyton taking us so easily into her fantasy worlds. You could ask about The Secret Island at your library or bookshop, or order a copy online.
Posted by Mark on November 30, 2012
Is anyone able to answer my question about obtaining a copy of 'The Little Whiner', Sunny Stories Issue 347, 9 Feb 1945, please? If the copy is not available, is the text? Many, many thanks if you can.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help but it appears that the story has only ever been printed twice, once in the Sunny Stories magazine and once in a book called The Children's Hour, so I imagine most people won't have seen it.
Posted by Khired on November 30, 2012
Hello Barney! I am the eldest sister of Ayan and a bigger fan of Enid Blyton than Ayan. He told me about this and I am here! Can I hope for a good welcome?
BarneyBarney says: Welcome Khired, and well done for passing on your love of Enid Blyton to Ayan. Please only post if you've got something to say about Enid Blyton, though. As I've said to people before, this isn't a chat room.
Posted by Ayan on November 30, 2012
Hello, Barney! Thanks for the book suggestions. I bought Tales of Long Ago as soon as I found my message replied to. Thank you very much. Today is my friend's birthday. She is very fond of reading adventurous stories. Can you suggest any? And I wanted to know is the Enid Blyton Society on Facebook? Barney, I have told my elder sister Khired about you and this fabulous Society and she also wants to talk to you. She is the one who gifted me my first story book from Enid Blyton and introduced me to this magnificent author. I am really very thankful to her, she is fabulous, she is simply the most admirable person I ever met. She is.....oh, I am talking too much. Isn't it?
BarneyBarney says: You certainly know how to talk the hind leg off a dog, Ayan! You've asked a number of questions, and if you try turning yourself into a Find-Outer you'll see that the answers are there on the website. Why not look in the Cave of Books to see which adventure stories your friend might like? And if you turn your head to the left you'll see that there's a button which leads straight to the Enid Blyton Society Facebook page. Well done to Khired for introducing you to Enid Blyton, and I hope you enjoy Tales of Long Ago.
Posted by Nabeela on November 30, 2012
Oh, I see. Thanks for the information about the Society anyway.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 30, 2012
That is surprising, Ana. I used another key instead of a wire for the "escape from a locked room" trick and it worked several times. Just a bit difficult. The problem is, nowadays most people have padlocks on their door so it wouldn't work of course. The successful time was in Delhi.
Posted by Ayan on November 29, 2012
Thank you very much, Barney. I want to know whether Enid Blyton mentioned any Greek stories or stories from the Arabian Nights in any of her books. If so, would you please tell me the name of the book? I have recently read three books from St.Clare's, two from the Five Find-Outers, one from Malory Towers, four from the Famous Five and I'm reading my first book from the Secret Seven. I want to be an author/novelist like Enid Blyton but I know I can't. I am really a big fan of hers. Can you suggest any more books by Enid Blyton? Plzzz!
BarneyBarney says: Tales of Long Ago contains Greek myths and Tales of the Arabian Nights. To see what other books you might like, click on our "Popular Series" buttons. There are also some good one-off books which are not part of a series, such as The Boy Next Door, Smuggler Ben, The Family at Red-Roofs and The Six Bad Boys. By the way, we write in Blytonian language on the Message Board, e.g. "please" instead of "plzzz"!
Posted by Ana on November 29, 2012
Hallo, Barney! This is my favorite day in the week, Thursday, as it means two days' holiday from school. By the way, what do you mean by untwisting a wire coat-hanger? I've tried a hair pin, even a needle, it worked a bit well that needle but I'm afraid the key didn't fall out. I even tried another key. What is a pipe-cleaner? Got to go now. Goodbye, Barney, but not for long! An absolutely enormous bottle of orangeade, Barney. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Some coat-hangers have a bent wire hook at the top, which you could perhaps try to straighten. Then you might be able to use it for the "escape from a locked room" trick. A pipe-cleaner is long, thin, bendy piece of wire coated with fuzzy material like little hairs. It's used to clean pipes (the sort people smoke).
Posted by Aurora on November 29, 2012
Hello Barney! I have just finished reading The Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend. I totally love it. Have you read it? I love the way Elizabeth faces things when she is in trouble, especially with Arabella. I am looking forward to the next in the series but I live in India and it is not easy to find all the series. What should I do? Anyway, it is fun meeting you Barney! Please reply.
BarneyBarney says: The Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend is one of the continuation books by Anne Digby so I'm not as familiar with that as I am with Enid Blyton's originals, Aurora. You could see if your library or bookshop could order the rest of the series for you, or buy the books online. Good luck with collecting them all!
Posted by Ayan on November 29, 2012
I am really proud to be Enid Mary Blyton's fan and I want to join this Society, but how?
BarneyBarney says: See my answers to the last two messages from Nabeela (below), Ayan.
Posted by Nabeela on November 29, 2012
Do we have to pay money to enter the Society, Barney? Isn't there another way?
BarneyBarney says: Most societies provide something for members, Nabeela (in our case three bumper Journals per year) and therefore need to charge a subscription, I'm afraid. However, you can still enjoy the website without being a member of the Society - it just means you won't have access to the continuation books and photographs etc. in the Secret Passage.
Posted by Ana on November 29, 2012
Hello, Barney. I've recently read a lot of books (Enid Blyton's of course) of which The Mystery of the Secret Room is one. I'm really hanging on to the Mystery series as I have the whole set. The Mystery of the Secret Room was wizard, especially as Enid Blyton teaches us a lot of essential things I must say. Escaping out of a locked room was fantabulous when I read it. But I can't find a roll of wire, any substitutes? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Oooh - it is indeed very exciting when Fatty and the others practise skills needed for detecting in The Mystery of the Secret Room. Regarding the wire, have you tried untwisting a wire coat-hanger (take care if you do!) or using something like a hair pin or pipe-cleaner?
Posted by Lady Beltham on November 28, 2012
Hello! I would like to know if (and how) it's possible to translate the Famous Five novels. What about the copyrights? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The rights are currently held by Hachette UK (Hodder) so you'd need to contact them. The Famous Five books have of course been translated into lots of different languages already, though in some countries they may now be out of print.
Posted by Nabeela on November 28, 2012
Hi! Barney, I don't know how to enter the Society! Can you please show me to the right track?
BarneyBarney says: Click here and you'll see how to join the Enid Blyton Society, Nabeela.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on November 28, 2012
Dear Barney, This morning I gave a talk on Enid Blyton (her 44th death anniversary) to about 500 students and teachers at the institution where I teach. Among the several aspects of her life and works that I mentioned, I spoke in some detail about her 'stand-alone-books', and how she emphasized the importance of a happy fulfilling family life, where children would find love, acceptance and backing, if they were to grow up into well-balanced and responsible adults, someone 'whom the world could lean on.' I also read out Miss Theobald's very serious talk as I call it to Bobby from Summer Term at St. Clare's, about the girl's cheating her parents, her school and finally herself by wasting her time at school in playing tricks and thinking out ingenious jokes all the time - a significant part in the book that was to change Bobby's attitude for the better throughout her life. This episode and Tony's expulsion from school in House-at-the-Corner made my spine tingle as a child - unforgettable incidents indeed! Later during the day there was a wild scramble for these books but, alas! there were only single copies available! I gave the librarian a tough time! But I didn't do too badly, did I, Barney?!
BarneyBarney says: It sounds as though you did a fabulous job, Sandeep! Well done on bringing some of the lesser-known books to people's attention, and emphasizing the valuable messages they contain.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 27, 2012
Today is really the saddest day for me. But no matter how many November 28ths come, Enid Mary Blyton will remain alive in all our hearts.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the best of Enid Blyton lives on in her books.
Posted by Stuart on November 27, 2012
Hi, I hope you can help me. I have a copy of Five Go Down to the Sea, H&S, with original jacket, a seventh imp dating from 1964. It states it was first published September 1963! I have another copy again H&S, with original jacket, an eighth imp dating from 1965, this one shows the correct first published date of 1953. Both books are identical apart from the one with, first published 1963, not having illustrated endpapers. Can you tell me if the one showing the incorrect first published date is a printing error and if so is it rare? Thank you for any information you may be able to pass on.
BarneyBarney says: I think that you have almost answered your own question there, Stuart, as it obviously is a printing error and was therefore almost certainly in all the 8th impressions. Printing errors in books do not often increase the value of a book unless you are talking about a scarce 1st edition - I believe this was the case with one of the Harry Potter books when Bloomsbury put Joanne Rowling instead of J K Rowling, but fairly rapidly noticed the mistake and corrected it which made the error copy a rare edition.
Posted by Serge on November 27, 2012
Hello! I am now 58 years old and I have been a faithful French reader of the Famous Five adventures. I have loved their adventures and Enid Blyton made me dream about them. I was very fond of Five Run Away Together (French title Le Club des Cinq Contre Attaque) but also loved their other adventures. I was jealous of their cave on Kirrin (Kernach in French) Island.
BarneyBarney says: Bonjour, Serge! It's wonderful that people all around the globe have been touched and inspired by Enid Blyton's stories, landscapes and characters. Yes, Kirrin Island sounds idyllic and I'd love to join Timmy in a spot of rabbit-chasing (though I doubt George would let us!)
Posted by Elizabeth on November 26, 2012
I recently came across a report of a teen fiction - Zahra's First Term at the Khadija Academy. Anyway, what has it to do with Malory Towers?
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure it has nothing to do with Malory Towers, Elizabeth. Plenty of other authors besides Enid Blyton wrote/write school stories!
Posted by Karen Mackay on November 26, 2012
My uncle, John Prentice, illustrated some of Enid Blyton's books in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I remember one vividly, it was called Bedtime Stories and had a plain light brown hard cover. John is now in his eighties and although in a care home and has Alzheimer's is still quite switched on most of the time. I would love to find an original copy of this to share with him as all our copies are lost. Can anyone help please? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Karen. The Cave of Books lists My Enid Blyton Bedside Book (1949) as having three stories and endpapers which were illustrated by John Prentice. I wonder whether that's the volume you remember? If so there might be copies available on eBay or Abebooks, or from the specialist dealers we list under "Lashings of Links". I'm sorry to hear that John Prentice has Alzheimer's and I hope you manage to get a copy of the book for him. If he's not too ill, I was wondering whether he has any interesting memories of working as an illustrator for Enid Blyton and whether he'd mind sharing them with the Enid Blyton Society, perhaps through our Journal? That would be entirely up to you/him though, of course.
Posted by Samie on November 26, 2012
Hello Barney, I want to be part of this society.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Samie, there's a "Join the Society" link near the top of this page.
Posted by Ana on November 25, 2012
Oh dear! I am so sorry to mention the culprit's name. I never thought that there were people who haven't read the book and would know at once who the culprit was. By the way, before Enid Blyton passed away did she once think about retiring? A biscuit for you. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton stopped writing in the mid 1960s, several years before her death in November 1968. She hated the thought of disappointing her fans but she had dementia and was unable to focus properly on her writing any longer.
Posted by Ana on November 25, 2012
Hello, Barney! I've just read The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. I found it a bit boring at first and I was astonished as I've never found any Enid Blyton book boring, though I felt it was good at last. I DID suspect the actual culprit at first because I've seen similar situations before. But then I thought that it wasn't necessary and immediately cut that person off the list. And what do I see when I get to the end of the book? It was that person! Anyway Barney, is it Clear-Orf or Clear-Off? Because my computer shows Clear-Orf. A big bone for you for answering this big post. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Interesting comments on The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, Ana. It does feel a bit different from the norm because Fatty's personality is not yet properly established and there's a lot of sitting/standing around interviewing people. I've slightly altered your comments about the culprit so as not to give away the person's identity, because some visitors who read this message might not yet have read the book. The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage is still a well worked-out mystery, with clues to piece together and suspects to interview and some nice touches of humour. In answer to your question, the phrase is written as "Clear-Orf" because that's the way Mr. Goon pronounces it.
Posted by Poppy on November 24, 2012
Thanks, Barney. Thinking back I doubt it will have been original too, for it wouldn't even have been in the charity shop if so, as this person really knew their Noddy! Thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: If you want to know more about anything you see in a charity shop, you could always ask the person behind the counter. However, it's probably best to ask in a casual manner and not seem too eager - especially if the item is not marked with a price!
Posted by Poppy on November 24, 2012
Hello Barney, I looked in a few charity shops today and found one shop was overloaded with Noddy items. There were all sorts of things - books, Christmas crackers, figures, artwork. I bought a few figures - 50p each! There was a piece of framed art which I was tempted to buy, however, I didn't know if it was original or not so I didn't. I just wondered if this was likely or not? It was coloured and framed in a blue wooden frame. The frame looked a bit old but the picture looked in good condition. I did buy one book, but as I've got most of the Noddy books it wasn't one of those, it was: Every Day Book of Twilight Stories; the Dean version published in 1975. Anyway, thanks! Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: Oooh, that sounds great, Poppy - like finding yourself in Toyland! I doubt the artwork would have been an original sketch because charity shops these days tend to know their onions and would probably have put a top price on the item if it were an original. Some of the Noddy prints are still very attractive though, even if not valuable. The figures sound good, as does the book. Enjoy reading it!
Posted by Katie on November 24, 2012
Hi, if I join the Society I become a member for one year and get three journals, the password and everything, did I understand correctly? And if I want to continue my membership I would have to pay for another year? Or does my membership remain until I decide to leave the society? Because I would love to join but since I don't have much money, I'd rather join for one year and then see if I can afford another year. See what I mean?
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Katie. Yes, the membership is for one year and you'd get three Journals and entry to the Secret Passage. You would need to renew your subscription after one year if you wanted to continue being a member of the Society (which I hope you would!)
Posted by Corinne on November 24, 2012
Season's Greetings, Barney. A number of local radio stations have gone all-Christmas already and I was wondering what stories Enid set at Christmas and the New Year?
BarneyBarney says: This forums thread has quite a lot of information on wintry and Christmas-themed novels and short stories. Particularly Christmassy are Five Go Adventuring Again, The Six Bad Boys (parts of it) and The Christmas Book (which looks at the origins of Christmas customs). Good short stories for Christmas and New Year's Eve include 'Little Mrs. Millikin', 'He Didn't Say Thank You', 'Santa Claus is Surprising' and 'Father Time and His Pattern Book'.
Posted by Diya on November 24, 2012
Wow! Enid Blyton is a superb writer! She is amazing! I always try to read as many of her books as I can. You do a wonderful job too! It would be a lot better if you could publish a few pages from each of her books.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome to the website, Diya. We can't print large chunks from Enid Blyton books because they're still under copyright. However, if you look in the Cave of Books under "Blyton Periodicals" you'll see that we've included some early poems, articles and stories which were published in magazines and newspapers rather than books. Each month we also put up a selection of extracts from Enid Blyton's writing. These can be found under Monthly Enid Blyton in the Author of Adventure section.
Posted by Ana on November 23, 2012
Hello, Barney. I haven't seen my last message posted. I hope you got it all right. I just wish more people would start writing now. I haven't heard from EB'sGF or Sue or Hunaina, no one! It's very awkward. Makes me feel I'm the only person visiting this website so often. I'm surprised EB'sGF didn't reply to me after what I told him/her about Independence Day. So long Barney! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: EB'sGF did reply to say he knew you were joking all along, Ana. His message wasn't approved because it had no Enid Blyton content. I'm only allowing this one through so the two of you aren't left feeling puzzled. Don't forget that this Message Board is a place for people to comment on Enid Blyton and her books, or ask Blyton-related questions. It isn't a general chat room!
Posted by Nabeela on November 22, 2012
I'm tired! What with exams and tennis match I'm full of it. I need some freshness. What gives freshness is books. But not just books, they should be written by Enid Blyton. By the way, what was the first book that Enid Blyton wrote? I hope you'll answer me Fatty or Bets. Bye!
BarneyBarney says: Hmm - Fatty and Bets don't answer questions on this website. They're on, where I see you've also posted more or less the same thing. Enid Blyton's first book was Child Whispers, a volume of poetry published in 1922.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on November 20, 2012
Dear Barney, Just a simple suggestion please to "messagers" including my humble self! Of late there have been a number of messages, trivial and flippant, that have nothing to do with the great writer's works or aspects of her life which is what makes the web page most interesting and informative. I refer to stuff like when is it Independence Day or isn't, commencement of exams and whether one's using a desktop or not. I must say though, Barney shows a lot of patience in handling this nonsense as I call it and he deserves to be applauded here for his greatness! So I say - let's stick to essentials!
BarneyBarney says: Well said, Sandeep! I do have to use my paws from time to time to nudge people back on the Blytonian path - and use my teeth to chew up some silly messages before they even hit the board!
Posted by Elizabeth on November 20, 2012
Hi Barney, I was searching for "Enid Blyton Day 2013". Is the date fixed? If so, where will it be held? Thanks for an answer.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it looks as though we'll be taking a break for 2013, Elizabeth, and there are currently no plans for an Enid Blyton Day.
Posted by Ana on November 20, 2012
EB'sGF, didn't I mention that my exams have ended? It meant independence from exams! Ha ha ha! Fancy thinking it was my Independence Day! Independence Day is on 15th August actually but for me it comes every two months (meaning exams are here every two months and when they end it's Independence Day!) A peanut butter jelly sandwich for you, Barney. Hope EB'sGF will read this post. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: You young'uns'll be the death of me!!
Posted by Faith on November 19, 2012
There are a great many faults with Enid Blyton's world. It's way too simplistic. But I think that is the reason why children love it, because it is so simple, and so safe. The rules are spelled out in huge letters and if you follow them, everything will be fine. Enid Blyton made a safe place for a child to go. The Land of All's Well. That's why I can criticise her, complain about her, roll my eyes and shake my head – which I often do – but at the end of the day, I'll defend her. Because everyone has the right to go to that land when they need it.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton's books may be idealistic but it's a good thing to have ideals to aspire to. I like the way she encourages us to look to the best in others and ourselves.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 19, 2012
Which country does Ana live in? I thought it was India, my own country! Oh I must cry. Mother never told me that our Independence Day is on 19th November. I thought it was 15th August. Anyway, I have to ask you, have you found out about my Five Have Plenty of Fun question posted on 15th October?
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps Ana will be able to get back to you regarding Independence Day. As I said before, I wouldn't be able to answer your Five Have Plenty of Fun query without re-reading the book, which I'm not about to do in the near future.
Posted by Ana on November 18, 2012
Wish me a Happy Independence Day everyone, exams are finally over! Well they will be by 19th November, that is tomorrow. I just borrowed The Fairy Kitten and Other Stories from the library. Oh hello Barney, didn't see you there, I'm not currently using my own desktop as I'm not at home, it's a shop computer, so I don't remember the name of the story, which was something about Nemo and a queen. It puzzled me as I couldn't understand how the Queen landed back in the same country from where she had been cast away. The Message Board is going on without a subject. How about Dogs' Collars? I hope I can post messages about food now because my larder's getting full. So a blackberry pie, Waggomeat, bacon, a meat pie, baked pasta....phew that's all. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Independence Day, Ana, though we still don't really want lots of messages containing lists of food. I think the story is 'Nemo and the Sea Dragon'. Doesn't the Queen get taken back to her country by her son in a ship?
Posted by Nabeela on November 17, 2012
Oh thank you very much! I am very glad of your answers. I'll do just that! Now I can read many books because my exams are over! Bye.
Posted by Marktris on November 16, 2012
Trying to find a copy of Sunny Stories 347 Feb 9 1945 'The Little Whiner'. This has family associations as I used the same method on my little sister (putting her on The Whiner's Mat) when she became grizzly. I'd love to be able to find a copy again.
BarneyBarney says: It's not always easy to find a particular issue of Sunny Stories. You might get lucky on a site like eBay, but if not you could try one of the dealers listed under our "Lashings of Links" button, or make enquiries in the "Wanted" section of our forums. Good luck with finding a copy!
Posted by Corinne on November 15, 2012
Did Enid Blyton have any Jewish characters in her stories?
BarneyBarney says: Not that I'm aware of.
Posted by Nabeela on November 15, 2012
Hey Barney, I don't get many of Enid Blyton's books in Sri Lanka. There aren't many books in the library here. Can you tell me what to do about this situation?
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry to hear that, Nabeela. You could try asking library staff if they would be able to get some more Enid Blyton books in, next time they order new stock. Or they might have a system where they can get hold of books from another library for you. If you have friends who enjoy reading Blyton, you could borrow one another's books. Also, you could buy Enid Blyton books over the internet. If you look for secondhand ones they're often cheaper than new copies (unless they're very old and therefore valuable) - though of course if you're buying online you'll need to take the cost of postage into account. Keep your eyes peeled when you're at markets or jumble sales as well. Oh, and if you've got an e-reader some Enid Blyton titles are available as e-books.
Posted by Anne Gestin on November 13, 2012
Hello, I am looking for the first drawings or photos of Oui Oui (Noddy) for the magazine Parents in France. Or photos of Enid Blyton with Oui Oui. Do you think you can help? I need them in high resolution (300 dpi 20 cm high). Thanks in advance. Email:
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone reading this can help, Anne.
Posted by Hunaina on November 13, 2012
Hey Barney! Long time no see! Can you tell me what was the exact name of Malory Towers 2? And which Mystery of the Secret Door are you all talking about? Is it the short story book because I have one. Three slices of blueberry cheesecake for you. Sorry that I did not write many messages. I did not get time from the hectic schedule of exams. Bye!
BarneyBarney says: If you click on our "Malory Towers" button you'll be able to find out the title of the second book in the series, Hunaina. There's a short story book called The Secret Door and Other Stories, if that's what you're referring to, but I don't remember discussing it recently.
Posted by Thenila on November 13, 2012
I've been trying to look for the original copies of Enid Blyton books but sadly they are not available in my country, Malaysia...Help me!
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean vintage copies, Thenila? You should be able to find some for sale online on sites like eBay, Abebooks or equivalent, but check postage costs with the seller if buying from abroad.
Posted by Enchanted on November 13, 2012
Thank you for the suggestions, Barney! You truly are a wonderdog! Can I pat your head and rub your tummy? :)
BarneyBarney says: I like the idea of being a wonderdog! I think people (and dogs!) usually try to pat their own heads while rubbing their own tummies, but I just tried and got myself in a terrible muddle!
Posted by Jacktrent on November 13, 2012
Hi Barney, is it possible to add a link for the latest serial by Lisa Newton so as to be able to download it all in one go? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'll give our webmaster a gentle nudge with my paw, Jack. He has done that for the other serials so I'm sure he's intending to do the same for that one presently.
Posted by Nabeela on November 13, 2012
My favourite books are Malory Towers, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Mystery and St. Clare's, though I have read only two books in that. Those are my favourite books.
BarneyBarney says: You certainly have a lot of favourites!
Posted by Lal Bopanna on November 12, 2012
Is it possible to get this book, Put them Right? I don't remember the exact name.
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of The Put-Em-Rights, which is currently published by Award Publications Ltd.
Posted by Enchanted on November 12, 2012
Hello there Barney, I've always wanted to find a friend who is interested in children's books as I really am... Some find my likings weird because I'm already in my teen years but this has not upset me. Does Enid Blyton write bedtime stories? Do you know of any good children's book authors? Mind recommending some? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Plenty of people continue reading children's fiction all their lives, so you're not alone! Most of Enid Blyton's short stories would be good to read at bedtime. Regarding other children's authors, if you mean writers of past decades you might enjoy C. S. Lewis's Narnia series, E. Nesbit's Five Children and It trilogy or one-off novels like The Enchanted Castle and The Railway Children, Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine and other series, Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons books, Anthony Buckeridge's Jennings series set at a boys' boarding school, or Angela Brazil's girls' boarding school books. If you prefer modern authors you might like Charlie Higson's Young James Bond series, Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series, Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy, Siobhan Dowd's The London Eye Mystery, Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea, Lauren St. John's Dead Man's Cove and sequels, M. G. Harris's The Joshua Files, Linda Buckley Archer's Gideon/Tar Man trilogy and Julia Golding's Cat Royal series. Oh, and you probably already know about J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books! ;-) There's quite a mixture of books there, so why not do a spot of Googling to find out more? Happy reading!
Posted by Sheila on November 12, 2012
Hello, Are the Famous Five books made by Hodder and Stoughton the same as the books made by Brockhampton? e.g. does a 1966 copy of Five on a Secret Trail [Brockhampton] look exactly like a 1965 copy made by Hodder? Thanks, I'm collecting them and can't afford 1st edition 1st prints but am getting later impressions. Thank you, Sheila
BarneyBarney says: Yes, they are almost identical, Sheila, at a quick glance you wouldn't notice the difference. The dustwrapper is exactly the same apart from a little Brockhampton logo (a small chess knight) on the back cover and the inside flap and the red cloth boards also have the logo on the spine, but that is really the only difference. From a price point of view they are well worth buying and if you get a copy in a dustwrapper the spines are identical to the Hodder editions.
Posted by Dave on November 11, 2012
Thanks so much for your help regarding The Boy Next Door. I look forward to reading it back to back with The Riddle of the Boy Next Door and seeing how the book has been developed! Thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Dave.
Posted by Dave on November 11, 2012
Hi there! Please can anyone tell me whether The Boy Next Door (one of my favourite Blyton books), The Riddle of the Boy Next Door and The Young Adventurers and the Boy Next Door are the same book? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Hi Dave! The Boy Next Door is Enid Blyton's original. The Riddle of the Boy Next Door came about when six of Blyton's stand-alone books were reworked to form a series. It retains the storyline of The Boy Next Door but some of the main characters are different and there are a few modernisations. The Young Adventurers and the Boy Next Door is the same book as The Riddle of the Boy Next Door as the series of six books underwent a name change - from "Riddle of" to "Young Adventurers" and then back to "Riddle of"!
Posted by Nabeela on November 10, 2012
Hey! I truly enjoy reading Enid Blyton's books. I was very happy to know that there is a website where I can share my messages with my friends who are also Enid Blyton fans. I go everywhere with an Enid Blyton book and I'm glad to be her fan. I agree with this website.
BarneyBarney says: Which books are your favourites, Nabeela?
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 10, 2012
Barney, In Five on a Treasure Island and all other Famous Five books it is written that Alf looked after Timmy. But in Five on Kirrin Island Again it is written that James looked after Timmy. A bone for you.
BarneyBarney says: Well-spotted, EB'sGF. That puzzle has been discussed a lot by fans, but it seems that Enid Blyton just made a mistake and forgot which name she had chosen. She wrote very quickly and obviously didn't go back to check. In early editions of Five on a Treasure Island, the fisher-boy was called Alf and James in different places within that one book! Editors later corrected that to make it Alf throughout, but they overlooked the fact that the name James was used later on in the series.
Posted by Elizabeth on November 9, 2012
Hi Barney, where can I get E-texts of the Five Find-Outers?
BarneyBarney says: Some Enid Blyton texts are available in e-reader format, but I'm not sure which ones. Have you tried looking on Amazon, Elizabeth?
Posted by Trudy on November 8, 2012
Hi, I have the first Enid Blyton's Magazine No 1 Vol 1 dated March 18th 1953 in pretty good condition. Is this rare and what would it be worth? I also have a lot of Vol 1, about 16 in total, and quite a lot of other volumes. Are they valuable?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't do valuations, Trudy, but you could see what similar items are selling for on eBay.
Posted by Paul on November 8, 2012
Hi Barney! Children in England during WWII whose homes were bombed often got sent packages of toys and board games by American charities with a letter of "personal greetings" from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Did Enid ever include this in any of her wartime stories?
BarneyBarney says: Not as far as I know, Paul.
Posted by Karolina on November 7, 2012
Where can I find a copy of Stories for Tuesday? Real book, e-book, I just want to read them again (to my cat!)
BarneyBarney says: I believe that book is hard to find and may be expensive secondhand. It's not available new and it's highly unlikely that there will be an e-book version. If you look at the listing in the Cave of Books you can see which stories it included. Putting the story titles into "search" will show you whether they have since been published elsewhere.
Posted by Elizabeth on November 6, 2012
Was Enid Blyton a poet? Someone asked me. I only meant whether she ever wrote a poem? Exams were rolling over my head. Hope that I haven't lost contact with you. Three cheers for you Barney.
BarneyBarney says: I hope your exams went well, Elizabeth. Yes, Enid Blyton wrote a lot of poetry, especially early on in her career. Her first book was a volume of poetry called Child Whispers, published in 1922. You can see a few of her poems on this calendar.
Posted by Eustace R. Dewoh on November 5, 2012
Did Enid ever say whether she felt her books would gain the immortality that they have?
BarneyBarney says: Enid was well aware of the influence she had on children during her lifetime but I think she'd be surprised - although delighted - that her books remain so popular even in the second decade of the 21st century. After all, she herself had seen authors come and go and understood that youngsters in the 1940s-50s didn't necessarily read the same books she had read as a child.
Posted by Martin J Potter on November 5, 2012
Does this site have a page on Facebook?
BarneyBarney says: Take a look here, Martin. The page is popular and packed with news.
Posted by Kavitha on November 5, 2012
I just love Enid Blyton and her books. I like most the Adventure series and the Famous Five.
Posted by Martina on November 4, 2012
Help, please! I am looking for the Malory Towers and St. Clare's series as ebooks. I am very puzzled that I cannot find any in any format (be it Kindle or other formats) other than those that are not written by Enid Blyton and therefore of no interest to me. Have they never been published as ebooks - it seems highly unlikely, so I am quite confused?
BarneyBarney says: I just checked the Malory Towers books on Amazon, Martina, and you're right that Pamela Cox's continuation books are available in Kindle format but not Enid Blyton's original titles. It makes no sense to me! Does anyone reading this happen to know whether Enid Blyton's Malory Towers and St. Clare's books are available as e-books for any e-reader?
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 4, 2012
Hey Barney. I saw a Robin Hood book in the library signed by Enid Blyton. I become confused since I know Robin Hood was written by Henry Gilbert. Can you give an explanation? A box of sweet buns for you.
BarneyBarney says: The Robin Hood stories are old legends, EB'sGF, and have been retold by many authors including Enid Blyton. She also retold popular fairy tales, Greek Myths, the Tales of the Arabian Nights, Aesop's Fables, the Tales of King Arthur, the Brer Rabbit stories (Enid Blyton even made up additional Brer Rabbit stories of her own) and various other traditional tales and legends.
Posted by Sue D. Nym on November 3, 2012
I wish they would put out Blyton books with "adult" covers. It's a bit risky when you're a grown adult trying to read the books with the bright colourful covers on the train!
BarneyBarney says: I can see that some adults may feel embarrassed being "caught" reading an Enid Blyton book in public. However, if adult fans can find it in themselves to be open about their continuing interest in Blyton they might encourage others to take a fresh look at her work.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on November 2, 2012
Several of you ask after Barney. Yes, he is a dog, and I can vouch that he is real. I am not a great fan of dogs (a bit like Uncle Quentin), but I can honestly say that Barney is one of the (if not the) loveliest dogs I have ever had the privilege to have met.
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Nigel old thing! It's always a treat to share a macaroon or two with you!
Posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2012
Hi Barney, What age groups read Enid Blyton's books?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote for children from when they were toddlers right through to their early teens, but such is the pull of her books that some fans continue reading them all their lives.
Posted by Poppy on November 2, 2012
Thanks Barney, the Secret books certainly are brilliant! I couldn't put the book down last night and had to go searching for some batteries to put into my torch so I could read under my covers! Thanks again!
Posted by Clotilde on November 2, 2012
Hello, Barney! I have read all the series of The Naughtiest Girl, I think that's my favorite series! But did Enid Blyton really set up a school? If she did what was it called? Thanks, Clotilde.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton did run a small school of her own for a few years. In January 1920 she became nursery governess to the four young Thompson brothers at a house called Southernhay in Hook, Surrey. Over time, other children living in the area joined the class and a small school developed at Southernhay. Twelve boys and girls were taught there over a period of four years. The school finished in April 1924 when Enid gave up teaching to concentrate on her writing.
Posted by Ana on November 1, 2012
Hello, Barney! Did Enid Blyton REALLY have a dog that could write letters? It's unbelievable! I think I was a bit rude in my last question, sorry for that. And thank you for the nice answer. Oh dear, for how many days will you keep deleting our references to your larder? You know, that WAS a really nice topic, and my favourite! Well anyway ''Bobs the Dog'' will be a nice topic for a change I'm going to check it out as soon as possible! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Ana. Bobs, a fox terrier, came to live with Enid and her husband Hugh in 1926. Enid Blyton used to write for an education magazine called Teachers World, and from 1929 onwards Bobs the dog wrote a letter each week for the children's page. These Letters from Bobs were extremely popular and were eventually published in book form. I don't think my larder is very interesting for most visitors to read about, though I'm happy to receive a bone or a biscuit once a month or so! It's much more interesting to discuss Bobs, or Enid Blyton's favourite colours, or books like The Secret Island or Five Go Down to the Sea.
Posted by Poppy on November 1, 2012
Hi Barney, I'm in the middle of reading The Secret Island at the moment. I've never read this one before and I'm finding it very good (I've never read any of the Secret series)! I've only just started it and I'm up to the part where they are just running away (well, sailing away!) I just wanted to ask you, there are not ages mentioned in the books (and for some reason I always like to know the age of a character). Have you any idea how old Jack, Mike, Nora and Peggy are? Thank you very much, Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: You're in for a treat if you haven't read the Secret series before, Poppy. The Secret Island was Enid Blyton's first full-length adventure-type novel and it has a unique feel to it. I can't remember whether we're ever told the children's ages. How about 8-9 for twins Mike and Nora, 11 for Peggy and 12 for Jack? That's only a guess, and other readers might think differently. Happy Reading!
Posted by Lucy Ronald on October 30, 2012
Hi Barney! I have a cold so I'm huddled up with a warm drink and my favourite Blyton book - In the Fifth at Malory Towers - love those pantomime scenes and I think the scene where Moira goes into bat for June after the poison pen letters was my first introduction to the "jerk with a heart of gold" character type.
BarneyBarney says: A warm drink and your favourite Enid Blyton book, that sounds like the proper way to deal with a cold, Lucy. When I have a cold I curl up with my favourite bone! I hope your cold gets better soon.
Posted by Nabeela on October 30, 2012
Sorry I bothered you but when I read the comment again I knew it was pointless. But actually my question was what are the books you are in? Please answer me Barney!
BarneyBarney says: I'm a real dog, Nabeela, not a character from an Enid Blyton book. There is a character called Barney in the Barney Mystery/'R' Mystery series, but he's a circus boy. Did you know that Enid Blyton had a dog called Bobs who would write letters to her readers?
Posted by Ana on October 29, 2012
Hello, Barney! Maybe you've been a bit rude to Nabeela, you know. Well, how was Enid Blyton financially? You just need to tell me good or bad. Anyway, what was her favourite colour? When is the Enid Blyton Society's anniversary? How many years has it been working for? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I wasn't growling at Nabeela, just expressing my puzzlement! From her writing Enid Blyton earned enough money to buy mountains and mountains of dog biscuits (she had a big house with a large garden and she employed staff like maids, cooks, gardeners and nannies). We don't know her favourite colour but in The Story of My Life she says that she and her elder daughter Gillian both love green and yellow. Enid also liked red and was very fond of her red shawl. The Enid Blyton Society was formed in early 1995. By the way, I've deleted your references to food for my larder, and posts from other people on the same subject. It's a kind thought but we want the Message Board posts to stay on the topic of Enid Blyton so that they're interesting for visitors to read.
Posted by Mantriaditi on October 29, 2012
Hey Barney! I like this society a lot. I am an Indian and one of my favourite authors is Enid Blyton. Hope you will answer me.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome to the website, though it would have made your message more interesting if you'd said which books you like best, and why.
Posted by Nabeela on October 29, 2012
HELLO! Barney I haven't got a question and I haven't read any of your books but I hope you'll answer me Barney! BYE!
BarneyBarney says: What is it that I am supposed to be answering, Nabeela? A rather pointless post, I'm afraid, please don't bother to post unless you have something to say!
Posted by Michael on October 28, 2012
Sorry Barney I didn't realise u didn't valuate books, first time visitor. Is my copy a first edition?
BarneyBarney says: As it was published by Budget Books I suspect that you already know the answer to this!
Posted by Karen Keating on October 28, 2012
I recently found four first edition Enid Blyton books. I think they may be rare? I have listed them on ebay. The Castle of Adventure, Five Go Off In A Caravan, Sunny Story Book and Gay Story Book. They are all in fair to good condition but have been well loved.
BarneyBarney says: None of them all that rare, but I hope they sell. "Well loved" normally means that books are a bit tatty!
Posted by Lynnemarie on October 28, 2012
I have been left The Yellow Fairy Book. It has a yellow hard cover with black embossed writing on the front with an embossed flower type emblem underneath.Published by George Newnes and has an authentic George Newnes consolation prize label in "Ruins Puzzle" inside the front cover titled Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories, signed by Enid Blyton and dated 10.8.37.Please can you tell me if its a first edition. Thanks .
BarneyBarney says: Yes, this certainly sounds as if it is a first edition and if it is also signed by Enid it is a very nice thing to own.
Posted by Michael on October 28, 2012
Hi I was going through some boxes in my garage and found a nearly mint condition hardcover copy of Enid Blytons The Magic Faraway Tree, deluxe edition illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves, published by budget books and printed in 1984. Can u please give me some info on the book such as value. Thank you
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that we have said many times before that we do not offer a valuation service. There are plenty of websites where books are sold and this is your best bet. Other information on books can of course be found on this website.
Posted by Anonymous on October 27, 2012
Hi, I recently purchased an Enid Blyton book in hardback called "The Mystery Of The Secret Room". Opposite the contents page is the publishing date. This is printed as "First published in 1945". How do I know if this is a First Edition? The hardback cover is Red on the outside. Any help would be great thanks
BarneyBarney says: There is a nice simple answer to this one, yes! You do have a First Edition and I wish all questions were as easy to answer!
Posted by Michael Hardwicke on October 26, 2012
Please could you help. I have original art work and correspondence from Enid Blyton (herself) to Harmen van der Beek and also correspondence to the publishers Sampson Low, Marston & Co 25, Gilbert St dated Jan 12th 1951 and letters dated 1949,1953 never previously published before. There is also a letter to John Lehmann also dated 1949 from Enid herself. They are framed in an A1 glass frame X2 No 404/1000 and 299/1000. I am sure now they are a little rare if so could you give me the following information on these for how much they are worth (for insuring them) as I believe they might be worth something. I need to know how much to insure them for if they fetch a high sum possibly to sell them to a collector. Lastly if they are sought after where would I go for the best sale to the right person? I hope I have given you all the information that is required to get the info that I need. Thank you very much and I hope you will be able to assist or know some that can. Kindest regards Mr M R Hardwicke
BarneyBarney says: The one bit of information that you left out of your detailed description was that there is a title at the top of the frame - 'The Origins of Noddy'. This is simply a print of all the original material and quite a large number of them were produced. My master has one hanging on his wall!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 25, 2012
Hallo Barney. Why a larder? A super larder. I have to add something to it. Let's see. What about five ham sandwiches, five egg sandwiches and a whole lot of beef and Waggomeat? And a whole fruit cake?
BarneyBarney says: Why a larder? Because a larder (or pantry) is so Blytonian! Thanks for the goodies but I've got enough now to last me for ages so I won't need any more food for a while!
Posted by Ana on October 24, 2012
Hallo, Barney! I'm really jolly as I have another ten days' holiday due to our festival. I just read Malory-2 right now and it''s, I've no words for that absolutely marvelous book! Suspense, thrills, humor, friendship, adventure, all cocktail! That book was phenomenal, marvelous, beautiful, best of all I must say! Now, as I'm so happy; what about chocolates, potted-meat sandwiches, bacon, cold meat, ham, eggs and how about one or two of those extra-juicy, meaty, crunchy bones? Goodness; you look like you're about to burst!
BarneyBarney says: I can just about fit all that in the larder, Ana! I assume by "Malory-2" you mean The Second Form at Malory Towers, which is indeed a super book with lots of drama. Hope you have enjoyable hols packed with adventure!
Posted by Natalie on October 22, 2012
Given Enid's authorial disapproval of Sadie Green and Zerelda Brass growing up too fast, is it known when Enid started wearing adult things like make-up and perfume and jewellery?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think we know, but in Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm Jane says scornfully to Melisande: "I'll soon tell her [Melisande's Aunt Linnie, who is also Jane's mother] you keep lip-stick in your top drawer! Lip-stick - and you're not fifteen yet. You might be a silly little shop-girl, just left school, and thinking she's grown-up enough to use powder and lip-stick and all those idiotic things."
Posted by Poppy on October 21, 2012
Hi Barney, how are you? Just thinking, there have been TV series made of the Famous Five and some films made of the Adventure series. But what about the Secret Seven or Find-Outers?
BarneyBarney says: There has never been a Secret Seven TV series Poppy, or a film, though there was a Find-Outers TV series in Japan which was broadcast from April 1969 to September 1971.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 20, 2012
Then pick up his hat and look under it.
BarneyBarney says: Easier said than done!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 20, 2012
Would Pepi really have eaten his hat?
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean Pepi from The Valley of Adventure? I think he's keeping the answer to that under his hat!
Posted by Hunaina on October 19, 2012
Hey Barney! The link I gave contains a photo with the name of Enid Blyton. Open that link because I'm not really sure whether that is Enid Blyton. A Barney-carved leash for you!
BarneyBarney says: Sorry but I don't know what link you mean - there isn't one in your message. Thanks for the leash but I very rarely need one, unless there are rabbits about!
Posted by Isabella on October 18, 2012
I really love all Enid Blyton's books. I'm even doing a project on her.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your project!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 18, 2012
The story Olga is thinking of is in a book called Stories of Toyland or something like that. It has a sailor doll called Jolly and a fairy doll called Tiptoe. It has a story just like that.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, 'We Don't Want to Go to Bed' does also appear in Tales of Toyland (Dean & Son version) but it isn't the first story in that book and the Dean & Son edition wasn't published until 1963.
Posted by Olga Caddock on October 18, 2012
Hello everybody - I'm trying to trace a book that I remember from when I was about six years old (1957). I'm not sure who bought it for me or gave it to me but I got the impression that it wasn't 'brand new'. I remember it as being called My First Enid Blyton Book but it wasn't the one that I find when Googling that title - maybe I've got the title wrong :(. I just remember the first story in it being called 'They Would Not Go To Bed!' - about two children (brother and sister) who refuse to go to bed and insist to their parents that they want to stay up all night. Their parents decide to 'let them have their way' in an effort to teach them a lesson. Of course, the children begin to get nervous as the house goes quiet after the parents have gone to bed, and when there's a knock on the door in the middle of the night they become very frightened. It turns out to be a local policeman who was concerned about seeing a light on at the house and thought something might be wrong. Can anybody else remember this particular book - or anything else about it, please? Many thanks from another Enid Blyton addict, Olga.
BarneyBarney says: The story you're thinking of is called 'We Don't Want to Go to Bed' and is the first story in this book (My Enid Blyton Book, Number 3, 1950, Marks and Spencer Ltd.) so that may be the one you remember, Olga.
Posted by Paul on October 17, 2012
A bone for you, Barney! Do you think Enid's stories gain something from the speed at which they were put together? Had Enid relied on drafts more, I think that there wouldn't be the slip-ups and continuity errors but the stories would have less charm.
BarneyBarney says: I agree with you, Paul. Enid's writing has a wonderful spontaneity, fluidity and lightness of touch which I think might have been lost had she drafted and redrafted. Thank you for the bone!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on October 17, 2012
Re: " I'd love to know if there's a way I could read The Magic Faraway Tree on my phone." I have a copy of The Enchanted Wood. I would love to know if there's a way of making phone calls on it.....
BarneyBarney says: Groan....!
Posted by Ana on October 17, 2012
Hi there, Barney! EB'sGF I've read your message a long time ago, thanks for asking! Harry Potter is not considered boring (in my field). Barney, has J. K. Rowling died? Chocolates for you Barney! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for the chocolates, Ana. No, J. K. Rowling hasn't died! I was just wondering whether her books will remain popular in the future, even decades after her death, as Enid Blyton's books have done. Only time will tell!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 16, 2012
I have read them all, Barney. Another reason I don't like Five Go Down to the Sea is because of the temper Mrs. Penruthlan gets into at the end. A tin of pineapple for Kiki. Give it to her. [Posted later:] Did you give the pineapple to Kiki? I have not seen my message posted. Would Pepi really have eaten his hat if he had seen Kiki? I expect that was what made him so weak.
BarneyBarney says: I've combined your messages into one, EB'sGF. Kiki has had her pineapple now, thanks, but a dog does have other things to do - including sleeping!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 16, 2012
Of course throw a party, Barney. I add to your feast five biscuits, ten buns, five egg sandwiches, ten ham sandwiches and three tins of Waggomeat.
BarneyBarney says: Waggomeat? Yum - Timmy's favourite! You've obviously read Five Have a Mystery to Solve!
Posted by Roxzanne on October 15, 2012
Hi Barney, I'd love to know if there's a way I could read The Magic Faraway Tree on my phone. I've always loved Enid Blyton books, even when I was a child. Please help me with The Magic Faraway Tree.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether it's possible to buy the book in that format, Roxzanne, but perhaps someone else reading this will be able to help. Enid Blyton would surely be glad to know that you loved her books "even when you were a child"! ;-)
Posted by Hunaina on October 15, 2012
Hey Barney! I want to know whether Scamper is an official member of the Secret Seven. And if he is why is it named Secret Seven? It should've been Secret Eight if Scamper was an official member. Five sweet buns and ten peanut butter jelly sandwiches for you!
BarneyBarney says: I'll have to throw a party to share all these tasty treats I keep getting! Scamper is not an official member of the Secret Seven, though he does become a temporary member in one book.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 15, 2012
I haven't seen you for a long time Barney. How did George's father and mother and Mr. Wright know that Berta/Lesley/Jane was with Jo/Josephine? And have you told Ana yet about my comments on Five Go Down to the Sea?
BarneyBarney says: Without re-reading Five Have Plenty of Fun I can't remember how George's parents and Mr. Wright knew about Berta/Lesley/Jane! I'm sure Ana will have seen your message on 5th October in which you said, "Five Go Down to the Sea is not liked by me because things change at the end. For example Sid and Mr. Binks say that they are not going to work with Clopper and the Barnies lose their Guvnor."
Posted by Hunaina on October 15, 2012
Barney, what Ana said is exactly what I wanted to say. It has been given in our general knowledge book that Enid Blyton is the ''second'' best selling author of English stories in the world till date. Harry Potter's story is really very meaningless and boring. Enid Blyton is the only author whose stories have really interested me.
BarneyBarney says: J. K. Rowling may be the best-selling author (currently) but that doesn't mean she's the "best" author. Many readers love the Harry Potter books, although they don't appeal to everyone, but time will tell whether J. K. Rowling's books, like Enid Blyton's, will still be selling in their millions 44 years after her death.
Posted by Wendy Duxfield on October 15, 2012
Please could you tell me the surname of the Famous Five children.
BarneyBarney says: Their surname is Kirrin, though in Five Get Into a Fix Enid Blyton slips up and gives Julian, Dick and Anne the surname Barnard.
Posted by Timmy on October 15, 2012
Hi Barney, Can you recommend any good sites or i-phone apps to do with Enid Blyton or her books? Thanks, Timmy.
BarneyBarney says: Another good website is We dogs don't generally have i-phones (you appear to be an exception, Timmy!) so I know nothing about apps (only naps!) but maybe someone else will be able to answer that.
Posted by Paris on October 15, 2012
Hi Barney! I've just read four Famous Five books in one day, haha! I've read them all but I really enjoy them! Five huge bones to you! Paris.
BarneyBarney says: Golly - four Famous Five books in one day! It's a good thing for you that Enid Blyton wrote so many books! Thanks for the bones!
Posted by Ana on October 14, 2012
Well Barney, but Enid Blyton IS the second best-selling author at the moment as far as I've read in my gk book. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I thought "best" in Hunaina's message probably meant "best-selling". What's a "gk book" - a general knowledge book, perhaps?
Posted by Hunaina on October 14, 2012
Hey Barney! Enid Blyton is given the position of world's second best author and first to J. K. Rowling who wrote Harry Potter. What do you think? I think Enid Blyton is the best. Ten ice cream tubs and five juicy bones for you!
BarneyBarney says: Where did you read/hear that, Hunaina? I don't see how just one writer can be singled out as "best" because people have different tastes (juicy bones for dinner might be "best" in my eyes but not in yours!) Perhaps what is meant is that J. K. Rowling is the best-selling author at the moment? If so we have to remember that she's a current writer, while Enid Blyton died nearly 44 years ago and her books are still selling well!
Posted by Joey on October 13, 2012
Am I allowed to use Enid Blyton characters in a movie that I am making with my friend? It will probably be some of the characters from Famous Five. Thanks, Joey.
BarneyBarney says: If in doubt it's always best to check with the holders of the copyright, Joey. The Enid Blyton copyright is held by Hachette (Hodder).
Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2012
Nothing gets the better of Shuffle the Shoemaker and his wonderful Ma for long. He helps Mr. Tuck-In find his memory; changes Snoozy the lazy brownie into the opposite; and with the right use of magic "clever thoughts", hard work and kind actions, transforms the life of Tiptop Village.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds rather like the blurb for the back cover, but I've approved your message simply because that book doesn't often get a mention. Although it's now called Shuffle the Shoemaker, the original title was Rubbalong Tales.
Posted by Nicholas on October 12, 2012
Hi Barney, I've not been well and stuck in bed with the flu, the only good side besides my dog Heidi keeping me company was my beloved Enid Blyton books. The Famous Five were great company and Enid lifted my heart and spirit so much while I was ill. There is nothing in this world like my beloved Enid Blyton. PS. I'm sticking to the old fashioned way of book collecting by buying a book and not a silly download. How daft this world is getting? Where is the joy in a download? By the way I only collect before 1963 books, the earlier the better. I can't wait for the postman to arrive and for me to hold that magical book in my hand and display it on my shelves to show all visitors how much love and pride I have for Enid Blyton who fills my heart and home. Long live good old books and long live Enid Blyton always and forever!
BarneyBarney says: Hear hear! There's no better medicine than a Blyton book!
Posted by Hunaina on October 12, 2012
Hey Barney! I want to know whether Enid Blyton books are available in Orange County, California, because my aunt's going to come over for vacation and she'll ask me what I'd like to have from the USA. If you know please tell me the names of some stores in Orange County or in Los Angeles or tell me whether they're available on Amazon or eBay. But try to give me the names of stores more and the names of some best preferred books of Enid Blyton of all time. Ten peanut butter jelly sandwiches for you!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton would definitely have preferred "want to" over "wanna", "going to" over "gonna" and "because" over "cuz" so I've changed those words with a wave of my magic paw! I don't know about bookshops in the USA but if you ask your aunt she should be able to order the books you want. Judging by what fans have written on the forums over the years, some of Enid Blyton's best-loved books include The Valley of Adventure, The Sea of Adventure, Five Go to Smuggler's Top, Five on a Hike Together, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, The Mystery of the Strange Bundle, The Secret Island, The Secret Mountain, The Ring O' Bells Mystery, The Rubadub Mystery (though the Barney Mysteries really need to be read in the correct order), The Family at Red-Roofs, The Six Bad Boys and the Six Cousins books. The Malory Towers series is perhaps the most popular school series, but again those books are best read in order. Thanks for the sandwiches!
Posted by Ana on October 12, 2012
Hello, Barney! Sixth-graders are, yes, about 11-12. I'm glad to influence someone else to write messages on the Message Board. By the way, has anyone counted the books Enid Blyton has written (exactly?) Anyway, I've heard that other people are writing Enid Blyton's books. Why are they doing that and are they editing them only or writing them? I've more to add to Hunaina's treats, potted meat sandwiches and one more juicy bone. So it looks like you'll be inviting Topsy and Puppydog Pincher too!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Ana, we're in for a real feast! It's hard to count the books Enid Blyton has written because she wrote articles, poems, plays, whole magazines, short texts for picture books and countless short stories as well as novels. What we can say is that she wrote over 180 novels and around 5000 short stories, as well as articles etc. In answer to your other question, some authors have written extra titles for Enid Blyton series because the publishers wished to extend the series. In addition, the language of many of Blyton's original books has been updated because certain words and phrases were considered too old-fashioned for today's readers.
Posted by Megha on October 12, 2012
Hi Barney! I was wondering whether the Whispering Island still exists and is Lucas still there? "WOOF WOOF"! [That means BYE BYE].
BarneyBarney says: Whispering Island was based on Brownsea Island in Dorset, which nowadays can be visited by members of the public. The character of Lucas is said to have been inspired by golf caddy and green-keeper Gordon James, who was also known as Billy or Johnny. Sadly, he died in May.
Posted by Hunaina on October 12, 2012
Hi Barney! Looking to download some books on the ipad and I don't want to be stingy in downloading Enid Blyton books so could you give me the names of the best Enid Blyton books for a sixth grader? More treats for you tomorrow! Bye!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure how old a sixth grader is in your country, Hunaina. About 11-12? All the Adventure and Mystery series would be great for that age (Famous Five, Five Find-Outers, Adventure, Secret, Barney Mysteries, Adventurous Four) although I don't know exactly what you've read already. You might also enjoy some of the "family and society" books like The Family at Red-Roofs, The Six Bad Boys and the two books about the Six Cousins. Why not check out the Cave of Books and see what takes your fancy? By the way, thanks for your comments on Golly's message but I think we've said enough about that - no one has written in support of his/her views.
Posted by Hunaina on October 12, 2012
Hi Barney. Heard a lot 'bout you. I am Ana's cousin and new to this society. I've read a lot of Enid Blyton books and my favorite series is the Secret Seven. I wanna be a part of this society and introduce myself to you, and for today I've got you ten boxes of sweet buns, five juicy bones and three ice cream tubs. Will be waiting for your reply soon! Bye!
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Hunaina. I hope you enjoy the website. Thanks for all those treats - I'll have to invite Scamper, Timmy, Buster, Loony and other canine friends to a midnight feast!
Posted by Timmy on October 9, 2012
Good morning Barney, How are you today? Are there any movies I could watch to do with the Enid Blyton stories? Thanks, Timmy.
BarneyBarney says: It depends what you mean by movies. The only cinema films/serials in English are the black-and-white Five On a Treasure Island and Five Have a Mystery to Solve, dating from the 1950s/60s. Films of The Island of Adventure and The Castle of Adventure were made for TV in the 1980s/90s, and the 1990s also saw New Zealand TV series of the Adventure and Secret series. Two Famous Five series were made, one in the 1970s and one in the 1990s. Germany has recently made a Famous Five film and two St. Clare's films, Denmark has produced two Famous Five films, while in Japan there has been a Five Find-Outers TV series and a St. Clare's cartoon. There have also been cartoons/animations based on Noddy, the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair books, and the children of the Famous Five. Unfortunately not all of these were released on video or DVD but you could check Amazon to see which ones are available.
Posted by Xiao on October 9, 2012
My favourite books are the Naughtiest Girl series, I really enjoy reading the stories. Thank you Enid Blyton.
Posted by Tricia on October 8, 2012
Are there any plans for the Enchanted Wood and Wishing-Chair series to be adapted to Kindle?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know but you could always ask the publishers (Egmont). The more people who contact them about that, the more they'll be aware of the demand.
Posted by Timmy on October 8, 2012
Woof, Woof, Woof! (Good morning, Barney!) Woof, woof, wuff, wuff, growl, woof! (The spam messages were hard!) Wuff, wuff, wuff, woof, growl! (How do humans do it? Even George!) Wuff, wuff, woof, growl, woof, wuff, woof, groooowl! (Once I saw her counting bones when she was little.) Woof!(Why didn't she eat them?) Woof, woof, growl, wuff, wuff! (I had to ask Julian [he's come for a vacation] for the 'Verify you're human'.) Wuff, Wuff, Wuff, Woof! (Have my share of raw meat and biscuits and bone!) Woof, Wuff, woof, growl. (Tail wagging hard.) Wwwwuff! (Timmy!)
BarneyBarney says: A wuff and a wag of the tail for you, Timmy!
Posted by Ana on October 8, 2012
Hallo, Barney! I see you've made some changes in the "Post a Message" box. I really, really don't know why people make us verify we're human! I mean, as far as I know, who's gonna sit on the internet? Except dogs that reply to Enid Blyton messages and accept delicious treats! What is the Five Find-Outers magnifying glass cover?
BarneyBarney says: We'd been flooded with spam messages, Ana, which you never get to see because I gobble them up before they hit the board. And although I have a healthy appetite, the amount of spam we'd been getting was making me quite ill! The new system should deter spammers. The current Five Find-Outers books feature a large magnifying glass on every cover.
Posted by Melanie Nicholson on October 7, 2012
Hi, I have about 30 very old Enid Blyton books to pass on, either for sale or to give away. How should I go about this? Thanks, Melanie.
BarneyBarney says: You could list them in the "For Sale" section of our forums if you like, Melanie. It's necessary to register to post on the forums, but registration is free. I hope you find a good home/homes for the books.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 7, 2012
Barney, Why aren't the magnifying glass covers of the Five Find-Outers books available any more? I want The Mystery of the Strange Messages with a magnifying glass cover. Can you help me?
BarneyBarney says: I've just checked on Amazon and the covers with the magnifying glass design are still the current covers as far as I can tell. You could order the book online or ask your local bookshop to get a copy in for you, specifying that you want the magnifying glass cover design.
Posted by Paul on October 7, 2012
What did Enid do to contribute to the war effort? Was she ever asked to take in any child evacuees?
BarneyBarney says: Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography: "With a full household [including servants] she [Enid] was able to tell the billeting officer that there was no room at Green Hedges for evacuees, and that she needed her staff to allow her to carry out what she considered to be her own particular form of war work - writing for children."
Posted by Fussy Gussy on October 6, 2012
When was the Enid Blyton Society formed?
BarneyBarney says: It was formed in early 1995.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 6, 2012
Well, now that we have got on the subject of the Famous Five, which is your favourite character from it? Mine is George while my least favourite is Henry or Henrietta.
BarneyBarney says: Timmy is the best character by far, being brave, intelligent, loyal and fiercely protective. I don't think I've got a least-liked character. Tinker/Stinker in Five Run Away Together comes in for criticism from Julian and the others but it's not his fault he belongs to the Sticks!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 5, 2012
Tell Ana I am a "he". Five Go Down to the Sea is not liked by me because things change at the end. For example Sid and I have forgotten the name but I can look it up say that they are not going to work with Clopper and the Barnies lose their Guvnor.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for explaining, EB'sGF. The man who works with Sid is Mr. Binks.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on October 5, 2012
I went to the Ginger Pop Shop during my holidays in Dorset. It was fab!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you had such a good time - it's a real wonderland for Blyton fans!
Posted by Darren Mcdonald on October 5, 2012
I wonder if anyone can help? I have found a small Bible with what appears to be a Christmas message written by Enid Blyton glued or affixed into one of the first pages of the Bible, and am curious to know if anyone here has ever heard of such a find/note. I cannot say for sure if it is original but I have a strong feeling that she may have sent it as a gift to someone in the past. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: I think it's probably a Coronation Bible, Darren, and they all contained the same message. You can find out more here.
Posted by Ana on October 5, 2012
Hello, Barney! I don't know whether 'Enid Blyton's greatest fan' wrote this, but why didn't s/he like Five Go Down to the Sea? I would rather appreciate it if you asked on her/his next post. Cheers, Ana
BarneyBarney says: Hopefully EB'sGF will see your message and reply, Ana.
Posted by Tracey on October 2, 2012
I just finished reading The Mystery of Banshee Towers to my 9 year old son. We laughed so much at the last chapter we both ended it in tears. It was a fabulous series and we are upset that there are no more books about the Five Find-Outers and Dog to read and try to solve the mystery before Fatty does. What series do you suggest we try next?
BarneyBarney says: Have you tried the "Barney Mysteries" books, Tracey? They have mystery, adventure and plenty of humour. Click on the button for that series (above "Secret Messages") to find out more.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 2, 2012
Barney, Did any of Enid's stories have a real incident? Incident. Not people.
BarneyBarney says: When Enid Blyton wrote about the rows between the Berkeley parents in The Six Bad Boys, and about Mr. Berkeley leaving the family, she was drawing on her own childhood experiences (her parents used to quarrel violently and her father left the family home when Enid was not quite thirteen).
Posted by Elizabeth on September 30, 2012
Why is everyone talking about their least and most favourite books? Aren't they all great, I mean wonderful?
BarneyBarney says: You're right that Enid Blyton wrote hundreds of amazing books, but fans still have their preferred titles. What's interesting is that one person's favourite might be another person's least-liked!
Posted by Peter on September 30, 2012
Hi Barney, My favourite book of Noddy is Noddy and the Magic Watch and the least-liked is Noddy and the Cake Contest because the latter is the only one which I don't understand. Which are yours?
BarneyBarney says: I think you've been reading the messages from 'Enid Blyton's greatest fan', Peter! I like Noddy Goes to Toyland because it's fun seeing how Noddy came to live in Toyland, and I don't like You Funny Little Noddy! as much because Noddy seems so sorry for himself.
Posted by Peter on September 30, 2012
Hey Barney, When Noddy came to Toy Town then who named Noddy and why?
BarneyBarney says: Big-Ears the brownie called the little wooden doll Noddy, because the doll's head kept nodding.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 30, 2012
Sorry Barney. But I was so puzzled about the story that I forgot to tell you the title. My society is falling. But Bathinda is a quiet city. I have got a transfer to Chandigarh. Perhaps a mystery will turn up there.
BarneyBarney says: It would be wonderful to have a nice, juicy mystery to work on!
Posted by Nicholas on September 29, 2012
Hi Barney, I've just bought an early 1940s The Christmas Book of Enid's with full dust cover and in beautiful condition. What a real wonderful treat it is, full of warm and happy stories. I shall be cuddling up in front of my log burn with a real Christmas tree and a warm drink with a mince pie and forgetting about the dark, ugly world outside. What a true feeling of happiness Enid Blyton leaves in your heart and mind with these magical books. What a true wonderful lady. Long live Enid's memory.
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed a beautiful book, Nicholas. Happy reading!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 29, 2012
Barney. How did all the people know Dobbin's name when he ran away?
BarneyBarney says: You didn't explain what story you're talking about, but perhaps you're referring to 'Come Back, Dobbin!' about a wooden horse. It's a bit of a mystery how everyone knew his name, but maybe the children often took him outside so he was well-known in their town or village. Or perhaps people called him Dobbin because it's a common name for a horse.
Posted by Elizabeth on September 29, 2012
Thanks for the reply. Lucky that I didn't make him upset. Anyway Barney, I want to know how much it will cost to suscribe to The Enid Blyton Society Journal for one year?
BarneyBarney says: You can find out about subscribing here, Elizabeth.
Posted by Elizabeth on September 28, 2012
Didn't you receive my comment, Barney? I've not seen it posted.
BarneyBarney says: If it was about Golly's comments I'm afraid I felt we'd given him/her enough attention and decided not to post any further messages on the matter. Sorry but I'm sure you'll understand.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 28, 2012
Happy Birthday Ana. Barney, I propose you your favourite book of the Adventure Series. That book will be your favourite Enid Blyton book. And tell me your least favourite too. My favourite is Valley while my least favourite is Ship.
BarneyBarney says: Valley is my favourite too as it's haunting and enthralling. Mountain is probably my least-liked Adventure title because the events seem so bizarre. Still not a bad book though by any means!
Posted by Ana Asif on September 27, 2012
After days, weeks and months of waiting my birthday has finally arrived, leaving me blooming with happiness and excitement! It's going to be there on 28th September that is tomorrow but I don't know when this message will be posted, so I'll say maybe today or tomorrow. It's like a prize for me after this hectic schedule of exams! Anxiously waiting for 12 o'clock and wishes. I did really well in the exams having an exception of only one and half marks less in the papers. My maths paper didn't turn out good because of silly mistakes. An ice-cream tub, potted meat sandwiches, a juicy bone and a cake for you Barney. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: A dog has to sleep sometimes, Ana, so I won't be posting your follow-up message which said you were annoyed that the above post hadn't yet appeared on the board. I've asked you before to keep your messages Enid Blyton-related, but anyway, thanks for the goodies and Happy Birthday!
Posted by Janashuruti on September 27, 2012
Hi Barney. I was having a doubt about Enid Blyton books, so I thought I would ask you. Hey Barney, I just love reading all mystery and adventure types of books and boarding school types of books by Enid Blyton only. So I wanted to ask you if there are going to be further books of these types because they are very wonderful to read. If there were awards for books I would surely go to the Enid Blyton Society for voting.
BarneyBarney says: Various authors have written additional books for some of the series, e.g. Pamela Cox has written some Malory Towers and St. Clare's titles and Trevor Bolton has written a new Secret book - The Secret Valley. There are also continuation books by a number of authors in our Secret Passage, though those are only available to paid up Society members (i.e. subscribers to The Enid Blyton Society Journal).
Posted by Coralqueen on September 25, 2012
Has Claude Voilier got permission to write Famous Five books?
BarneyBarney says: Claude Voilier wrote her Famous Five sequels in France in the 1970s-early 1980s and yes, she did have permission. They were published by Hachette. Most of the books were translated from French to English by Anthea Bell a few years later, again with permission. The English editions were published by Knight.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on September 25, 2012
Dear Barney, While downloading some more reviews of Blyton's books by Anita Bensoussane, I happened to see her picture (Anita's not Blyton's!) on screen standing with her school-friend and her sister, taken in 1978. "Why, she's a baby!" I couldn't help exclaiming in incredulous surprise for two reasons - (1) I was in college at the time debating whether to take Eng Lit or Psychology and Anita was 8 (age mentioned - no presumptions!) and (2) I had always imagined Anita as a very elderly lady of, er, say- 70-75 years of age who in childhood had perhaps met Enid or even visited her house and been told stories by the great writer herself! for Anita, in my opinion, has such an intimate knowledge of her subject, that made me think this! There's also a beautiful photograph of the river at Bourne End that Anita took (I'd like everybody to see it please) and below, there's a line which made me sigh with acute nostalgia, "--- the long, long river-path to Marlow". I'd read Missing Man in 1969 and curiously have never gone back to it, the memory being ever so poignant, as Anita I now know arrived just a year later to entertain - and enlighten - us through her writings!
BarneyBarney says: Anita has a few years to go until she's in her 70s! Various Blyton fans uploaded photos to the link you discovered, which can be seen here.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 24, 2012
I will ask about the Secret Seven ages and least favourite and favourite now. My favourite is Fun for the Secret Seven and my least favourite is Shock for the Secret Seven. I suggest that Peter and Jack will be 13; Janet, Colin and George will be 12; Pam and Barbara will be 11. What do you suggest?
BarneyBarney says: You do like to know what gets me grinning or growling, EB's GF! Three Cheers Secret Seven puts a smile on my face because I like the way Susie's new aeroplane leads to a mystery. Shock for the Secret Seven brings on a bit of a growl because of the unpleasantness between some of the Secret Seven members. I imagine the children to be aged about 9-11 all through the series, because if they were any older they'd probably be away at boarding school rather than attending a day school.
Posted by Shruti on September 23, 2012
Golly's ridiculously absurd post makes me say her name is very aptly chosen. It's short for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and her mind works likewise too. What a nerve! to defame a person like that! The fans are properly worked up too, Barney. And your reply was very correct.
BarneyBarney says: Ah well, methinks 'tis time to move on now and let Enid's own books speak for her.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 23, 2012
You were quick, Barney. I usually have to wait for the next day for the answer. Oh and about Golly's message, I feel angrier than my worst anger.
BarneyBarney says: I wouldn't get yourself too worked up about it, EB's GF. I have a feeling that's just what Golly would like us to do!
Posted by Katharine on September 23, 2012
I've just read Golly's post and am wondering on what evidence they based their statement that Enid Blyton ruined the lives of anyone who stood in her way? I'll agree that she wasn't a perfect person and had faults - but then who hasn't? - but I also disagree with the comment that she was selfish. Surely the fact that she set up several charitable trusts for children in need isn't the act of a selfish person?
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on September 23, 2012
I've only just read Golly's post and congratulate Barney and others for the replies to this silly posting. Obviously they're saying those things as they haven't got anything better to do. If they've got such time to waste on their hands, then maybe they should learn more about the author they obviously don't know!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 23, 2012
Barney, what are your favourite and least favourite Five Find-Outers books? My favourite is Tally-Ho Cottage and my least favourite is Missing Necklace.
BarneyBarney says: It's a wonderful series full of great mysteries. Missing Necklace is actually a favourite of mine because of Fatty's marvellous disguises, while Banshee Towers is my least-liked because it doesn't feel like a Find-Outers book with the discovery of the secret passage.
Posted by Nicholas on September 22, 2012
You do sometimes get idiots on these websites. I for one am sick of these idiots bashing Enid Blyton. What was more shocking was watching the film Enid about Enid Blyton. I cannot believe such rubbish was made with the cooperation of one of Enid Blyton's daughters. I cut up the disc and sent a strong letter of complaint to the BBC about the rubbish. I don't think that Enid's memory should allowed to be tarnished in that way. Over the years she has given so much pleasure to the children of this world and continues to do so. I'm 34 and love reading and collecting her books and her daughter should hang her head in shame for what she has said about her mother over the years. If rubbish like that had been printed about my mother like that I would have sued. We all have falling outs with our parents over the years but we only have one mum and dad. Long live Enid Blyton and her memory. She will always be in my heart and thoughts forever and I will never listen to rubbish printed about my beloved Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Harsh words about Imogen Smallwood there, Nicholas. You may not be aware but she is a staunch supporter of the Enid Blyton Society and often attends Enid Blyton Days with her daughter, Sophie. Imogen is a gracious lady and has spoken of her admiration for her mother's work, even though she would have liked a mother who was more involved and less distant while she was growing up (you have to understand that it was common for middle-class children of that era to be cared for by nannies and then sent to boarding-school). If you read A Childhood at Green Hedges you'll see that it's not entirely negative and that Imogen is attempting to understand the woman with whom she had a difficult relationship. It's true that Enid Blyton was hard to live with - gifted people/geniuses can be because they get caught up in their work to the exclusion of everything else. The events of the Enid film were largely accurate, though there could have been more emphasis on some of the positive aspects of Enid's life such as her skill as a teacher who enthused and inspired her pupils, her love and knowledge of nature and her musical ability. Whatever she was like as a person, the best of her lives on in her books as I've said before.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on September 22, 2012
I wouldn't take too much notice of "Golly's" post; it's not that rare for someone (maybe a troll) to post derogatory comments on an enthusiasts website. As you said, Barney, why visit an author's website if you don't like that author? "Golly's" comments have all been said before, and disproved. I would suggest that "Golly" concentrates on his/her interests and leaves authors he/she doesn't like to those who do.
Posted by Sue Webster on September 22, 2012
Hi, I too think Golly's letter was really horrible and portayed Enid as a rascist and a psychopath etc. If he or she feels like this then they should not be on this website. It's for us who love Enid and love her books etc. so let's have no more of this awful spite.
Posted by Ana on September 21, 2012
Hallo, Barney. Long time, no see! The reason for me not coming to the website goes like this: Before coming back we thought that my exams were over (we had extended hols) so I was tension free there. But the next day I came and I called up a friend just to confirm. You wouldn't believe it, but exams started the next day! I was very busy. Oh, and Barney, how can you say that Timmy got to crunch up a rat? We don't know if he lost it or ate it up. By the way, speaking about the discussion on Golly, I find him completely arrogant calling Enid Blyton a psychopath. I always thought that the producer of this "Enid" film didn't like Blyton or perhaps hated her! How can Golly talk badly about her in her own website? I mean like maybe he shouldn't have visited this website at all. An ice-cream tub for you Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the ice-cream - yum! If Enid Blyton had heard about you and your exams she'd probably have put you into a story called 'A Shock for Ana'! I hope the exams went okay. I bet Timmy got that rat! By the way, we don't know whether Golly is male or female.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on September 21, 2012
When I read Golly's message to Barney last night, I didn't know whether to laugh or to get angry. I accept that everyone mightn't like Blyton or go crazy over her (that would be very unnatural, and we wouldn't want that!) Commenting on her choice of plot or characters as being trite, formulaic or lacking in literary taste is acceptable, provided the comments are backed by strong and valid points. The Enid Blyton Society is certainly not a fanatic organization set up to promote Blyton for vested interests or for monetary gains, as I understand, it's a non-profit establishment and Barney along with others I'm sure, look at their work as a labor of love - yes, a sacred mission, so to speak, and I'm firmly convinced about this - else, I wouldn't have said it! Therefore to call Enid a 'psychopath' and 'an absolutely ghastly woman,' I feel, (excuse me Golly!) is a bit too strong and if I might say rather reckless, merely on the basis of a film you saw on her! At the risk of being called 'an absolutely ghastly' man myself for what I've said (actually I'd love that expression, for then I'd be clubbed with Enid - and boy, wouldn't I adore that!) 'The best of her lives on in her books,' says Good Old Barney, a thought I've frequently stolen! Let's stick to this!
BarneyBarney says: I'm happy to join the "absolutely ghastly" club!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 21, 2012
Hey Barney. Are you sure the run along man with spoons isn't the the Saucepan Man from The Faraway Tree? What is your favourite and least favourite Famous Five? My least favourite is Down to the Sea. And my favourite is Have Plenty of Fun. And why didn't you answer me last time?
BarneyBarney says: I think the run along man with spoons is probably from a book by another author - unless he's from an obscure Blyton short story. That question was asked ages ago and I can't remember whether anyone ever came up with the answer. I'm fond of Smuggler's Top because Timmy gets to crunch up a rat in the secret passage, but my least-liked Famous Five book is Together Again because it's slow to get going and it's the last in the series so there's a sad feeling to it. I didn't respond to you last time because I'd already said something about that topic in my previous answer. Not all messages need a reply.
Posted by Lucky Star on September 21, 2012
Well said Barney. Golly, you should quit trolling, your own comments are so crass and stereotyped as to be completely unbelievable. And don't you find your choice of username to be a tad hypocritical? I mean I take it that you find gollies offensive if you are so concerned about racism?
BarneyBarney says: I did wonder why Golly even bothered visiting this website if s/he loathes Enid Blyton so much!
Posted by Elizabeth on September 21, 2012
I've seen somewhere that no Find-Outers mysteries are made into films. Is it true when they have fans all over the world? (I assume that they have more fans than any other Enid Blyton books.) Pity if it is. Are there any attempts to make one?
BarneyBarney says: There was a Japanese Find-Outers TV series in the late 1960s - early 1970s but there has been nothing since then. Regarding popularity, I believe Enid Blyton's best-known books are the Famous Five, Noddy, the Faraway Tree and the school series - Malory Towers, St. Clare's and The Naughtiest Girl.
Posted by Golly on September 20, 2012
I never actually liked E. Blyton's books as a child but my sister was hooked to her insipid, monotonous style. I preferred Jules Verne and found Blyton to be racist, classist and incredibly dull. Having just seen the Helena Bonham-Carter film it came frankly as no surprise to find that she was an absolutely ghastly woman, perhaps even a psychopath. She was a selfish egomaniac who ruthlessly lied, deceived and ruined the lives of anyone who stood in her way.
BarneyBarney says: If Enid Blyton was racist, I wonder why she included black African and Middle Eastern characters as heroes and staunch friends of her main protagonists, such as Mafumu in The Secret Mountain and Oola in The River of Adventure? Oh, and Zulu prince Boobanti in The Mystery of the Strange Bundle is great fun and outshines Fatty as a ventriloquist. Enid Blyton also embraced her international readership, writing chatty letters to children around the globe and linking up British readers with readers from abroad. In Enid Blyton's Magazine, 10th September 1957, she wrote: "And now another piece of news, this time for those who are so keen on pen-friends overseas. I have managed to arrange for you to have Indian boys and girls for pen-friends if you would like to. There is a well-known paper in India, called The Statesman, which is running a pen-friend league, and has asked me if any of my magazine readers would like to join in order to have an Indian friend to write to. Out in India thousands of children know our books, and are very eager to hear from others in Britain or elsewhere who read our Magazine. So those of you who would like to hear from an Indian boy or girl, may now do so." Enid wouldn't have promoted friendships between children of different nationalities if she was racist. While social class distinctions were certainly more rigid at the time she was writing, her middle-class characters make friends with people lower down the social scale such as Jo the gypsy girl, Barney the circus boy and working-class Ern Goon, so it's not as though class barriers are never bridged in her books. As for the idea of her writing lacking excitement, many people love stories about smugglers, hidden treasure, caves and secret passages, islands, castles, Great Auks and puffins, mysterious flashing lights, curious messages, a flying chair, a tree whose branches reach to magical lands, etc. To anyone blessed with imagination, zest for life and a thirst for adventure, Enid Blyton's books are very exciting indeed! And that doesn't mean the same readers can't enjoy Jules Verne as well - many do!
Posted by Anita Bensoussane on September 20, 2012
Thanks for posting about your enjoyment of my reviews, Sandeep. It's good to know that you've used them with your pupils! As Barney said, I write for The Enid Blyton Society Journal on a regular basis, my most recent contribution being a 3-part article on Mr. Twiddle and other muddle-headed folk.
Posted by Paul on September 20, 2012
Do you think Enid was influenced in her stories of the fairy folk meeting humans by the famous Cottingley Fairies hoax?
BarneyBarney says: An interesting thought, Paul, but I think not to any great extent. Enid Blyton would certainly have been aware of the news item, but stories in which children become involved with magical beings were already well-established.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on September 19, 2012
Dear Barney, Among the many reviews of Enid Blyton books that I've read and enjoyed, I like Anita Bensoussane's ones the most. I've actually downloaded them and use them in class as out-standing examples of literary craftsmanship, and I stand by what I've said - they're so good, particularly her personal insights on Blyton that make them so vivid and interesting. Whenever I read a Blyton book and there's a review on it by Anita, I find it both rewarding and enlightening. To sum up, she says those things in her reviews which I'd have loved to say myself - but she says it better! So may I request her through this page to write many more reviews, on the Five Find-Outers particularly, if she has time? I love them even better than the Famous Five! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Sandeep. I'm sure Anita will see your message but if she doesn't I'll nudge her in the right direction - I know she'll be pleased to read what you've written. Anita is kept busy moderating our lively discussion forums but she writes regularly for The Enid Blyton Society Journal. I don't know whether you're a subscriber but the Journal comes out thrice-yearly and is packed with all kinds of articles on Enid Blyton's life and work. If you haven't seen it already, you'd love it!
Posted by Elizabeth on September 19, 2012
I'm having a great deal of laughter with The Mystery of the Strange Bundle. Ventriloquism is much exciting isn't it?
BarneyBarney says: The Mystery of the Strange Bundle is a brilliant book, very funny indeed, but I think it would take a great deal of practice to become good at ventriloquism.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 19, 2012
Hey Barney. I think Fatty and Larry will be 17, Daisy and Pip will be 16 and Bets will be 12. Inspector Jenks will be Commander Jenks.
Posted by Elizabeth on September 18, 2012
Hi Barney. Please help me with the name of the game that the Five Find-Outers played to discover the necklace. I can't find the name because the book is not with me now. According to your advice I've read the threads and found the readers' favourites. I'm really glad to find that you too like the Missing Necklace mystery
BarneyBarney says: The game that the Find-Outers talked about was Hunt-the-Thimble.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on September 18, 2012
Dear Barney, Thanks for putting up the picture of The Land of Far-Beyond which looks really gorgeous on screen, compared to the soiled and rather grubby copy I've borrowed! Still, the book's the thing, and looks are deceptive as we all know, to the treasure that lies between its covers. "THIS IS THE LIBRARY, THIS IS!" I said in some excitement (I become rather childish - or childlike? - at times when I spot an unexpected Blyton, still). Two of my colleagues who were with me backed away hurriedly, no doubt thinking I'd gone 'bonkers,' and there was a frown on the face of the librarian. But I smiled and chuckled to every-one's discomfiture and there was a lightness in my gait as I sailed out of the library. "Out in the Garden with God" is a poem (by Farjeon? not sure) but it would be - for me at least - "Inside my Room with Blyton", sounds silly perhaps - but who cares! My joy was complete. Also I happened to read the excellent review of the book by Anita Bensoussane which added zest to my reading, and the very nostalgic recollection of studying The Pilgrim's Progress as one of the set texts for my Masters in English Literature over 30 years ago.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely message, Sandeep. I'm sure Enid Blyton would be delighted to know how much joy she continues to bring to adults as well as children.
Posted by Elizabeth on September 18, 2012
Hi Barney, first of all let me make an apology for not indroducing myself. I'm from Kerala. I was a new member to this society last day. When I first discovered this site, I was overjoyed and hardly could collect my words. This is just the site Enid Blyton fans are looking for. I have already told my friends about you so you'll be having some more guests in the coming days. Thanks for your last reply. Please help me with this one too. Which do you think, Barney, is the most exciting and wonderful mystery among the Five Find-Outers? Have a good day. Bye...
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for introducing yourself, Elizabeth, and for your kind words about the website. I'm glad you like it so much. I've combined both your messages into one. Hmm - the most exciting Find-Outers book? Well, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, which you mentioned yesterday, has to be one of the best because Fatty's disguises are marvellous. If you read this thread on the forums, you'll find out other people's favourites.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 18, 2012
Hey Barney. The book containing 'I Don't Want To!' has also got the story about a kite whom the toys make fun of and the ostrich is his only friend. Also what age were the Five Find-Outers in The Mystery of Banshee Towers?
BarneyBarney says: The story you're thinking of is 'The Quiet Kite' and that also appears in Storytime Book (Dean & Son) and Enid Blyton's Daffodil Story Book (John Gifford). Despite the fact that they've had so many mysteries to solve, I think the Five Find-Outers are only supposed to have aged about three years during the course of the series.
Posted by Anonymous on September 17, 2012
I'm currently trying to catalogue my edition of The Adventures of Pip on a book-cataloguing website and noticed that my edition, put out by Dean in 2007, has an image uploaded that I believe is incorrect. It's the second reprint cover reproduced on the Enid Blyton Society website's page here (the one with Pip hanging from a flower). Does anyone know which edition this image comes from? Thanks for any help!
BarneyBarney says: We have a section devoted to Dean's Reward Series, which shows more covers. The reprint dates have not yet been added but I can tell you that the edition with Pip hanging from a flower came out in 1970.
Posted by Elizabeth on September 17, 2012
I like to read Those Dreadful Children. Where can I get the plot, the reviews or something of that sort? Kindly send me an answer.
BarneyBarney says: A "please" would have been nice, Elizabeth! Click on "Cave of Books", put "Those Dreadful Children" into the "Search the Database..." box and you'll find a review.
Posted by Elizabeth on September 17, 2012
The Mystery of the Missing Necklace is quite wonderful. Fatty's disguises, their plans, their suspicions etc... all lead to a fascinating end.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Fatty is on top form - as is Enid!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on September 17, 2012
Maybe Jenks' superiors discovered that his crime solving statistics were down to a schoolboy and his group of friends. They couldn't really seem to condone this, so demoted him as a punishment. This confused Enid, so she rarely got his rank correct after that!
BarneyBarney says: A schoolboy, his group of friends... and dog!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 16, 2012
Hey Barney. I remember a short story collection of Enid Blyton. It had a girl who said 'I don't want to' all the time. And why did the Inspector get promoted then get promoted again then get demoted then get promoted again and then finally get demoted again?
BarneyBarney says: 'I Don't Want To!', about a spoilt little girl called Fanny, has appeared in several short story collections including Storytime Book (Dean & Son) and The House with Six Legs and Other Stories (Award). Check it out in the Cave. As for Inspector Jenks' promotions and demotions, trying to keep track of them makes me dizzier than a game of chase-my-tail! Enid Blyton wrote at speed and she must simply have got confused about Jenks' latest title.
Posted by Centcat on September 16, 2012
I am from Bangalore and I have read almost all the novels and quite a few short stories. I vaguely remember reading a short story years ago, in which a little girl feels upset that her teddy bear is old and dirty while her friends have new ones. In the end there is a picnic, the kids get lost and the old teddy bear leads them back home. Could you please tell me the name of the story and which book it was published in? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone reading this can identify the story.
Posted by Drishti on September 16, 2012
My father gifted me this book when I was was called The Yellow Story Book. I wanted to jog down memory lane but couldn't find it online.
BarneyBarney says: If you just wanted to remind yourself what it looked like you can see it in the Cave of Books, Drishti. If you wanted to buy a copy you could try eBay, eBid or Abebooks.
Posted by Paul on September 15, 2012
I think Goon might have been all too aware of many of his limitations and that might have lead to his more boorish behaviour as he lashed out. I hope that he found some redemption "off-screen" (or should that be, "off-book").
BarneyBarney says: Despite being an officer of the law, Goon is a law unto himself!
Posted by Brittany H Martin on September 15, 2012
I just added this feed to my bookmarks. I have to say, I very much enjoy reading your blogs. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Brittany. You've put a wag in my tail!
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on September 14, 2012
This is for Anna MM Vetticad actually, who asked where she could get The Land of Far-Beyond which she wanted so desperately to read. Dean published this in hard-cover some two decades ago, and I believe there are a number of copies, particularly in school and college libraries in India, at least in Bombay. So the best thing if I may suggest, is to explore these libraries in Delhi, and borrow the book through contacts if possible! Know they're around because there are three copies of this book in the library at the institution where I teach! I borrowed a copy just yesterday! That was one book I hadn't read during childhood. Good luck in your quest, Anna!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your helpful advice, Sandeep. A picture of the Dean book can be seen in the Cave here.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 14, 2012
Did Goon get it then?
BarneyBarney says: Are you asking whether Mr. Goon understood the word "verbose"? Even if he didn't, I expect he pretended to in front of Fatty!
Posted by Aruna on September 13, 2012
Hi Barney! I am from Bangalore, India. I have checked in all leading book stores but I am not able to get Famous Five old series books. Do you have any idea where I may get these books?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean the paperbacks with Eileen Soper illustrations I think Hodder still publish them, so it should be possible to ask your local bookshop to order them for you. If not you could see whether they're available from online sellers like Navrang, or you could buy them secondhand from somewhere like eBay, eBid or Abebooks. By the way, those editions have a few updates to the language although not as many as the more recent editions. To get the original text with no alterations at all, it's necessary to look for copies dating from the 1960s or earlier.
Posted by Anonymous on September 12, 2012
Does anyone know how many extant copies of the original Sports and Games there are?
Posted by Anna MM Vetticad on September 12, 2012
Hi. I'm based in New Delhi. The Land of Far-Beyond is one of my all-time favourite children's books. Unfortunately, I lost my copy a few years back and I've not been able to find it in any bookshops in India ever since. Could anyone help?
BarneyBarney says: The Land of Far-Beyond appears to be out of print at the moment. You may be able to find a copy in a second-hand shop or market, or if not you could look online on sites like eBay, eBid and Abebooks. Many sellers will post worldwide. Unfortunately, even paperback copies of The Land of Far-Beyond seem to fetch quite a lot of money these days.
Posted by Nigel on September 12, 2012
Is it possible to buy a complete set of facsimile dust covers for the Five and Adventure series? I suspect lots of people would be interested, and I would be grateful if you could mention this (potential profitable idea) to the publishers. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It's not possible (legally, at any rate) to buy sets of facsimile dust covers but if you'd like to write to the copyright holders (Hachette UK/Hodder) about that or anything else, contact details are on their website.
Posted by Betelgeux on September 10, 2012
I am looking for the Faraway Tree series in Greek translation. Do they exist in Greek?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know but I hope someone can help.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 8, 2012
Hey Barney. What did Fatty mean by "not being too verbose"? Je ne comprends pas.
BarneyBarney says: "Not being too verbose" means "not using an excessive number of words".
Posted by TG on September 7, 2012
As Barney has stated, 'Billy Bob Tail and his Friends' is a story, although written on one side of a two-column page it looks a bit like a poem. It finishes thus: "Mew. mew, mew!" "Bow, wow, wow!" "Moo. moo, moo!" "Maa, maa, maa!" And at this terrible noise a brown bear jumped out of the house and ran away. Billy Bob Tail and his friends went inside and found everything they wanted to make a cosy little home. "Now, said Billy Bob Tail, "we have found our fortune. This is a good house to live in. We will make it our home." And so they all lived together happily in the house in the wood. Although classified on the site as "Specially Written," the source is that of an "Old Folk Tale." (Nit-Pick: Note the missing punctuation marks in a volume produced for teaching infants! However, the teacher would probably read the story to the kids rather than pass it round).
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks, TG!
Posted by Malcolm on September 6, 2012
We are looking for a poem about a day in the life of 'Billy Bob Tail' and notice there is such a poem by Enid Blyton in the book Modern Teaching in the Infant School dated 1932, found on this website. Is it possible to see this poem so that we could find out if it is the one known by my wife's grandfather aged 97 as he has forgotten how it finishes and would love to know? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't have access to that book, Malcolm, but perhaps someone else reading this does. However, 'Billy Bob Tail and His Friends' is listed as a story, not a poem, so it might not be what you're looking for.
Posted by Evie Calver on September 6, 2012
Hi Barney, I'm only 10 years old but I love Enid Blyton's books so much. Do you know if the 'Galliano's Circus' books and the 'Five Find-Outers' books have made it onto DVD? Thanks, bye!!
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Evie. Those series were never filmed so DVDs are not available. If you meant CDs or cassettes, have a look at our audio section (though not all the recordings listed are still available new).
Posted by Mark Grzeszczak on September 5, 2012
Hi Barney, I get all emotional now when I watch the Famous Five. I'm 48 now and loved the series back in the 70s when I was 14. I'm glad though that they finally made it on to DVD. I'm so sad that Michele Gallagher is no longer with us. Do you have any information on how she died? Anne, Dick and Julian gave an interview about their time in the Famous Five and they all spoke highly in regards to Michele. It made me a bit upset. I'm sure if Michele were still alive I think she would be glad that the series has finally gone to DVD.
BarneyBarney says: Sadly, Michele Gallagher had some hard times and took her own life. Many people have fond memories of her in the role of George and it's nice to think that the DVDs will give young people of today the chance to enjoy the series.
Posted by Ana Asif on September 5, 2012
Hallo, Barney! I was wondering... what was Enid's favorite food? Bacon and eggs? Bacon and tomatoes? Potted meat sandwiches? I'll leave you to think. Bye!
BarneyBarney says: Your guess is as good as mine, Ana, though Enid's daughter Gillian once said that ginger beer featured so prominently in the books because she (Gillian) was fond of it.
Posted by Shruti on September 5, 2012
Hello Barney, I too agree with Malini.The illustrations in the old Enid Blytons were really beautiful and used to make reading a double pleasure. Nowadays they have excluded them in some books and to add to that they have made their own corrections. So now I have to look out for the second hand ones.The problem is you don't get them in the order you want.
BarneyBarney says: You're right that as well as having the vintage illustrations changed or removed altogether, most modern editions of Enid Blyton books have updated text. I would say "alterations" rather than "corrections", because "corrections" suggests that something was wrong with the original text (which I know you didn't mean to imply!)
Posted by Surabhi on September 4, 2012
Thanks Barney!:D...What's your home town?
BarneyBarney says: Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home...
Posted by Malini M on September 4, 2012
Hello, Barney - I grew up on Malory Towers as a girl and have wonderful memories of time spent reading the books. I'd like to introduce my children to the books but found to my horror and disappointment that the new editions of Malory Towers have none of the beautiful illustrations I remember as a girl. What a loss! I loved the illustrations and they fed my imagination as I read. Could you please advise on where one might be able to buy the original books? Perhaps other readers have had the same response and have some tips too! ... Many thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I sympathise, Malini. When a certain edition has meant so much, no other edition will do! You could try eBay, eBid, Abebooks or the book dealers listed under our "Lashings of Links" button. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Ana on September 2, 2012
Hallo, Barney! I'm really glad that so many new visitors like the Enid Blyton Society! This society really deserves it! Just bought Famous Five 3 in 1 collection consisting Of Five Go to Smuggler's Top and the next two in the series.
BarneyBarney says: Hallo, Ana! Oooh - that sounds like a good book! I hope you enjoy many happy hours of reading.
Posted by Surabhi on September 2, 2012
Oh, okay! Now I've started the St. Clare's series...It's also good. Can you tell me some interesting things about Enid Blyton and her books? :D
BarneyBarney says: You can read lots of interesting things about Enid Blyton and her books in our "Author of Adventure" and "Cave of Books" sections, Surabhi. Why not click on those buttons and explore? Then you'll be a real Find-Outer! There are also some quizzes to do if you click on "Interactive Island".
Posted by Surabhi on September 2, 2012
This site is just soooo AWESOME! I really like it a lot! My favourite is the Naughtiest Girl series...and I've read the whole series twice or thrice! How about you?..Is there no one to write further series for her books?
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Surabhi! My tail is just a blur now, it's wagging so fast! I love all the books but especially the dog stories like Shadow the Sheep-Dog and The Adventures of Scamp. Some authors have written continuation books, e.g. Pamela Cox has written new titles for the Malory Towers and St. Clare's series. These and others are listed in the Cave. We also have continuation books in the Secret Passage, written specially for the Society by Trevor Bolton, Robert Houghton, Julie Heginbotham and Lisa Newton. However, these can only be read by Society members who subscribe to the Journal.
Posted by Silvina on September 1, 2012
Thank you for your prompt response! You have been so kind! I'll mention you in my future post. Congratulations again for this site! Silvina
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Silvina!
Posted by Pioni on September 1, 2012
What is Enid Blyton's address?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid Enid Blyton died in 1968, though the best of her lives on in her books. Her best-known addresses were Old Thatch in Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire and Green Hedges (now demolished) in Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
Posted by Silvina on September 1, 2012
Hello! Great blog! I want to know who is the illustrator of the story "The Eighteen Naughty Imps", that is included in "Little Bedtime Book- About the Surprising Broom" (yellow cover). Can you help me? Thank you very much. A big hug from Argentina, Silvina.
BarneyBarney says: I'm delighted that you like the website, Silvina, I am wagging my tail hard! 'The Eighteen Naughty Imps' is taken from The Fourth Holiday Book and was illustrated by Harmsen Van der Beek who is perhaps better known as the original Noddy illustrator.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 31, 2012
I have already tried one of the things you have suggested, Barney. I have taught a code to Vatsal and Pranav. Do you know any shop in Bathinda which sells diguises (giggle)?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of a shop like that (!) but you could try jumble sales and second-hand shops/markets, and ask relatives to save old clothes for you. A selection of wigs would be brilliant, but unfortunately they don't come cheap.
Posted by Donna A on August 30, 2012
From my childhood I can remember a poem that started ''Amelia Jane went out in the rain, and oh how the rain did pour''. Can anyone complete this for me or point me in the direction of where I can find it?
BarneyBarney says: I can't remember one exactly like that, though the story 'Amelia Jane and the Telephone' (in More About Amelia Jane!) contains a poem which begins, "Amelia Jane/Is naughty again,/Let's go and leave her/Out in the rain." But if the poem you recall is different, I hope someone can help.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 30, 2012
No, Barney. I think Julian would be 21, Dick and George should be 20, Anne should be 19 and Timmy about 10. By the way, I formed my own society called The Secret Three Society. Do you know any way I can look for mysteries?
BarneyBarney says: There's an article about the ages of the Famous Five on Have fun in The Secret Three Society! To give yourselves a chance of spotting a mystery, you'll need to keep your eyes peeled for anything unusual. And while you're waiting for one to come along you could always practise skills like sending messages in Morse Code, writing in invisible ink and disguising yourselves.
Posted by Mark Grzeszczakl on August 30, 2012
Hi Barney, did you find out if Paul Child made an interview in regards to Famous Five? Also, can you tell me what the one who played Anne and Jemima Rooper are up to now? Any response will be much appreciated. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know whether Paul Child has ever given an interview about his role as Dick Kirrin. What I do know is that he now has his own band, the Paul Child Band. Jemima Rooper is still an actress and has appeared in TV series like Lost in Austen and theatre shows like One Man, Two Guvnors. Anne was played by Laura Petela. The last I heard, she hadn't done any acting (or at least very little) since she was in The Famous Five.
Posted by Yvonne on August 29, 2012
I have 30 Enid Blyton's Magazines from 1957 and 1958. Some are in perfect condition. Are they saleable and if so how do I do it?
BarneyBarney says: The magazines are not as popular as the main series books but they are of interest to some collectors. You could try selling them on eBay or in the "For Sale" section of our forums. It's up to you whether you list them as one lot or individually. It always helps if you can provide a picture/pictures and state how much postage will cost.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 29, 2012
Hey Barney. It's been a long time since I saw you last. Anyway, I wanted to ask you what age the Famous Five are in Five Are Together Again. I also wanted to ask you this. Did Woffly play any main role in The Island of Adventure?
BarneyBarney says: As I said to Abi and Poppy a little while ago, I believe that if you take all the holidays into account Julian would be 23 in the last Famous Five book, George and Dick would be 22 and Anne would be 21. I'm not sure about Timmy - probably around 12. But I don't think Enid Blyton intended us to picture the children as any older than about 16 (Julian), 15 (George and Dick) and 14 (Anne). Regarding Woffly (or is it Woffles?), he doesn't play a major role.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 28, 2012
Goon was a nickname for German soldiers in WWII but I have never known it used as a nickname for a policeman in the UK, although the American Police Force has the nickname, The Goon Squad.
Posted by Fatty! on August 28, 2012
Hi Barney! Apart from the supply of those potted meat treasures/sandwiches, I have a question too! I have moved to the UK recently and I picked up an Enid Blyton book called The Adventures of Moon Castle. I just wanted to know if that was really written by Enid Blyton herself. The publishing date is really old too! P.S.- Enjoy my sandwiches. I have pushed in a bit of ham as well!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for the sandwiches. Are you sure the book title isn't The Secret of Moon Castle? If so, it was indeed written by Enid Blyton. It's the final title in the Secret Series, which consists of five books.
Posted by Mark Grzeszczakl on August 27, 2012
I've been trying to track down any interviews Paul Child might have made but can't see any anywhere. Can you help? I love the Famous Five series. I have on DVD series 1 & 2 26 episodes and also 1995/96 series Jemima Rooper.
Posted by Mary on August 27, 2012
Hi Barney, thanks for your reply, but which Book of the Year do I order to get the poem? Mary
BarneyBarney says: This is the book, Mary. You'll need to get an early copy though (i.e. one with Harry Rountree illustrations) as the slightly later version (which has Eileen Soper illustrations) is abridged and doesn't contain the poem you want. To be on the safe side, if buying online you could ask the seller to check whether that poem is included.
Posted by Paul on August 26, 2012
RIP Neil Armstrong. I've always wondered what Enid would have thought of the moon landing, had she lived to see it. She liked the books about the American frontier and I wish she'd seen our first steps towards humanity's final frontier.
BarneyBarney says: RIP Neil Armstrong. Enid Blyton seems to have taken an interest in the idea of landing on the moon because we know from her workbook that, if she hadn't become too ill to write, her next Noddy book would have been called Noddy Goes to the Moon. That means the Little Nodding Man would have beaten Neil Armstrong by a few years!
Posted by TG on August 26, 2012
There's an almost-A4-sized book entitled A Day at School with Noddy that fits in with all of Phil's requirements although it's Bunny Rabbit who paints himself yellow. Gilbert does grow a marrow, and he's also punished for tying a knot in the monkey's tail.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, TG!
Posted by Phil on August 26, 2012
Can anyone help me find the title of a Noddy book which I remember reading as a child (I'm 50 now)? The book was A4 size and green I think? It was written in rhyme and involved Noddy and friends at school. I remember it began "Noddy hurry off to school, can't you hear the bell?". It had Gilbert Golly growing a marrow and then painting himself yellow. If anyone knows the title that would be a big help and I can then look out for a copy. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Phil. In the meantime, maybe something here will ring a bell (Noddy would like that expression!)
Posted by Mufeed on August 26, 2012
Does the "popular series" section include all series written by Enid Blyton? Mufeed Ali - A fan of Enid Blyton's mystery stories.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Mufeed. For reasons of space we only have "popular series" buttons for the best-known series. But in the Cave of Books you can find out about other series such as the Willow Farm and Caravan Family books, or series of books revolving around a particular character like Amelia Jane, Mister Meddle, Mr. Twiddle or Mr. Pink-Whistle.
Posted by Clare on August 26, 2012
Hi, I've been sorting through my childhood books and came across a copy of The Adventurous Four. I started reading it and realised that there's a HUGE mistake with the book. It turns into a different book part way through! Is this a common thing?
BarneyBarney says: Hopefully it's not a common thing, Clare, as it would make reading very frustrating! There must have been a mistake with the way that book was put together. If you decide to go for a replacement copy, let's hope you're luckier with that!
Posted by Ilovedogs@barneyiscute! on August 25, 2012
Hi Barney! I have a question along with the usual supply of dog food and potted meat sandwiches! Does the policeman Mr. Goon get his name from the olden day nickname for policemen, that is bobby/goon? P.S. Enjoy my potted meat sandwiches! Extra layering today!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for the dog food and especially the potted meat sandwiches - they're delicious! Unfortunately I can't answer your question as I hadn't known that "goon" was ever a nickname for policemen in general, but maybe someone else will be able to help.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on August 25, 2012
You can still buy ice cream in a block, Nigel. I buy it sometimes with a packet of wafers! And it's still in a cardboard wrapper.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on August 25, 2012
Dear Barney, As a child I adored reading Kipling's short story 'Rikki Tikki Tavi', the thrilling tale of a plucky mongoose's relentless battle with karaits and deadly cobras the likes of Nag and Nagaina, the latter whose hole he actually enters to kill her, and - emerges triumphant in the end. Recently while perusing a statistical analysis of the best-loved children's tales by Kipling I found to my surprise that it was 'Rikki Tikki Tavi'! "Ha, ha," I said to myself, "seems to show I'm normal (whatever that means!)" Now, before I knew the Enid Blyton Society and you, Barney, I was talking about Blyton to my pupils as usual, when one of my girl students (it's always the girls usually!) said, "but wasn't she sexist, elitist, racist, etc etc?" and I said very earnestly, "whatever she might or might not have been, the best of her lives on in her books." That set them thinking! Imagine my delight again when I found YOU, BARNEY, saying almost the same thing in your replies to us!!! "Well", I said again, "if Barney says this, I'm more than normal, and who can dare to defy me?" This is because I admire and respect you tremendously, Barney; so many questions, some "straight," some perky and a lot of "howlers" in some of them, but your patience and precision and the tenacity to reach out to people is really remarkable. May the Good Lord be pleased to shower on you his choicest Blessings, with excellent health and energy, and enable you to carry on this extremely noble task you're engaged in - yes, four legs or two!
BarneyBarney says: Why thank you, Sandeep! They say that great minds think alike and indeed that must be true, for I too love 'Rikki Tikki Tavi'!!! My tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen after reading your lovely message. I hope you continue to inspire your pupils and open their eyes to the wonder of Enid Blyton.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 25, 2012
Ah, ice cream as it used to be. We referred to it as a block of ice cream, and we would cut it into slices, about an inch or two thick. It could be sandwiched between a couple of wafers, eaten in a cornet or in a bowl. It was wrapped in cardboard, which was far more environmentally friendly than the plastic boxes it is packed in today.
BarneyBarney says: You're making my tummy rumble!
Posted by Lucy Ronald on August 25, 2012
Hi Barney! Do you like dog food or bones more? What's the story where a naughty little girl loses everything from her room but her bed? Also in some of her books the children eat from a "slab" of ice-cream but wouldnt a "slab" melt? Many years ago I went into an ice cream shop in England and asked for a poke and a slider - the Ulster terms for cornet and wafer - the shopkeeper couldn't stop laughing.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Lucy! Nothing beats a nice, meaty bone! The story about the naughty girl who loses nearly everything from her bedroom is 'Grumbling Grace' - it can be found in Tales After Supper or Mr. Twiddle Fetches Polly and Other Stories. I can't remember when the children have a "slab" of ice cream but it would be a big, chunky cube (or cuboid) of ice cream so it wouldn't melt very quickly. A poke and a slider is a new one on me!
Posted by Mary Long on August 24, 2012
Please can I have the words of the poem 'Montague Meredith Fortescue Jones'?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's too long to type out here as it has 20 lines but it can be found in Enid Blyton's Book of the Year.
Posted by Janashruti on August 22, 2012
Hi! It's me again. I just had a small doubt, I just love all the books written by Enid Blyton especially the boarding school stories and mystery and adventure types but my doubt is that will there be further issues of these types of books, Barney? For these types of books are wonderful to read.
BarneyBarney says: Are you asking whether the books will continue to stay in print, Janashruti? Hachette (Hodder) have just taken over the copyright from Chorion so I imagine they will be eager to breathe new life into the books and promote them at every opportunity. If you mean will Enid Blyton series continue to be extended, with new titles being written by other authors, I'm not sure.
Posted by Ana on August 21, 2012
Hi! Well yes, I am having quite a loooong holiday. It's for 62 days but as it is I'm changing my school so it will be a longer holiday! I've come back to Nashik, but this time only with my dad, because my granny's brother was suddenly taken very, very sick, so mom went straight to Allahabad. I've been staying at my cousin's house and Dad came, then we took the bus to Nashik. This is my paternal Granny's laptop which is new. I'll go to Pune then to Bangalore to tour later. I bet in England you have only around three weeks holiday huh? Well a meaty, juicy bone and chocolate biscuits as I say my farewell Barney!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the treats, Ana! You're certainly having some adventures, though do try to remember to keep your Message Board posts Enid Blyton-related. School summer holidays in England are around six and a half weeks long.
Posted by Sue on August 21, 2012
In The Ship of Adventure, 1950 published by Macmillan, was there an Enid Blyton signature on the forward page and in The Circus of Adventure, 1952 published by Macmillan, on the second forward page was there a signature of Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: I am not too sure what your question is Sue. There are printed Enid Blyton signatures in all the Adventure books, but are you talking about a hand-written signature?
Posted by Abi on August 21, 2012
Hi Barney! Me again! Here's another question: What was the highest age Enid Blyton wrote for? Oh, and by the way I was the Abi you advised to go on the forums a couple of months back. I love going on there now! Thank you for advising me! :D
BarneyBarney says: Hi Abi! Me again! I think reading ages have possibly changed since Enid wrote the books, but at that time she was probably hoping that 14-year-olds would still be reading some of her books. Yes, you are now a proper forumite, but it is nice to see you here as well!
Posted by Ellie on August 21, 2012
How do I unsubscribe please?
BarneyBarney says: You don't say what you want to 'unsubscribe' from, Ellie - give us a clue!
Posted by Janashruti on August 19, 2012
Hi! I am a very big fan of Enid Blyton. I love all the boarding school stories, mystery and adventure types of stories written by her. I try my best to read all the Enid Blyton books available in our place as I love every book written by her.
Posted by Shruti on August 19, 2012
Hi, recently I got Famous Five number 7 from an old book shop. I am getting whatever Enid Blytons I can get from these shops because as you said the new ones are a bit tweaked. And the one I got is a fascinating adventure.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're enjoying it, Shruti. Five Go Off to Camp is a super story, with the spook trains and dear old Mr. Luffy.
Posted by Poppy on August 18, 2012
I know this has probably been mentioned before, but how old do you think the Famous Five were at the end of the series?
BarneyBarney says: As I said to Abi a little while ago, I believe that if you take all the holidays into account Julian would be 23 in the last book, George and Dick would be 22 and Anne would be 21. I'm not sure about Timmy - probably around 12. But I don't think Enid Blyton intended us to picture the children as any older than about 16 (Julian), 15 (George and Dick) and 14 (Anne).
Posted by Vivienne Woolston on August 15, 2012
I recall reading as a child 'Grumbling Grace'. I would like to get hold of a copy of the book. I believe it was written in 1941? this in the book Sunny Stories written in 1942 please?...Kind regards...Vivienne Woolston
BarneyBarney says: 'Grumbling Grace' is a marvellous cautionary tale, Vivienne! The Cave of Books shows that it was first published in a magazine - Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories, Issue 247, October 1941. Later on it appeared in Tales After Supper (1949) and Mr. Twiddle Fetches Polly and Other Stories (2003).
Posted by Paris on August 14, 2012
I just wanted to wish Enid many happy returns on her 115th birthday! I had a huge test on her birthday but today I am reading all her books to celebrate! Right now I'm reading Five on a Hike Together. And a big meaty bone for you too Barney! "Wherever there's adventure to be foouund! Just a clue or a secret message brings the Famous Five arouundd! Whenever there's a mystery to be soolved. Up in the ruined castle or down in Smugglers Co-ove! We are the Famous Fi-ive! Julian, Dick and Anne, George and Timmy the do-og. We are the Famous Fi-ive,We're coming back to you, whenever there's time! Time after ti-i-ime!"
BarneyBarney says: Happy Reading, Paris, and thanks for the bone! It seems you're a fan of the 1970s Famous Five TV series!
Posted by Mommy'sLittleAngel on August 14, 2012
Enid Blyton is a great writer and I love her books though I've only read a few books of hers including the "Adventure" series and the first two books from the "Famous Five" series. I've recently bought the whole set of "Malory Towers" but haven't got the time read them because my exams are drawing near and I'm busy preparing for them. I'll miss Enid Blyton's books the whole month. I wish I had to take an exam about Enid Blyton's books instead of Science, Arithmetic, etc.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck in your exams! Once you've finished all that hard work you'll have earned the right to curl up with a Malory Towers book and a big plate of cakes!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 14, 2012
Hey Barney, I get it now. "EB's GF" stands for Enid Blyton's Greatest Fan. And can you please call me a member of the S.S.S.? Anne once said that it was better reading about adventures than having them. However, those who just read about adventures must simply long to have adventures themselves. I do anyway.
BarneyBarney says: Consider yourself a member of the Secret Seven Society! And here's to adventures!
Posted by Paul on August 14, 2012
Did cricket ever feature in Enid's stories? I can just imagine Fatty at Lords or The Oval hitting sixes and fours like a natural.
BarneyBarney says: Several short stories revolve around cricket, the easiest to obtain being 'The Beautiful Cricket Ball' and 'Jimmy's Cricket Bat'. There are incidental mentions in some of the full-length books too, though the only one I can recall at the moment is Good Work Secret Seven in which there is a reference to a list of items stolen from a famous cricketer.
Posted by Sue Webster on August 13, 2012
Hi, what a mutt I am! I forgot it was Enid's birthday on August 11th. MANY HAPPY RETURNS, Enid! You live on in the books and long may they reign!
BarneyBarney says: Some of my best friends are mutts!
Posted by Poppy on August 13, 2012
Thanks Barney! I'll be watching out for the DVDs!
Posted by Shruti on August 12, 2012
Hi, Barney. Have you read any of Ruskin Bond's works? He is a British born Indian author and quite well known. His works are just as delightful as Enid Blyton's.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid none of his books have come my way, Shruti.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 12, 2012
Hey Barney. What did you mean about 'EB's GF'?
BarneyBarney says: Have a think about it! If you solve the mystery you can consider yourself a Find-Outer!
Posted by Coco on August 12, 2012
M. Mustafa Hussain, I am also from Karachi. I am glad to be a BLYTONITE and yesterday I had a party at my home for Enid's birthday.
Posted by M. Mustafa Hussain on August 11, 2012
I grew up in Karachi reading all of Enid Blyton's series in the 70s and 80s. I am delighted to discover this website today when it is also her birthday. Her stories provided such good company to me as a growing child that I feel highly indebted to her. May her soul rest in peace.
BarneyBarney says: Spending time with Enid Blyton books is like spending time with much-loved friends. I hope you enjoy exploring the website!
Posted by Luna on August 11, 2012
Enid Blyton books were my favourite. I carried them everywhere with me. I read as I woke up, at the breakfast, lunch and dinner table (my Mom gave up on trying to stop me), on the school bus, on the hour long trips to visit our grandmother, in the pommerac and mango trees, on a mat in the garden, and before bed: Blog entry.
BarneyBarney says: A nice blog entry, Luna. It's great that Enid Blyton has brought you - and countless others - so much joy.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on August 11, 2012
Happy Birthday, Enid. You'll always be remembered with fondness for your great books.
Posted by Darcy on August 11, 2012
Happy 115th Birthday Enid Blyton! Time to celebrate with lemonade and a slice of cake! Your books will live on just like you will - forever xx
Posted by Shruti on August 11, 2012
Is it Enid's birthday today? Well, a very happy birthday to her. She will remain forever immortal in the hearts of her readers. Lots of love :)
Posted by Arshavi on August 10, 2012
A Very Happy Birthday to Enid Blyton on her 115th birthday... today I am gonna read her books all day long... and a good meaty bone for you Barney!!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Arshavi!
Posted by Abi on August 10, 2012
I asked my mum if I can get the 1970s Famous Five DVDs for Christmas! Now here's my question: How old are the Famous Five when the series finishes? It was mentioned on the forums about a Famous Five Time Paradox after the sixth book. A big, juicy bone and a meat stick if you answer! :)
BarneyBarney says: I'd better have a go at answering, then! I believe that if you take all the holidays into account Julian would be 23 in the last book, George and Dick would be 22 and Anne would be 21. I'm not sure about Timmy - probably around 12. But I don't think Enid Blyton intended us to picture the children as any older than 16 (Julian), 15 (George and Dick) and 14 (Anne).
Posted by Francis on August 10, 2012
Not enough food if Dick is coming along, never mind Timmy who will eat all the leftovers!
BarneyBarney says: If Timmy needs help, I'll be more than happy to oblige!
Posted by Lucy-Ann on August 10, 2012
Hey Barney, let's put on our party hats for Enid Blyton's 115th birthday! Gorgeous tea party, big iced cake with lit candles, crackers, games ...ahh what a glorious birthday party :)))
BarneyBarney says: Happy Birthday to Enid Blyton for tomorrow! It had better be a big cake to hold 115 candles - mind you, it will have to be colossal to feed all her many fans around the globe!
Posted by Poppy on August 9, 2012
Hi Barney! Apparently there are some Famous Five DVDs coming out this August - I heard that on the forums (can't remember which forum now). I was just wondering is this true and when are they coming out if so? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the 1970s Famous Five TV series is at last being released on DVD in the UK! The Complete Collectors' Edition should be out about a week from now. The relevant forums thread is here. Series 1 and 2 are already available separately but it works out more expensive to buy the DVDs like that, and the Complete Collectors' Edition will have a booklet.
Posted by Saky on August 9, 2012
Barney, (in response to Yusuf) isn't there a story where two children's rabbit is stolen by a princess to pull her carriage and so the children become tiny and enter the land and meet a guy with many spectacles and all that? Could that be the one?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, that's 'The Land of Nowhere'. Sue and Denis have to go to the Island of Anywhere to get to the Land of Nowhere because "Nowhere might possibly be in the middle of Anywhere".
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 9, 2012
Hey Barney, I think I can help Yusuf. I think the story must be that one about the Toffee Letters. It has got a boy called Harry who grows feathers. But there is nothing about a disappearing land.
BarneyBarney says: You're talking about 'The Magic Toffee' from Twenty-Minute Tales. It's a good story, EB'sGF, but I think 'The Land of Nowhere' is more likely to be the one.
Posted by Yusuf on August 8, 2012
Hey, I think the story about this disappearing land is a short story in a collection of tales. Would anyone happen to know the name of the short story or the collection of tales? I would be extremely grateful. Thank you :)
BarneyBarney says: Someone suggested The Land of Nowhere on the forums, which may well be the correct story. Thanks, Fiona!
Posted by Saky on August 8, 2012
Hmm, Tom Hoy, I remember seeing this post in some time back. However, again, I have no idea.
Posted by Yusuf on August 8, 2012
Hi, I'm looking to buy an Enid Blyton story for my girlfriend which she enjoyed as a child. Unfortunately, she doesn't remember the name. She just knows it's about a land that appears and disappears at different times, and at one point of the characters had to grow feathers. She thought it was called 'Middle of No Where Land' or something of this sort. I know those details are pretty vague, but if you can give me any idea what the book might be, I would be extremely grateful. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: There are several books about magical lands including the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series, The Yellow Fairy Book and The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies. However, I don't recall a character growing feathers. Perhaps your girlfriend is remembering a short story from a collection of tales? I hope someone can help.
Posted by Tom Hoy on August 6, 2012
Hi everyone, I am looking for the title of a Famous Five or Secret Seven (or possibly another Enid Blyton story) where the children discover a tramp who has committed a crime when they see his hobnail boots and connect them to hobnail boots at the scene of the crime.
BarneyBarney says: There are plenty of tramps and boots in the Five Find-Outers series (in The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, The Mystery of the Invisible Thief and probably other titles too) but I can't think of anything that quite fits the bill. Can anyone help?
Posted by Ana on August 4, 2012
Ah, feels good to be back online! I'm still in Pune but this message is from my mom's IPhone. Daddy will be back on the 15th and I can come online comfortably. It's very scary here as I'm used to "A No Criminal Zone" but this is India and the way the criminals attack gives me goosebumps, insects and the roads and streets, ugggggh and a big yuck though my society is quite clean. You know I'm planning to have a cat! What do you think of that? Barney, was Enid's life really sad because the messages about her mom, I'm very sorry for her? Anyway, bye!
BarneyBarney says: You're certainly having a long holiday, Ana! Every country has its positive and negative points. Cats are okay in their own way, but not as good as dogs! When Enid Blyton was growing up her mother expected her to spend her spare time helping with household chores but she preferred to read, write, play games, look after her little patch of garden and go on nature walks. Enid's father encouraged her in her hobbies but he walked out when she was almost thirteen, so things were particularly difficult for her after that. When Enid Blyton was older she broke off contact with her mother.
Posted by Paul on August 3, 2012
I think Melissa might have heard of the blazing rows that Enid and her mother had, for example over domesticity.
BarneyBarney says: Probably, but I'm still not sure about Theresa being described as "unkind".
Posted by Melissa on August 2, 2012
So why was Enid's mother unkind?
BarneyBarney says: I'm confused about what you mean. In what way was Theresa Blyton unkind?
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 2, 2012
Hey Barney. Where have all my messages gone? I had sent you at least six approved messages and I can't find a single one of mine on the board. And by the way I am thinking about the story K told you about. The one about the goblin who couldn't go to the party because his clothes were dirty.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for thinking about the story - please let me know if you manage to identify it. Your messages are still there but I get so many messages that they're probably quite far down the board by now.
Posted by Susan Webster on July 31, 2012
Hi Poppy, just seen your message to Barney. My old email didn't work anymore so now using Gmail. Your mum emailed me yesterday and told me you were sad as I hadn't answered your messages. Well, all's well now so hope we are back in business. I did send you a PM with my Gmail address but maybe you haven't picked it up yet. Some goodies from my recent trip to London are on their way to you. Cheers, Sue. Thanks Barney.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on July 31, 2012
Dear Barney, I happened to be in England in November 1968 when Enid Blyton died. My family was in Huddersfield and my Dad who's a surgeon had taken his F.R.C.S. exams the previous year. I was 7 years old at the time and attended Reinwood County School. I think it was a day after she'd passed away that our headmaster announced her death, and we were taken to the school hall where a record on Noddy? (was it a tape, I can't recall?) was played to us. One thing I can definitely vouch for, and that was one of the lady teachers saying that it was a terribly sad day for children the world over, and I didn't understand the last part of her sentence at the time! Now I know, and soon after that we returned home to India. I suppose I shall be reading Blyton books till the end of my life, and hope to meet her at the other end if I'm lucky! I'm a teacher teaching English to secondary and senior pupils in India, and hardly a day goes by without my mentioning Enid Blyton in class! Sorry, but I'm awfully awful at typing, my wife taught it to me almost at gunpoint!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for sharing your memories, Sandeep. I hope some of your pupils develop a deep love for Enid Blyton's books and characters, just as you did.
Posted by Fatty on July 31, 2012
Why, thank you, Barney, for your kind words. Of course, I must remain loyal and faithful to Buster, but you're really just as great!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Fatty. Say "Woof" to Buster from me!
Posted by Sheila Tate on July 30, 2012
I have two books, The Three Wishes and Dame Topple's Buns.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you feel inspired to collect some more Blyton books, Sheila. That's a start but you've got quite a way to go!
Posted by Saky on July 30, 2012
Hey people. Is Fatty from and Barney here the same person? They seem a lot alike.
BarneyBarney says: No, Fatty and I are not one and the same but he's a witty, intelligent chap and I'm more than happy to be compared with him!
Posted by Poppy on July 30, 2012
Hi Barney, thanks. Sue's just sent a message saying she's got a new email address!
Posted by Poppy on July 29, 2012
Hi Barney, sorry to bother you. Not heard from Sue Webster for a month which is not really like her. Just wondering if you've heard from her or anybody else? I was just getting a bit worried - that's all.
BarneyBarney says: I wouldn't worry, Poppy - I've just this minute seen Sue browsing the forums! She last posted on the forums a couple of days ago.
Posted by Francis on July 29, 2012
Barney, Have you got any idea approximately how many Enid Blyton books have been sold worldwide over the years? Must be a record for a children's author. Regards, Francis.
BarneyBarney says: According to Hachette, who bought the Enid Blyton copyright from Chorion in March, over 500 million copies of Enid Blyton books have been sold.
Posted by Bernadette on July 29, 2012
Hello, do you know if I can purchase Noddy songs? I used to have LP records and tapes for my children and now want them for my grandson.
BarneyBarney says: Noddy records and tapes sometimes turn up on eBay, Bernadette, and you could also try eBid. Failing that, they might be available from the dealers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Aminmec on July 28, 2012
Thanks, I guess I will pick up this book as I like Amelia Jane and will not be able to find the Enid Blyton Magazines or annuals. I wish these stories had been released by Dean or Dragon with their other publishings in the 70s, there would have been less chance of them being updated then.
Posted by Tony on July 28, 2012
For each new paperback edition of Amelia Jane stories there are now five books in the series. The first two have the same contents as the original editions, but for some reason the third book, More About Amelia Jane!, was split into two books, Amelia Jane is Naughty Again and Amelia Jane Gets Into Trouble. As these two books just contain the stories from the original third book, they are both listed under that title. The final book in the series (listed as the 4th book in the Cave), Good Idea, Amelia Jane!, picks up all the uncollected stories from Enid Blyton's Magazine, so the answer to your question, Aminmec, is that these stories have not been published in a book form before, but they are all original Enid Blyton stories.
Posted by Aminmec on July 28, 2012
Thanks. I see that the stories are different from the ones in the three main Amelia Jane books. Is there an option to buy these compiled stories in their original text or is this the only collection now of its sort?
BarneyBarney says: I think that's the only collection of those stories, Aminmec. If you want to be sure of having the original text you'd probably need to track down the issues of Enid Blyton's Magazine (or in some cases the Magazine Annuals) in which those tales were first printed.
Posted by Aminmec on July 27, 2012
Hello Barney, I just came across this book for the first time - Good Idea, Amelia Jane! Is this a collection of never before published stories as it was never part of the Dean series nor had Dragon or Beaver published this earlier? As it's dated 2001, are the stories updated or edited in any way? Please enlighten.
BarneyBarney says: I haven't read that book but it's in the Cave here together with the three main books, so you can compare the story titles and sources. As it's a 2001 publication the stories are likely to have been updated.
Posted by Katie on July 27, 2012
Hi, I'm trying to find a book I had as a child. It has a number of stories in it, one of a squirrel collecting nuts for the winter and another of a pixie with no shadow. Can anyone shed some light onto the name of this book please? x
BarneyBarney says: I'll have a go, Katie, but it's not easy as there are several stories about pixies and their shadows and several about squirrels and their nuts. 'Susie and Her Shadow' is a possibility for the pixie story, and it has appeared in various collections with 'The Squirrel and the Pixie' which is a possibility for the nuts story. Other possibilities include 'The Stolen Shadow' and 'My Nut I Think!' If you put these titles (one at a time) into "Search the database..." in the Cave of Books, you can see which books they appeared in.
Posted by Don Massimo on July 26, 2012
In Italy, on account of a very bad cultural policy, Enid Blyton is not known. I have discovered her in Sri Lanka! How much I like her works! I feel her near me and every day pray for her soul.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you discovered Enid Blyton eventually! Some of her books were translated into Italian but I'm not sure whether they're still available.
Posted by Shruti on July 26, 2012
Hi Barney. I recently read Six Cousins Again. It's a wonderful book and contains some mature writing, a bit different from other Blytons. I haven't read the first one but I know it's good too. Just wanted to share this with you all. Have a nice day.
BarneyBarney says: I agree that the Six Cousins books contain some of Enid Blyton's most mature writing, Shruti. They are gripping family dramas in which adult characters play a major part, as well as child/teenage protagonists. It's a pity the two books are not better known.
Posted by Rachel on July 26, 2012
Is sardine ice cream real? What was high tea?
BarneyBarney says: A few people here claim to have tasted sardine ice cream - there are lots of strange-sounding flavours around these days! I recall that Connie in The Folk of the Faraway Tree only asked for sardine ice cream to be awkward, and was shocked when it actually appeared! Many Enid Blyton characters have afternoon tea (typically bread, jam and cakes) at about 4 PM, followed by supper a few hours later. High tea replaces those two meals, consisting of a fairly substantial meal at about 5.30 - 6.00 PM. In the Six Cousins books it seems to consist of slices of ham, cheese, sausage rolls, slabs of cake, etc.
Posted by Sharon on July 24, 2012
Hi, I just found my old story book, it's Enid Blyton's Bedtime Stories, not sure how old it is, it has a blue cover with a little girl on it and she has a rag doll and a bear and an elf. I was born in 1972 and I was given it for a birthday present when I was very young. Can you help me out with a year? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: If you click here and scroll down to "Reprints" you'll see that that particular edition came out in 1982, Sharon. An attractive cover and a super collection of stories.
Posted by Neha Varghese on July 24, 2012
Hi Barney! I recently read Winter Term at Malory Towers. Is it written by Enid Blyton or Pamela Cox (as the book stated)?
BarneyBarney says: Winter Term at Malory Towers is one of the six sequels by Pamela Cox, Neha. Only the first six titles were written by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Karen Maloney on July 24, 2012
Where would I go to get a complete list of all books by Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: There's one here, Karen, though it includes some books published after Enid Blyton's death which were of course just later compilations or printings of old material. For a full bibliography with cover images and detailed publication details, you might want to invest in Tony Summerfield's 4-volume Illustrated Bibliography (see the Society Shop). Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography has a handy list of Enid Blyton titles at the back.
Posted by Hari on July 24, 2012
I wish I was one of the characters in Enid Blyton's book Five Go to Demon's Rocks.
BarneyBarney says: I know how you feel, Hari. Staying in a lighthouse would be simply smashing!
Posted by Aminmec on July 23, 2012
Emma, may I ask if the story you refer to had a girl who lends her toy tea set for the pixies to use when they lose theirs? If so I faintly remember it to be one amongst the many stories of the "colour" story books. Red, blue, green and yellow story books.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Aminmec. The Red Story Book contains a tale called 'The Pixies' Party' in which Annie lends some pixies her tea-set of pink china with a design of blue forget-me-nots, because their tea-set is broken. They invite Annie to their party. However, none of the pixies paint a tea-set in that story.
Posted by Rachel on July 23, 2012
I am desperate to relive a part of my youth and find an adventure game book, particularly The Wrecker's Tower Game, but all I can see on the internet appear to have the parts missing (decoder, compass, map, etc.) Anyone know where I can find one of these books please? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You could keep an eye on eBay on a regular basis until a complete game comes up, Rachel, or try one of the sellers we list under "Lashings of Links". If all else fails, perhaps you could consider buying two incomplete games which make up a whole game between them. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Emma B. on July 21, 2012
Hi, I'm trying to find a book I read when I was young by Enid Blyton. It was a book full of short stories. One of the stories in it was about a girl who went to the bottom of her garden and found a pixie with a teaset that the pixie had painted. Does anyone know this book and the name? I would love my children to read it. Thanks for your help. x
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't recognise that story, Emma, but I hope someone will be able to help.
Posted by Abi on July 21, 2012
I wish I was one of the characters. Would love to be Anne :D
Posted by Megha Rose on July 21, 2012
Hello Barney, I am a great Enid Blyton fan. She is a marvel. I really wish that I was one among her characters. I agree that she is a real lover of children.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Megha Rose! Yes, many readers wish they could be with Enid Blyton's characters and join in the adventures and fun.
Posted by Elaine on July 18, 2012
Would anyone know which Noddy Annual started with the words ' "Milko, Milko" shouted a voice just outside Noddy's window'? I am 58 years old and remember having a Noddy book, these words stick in my head. I would be interested to know what book it was and whether I would be able to get hold of a copy. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help identify the book, Elaine.
Posted by George on July 18, 2012
Hi, My wife works at a charity shop and they have an edition of Silver & Gold by Enid Blyton illustrated by Lewis Baumer, hardback, reddish colour, published by Nelson. Good condition. Can you give us an idea of its value and how best to dispose of it? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations, George, but you could try consulting a specialist dealer. We list some under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Jamie on July 17, 2012
How much did Enid change her stories as time went by?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was writing from the 1920s to the 1960s, so her stories did move with the times to some extent though she avoided making too many references to popular culture, brands, etc. which helps give her work a timeless feel. Her early tales contain descriptions of small boys wearing "knickers" and families travelling by pony and trap, whereas in later books cars are the norm and references to television and even juke-boxes and chewing gum (The Rubadub Mystery, 1952) begin to creep in.
Posted by Carole on July 17, 2012
Have just received Journal 48 in the post today so haven't read it yet, just skimmed through. I really love my Journals and believe them to be incredibly good value. If postage is becoming a problem then please increase the subscription charge. I'm sure there wouldn't be a single person who would object, particularly if it meant that you could continue to keep alive the spirit of Enid Blyton. Please email Tony and pledge your support in raising the subscription fee.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your kind comments, Carole. Unfortunately the price has just had to go up for subscribers who live abroad because postage rates to foreign parts have increased horrendously, but for now we've managed to keep the UK subscription rate at £10.00 per year. One thing's for sure with the Journal - you get a lot of entertaining and informative reading for your money, attractively presented too!
Posted by Pam on July 17, 2012
Just received Journal 48 and found it a very interesting read - very good value. I loved the Famous Five stories and also the Wishing-Chair ones. Lovely illustrations of two Wishing-Chair books in the centre pages. Keep up the good work !
BarneyBarney says: You certainly know how to put a wag in a dog's tail, Pam!
Posted by Poppy on July 16, 2012
Hi Barney! I got the new Enid Blyton Society Journal on Saturday. I'm really enjoying it.
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased you're enjoying it, Poppy. It's always a thumping good read and great value for money. For anyone reading this who would like to know more about the Journal, take a look at our Fireside Journal section.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on July 16, 2012
I can vouch that Barney is a real dog. I have had the privilege of meeting him on many occasions.
BarneyBarney says: I can vouch for Nigel being real too!
Posted by K on July 16, 2012
Hi Barney - do you happen to know which story/book contains this plot - a tea party, a pixie wants to go to the tea party but is stopped by a horrible goblin, but the pixie can fit in through a hole, but the goblin is too fat so has to jump over a river lots of times to lose weight, but then he is not allowed into the party because his clothes are too dirty? Please help.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't recognise the story but I hope someone can help.
Posted by G.G on July 14, 2012
Woof (hello)! Barney!! Isn't there a character called Barney in an Enid Blyton series who comes with Diana, Roger and Snubby? G.G x I send a pat and stroke with this mail!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Barney is a circus boy but it's just a coincidence that we share the same name.
Posted by Bets Hilton on July 13, 2012
Umm..... Duuhhh. No I'm not. And hey I can see your pic. You're waaay cute but quite socializable! And can you please tell me on which forum I can meet Vivienne Endecott? I have her book in front of me right here. I want to communicate with her. From Bets!
BarneyBarney says: Vivienne Endecott posts on the forums of this website and she also has her own website here. I'm sure she'll be glad to answer any questions you have but she's a busy lady, running two shops and being heavily involved with various events like the Famous Five Adventure Trail, so she might not be able to get back to you immediately.
Posted by Bets Hilton on July 13, 2012
Hi Barney! Bets here again. So.... asking out of curiosity of course, but as you can talk/type you are obviously not a dog. Then you are a person. So to clear my doubts (or curiosity) please say yes. I'm quite harmless and young and can't do anything to you doggy!
BarneyBarney says: Take a look at my picture - that'll tell you whether I'm a dog or not! Are you really Bets Hilton? ;-)
Posted by Robert Gaglione on July 13, 2012
Can you please help? I found a small thin handkerchief. It is approximately 22 cm by 22 cm square. It is white with a yellow gold edging. There is a picture of MR. TUMPYS CARAVAN on it. This is how it is printed under the picture of the caravan and it has Enid Blyton's signature in the bottom left corner, which appears to be printed on the fabric similar to the caravan. The colours are orange, yellow and green. Could you please provide some information on this item?
BarneyBarney says: There's not a lot one can say about this. It is one of a number of handkerchiefs produced in the late 1940s from an illustration by Dorothy M. Wheeler. Not really for blowing a nose with!
Posted by Poppy on July 12, 2012
Very understandable Barney, I completely agree with you about the dogs in Enid Blyton books! Just a tiny bit more than the others I do like Tim! Just a TINY bit though!
Posted by G.G on July 12, 2012
Hi Barney! When was Enid Blyton born and at what age did she write her first story? P.S. - I love dogs! I will give you a good old pat and stroke if I ever chance to meet you! (Do you like pats?) You are a lovely looking dog too! So happy and contented looking with walks and everything!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, G.G.! We dogs do enjoy being made a fuss of now and again! Enid Blyton was born in 1897 and her first published stories appeared in magazines in the early 1920s. You can find out more about her life by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button.
Posted by Bets Hilton on July 12, 2012
Hi Barney! I understand that in Enid's time there was a great deal more discrimination of genders, but being a female herself, I thought it wouldn't happen in her books. As it so happens, I was quite wrong. No offence, but you have to admit that the boys are considered much stronger and braver, and are always getting the moooost exciting jobs. I'm a girl myself, and apart from this factor, she is definitely my favourite author! This is the only sad part, so can you lighten me as to why this discrimination happened? Big pack of dog biscuits for you if you do answer! From Bets!
BarneyBarney says: I think Enid Blyton was simply reflecting the society of the time. Boys were expected to protect girls, especially younger ones. Mind you, there are some feisty females in Enid Blyton's books so readers will be aware that not all girls accepted that they should be meek and mild and miss out on the excitement. Think of George Kirrin, Dinah Mannering, Elizabeth Allen, Ragamuffin Jo and Lotta (Galliano's Circus series), for instance. Even the girls who would prefer a peaceful life, like Anne Kirrin and Lucy-Ann Trent, are brave when adventures come along. The boys may try to keep the girls out of danger, but often they become involved anyway and prove how courageous, resourceful and resilient they are!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on July 12, 2012
Bets Hilton: that has always confused me, too! I realise that the yellowhammer is meant to sing, sounding as if it is saying "a little bit....," but I have never heard it! Unlike the pigeon that clearly says, "My toe bleeds, Betty!" Ana: I have never heard of a laptop spoiling itself; I have heard of a certain dog spoiling itself, though!
BarneyBarney says: Ah well, spoiling oneself is better than soiling oneself (which is what I thought your comment said when I first glanced at it!) If anyone is interested, the song of the yellowhammer can be heard here. The song varies slightly but the basic pattern sounds a bit like "little bit of bread and no cheese" (though other words could be put to the same rhythm).
Posted by Susan Webster on July 11, 2012
Hi, dear old dog. Not too well today - think it was that burger I ate last night at our Beavers/Cubs sizzle to end our year now till September. Haven't been out or seen anyone. Was reading my Enid Blyton book at 4.30am. Yes, that model railway exhibition was great last Saturday and real trains ran too. On Monday I was at Chasewater again with two friends as it was a lovely afternoon. The reservoir was emptied last year so the dams could be repaired and now due to all this rain it's now half full. We were walking where water should be! Saw my first ever bee orchid by the ranger's office. What type of nature books did Enid write and are they available today as it would be nice to get some? Have a nice juicy bone and doggie chocs.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you soon feel better, Sue, and that you'll be able to enjoy some more nice days out in the near future. Enid Blyton's nature books include these titles and these; also 'The Bird Book', 'The Animal Book', 'Birds of Our Gardens', 'The Children of Cherry Tree Farm' and 'The Adventures of Pip'. 'The Adventures of Pip' involves pixies and is for very young children. One of the most informative books, beautifully illustrated, is 'Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book'. Most of these won't be in print now, but secondhand copies turn up on eBay and Abebooks.
Posted by Bets Hilton on July 11, 2012
Hi Barney! I noticed while reading The Mountain of Adventure that in many of her books, Blyton says something about a yellowhammer asking for a little bit of bread and no cheese. Not being British myself, I never really got this. Possible to explain? From Bets!
BarneyBarney says: It's just the rhythm of the song that yellowhammers sing, Bets. Yellowhammers are birds in the bunting family, and the males have yellow heads and yellow underparts. They repeat the same rhythm over and over, and some people say that it sounds as though they're saying "(A) little bit of bread and no cheese".
Posted by Ana on July 11, 2012
Hi Barney! I'm shifting to a new city in India tomorrow which is why I won't be able to talk to you. It happens that the laptop there is super-good in spoiling itself. Actually I spoilt it two times last time I went to Pune making myself land into really deep trouble. Actually I'm used to computers and as the computers don't spoil so easily and that laptop is very delicate, I've taken almost an oath not to touch that laptop again. So Barney, three bones, a chocolate biscuit and a delicious pack of 'Jimminy Sweets' for you! You know what that is don't you? You put it in your mouth and say "Jimminy Choco cream"! You can say anything but you should say Jimminy first. It appeared in one Enid's books. So I want you to finish those treats before I next reconnect with you! Goodbye pal! Take care!
BarneyBarney says: Oooh - have fun in Pune and thanks for the Jimminy Sweets and other goodies, Ana! If you're not careful you're going to end up spoiling me as well as the laptop! ;-)
Posted by Lucy on July 10, 2012
What inspired Enid Blyton to write?
BarneyBarney says: Like any other writer, Enid Blyton realised she had a gift for putting things into words. She also had a vivid imagination, and stories would flood into her mind when she went to bed at night. She was inspired by people and animals she knew, places she had seen, experiences she'd had and books she had read. These things would crop up in her writing, but altered to suit the story.
Posted by Ana on July 10, 2012
Hello, Barney! I'm mad about this site, actually who thought of this wonderful idea of a message board and a dog replying to the messages? It's a phenomenal idea! I'm glad there are thousands of fans of Enid. The people here like Susan Webster, Poppy, Nigel, Katie and actually everyone here are so co-operative. Glad to know such people. And you are also co-operative, Barney! I'm very happy to know that most of the people here thought the same about Anonymous thinking of Enid as a horrible person. What was that saying now - yes "Great Minds Think Alike" isn't it, Barney? :D :)
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ana. I love the website and our members/visitors too. It's a very friendly community of people - and dogs! It was my Master's idea that I should reply to messages, and I immediately said "Wuff wuff" (meaning that I agreed to do it). I'm following in the pawprints of Enid's dog Bobs, who used to write letters to her readers.
Posted by Tiffany on July 10, 2012
Hi Barney! Are there reasons why the original texts are no longer available?
BarneyBarney says: Publishers have gone down the road of keeping the language of the books "contemporary". Unfortunately they usually can't afford to keep two versions in print (though Hodder do produce two sets of the Famous Five series - more traditional and less traditional - but neither has the original text). Maybe things will change in the future, as electronic books become more and more popular.
Posted by Alice Richardson on July 9, 2012
Hi everyone, I hope you can help me - we are making a documentary and would really like to get hold of a representative of the Enid Blyton Estate to do an interview. I am struggling to find any contact details on-line and thought you might have a tip as to where to look? Many thanks, Alice.
BarneyBarney says: Hodder Children's Books recently bought the Enid Blyton copyright from Chorion. Good luck with the documentary, Alice.
Posted by Poppy on July 8, 2012
Who do you like better Barney? Scamper (Secret Seven), Timmy (Famous Five), Buster (Mystery books) or Loony (Barney Mysteries)? I would say Timmy, though you would probably get on well with them all Barney wouldn't you!
BarneyBarney says: A good question, Poppy, but I can't decide. Scamper is so friendly, Timmy is very intelligent, Buster is a comforting companion and Loony is wonderfully madcap. And all of them are brave and loyal. I would probably choose a different one each time, depending on my mood!
Posted by Cutiepye on July 7, 2012
Enid Blyton books are among the most edited kids' books around. It's not just for PC reasons either. Old money (shillings, guineas, sixpences etc) have been changed to modern pounds and pence - and their values increased, so the Famous Five no longer all eat out on a shilling; they spend a tenner instead. In one Malory Towers book something as innocuous as cold cream has been changed to face cream in case modern kiddies might not know what the former is (the notion that they could simply ask someone doesn't seem to cross the editors' minds). Most references to slapping, punching, hitting etc have also vanished from modern editions. And naturally the cover art/illustrations now show modern kids in hoodies and trainers and jeans etc instead of kids from the 40s and 50s when most were written. Why has so much attention been given to Blyton books? Well partly because they're so popular and partly because they are actually a lot older than people realise - many being first published in the 1940s - which makes them too old to be 'modern' but not old enough to be historicals. Yet.
Posted by Cutiepye on July 7, 2012
Hello! Barney, I want to ask is there any 22nd part of the Famous Five?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton only wrote 21 full-length Famous Five books, though she also wrote a few short stories which have been collected into one volume (The Famous Five Short Story Collection, previously called Five Have a Puzzling Time and Other Stories). French author Claude Voilier wrote a lot of Famous Five sequels in the 1970s, 18 of which were translated into English in the 1980s.
Posted by Ana on July 6, 2012
Hi Barney! Why on earth did the producer of the film Enid show Enid's negative side? I mean, did they even show her love for children and the way she tried her best to make children grow up with kindness? I guess you read the story 'Pass It On' which was the last story in Walkaway Shoes. I actually didn't see that Enid film but I hear it shows Enid's negative side especially from Chloe. It's driving Enid's 'would be' readers away from her books. It's not fair. Who on earth was the producer of that crazy film? Who starred as Enid? I hate the producer. Okay, three bones and a macaroon and an ice cream for you for reading this long message. Bye!
BarneyBarney says: Golly - I'd better make all these treats last a while or I'll be waddling along and won't have a hope of catching a rabbit! ;-) The Enid drama does attempt to explore why Enid Blyton treated people as she did (e.g. cutting her first husband and her mother out of her life completely) so it's not wholly unsympathetic, and Helena Bonham Carter does a good job of portraying Enid. It's just that it could have been more balanced. If anyone would like to know more about the film, there's a forums thread about it here.
Posted by Susan Webster on July 6, 2012
Hi, I was feeling fed up today, got a rotten cold, forgot my sister-in-law's birthday and went into town in all the rotten rain to get and post a card. It's just that the rain is getting too much and I can't get out adventuring! I did find a book I hadn't got in Waterstones called The Secret Seven Short Story Collection so going to get lost in that! Going to Chasewater Light Railway tomorrow with the Bloxwich Model Railway Club I'm in and some of them have their displays on show at the model railway exhibition. If you are near come and say hi, it's in Chasewater Country Park near Brownhills, Staffs. Any Famous Five fans - join the club on the forum. Go to Miscellaneous and on to the Famous Five Club.
BarneyBarney says: Hope you have a smashing day tomorrow Sue, whatever the weather. Keep a look out for spook trains!
Posted by Ethan on July 6, 2012
Barney, In my bedroom I can see a tree that is faraway and looks like Dame Washalot throwing water over the tree.
BarneyBarney says: Have you tried climbing it? ;-)
Posted by Peter on July 6, 2012
Hey Barney. I asked you a question last time.
BarneyBarney says: Not all messages get approved as some are not considered to be of general interest, or they amount to nothing more than chit-chat.
Posted by Mr. Stick on July 5, 2012
Thanks Nigel. I've not heard of this site before - I'll definitely try it.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on July 5, 2012
Mr. Stick, you could always try eBid, another great auction site. As with eBay, hundreds if not thousands of Enid Blyton memorabilia and books are on offer.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Nigel. You're as good as a dog any day!
Posted by Mr. Stick on July 4, 2012
Hi - other than eBay, is there anywhere that I can find the Famous Five Club badges that used to be issued in the 50s and 60s?
BarneyBarney says: You could try the dealers we list under Lashings of Links. Best of luck with your search.
Posted by Saky on July 3, 2012
Anonymous, if you look at it from a negative aspect always, we all are horrible people.
BarneyBarney says: Thank goodness I'm a dog! ;-)
Posted by Libra on July 3, 2012
I have been reading Enid Blyton's books since I was about three. I used to carry them around with me and pretend to read them. So cute. I love Enid Blyton's books!
Posted by Poppy on July 2, 2012
What??? Who said Enid Blyton was a horrible person? She is a FANTASTIC writer and that's all I'm bothered about. No horrible person could bring such happiness and delight as Enid did to all the children of her time up to now. She is a perfectly lovely person! She's brilliant! Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was only human, but I agree with you Poppy that the important thing is that she put the best of herself into her books.
Posted by Ana on July 2, 2012
Hi! Oh my, how can anyone even think of referring to Enid by 'horrible person'! Actually I'm shocked. Anonymous, I guess you don't think you should write your name if you called Enid a horrible person. You said she became horrible to you JUST by reading her life story. Ever tried to see her positive side? I still go with what someone said here: "Enid Blyton should be judged for her writing not her personal life". I love that sentence. Okay anyways, Barney I meant that the books Enid had written by hand (there wouldn't be computers at that time)are ALL those stories in print and released in bookshops? OK bye!
BarneyBarney says: A good point, Ana. Lots of famous writers didn't/don't lead exemplary lives, yet their stories and characters are much-loved by many. Enid Blyton typed the majority of her books. Most of the main novels and a lot of the short stories are still in print and available from bookshops, though publishers have updated the language a little in recent years.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2012
I am shocked at what a horrible person Enid Blyton was just seeing her life story .
BarneyBarney says: If you're talking about the 2009 Enid drama, it tended to focus on the negative aspects of Enid Blyton's personality and didn't bring out her positive side. She was a capable and enthusiastic teacher of young children, a talented pianist and a nature-lover. She responded warmly to her young fans, inspiring them not only to read and write but to raise money for various charities. Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography gives a more balanced picture. And the best of Blyton lives on in her books, which continue to enthrall children around the world. They are her lasting legacy.
Posted by Mariejune on July 1, 2012
I am trying to remember a series with the Famous Four. There were four children. The children were Anne and her brothers and their cousin Georgina. Georgina had dark curly hair while Anne had straight hair. Our teacher used to read these to us in England in 1950. My small granddaughter is consuming Enid Blyton books. I was never able to locate these for my own children.
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of the Famous Five series, the fifth (and most intelligent!) member of the group being Timmy the dog. The books are still in print, although the language has been updated in recent years.
Posted by Mu'minah on June 30, 2012
All right, thanks Barney. I think I'll read the Wishing-Chair series to my sister next. I've already read to her the Enchanted Wood series, two of the Amelia Jane books (though that seemed to make her almost as mischievous as Amelia for the next few days!), the Mr. Twiddle series, one of the Mr. Pink-Whistle books, one of the Mr. Meddle books (I only have one of each) and a few other stand-alone books. I don't yet have the Galliano's Circus books and The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies. Anyway, thanks again Barney, big bone for you!
BarneyBarney says: And a cream cake and a macaroon for you Mu'minah, for reading your sister all those stories!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on June 30, 2012
Hey Barney. Please tell me if Lisa, Phil or Green Hedges get any news about the run along man who sold spoons. I will tell you if I get some news.
BarneyBarney says: I can't remember whether anyone came up with any information, but it's possible that the story is not by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Ali on June 29, 2012
Hi, Enid Blyton is my favorite author. I simply love her stories.
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to know that you love Enid Blyton's stories, though your message would be more interesting to read if you said which books you like best, and why.
Posted by Mu'minah on June 29, 2012
Hi Barney! What series do you recommend I read to my 7-year-old sister?
BarneyBarney says: It depends. Books that might appeal to a child of that age include the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series, the Mr. Galliano's Circus books, stories about characters like Mr. Pink-Whistle and Mr. Meddle, and the Naughtiest Girl series. A good stand-alone book is The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on June 29, 2012
Hey Barney. Can you tell me if the search for the run along man who sold spoons is over? I don't expect you remember it after all these years though.
BarneyBarney says: I recall someone asking about that character but I can't remember whether anyone came up with the answer!
Posted by Peter on June 29, 2012
Hey Barney. Can you tell me now how many years old Enid Blyton is?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid she died in 1968, Peter!
Posted by Ana on June 29, 2012
Hi Barney! How are you? We reached safely to India. Um....are all books of Enid published and released? I think I've asked you this question before but I can't bother to look for it now. Pretty lazy of me isn't it? Did you finish gnawing and chewing those five bones I gave you? If it is so I'm very, very surprised and then I'll give you one more bone. Bye!
BarneyBarney says: I'm still busy demolishing the bones, thank you Ana! I'm glad you've arrived safely in India. If you mean are all of Enid Blyton's books still in print, most of the full-length novels are and so are a lot of the short stories.
Posted by Francis on June 28, 2012
Dear Barney, Yes, it seems that is the second in that series. The cover is similar to the first book though a different scene from the TV series. It was first published in 1984. I will send a scan of the cover to Tony when I get my scanner working! Well done, Barney. Regards Francis.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Francis!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on June 28, 2012
Hey Barney. How did you guess that my brother's name is Peter last time?
BarneyBarney says: We dogs have a nose for these things!
Posted by Ice_Gemz on June 27, 2012
More often than not I read the forum on my iPod but I can't see the button for starting a new thread on it whereas I can on my computer. Confused?!
BarneyBarney says: I'd say that's a query for our webmaster, Keith Robinson. You can email him on
Posted by Francis on June 27, 2012
Dear Barney, Just obtained a Famous Five hardback book containing Five Go to Smuggler's Top, Five on a Treasure Island, Five Go Adventuring Again and Five Fall Into Adventure. It has a cover showing a scene from the 1979 TV series and was published by WH Smith in association with Hodder and Stoughton. Is this a known book as I couldn't find it in the Cave of Books? Regards, Francis.
BarneyBarney says: I couldn't find it in the Cave of Books either, though not all books published since Enid Blyton's death have been listed yet. Is it perhaps a companion volume to this?
Posted by Lenore on June 26, 2012
The jimdandy beast can be found in the book: The Enchanted Forest and Other Stories by Mary Shipman Andrews.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Lenore. I hope the person who asked about that is still looking in.
Posted by Ethan on June 26, 2012
Dear Barney, how does Fatty do ventriloquism? It would be fun if I could do it myself. PS. How does Enid Blyton write books so quickly with lots of fun in them?
BarneyBarney says: Methinks you've been reading The Mystery of the Strange Bundle! You could always try and get hold of a book about ventriloquism, or look online for instructions, but I imagine it takes a great deal of practice. Regarding your question about Enid Blyton, she had a quick mind, a vivid imagination and a childlike sense of humour.
Posted by Jon on June 26, 2012
Re: Little Noddy Car Game circa 1953: Hi - I wonder if anyone can help - in the back of the game box there is a message signed in facsimile by Noddy which declares that this is a new game and asks for children's ideas/opinions as to how to improve the game/new games with a reward of 50 shillings. The rules are also displayed but they are not the same as later rules that I have seen on this website. Is this a first edition/prototype game? Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure that we know the answer to this, perhaps owners of the Car Game reading this may be able to help you. Games are not normally thought of as 1st editions, so if you are just wanting to sell it I don't think it would make much difference as long as the box is the same as the original one.
Posted by Danny on June 26, 2012
I love Enid Blyton's books. They are really good and she has written TONS! I wish she was alive to keep writing. Danny ;)
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on June 26, 2012
Hey Barney. The Secret Seven are my favourite series. What is your favourite series? Recently my brother had asked what age the S. S. members are. Guess his name too.
BarneyBarney says: I expect your brother's name is Peter! I like stories with plenty of excitement so the Adventure series is probably my favourite.
Posted by Peter on June 26, 2012
Hey Barney. Can you tell me when Enid Blyton's birthday is?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's birthday is 11th August. She was born in 1897.
Posted by Poppy on June 25, 2012
Hi Barney, finding the forums really good. Really interesting. What was the most popular Enid Blyton book in the days of Blyton? Thanks, Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your comments about the forums, Poppy. I don't think we can pick out just one book, but the Famous Five series was perhaps the most popular series. Children in the 1950s and beyond could join the Famous Five Club - they would receive a badge and a membership card and would do jobs or hold sales or raffles to raise money for charity.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on June 25, 2012
Hey Barney. Last time I was a little surprised that Philip didn't give the bargua a name. I mean, just look at this: Island - Rat - Woffles, Castle - Fox cub - Button, Valley - Lizard - Lizzie, Sea - Puffins (X2) - Huffin and Puffin, Mountain - Slow Worm - Sally, Ship - Monkey - Micky, Circus - Dormouse - Snoozy.
BarneyBarney says: You're right that the bargua is the odd one out in not being named, but then the situation is different. Normally the animals Philip befriends are wild creatures which feel drawn to him. They are healthy, lively and full of character, and Philip enjoys their companionship knowing that they will continue with their natural lives when he has moved on. There are a few exceptions, e.g. Micky whom I assume must have been given to a zoo, but the monkey wasn't leading a good life in its native country so may well be better off in captivity. The bargua, however, has had its poison ducts cut which, according to Philip, is "a horrible trick, because it usually means that the snake dies in three or four weeks' time." So he can't rejoice in the bargua the way he rejoices in the other animals, as he knows it is dying. And perhaps he would feel even more attached to it if he gave it a name.
Posted by Katie on June 25, 2012
What were Enid's thoughts on America?
BarneyBarney says: Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography that when Enid Blyton visited America in 1948 she "had nothing but praise for American business efficiency" but was "deeply shocked" by the pace and toughness of American society.
Posted by Ana Asif on June 24, 2012
Hello dear Barney! What were you doing, pal? You told me to take a break but I think I've had enough breaks, maybe I'll just read the Hardy Boys IF I see them, or something like that. You know I just have two days to go to India or maybe one because I'm going on Tuesday morning! My specs number has increased to 3.00 and I'm so ashamed! The doctor said that it will increase every 3-6 months. I'm sitting here because I'm angry with my mom for hiding our Ipad 3! Okay buddy I wrote a lot, maybe you won't be seeing me for a long time because I'm going to India. That's why I'm giving you five bones and three pats! Bye, enjoy!! Ana
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the bones and the pats, Ana! Perhaps your mom thinks the Ipad isn't good for your eyes! I hope you have a smashing time in India. Maybe you'll pick up some bargain books there!
Posted by Joey on June 22, 2012
Hello, I would like to make a movie using some characters from Enid's books and show the movie to people... Do you think I would be allowed to do this? Thanks, Joey.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know the scale of the project you have in mind, Joey, but Hodder own the copyright so you could always check with them.
Posted by Neha Varghese on June 22, 2012
Hi Barney! I just wanted to know more about St. Clare's editions. Are they like Malory Towers?
BarneyBarney says: The two series are similar in some ways, Neha, though each school has its unique features. If you enjoyed the Malory Towers books, I think you'd enjoy the St. Clare's books.
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on June 22, 2012
Nigel Rowe, yes I am reporting from "The Wretched of the Earth." In Enid Blyton's time, the popular wordage used at the time was "tramp" rather than "bum." The online Merriam-Webster Dictionary suggests that "plump" is very much related to "obese."
BarneyBarney says: Where's "The Wretched of the Earth", I wonder? "Bum" isn't used in that context in Britain - we usually say "tramp" or "homeless person". "Plump" and "obese" are only related in that they both mean "fat", but "obese" is a medical term and means you're significantly over your ideal body weight (20% or more) while "plump" just means you're rounded or chubby.
Posted by Susan Webster on June 21, 2012
Hi, just a thought - how about a special badge for the Famous Five's 70th anniversary? I'm sure lots of Famous Five fans and Famous Five Club members (on the forum Famous Five Club) would be thrilled to own and wear one. I would!
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like a good idea, Sue, but these things are usually planned some time in advance so it might be a bit late in the day for an official badge to be produced now.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on June 21, 2012
"Homeless Bums" in Peterswood? Whatever next?! Aren't we now saturated with plugs for this wretched book that hardly anyone has bought? Incidentally, Fatty was rather plump, he wasn't obese.
BarneyBarney says: Homeless bums indeed! What would Enid have said? Certainly not 'bottoms up'!
Posted by kaushik on June 21, 2012
sir,i am trying to write the naugtiest girl,s series next part,but as it is a copyright I want your permission..!!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether to take this message seriously or not. If you make so many punctuation errors in one simple sentence, how can you hope to write a book? In case you are serious, the copyright is owned by Hodder but they might not want any more Naughtiest Girl sequels because Anne Digby has already written six.
Posted by Darrel Rivers! on June 20, 2012
Hey Barney, about Darrel being with 2 l's, I'm unique! Even my real name isn't spelled the way it should be!
BarneyBarney says: I suppose I could go all cool and trendy and call myself "Barni", but somehow I don't think it would suit me!
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on June 20, 2012
June Johns, I touch quite a bit on Fatty and P.C. Goon in my book, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage. I think Enid Blyton was trying to address the complex relationship between law enforcement and the local community it is trying to serve which is not always an easy aspect. Yes, I do agree that P.C. Goon is a very tragic figure. Enid Blyton also was trying to debunk the myth about obese people being fat, lazy and stupid. This explains why Fatty, the main protagonist in the Mystery series is very sharp and smart, though at the other end of the spectrum, we are presented with P.C. Goon, who is obese and stupid. Nonetheless, the series also underscores the complex world of police work. For instance, it is the responsibility of Goon, not Fatty, to patrol the village of Peterswood, which includes passing through the village's trenches and oftentimes comes across homeless bums who if they were armed could pose danger to Goon's life. At times, The Five Find-Outers use Goon as a stepping stone in solving some crimes.
Posted by June Johns on June 19, 2012
Oh, Darrell you can be worse than Our Blessed Martyr St. Catherine! I think Mr. Goon was one of Enid's most tragic figures. No one really gave him a chance and the more I think about his possible fate after the series the sadder I feel. Whatever his faults, Goon did not deserve the treatment from Fatty and the others.
Posted by Darrel Rivers! on June 19, 2012
Hi Barney, in Darrel's (my!) fifth year at Malory Towers why is June showed kinda evil? Potted meat biscuits for you if you answer!
BarneyBarney says: A mixture of characters is essential in a school story, to make it exciting, but June is not wholly bad and eventually comes to realise that she has gone too far. By the way, "Darrell" ends with double L!
Posted by Darrel Rivers! on June 19, 2012
Hey Barney, can you tell me how many years old the kids are in The Secret Island and the first Secret Seven book?
BarneyBarney says: Unless I'm mistaken, I don't think Enid Blyton tells us. In fact, Jack in The Secret Island doesn't even know how old he is.
Posted by Keith Robinson on June 17, 2012
Jack, The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage is now available as a full download to members, and the new serial is online. Don't blame Barney for this delay; he had pawed the latest story onto my desk and woofed several reminders at me, but I had visitors from England for three weeks and somehow forgot about it!
BarneyBarney says: Cheers, Keith! Pity I won't get the chance to use that wet sponge though - I was quite looking forward to it!
Posted by jacktrent on June 17, 2012
Hi Barney, Some of us have been waiting for an update of the website so as to be able to download the whole of the latest serial as one file, and hopefully to see a new serial starting. Maybe if you bark loudly enough the webmaster will wake up?
BarneyBarney says: If barking doesn't work I'll have to try a cold, wet sponge! ;-)
Posted by Peter on June 16, 2012
Hey Barney! Can you tell me how many years old are the S.S. members in the final mystery (Fun for the Secret Seven)?
BarneyBarney says: Like many characters in children's fiction, I don't think the Secret Seven age very much even though their mysteries seem to span several years. As they don't attend boarding-school, which most older children do in Blyton books, it's probable that they're about 9-10 years old.
Posted by Enid blyton's greatest fan on June 16, 2012
Hi Barney, I know I asked about it last time but what did Philip name the bargua? I know that this is a silly question to ask. But are you really a dog?
BarneyBarney says: Philip didn't give the bargua a name. As for whether I'm really a dog, take a look at my picture and decide for yourself!
Posted by Find-Outer on June 15, 2012
Hello Barney, I am pleased to be a member of the Enid Blyton Society and I am nine years old. My favourite of Enid's books is The Mystery of the Missing Man. Bye,xxx
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Find-Outer! I agree that The Mystery of the Missing Man is a great book in a great series.
Posted by Javier on June 14, 2012
Hi Barney! I hope you are enjoying the warm weather! I was wondering if you went to the Enid Blyton Day this year. I have never been able to attend myself but I always enjoy reading about it and looking at the photographs! Could you please tell us what happened this year? Thank you very much!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Javier - I try to enjoy the sunshine while I can as we haven't had much of it lately! I was "on guard" on the website on the Enid Blyton Day, but those who went had a simply smashing time. We hope to get a write-up and photos on the website, but for now you can read all about it on the forums in the Enid Blyton Day 2012 thread (page 45 onwards).
Posted by Ana on June 14, 2012
Hi Barney! I need your help. I think I'm getting a bit monotonous reading Enid Blyton's stories. Though my soul won't rest until I finish reading her short-stories and her novels. How do I get my interest back in them? And how is the word "poem" pronounced? As po-yem or poem like the "O" pronounced in bone? I think it's po-yem. Anyways the major event is gonna happen! I'm going to India to my cousins! What do you think of that? Three bones and a pat Barney!
BarneyBarney says: You could always read other authors for now, Ana, and go back to Enid Blyton when you've had a break. Alternatively, you could perhaps renew your interest by setting yourself a project based on a Blyton book or series - e.g. create a collage based on Blyton, or write a story using her characters, or compile a book of your favourite Blyton quotations. The word "poem" is usually pronounced "PO-im", though in some parts of Britain people say "porm" (I think that's the way Ern says it in the Find-Outers books, though Enid Blyton spells it "pome"). Thank you for the bones and the pat. Lucky you, going to India! I hope you have fun with your cousins!
Posted by Fathima on June 14, 2012
Dear Barney, I love Enid Blyton books. I want to know if you can send free Enid Blyton books to Sri Lanka Colombo please. Give me an answer soon please.
BarneyBarney says: Like clothes, housing, dog biscuits and most other things in life, Fathima, books don't come for free! I realise that you might have trouble finding Enid Blyton books in Sri Lanka though, and I sympathise. Have you tried asking if the library can get them in? If not, how about looking online? Secondhand copies can often be found cheaply, though of course there will be postage to pay. If all else fails, perhaps relatives would agree to buy you Enid Blyton books for your birthday or some other celebration?
Posted by Ethan on June 12, 2012
Barney, I wish Enid Blyton were alive today because I would like to meet her and give some ideas of books that she can write. In fact I am writing a book myself. PS. If you see Ethan Syben on the front cover of a book that says The Mystery of the Dead Dogs that probably is my book. You should pick it up and read it yourself.
BarneyBarney says: Dead dogs? It sounds quite a scary read!
Posted by Ethan on June 12, 2012
Barney, how many collections did Enid Blyton do? PS. Sorry I haven't been posting messages lately.
BarneyBarney says: If you mean collections of short stories I'm not sure how many were published during Enid Blyton's lifetime, Ethan, but some tales appeared in several different collections. If you look at our Cave of Books page you'll see that you're told the number of books in each category, though those numbers include books published after Enid Blyton's death (publishers continue to bring out new collections of the short stories).
Posted by Alana Changa on June 12, 2012
I grew up reading Enid Blyton books, and now I have done the same to my daughter. We love her books. Whenever they are available I always buy. I am 33 years old and still cannot stop reading them.
BarneyBarney says: Good for you - you're one of the lucky people for whom Enid Blyton books are a lifelong pleasure!
Posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2012
Dear Barney, How many books and novels and short stories did Enid actually write all together? Cute Barney, could you visit our school some day please?! Secret Enid admirer.
BarneyBarney says: The usual answer to the "how many books?" question is "about 700", though it depends what counts as a book. Enid Blyton provided the text for picture books; contributed articles, poems and stories to magazines and newspapers as well as writing whole magazines; wrote articles for books on nature and education; and used some of her short stories several times in different collections. However, we do know that she wrote over 180 novels and around 4000-5000 short stories as well as plays, poems and articles. Visiting your school would be difficult as I don't know where it is! Neither do I know your name, and it always feels a tad unfriendly when people come on as "Anonymous". A username would do!
Posted by Lucy-Ann on June 11, 2012
It's lovely reading the letters sent in by the children to Enid Blyton and the noble offer by Eddie, Daisy and Julie to post the replies made by Anita to them.<3 I think the Enid Blyton Society has the best people and I do hope the children will receive their replies. Your master and you have made some children very happy!!!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your kind words, Lucy-Ann. I'm like a dog with two tails!
Posted by Katie on June 11, 2012
Did Enid like the Narnia books?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think we know whether she read them, Katie. The Narnia books were published between 1950 and 1956 when Enid Blyton was in her fifties, and even her daughters Gillian and Imogen were already in their teens/twenties.
Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2012
Thanks, Barney! How did Enid get the ideas for these books?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was inspired by things she had experienced, read or heard, and her rich imagination transformed and embroidered these experiences into wonderful tales. To find out more, take a look at our Enid the Writer section.
Posted by Lisa on June 10, 2012
Hello Barney, are there more than just the first five 'Famous Five' books to be reillustrated for the 70th anniversary? I'm just asking because my son has had the anniversary books bought for his birthday and would like the rest of the series but if possible with the new illustrations. Hope you can help, Lisa.
BarneyBarney says: Hello Lisa, I'm afraid that only the first five titles had their covers reillustrated for the 70th Anniversary and there are no plans to do the same with the others. I hope your son will enjoy reading the rest of the series anyway.
Posted by Susan Webster on June 10, 2012
Hi Poppy, I have just seen your message and yes, House-at-the-Corner is a good read. I have it in hardback but can't remember where I got it from! When Aunt Grace goes to stay with the Farrells,only Lizzie meets her at the station and this is not surprising for Pam is spoilt and stuck up, Tony is silly and mean and the twins only care about each other. When disaster stikes the House-at-the-Corner the family begins to change - and soon even Aunt Grace hardly recognises them! This is on the back of the book.
Posted by Shruti on June 9, 2012
Hi Barney, I recently got The Secret Mountain as you suggested and it was great. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased you enjoyed it, Shruti. It's a thrilling story.
Posted by Anonymous on June 9, 2012
I totally love Enid Blyton's books but some people are writing books and then saying she wrote them! Why are they doing this?
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean that some of the continuation books by other writers have only Enid Blyton's name on the cover? A few publishers used to do that (it was the decision of the publisher, not the author) and some of those editions may still be in the shops, but about a year ago Chorion asked that the real author's name be put on the cover of future editions. Hodder have since bought the Enid Blyton copyright from Chorion, but I don't think that should make any difference.
Posted by Steve on June 8, 2012
Why do some of you want more than one copy of the same book? Sorry but I am getting more and more frustrated by the same people buying yet another copy of the book they have previously bought earlier particularly on places like Ebay! Give some us the chance to own a copy!!
BarneyBarney says: I am not sure who it is that is upsetting you, Steve, but I don't think anybody on this site has mentioned that they are buying more than one copy of the same book. I'm sorry that you are getting more and more frustrated but I guess you can always outbid whoever it is. I thought all bidders were anonymous on Ebay anyway now, so it isn't possible to say who it is that is thwarting you.
Posted by Paul on June 7, 2012
Lilly might be young which might account for her confusion over the reality of Enid Blyton's death. Go easy on her, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: I too thought Lilly might be young, which is why I took the time to answer her question in some detail.
Posted by Poppy on June 7, 2012
Hi Barney, is there a book called House-at-the-Corner by Enid Blyton? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's one of Enid Blyton's stand-alone family novels and it's a very good read.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on June 7, 2012
Hey Barney. Can you let me know which pet Philip had in The River of Adventure?
BarneyBarney says: Philip had a snake called a bargua.
Posted by Ana on June 6, 2012
Hi Barney! One simple question, are you and related?
BarneyBarney says: is our "sister site", Ana. The sites are separate but the people who run them know one another and are friends. In fact, Keith Robinson who owns is also the webmaster for this site (i.e. he deals with the technical side of things).
Posted by Lilly on June 4, 2012
I love Enid Blyton and her interesting books but I have a question: how do her website is working till now, I mean when I ask a question I see an answer so how and who is the person who answers and it is suppose nobody answer because Enid Blyton died so how?
BarneyBarney says: Your question is a little confusing, Lilly, but I'll have a go at answering it. Enid Blyton died in 1968, when home computers and the internet were things of the future, so she couldn't have known that there would ever be an Enid Blyton Society website. This website was set up by Blyton fans a few years ago. The Message Board questions are clearly not answered by Enid but by me, Barney the dog. As well as reading her books I've also read lots of books and articles by people who were associated with Enid Blyton or who have studied her life and work, including the very informative Enid Blyton - the Biography by Barbara Stoney.
Posted by Anonymous on June 3, 2012
Is Enid Blyton alive now ?
BarneyBarney says: No, she died in 1968. However, the best of her lives on in her books. You can find out more about her life in our "Author of Adventure" section.
Posted by Biggles on June 3, 2012
Matt Baker was in Corfe Castle with children dressed in the post war style being filmed for Country File on 1st June 2012.
Posted by Francis on June 2, 2012
Barney! You forget to mention the wonderful "Adventure" series amongst the most famous Blyton series. You need to eat more memory biscuits!
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed a fabulous series but not as well-known as the others - though it deserves to be!
Posted by Abi/7up on June 2, 2012
Hallo Barney! The Famous Five is the most famous Blyton series but I was wondering which series is the second most famous. I have a feeling it is the Five Find-Outers or the Secret Seven. Bag of bones for you if you answer!!
BarneyBarney says: Hallo Abi/7up! I'm not sure why, but the Secret Seven appear to be better-known than the Five Find-Outers. However, the Faraway Tree series is frequently mentioned in polls about people's favourite children's books so that may well be Enid Blyton's second most famous series, though I can't say for certain. The Malory Towers books are popular too and so is Noddy, though not everyone who knows Noddy is aware that he is an Enid Blyton character.
Posted by Paul on June 2, 2012
For all the criticism that gets levelled at Enid, I think that Anne Fine is right in that Enid wasn't "evil" and that she would have agreed to edit her books in order to cause the least harm and offence to children, no matter how many adults get tied in a knot!
BarneyBarney says: "Evil" would certainly be a strong word to use about an author whose books have entertained, educated and inspired generations of children around the world!
Posted by Poppy on June 2, 2012
I love Malory Towers, those books are great!
Posted by Ellen C Ackermann on May 31, 2012
I have a copy of Noddy's First Board Game, but I don't have the instructions. Can anyone help? Thank you! Ellen
Posted by Poppy on May 31, 2012
Thanks Barney, really interesting how Enid published her first book.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome!
Posted by Aneeta Chauhan on May 31, 2012
Hi, We're a reputed publisher of school textbooks for students across India. We're currently working on an ELT series for grades 1 to 8. We wish to use the poem ‘The caterpillar and the butterfly' by Enid Blyton in one of our books. We believe the copyright for the poem lies with you. Since the books are meant for primary and middle school students, we need to keep the prices low. We'd be greatly obliged therefore, if you could grant us gratis permission or accept a token fee to use the said material. We would, of course, give credit as advised by you. Please respond at the earliest so that we can go ahead with the process.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your enquiry, but I'm afraid we're not the copyright holders. The Enid Blyton copyright is owned by Hodder, who can be contacted through their website.
Posted by Anmol Venkatesh on May 30, 2012
Hi Barney, I am currently reading The Adventurous Four and I wanted to know that is it about survival or adventure? Thanks. Cheers, Anmol.
BarneyBarney says: If you're already reading it you'll soon find out that it's an exciting World War II adventure story, Anmol. Happy reading!
Posted by Shruti on May 29, 2012
Yeah, that might be the reason. No pets! And Enid's pet characters are so lovable. (My favourite is Snubby's Loony - who is yours?) Will definitely try out the books you recommended when I get a copy. Thanks for your answer. Good wishes to you and all the Blyton fans. :) Keep up the good work!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Shruti. I like Loony too, but then I like all the dogs really - Loony, Timmy, Scamper, Shadow, Lucky, Crackers, Topsy and all the rest. I've also got a soft spot for Miranda the monkey, even if she does try to ride on Loony's back!
Posted by Shruti on May 29, 2012
Hi Barney! Recently I got hold of The Secret of Killimooin. It was a bit monotonous, not as interesting as the Famous Five or Snubby. However, I wish to give the series another try. Which book in the series would you suggest? But my foremost wish is to read Shadow the Sheepdog which I still haven't because I am not getting a copy. :(
BarneyBarney says: If you like real excitement and thrills you could try The Secret Mountain, Shruti. However, the first book in the series is The Secret Island so it might be nice to read that. It's one of Enid Blyton's best-loved books and is a tale of survival rather than adventure. The Secret series was Enid Blyton's first adventure-type series and is therefore not quite as well-planned as most of the later series. The Secret Island doesn't involve typical Blyton villains, Prince Paul doesn't appear till the second book and the children have no animal companion (e.g. dog, parrot or monkey). Some of the stories are still very exciting though!
Posted by Mary on May 27, 2012
Hi! Barney, you didn't tell about the Famous Five's heroines and hero. Please tell me. I asked you but you ignore it. I'm not asking about their role models, I'm asking about their I mean what do you think about their life partners? Please...I will never ask anything more.
BarneyBarney says: I didn't ignore you last time, but I nearly did this time as your message needed so many corrections (I've tweaked it here and there but left some things as written). None of the four children get any older than about sixteen despite having so many adventures, so I've never even thought about potential life partners.
Posted by Keith on May 27, 2012
Hi Barney, My girlfriend is searching for an old copy of the Faraway Tree which she enjoyed reading as a child, do you know of any friends that may wish to sell their old used copy? Dog biscuits on the way to you if you can help.
BarneyBarney says: Which book was it, Keith, as there are three in the series - The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree? I'm afraid I don't have any friends with spare copies so those dog biscuits are safe for the moment, but perhaps someone reading this will be able to help. If not you could try eBay, Abebooks, Amazon or one of the dealers we list under "Lashings of Links". Good luck with your search!
Posted by Poppy on May 25, 2012
Hi Barney, I joined the Enid Blyton forums the other day which I'm really enjoying. How did Enid manage to publish her first book? Thanks...
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased you're enjoying the forums, Poppy. In Enid Blyton - the Biography, Barbara Stoney says that in the summer of 1920 Enid Blyton bumped into an old schoolfriend, Phyllis Chase, at a garden party. Phyllis was good at art and Enid was good at writing, so they decided to work on something together. In 1921 they submitted an illustrated fairy story to a magazine and it was accepted. After that they took on other commissions together - more stories, rhymes for newspaper advertisements and greetings cards, and poems. They did a lot of work for the educational magazine Teachers World. No doubt their success with magazines encouraged them to write and illustrate a twenty-four page book of verse, Child Whispers, in the summer of 1922. It was published by J. Saville and Company, and was Enid Blyton's first book.
Posted by Anmol Venkatesh on May 25, 2012
I know it's a silly question to ask but can you tell me whether some of Blyton's books have real incidents and characters in them?
BarneyBarney says: Some incidents, places and characters were inspired by real life, Anmol, though they were embroidered and adapted by Enid's imagination. Take a look at our Enid the Writer section to find out more.
Posted by Aris de Pater on May 25, 2012
Hello, does anyone have any information on Don and Ann Goring, the illustrators of Enid Blyton's Good Morning Book - as first published by 'the National Magazine Co.' in 1949, 256 pages? Their illustrations are so beautiful, including several Scally+Wag's, but they seem to have been 'airbrushed' out of any listing - even Google. The later, slimmed down editions were done by various other illustrators. Thank you. Aris de Pater
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Aris. It's surprising how difficult it can be to find out information about book illustrators.
Posted by Lynn on May 25, 2012
Do you know if there is a way to obtain a copy of the Snowdrop Story Book?
BarneyBarney says: You could try eBay, Amazon, Abebooks or one of the sellers listed under "Lashings of Links". Good luck with your search.
Posted by Mary on May 24, 2012
Hi! Barney, tell me about the Famous Five. Who was the heroine of Julian and Dick and who was the hero of Anne?
BarneyBarney says: Are you asking about their role models? (And what about George?) I don't know if we're ever told, but I imagine the four children would look up to brave or resourceful people like explorers and inventors.
Posted by Abi/7up on May 24, 2012
I would buy it, Sue. I have not got the book. My mum said I may buy it. But there are a few crucial questions: What website are you selling it on? What is the condition of it?
BarneyBarney says: Sue is registered on the forums, Abi/7up, so you can contact her by PM or email. Make sure you use her current username which is "Susan Webster" (not her old one, which was "Sue Webster").
Posted by Susan Webster on May 24, 2012
Hi Barney, hey you were right, there is only one Put-Em-Rights book. I bought two but they had different pictures on the cover! Would anyone like my other book? Will sell for £2.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry to hear you bought a duplicate book, Sue - it's annoying when that happens.
Posted by Paul on May 23, 2012
Barney, Someone asked me if it felt weird reading Blyton stories knowing that she died almost half a century ago. As someone who regularly watches silents featuring such people as Baby Marie Osborne and 1930s films where pretty much all the participants have gone - no, it doesn't feel strange to me. They weren't dead when they made the films or wrote the books.
BarneyBarney says: Seems like a funny remark for a person to make! Many books, films, songs, etc. remain popular for decades - sometimes for centuries!
Posted by Antionette Brohl on May 22, 2012
Hallo everyone! Impressive resource! Can anyone know more resources on this topic?
BarneyBarney says: Hallo, Antionette. If you mean websites about Enid Blyton, is another good one.
Posted by BM on May 22, 2012
Are there any English audiobooks of the "Mystery of" series available ? If yes, where? E.g via itunes I can find the German versions but no English ones. Best regards BM
BarneyBarney says: If you check out our Audio section you will see that in some form or other twelve of the Five Find-Outers books had some form of audio version made by either Tempo or Chivers. I don't know if any of these have been made available to download.
Posted by Susan Webster on May 20, 2012
I had a great time at the Enid Blyton Day and managed to buy three books, two Put-Em-Rights and The Woods of Adventure, and bought a cassette for my friend Poppy which Sophie and Imogen Smallwood signed for her. Never heard of these books and am reading one of my Put-Em-Right books and it's great. How many books are in the series? There was quite a bit of stuff I would love to have bought but sadly too expensive. It was great seeing Sophie again - we were at the London Wetland Centre's Big London Bird Watch 2012 last month and it was great and I got to meet Kate Humble and got her autograph. She was very nice. Will there be an Enid Blyton Day next year?
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you enjoyed the Enid Blyton Day, Sue, but I'm surprised to hear that you bought two Put-Em-Rights books as I thought there was only one, The Put-Em-Rights. The Woods of Adventure is a novelisation of the New Zealand TV episode which was very loosely based on The Castle of Adventure, and the style is very different from Enid Blyton's style. It's too early to say whether there will be an Enid Blyton Day next year, though it would certainly be nice to have one!
Posted by Kathrine on May 20, 2012
Hi! Barney tell me about childrens who photoshoot for egmont publishers mytery series five find outers book cover and tell me what their name are? I 'm so confuse in Jack,Ela,Klara,Louise and Tommy plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......... Barney give me the answer first I'm wtng for you
BarneyBarney says: I almost deleted this message (as I did your other four messages) because it's so poorly written, but I thought I'd put it up as an example of the stuff I sometimes have to wade through. If you know the names of the children on the covers, you already know more about them than I do!
Posted by Timothy on May 20, 2012
I have just been given an old plate with a picture of Tessie Bear handing Noddy a basket, with the words 'Tessie Bear does the shopping' underneath. The plate also has a smaller Golliwog and Rabbit around the inside of the plate. The outer rim has two levels of triangular embossing all around the plate. the colour is yellow and it is about 5 inch in diameter. There is no maker's mark on the back of the plate. Can anyone please help me to identify the plate? Thank you very much for any help you can provide.
BarneyBarney says: There were a great many Noddy plates of every shape and size produced from the 1950s to the 1990s, so it is very difficult to say who your plate was made by or when. I have even seen a Noddy dog bowl, but it didn't have a picture of Bumpy Dog on it!
Posted by Ethan on May 19, 2012
Gina, you could just sell your books on the web like Barney said. Another website is Amazon by the way.
Posted by Terry on May 19, 2012
Hi Barney, Now that Chorion has broken up and sold its assets, do you know who now has the full ownership to Enid Blyton copyright? Does ONE company own ALL the rights to Enid Blyton or are different aspects of Enid Blyton broken up and owned by different companies? All information is very much appreciated. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The rights to Noddy were bought by an American company, Classic Media, which also holds the rights to Postman Pat. The rest of the Enid Blyton copyright was bought by Hachette UK (Hodder Children's Books).
Posted by Michelle on May 19, 2012
Hi Barney, I hope you can help me. I have been directed here from Facebook. I am looking for a story but I haven't the author or title but have been told it may be an Enid Blyton story of the youngest girl from a very large poor family who only got the end of the line hand me down clothes but because she was helpful and kind the animals of the woods made her a new dress, the spiders spun the cloth, etc. Do you know this story? I have been trying to trace it for years. Many thanks for your time. Michelle.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Michelle, It sounds like a nice story but I'm afraid I don't recognise it. I hope someone reading this will be able to help you.
Posted by Gina Lovel on May 19, 2012
I have original books. Where is the best place to sell them?
BarneyBarney says: A dealer, eBay or the "For Sale" section of our discussion forums.
Posted by Ethan on May 17, 2012
Barney, next year I would like to meet you. By the way, the name Mozart is after the composer.
BarneyBarney says: It's likely I'll be on guard on the website again next time there's an Enid Blyton Day, Ethan! Yes, I thought your dog must have been named after the composer.
Posted by Ethan on May 17, 2012
I believe you're right about putting Mozart my Pom Pom dog in books, Barney. If Enid Blyton was alive still today I wouldn't mind meeting her you know.
BarneyBarney says: I'd like to meet her too - and her dogs, the most famous ones being Bobs, Sandy, Topsy and Laddie.
Posted by Ethan on May 17, 2012
Barney, in Australia where I come from they have Noddy films and episodes. I watched them when I was smaller, like 3 or 4. How old are you, by the way? My dog passed away in 2010. He was a Pomeranian, very expensive, but he was nearly 18 years old which is very old. He scared robbers twice away. From Ethan.
BarneyBarney says: I think those Noddy TV shows were broadcast in lots of countries, Ethan. A dog doesn't like to reveal his exact age, but I'm neither young nor old. Your dog did well to frighten robbers away. I bet Enid Blyton would have liked to put him into a story!
Posted by Ethan on May 16, 2012
Hi Taylor, perhaps next time you post a message do you think you can tell me the prices?
BarneyBarney says: Once Taylor has decided how much he wants for the Nature Plates, maybe he'll pop back and let us know.
Posted by Anonymous on May 16, 2012
Where is Barnett? At the last Enid Blyton Day I didn't get to see him. Because next time I would like to meet him.
BarneyBarney says: Who is Barnett? If you mean me (Barney), I stayed at home to guard the website but I hear that a great time was had by all.
Posted by Taylor on May 15, 2012
Hi, I have a complete set of 60 Enid Blyton nature plates, painted by Eileen Soper, each one is mounted and framed. Unfortunately I am looking to sell them as they take up quite a lot of room but I'm not sure how much they would be worth?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Taylor, I'm afraid we can't value items as it's impossible to do so without handling them. You could consult a specialist dealer (we have some listed under "Lashings of Links") or see what similar items are selling for on eBay.
Posted by Tony on May 15, 2012
I was the person who spoke to you and Joel on Saturday about your posts on this Message Board, Ethan!
Posted by Ethan on May 15, 2012
I added five books to my collection. I was wondering whether you could tell me some good illustrators that worked for Enid Blyton that also are alive today. Barney, who is Tony Summerfield?
BarneyBarney says: Hello Ethan! Robert Tyndall, who has been to a number of Enid Blyton Days, was responsible for a lot of Noddy illustrations during Enid's lifetime (he actually got to meet her) and after her death. Tony Summerfield is an Enid Blyton enthusiast and collector and he's the Society Organiser. It's thanks to him that we have Journals, Enid Blyton Days, the Cave of Books, etc. It's also thanks to him that I have walks and meaty bones! I hope you enjoy reading your new books!
Posted by Ethan on May 14, 2012
Dear Barney, I have got The Yellow Fairy Book like you were talking about to Terry. I have now got 102 books of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: I heard you went to the Enid Blyton Day on Saturday, Ethan, so I thought you might have added a book or two to your collection!
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on May 13, 2012
Abbie, I am exhilarated to learn that you are undertaking a research project pertaining to the significance of food in Enid Blyton's stories. In fact, I have an article, sub-titled "Food in Blytonian Literature," that appears in the chapter, "Familial Politics" in my book on Enid Blyton, titled The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage. In that article, I discuss the significance of food in Enid Blyton's stories since this aspect coincided with Enid Blyton's most productive writing in the 1940s and 1950s during the austerity era. Incidentally, my most favourite instance of the significance of food in Enid Blyton's literature occurs in Five Fall Into Adventure during Sid's renowned utterances of his partiality to chocolate, an instance that causes Anne to giggle.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes, who could forget Sid and his partiality?!: "I'm partial to chocolate mould. Joan knows that - she knows I'm partial to anything in the chocolate line. She's friendly with my Mum, so she knows. The things I'm partial to I like very much, see?" Classic!
Posted by Lucy-Ann on May 13, 2012
Hello hello Barney, thanks to the update from the forummers it looks like the Enid Blyton Day 2012 was a successful and glorious day! Waiting to hear more stories and see pictures of the day. Many thanks to those involved and who participated and especially to your Master Tony Summerfield. Aren't you lucky to be his bestest friend and surrounded by heaps and heaps of Enid Blyton books and merchandise!!! A hug and a pat to you Barney :-)
BarneyBarney says: I am indeed very lucky, Lucy-Ann. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, those who attended the Enid Blyton Day in Twyford yesterday had a simply smashing time and there will be more accounts of the Day to come, and photos.
Posted by Terry Gibson on May 12, 2012
Hi there: Greetings from Canada. I have a copy of The Queer Adventure dated 1948. The dust jacket depicts a boy and girl looking at a castle. Is this a 1st? Cheers: Terry.
BarneyBarney says: It's a nice book, Terry, but it's not a first edition as the book was first published as The Yellow Fairy Book in 1936. Interesting that your copy is dated 1948. In the Cave, the earliest version listed that has the title The Queer Adventure is dated 1952.
Posted by Tia on May 12, 2012
What's your favourite Finder-Outers book?
BarneyBarney says: A hard question to answer, Tia, as there are so many great titles in the Find-Outers series. The Mystery of the Missing Necklace is a brilliant read, I think, because it contains some wonderful disguises.
Posted by Rachel Ralph on May 11, 2012
Hi, I have 3 Enid Blyton books that I am interested in selling but I have no idea of the value. I actually have the complete 1960s set of Famous Five and Secret Seven but I am not willing to part with these! The books I am wanting to sell are from the Adventure series 1960s - Circus of Adventure, Sea of Adventure and River of Adventure. It is with great sadness I have to sell these, but if I am to sell them I would want a fair price for them.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't value books as it's difficult without examining them. If you have a look at what similar books have sold for on eBay recently, that will give you an idea what they're worth.
Posted by Abbie on May 11, 2012
Hey everyone, I'm doing a project about Enid Blyton and how significant food is in her stories. If you have a favourite post a quote and and the reason why you like it. Thanks, Abbie.
BarneyBarney says: Oooh - did someone mention food? I like the chapter of Bimbo and Topsy in which Bimbo the cat and Topsy the dog get into the larder, wondering why there should be such a room "where meals are set out ready on shelves - but nobody goes to eat them". They feast on rabbit, custard, sardines, herrings and milk - yum!
Posted by Qurat-ul-Ain ''Annie'' Jamal on May 8, 2012
Hello fans of Enid Blyton! I have some Arabic editions of quite a lot of Blyton books such as Secret Seven, Famous Five and Mystery stories dating from the 70s and 80s. They are in good condition and most of the translations are faithful to the original books but just a few name changes. If interested in buying them, please DO contact me :D
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid people won't be able to contact you as you haven't included an email address in your message! Alternatively, you could advertise the books in the "For Sale" section of our forums. It's necessary to register to join the forums, but registration is free of charge. Once you've registered, people could send you a private message.
Posted by Michelle Gibbons on May 6, 2012
I am looking for a story about Imogen and the kettle I loved as a child. I now have a granddaughter named Imogen and would love to buy it for her.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Michelle.
Posted by Jean on May 4, 2012
My friend seems to remember having a copy of a poem written by Enid Blyton to commemorate our Queen's Coronation in 1952. She would like to read it to her Sunday School class but can't find her copy. Does anyone know of this poem, please?
BarneyBarney says: There are two such poems - or prayers - in Enid Blyton's Magazine Number 6, Volume 1, May 27th 1953 (the Coronation was in 1953, not 1952). One is for younger children and begins, "I am a child, dear Lord,/And on my knees I pray". The other is for older children and begins, "O loving Father,/Hear the children's prayer". The prayers are quite long so I won't type out the rest unless you know for certain that one of those is the one your friend remembers. Or she might even like to track down a copy of the magazine, which contains several articles and stories related to the Coronation.
Posted by Kay on May 4, 2012
Please help, when I was very young, pre-school, my sister used to let me look at a book. It had a gypsy caravan that had feet, there used to be a Mr.? and brownies and they used to have adventures. Its title was something like Faraway. I'm 60 next week and my kids want to get me something special...this would be so special.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of Mr. Tumpy and His Caravan, Kay. Mr. Tumpy and his dog Bits travel with Mr. Spells in a caravan which has feet, and they go to Giantland and other magical places. I hope that's the book you remember. Happy 60th birthday!
Posted by Elizabeth Allen on May 3, 2012
Well said Barney, Julie and Nigel! Jean Guy, your daughter did enjoy Enid Blyton's books and I'm glad you've donated them for other children to enjoy too. :-)
Posted by Toni on May 3, 2012
To anyone that is interested I have listed some Noddy Time comics, circ 1970s, on eBay. At present they have 2 days left.
Posted by Joyce Dyde on May 3, 2012
Sorting parents' books today. Found sentimental book addressed to husband but it is Publisher - Dean & Son, Enid Blyton - Well Really Mr. Twiddle! It looks like published 1968 but we can't see it in the list on your site? Cover has gone - hardback green.
BarneyBarney says: The book you've got is this one, Joyce, but without its dustwrapper.
Posted by Ana on May 3, 2012
Hi Barney! I really do agree with Julie and you in your answers to Jean Guy!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on May 3, 2012
Well said, Julie. As you say, none of us is perfect, even I (allegedly) have some! Judge a tree by the fruit it produces, in Enid's case, a pretty good tree! If we only watched or read authors' works who led exemplary lives, libraries and TV listings' magazines would be pretty thin!
BarneyBarney says: Your second sentence proves the point you're making, Nigel! ;-)
Posted by Sandra Francis on May 3, 2012
Dear Sirs, Please let me know where can I get a copy of Come to the Circus!, 1948 edition. I reside in Hyderabad, India. Regards, Sandra.
BarneyBarney says: Your best bet would be eBay, Abebooks (many sellers are willing to post abroad) or similar, Sandra. Good luck with finding a copy.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on May 2, 2012
A very good answer Barney, to Jean Guy's message. Enid's private life was her own business and no one else's. She wrote excellent books, and did a lot for charity. She was an excellent author and is still loved by many. None of us are perfect. And stories do get exaggerated! Enid should be judged for her writing, not her private life!
BarneyBarney says: Well said, Julie! We dogs don't tend to have skeletons in our closets - though I do have a bone in my basket!
Posted by Jean Guy on May 2, 2012
My daughter who absolutely adored Enid Blyton had all her books. These books were later donated to the local library where I guess other children of my daughter's age would read them also. However, had I known what a vindictive and unappreciative woman she was in her life towards her first husband, friends and family, I would never have bought her books. Obviously a very dominant and ambitious woman who will do anything to anyone who gets in her way to destroy them. Shame Enid, shame on you!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton did have a hard, unforgiving side to her character and various articles, documentaries and dramas such as the Enid film of 2009 have concentrated on that. However, they have largely 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 charities. It must also be remembered that many famous and widely-read authors had (or have) their faults and led (or lead) far from exemplary lives, yet their books are much-loved on their own merits and people continue to buy them. The best of Enid Blyton comes out in her books so I see no need to stop children reading them. Her stories and characters have had a positive influence on generations of young readers all over the world, instilling in them good behaviour and ideals as well as giving them immense enjoyment.
Posted by Anonymous on May 1, 2012
Hi Barney, Can you please tell me from where can I download Enid Blyton's books for free?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, but Enid Blyton's books are under copyright till the end of 2038 and most of them are still in print so it's illegal for anyone to make them available free of charge online.
Posted by Belle on April 30, 2012
Hi Barney, I love the Famous Five. Can you recommend any books like that please? Belle
BarneyBarney says: Have you tried Enid Blyton's Adventure, Barney and Secret series, Belle? You can find out more about those three series and others by clicking on the "Popular Series" buttons above. You might also like the Lone Pine books by Malcolm Saville and the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome, as I said to Ethan the other day.
Posted by Joel on April 30, 2012
Dear Barney, I am a member of the club but I mean where can you buy the book or is it made up by other people of the club?
BarneyBarney says: The Boy Next Door Returns is by Society member Trevor Bolton, who has written a number of very good continuation books. Most were written specially for this website and can only be read in the Secret Passage, except for The Secret Valley which was published by Award and can be bought from bookshops and sites like Amazon.
Posted by Ethan on April 30, 2012
Hi Barney, I have read War Horse and the sequel to it.
BarneyBarney says: That's good to hear, Ethan. Some other popular authors for your age and a bit older include C. S. Lewis (Narnia series) and E. Nesbit (The Enchanted Castle and several other books). And I've just remembered The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (first published in 2007), which is an interesting mystery story.
Posted by Giulia Magnanini on April 29, 2012
Dear Madam, dear Sir, I am desperately looking for The Secret Island for my boyfriend who is a real and passionate fan of Miss Blyton. Where can I find this book? Thanks for your help, Giulia.
BarneyBarney says: The Secret Island is still in print, Giulia, so you should be able to buy or order it from any bookshop or from an online store like Amazon. However, the language may have been updated slightly in modern copies so if you want the original text you might prefer to buy a secondhand copy from eBay, Abebooks or similar.
Posted by Anke on April 29, 2012
Hello, I have various full series of Enid Blyton books in German, would anybody be interested in them at all? Many thanks, Anke.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Anke. Your message might get more views if you put it in the "For Sale" section of our forums. It's necessary to register to post on the forums, but registration is free.
Posted by Joel on April 29, 2012
Is The Boy Next Door Returns available to read?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, but you have to be a member of the Enid Blyton Society as it's only available in the Secret Passage, which requires a password.
Posted by Poppy on April 29, 2012
Hi Barney, really enjoying the forums! They are really good. Reading The Mystery of the Missing Man at the moment and enjoying it. What book was the last that Enid wrote? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Hi Poppy, I'm glad you're enjoying the forums - and The Mystery of the Missing Man! Enid Blyton's final novel (or novella, as it's quite short) was The Hidey-Hole (1964). After that a few short Noddy picture books appeared (without much text) but Enid's last proper books were retellings of Bible stories - The Boy Who Came Back and The Man Who Stopped to Help (both 1965).
Posted by Ethan on April 29, 2012
Thanks Barney. I am nine years old. Do you think you can now suggest some books other than Enid Blytons? From Ethan. P.S. How old are you?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Ethan! I think you might still like Arthur Ransome and also Malcolm Saville. I'd say Saville's "Lone Pine" books are really aimed at children a little older than nine, though his "Susan and Bill" and "Michael and Mary" books are for slightly younger readers. And you're probably also a bit on the young side for the Alex Rider and Young Sherlock Holmes series, which are perhaps more suitable for people aged eleven or twelve and over. You might like Michael Morpurgo if you haven't tried his books already. His stories are quite often adventurous but tend to be more emotional than Enid Blyton's. Kensuke's Kingdom and War Horse are two of his best-known titles. And you might enjoy a mystery book called Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John, which was published in 2010. You asked about my age. We dogs don't really celebrate our birthdays, but I'm neither young nor old!
Posted by Jill on April 28, 2012
Why didn't Enid do the full stretch at St. Clare's? The books feel like a doughnut with the missing years. Would Enid have liked the changes to her stories? I think she'd go with whatever option would cause the least harm and offence to children.
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps Enid Blyton realised she'd made a mistake making Pat and Isabel fourteen in the first form? Writing about every school year might have highlighted the fact that they would still have been in school in their early twenties! I don't imagine Enid Blyton would have objected to changing things that could cause offence, such as the names of some of the dogs in the Galliano's Circus series, but I doubt she'd have welcomed modernising the language just for the sake of it. Such a move spoils the rhythm and flow of the narrative.
Posted by Sivakami C.S on April 28, 2012
Hello Barney, why there is a pet in most of Enid Blyton's stories? Is he a lover of animals?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was female and yes, she loved animals. As a child she wasn't allowed to keep a pet, but she made up for that as an adult. You can find out more here, under the heading "Pets".
Posted by Shruti on April 27, 2012
Yes, that might be the reason :( I wish Enid were alive today. I would have written and badgered her to complete the Elizabeth series. Thanks, Barney, for your reply. Have a good day.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Shruti. Enjoy your day.
Posted by Shruti on April 27, 2012
Hi Barney! We get to hear such a lot about the Malory Towers and St. Clare's series but not so much about Elizabeth at Whyteleafe. Why so? It's such a wonderful series and the protagonist is so adorable isn't she?
BarneyBarney says: I agree that Elizabeth Allen is a fabulous character, Shruti, and that Whyteleafe is an innovative and interesting school. It may be that the series attracts less interest because there are fewer books about Whyteleafe, and because we only get to see Elizabeth and her classmates in the first form instead of following them through their years at the school.
Posted by Ethan on April 27, 2012
Barney, I have got nearly 100 books by Enid Blyton. How many books did Enid Blyton write in how many years? I am writing a book myself and I have got over 3000 words. You know how you said to me that you also read other books as well as Enid Blyton books, I was wondering whether you could suggest some books to me. From Ethan. P. S. I used to have a dog as well.
BarneyBarney says: I've put your questions and comments together into one message, Ethan. Gosh, you certainly like to keep a dog busy! The usual answer to your first question is that Enid Blyton wrote around 700 books, but it depends what counts as a book. See my answer to Megha (below). Enid was writing for publication for about 40 years, from the early 1920s to the early 1960s. I don't know your interests or how old you are so it's difficult to recommend books to you. If you like Enid Blyton you might like Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons series) and Malcolm Saville (his Lone Pine series is probably his most famous). Good modern adventure books include the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz and the Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane. Best of luck with your writing!
Posted by Megha Rose on April 27, 2012
Dear Barney, Enid Blyton's books are so magnificent. They are so interesting to read. Can you please tell me how many books did Enid Blyton write? -Megha
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote, Megha, as it depends what counts as a book. She wrote novels and novellas, provided text for picture books, contributed to educational books and encyclopaedias, wrote her own magazines for children, contributed articles and poems to other magazines and newspapers, etc. And many of her short stories were printed in more than one collection. What we can say is that Enid Blyton wrote over 180 novels and around 4000 - 5000 short stories as well as numerous poems, plays and articles.
Posted by Anonymous on April 26, 2012
Why is Susie so mean in the Secret Seven series?
BarneyBarney says: Conflict and competition between the Secret Seven and Susie & co. add interest to the stories - and it has to be said that sometimes the Secret Seven are mean to Susie too.
Posted by Ethan on April 26, 2012
How come in the Adventure books and the Secret books there are boys with the same name, Jack? What is your best loved Enid Blyton book and one more question, do you read any other books besides Enid Blyton books? From Ethan.
BarneyBarney says: Jack used to be a popular name (and has come back into fashion in recent years), so it's not surprising to come across several characters called Jack in Enid Blyton stories. There are Jacks in the Secret Seven and Six Cousins series too, and a few less prominent Jacks elsewhere. Keith Robinson once wrote an amusing piece called Jacks-in-a-Box. My best loved Blyton book is Shadow the Sheep-Dog as I said to Rosie the other day, and I when I'm not sniffing exciting smells I've always got my nose buried in a children's book. I read older books by authors like Malcolm Saville and newer books by authors like Suzanne Collins.
Posted by Paul on April 26, 2012
I do hate Pamela Cox's St. Clare's books so much. My most hated bit is when she had Angela mourning that she lost her chance to suck up to a girl because it turned out she wasn't Cockney (a Cockney at St. Clare's?) but had a title and was pretending to be common "so everybody will love me for myself and not my title". ANGELA has a title! It's just basic lack of attention to canon.
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps Angela meant she had lost her chance to form a friendship with someone else who, like her, had a title? Continuation books can sometimes feel "not quite right" even if they're written in the spirit of the originals, but it's up to each individual to decide whether or not to give them a try.
Posted by Bob + Alan on April 25, 2012
Enid Blyton books are amazing! We think she is the best person that ever lived! And we have a dog called Barney too!
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased to hear of another Barney, but you don't really tell us anything about which books you enjoy or why you think Enid Blyton was "the best person that ever lived".
Posted by Rosie on April 24, 2012
Dear Barney, what is your favourite book by Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: Shadow the Sheep-Dog, because Shadow is one of the most likeable and intelligent characters Enid ever created! What's your favourite, Rosie?
Posted by Farwa on April 24, 2012
Which was written first, "Famous Five'' or "Secret Seven''? Please answer. Three cheers for Enid Blyton!
BarneyBarney says: The first Famous Five book was published in 1942 and the first Secret Seven book in 1949 (though two earlier books relating to the Secret Seven series were published in 1947 and 1948). You can find out more by clicking on the "Popular Series" buttons.
Posted by Poppy on April 24, 2012
Hi Barney, Are the forums on this website welcome for anyone to join? If so can you give me some information about joining. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: You don't need the information any more, Poppy, as your account is now up and running. Look forward to seeing you there!
Posted by The Doctor on April 24, 2012
There was a pretty brutal assessment of the Society and its forums on LiveJournal a week or two ago from a member of the lesbian Blyton fandom. She accused the Society and forum members of supporting the sexism and racism and classism in Enid's original texts, accused them of being against the pro-gay interpretation of several of Enid's female-focused stories. She seems to have overlooked the fact that Anita of the forums is Muslim for example. Hardly the "white, male, straight, Daily Mail-reading" image she considers the Society and its members to represent.
BarneyBarney says: The writer of the LiveJournal entry does indeed make some very strange claims.
Posted by Sue Webster on April 23, 2012
Hi, is anyone going to the Enid Blyton Day next month? I wanted to go but the train fare is too much but if anyone is going who lives near me - Walsall, West Bromwich, Birmingham - and has a spare seat in a car I would be grateful for a lift and would contribute to petrol costs. I have asked Tony to keep a ticket for me so I would need to know ASAP if anyone can help. Cheers, Sue.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you can get to the Enid Blyton Day somehow, Sue. If anyone would like details of the Day, which is being held on Saturday 12th May this year, click here.
Posted by Clayton on April 23, 2012
Hi, I have the full 21 1st / 1st printings set of the Famous Fives with dustwrappers. Could you tell me if the first 1-6 dustwrappers are the same as 7-21 as I have some white binder ones so I don't know which is first: also did the Brockhampton Press editions come out at the same time as the Hodder & Stoughton ones? thank you regards Clayton
BarneyBarney says: I am not too sure what you are saying here, Clayton, as your message is a bit muddled. Have you clicked on the Famous Five button above? If not it might be a good idea to do so. It is very easy to tell if you have all 21 books as 1st editions as this will be printed inside the book opposite the contents page. The first eight books had white spines and all had their dustwrappers updated to match the remaining books in the series. All 21 books were originally published by Hodder & Stoughton and Brockhampton Press took over the printing in the late 1960s, so any of these books will not be 1st editions. I hope this and the website will answer your questions.
Posted by Poppy on April 23, 2012
Hi Barney! Thanks for your answer. Yes I think I agree with you - Malory Towers probably is my favourite though St. Clare's is not far behind!
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on April 23, 2012
Thank you so much for your message, John. I am pleased you are enjoying The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage and I loved being called an 'author', as I do not see myself as one, being unpublished. I like your idea of M.E. Rosson being a villain, and receiving his 'just deserts' for his theft of copyright. This would indeed be most therapeutic for me seeing justice done! Best wishes and many thanks - Julie.
Posted by Anonymous on April 23, 2012
Hi Barney! First of all, I'd like to highlight the fact that Enid wrote 600 or 700 books! Wow! She wrote so well, in fact, even after fifty years, children like her. As for those who say J. K. Rowling is better, even she was a big fan of Enid. However, Hodder, the company that publishes her books, spoil her stories completely by printing mistakes, and horrible pictures. Cutting to the chase, Enid Blyton ROCKS!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton books are currently published by Award and Egmont as well as Hodder. The modern illustrations may not be to everyone's taste but the publishers are trying to keep the books fresh and appealing. I'm not sure what you mean about "mistakes", but even early editions often have the occasional printing error.
Posted by John Atkins on April 23, 2012
Hey Barney! Please pass on my thanks to author Julie Heginbotham for her excellent novel The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage serialised in the Society Members’ section. It has an excellent flavour of the original stories by Enid. Indeed, the atmosphere transports me straight back to Peterswood… a boy again! The great thing about being a fiction writer is you can make story endings turn out as you wish and give characters their just desserts - which in real life might not happen. So for a future story, maybe Julie could arrange for the Find-Outers to unmask the villain as none other than Mr. M. E. Rosson who, ignoring copyright, famously pinched and self published Julie’s earlier fan-fic stories (without her permission) as his own. As punishment, the pirate could then be carted off by Superintendent Jenks and given a good ‘lamming’ (as Old Larkin elegantly put it) in the police cells - by P.C.s Goon, Tonks and Pippin. I suggest it might be most therapeutic for Julie and a very satisfactory end to the episode. What do you think?
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure Julie will be delighted to read your thoughts, John, and pleased that you're enjoying The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage. I love the idea of characters getting their "just desserts" - I have visions of them being pelted with ice-creams, blancmanges and treacle puddings!
Posted by Catherine on April 22, 2012
Hi Barney! Why are abridged audio dramatisations of Blyton stories more common than complete versions?
BarneyBarney says: Dramatisation helps bring the stories and characters to life, so not as much narration is needed. Complete readings are available for some books but those recordings are longer, putting up the cost.
Posted by Poppy on April 22, 2012
Hello Barney! Another question! Which school series was most popular - the Malory Towers series or the St. Clare's series? Which do you prefer? Thank you. (Big juicy bone for you)!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for the bone! I get the impression that the Malory Towers series is mentioned slightly more often by readers of Blyton books, though I can't be absolutely sure. My own preference is for Malory Towers because the series is better-structured, though the St. Clare's books are a good read too.
Posted by Poppy on April 21, 2012
Thanks Barney - I'll have a quick look on eBay! I only picked up copies of the ones I haven't got so I won't really be willing to give them away at any price they are going for!
Posted by Elizabeth on April 21, 2012
My Grandfather Mr. D. F. MacDowell illustrated several of Enid Blyton's books. I am trying to find quality copies of them to pass down to my children. It was wonderful finding your site listing all 16 books that he illustrated.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you found the Cave of Books useful, Elizabeth, and I hope you're able to find copies of the books illustrated by your grandfather. If you can't locate them elsewhere, you could try the dealers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Paris on April 20, 2012
Hiya Barn! Nice to talk again... To Abi... Maybe I will join the forums. I'll check them out today. Secondly I don't THINK I'm going to The Enid Blyton Day! I wish I could! Enid Blyton is my favourite author. See you Abi! And to Barney... With meaty bone love, Paris.
BarneyBarney says: I appear to have become a building for storing hay!
Posted by Poppy on April 20, 2012
Hi Barney, I've just come back from holiday where I found a fantastic charity shop with a whole shelf of first edition Enid Blyton books. Will these be worth anything on eBay (or elsewhere), if so - how much? Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: That sounds like a lucky find, Poppy. Unfortunately we're unable to value books because it's impossible to do so without examining them carefully. A lot depends on condition and on how popular the book is with collectors. If you look on eBay so see what similar books have sold for, that will give you some idea of the value.
Posted by Abi on April 20, 2012
Hello! Me again! Hi Paris. Won't you join the forums. I've made loads of friends there. Here's the question: Are you going to the Enid Blyton Day?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether your question about the Enid Blyton Day is directed at me or at Paris, but I won't be going as I'm staying here to keep an eye on the website. Over 140 tickets have been sold so far and it promises to be a smashing day.
Posted by Anna on April 17, 2012
Since the age of 10 (1980 onwards) I spent my pocket money to collect all 48 hardback Enid Blyton Books published by Dean & Son including Brer Rabbit, Faraway Tree, Amelia Jane, etc and would be interested to know if they are worth any money. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: They're nice books, Anna, but Dean & Son printed so many copies that there are still lots of them around so they're not worth a great deal. However, some titles are more collectable than others. If you have a look at what those books have sold for on eBay recently, that will give you an idea of their value.
Posted by Ana on April 17, 2012
Gosh Barney, such old posts in the recent post messages? I've been seeing Paris's message for ages! I've not been visiting this website for at least 3-4 days and that's because when I once posted a message recently it did not come on the site:( I was a bit offended to say nothing of annoyed. But I hope this message will come online! Ta-da for now!
BarneyBarney says: Not all messages get posted, Ana, because some are just one line of chat or they don't say anything of note and are not very interesting for website visitors to read. Meaty messages are always welcome though!
Posted by Lucie Prescott on April 16, 2012
Hi, I would like to use the illustration from the cover of Five on a Treasure Island on a company Facebook page and I was wondering if/who I would need to get copyright permission from? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lucie.
BarneyBarney says: Hodder have published the Famous Five books for many years and have just bought the Enid Blyton copyright from Chorion so it would be worth checking with them, Lucie.
Posted by Paris on April 11, 2012
Hey Barn! I have been coming on this website more often and liking it more. Thanks for everything...Paris
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Paris.
Posted by Craggy. on April 10, 2012
Hello - Does anybody know if there is anywhere that sells 'Famous Five' T-shirts? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the images are under copyright, so you're not likely to find any.
Posted by Paris on April 9, 2012
Hi Barney! Well, even if you were able to blush it would be true! That's about all for now... Happy Easter! I got loads of chocolate eggs. Ana, I just wanted to tell you that I DO know that Enid Blyton is dead. But I still LOVE her books.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Easter to you too, Paris, and enjoy the chocolate eggs!
Posted by Emma on April 9, 2012
I have an Enid Blyton Story Annual from 1975ish with a yellow cover, it has the story 'The Humpy Goblin's Kettle'. In my copy of the book on the last illustration of that story the kettle's feet are back to front. I was wondering if this is intentional or a genuine misprint.
BarneyBarney says: It looks to me as though the feet are sticking out one at each side (though only one is visible in the picture) so the kettle can "sit" comfortably.
Posted by Leah on April 6, 2012
Did Enid ever speak out against those who wanted to edit her books to make them free of "offensive" things?
BarneyBarney says: During Enid Blyton's lifetime those things weren't deemed "offensive", though by the late 1950s some critics were saying that her inclusion of golliwogs as villains in one of the Noddy tales was provocative. Enid replied that she had written far more good gollies into her stories than bad, adding: "Golliwogs are merely lovable black toys, not Negroes. Teddy bears are also toys, but if there happens to be a naughty one in my books for younger children, this does not mean that I hate bears!" (Quoted in Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography). Nowadays she might be criticised for using the word "Negroes", but again that word wasn't considered offensive at the time.
Posted by Effy44G on April 5, 2012
Hi Barney! Greetings from Ireland! I adored Enid Blyton as a child and when we were asked to write an essay on children's literature in college I knew at once who'd feature in mine! I've been finding it fairly difficult to get information on some of her stories though, do you know if the stories about "The Little Black Doll" were discontinued? Thanks for the help!
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Effy44G, and good luck with your essay. You can find out more about the short stories in our Cave of Books. I just did a search on "black doll" to find out where 'The Little Black Doll' appeared and, as I think you know, there are two tales with that title plus a Noddy "little black doll" story - click here. In the Cave you can see where a story was first published and where it was last printed (not every book published after Enid Blyton's death is yet in the database, but the majority are). The first "little black doll" story was published in Sunny Stories in 1937 and collected in Enid Blyton's Jolly Story Book in 1944. The other was published in Sunny Stories in 1943 and collected in A Story Party at Green Hedges in 1949. In the earlier story a black doll named Sambo is not liked by the other toys in the nursery but, after his blackness is washed off in the rain, leaving him with a pink face, the toys accept him. In the later story a black doll also named Sambo is not liked by the other toys in the nursery (they tell him that they like golliwogs because they're supposed to be black and they look nice like that, but that dolls aren't supposed to be black!) He too goes out in the rain and his blackness is washed off but this time the toys feel sorry, saying that they want "Black Sambo" back again. The golliwog restores Sambo to his original colour by inking his face. While later story collections contained many of the same tales as the earlier ones, both "little black doll" stories were removed at some point - see for example The Teddy Bear's Tail and Other Stories (Award, 1987) which more or less reprints the stories from A Story Party at Green Hedges but doesn't have 'The Little Black Doll'.
Posted by Ana on April 4, 2012
Hi! No Barney, mom didn't get me those books, she got me only two till now and she says the other two are due. Very unfair! She even forgot the deal between us but I made her remember! Gosh! Is it Wishing-Chair week? So many Wishing-Chair posts! Why does it look like Paris doesn't know that Enid Blyton has passed away?
BarneyBarney says: Ah well, most mothers like to spin out treats a bit rather than giving their child/children everything in one go. And it means you've still got two more Blyton books to look forward to! An International Wishing-Chair Week would be super! I expect Paris knows of Enid Blyton's death. Part of Enid Blyton lives on in her books, and I think Paris is merely celebrating that fact and hoping the stories continue to be popular.
Posted by Paris on April 4, 2012
Hi Barney! I love the way you talk to everyone. But it must be a BIIIG job! I have just finished reading The Wishing-Chair Collection for about the 80th time! I just loooove Enid Blyton. Today I finished Five Have Plenty of Fun. I just know some of us would agree that you are one of the best dogs in the world and Enid Blyton is the BEST author in the world! GOOOOOO Enid Blyton! WE LOVE YOU!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Paris. If dogs could blush, I'd be as red as a tomato after reading that! I hope you continue to have plenty of fun reading Blyton books!
Posted by Natasha on April 3, 2012
Hey Barney, I really enjoy reading Enid Blyton stories and I was wondering which was your favorite series. And who your favorite characters are from all the stories. My favorites would be Snubby and Dick. :)
BarneyBarney says: My favourite book is probably Shadow the Sheep-Dog because it revolves around one of Enid Blyton's most intelligent and likeable characters! Other than that, I enjoy an exciting mystery or adventure story. I like Snubby as well, because he's such a good master to the madcap Loony. George (Famous Five) and Jimmy (Galliano's Circus) also appeal to me because they love their dogs so much.
Posted by Catherine on April 3, 2012
Hi Barney! Enid has a page at The Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything. Did Enid like the rock 'n' roll music or malt shops of the 1950s?
BarneyBarney says: Rock 'n' roll and malt shops (or coffee bars, as they were called in Britain) for Enid Blyton? No, I think she was more of a classical music and tea-shop sort of person! She wrote disparagingly of long-haired pop singers in a letter to her nephew Carey, and criticised juke box music in The Rubadub Mystery. Thanks for the link, though contrary to what it says The Wishing Chair [sic] was not Enid Blyton's first full-length book. That honour belongs to The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies, published in 1926.
Posted by Ana on April 2, 2012
Oh hi Annika! Looks like you are new here, welcome! I'm so glad that at least someone here is familiar with the Wishing-Chair! My first post was related to the Wishing-Chair series, wasn't it Barney?
BarneyBarney says: I remember you were having trouble finding Adventures of the Wishing-Chair at one time, Ana. I hope you managed to get hold of it in the end. By the way, did your mother get you those four Enid Blyton books she promised you the other week (for achieving good grades)?
Posted by Chris Bullock-Wienk on April 2, 2012
Original Noddy watercolours and books to be auctioned on Friday 6th April 2012. Three original Noddy watercolours by Dutch illustrator Peter Wienk as well as several signed Noddy books will be auctioned in Dartford (Kent). Noddy was created by Dutchman Eelco ten Harmsen van der Beek and Wienk was the only illustrator to work with him from 1950 until Beek’s death in 1953, after which Wienk illustrated a good number of Noddy books until 1970. On the large watercolour (±7x8in) Noddy is the conductor on the Toyland train with all his Toyland friends (from: Noddy’s Toyland Train). The book is included in this lot. The second watercolour (±6x4in) shows Noddy in the kitchen with Big Ears’ cat curled up in front of a cosy open fire. (Incl. Noddy book). On the third watercolour (±4.5x6in) Noddy rings the bell at L. Smith, signed by Peter Wienk and his wife Nelly (Koenen). This is unique as it was made for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who were good friends of Peter and Nel, and this has never been shown before. All lots come from the private collection of Peter Wienk, who died on 16th August 2010. If you would like more information please contact Peter Wienk’s daughter, Chris Bullock-Wienk, on e-mail or mobile phone Links: Watermans Auction Rooms; Wikipedia article 1 (Dutch); Wikipedia article 2 (English).
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the information, Chris. Beautiful illustrations. I hope the auction goes well!
Posted by Annika on April 1, 2012
Are there any plans to put out the Enchanted Wood and Wishing-Chair series on Kindle?
BarneyBarney says: It's likely that more Enid Blyton books will be available on e-readers as time goes on, but I'm afraid I don't know the dates for any series in particular.
Posted by Marium on April 1, 2012
Hi Barney, just for my curiosity as I'm new to this site, can you introduce me to the site please?
BarneyBarney says: Well, it's a big website and you need to take the time to explore it bit by bit if you want to get to know it properly. I'd start by clicking on our "Popular Series" buttons (above "Secret Messages"). You can also find out about other books in the "Cave of Books", learn more about Enid Blyton under "Author of Adventure" and do quizzes under "Interactive Island". Have fun, Marium!
Posted by Ana on April 1, 2012
Hi Barn! No I absolutely did not have to waste much of my determined force on her, Barney! She said she wanted to make an account, but then I told her this marvellous, spectacular website didn't need any. My force was only spent on her a bit because she actually couldn't decide what to write so I helped her. Oh it would have been truly unfortunate if Blyton had written only six! I would have been off my head with shock! It's good that there were fans to persuade her anyway! :)
BarneyBarney says: It would indeed be disappointing only to have six Famous Five books. Just think - no spook trains, Ragamuffin Jo, Gloomy Water or Jeremiah Boogle!
Posted by Poppy on April 1, 2012
Hi Barney, thanks for your reply. Just found the circus collection books but can't make out what order they're meant to go in. Please can you tell me!
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean the Galliano's Circus books, Poppy? If so, the order is 1. Mr. Galliano's Circus, 2. Hurrah for the Circus! and 3. Circus Days Again.
Posted by Ana on April 1, 2012
Hey Barn! Just seen my cousin's post! Unfortunately, she wont be able to read it as she's just shifted to a new house and there's no internet for a few days ! However I'll read it out to her as soon as she visits me again. You know we're both in the same city so it'll be easy. She posted that message when she recently visited me. Actually, I forced her to! By the way, when Blyton wrote Five Are Together Again which sadly was the last story of the 'Famous Five', did she mean to write it as her last, or was it not in schedule and she died after writing the story not meaning it to be her last?
BarneyBarney says: I hope you didn't have to apply too much "force" to your cousin to get her to post, Ana! I think Enid Blyton would have written more Famous Five books if she could, but towards the end of her life she was suffering from dementia and heart problems and wasn't able to continue with her writing. When she started the Famous Five series she only intended to write six books, but fans kept begging her for more!
Posted by Poppy on March 31, 2012
Hi Barney - what's your favourite Adventure book (with Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip, Dinah and Kiki in them)? Really enjoying The Sea of Adventure at the moment. (Kiki is my favourite character).
BarneyBarney says: The Adventure series is amazing, Poppy. I can't decide which is my favourite book as it depends on my mood, but The Sea of Adventure is wonderful - dreamy yet exciting. And yes, Kiki is a unique character, very clever and funny. She's as good as a dog any day, and I can't say more than that about anyone!
Posted by Mashhood on March 31, 2012
Where can I download Famous Five audio books from? :-)
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, but it's still possible to buy them new and it would be illegal for anyone to make them available free of charge online. If you mean you'd like to buy electronic versions of the books, try Amazon.
Posted by Hunaina on March 30, 2012
Hi Barney! I am a cousin of Ana. I am new around here. I love this site! I am a big fan of Enid Blyton too. I love the novel The Secret Seven. I need an introduction about you. Goodbye for now, wanna be buddies? Here's a meaty bone for you!
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Hunaina. There's not much to tell about me. I'm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who likes books, bones, biscuits, walks and exciting smells. I also like the Secret Seven because they're always munching on buns and cakes and they make sure Scamper gets his share! Thanks for the bone!
Posted by Lucy-Ann on March 30, 2012
Hallo Barney, How're you? I've just received Journal 47 and am jolly happy! I have to say John Henstock's article on the Ministering Children left a deep impression on me ...that death is a gateway to meet Jesus... as we're now in the season of Lent with Easter round the corner. As usual I LOVE the center page illustrations and all stories related by Enid Blyton, even her cruise diary is just as entertaining as any of her published stories. I also enjoyed Anita and Robert's articles as they write in a simple and entertaining form with a personal touch of views. The governess article also tickled me! Just one question, which story does the "Sunbeams" badge on the front cover relate to? Thanks to your Master for his hard work, truly appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much, Lucy-Ann, for your lovely comments! It's always heartening to know that people are enjoying the Journal. When Enid Blyton was writing her fortnightly Enid Blyton's Magazine in the 1950s, she ran a number of clubs which readers could join with the aim of raising money for various charities. The Sunbeams raised money for blind children, and subscribers wore the badge shown.
Posted by Saorsa on March 29, 2012
Hi! Well, I have just discovered this page for the first time and I must say, it is fantastic to finally put a face to the name (Enid Blyton, that is). I have read a few of her books and numerous short stories, mostly when I was younger - I will be twenty later this year and I have to say that to this day, my favourite Blyton book is The Family at Red-Roofs. It warmed my heart to read a story of a family that went through many trials and struggles, but clung together and came out of it stronger than ever, which in my own unhappy childhood became a sort of talisman to me. But I am rambling now!
BarneyBarney says: Nice to "meet" you, Saorsa. I'm sure Enid Blyton would be happy to know that her stories still mean so much to so many people. The Family at Red-Roofs is indeed a very special book.
Posted by ♥Amy♥ on March 29, 2012
That's super duper! Barney, I have a question! When is Enid Blyton's birthday? By the way, my Mum is a big fan of Enid's super books!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's birthday is August 11th. She was born in 1897.
Posted by Ana on March 28, 2012
Hi! I understand Barney, but most elders think that it would be better if people on the Message Board were anonymous. My parents would appreciate that too. But seeing my love and affection towards Blyton they let me post messages and keep in touch!
BarneyBarney says: Oh, I don't mind people using a pseudonym - e.g. someone might post as Anne Kirrin, or as the Saucepan Man! But even then, I'd prefer them to stick to the same name every time so I know it's them, if you see what I mean! I do understand why your parents don't want you to use your real name on the internet. Don't worry - "Ana" doesn't reveal much about your identity but it sounds much friendlier than "Anonymous"!
Posted by Abbie on March 27, 2012
I am writing to say I am a fan of Enid Blyton's books. Especially Malory Towers! Now I am wondering if anyone can answer these questions: * How old was Enid when she started writing? * Did the events she lived through inspire her books? * Did she enjoy her life, what was her favourite, and why? Thank you for reading. Yours sincerely, Abbie.
BarneyBarney says: You certainly like to bombard a dog with questions, Abbie! ;-) I think you'll find our Author of Adventure section helpful. Click on "A Biography of Enid Blyton—The Story of Her Life" and "Enid the Writer".
Posted by Ana on March 27, 2012
Hi, Barney! You know, I met a really cute dog yesterday night and his name was Max. Goodness, he was so good in playing fetch! He didn't even bark once. However, when I was new to this website I noticed that you didn't like anonymous posts. Why was that so? I'm not meaning to insult the the recent anonymous posts, it's just a general question. I'm not meaning to offend anyone.
BarneyBarney says: I'm still not keen on anonymous posts, Ana, for the simple reason that it makes the Message Board feel less friendly if several people in a row post as "Anonymous". Also, it makes it difficult for me to know whether I've met a person before.
Posted by Anonymous on March 26, 2012
Do you know if there were ever any figurines made of any of the characters in the Faraway Tree? My daughter has read all the books and wondered if she could get any for her new bedroom.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think I've seen figurines of any Blyton characters except Noddy and other Toyland folk, but I've always thought it would be lovely if some were available. As far as I know it's not even possible to get pictures or posters of the Faraway Tree characters, which is a shame.
Posted by Paul on March 26, 2012
The BBC page on Malory Towers talks about how the books are likely set during an imaginary age as there is no mention of rationing etc. Did Enid deliberately try to avoid letting the contemporary world seep into her stories?
BarneyBarney says: It's possible that Enid deliberately avoided mentioning the war because she felt it would date the stories, or because she wanted her fictional schools to come across as little worlds of their own, not swayed too much by outside influences. Or maybe she felt that children's reading should, on the whole, provide an escape from the hardship and suffering. Many of Blyton's other books, including some of her circus and farm stories, were written during the war yet were also set in a warless world. Only in a few short stories and adventure books does the war play a significant part and even then the emphasis is on secrets and hideouts and defeating the enemy, rather than on rationing or being evacuated to strangers or having to shelter from the bombing in towns and cities. The Adventurous Four, The Children of Kidillin and The Valley of Adventure all revolve around the war or its after-effects. As well as a handful of short stories dealing with wartime themes there are oblique references to rationing and the blackout in books like the collections of Mr. Twiddle stories. However, Mr. and Mrs. Twiddle don't use the words "blackout" or "rationing". Instead, they talk of how dark it is at night or of how they'll probably have to queue for an hour to buy a meat pie. Children might easily read the Twiddle tales these days without realising that a lot of them are set during or just after the war. And perhaps it's that timeless quality that has helped keep Enid Blyton's stories so popular with young readers.
Posted by Ruth on March 25, 2012
Which are Enid's best works? And which are the best in the Famous Five series? Good wishes to you Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Different people like different books and series, Ruth, but there are some titles that crop up again and again as being favourites. Have a look at this forums thread about people's top 5 Blyton books, or this one where people have voted for their favourite Famous Five titles.
Posted by Ana on March 25, 2012
Hi! Just finished an R Mystery - The Rockingdown Mystery. Wow! Such an awesome mystery!! It was my first R Mystery book though. How does Enid think of these 'wow' ideas? I love her!
BarneyBarney says: I agree that The Rockingdown Mystery is a marvellous book, Ana. An exciting story with an air of melancholy. No doubt Enid Blyton was inspired by old houses she had visited. By the way, it's good that you started with The Rockingdown Mystery because the six books in the R Mystery series (also known as the Barney Mystery series) are best read in order of publication.
Posted by Shruti on March 25, 2012
Hi Barney. I wanted to know whether Enid wrote a book called More Adventures of the Boy Next Door? Bye.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid she didn't, Shruti. Trevor Bolton wrote a sequel called The Boy Next Door Returns which can be read in the Secret Passage, but it's only available to Society members.
Posted by Ana on March 25, 2012
Hi there, Barney! Looks like most of the messages are by newer people. Why does it say SECRET MESSAGES on the top when you are posting a message?
BarneyBarney says: We call them SECRET MESSAGES because it sounds like something from one of Enid Blyton's stories, like CAVE OF BOOKS, SOCIETY SHED, etc. Quite a lot of people use the Message Board just to ask a question or make a comment, and they won't necessarily visit the site regularly.
Posted by Paris on March 25, 2012
Hi Barney, thanks for your help. Just like me not to know what zinnias are! I have a dog called Barney. He is a labradoodle (labrador cross poodle).
BarneyBarney says: A wuff wuff of greeting to Barney - and to you too!
Posted by Imogen White-Gibson on March 24, 2012
Hi Barney! What were the story parties at Green Hedges like?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not Enid Blyton's dog so your guess is as good as mine, but if Enid Blyton actually held such parties I imagine everyone would have listened, rapt, and Cook would have put up a good spread!
Posted by Royani Saha on March 24, 2012
Hi Barney and thanks for your help! But I'm from India and that's a great trouble! But I will certainly try to connect! Well can you please recommend me some books of course of Enid Blyton, other than Famous Five and Secret Seven? Good bye! You are really sweet! I can't help liking you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry it's more expensive to subscribe to the Journal if you live overseas, Royani, but that's because postage costs are higher. If you like the Famous Five books you might also like the Adventure series and Barney Mysteries. If you like the Secret Seven books you might also like the Five Find-Outers series. You could always try borrowing one or two titles from the library first (if available), to see whether you like them. Other popular books include the Secret series, The Boy Next Door, The Family at Red-Roofs and The Six Bad Boys.
Posted by ♥Amy♥ on March 24, 2012
Hi! I really ♥ this website, oh, sorry I'm new on this website, so who owns this website, and what do they do? Please reply as soon as possible! Lots of love, ♥Amy♥xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton Society and website are run by Tony Summerfield with a bit of help from a few others including me, Amy. What we do is try to make the website (and Journal, for those who subscribe to it) as informative, fun and attractive as possible! Tony also organises an annual Enid Blyton Day at Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berkshire. This year's Day is on Saturday 12th May.
Posted by Paris on March 23, 2012
Hi Barney, Thanks so much for your help! But what are zinnias? I gave my friend Five Have Plenty of Fun and Five Go Off in a Caravan. Those are two of my favourite books in the Famous Five series.
BarneyBarney says: These are zinnias, Paris (scroll down to see an orange one). A good choice of books - I hope your friend enjoys them!
Posted by Royani Saha on March 23, 2012
Hi sweet, cutie Barney! I'm a great fan of Enid Blyton and especially of good old Tim! Can you please tell me how to join her society? Please do help me. Till then good bye!
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Royani. I agree that Tim is one of Enid Blyton's best creations, along with other canine characters like Loony, Scamper, Buster and Lucky. You can find out how to join the Society here - we look forward to welcoming you aboard!
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on March 23, 2012
Paul, you are right. Old copies of The New York Times are also in microfilm form. In fact, I tried to locate an article via microfilm that highlighted Enid Blyton's visit to the USA in 1948 (published somewhere in November 1948, according to the Barbara Stoney biography), but so far in vain.
Posted by Ana on March 22, 2012
A juicy boney hello again, Barney! My mom's promised to get me four Enid Blyton books, thanks to my good grades! Any suggestions of which four would be the best? I read on this site that Enid Blyton loved three books which were The Water Babies, Little Women and something else. The one which caught my attention was Little Women. My mother had the book as a course book in her school.I've read it. Enid mostly got names and ideas from her favorite books isn't it? In Five Have Plenty of Fun Berta says that her 'Pops' called her a 'Water Baby'. And Jo was from Little Women wasn't it?
BarneyBarney says: Congratulations on getting good grades, Ana! In her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Enid Blyton mentioned a number of books she enjoyed as a child. As well as The Water Babies and Little Women she liked Black Beauty, The Coral Island and Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, but her favourite was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Enid Blyton probably did pick up some names and ideas from her reading but she was also influenced by places she visited, people she met and thoughts that came to her. Jo is a name which can be given to a boy or a girl, so it's not surprising that more than one author should use it for a girl who is not very ladylike. About the four books, it depends what kinds of stories you prefer. If you like mystery and adventure stories, have you tried the Find-Outers series and the Barney Mysteries? Enid Blyton also wrote some particularly good "family" books. The Family at Red-Roofs, The Six Bad Boys and the two "Six Cousins" books are generally regarded as being among her best work.
Posted by Paul on March 22, 2012
Emibell, The State Library system in Australia have their relevant capital city newspapers dating back many decades on microfilm and many libraries in the USA have the New York Times on microfilm, though that may not be as attractive as Enid has never been well-known in the USA. I'm not certain which libraries in the UK would have the major newspapers such as the Times of London on microfilm.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Paul. If you're in Britain, Emibell, you'd need to visit a big library like the Colindale branch of the British Library in London.
Posted by Emibell on March 22, 2012
Hi! I would like to know if Enid Blyton was in a newspaper or a magazine for I need it soon for homework.
BarneyBarney says: It's your homework, Emibell - you do the research! If you mean newspaper or magazine articles that have appeared in recent years and refer to Enid Blyton, you should be able to find some online by doing a search on "Blyton" under "news". If you mean newspaper or magazine articles dating from her lifetime, you may need to go to a large library and ask a librarian for help.
Posted by Talbot on March 20, 2012
I have read all of the St Clare's. I think they are more disjointed than the Malory Towers books; and it does seem odd to have three books for the first year, and none for the third and sixth, but interesting. I always had a certain amount of sympathy for some of the less popular characters: Eileen, Pauline, Alison (who is probably much more typical of a real schoolgirl than many of the others!), Margery Fenworthy, too. Not Angela though - she really is pretty horrid. The Pamela Cox ones are quite amusing but they're not really Enid Blyton (well, obviously, I suppose!). The plots are just a bit "not quite" and so is the language, including anachronistic slang like "guys". They're better than those hideous Famous Five ones by Claude Voilier though.
Posted by Srishti on March 20, 2012
Hey! How are you? Can you tell me about Enid's family life? I need it for a school project on My Favourite Author which is Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: I'm fine, thanks. You can read all about Enid Blyton's life here. Best of luck with the project!
Posted by Ethan on March 19, 2012
I find it is a shame you cannot find the Secret Seven series instead of the American one.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean you can only find the Americanised versions of the Secret Seven books in America? I'm surprised even those are available these days. It should be possible to order the originals from an online seller though.
Posted by Dean Stannard on March 18, 2012
Hi, can you tell me if the 1978 series is available on DVD?
BarneyBarney says: As I said to Cindos the other day, a UK release of the 1978 Famous Five TV series is due soon although we don't have a date yet. Keep an eye on this thread on our discussion forums.
Posted by Poppy on March 18, 2012
Hi Barney! Thanks! Really enjoyed the collection - planning to read it again sometime, however really into the Five Find-Outers at the moment. Reading The Mystery of the Hidden House. Thanks again.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Poppy. Enjoy The Mystery of the Hidden House!
Posted by Paul on March 17, 2012
Is it known why Enid didn't give Mr. Goon a wife and family?
BarneyBarney says: There's some speculation on that topic in this thread on the forums.
Posted by Srishti on March 17, 2012
Hello Barney... do you know how to read? Then instead of bones feast on books... hi hi hee.
BarneyBarney says: Oh, I already do - some stories are so deliciously meaty and satisfying and contain plenty to chew over. But I still like a nice, juicy bone as well!
Posted by Susan Webster on March 17, 2012
I'm up to my ears in university resits and can anyone explain what "gonzo" is about in journalism and what does UTNE UK mean? It's so puzzling. I wish university reading was as interesting as Enid Blyton reading is! I prefer to get lost in a Blyton!
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like a job for Google! Isn't there a Muppet called Gonzo?! Good luck with the resits.
Posted by Susan Webster on March 17, 2012
Hi Poppy, I've not heard of The Famous Five Short Story Collection. I wonder if the library can get it for me. I just got Summer Term at Malory Towers by Pamela Cox today.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you enjoy the Pamela Cox book, Sue!
Posted by Poppy on March 16, 2012
Hi Barney - why not enjoy both? A nice new Journal and a meaty bone! Just the Journal for me though, thank you! I have just finished reading The Famous Five Short Story Collection - it says it was first published in 2011 - is this correct and if so why?
BarneyBarney says: Ah, that's a good idea, Poppy! I'll enjoy devouring a bone while devouring the Journal! The Famous Five Short Story Collection was published in 2011 but it was a reprint of Five Have a Puzzling Time and Other Stories, published in 1995. Those stories hadn't been collected together in one volume before 1995 as the stories had originally appeared individually in annuals, comics and strip books in the 1950s-60s.
Posted by Ana on March 16, 2012
Hi Barney! Has it rained bones yet?! Ha! I'm sure not. Barney, have all Enid's books been published?
BarneyBarney says: I've heard of it raining cats and dogs, Ana, but sadly not bones! In 2010 the manuscript of an unpublished Enid Blyton book turned up - Mr. Tumpy's Caravan - which is a full-length novel and is a different story from the picture-strip book Mr. Tumpy and His Caravan. As far as I know, there are no plans to publish it at present. Enid Blyton also wrote an adult play that was never published or performed (Summer Storm) and an adult novel that wasn't published (The Caravan Goes On). Unfortunately, the manuscript of The Caravan Goes On was lost years ago.
Posted by Sian on March 16, 2012
I was wondering if you could help me. As a little girl I loved reading Enid Blyton... my little sister has started to write in books so I said I would get her the story of what happened to the boy who wrote in books (basically he goes into the story and the characters are cross) but I can't locate what Enid Blyton story it was... could you help me and let me know if possible?
BarneyBarney says: Hmm - I recall stories called 'Sammy the Scribbler' and 'The Boy Who Scribbled', but those boys write on walls and tables rather than in books. I hope that someone else reading this will know the story you remember, Sian.
Posted by Cindos on March 15, 2012
I have been a massive fan of Enid Blyton's books for over thirty years and was hoping my children would feel the same, however none have shown the same passion for reading as I did. Does anybody know if there are plans to release an English version of the 1978 Famous Five series on DVD as I only seem to be able to find foreign copies with subtitles?
BarneyBarney says: A UK release of the 1978 Famous Five TV series is due soon, Cindos, though we don't have a date yet. Keep an eye on this thread on our discussion forums.
Posted by Arjun on March 15, 2012
Stumbling upon this site has been the greatest thing to have happened at work all week! I literally grew up on Blytons! This site has taken me back to my childhood, and those lazy afternoons reading Famous Five! Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for your kind words, Arjun. I hope you'll continue to visit the website and enjoy all that it has to offer. My tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen after reading your message!
Posted by Abs on March 15, 2012
I was a HUGE fan of Enid Blyton growing up as a kid! She has inspired me to write my own books on adventures. Will Enid Blyton continue writing books?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, but the best of her lives on in her books. There have been a number of Continuation Books by other authors but they vary in quality - some are Blytonian in spirit while others feel very different.
Posted by Ellie, Ella and Olivia on March 15, 2012
We are writing to you because Enid Blyton is our favourite author. We've read lots of her fantastic books, they are really good and adventurous. We have read Five on a Treasure Island, Five Go Down to the Sea, Five on a Secret Trail, The Magic Faraway Tree and the Secret Seven books. Our favourite character is Timmy from the Famous Five stories because he is fantastic. We do have some questions we would like to ask you: How did Enid Blyton think of Secret Seven, Famous Five and The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree? They are fascinating stories! Thank you for taking time to read this post. We all love reading and writing and we hope to be authors too one day! From Enid Blyton's fans Ellie, Ella, and Olivia, Shirley Heath Junior School.
BarneyBarney says: It's lovely to hear from you Ellie, Ella and Olivia. I agree that Timmy is a fantastic character - and I hope you achieve your ambition of becoming authors. Our section on Enid the Writer should be of some help in answering your questions.
Posted by Srishti Chatterjee on March 15, 2012
I love Enid Blyton...whenever Iam bored she livens up my day.
BarneyBarney says: You're one of many who find her stories inspirational, Srishti! They put a wag in my tail too!
Posted by Michele on March 15, 2012
I am a huge fan of Enid Blyton, loved her stories as a child growing up in England. I live in California, USA, and I have introduced Five Go Down to the Sea in my 7 year old daughter's book club. We are having a book club party in a few weeks and I was wondering if anyone had any Famous Five quiz sheets or PDFs I could download. Thanks, fellow fans.
BarneyBarney says: The quiz sounds like a great idea, but I'm afraid I don't know of any quiz sheets. It could be fun to make your own though!
Posted by Ping on March 15, 2012
Hello, I want to translate some of Enid Blyton's works to Chinese but I'm having difficulty finding the copyright owner. Can someone help? Cheers, Ping.
BarneyBarney says: Chorion currently hold the copyright to Enid Blyton's works, though it is up for sale. The rights to Noddy have already been sold to Classic Media in America.
Posted by Paul on March 14, 2012
Enid was a talented pianist from what we know but was she talented at singing or dancing as well?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think we know, though she certainly had some interest in that area because Barbara Stoney tells us in Enid Blyton - the Biography that Enid used to organise concert parties as an end of term entertainment when she was a senior girl at St. Christopher's School in Beckenham. She and seven other girls would dress in mauve with white ruffles and black pom-poms, calling themselves the "Mauve Merriments". They would do short sketches, dancing and singing, with Enid playing the piano.
Posted by Poppy on March 14, 2012
Hi Barney, got my Journal today! Thank you very much!
BarneyBarney says: Ooh, I can't decide which is best - devouring a nice, meaty Journal or a nice, meaty bone! Both are extremely satisfying and enjoyable!
Posted by Abi on March 14, 2012
Barney! It's me again! Hmmm....Hmmm..... :idea: What was Claudine's last name in the St.Clare's series?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid Enid Blyton doesn't tell us.
Posted by Robyn on March 14, 2012
Why are Enid Blyton's books so famous?
BarneyBarney says: Why not read them and find out?!
Posted by Victoria on March 11, 2012
I heard about this on the radio. I hope that this site will progress even more by the end of the month or year etc.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your wishes for the website. I'm a bit confused about what it was that you heard on the radio!
Posted by Poppy on March 11, 2012
Hi Barney, reading Little Women at the moment. It was one of Enid's favourites wasn't it? It's really good. I recommend it to any Blyton fan.
BarneyBarney says: Little Women is a lovely family story. Yes, it was one of Enid Blyton's favourite books because the characters seemed so "real".
Posted by David on March 11, 2012
My first interest in bird watching was triggered by a book I was loaned whilst a young boy around 1956. It was by Enid Blyton and the gist of the story was of a boy who had to go and live in the country with his grandparents. His Grandfather taught him all about the birds that came into the garden and they built a bird table etc. It described all British birds practically and ended when summer came and the bird table was put away because the birds had to fend for themselves naturally, i.e. when food became plentiful. I would love to find out the name of this book to see if I can introduce my own Grandson to a love of birds. Can you please help!
BarneyBarney says: If you're the same person who asked that question on the forums, a couple of people have answered here. I think Birds of Our Gardens is probably the book you're looking for.
Posted by Sarah on March 10, 2012
Hi, I am a mother of a young child and want to read the Magic Faraway Tree series. I DO NOT want the new modern versions - all those name changes?! Which year editions would you recommend? 70's or 80s editions? Kind thanks, Sarah Cassandro.
BarneyBarney says: 1970s editions should be fine, Sarah. Even 1980s editions would probably be all right, though I'm not absolutely sure about that. Perhaps someone else reading this will know more.
Posted by Paris on March 9, 2012
Hi Barney, I'm going to my friend's birthday dinner party tonight and I don't know what to give her as a present. She has orange hair, has a crazy but nice personality and loves The Naughtiest Girl in the School. Her name's Abby. Do you have any idea what I could give her?
BarneyBarney says: Erm - another school story and a bunch of orange zinnias?
Posted by Anonymous on March 9, 2012
Enid Blyton wrote about a lot of lovely lives of very well brought up children. Has she ever experienced it in her life before? How did she make such muddling puzzles but still solve them in the end? I think she was a genius and even a simple picnic in her stories is so interesting to read about.
BarneyBarney says: I agree that Enid Blyton had a gift for bringing things to life and making readers feel part of the storybook world. She had an active imagination and said that stories and characters flooded into her mind so that her fingers could hardly type everything down fast enough. Enid experienced a middle-class life of private education, theatre trips, piano lessons and maids but had a difficult childhood emotionally as she didn't get along with her mother, and her beloved father left the family when she was not quite thirteen. From an early age, her writing helped her escape from pressures at home and brought her comfort.
Posted by Alice Vieira on March 9, 2012
Is Ida Pollock still alive?
BarneyBarney says: As far as I know, Ida Pollock is still alive. She was born on April 12th 1908, so she must be nearing her 104th birthday.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on March 9, 2012
Anqi, you can read Enid Blyton online legally, for example through the Amazon Kindle app. You will have to pay to do so, though.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Nigel.
Posted by C. Burt on March 9, 2012
I have a set of Enid Blyton's Two Years in the Infant School which are in the blue boxes and in very good condition. One of the boxes has the sheets inside with the paper slip still round them and has never been opened. I always loved Enid Blyton books when I was a child but I don't like to mess with these sheets in the boxes in case they are worth something. From what I understand they were published with colour illustrations. Sadly my set doesn't contain them but it really is brilliant quality for its age. Does anyone know how much Two Years in the Infant School is worth or know anyone who does? Would love to know before I get the urge to open that last box properly. :)
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't do valuations as we can't examine items, but it does sound as though you've got a nice set there and you could try getting it valued by a dealer.
Posted by Anqi on March 9, 2012
Where can you read Enid Blyton books online?
BarneyBarney says: It's illegal for anyone to make them available free online, Anqi, as most main titles and many of the short stories are still in print and will remain under copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Robyn on March 5, 2012
Enid Blyton, I would like to post something to you. What is your postal address?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, Robyn. If you mean you'd like to post something to the Enid Blyton Society, there's a postal address on the 'Subscribe' page.
Posted by Lynne on March 5, 2012
Can I buy the Noddy Snap playing cards (published in 1975) online? If not is there anywhere I can buy these playing cards? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The Noddy Snap game might well come up on eBay, Lynne, or if not you could try one of the sellers listed under "Lashings of Links" (button over on the left) as they specialise in Enid Blyton books and ephemera.
Posted by Lynsey on March 5, 2012
Hello! I was lucky enough to find 'Hurrah For Little Noddy' at the weekend, it looks to be a first edition judging by the Sampson Low, Marston & co Ltd plus address inside and the right pictorials. Although when looking online for similar versions I cannot find any with green cloth boards like mine. They all seem to be paper covered? Any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: Hello Lynsey, that sounds like a nice find, but I'm afraid it is not a first edition. It would also have originally had a dustwrapper and I have seen copies of this title before with cloth boards, but they are not very common.
Posted by Sharon on March 4, 2012
Re: Mr. Meddle's Mischief. The book is some sort of cloth-covered red hardback. It's possible it may have had a dust cover at some stage. It seems to have come from Sunny Stories Library, No. 2, and was published by George Newnes Limited, Tower House, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C.2. The edition was published in September 1942, and was a 'War Economy Standard'. I just wondered if anyone had heard of it before.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the further details, Sharon. It does indeed appear to be the Newnes edition depicted in the Cave of Books, but without its dustwrapper.
Posted by Amy on March 4, 2012
That's 'great' Barney, do you have any users that are older than 15? Also, why do we have to answer the maths question? I don't like maths!!!
BarneyBarney says: Most of our visitors are over 15, Amy. Many adults retain their love of Enid Blyton's books and continue to read them or share the stories with their children, grandchildren or other young relatives. The questions (I think they vary, but they're always relatively easy) are there to help deter spammers.
Posted by Sue Webster on March 4, 2012
Hi Poppy, I'm reading Sixth Form at St. Clare's by Pamela Cox and they do set up meetings to help younger girls with any problems, etc. It's a good read. Will be in touch soon as I have a booklet for you.
Posted by Anonymous on March 3, 2012
Hello there, I wonder if you could tell me if Enid Blyton wrote a book called The Three Golliwogs? It had a few different stories inside about three rascal golliwogs called Willy, Wally and Waggy, it has a lot of memories for me and I would be very interested in purchasing another copy. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton did indeed write The Three Golliwogs. You can see the listing in the Cave of Books, here. The edition you read probably had the golliwogs' names as Wiggie, Waggie and Wollie, but up until the late 1960s their names were rather less politically correct! Later still, in 1994, the gollies were transformed into pixies and the title of the book was altered to Three Bold Pixies. Although The Three Golliwogs has been out of print for years, plenty of copies still turn up on the secondhand market.
Posted by Paris on March 3, 2012
Hi Barney! Thanks for the information about the Enid Blyton Society. Where did Enid live when she was growing up? Right now I'm reading Five On a Secret Trail in the Famous Five series and I love it! I got the Famous Five series for Christmas! Thanks Barney, Paris.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're enjoying the Famous Five series, Paris. Enid Blyton grew up in Beckenham in Kent. You can find out more about her life here.
Posted by Alaa on March 3, 2012
Posted by Alice Vieira on March 3, 2012
Is the "Enid Blyton Award" still awarded?
BarneyBarney says: It seems that it might only ever have been awarded once - to Enid Blyton herself, posthumously! There's some more information in this thread on the forums.
Posted by Amy on March 3, 2012
Has anyone visited that website yet? Barney, did you change my comment a bit? I don't mind!!
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure some people will have visited the Jacqueline Wilson website - I certainly went and had a sniff at it - but I don't think we'll ever know how many people have clicked on the link. Yes, I changed your comment a little to fit the link into the sentence and to make it a bit more formal because we use "Blyton-speak" on this website, e.g. "great", not "gr8"!
Posted by Alaa on March 3, 2012
That was bad. My teacher would have started crying if she heard Enid had died in that way :( I wonder if Enid Blyton won any awards for her books? If she did, which ones? My best friend has become a bit mean and all of a sudden doesn't want to be with me. I don't think I have done anything wrong. Do you have any idea what I can do because I really want to be with her?
BarneyBarney says: Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography that, although Enid had suffered with her dementia, the moment of her death was peaceful. The only literary award Enid Blyton ever received was in America, for Mystery Island (The Island of Adventure retitled). It was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947. Regarding your best friend, I think you'd be better off having a gentle chat with her rather than talking to me!
Posted by Paris on March 2, 2012
Hi Barney, I want to tell you that I LOOOVE Enid Blyton! Two of my favourite series are The Faraway Tree and The Famous Five. Please answer back. Also, can you tell me what exactly the Enid Blyton Society is? And what do you get if you join? Thanks, One of Enid Blyton's fans.
BarneyBarney says: You can find out more about the Enid Blyton Society here, Paris. People who join receive three Journals a year, packed with articles about Enid Blyton's life and works. A password in the Journal enables them to enter the "Secret Passage" on the website, giving them access to photos etc. and continuation books which have been written specially for the Society.
Posted by Amy on March 2, 2012
Great, thanks Barney, you're the best! This is a good website on Jacqueline Wilson.
Posted by Poppy on March 2, 2012
Thanks Barney, I'll try it and see!
Posted by Su on March 2, 2012
Hi, I have a Bible signed by Enid Blyton (a gift to my late Aunt) and I am going to sell it to raise money for the Smile Train...if anyone is interested from the Society please feel free to contact me...highest offer will get it but at the moment I have no idea of value yet! Su at
BarneyBarney says: Hi Su, I suspect that what you might be talking about is the Coronation Bible, as we often get asked questions about it. If this is the case the message in black from Enid Blyton was printed in all copies of the Bible. Many people think that they have a written message in their Bible, but I'm afraid that this is not correct. Maybe you are talking about a completely different article however?
Posted by Jasmine on March 1, 2012
Where exactly is the Enid Blyton Society located as my English teacher wants to know?
BarneyBarney says: We don't have an office, Jasmine. Society matters are dealt with by an Enid Blyton enthusiast from his house - contact details can be found here.
Posted by Pete on February 29, 2012
Hi Barney, Can you please tell me whether any of the surnames of The Secret Seven were ever mentioned in their stories? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I don't think they ever were, Pete. In Secret Seven Fireworks we learn that Colin's granny is a Mrs. Strangeway, but that doesn't necessarily make him a Strangeway.
Posted by Amy on February 29, 2012
Sorry Barney! I meant best friend! By the way I also meant do you have any advice of what to do with my 'best friend'? I already have a golden labrador dog called Lucky. I also have a cat!
BarneyBarney says: Wuff wuff to Lucky! Oh, all right then, and to the cat! I'm used to barking about Blyton, not about best friends - I'm not really an "Agony Uncle Barney"! But friends do change over the years and, if you want the friendship to last, try being patient and letting "Bessie" be herself, even if her behaviour annoys you at times.
Posted by Alaa on February 29, 2012
Enid Blyton is really good at writing books! But did she die of illness or because she was so old?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was 71 when she died and had been ill for some years with heart problems and dementia. All those factors probably contributed to her death.
Posted by Sheila on February 29, 2012
For Nina, regarding the Twinkle Dee poem/book. I'm desperately trying to find my copy - I'm not sure if I put it away somewhere safe or if my late mum did. I'm turning the house upside down looking for it to read to my baby granddaughter. I know the whole thing off by heart (must have had a strange childhood!) but it's not the same as having the pictures. Did you make any progress with it?
Posted by Kathy on February 28, 2012
Hello, does anyone know if you can get Faraway Tree figurines etc? I'd like to do up a baby's room.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think I've seen figurines of any Blyton characters except Noddy and other Toyland folk, but I've always thought it would be lovely if some were available. As far as I know, it's not even possible to get pictures or posters of the Faraway Tree characters which is a shame.
Posted by Amy on February 28, 2012
Thanks again Barney! I wish you were my best friend because my bessie just acts like a teenager all the time. Do you have any advice?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, get a dog! After all, we are a man's best friend. Diamonds are said to be a girl's best friend but I've never seen how anything so small, hard-cornered, motionless and unresponsive can be any fun! By the way, I suppose your "bessie" isn't actually called "Bessie" - that would be a wonderfully Blytonic name!
Posted by Sairbear74 on February 28, 2012
Good evening, After a good few years of looking, searching and keeping my fingers crossed I am trying to find out if I can obtain the Famous Five series from 1978 on DVD. I have found it in German and then was drawn to one of your forums that said that a full English version will be released in April. It is my brother's 40th birthday soon and he would be as pleased as punch to receive it (as I would be to give it!) Can anyone shed any light on this for me? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I know you're already aware of the forum thread about the Famous Five DVD, Sairbear74, but we have no further news at present so your best bet is to keep an eye on that thread. Let's hope the DVD will be released in English very soon!
Posted by Amy on February 27, 2012
Oh, okay! My mum loves Enid's books, she wishes that Enid Blyton could write more books! Also, I don't mean to be rude but my favourite author is Jacqueline Wilson.
BarneyBarney says: Don't worry - I'm sure all of us read other authors as well!
Posted by Caitlin on February 27, 2012
Hi Barney! I was wondering which of the Enid Blyton books should I do for a book report?
BarneyBarney says: It's entirely up to you, Caitlin! Think about what kinds of stories you prefer - mystery and adventure, fantasy, school, animal, family, etc. It's good to choose a book which you found interesting so that you have plenty to say about it. If you want to focus on a "typical" Enid Blyton book you could choose a title from a well-known series such as the Famous Five or Faraway Tree series. Alternatively, you could pick something a bit different like The Six Bad Boys or The Secret Island.
Posted by Tolla on February 27, 2012
Hi Barney, is there a place where I can download "Veld Fires" by Enid Blyton. I've been looking for it for ages now, thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I get some strange requests here in the kennel to wrap my little grey canine cells around, but this is one of the strangest! Veld Fires was published in South Africa in 1931 by Cape to Cairo Publications. The authors were C. Selwyn Stokes and B.A. Wilter. I am still trying to puzzle out what this has to do with Enid Blyton!
Posted by Amy on February 26, 2012
Hi Barney, do you ever ban people off the website if they are rude or mean to other people? Also, what is your favourite book by Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: I only deal with the Message Board, Amy. Most contributors are very polite, but I do have to gobble up the occasional rude or badly written message. My favourite book is Shadow the Sheep-Dog because the main character is so clever and likeable.
Posted by Poppy on February 26, 2012
Hi Barney, which school story book is it when the fifth/sixth formers set up a small meeting for the younger girls to attend if they need to discuss a problem? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of Pamela Cox's Sixth Form at St. Clare's, in which the sixth form girls hold weekly "agony aunt sessions" to help the younger ones with problems.
Posted by Amy on February 25, 2012
Hi, it's me, Amy! I love this website! Are you going to make any improvements? Not that I don't like it now, I am just asking!
BarneyBarney says: We regularly add things to the website, Amy, especially in the Cave of Books where there are lots of scans of books, magazines, jigsaws, etc. The discussion forums are generally busy too, with new posts to read every day. We also have a Monthly Quiz (under "Interactive Island") and a Monthly Enid Blyton page (under "The Author").
Posted by Mrs. Jacob Black on February 25, 2012
Hey Barney! I just wanted to ask if the portrayal of Enid Blyton was accurate in the biopic Enid? I've always been a huge fan of Blyton though I don't know ANYTHING about her personal life and seeing her portrayal in the film was a let-down. Are events such as her entertaining soldiers, registering herself as Dorothy Richards, telling her brother to get out of her house, throwing away photographs of her husband and children and sending her children to boarding school really true? It really disappoints me that the woman who brought me so much happiness in my childhood days could be like this :( xx
BarneyBarney says: Enid was a dramatisation so, although it was based on Enid Blyton's life and personality, some parts were embellished or changed and the time-scale was altered, to enhance the drama. In real life Hanly told Enid of her mother's death by phone - and Gillian and Imogen were at that time much older than in the biopic. Other details such as entertaining soldiers, registering as Dorothy Richards and sending her daughters to boarding school were based on fact. It's true that Enid Blyton could be cold and dismissive, especially towards family members who upset her, but she could also be warm. She inspired pupils during her teaching days and encouraged children to raise money for charities through her magazines, but not much of her positive side came through in the Enid film. If you want to know more you could try getting hold of Enid Blyton - the Biography by Barbara Stoney and A Childhood at Green Hedges by Imogen Smallwood. Whatever her faults, the best of Enid Blyton lives on in her books and they continue to entertain, educate and enthuse children around the globe.
Posted by Sondos on February 25, 2012
My favorite book is In the King's Shoes but I don't know what is the rising action.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean about "the rising action", Sondos.
Posted by Giovanna Querido on February 24, 2012
I saw the movie and I got really enthusiastic about Enid Blyton's history, life, creative mind and characters, but unfortunately I don't live in England, I'm from Brazil, São Paulo. I would like to read her books but I don't know how. Could you help me, Barney? PS. Sorry for my English, I am still getting it better. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Giovanna. Your English is pretty good. Enid Blyton's books are still under copyright so they can't legally be read for free online. If you can't buy them from bookshops in Brazil, perhaps you could buy them (new or secondhand) from websites like Amazon, eBay or Abebooks (a lot of sellers will ship worldwide, though you'd need to check the cost of postage). Some titles are also available as e-books.
Posted by T Davis on February 21, 2012
Are there any playscripts available on 'Famous Five'? Our local drama group would love to do a comedy but can't find any!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote a Famous Five play, The Famous Five Adventure, but it's not a comedy. You could always write your own, though if you wanted to put on a public performance you'd need to seek permission from the Enid Blyton copyright holders (currently Chorion, though the copyright is up for sale).
Posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2012
On your register page it says £10 - £14 should be paid to register, depending where you live. However, in a Message Board reply you said, "If you're not already a member of the forums you'll need to register to send another member a PM (private message), but registration is free."
BarneyBarney says: I edited your post as you had quoted the whole of an old Message Board message, which at first made me confused about what you were asking. You're talking about two different things there. Joining the Enid Blyton Society costs £10 - £14 per year, and for that you receive three Journals packed with articles and information. You don't need to join the Society to register with the discussion forums on this website, which are free of charge.
Posted by Poppy on February 20, 2012
Hi Barney, thanks for your reply. Adventure of the Strange Ruby sounds good! Thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Poppy. Whichever book you choose, I hope you enjoy it.
Posted by Elsie on February 19, 2012
How many best-sellers did Enid Blyton have?
BarneyBarney says: Since most of her books were best-sellers, she must have had hundreds!
Posted by Poppy on February 19, 2012
Hi Barney! My school is allowing me to choose one book off Amazon because I won a reading competition. I'm torn between The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby and Up the Faraway Tree! Which is the best? Is Up the Faraway Tree actually written by Enid Blyton? I've never really heard of it, or The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby for that matter! Anyway, thanks Barney - Woof! Woof! to you!
BarneyBarney says: Woof woof, Poppy! Up the Faraway Tree is by Enid Blyton but it's only a picture-strip book with a few lines of writing beneath each picture. The stories are very short and not detailed, and the usual characters are joined by two other children called Robin and Joy. So there's not much reading in it. The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby is an updated and altered version of Enid Blyton's book Adventure of the Strange Ruby, so you might prefer to get the original title if you can (it's probably only available secondhand, but I know you can get secondhand books on Amazon). Congratulations on winning the prize in the reading competition!
Posted by Imogen on February 15, 2012
Did Enid like ice cream in real life as much as the characters in her books? If she did - what was her favourite flavour?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know Enid Blyton's favourite but in her day the choice of flavours would have been limited in comparison to what's available now. Most places would probably have sold vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, and sometimes Tutti Frutti or Neapolitan.
Posted by Sue Webster on February 14, 2012
Hi Twinkle and Barney, yes, the book where the Famous Five stay on a farm in Cornwall and where the farmer says "ock" is Five Go Down to the Sea, a good, exciting read!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for confirming that, Sue.
Posted by Val Morris on February 13, 2012
Hi, I am trying to find a vintage Noddy snowdome circa about 1950. I had one as a child and have been unsuccessfully trying to find one to purchase. It has Noddy holding a red balloon on a tether and to my recollection was a round sphere. Thanks for any help you can give me.
BarneyBarney says: We can't give you a lot of help on this, Val, other than to say that there were a number of Noddy snowdomes issued in the 1950s. As you have found out, these are now hard to find and your best bet is probably toy fairs and dealers who stock vintage toys.
Posted by G. Wilson on February 12, 2012
I heard that a UK DVD release of the 1978 series of the Famous Five will be out this year sometime. However, I can only see the German release on Amazon UK (which is incredibly expensive). Do any of you lovely people have any other news on this? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: A release date of 2nd April was announced at one point, but I'm not sure whether that has since changed. You may like to keep an eye on this forums thread.
Posted by Bullock on February 12, 2012
May be of interest to Noddy fans worldwide. On the 6th of April 2012 a private collection of Noddy illustrations and first edition books owned by Noddy illustrator Peter Wienk will be auctioned off at Watermans Auction Rooms. Amongst this large collection are several Beek originals given to Peter by Beek, along with some Wienk originals and a large collection of first edition books dating back to between 1951 and 1970. All of which are in extremely good condition.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for letting us know.
Posted by Sharon on February 12, 2012
Re Mr Meddle's Mischief: No, it's not one of the ones that you have. It's a hardback book, and the illustrations look like the first book that was published, only in black and white. It's possibly a Book Club edition published during the war perhaps? The illustrations always scared us when we were children as Mr. Meddle looked positively evil. No one seems to have heard of this version though and I thought you might be able to help.
BarneyBarney says: Is it possible that the book you are describing does not have a dustwrapper, Sharon? If this is the case it may well be illustrated on the page in our Cave of Books. The internal line drawings are in black and white and you are right that Mr. Meddle looks a bit scary. If you can possibly give us the name of the publisher and any dates in the book, we might be able to help you further, but we can say that there were definitely no Book Club editions published.
Posted by Anonymous on February 11, 2012
I'm studying Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series at the moment and was very surprised to find that More Wishing-Chair Stories was not published until 2000, decades after her death. So I was wondering: who actually wrote those stories?
BarneyBarney says: Don't worry - the stories in More Wishing-Chair Stories were written by Enid Blyton. They had been published in various places but weren't collected into one volume until 2000. If you want to know more about the origins of the stories, have a read through this thread on the forums.
Posted by Mr. John Lewis on February 11, 2012
Hello Enid Blyton Society. I would love your help in finding where I can purchase/find a dust cover (new or used) for my 1951 Feefo, Tuppeny and Jinks hardback copy. Thanking you in advance, John Lewis.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's unlikely that you're going to be able to buy a dust cover by itself, John. You could perhaps consider purchasing a copy of the book which has a dust cover, then selling your existing copy. EBay or Abebooks might have vintage editions for sale, or you could try the sellers listed under "Lashings of Links" (button over on the left of the home page).
Posted by Abi on February 10, 2012
I'm sorry Barney for the load of messages but I really like Enid Blyton's books. In Second Form at St. Clare's does Elsie turn into a nice girl? I've nearly finished it so I don't care.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton would probably remind you that patience is a virtue!
Posted by Little Bit on February 10, 2012
With regards to woo-hoo-collywobbles (The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters), my edition of the book does not have the description "involving much woo-hoo-ing and groaning and rolling over and over." Has it been removed for some reason? This "updating" of Enid Blyton's books is rather annoying.
BarneyBarney says: Goodness, has the description of the game really been removed? It should come towards the end of the chapter "The Find-Outers Make Their First Plans." I can't imagine why that line would be censored! Perhaps the editors thought the game sounded too rough!
Posted by Abi on February 9, 2012
Can you send a link, please? I'm quite lost on the website. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I went to the forums, did a search on "Clare's" (ticking "topic titles only") and got this list. However, if you haven't yet read the Malory Towers books you might want to do so before reading any detailed discussions of those, because some of the posts will contain spoilers.
Posted by Abi on February 8, 2012
Wow. Quick response. I absolutely love St.Clare's but is Malory Towers like it as I have the entire series?
BarneyBarney says: The Malory Towers books are similar to the St. Clare's books in some respects, though the school has quite a different feel to it. Why don't you join our discussion forums and have a look at what people have said about the two series, Abi? That will prevent the Message Board becoming a conversation on the school stories between me and thee! ;-)
Posted by Abi on February 8, 2012
Hi. Thanks for the last response. I was thinking of Hilary! Here's another question. I like Isabel in St. Clare's but I feel that Pat is the main character. Is the main character Isabel, Pat or both?
BarneyBarney says: I think the pair of them start out as the main characters, though Pat is more assertive and rebellious than Isabel, but as the series goes on other characters become more dominant and the twins no longer loom so large.
Posted by Abi on February 8, 2012
I've just started reading Enid Blyton's books. In St. Clare's, there is Pat, Isabel and Janet. But I feel there is a higher character than Janet. Is there?
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps you're thinking of Hilary Wentworth, head of the twins' dormitory?
Posted by Leia on February 8, 2012
What first school did you go to?
BarneyBarney says: If you're asking about Enid Blyton's first school, it was called Tresco. You can find out more here.
Posted by Paul on February 8, 2012
Did Enid feature any Australian or New Zealander characters in any of her stories?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't recall any, Paul.
Posted by Carol on February 7, 2012
Hi Barney, I have some questions and would appreciate some help. I am a great lover of Enid Blyton stories and have been since I was a little girl. For her birthday in September my daughter Hayley, who is now five, was given an older illustrated copy of The Folk of the Faraway Tree. She was delighted by the story as we read a chapter each night. Reading the story graduated this little girl from an obsession with picture stories to being able to lie back and let her imagination run wild as she listened to the chapters each night. She was so sad when we finished the book that I immediately went out and bought her The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree, which we have now begun. What I am confused about is that it seems that because they are more recently published copies "Fanny" has been changed to "Frannie", "Bessie" to "Beth" and there is now mention of "Father" who was not mentioned in the older copy I have. Could you explain why these changes have been made or am I missing something? I have battled to explain the changes to the characters' names to Hayley and would love to know when and why they were changed. Thanks so much, Carol (Johannesburg, South Africa).
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Carol! I'm not certain exactly when the changes were made but they're all part of a general updating of Blyton books (except "Father", who is a shadowy figure even in the originals and is barely mentioned after the first book). The odd small detail in some series like the Famous Five books began to be updated as early as the late 1960s, but these changes were few and far between. Things really took off after the golliwogs were removed from the Noddy books in about 1987, though only gradually. My guess is that Fanny was altered because the word has a rude meaning in some contexts, Jo was perhaps considered an old-fashioned or girly spelling so was changed to Joe, and Bessie was also thought to be rather quaint (an article in The Times back in 2006 suggested that Bessie had been scrapped because it was a name associated with black slaves in America, but that was a new one on me!) Other alterations include Dick becoming Rick, Dame Slap turning into Dame Snap, pop biscuits transforming into pop cakes and brownies becoming elves (those last two changes are hard to understand, though it may have something to do with the books being marketed worldwide). Funnily enough, the Famous Five books still feature a Dick and a Fanny despite the text of that series having been updated several times. I'm sorry the changes have confused your daughter and I hope that won't prevent her continuing to be transported to magical lands along with the characters. Older editions are available secondhand but I realise that isn't much help if you've already bought new copies.
Posted by Stephen Isabirye on February 7, 2012
Alice, I am heartened to learn that you are trying to join us that very very very few that have written books (The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage, in my context) on and about Enid Blyton and her books. As for obtaining more details about Enid Blyton's Madeira-Casablanca i.e. Medi-Atlantic trip of 1930, you will need to read books such as The Pole Star Family as well as a couple of Mystery books (I forget which books exactly) where Fatty purchases cheap suits in Casablanca his (their) sitting on Arabian carpets. Thee satires will give you a far better glimpse into that trip than Barbara Stoney ever provided.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure I follow all of that but Enid Blyton must indeed have been drawing on memories of her cruise when she wrote The Pole Star Family - and The Ship of Adventure. It's in The Mystery of the Vanished Prince that Fatty returns from a cruise having bought brightly-coloured robes from a Moroccan bazaar, though his trip isn't described in detail.
Posted by Alice Vieira on February 6, 2012
I'm a Portuguese writer and journalist. I'm working now on a biography of Enid Blyton. I know she has travelled to Madeira Island and also to Lisbon, but I can't find anywhere the account of those voyages, not even in Madeira or Lisbon...Where did she stay? For how long? Who did she meet?, etc...I've read her biographies (Barbara Stoney, George Greenfield, Imogen Smallwood's book, The Story of My Life etc, etc...) but I can't find any notice anywhere. Do you know anything about it? I'd be most grateful. ALICE VIEIRA
BarneyBarney says: Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography that Enid Blyton wrote about her 1930 cruise on her weekly page in the magazine Teachers World. Other than that, I don't know whether there's any record of her travels.
Posted by Anonymous on February 6, 2012
Trying to remember a book I read as a child... There was a dark green grass circle with a button in it where the characters sat and the circle went into the ground...?! Any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: That happens in The Wishing-Chair Again. Peter and Mollie go through a gap in the hedge to a field at the bottom of the garden. They sit on a circle of grass in the field, and when a knob is pressed the circle of grass shoots down like a lift. There may be similar episodes in other Blyton stories.
Posted by Sharon on February 5, 2012
When was the black and white version of Mr. Meddle's Mischief published?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by the black and white version. Is it any of these?
Posted by Candez Maria Tony on February 5, 2012
Thank you Barney, and last day I read the book Faraway. It is a very good book too.
BarneyBarney says: The Faraway Tree books are magical. I wonder if the Land of Bones ever comes to the top of the tree?
Posted by Little Bit on February 4, 2012
What exactly is the game Woo-hoo-colly-wobbles, as mentioned in the Five Find-Outers book?
BarneyBarney says: In The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters it's described as a noisy game "involving much woo-hoo-ing and groaning and rolling over and over." I don't think we're given any more details than that, but it sounds like a friendly rough-and-tumble.
Posted by Judith Dunn on February 1, 2012
What was the title of the Famous Five adventure published in 1972?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean because Enid Blyton's last Famous Five book was published in 1963 (and she died in 1968), but perhaps this list will help clarify things.
Posted by Candez Maria Tony on February 1, 2012
I am a great fan of Enid Blyton, I love her books too. Hallo Barney, I am first in this site and I am having one question also, in which book is there a girl named Elizabeth Mary Wilhemina Sonning?
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Candez Maria Tony! The book you're thinking of is Secret Seven Mystery.
Posted by Victoria O'Keefe on February 1, 2012
I was looking at the websites of the Presidential Libraries for the people who were President when Enid was writing - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. Apart from Zerelda Brass, did she talk much about the USA in her books? You will be "happy" to know that it's now politically incorrect in some British and Commonwealth schools to say "American". We got told we have to say "USian" as "not everyone who lives in the continent of the Americas lives in the USA".
BarneyBarney says: Zerelda Brass (Third Year at Malory Towers) and Junior Henning and his father (Five on Finniston Farm) are negative American stereotypes (though Zerelda has a bit more to her), but Enid Blyton portrayed Americans and America more positively in The Boy Next Door and The Queen Elizabeth Family. You can read reviews of those titles in the Cave of Books. I hadn't heard of "USian" before, Victoria - at first glance it looks rather similar to "Asian" to me.
Posted by Prateeksha on February 1, 2012
Can you tell me in detail about yourself?
BarneyBarney says: There's not much to tell really, Prateeksha! I'm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who likes books, bones, biscuits, walks and exciting smells!
Posted by Jessica Parry on February 1, 2012
Hello, I would like to ask if you could possibly make a movie about The Naughtiest Girl in the School and all the other episodes. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The Society and website enable people to learn more about Blyton films and TV series (not to mention books etc. of course!), and to share information, but I'm afraid we don't actually make them.
Posted by Twinkle on February 1, 2012
Hello Barney! Can you please tell me the name of the Famous Five book where the Five are staying on a farm and the farmer there pronounces buttercup as 'ock' which his wife interprets correctly? Have a good day. :)
BarneyBarney says: I haven't time to check, Twinkle, but it sounds as though it could be Five Go Down to the Sea (with Mr. Penruthlan). Perhaps someone else reading this will know for definite.
Posted by Prateeksha on January 31, 2012
Thanks for your answer but I really want to read First Term at Malory Towers. Do you know where it's available?
BarneyBarney says: As the Malory Towers books are still in print and still under copyright, they won't be available to read free online (or at least they shouldn't be!) You could try your local bookshop or library, Prateeksha. Sometimes, libraries can get hold of a book for you if you ask. Or you could look for a copy (either new or secondhand) from an online seller.
Posted by Prateeksha on January 30, 2012
Which is better, St. Clare's or Malory Towers?
BarneyBarney says: It's a matter of personal preference really, though the Malory Towers series is better structured in that there is a book for each school year. If you're interested in people's opinions on the schools, check out the following forums topic.
Posted by Lucy on January 28, 2012
Did Enid's brothers fight in the First or Second World War?
BarneyBarney says: Not much information is available, Lucy. In Chapter 3 of Enid Blyton - the Biography Barbara Stoney writes about the death of Enid Blyton's father (Thomas) in 1920 and gives us some details about Enid's brothers, Hanly and Carey: "Thomas left small bequests to Theresa, Enid and her brothers and due to this some slight contact was re-established between them. Carey had decided to join the Royal Air Force for a seven-year engagement but Hanly remained at home with his mother at Westfield Road and took over the management of his father's business, where he had been working since his war-time service overseas with the army." I don't think we're told what Hanly and Carey did in the Second World War.
Posted by Amy on January 26, 2012
Thanks again Barney but I was kind of wondering if you could give me a play script since it's got to be in tomorrow! Eeeeek, I just remembered that. Please, please help. I need it today. Many thanks, Love from Amy xxx
BarneyBarney says: Well, I get some cheeky requests from time to time but that takes the dog biscuit!
Posted by Amy on January 26, 2012
Sorry Barney, my name is Amy. I love it that you're a bull terrier, they are quite cute. Please help me! I've got to write a play script about one of Enid Blyton's books. Can you help me? Please reply!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks - it's nice to know that your name is Amy. Have you got to base your play script on part of a book? If so, I'd choose a scene which has a lot of dialogue (i.e. conversation between the characters) and one which is dramatic or humorous. You could also think about adding stage directions, and perhaps notes on lighting and scenery.
Posted by Maria on January 26, 2012
Hi, I have just found a 1972 Enid Blyton The Adventurous Four and was wondering if it's worth anything.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't do valuations (we say so on our "Contact Us" page, though I realise you may not have seen that) because it's impossible to value a book without handling it. If you keep an eye on similar books on eBay, that'll give you an idea what it's worth.
Posted by Shruti on January 25, 2012
Thanks for replying to my query about the Galliano's Circus series and Shadow the Sheepdog. I am from India, thus would like to know how to get Enid's novels secondhand. Have a great day. :)
BarneyBarney says: Glad to be of help, Shruti. I don't know whether there's an Indian equivalent of the auction site eBay, but that's a good way of buying secondhand books. Many of the sellers on the UK eBay will ship abroad but you'd need to enquire about postage costs and payment methods before bidding. Abebooks also has sellers who will send books anywhere in the world.
Posted by Plum Blossom on January 25, 2012
Hello Barney, I'm referring to the Plum Blossom booklet No. 950 in the Cave =D. I've finished reading The Adventurous Four to the Rescue and am currently reading the The Mystery of the Disappearing Tramp. Both stories are hilarious and great although I'm not accustomed to the Scottish accent in the Adventurous Four. Will get to Julie's The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage soon which I'm sure will be enjoyable. Rather slow as there are just so many wonderful stories and illustrations to keep me occupied in the Cave!!! Keep up the good work. Have a fabulous day Barney :-)
BarneyBarney says: I hope you have a fabulous day too, Plum Blossom! An enormous amount of work has gone into the Cave and the serials and it's heartening to hear that you're making full use of all that's on offer. May you come across many more delights and surprises in the nooks and crannies!
Posted by Shruti on January 24, 2012
Enid is a breath of fresh air amidst all the pollution. I love her Naughtiest Girl series. Elizabeth is a dear. Also I would like to request to republish the Mr. Galliano's Circus books. I got the 2nd one from an old book store and would love to read the others too! Please can anyone tell me why they have stopped publishing the Mr. Galliano's Circus series and other books of Enid like Shadow the Sheepdog? I so want to read them. It's so bad.
BarneyBarney says: According to, a compilation of three Enid Blyton circus books is to be published by Egmont in April. Strangely, the volume contains two of the three Galliano's Circus titles plus the one-off novel Come to the Circus, which is about Fenella at Carl Crack's Circus! Stand-alone novels like Shadow the Sheepdog tend to get neglected, but luckily there are plenty of copies available secondhand.
Posted by Carlien on January 24, 2012
I must write a speech on one of Enid Blyton's quotes. Can you please help?
BarneyBarney says: Someone just the other day was asking (anonymously) about Blyton quotations. As I said to him/her, if you mean a quotation from the books there are some interesting ones in this forums thread. However, it may be better and more meaningful to look through your favourite Blyton books and pick your own. If you mean something Enid Blyton said or wrote about her life and her writing, try clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button and reading the "Biography of Enid Blyton" and "Enid the Writer" sections. Good luck with your speech!
Posted by A_Sellars on January 23, 2012
I have 16 hardback and 9 paperback Enid Blyton books from the 60s and 70s. One of the hardbacks is from 1956. Do you know anyone who would buy these in bulk? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Your best bet is probably to put them on eBay or in the "For Sale" section of our forums. Alternatively, maybe a secondhand bookshop would be interested?
Posted by Anonymous on January 23, 2012
Thanks Barney. You're the best. By the way, can you give me a description of yourself? Thanks so much!!!
BarneyBarney says: If I do, will you tell me your name rather than remaining "Anonymous"?! I'm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and you can see my picture on the website!
Posted by Fificapetown on January 22, 2012
Hello, as a little girl I was a huge fan of the Wishing-Chair stories and Malory Towers... now I have my own daughter who is just six and have started reading the Naughtiest Girl series. We have a box set of "Mystery in..." stories and the Amelia Jane collection as well as the Malory Towers collection but I would like to find a guide as to what age group each is aimed at so I know what to buy next. I have Googled and come up with nothing... even an order in which to buy would be a start. Please help.
BarneyBarney says: As a rough guide focussing on Blyton's best-known works, I'd say Amelia Jane, Mr. Pink-Whistle and Mr. Meddle for ages 4 - 8, the Wishing-Chair, Faraway Tree, Willow Farm, Galliano's Circus series and mixed short stories for ages 5 - 9, the Secret Seven and Naughtiest Girl books for ages 6 - 10, the other mystery and adventure series plus Malory Towers and St. Clare's for ages 8 - 12, and "family and society" novels like The Family at Red-Roofs, The Six Bad Boys and the Six Cousins books for ages 9 - 13. Children have different interests and abilities though, so ages may vary. I hope your daughter enjoys the books!
Posted by Anonymous on January 22, 2012
I know this is a silly question but is Enid Blyton still alive? Really sorry for my stupidness but I don't know!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, though the best of her lives on in her books. You can find out more about her life here.
Posted by nnluvEB2000 on January 22, 2012
My favourite book was The Circus of Adventure. May I know which continent Tauri Hessia is in? (Is it fictional?)
BarneyBarney says: Tauri Hessia is fictional, though some readers have said that it puts them in mind of the Balkans in Southeastern Europe.
Posted by Plum Blossom on January 21, 2012
Happy Chinese New Year folks! Thanks to your master for the lovely story and artwork as usual! Greatly appreciated :-)
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your comments, Plum Blossom. My tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen. Are you referring to Julie Heginbotham's story, The Mystery of Hazel Dene Cottage? Happy Chinese New Year!
Posted by Grace on January 21, 2012
I love these books by Enid. All of them are good! My favourite is Amelia Jane Gets Into Trouble!
Posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2012
Where can I find a website with various quotes of Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean quotations from the books, there are some interesting ones in this forums thread. However, depending what you want them for it may be better and more meaningful to look through your favourite Blyton books and pick your own. If you mean things Enid Blyton said or wrote about her life and her writing, try clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button and reading the "Biography of Enid Blyton" and "Enid the Writer" sections. By the way, I always feel a bit queer when replying to an anonymous person - it seems friendlier if people provide a name of some kind.
Posted by I'm Daisy on January 21, 2012
Can you please tell me the full name of Enid Blyton's daughter Imogen?
BarneyBarney says: Her full name is Imogen Mary Smallwood. Enid and Gillian also had "Mary" as a middle name.
Posted by Paul on January 20, 2012
The golliwog characters in Noddy were very clearly untrustworthy-black-people stereotypes. They were the sneaky bad guys who were always stealing things and making mischief. While having characters who are sneaky and case mischief is perfectly reasonable - even necessary - in a story like Noddy, turning them into teddy bears instead of dolls that many people consider an offensive and outdated representation of black people is, I think, not entirely unreasonable. I don't think it's necessarily over-the-top to recognise that something is culturally insensitive and offensive as times change and correct some things accordingly.
BarneyBarney says: Views on golliwogs are mixed and not everyone sees them as "black-people stereotypes". Enid Blyton simply regarded them as nursery toys and they were popular with children at the time she was writing, so it was natural for her to include gollies in Toyland. She wrote about good golliwogs as well as bad ones, e.g. Mr. Golly who owned the garage (later replaced by Mr. Sparks), so they weren't always portrayed as sneaky or mischievous by any means. Still, substituting other characters for gollies doesn't, I think, damage the integrity of the stories to the same extent as updating things like language, clothing, food and technological references.
Posted by I'm Daisy on January 20, 2012
I like this website very much. It has a lot of information about Enid Blyton. This website is also very userfriendly. I am a great fan of Enid Blyton. I especially like the Famous Five Series, the Mystery (Five Find-Outers) Series, the Secret Series and the St. Clare's Series. A big bone for you, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks for the bone and for your kind words. Have fun on the website!
Posted by Nonnapaula on January 19, 2012
I am looking for an Enid Blyton book about a Litter Tree. The story is about children who drop litter next to a tree, the tree is slowly getting covered with the litter and tells the children that if people keep dropping litter there will be no more trees. I used to read this to my children but have lost the book. I want to read it to my grandchildren so any assistance in locating this and/or the title would be very welcome. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Nonnapaula.
Posted by Emily on January 19, 2012
Thanks. Well, do you happen to know of anywhere else I might be able to get them in downloadable mp3 files?
BarneyBarney says: People have posted a few links to audio recordings in this forums thread, but I'm not sure of the formats used or whether all the links work and I don't know whether there's anything there that we might one day be asked to remove.
Posted by Emily on January 18, 2012
Hi, I am looking for any of the Malory Towers, Famous Five, Secret Seven and St. Clare's books by Blyton in abridged dramatised audio format. I would love to download them with torrents, but can't find any around! Does anyone know of any links to active torrents for this?
BarneyBarney says: There may be links available (as far as this old dog is concerned, "torrents" are raging streams or heavy downpours!), but whether they're legal is another matter so I'm afraid I can't go sniffing them out for you.
Posted by Westie Owner on January 17, 2012
Dear Barney, (Re my earlier email): "In the early 1990s (possibly 1995) a small box set of 'pocket library books' for NODDY were printed. One of them was Noddy went to a farm... it started - "It was a lovely sunny day, Noddy was off to the farm"... then a bit later it said "2 eggs for breakfast, as a special treat, then hop in the car and drive off down the street"... I can't find the set anywhere and do not know what it's called! HELP!... need for my son's special 21st birthday in August 2012... Many thanks!" You replied, "What you are looking for sounds like The Little Treasury of Noddy in Toyland published by Award in 1990 (ISBN 1841350281). This is a set of tiny board books in a case and one of the books is called Noddy at the Farm." These arrived but are the wrong ones!!(sad face)... these ones were published in 2001... the ones I am hunting for are similar but must have been printed in the early 1990s as we had them in 1995. Oh dear Barney, I still haven't got the right ones. Any more ideas? They must be about somewhere!
BarneyBarney says: Sorry they weren't the books you're looking for, Westie Owner (tail droops). I've just Googled "Noddy Pocket Library" which has brought up some descriptions and images of various sets of books here. I hope that, with some browsing and perhaps another spot of Googling, you might recognise something. Best of luck!
Posted by Tim on January 17, 2012
Woof!(whines) how to type?
BarneyBarney says: Supple paws and plenty of practice!
Posted by Anonymous on January 17, 2012
I'm looking for the red covered Famous Five books (1950s editions). Does anyone know where I can get them?
BarneyBarney says: They come up regularly on eBay and Abebooks.
Posted by Charlie Morgan on January 16, 2012
I really like all of Enid's stories. My granny gives me half a dozen a week to borrow and for Christmas (2011) my grandma gave me The Chimney Corner Collection. Every evening I read Enid's books hoping that when I grow up I can write books as good as hers. My dad's family has hundreds of her books. I just need to ask one question. How many stories have you written?
BarneyBarney says: Gosh, you do get through a lot of books, Charlie! Do you mean how many stories has Enid Blyton written? It depends what you count as a book, but she has written about 180 full-length novels and roughly 5,000 short stories as well as poems, plays and articles.
Posted by Manu on January 15, 2012
I really love Enid Blyton. I also like Pamela Cox. I especially liked Kitty at St. Clare's. I have read all of Enid's books. I have a question. Why are Pamela's books so costly? In India they come up to Rs.125 or more. Please tell me why and can you reduce the cost?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the price is decided by the publishers and shopkeepers, Manu, but you could try looking for secondhand copies. It's surprising to hear that in India there is a big difference in price between Enid Blyton's original titles and continuation books by authors like Pamela Cox.
Posted by Alana R-B on January 14, 2012
How much does radio or television feature in Enid Blyton's stories?
BarneyBarney says: There are lots of references to the radio (or wireless) but few references to television. This thread on the forums will tell you more.
Posted by Mrs. Anonymous on January 14, 2012
Hi, I vaguely remember a St. Clare's TV series that was broadcast in Arabic. I used to love the series and the books and was wondering if the TV series has been dubbed into English and released on DVD? If so could you give me a direct link as to where I can order/purchase it? And I have an old, second edition of The Twins at St Clare's with a perfect dust wrapper and in good condition. Any idea how much is it worth? Thank you! I really appreciate the help :) xx
BarneyBarney says: I believe the St. Clare's cartoon TV series was Japanese and that it was released in 1991. According to this forums thread it was dubbed into Arabic, French, German, Spanish and Tagalog, but never into English. We don't do valuations, I'm afraid, as it's impossible to value a book without handling it, but you could see what similar books are fetching on sites like eBay and Abebooks.
Posted by Laine on January 13, 2012
Dear Barney, Many thanks for your assistance; it is very much appreciated. Kind regards, Laine.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome.
Posted by Laine on January 13, 2012
I have seven original books from Enid's Little Mary Mouse strip book series. The cover on the 1947 Here Comes Mary Mouse Again however is red not blue as on your website. Can you please tell me why this would be? Thank you. Laine
BarneyBarney says: If you look at the reprint covers which can be seen beneath the book information, you'll see that Here Comes Mary Mouse Again was reprinted with a red cover (from September 1949).
Posted by Westie Owner on January 11, 2012
Dear Barney, Re my email about the Noddy 'pocket library books' (January 10th) and your reply, many thanks!... I've ordered the Little Treasury of Noddy in Toyland set. Thanks, I am hoping they are the ones. I didn't put my name as I didn't want my son to see my name!!... but my Westies (two of them) send a waggy tail thank you on my behalf!!
BarneyBarney says: A woof of greeting to your Westies and all the best to your son for August! I hope the books are the ones you wanted.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 11, 2012
Hi, I have been reading the Pamela Cox Malory Towers books and must admit that they are really good. Still prefer Enid of course! Now going to see if I can get the St. Clare's books from the library... then later I will buy the books and add them to my collection. You are looking in peak condition Barney --- what is your master feeding you on!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're enjoying the Pamela Cox books, Sue. Thanks for your comments - I get looked after very well and certainly have no complaints!
Posted by Lynne on January 10, 2012
Please can somebody help me I'm searching for a Mary Mouse audio cassette , I had this when growing up and got misplaced over the years and desperate to replace it any ideas :( anyone , hope you can help :).
BarneyBarney says: There are two different Mary Mouse cassettes, a Phonogram one and a Tempo one, both were also issued as records. They are fairly scarce, but do occasionally get sold on Ebay, perhaps you could clarify which one you are looking for.
Posted by Poppy on January 10, 2012
Hi Barney, thanks for your reply. I'll check the Seven Stories website some time!
Posted by Anonymous on January 10, 2012
Please can anyone help: In the early 1990's (possibly 1995) I small box set of 'pocket library books' for NODDY were printed. One of them was Noddy went to a started - "It was a lovely sunny day, Noddy was off to the farm"......then a bit later it said "2 eggs for breakfast, as a special treat, then hop in the car and drive off down the street"....... I cant find the set anywhere and do not know what its called!!!!!!! HELP!......need for my sons special 21st birthday in August was his absolute favourite as a child and want as a 'keep sake'.......Many thanks!
BarneyBarney says: We seem to be getting a number of anonymous posts, but it is nice to have a name if I am going to put my typing paw to work! What you are looking for sounds like The Little Treasury of Noddy in Toyland published by Award in 1990 (ISBN 1841350281). This is a set of tiny board books in a case and one of the books is called 'Noddy at the Farm'. If you go into Amazon and put the ISBN number into search you will see a picture of the box and also each of the little books. There are second hand copies for sale there at a modest price. I hope this helps.
Posted by Pamela Desmonde on January 10, 2012
Does anyone know where I can purchase the 5 on a Treasure Island card game? And the rules!
BarneyBarney says: There are actually two Famous Five Card Games, Pamela. If you click on the Famous Five button above the Secret Messages and then scroll right down to the bottom you can see both. Obviously they have both been out of print for many years, so your best hope is on a website such as Ebay, where they do occasionally come up for sale. Specialist dealers such as the ones we have on our Lashings of Links page might also be able to help you.
Posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2012
I have a little old book by Enid Blyton called The Wonderful Birthday. And would like some idea of its value & where I might be able to sell it.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we do not offer valuations on this website as it is virtually impossible without seeing and handling the book. We do say this on our contact page, but it doesn't seem to stop people emailing us.
Posted by Tim on January 8, 2012
Hello {woof}, Barney. I thought Barney was a man and Loony was a dog? Looks like you've become a dog too! 3O (my pawprint sideways).
BarneyBarney says: Woof, Tim! I'm nothing to do with Barney the circus-boy, though I'm happy to share his name.
Posted by Katie Mary. E .Beale on January 7, 2012
Please can you tell me if Enid Blyton was a member of the Croydon Writers Circle. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know, Katie, but if you have any information on that it would be interesting to hear about it. Bob Kent and his mother move to Lappington from Croydon in The Six Bad Boys, and Croydon Airport is mentioned in the Adventure series.
Posted by Mango Man on January 7, 2012
I want summary of every chapter, could you please help me??
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps I could if I had about ten years to devote entirely to your request, but I don't!
Posted by Krystyna on January 6, 2012
As a child I had a lovely old book which I am sure was by Enid Blyton, but which I cannot find any mention of on these pages. It involved a brother and sister, Jeffrey and Susan(?) Greyling who stay the summer with their grandparents, find and play in an old summerhouse, and discover the Greyling treasure, enabling the grandparents to stay in the family home. What is this book called please, if indeed it is one of Enid's? I loved it and would like to find another copy.
BarneyBarney says: The book you're looking for is The Treasure Hunters, Krystyna. The link includes a review, but if you're planning to re-read the book in the near future you might want to save the review until afterwards.
Posted by Sir Nikolas Valentine on January 6, 2012
Hi Barney! How do I obtain the 1992 Sunny Stories docudrama?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that Sunny Stories has never been commercially released. Producer Ken Howard gave a talk at the Enid Blyton Day some years ago and kindly produced 50 copies of the programme on video to be sold through the Society. They sold very quickly. Copies of that video might occasionally turn up on eBay and I believe a version was once uploaded to YouTube, though that may possibly have been removed by now.
Posted by Ellen on January 6, 2012
Hi Enid, I love your books and site. I love most of all the 'Naughtiest Girl in the School' series.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968 but the best of her lives on in her books and I'm sure she'd be delighted to know that the children of today are enjoying them as much as ever.
Posted by Anonymous on January 6, 2012
Why did Pamela Cox write some of the books? xxx
BarneyBarney says: Pamela Cox has been a Blyton fan since childhood, the school stories being favourites of hers. Enid Blyton left "gaps" in the St. Clare's series (i.e. she didn't write about every school year) so Pamela Cox decided to write books that would fill in the gaps. She was then commissioned to write Malory Towers sequels telling the story of Felicity Rivers' time at the school. Other authors have written additional titles for other Blyton series.
Posted by Tim on January 5, 2012
Woof! How do we write reviews for books on this website? Here's a piece of cooked meat for you!
BarneyBarney says: Woof and thanks for the meat! If you're thinking of submitting a review, please check what we've already got first. We can't use every review that we receive. People generally submit them as Word documents, to the email address under "Contact Us".
Posted by Jonno on January 4, 2012
Any ideas which islands were the basis of the islands in The Sea of Adventure and which port they sailed from?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton is rather vague on that, Jonno, only saying that the islands are "off the north-west coast of Scotland" and that Bill and the children set off from "a big seaside town". She probably didn't name any particular real locations because she wanted to be free to imagine the islands the way she needed them for her story.
Posted by Gene Genie on January 3, 2012
Thank you for the information on Ruth Moorwood's work as an illustrator. You were also kind enough to point out that her name was Morwood rather than Moorwood. I would be very interested in your source for that information since her mother very definitely signed her name Moorwood, Ruth, of course, signed her name Munro.
BarneyBarney says: I need to replace my bone with a healthy helping of humble pie here. The information on our website was wrong and it should have been spelt Moorwood in the first place, obviously the family knew best on this. I have actually only been able to find one signed picture and to atone for my initial error I have put it into our Cave of Books. At this stage as you can see she signed her name as Moorwood and not as Munro.
Posted by Poppy on January 3, 2012
Hi Barney, Happy New Year! Would just like to ask for some more details of the Famous Five Day at Seven Stories. Don't think I'll make it to the Enid Blyton Day as it's really far away but Seven Stories is much nearer. Do you know anything more about it? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year, Poppy! I don't know anything about the Famous Five Day but Seven Stories have a What's On section on their website so you should be able to find out more there. I hope that helps.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on January 1, 2012
Our village has a part time 'Special Constable', Melisande, but many of the villages around where I live have no police station or police house at all. Our police house that was is now a private residence.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Julie.