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Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on December 31, 2016
Why have some of the books of Malory Towers and St. Clare's been written by Pamela Cox instead of Enid Blyton? How did Pamela Cox get the right to write those books? And a Happy New Year to you!
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you too, Nashrah - and to all Blyton enthusiasts! Pamela Cox had been a fan of Enid Blyton since she was a child. As an adult she wrote some St. Clare's books and sent them to the publisher, who said they'd like to publish them. They then decided to extend the Malory Towers series as well, so they asked Pamela Cox if she'd like to write additional books for that series too. Pamela Cox's first St. Clare's books were published in 2000. Enid Blyton had, of course, been dead for many years by then.
Posted by Jellytots on December 30, 2016
Hi, when l was younger l had an Enid Blyton book that had two stories in. One was called Scamp and the other was about a circus. Can you help me find a copy please?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of Enid Blyton's Dog Stories published by Collins, which contains the two short novels Three Boys and a Circus and The Adventures of Scamp. Being a dog myself, I love these stories! I don't think they're in print at the moment but you should be able to find a second-hand copy of Enid Blyton's Dog Stories on eBay or a similar site.
Posted by Lynne on December 29, 2016
Hi, I am hoping someone can help me trace a book. When my children were young we had a book by Enid Blyton that was a story that included explanations for the Christmas traditions such as the holly and mistletoe and wreaths. Alas, the book has been lost and I can't remember the title. Please can someone help as I would like to read it to my grandchildren. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of The Christmas Book, Lynne. It's very interesting and I hope your grandchildren enjoy it.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on December 29, 2016
To those who say Enid's work was partly ghostwritten, why did no such ghostwriters come forward after Enid's death?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think anybody these days believes that any of Enid Blyton's work was ghostwritten. Enid herself scotched that rumour during her lifetime.
Posted by Lisa on December 29, 2016
I have been given the Famous Five Annual over the past few years for Christmas. Was there not one released this year? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there wasn't one this year, Lisa, as most aspects of the Famous Five have already been covered in the three recent annuals. Paws crossed that there will be other Blyton-based annuals in the future!
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on December 27, 2016
Hi Barney! I would like to know how Enid Blyton managed to write nearly 800 books? Many people say to me that it's quite impossible. Still I believe that she wrote that many.
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote because some were just picture books with minimal text and she also wrote poems, plays, articles and entire magazines. Also, many of her short stories were reused in various collections. What can be said with certainty is that she wrote more than 180 novels and over 4,000 short stories as well as the poems, etc. She was certainly a phenomenal author! If you click on our "Author of Adventure" button you can find out more about how she wrote.
Posted by Peter (From Australia) on December 24, 2016
Hi Barney: Greetings From Australia! I would like to wish all members of the Enid Blyton Society, and in fact everyone who posts on this site, a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! I don't post very often but I read every word written about Enid and her books, and the very interesting comments that are made. Thank you! Peter - Australia
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Peter! I'm glad you enjoy the website. A Very Merry Christmas to you! Enid Blyton would be delighted to know that her books continue to draw people together from all around the globe.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on December 23, 2016
I would like to wish everyone who is a member of the Enid Blyton Society a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and a thank you to Tony and Barney for their work throughout this year.
BarneyBarney says: A Merry Wuff-wuff to you and your family - especially your dog, Julie! Thank you very much for the serials you write for the website, including our current one - The Rook's Rock Mystery. I know they're greatly enjoyed by Society members. All the best for 2017!
Posted by Jeri Fry on December 8, 2016
Hi, I would like permission to reprint the story 'The Cuckoo in the Clock' that appears in The Golden Christmas Book compiled by Gertrude Crampton, copyrighted 1947 by Simon and Schuster. I own a Gingerbread Bakery and I have for years made a Cuckoo Clock out of Gingerbread inspired by this story. I would like to share the story this next few days in connection with the holiday giveaway of the gingerbread cuckoo clock. (By the way, Barney looks like my dog.) Thanks, Jeri Fry, owner of Cup and Cone, Canon City, Colorado, 719-275-3434.
BarneyBarney says: Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright so I suggest you get in touch with them, Jeri. Here are their contact details. The gingerbread cuckoo clock sounds great and I hope the holiday giveaway goes well. A "wuff" of hello and a wag of the tail to your dog! Edit: It seems that 'The Cuckoo in the Clock' in The Golden Christmas Book is by Gertrude Crampton herself. See this forums thread for details.
Posted by Murray on December 6, 2016
In the Famous Five, George says that when she is grown up she will live on Kirrin Island with Timmy. George loves Timmy but, as she is a child, she probably doesn't know too much about how dogs work or how long they live compared to humans, She will be crushed when Timmy dies long before she does.
BarneyBarney says: I always think of the Five as remaining eternally young!
Posted by Chris Carte on December 2, 2016
I have just discovered a Bible from 1953 that has a message inscribed and signed Enid Blyton. It reads, "Here is the greatest book in the world. I hope you will read it every day. Love from your friend Enid Blyton." Could this be valuable?
BarneyBarney says: Although it looks handwritten it's just a printed letter that was included in all the Bibles, Chris, but it's still a nice book to have.
Posted by Charlotte on December 1, 2016
Thank you so much for letting me know about 'A Week Before Christmas'. We now know what we need to look for to purchase the book for my mother-in-law. Thank you. 😊
BarneyBarney says: What a lovely present for your mother-in-law. I'm sure she'll be delighted.
Posted by Aparna on November 27, 2016
Hi, Barney! I think the story that Anonymous asked about is called 'A Week Before Christmas'. Ronnie, Ellen and Betsy do odd jobs to earn money to help their mother who lost her purse. It is one of my favourite short stories.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much indeed, Aparna! I remember that story now and it seems to be the right one. It can be found in these books.
Posted by Hopeful on November 26, 2016
Does anybody have the audiotape of Christmas stories as listed here Christmas Stories (TST 8006)?
Posted by Fiona on November 26, 2016
In reply to Anonymous (November 19th) - I'm sure I've read that story too. The children all go out and try to earn money in time for Christmas and one of the boys does it by sweeping snow for people. I think he then finds Mother's handbag under the snow on someone's path as she had been delivering leaflets and dropped it there. If I can remember the title or where I read it I'll let you know!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Fiona. I hope the additional details will prompt someone to come up with the title!
Posted by John Hall on November 21, 2016
What stories reference WWII the most? The Adventurous Four duology, perhaps?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure about the second Adventurous Four book, but the first one is very much a wartime adventure. So is The Children of Kidillin. There's also The Valley of Adventure, which deals with the after-effects of the war.
Posted by John Hall on November 21, 2016
Did Enid Blyton ever do retellings of Greek mythology?
BarneyBarney says: Yes. Enid Blyton wrote Tales of Ancient Greece (the stories from that book were included in the Dean & Son Tales of Long Ago), The Watchman with 100 Eyes and Other Greek Tales, Stories From World History Retold: The Adventures of Odysseus, Stories From World History Retold: The Story of the Siege of Troy and Stories From World History Retold: Tales of the Ancient Greeks and Persians. She also retold the fables of Aesop (search for "Aesop" in the Cave of Books).
Posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2016
Hi everyone, my mother-in-law has mentioned an Enid Blyton annual that contains a story about a mother who loses her red handbag. I think it's Christmas time, and her children help make Christmas special and also find the bag. This annual possibly has a gingerbread house story too! Can anyone point me to the right name as I'd really like to get this for her. She's had a difficult year and speaks of this book as a special memory. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: We prefer people to use a name (or a username) rather than post as "Anonymous", and an email address should also be provided. However, I've approved your post because it would be lovely if someone is able to identify the book that your mother-in-law remembers.
Posted by Freda Knight on November 18, 2016
Hi, everyone - I've been missing from this wonderful site for a long time, mainly because I'm involved with another site specialising in Lines/Triang Dolls' Houses and associated miniatures. As well as a library full of Enid Blyton books, I also have six 1/16th dolls' houses - the oldest of which dates to 1937 (with original wallpapers). However, I wish to state I am still passionate about Enid Blyton and her wonderful books and have had great pleasure in receiving the latest edition of The Enid Blyton Society Journal - beautifully put together and something really special to keep. I'm enjoying reading the various articles. I just want to say a huge 'thank you' to Tony and all the excellent contributors who have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a great read for the winter. Very best wishes to you all, Freda.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Freda. After reading your message, my tail is wagging so hard it's invisible! Your dolls' houses sound fantastic. Glad you're enjoying the Journal, which is packed with goodies as always!
Posted by Lee Miller on November 17, 2016
Where can I purchase the Enchanted Wood trilogy before it was changed? Thanks for any help.
BarneyBarney says: The series comes up quite often on eBay, Lee, and if you're after the original text you'd probably want to stick to editions dating from no later than the 1980s. If possible, check with the seller that the three children are called Jo, Bessie and Fanny (NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie). Another tip is to avoid 3-in-1 volumes, because some of those are abridged.
Posted by Paul Austin on November 16, 2016
It's almost summer here and the hot days have started. Did Enid ever write plots involving children trying to cope with the scorching heat of a summer's day or the cold snow and ice of a winter's evening?
BarneyBarney says: There are elements of that in books like Five Go Off in a Caravan, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace and The Secret Seven.
Posted by Ana on November 12, 2016
Oh gosh. It's been a very long time. Flashback to 8 years earlier, when I first discovered this site and mutual lovers of Enid Blyton; and it seems unreal. Some of my best memories are here, right on this very website. Hahah, I remember complaining about little things like the human verification and why the questions weren't harder. Hard to believe it's been so long! Do you remember my silly messages, Barney? Just scrolled to one message starting with this, "18 is really faaaar away Barney!! I'm just 8 now! I can't wait for 10 years more!" Thank you for tolerating some of my stupid questions, lol, like where I see I asked you if you could type. Hilarious...and ridiculously dumb. I still remember every inch of this website. Never, ever, ever change it, Barney, and thank you for keeping it going all these years. It's everything, old dog. Thanks for always responding to my ridiculous questions and messages, and making those years some of the best of my life. Here's to many more years of Enid Blyton and the Enid Blyton Society. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ana! I remember you well and your kind words have put a wag in my tail! It's nice to know that you remember an old dog and that the website (which I don't run completely by myself!) has brought you so much happiness. I hope you'll always turn to Enid Blyton from time to time, however old you become.
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on November 10, 2016
I love Enid Blyton very much. I would like to read all her books. She had real feeling for the freedom of children. That's why I Iike her. Moreover, as well as being my favourite author she is my inspiration for becoming a writer. Yes, I want to be good like her at writing stories. I respect all those who respect Enid Blyton. I wanted to be added on your discussion so that I would be updated about my favourite author.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad Enid Blyton has inspired you to become a writer, Nashrah! I'm not sure what you mean about being "added on your discussion". This Message Board is always available on the Home Page, or you could join our discussion forums (see link at top right or bottom right of this page).
Posted by Vanessa on November 5, 2016
Which hospital was Enid Blyton born in? What is Enid's religion? Is she Christian?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was born in 1897 (and died in 1968). Most babies were delivered at home back then, so she was born in the flat where her parents lived which was above a shop in Lordship Lane, Dulwich. Enid was brought up as a Baptist but didn't attend church as an adult and told her friend Dorothy Richards that she found it hard to view God as a personal God she could talk to. Nevertheless, she had her children baptised as Anglicans and wrote several books with Christian themes.
Posted by Schofield on November 3, 2016
Hey Barney, how do you play Woo-hoo-collywobbles from The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton doesn't give us the rules but it involves rough-and-tumble and a lot of noise. I'm sure we dogs would be very good at it!
Posted by Aunt Fanny on November 2, 2016
Hi Geraldine, I have a first edition of Rubbalong Tales with dustwrapper. £2.50 plus postage if still wanted? Aunt Fanny.
Posted by Geraldine on November 2, 2016
I am looking for a book called Rubbalong Tales. Having so enjoyed this book I want to obtain a copy to read to my grandchildren. Very fair price paid.
BarneyBarney says: There are currently several copies on eBay, the cheapest being £2 without a dustwrapper. Have fun reading the book to your grandchildren, Geraldine!
Posted by Wis on November 2, 2016
Hello Achiaa, Click on Navrang at the left-side column of this front page website. You can buy the whole set of Enid Blyton Rewards series (all 72 books) from there.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Wis, though I think you're referring to the Award Popular Rewards Series and Achiaa is probably talking about the Dean's Reward Series.
Posted by Myra on October 25, 2016
Hi Barney, I'm trying to find the book about the magic soap, about the washing that has fallen into the mud, with a flip and a flop and a terrible thud, and must all be done again. My mum who's 92 used to read it to us as children and has always regretted parting with it so I would love to find it for her for Xmas. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone recognises the book, Myra.
Posted by Isabelle on October 24, 2016
Is the musical the only story genre that Enid never did?
BarneyBarney says: She didn't do opera, ballet, etc. either! Although Enid Blyton was a talented musician, her real passion was for words. Some of her plays are sprinkled with songs but usually Enid only wrote the lyrics, and someone else composed the music.
Posted by Maureen on October 23, 2016
Dear Barney, Thank you for your kind reply to my question, provided on October 12, 2016. It is much appreciated. Maureen
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome!
Posted by Achiaa on October 19, 2016
I want to buy Enid Blyton Rewards Series no.1 - no. 48 for orphans in a school in Africa. How can I go about it?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Achiaa.
Posted by Aminmec on October 19, 2016
Is the new 2014 printing of Up the Faraway Tree the same as the vintage edition or are there any changes? Did the new edition become popular and sell well?
BarneyBarney says: I haven't seen it, but any golliwogs would surely have been removed.
Posted by Shruti on October 19, 2016
Hello Barney. I have read some of Enid Blyton's books by now... at least part of all the series she wrote, but the Adventure series had eluded me till now. But this year has been the Year of Adventure 😊. First I chanced upon River, then Island, then Valley. I must say that this is Enid's best work. The settings are fantastic. Kiki is a scream 😁. Looking forward to reading the rest as soon as I find copies...
BarneyBarney says: Ooh - a "Year of Adventure" sounds brilliant! You're lucky to have five more Adventure books ahead of you as it's a truly thrilling series and is rated very highly by Blyton fans. As for Kiki, she's as good as a dog any day! Happy Reading, Shruti!
Posted by Aminmec on October 18, 2016
Is the Dean edition of The Three Gollliwogs (yellow colour) the unchanged version? And is the newer Dean edition of the 90s with the light green cover any different from the older version, apart from being titled The Three Gollies? The story titles have Golliwogs in them instead of Gollies.
BarneyBarney says: I think that only the very first printing of the Dean edition (1968) still had the original names for the golliwogs. I haven't seen The Three Gollies but maybe someone else will be able to help.
Posted by Aminmec on October 15, 2016
Thanks. Is there any reference section to know which stories are repeats with a different title? It will help to avoid buying repeats.
BarneyBarney says: Where possible, title changes are indicated in the Cave of Books. The old title is given in brackets after the new one. However, I'm afraid I can't guarantee that the search facility will pick everything up - or that all title alterations have been covered.
Posted by Aminmec on October 14, 2016
Hi. I saw the book containing The Lost Necklace and also St. Rollo's and Kidillin. Hasn't The Lost Necklace been published anywhere else apart from this? I am hoping it has, as I already have the other two books.
BarneyBarney says: The original title was The Adventure of the Secret Necklace, which should be available as a single book second-hand. You can see the different editions in the Cave.
Posted by Isabelle on October 13, 2016
If only Enid Blyton were alive to see today's world. I think she wouldn't mind some of the bowdlerisations that reduce the harm to minority children reading her stories, such as removing "nigger" and the pidgin English of a few characters.
Posted by Shruti on October 13, 2016
Hello Barney. Just wanted to know if the Malory Towers and St. Clare's books have been modernised much. Have they? I have one of Malory Towers, Egmont 2005 edition. Doesn't seem much updated.
BarneyBarney says: The Malory Towers and St. Clare's books haven't been modernised as much as the Famous Five series. However, there have been some changes, e.g. slapping has been edited out, a "house-parlour-maid" has become a "home help", pupils no longer refer to debates about women ruling the world or boys and girls being given the same education, and in some places clothes and expressions have been updated slightly. The plots are still the same though.
Posted by Maureen on October 12, 2016
Hello. I have seen a warning that more recent editions of Enid Blyton have been updated to reflect modern sentiments. Can anybody tell me which editions (publisher and years published) are free of updatings? I am interested in the Faraway Tree series and the Wishing-Chair series. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's a bit complicated, Maureen. With the Faraway Tree books, you should be okay with editions up to the mid 1980s or so. However, avoid 3-in-1 volumes because they tend to be abridged. The best thing would be to double-check before buying that the children's names are Jo, Bessie and Fanny - NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie. As far as the Wishing-Chair books are concerned, I'm not sure how much editing they've had. To be on the safe side, I'd go for copies dating from before 1980 - though currency updates were introduced in the early 1970s. If you want to avoid even currency updates, go for copies from before 1971. The very first edition of Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937) contained some chapters that weren't included in any subsequent editions. To get the missing chapters and some other episodes that were printed in Sunny Stories and elsewhere, you could consider getting the book More Wishing-Chair Stories as well as the two main books. That was first published in 2000, and I don't know whether there have been any textual changes since then. You can see the publishers by looking in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Julie Cameron on October 9, 2016
Hi, my aunt has recently found a near new Noddy umbrella/parasol whilst clearing out her mother-in-law's house. We think it may have belonged to her late sister-in-law who unfortunately died at a very young age. It is still wrapped in its original wrapping and doesn't look as though it has ever been used. It must be at least 60 years old. Where can we find out more information about it?
BarneyBarney says: It sounds like an interesting item, Julie. You could see if there is any information online, or perhaps contact a seller of children's books and ephemera. We have a few dealers listed under Lashings of Links (see button over on the left).
Posted by Suzanne King on October 2, 2016
Hi, my name is Suzanne King and I've been a fan of Enid Blyton for as long as I can remember and now my daughter Cerys has read nearly all her books. I have recently had my children's chapter book The Enchanted Beach Hut published by an American publisher and it seems to be doing quite well. I was wondering if it was possible to have Sara Lane's email address, as I would love to send her a copy of The Enchanted Beach Hut, as her grandmother gave me the inspiration to write my own children's book. Kind Regards, Suzanne King.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give out people's email addresses even if we have access to them, but best of luck with your book! It's great that so many writers have been inspired by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Paul Austin on September 29, 2016
Just reading through St Clare's and got to Claudine at St Clare's. I adore Claudine. But mention on page 4 is made of Alison in the Third Form losing her heart to the head-girl and making herself a perfect nuisance to her. Have I missed a book out? They're in the First Form for ages with The Twins at St Clare's, The O'Sullivan Twins and Summer Term at St Clare's. Then The Second Form at St Clare's and now I'm on to Claudine and last is Fifth Formers at St Clare's. What have I missed?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton sometimes refers to incidents that she didn't actually write about. Pamela Cox wrote three additional St Clare's titles - The Third Form at St Clare's, Kitty at St Clare's and The Sixth Form at St Clare's. I think the first two of those are set in the third form, so maybe Pamela Cox has used the story of Alison losing her heart to the head-girl?
Posted by Nilay on September 28, 2016
i am 10 and Enids no 1 fan. I like faumous five the best,and my dream is to become an author like her. how should I become a member?is it free?soon ill buy copies.thank you barney!well sorry for all those gramatical and spellind mistakes. I am preety bad at them.
BarneyBarney says: I've put your message up mistakes and all, Nilay - otherwise your final two sentences wouldn't make sense. Besides, it would make my paws sore correcting everything! If your dream is to become an author, keep working on your spelling and punctuation. Words are your tools! Joining the Enid Blyton Society involves subscribing to the Journal - click on our 'Fireside Journal' button for details. However, our discussion forum can be joined free of charge - click on 'join in' at the bottom of this page. It's worth pointing out, however, that the Enid Blyton Society and forum are aimed mainly at grown-ups who still love Enid Blyton, although a few older children do subscribe or visit.
Posted by Shruti on September 27, 2016
If there are no plot changes then I am okay with my copy. However, I will be on the lookout for the one with the original text. Thank you Barney for your help.
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy the book, Shruti! Whether it features Jo-Jo or Joe, The Island of Adventure is an exciting story with a fantastic setting.
Posted by Shruti on September 27, 2016
Hello everyone, I just got a second hand copy of The Island of Adventure. It is mentioned that it was revised in 1988, and reprinted in 1996. A bit of researching revealed that the villain has been renamed as Joe. Are there any major changes to the text? Should I look out for another edition if I want the almost original feel of the story? If so... which one? Please reply, Barney. Many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: There were no plot changes, Shruti, so the story will be the same. However, I believe that alterations were also made to the colours of the rocks. If you want the original text, look for a copy in which "Joe" is a black man named Jo-Jo.
Posted by Jill Bulman on September 25, 2016
When I was about five years old in 1950 my mother (who came from Ireland just before the War to nurse) gave me a book she loved in her childhood, called Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton. I loved it and treasured it. However, when I was nursing I gave it to a little girl who was very sad as she had been in hospital quite a long time. However, she left unexpectedly and I never saw my book again. Can you tell me when this book was first published? I would love to get one that was just like the one I had. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It's one of my favourite books, Jill, as the main character is so friendly, brave and intelligent! You can see the first edition and reprints here.
Posted by Scot on September 19, 2016
Are the original St. Clare's books still able to be bought? I was one of the many boys who enjoyed them. Cheers. Scot.
BarneyBarney says: The St. Clare's books are still available from bookshops or sites like Amazon, though the texts have undergone some minor editing.
Posted by Diana on September 19, 2016
I have a copy of Josie, Click and Bun Again with the original dust jacket. The boards are red and the dust jacket is identical to the picture of the first edition I have seen but there doesn't appear to be a date. Could you please tell me if there was a date in the first edition? Thank you.
Posted by Scot on September 17, 2016
Can you tell me if you can still buy Tales of Toyland? Thanks. Scot.
BarneyBarney says: It doesn't appear to be in print at the moment, Scot, but there should be plenty of secondhand copies around.
Posted by Sue Webster on September 17, 2016
Hi Barney, thanks for the information on the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, Dorset. Just phoned to see if they can send me a list of things in the shop including badges, but sadly the lady told me they don't mail order. I live too far away to visit the shop so can't get any badges.
BarneyBarney says: That's a pity, but lots of small businesses simply don't have the staff to cope with mail order. I hope you manage to get to Corfe Castle one of these days, Sue.
Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2016
I read a book (I think) by Enid Blyton in the mid-80s when I was a wee nipper. It involved the children all being locked in a room and made to come out at certain times of the day and pose riddles that couldn't be solved to the head of the village where they were held captive. They escaped by giving him a curly hair and asking him if he could straighten it! Have I eaten too much cheese before bed, or is this a real thing?
BarneyBarney says: No need to cut down on the cheese, Ryan! The book you remember sounds like The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies (check it out in the Cave of Books - if you scroll down to the reprints you'll see it has had several different titles over the years), though the main characters are not children but three brownies called Hop, Skip and Jump. The curly hair comes from the head of a girl who is originally from the Land of Giggles. Hop, Skip and Jump travel from place to place and the episode you describe happens in the Land of Clever People, where everyone has to speak in rhyme. Each morning they go to the Very Wise Man in the market-place, who answers and asks riddles. It's a wonderful book, very imaginative.
Posted by Peter on September 15, 2016
Hi, Do you know anywhere that I can buy some of the Barney Mysteries in Australia? I've found two old copies at an old book sale ages ago that I've read (and I loved them!) but I can't seem to find any more. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately, the Barney Mysteries have been out of print for a while. You could try online sellers of secondhand books - though postage costs may be high if you're buying from outside Australia.
Posted by Gill on September 11, 2016
I am looking for a copy of Now for a Story. I loved the stories in this book when I was a child. I don't know what happened to my copy, but it would be great to replace it.
BarneyBarney says: Copies sometimes turn up on eBay. You could also try Abebooks, Amazon or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Kayla on September 8, 2016
Is 'Lucy Loud-Voice' still printed today under the name 'Linda Loud-Voice' that it got after Lucy's parents got upset?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether the story is in print at the moment but it was available for many years.
Posted by Lorna on September 7, 2016
You were kind enough to object to the planning application to demolish 40 Penn Road, Beaconsfield, which is located next to the site of Green Hedges That application was refused but a new application has been lodged to demolish 40 Penn Road and build a block of 6 flats. Please could you send objections to planning@ quoting ref 16/01517/FUL- it is far too big and out of character. Thank you so much!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for letting us know, Lorna. I'm sorry to hear the house is still under threat. For those who don't know, number 40 is Northfields House. A girl called Lucy Nottingham once lived there, and Enid Blyton put her into a story called 'Lucy Loud-Voice' when Lucy annoyed her by singing loudly while Enid was trying to write!
Posted by Lesley McBain on September 6, 2016
I wish to buy the CD set with Kate Winslet reading the Faraway Tree collection. Ideally I would like two sets of the collection. I live in Italy but could provide an English address for delivery. Help please.
BarneyBarney says: I think the Kate Winslet CDs of the three books were only released in Australia, Lesley. In the UK just the first book (The Enchanted Wood) was released - and that was on cassette. You could have a look on auction sites and also consider contacting the sellers we list under Lashings of Links. Alternatively, the recordings might be available as audio downloads from sites like Amazon.
Posted by John Garvey on September 6, 2016
Hi, I am looking to purchase this please: Young Children's Stories (Volume 2). Is it possible to get it in CD form?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it was only ever released as a cassette, John. You could keep an eye out on eBay, or try contacting the sellers we've got listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Kayla on August 28, 2016
My niece has asked me why radio was called wireless in Enid's stories and I'm too young to know myself. Can you help us, Barney?
BarneyBarney says: Electromagnetic radiation was often referred to as "wireless telegraphy", hence the term "wireless". It was commonly used at the time Enid Blyton was writing. Gradually, the word "radio" became more popular and took over.
Posted by Aziz on August 27, 2016
Enid Blyton membuatku menjadi anak anak lagi. Sangat menyenangkan.
BarneyBarney says: According to Google translate, that's Indonesian and it means "Enid Blyton makes me become a child again. Very nice." She makes this old dog feel like a lively puppy!
Posted by Sue Webster on August 27, 2016
Hi Barney, what things are sold in the Ginger Pop Shop at Corfe Castle and can you tell me the address, etc.? Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: You'd love the shop, Sue. It's tiny but crammed with goodies. It sells Enid Blyton books (new and second-hand), ginger beer, badges, cards, gollies, craft kits, jigsaws, tea-towels, etc. The full address doesn't appear to be on the Ginger Pop Shop website but you can't miss it if you go to The Square in the village of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
Posted by Carol Dight on August 27, 2016
I have been searching for years for a 'yellow book' which must have had a dust cover with a story about children whom I remember tipped tripe out of a window, and there was a gardener involved in some way! It was my favourite book as a child (I'm now over 50) and I would love to find a copy. I think it was short stories . . . can anyone help, please?
BarneyBarney says: I think the book you remember is Tales at Bedtime published by Collins. It's a wonderful collection of tales. The story about children tipping food out of the window (junket - not tripe) is 'Junket Through the Window'.
Posted by Susana on August 27, 2016
Hello, I used to have an Enid Blyton book in French when I was little. It was called Histoires de la Maison de Poupée. I don't know what the original English title was, and I can't seem to find it anywhere other than the French edition. I remember the first story very clearly as being about a girl who had cleaned a dollhouse and left it outside to dry and overnight a bunch of gnomes (I believe they were gnomes) moved into her dollhouse and she was delighted. Is there any chance you guys are familiar with that work? Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not familiar with that story, Susana, but I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Aussie Sue on August 25, 2016
Hi Russ, I have a copy of the poem 'Janet's Creaky Bed'. It's a great poem and there are six verses. 1. Janet was a lazy girl,/And loved to stay in bed,/ "Oh let me have a minute more,"/ Was what she always said. 2. One morning as she lay asleep,/ The bed creaked on the floor,/ And lifting up its two front legs,/ It moved towards the door! 3. It sidled quickly down the stairs/ (Nor waked its sleepy load)./ And past the parents breakfasting,/ Slipped out into the road./ 4. The school bell rang, the children laughed,/ To see the bedstead pass,/ It hurried on along the street,/ Right into Janet's class!/ 5. "I've brought the lazy girl along,"/ It creaked, when teacher came,/ Then Janet woke, and looked around-/ And hid her face in shame!/ 6. And Janet now is always first,/ At school and breakfast too,/ For if her bed begins to creak,/ She knows what it will do!
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks, Sue. A delightful poem!
Posted by Sue on August 24, 2016
Born in 1954 as a small child I had a Noddy book "I'm cleaning my car and making it shine. Oh dear little car I'm so glad you're mine." Any idea what it was called and where I can purchase a copy?
BarneyBarney says: By coincidence, TG answered the same question on this Message Board in October 2015. He identified the book as "one of the 'Nursery Colour Picture' books entitled A Day With Noddy". You can see a picture of it here. Copies sometimes turn up on eBay, or you could try the sellers we list under Lashes of Links.
Posted by Russ on August 24, 2016
When I was a lad my mum read 'Janet's Creaky Bed' to me. It began: "Janet was a lazy girl/And loved to stay in bed...." Does anyone know the remaining lines? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: That poem was first published in 1922, Russ! I don't have access to it but I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Ellie on August 22, 2016
Hi, I wonder if you'd be able to help me. My daughter loves the Famous Five and so for her ninth birthday we're taking her to Corfe Castle. Does anyone know if the 'Ginger Pop Shop' at Corfe is still there? I'd like to be able to buy her a few birthday presents whilst we're at the castle, but I have a feeling the shop has shut down. Any help would be must appreciated. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: The Ginger Pop Shop is a fantastic little shop and is still in business, though it closes for most of the winter. You can find out about opening times here. The link mentions another shop at Poole, but that one has closed down. I hope you and your daughter have a lovely time in Corfe, Ellie!
Posted by David Cadman on August 22, 2016
Can you please tell me whether Enid Blyton is in any way linked to families of the same name from Tiptree in Essex? Was she published by Anchor Press that used to be in Tiptree? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I haven't heard of any connection, David, and I don't know of any Enid Blyton books published by Anchor Press. However, if you find out anything the Society would be interested to know.
Posted by Daisy on August 20, 2016
Where do you go to input your answer on the Royal dragon of Siam?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you're asking, Daisy. I know The Royal Dragon of Siam is the story in The Famous Five's Survival Guide but I'm afraid I don't have the book to hand (or paw!) and I don't know what you mean by inputting your answer.
Posted by Fiona on August 18, 2016
In reply to Bill: Yes, I have a copy of the code reader which I could scan for you. You can email me at worldofBlytonblog at hotmail dot com.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Fiona.
Posted by Aminmec on August 17, 2016
Rupa, it's your good fortune that I happened to stumble upon a hardcover of both the Six Cousins titles at a bookshop I visited. It's with a yellow spine and an Award publication if I remember right. Is this what you seek? If you wish to have it then message me so I can work something out.
Posted by Aminmec on August 17, 2016
Maybe I can help you, Rupa. PM me.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Aminmec. Rupa, to send Aminmec a PM (private message) you'll need to register with the forums if you haven't already done so (see the link at the bottom of this page). Registration is free of charge.
Posted by Rupa Subramanian on August 16, 2016
Hi, I want the e book or hard copy of the Six Cousins Series (both Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm & Six Cousins Again). I am not getting it anywhere (searched all the sites & shops including Navrang). Please help me. I need both the books. I want my kids to read them.
BarneyBarney says: Although we often get asked for help in finding books, I'm afraid that there is nothing we can do except exactly what you have already done yourself, and that is search the internet. Sadly we have no magic wand that we can wave!
Posted by Joseph on August 15, 2016
Hello Barney. You are such a clever dog. You got it in one - I forgot to use a capital letter! Entering the Secret Passage I was more than delighted to discover several new adventures for the Five Find-Outers and am really looking forward to solving them before that horrible Mr Goon. Thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Joseph.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you managed to enter the Secret Passage, Joseph. Have fun exploring!
Posted by Joseph Colley on August 13, 2016
Hello there. I have recently joined the Society and have received a wonderful copy of Journal number 60 but the word on page 51 denies me access to the Secret Passage despite repeated attempts.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry you've had trouble, Joseph. Did you remember that the word begins with a capital letter?
Posted by June Johns on August 13, 2016
Hi Barney! What are some Blyton stories about ice cream?
BarneyBarney says: Well, my favourite one is 'King Bom's Ice-Cream' because it contains a delicious-sounding ice-cream which glitters with all the colours of the rainbow. The brownies who make it put some special ingredients into it such as silver moonlight, a butterfly's blue shadow and the heart of a crocus. You can find other stories about ice-cream by searching in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Barney the Dog on August 12, 2016
I don't often post on the board (except to write replies) but quite a lot of people have been submitting messages with poor spelling and punctuation. Having to put in all the capital letters and full stops and make other corrections makes a dog's paws tired! Please check your own spelling and punctuation before sending. Otherwise, your message might not be approved.
Posted by Ally on August 11, 2016
Hello, I am looking into printing some of the Enid Blyton collections and I would like to know who currently holds the licensing for these. Does any body have any pointers at all?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean about "printing some of the Enid Blyton collections" but the copyright holders are Hachette UK so you'd need to check with them. Their contact details are on their website.
Posted by Janice on August 10, 2016
Can you tell me the name of the story about the lady who fed the sparrows and realised that the boys were greedy so painted a black bib on them? She then knew which ones had been fed. I recently told some children this story and said I thought it was an Enid Blyton short story. I've since searched and can't find it. Can you help please?
BarneyBarney says: I believe you're thinking of 'Little Black Bibs', Janice. The lady is Dame Kind-Heart. Unfortunately, Enid Blyton wrote more than one story called 'Little Black Bibs' so if I bring up the list of books it includes some which have the wrong 'Little Black Bibs' story. However, I hope that seeing the covers will jog your memory and you'll recognise the one you read.
Posted by Geogiegirl on August 9, 2016
Does anyone know the source of a short story by Enid Blyton about a boy who wished everything to be turned into chocolate? It was one of the short story collections which I read in the 1960s. I suspect it was a version of the King Midas story but would like to re-read it and my grandson is fascinated. Any answers gratefully received.
BarneyBarney says: Off the top of my hairy head I can only think of 'Treacle-Pudding Town', in which a greedy boy is whisked away to Treacle-Pudding Town where there is nothing to eat but treacle-pudding and chocolate cake. Enid Blyton writes: "... the whole village smelled of chocolate and treacle." It can be found in these books. However, it may not be the story you're looking for. If not, I hope someone else is able to help.
Posted by James on August 8, 2016
ihaveabooktitledbirdsofourgarden, itisagreenhardbackbookabouttwo childrenvisitingsprrowcottage.
BarneyBarney says: A great book. There's much to be learnt from it about birds - and about spelling and punctuation!
Posted by David Perkins on August 5, 2016
There is an Enid Blyton saying about stepping stones, I wanted to use on a flyer. Would I breach copyright?
BarneyBarney says: To be on the safe side, check with the copyright holders (Hachette UK). Their contact details are on their website.
Posted by Jenni on July 31, 2016
Help! the password for Five go off in a Narrowboat hasn't worked since you changed it last week! shame as it is the best novel yet. Thank you Robert! Jenni.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that the password is case sensitive, Jenni, so the first letter needs to be a capital, then it will work. If all your letters are lower case it doesn't work.
Posted by Amin on July 28, 2016
Sorry this isn't about Blyton but all you kind folks helped me with a book information before so I am posting this. I had a book in my childhood which I lost. It was Tales from the Arabian Nights. It was a dark blue hardbound with a jacket, UK published and had painted pictures as well as black and white sketches along with text on thick white paper. It had some uncommon stories like "The Serpent Queen" and "Maruf and the Ugly Fatima". If I remember correctly it was a Cathay Press from 1983. Can anybody lead me to this particular book? Maybe you have it in your collection.Thanks in advance.
Posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2016
i love listening to the Malory Towers audio adaptions and they are great, however I've always wanted to know the names of the cast. Were the children well-known professional actors or talented volunteers?
BarneyBarney says: I agree that it is always nice to know names, but sadly they are as anonymous as you!
Posted by Sandra Almeida on July 25, 2016
Adoro os livros da Enid Blyton. Ainda hoje os leio e já tenho 45 anos. Gosto especialmente de Os Cinco, Os Sete, Mistério e as Gémeas no Colégio de Santa Clara. Os livros da Enid foram muito importantes pra me lançarem como leitora.
BarneyBarney says: You're not alone in continuing to love Enid Blyton books at the age of 45, Sandra (if I've understood you correctly).
Posted by Bubla Basu on July 25, 2016
Enid Blyton's school stories tell truths that matter
BarneyBarney says: Interesting, but it would have been nice if you'd written a comment to go with the link.
Posted by Haya on July 24, 2016
Hello! I wanted to know what fraction of books is written by Lady Enid Blyton in the whole of English literature for children.😯😕😀
BarneyBarney says: New children's books are coming out all the time, so the fraction must be constantly changing!
Posted by Karen Taylor on July 23, 2016
I have the set Blyton: New Testament Bible Pictures 1-30 by Macmillan. Where would I sell them?
BarneyBarney says: Items like that don't tend to be as popular as the books but you could try eBay or a specialist dealer. We have some children's booksellers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Mary on July 22, 2016
I am searching for a book which I am certain is by Enid Blyton. The title is Seven White Gates. I remember one character was an uncle (?) called Malachi who used to go out at night and sit on 'devil's rock'. It was quite a creepy tale. I hope someone can help.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of Seven White Gates by Malcolm Saville. The uncle is Uncle Micah and the rock is the Devil's Chair.
Posted by Sue Webster on July 22, 2016
Hi. What is this Famous Five's Survival Guide I have been reading about and how can I get one? Sounds fun and would love one. By the way, are there any I-SPY Books enthusiasts out there? Collins/Harper have taken over from Michelin and have brought out some new updated books, which I have most of and they are better than Michelin. I have just won my first super spotter I-spy badge and certificate!
BarneyBarney says: Congratulations on being a super spotter, Sue! You can read all about The Famous Five's Survival Guide here.
Posted by Judith on July 21, 2016
With Enid Blyton's stories, do the publishers keep them as period pieces or do they decide that this is a good story and one that children now would enjoy on the same basis as any other book they might pick up, i.e. not as 'something set in the olden times'? The name Mary is now very unusual for anyone under forty, except perhaps as a middle name. Jill is also very outdated by modern standards. Zoe and Pippa probably are very firmly 80s/90s names, but there is nothing to stop the publishers updating again (Emily and Olivia?), and Mary and Jill are very much of their time. I see it as a huge compliment to Enid Blyton that her stories are good enough and timeless enough that publishers bother to do this.
BarneyBarney says: Just about all Enid Blyton's books have been updated to varying degrees.
Posted by Bill on July 20, 2016
Hello, Does anybody have the code reader from The Famous Five's Survival Guide? I (and my daughter) would be really grateful if someone would be willing to scan and share (and we can cut out the holes). Thank you for reading. Bill
Posted by Jane Morgan on July 12, 2016
Hello everyone. I'm wondering if by any chance anyone knows anything about Teachers World before Enid Blyton's time. I am doing some research for my local museum on people who lived in our village and we have a man who was a journalist on Teachers World (on the 1911 census). It has taken me a while to remember why I had heard of Teachers World then it came to me! It's a long shot I know but I reckon there is an expert out there on just about everything these days. Many thanks for any help you can give. :)
Posted by Brayden on July 6, 2016
Wondering if you could assist me in relation to finding out about an old Couch Built Bentley that Enid Blyton may have owned back in the 1950s. Registration LXW300. Then sold to a Mr. Fry in 1966. The vehicle is now in Melbourne, Australia, and I have been asked to value the vehicle for insurance reasons by the current owner. If there is any way you could help, I would be indebted to you. Sincerely, Brayden Walls Associated Valuer. The Valuers Group. Melbourne
Posted by June on July 5, 2016
Hi, I have Boys' and Girls' Story Book No. 5 by Enid Blyton given to me in 1937 (I was 4 years old). It is my most treasured possession but sadly it is very delapidated. No two pages are joined but still every page is there. Do you know if the book is still in print or any other books in the same series? I think originally there was No. 1 - No. 6. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You can see all six books in our Cave of Books, June. They're no longer in print but they may be available second-hand. Some of the stories will have been reused in later story collections.
Posted by TG on July 2, 2016
On June 29, 2016 Gill Singh requested information about a Noddy story containing seven dolls, of which there seems no existing evidence. Barney hopes someone will be able to help but someone may 'not' be able to help because the only tale located so far is where Noddy appears with 'nine' dolls. Gill is adamant there are 'seven.' Entitled 'Noddy and the Little Dolls,' it deals with Mrs. Jolly-Doll asking our hero to take her children picnicking to Windy Woods which he does, but a problem arises when the head-count is taken before returning home .... it appears they're one short! This particular offering is in The Big Noddy Book (Fifties) showing a giraffe in Noddy's car on the cover so if the doll-count turns out to be 'nine' after all, it may have been seen in a Sixties or Seventies reprint.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, TG!
Posted by Gill Singh on June 29, 2016
NODDY AND THE SEVEN DOLLS. Back in the 70s I used to babysit my cousin and she always wanted the same story read to her every night. I am sure it was called Noddy and the Seven Dolls but I can't find any evidence of such a book having existed. Now she has children of her own I would love to surprise her with the book. Does anyone remember it also? Or have I got the title slightly wrong? There were definitely seven dolls though. Please help!
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Gill!
Posted by M on June 27, 2016
We're hosting a Famous Five picnic next week for some of our year 3s and would like any information on what best to do. I'm helping the year 3s make everything from scratch but would like anyone's information or links to make it a special day for them.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds fun! There's a forums thread here that may be of help. Googling "ginger beer" etc. will bring up recipes. I hope the children have a wonderful time!
Posted by Garrybel on June 21, 2016
The other day I got some new books by Enid Blyton. They are the Secret series. I've already read all of them! They are so good, no, awesome! My favourite has to be The Secret of Moon Castle. My heart was thumping so hard when the children were scared by the eyes that were moving in the portrait. The Secret of Killimooin was also a really good one. If I was them I would be freaked out by the strange happenings! My dad and I read all the books together and his favourite one was The Secret of Spiggy Holes. I love Enid's books and will forever!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you enjoyed the Secret series so much. The Famous Five and Adventure series tend to receive a lot more attention but the Secret books are wonderful too - full of variety and excitement.
Posted by Diana Robilliard on June 19, 2016
I have a large hard-covered book of twelve musical plays for children by Enid Blyton. (It measures 26 x 31 x 4 cms in size.) The title is The Play's the Thing and the original music for the songs (included) is by Alec Rowley. There are 24 full page drawings by Alfred E. Bestall. The book doesn't appear to be dated but it appears to date from the 1920s or 1930s. It is published by The Home Library Book Company (George Newnes Ltd.) 67 & 68 Chandos St. W.C.2. I would like to enter this book in an Enid Blyton auction. How can I go about doing this from New Zealand? The cover is a little bit worn on the edges but the book is fully intact and in quite good condition.
BarneyBarney says: I think Trade Me is the best-known online auction site in New Zealand, Diana, but you could also try specialist children's book dealers. The Play's the Thing was first published in 1927, though I believe there was more than one edition.
Posted by Paul Austin on June 19, 2016
I wish Enid had written a follow up to Malory Towers showing Darrell and co at St Andrews. For some reason, I see Darrell as heavily involved in student politics and causes, maybe editing the student newspaper.
Posted by Garrybel on June 16, 2016
Why is your name Barney? Has it got anything to do with Enid's books? Cool name though. I know a guy called Barney who loves Enid's books! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: My name just happens to be Barney and isn't anything to do with Enid Blyton really - though I'm pleased that I share the name with Barney the circus boy from the Barney mysteries!
Posted by Garrybel on June 15, 2016
I'm such a big fan of Enid's books. My favourites have to be the Faraway Tree series. Enid had such a creative mind! I'm glad that her books are still read by many children today!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad too! Enid Blyton also encouraged exploration and Find-Outing, so I haven't answered the nine or ten questions you've just sent in separate messages. Take a look at our Author of Adventure section and Cave of Books, and have fun discovering most of the answers yourself!
Posted by Sarah on June 15, 2016
I'm a teacher and my pupils were asked to write to their favourite author. Is there a postal address we can use to send a letter to the Enid Blyton Society please? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You can send the letter to the address given under Subscribe By Post, Sarah. Letters are put up in the Letters from Children section of our forums.
Posted by Garrybel on June 14, 2016
Did Enid Blyton have a favourite book that she wrote? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't know, though Enid Blyton said in an interview that her favourite character was George from the Famous Five series. Her favourite book as a child was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
Posted by Heather on June 13, 2016
I got one of your books and the pages are in the wrong order. The book is called When the Moon was Blue and Other Stories.
BarneyBarney says: I may be talented with my paws, but the books were written by Enid Blyton! Occasionally, readers do come across faulty copies. It's annoying, but if you recently bought the book you should be able to return it and get a replacement or a refund. If that's not possible, I hope at least the pages are all there so you can still read the stories - even if you have to flick through the pages at times!
Posted by Amanda Hutton on June 11, 2016
Hi Rob Houghton. Thank you so much for your reply! We have FOUR of these Survival Guides but can't seem to see what you describe. Just wondering if you have a pic of it and could send it so we know what we are looking for or at least we can print it to use as a code breaker? Either way - thanks so much again for your reply.
Posted by Tony Sismore on June 10, 2016
Hello. As an apprentice bookbinder in 1952 I was involved in the production of The Queer Adventure. This was, as I recall, a run of 500,00 books printed and bound by Staples Press Ltd. To date this book seems to have virtually disappeared. Only one or two have surfaced, usually damaged, wrapperless, dirty and torn, etc. Of 500,00 where are they all? Regards, Tony.
BarneyBarney says: How interesting to hear that you were involved in producing The Queer Adventure, Tony. There are several copies available on eBay and Amazon, but mostly without dustwrappers. I suppose they've been passed from child to child over the years so the surviving copies are bound to show signs of wear and tear. I'm not sure what you mean by 500,00 books. 50,000, perhaps?
Posted by Rob Houghton on June 8, 2016
In reply to Amanda, the 'code reader' should be attached to The Famous Five's Survival Guide like a bookmark - with a red ribbon. It's an oblong piece of card that looks like parchment with holes cut into it. If it's not anywhere in the book, it looks sadly as if it's missing from your daughter's copy. :-(
Posted by Hannah on June 6, 2016
The only ones I haven't heard of (and I love Enid Blyton and have loads - not all - of her books) are: the Barney or R mysteries and the Six Cousins books. Oh yes, and the Adventurous Four.
BarneyBarney says: The Barney mysteries are wonderful (I'm not just saying that because my name is Barney!), as are the Six Cousins books. If you manage to find copies of them (the Barney series has been out of print for some time), I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Oh yes, and the Adventurous Four books are very exciting too!
Posted by Amanda on June 5, 2016
I have a question about The Famous Five's Survival Guide. Does anyone know where to find the code reader (mentioned on page 38) that Timmy found to help read the hidden message in the Duke of Dibeltoynn's Letter (page 31)? Apparently, the code reader is "an old piece of card and is full of holes and the code reader was left among our papers." My daughter (who is 10) has searched the whole book and can't find it. Thanks.
Posted by Jafta on June 2, 2016
I have quite a few Famous Fives including first editions & 10 Secret Sevens 1960s in great condition. Some on eBay now, 222135935609. See other items. Combined shipping is the best way to buy.
Posted by Peter on June 1, 2016
Faraway Tree for sale! I have a complete set of the 'Faraway Tree' books (three novels and the picture book, Up The Faraway Tree). These are NOT first editions but are the original Dorothy Wheeler-illustrated books and are all in good (NOT mint) condition. They all have their original colour dust-jackets. Anyone interested? Thanks, Brendan.
Posted by Margaret Fox on May 31, 2016
Hello Enid fans. I am trying to find a copy of The Fourth Bedside Book. There's a story about an empty dolls' house. Regards, Margaret.
Posted by Colin French on May 29, 2016
Hi all, can anyone shed any light on this amazing folding caravan that has recently been discovered, that Enid Blyton sold on in 1964? See this topic in the forums for the full story. Regards, Colin.
Posted by Fred Downes on May 23, 2016
Can you please advise me where I can buy the original hardback series of the Famous Five books? I would appreciate it if you can help me as I have been trying to track them down. They were a big part of my childhood and I would love to pass these stories onto my own two grandchildren. Many thanks, Fred.
BarneyBarney says: It may take some time to collect the lot but they often come up on eBay, Fred. Other places to try include second-hand bookshops, car boot sales, charity shops, Amazon and the sellers we've listed under Lashings of Links. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Michele Clark McConnochie on May 23, 2016
Hi, I am currently researching a travel book based on the homes of famous children's authors, sites that inspired them or the locations of their work. The only place I can find to visit linked to Enid Blyton is the pub in Knotty Green. Does anyone have other suggestions? I am travelling during July and August this year but am doing my background research at the moment. Thanks for any suggestions!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's home in Well End (Old Thatch in Coldmoorholme Lane) still exists but the gardens are sadly no longer open to the public. Certain aspects of Bourne End/Well End are thought to have found their way into the Find-Outers books, e.g. the river-path leading to Marlow is mentioned in some stories. The houses where Enid lived in Beckenham also still exist, but I don't know of any link to her stories and they're mostly very ordinary-looking. Corfe Castle is mentioned in Adventure of the Strange Ruby, and Enid's farm and golf club (both in Dorset) feature in Five on Finniston Farm and Five Have a Mystery to Solve respectively. Most of Blyton's settings weren't based firmly on real-life places, however.
Posted by Gail on May 22, 2016
I am DESPERATE to discover the British sales figures for Enid Blyton books between 1947-1957. I'll also need figures (if possible!) from public libraries! This request concerns the research for my dissertation subject for my degree, but so far I've had no success finding out if/where/how book sales were recorded/stored way back then! If ANYONE has ANY knowledge or suggestions I will be very grateful.
Posted by Dennis on May 20, 2016
Yes, the Five Find-Outers and Dog are available from Amazon. I just uploaded the whole series, they were about $4 Australian each (about £2) and very easy to read on my Paperwhite.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Dennis!
Posted by Sue on May 15, 2016
Hi, can Enid Blyton books be read online anywhere please? I quite fancy reading the Five Find-Outers and Dog ones again, lol. I'm only 60.
BarneyBarney says: They won't be available free anywhere because they're still under copyright, but you could check Amazon to see if electronic versions are available to buy as well as the printed books. Have fun reading the stories again!
Posted by Lisa on May 11, 2016
I hope someone is able to help me out! I was a kid in the 1990s and I had an Enid Blyton hardback story treasury. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called, although I can picture the front (it was a pale yellow colour with a large rectangle containing an illustration on the front). It was a collection of short stories and one of them was about a little girl who did a lot of baking (cakes, breads, biscuits, etc). I can't remember what happens in the story! It is frustrating me, as I would really like to find that book for my young children. I know that I am really vague with the details, I am trying to remember more!
BarneyBarney says: How big was the book, Lisa? If you go into our "Cave of Books" (button on the left) and do a search on "Award Popular Rewards" (it will bring up 72 books) you'll see that the reprints (click on a title and scroll down a bit to see the reprints) were pale yellow with an illustration in a rectangle. Another possibility is an annual-sized book called Goodnight Stories. It's not listed in the Cave of Books, but if you Google "Goodnight Stories Blyton" you'll find it. There may be umpteen stories about girls doing a lot of baking, but two possibilities are 'The Little Toy Stove' and 'The Little Candy House'. You could do a search on those titles in the Cave of Books and see what comes up, though not every book published since Enid Blyton's death is listed. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Amy on May 9, 2016
I love the Faraway Tree and the Wishing-Chair books. I think I like the Faraway Tree better. I've read them all!
Posted by Andrew on May 9, 2016
I am looking for a little Noddy story that I asked to have read so many times as a child that my parents can still remember the beginning but not the title. Can anyone help? "We're off to the station to wait for the train,/ We all want to catch it you see./ There's Miss Fluffy Cat and Wobbly Man/ And Golly and Monkey and me./ Look, here comes the train, oh what a surprise,/ Just look who's driving today./ It's our Little Noddy, he's there in the cab/ He shouts, 'I'm the driver, hooray!'" Any idea?
Posted by Deniz Besim on May 8, 2016
Hi, I just finished reading the last book of the Famous Five collection (#21) and the last paragraph of the book promises that there are more adventures to come. Enid Blyton says, "Hurry up and fall into another adventure. We are longing to hear what you and the others will be up to next. Goodbye for now - and take care of yourselves, Five. Good luck!" I would like to know why Enid Blyton didn't write any more Famous Five books since #21 after promising readers many more adventures to come?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote Five Are Together Again in 1963. She was already suffering from dementia at that point and her health gradually got worse. When she wrote the book she probably hoped she'd be able to continue with the series, but sadly that wasn't possible.
Posted by Carol on May 7, 2016
Hello Barney :) - 50 years ago I immersed myself in the lovely Malory Towers series and I'm really keen to find a set to purchase. However I have only come across the modern, pseudo Enid Blyton, collections. I have no problem with anyone who appreciates these modern publications but they're just not for me. Can you help this silver surfer in her quest to locate this bit of nostalgia? Very many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the only way you can get hold of the books you remember is to keep an eye out on sites like eBay or Amazon, Carol, or try the sellers listed under Lashings of Links. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Nysha on May 7, 2016
Hey guys...Could you please tell me how to create an account here without subscribing? Please help. I'm a big fan of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: You can join the forums free of charge and discuss topics with other fans, Nysha - just click on "join in" (bottom of this page) and register. If you want to receive the thrice-yearly Journal I'm afraid it's necessary to take out a subscription as the costs of printing and postage have to be covered.
Posted by Sandy on May 5, 2016
I notice that there are two untitled books in the Dean Reward series, Nos. 51 and 52. Can you please advise as to what the stories may be about? With many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: If you look at the Dean's Reward Series listing in the Cave of Books, you'll see that numbers 51 and 52 come after number 73 (because they were brought out at a later date). They're collections of short stories called Happy Day Stories and Rainy Day Stories.
Posted by Karen on May 3, 2016
My 7-year-old daughter has to do a presentation at school on a topic of her choice. She would like to do it on Enid Blyton as she has read so many of her books and knows that my favourite book as a child was The Girl Who Found Sixpence. Where would be a good place to find some interesting facts that she could use for her presentation please?
BarneyBarney says: If your daughter clicks on our "Author of Adventure" and "Cave of Books" buttons (over on the left) she'll find some interesting information about Enid Blyton's life and work. I don't know how much time she's got, but Enid Blyton's autobiography The Story of My Life is great for children (though not easy to find), as are Gillian Baverstock's books Tell Me About Writers – Enid Blyton and Gillian Baverstock Remembers Enid Blyton. Gillian was Enid Blyton's elder daughter. Good luck to your daughter with her presentation!
Posted by Maria Clifford on May 2, 2016
Hello. Is there such a thing as an Enid Blyton holiday specifically concentrating on Devon and Cornwall and also does anybody know were any of the books set in these places?
BarneyBarney says: The Secret of Spiggy Holes, Five Go Down to the Sea and the Malory Towers books are set in Cornwall, though I don't think the names of real towns or villages are mentioned. In The Family at Red-Roofs there's a brief mention of Carbis Bay, and in Five on a Treasure Island we're told that Julian, Dick and Anne usually holiday in Polseath (which I believe is an old spelling of Polzeath).
Posted by Johnny on April 28, 2016
I am trying to trace a Blyton book I read when I was about eight (circa 1964). All I remember about it (and my memory is not good) is a boy living behind a false partition in a large kennel or animal enclosure. There could have been a circus connection but I'm not sure. All I remember is the boy sleeping on straw, and I think there was a dog. Can anyone help out?
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of Three Boys and a Circus, in which Dick hides in a kennel with a dog called Leppi. The kennel is in a dogs' cage at a circus, and there's a wooden partition which slides across to separate the kennel area from the rest of the cage. Three Boys and a Circus has been published as a book on its own, but also in a 2-in-1 volume by Collins - called Dog Stories. The other book included in Dog Stories is The Adventures of Scamp. Being a dog myself, I find these stories very enjoyable!
Posted by Debby Timm on April 16, 2016
Was busy going through some boxes and found 2 children's Noddy handkerchiefs. Wow that took me back. I have a toddler granddaughter, and after my find, I really must find some Enid Blyton books. Which are the best ones to start off with?
BarneyBarney says: If she is a toddler, Noddy would be a very good starting point, Debby, and if there is anything that upsets her she will even have a Noddy hankie to blow her nose with! It is not so easy to buy Noddy books now as they have been out of print for a few years, but if you look on the internet you should be able to find online booksellers that still have copies in stock.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on April 15, 2016
Why are the Barney Mysteries not in print?
BarneyBarney says: Hachette, who are the current copyright holders, have recently taken back the rights of several series from other publishers, and bit by bit they will release them through Hodder Children's Books which they own. They have just released the St. Clare's and Malory Towers books and later this year they will release the Find-Outers Series, but there is a limit to the number of series that they can republish at one time. I am sure they will republish the Barney Series at some stage, but for the moment the books will stay out of print.
Posted by Devdatta Malshe on April 14, 2016
I would like to buy a paperback set of the Barney Mysteries, all the six titles. If anyone knows where to, do let me know.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the Barney Mysteries aren't in print at the moment (very sad, especially as the series is named after me!) but you could look for second-hand copies in charity shops or jumble sales or online.
Posted by Jiniya on April 13, 2016
Hello! I'm an aspiring writer and my friends are also great fans of Enid Blyton just like me. We wish to continue with Enid Blyton series for which we will need her copyrights. It would be of great help if you could provide information on how we could get those. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: The copyright changes hands for millions of pounds! ;-) Hachette UK (Hodder) currently own the copyright for everything except Noddy, so you'd need to ask their permission if you're seeking publication. For enquiries about Noddy, get in touch with DreamWorks Animation. Contact details are on the relevant websites.
Posted by Jennifer2n on April 13, 2016
Have a large number of paperback Enid Blyton books - 9kg worth. If anyone would like them for free please let me know (but contribution to myHermes courier costs of £7.50 would be appreciated). Would also be interesting to know if hardback books from the 1950s and 1960s are worth keeping regardless of their condition - we used to write our names in them and have even drawn pictures inside. P.S. Barney - think your typing skills are excellent! Email:
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks to you, Jennifer! I am quite nifty with my paws when I get going! I'd keep the hardbacks if I were you as they have the original text and probably the original illustrations too, which sadly is not the case with modern Blyton books.
Posted by Sue on April 13, 2016
Hi Alice, Lots of Enid Blyton puzzles and a few games too at Green Meadow Books. Hope this helps!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Sue! Green Meadow Books always has delumptious goodies for sale!
Posted by Alice on April 12, 2016
Where can you purchase puzzles and card games made by Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean puzzles and card games based on her books, I'm not sure whether any are being produced these days. However, you should be able to find older ones on sites like eBay and Amazon.
Posted by Aussie Sue on April 7, 2016
Clare, "Sing-Song" is a lovely poem. There are 4 verses and your name is in verse 2, 3, 4. Here is the rest of verse 2 that you are missing: 'So she came,/And said,/"Oh!/Never did I hear before/A bird a-singing such a song-/I must/Tell/Clare!"'
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much indeed, Sue! Unfortunately the Message Board doesn't preserve the poem format so I've added slashes to mark the ends of lines.
Posted by Clare on April 6, 2016
I learned an Enid Blyton poem called "Sing-Song" when I was a child because it had my name in it! It's from A Pageant of Poetry Junior Book 2, published by A. Wheaton & Co. My copy has part of verse 2 missing at the bottom of page 9. Does anyone know the words after "So she came....."? I am desperate to fill the gap, it's such an important childhood memory. The poem "Sing-Song" is also in Enid Blyton's book Silver and Gold. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone who has the relevant book/s will provide the missing words for you, Clare.
Posted by Garrybel on April 2, 2016
I love Enid Blyton books! What was the longest book she wrote? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know for definite, but people have commented that Boys' & Girls' Circus Book and The Valley of Adventure are particularly long.
Posted by Sam on April 1, 2016
Hi, how many books did Enid Blyton write? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say as Enid Blyton wrote picture books, articles, poems and entire magazines as well as novels. What we do know is that she wrote over 180 novels and around 4,000 short stories, plus plays etc.
Posted by Gabrielle on March 27, 2016
Have just discovered my Famous Five pack of cards that I played with as a child in the 1950s. Unfortunately there is one card missing, pink 8 Rescue from Five Get Into Trouble. Anybody know where I might be lucky enough to acquire this card as would love to play the game with my grandson?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Gabrielle. If not, you could keep an eye on eBay to see if anyone is selling an incomplete set of cards cheaply.
Posted by Alexia on March 22, 2016
My 9-year-old daughter has just finished reading Those Dreadful Children (my own rather worn copy from the 1970s!) All the way through she kept saying, "I love this book." I loved it too, and discussing it with her brought back some very happy memories of the Carltons and the Taggertys. Ahhh!
BarneyBarney says: Those Dreadful Children is a great book, absorbing and thought-provoking. I'm sure Enid Blyton would be delighted to know it's still giving children so much pleasure.
Posted by John Nicholass on March 22, 2016
Looking for a poem my wife's late aunt used to recite from memory and learnt when she was five circa 1920. Think it might be from Child Whispers. It was something about fairies at the bottom of the garden and flying away. Would be grateful for any help in identifying it.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, John.
Posted by Sheila on March 20, 2016
Thank you Barney, I take it that it is the same story in all of the books? Thanks again, Sheila.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sheila, I think it is the same story but you can double-check by looking at the source (which is written beneath each story title in the Cave). Characters' names and other small details were altered in some short stories from around the end of the 1980s, but I'm not sure whether that applies to this particular tale.
Posted by Sheila on March 19, 2016
Hi, I'm looking for the Enid Blyton story about the little round man. It's the one where he rescues the children wearing one magic shoe, and his little round house follows him. Which annual would I find it in? Many thanks. Sheila
BarneyBarney says: The story you're looking for is 'The Little Roundy Man', Sheila. It can be found in these books.
Posted by Mary-Rose MacColl on March 18, 2016
Hello all, Does anyone else object to publishers releasing books as if they are by Enid Blyton but they're written by someone else (Pamela Cox, for instance, doing St Clare's and Malory Towers, with her name in fine print at the bottom of the cover or inside)? I think it's terrible as if I want an Enid Blyton book, I want it to have been written by Enid Blyton, or it should be clear it's been written by someone else.
BarneyBarney says: Publishers were warned about that a few years ago, Mary-Rose, so I hope things have improved since then.
Posted by Ringuet Florian on March 14, 2016
Bonjour, je suis triste de retrouver "oui-oui" prendre part, avec son image sur autocollants, pour la construction d un aéroport en France "Notre Dame des Landes", au détriment du respect écologique et des lois sur l' eau en vigueur dans le cop21 et l écologie ne semblent pas avoir de messages dignent d intérêt pour les jeunes, et utiliser vos droits pour accréditer et encourager par les enfants ce type d'exactions m'indigne.mes hommages à Enid Blyton pour son oeuvre.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry I don't understand every word, but I think you're saying that it's sad to see Noddy's image on stickers promoting the construction of an airport in France ("Notre Dame des Landes") which is bad for the country ecologically, and that it's inappropriate to have a popular children's character associated with such a project. And that you commend Enid Blyton for her work.
Posted by Hope Graham on March 13, 2016
What was the first novel Enid Blyton ever published?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's first novel was The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies, published in 1926. Before that she had already written many short stories, articles, plays and poems. Her first book was Child Whispers, a slim volume of poetry published in 1922.
Posted by Margaret Nevell on March 7, 2016
Hello Barney, Hello John, Thank goodness someone else remembers our little poem about the tortoise. Yes John, that is exactly the one. Thank you so much for the information, it gives us something else to go on. I shall now trawl the internet to see if l can find out more and will certainly let you know on this site (if that's okay Barney) if l come up with anything. At least we now know that there are three people who remember it and that we haven't just made it up.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for coming back on that, Margaret. Good luck with searching for more information!
Posted by Mike Steffich on March 6, 2016
I have a Blyton book, Three Boys and a Circus. On the title page there is a signature. Is this printed with the book? Sincerely, Mike.
Posted by John Atkins on March 4, 2016
Hi Barney, In reply to Margaret and her brother’s question to you of February 8th, the introduction to the poem about the cunning tortoise sounds very familiar to me and it’s possibly the story of Christopher. I recall it in a small, thin, glossy paperback booklet beautifully illustrated in bright full-colour showing Christopher and other characters who all walked upright, like the humans in the story, on their two back legs. I can only recall snippets of the poem, which I’Il try to incorporate here as well as I can remember them after so very long. The booklet was likely from the 1940s. I was a very small boy seeing it in the ’50s - and the book was already old when given to my older sister. Christopher was an idle tortoise and it relates his cunning idea of keeping one back leg tucked up inside his shell and hobbling with a little stick in order to gain sympathy and free lifts from anyone with wheeled transport. ‘Porters’ barrows, tradesmen’s vans, all come under Chris’s plans…’ went the poem. ‘So that everybody thought, Christopher was one leg short…’ All goes well and ‘Chris becomes a gadabout’; the illustrations showing him sitting in cars, lorries, wheelbarrows and all manner of transport, enjoying free lifts. But like most con artists, Christopher finally gets found out when, one evening, he meets a fair tortoise maiden and forgets to keep his leg tucked up inside his shell! The penultimate full-colour page shows them joyously dancing together, she wearing a fetching pot hat with a daisy hanging from the band …‘where Chris was seen, dancing on the village green’. The game was up for the tortoise spoofer and the final small illustration depicts a forlorn-looking Christopher, seen back on his own two back feet, trudging along, while all the passing vehicle drivers, angry at being duped, ignore the little fraud. I hope this is the poem Margaret remembers but even if not, it’s a great little book for a collector to find. About a year back, I searched the Internet trying to find out the author but with no luck. Bye for now, Barney! John.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your very detailed answer, John! It sounds like an entertaining poem!
Posted by Prasad on March 2, 2016
I distinctly recall reading an Enid Blyton story about a dog written in first person. Dog gets stolen, has to perform at a circus but eventually returns. Cannot recall the name.
BarneyBarney says: If the story was definitely written in the first person, you're probably thinking of The Adventures of Bobs. If the story might have been written in the third person, you could be thinking of The Adventures of Scamp. You can find out more about those books by putting their titles into the Cave of Books.
Posted by Geraldine Thorne on March 2, 2016
I have been trying to track down a book I was given for a birthday present between 1958-1961- Collins Children's Annual. The book I was given had a glossy picture of a witch on a broomstick flying over a rooftop. However, I have no real idea of what the book was called. Can you help please?
BarneyBarney says: Looking on the internet, I wonder if you're thinking of this one, Geraldine. The listing shows an internal picture of a witch on a broomstick.
Posted by Penny M on February 29, 2016
Hi, I see from your webpage about the Enid Blyton Day that there has not been an event since 2013. Is there a further Enid Blyton Day planned? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there are no plans for another Enid Blyton Day at present, Penny. The last one was actually in 2012. Tony Summerfield did a wonderful job organising Days almost annually for many years, but it got harder and harder to find speakers as time went on. Over the last few years a number of smaller, informal gatherings have been arranged through our forums. These have included visits to Old Thatch in Bourne End, a walk round Beckenham looking at the houses where Enid Blyton lived, and a trip to Bekonscot in Beaconsfield (where there's a model of Green Hedges). Any future gatherings will be advertised on the forums, so please keep an eye out for them if interested. All forum members are welcome to come along.
Posted by Gemma on February 20, 2016
Hi, I've been trying for years to remember the title of and hopefully find a book from my childhood. I am convinced that it is an Enid Blyton book as I was a huge fan of her books at the time. It had a story of a fairy in it, who could transform into different outfits in the blink of an eye and a lady would bring her pages from magazines. I think the fairy came from, or lived in, a rose. The lady desperately wanted to have a baby, but could not, and the fairy helped her with this. I may be combining more than one story... I am very vague on the details! I would have been 7 or 8. So that would have been 1988/89. If anyone has any idea what I am on about I would love to hear from them. Thanks, Gemma.
Posted by Saleema on February 19, 2016
I was just curious, if I want to translate any of her books, do I need to have special permission to do that? Or can I translate any Enid Blyton book I want?
BarneyBarney says: If you're interested in translating Enid Blyton books you'd need to contact Hachette UK, who own the copyright to everything except Noddy. The Noddy copyright is owned by DreamWorks Classics.
Posted by John McKenzie on February 17, 2016
Hello, hope this is okay to post. I've got 80 copies of Sunny Stories for sale, dated 1953-54. They start with issue 554 and end with issue 641 - almost consecutive, but with a few issues missing. Please contact me if interested. Would prefer to sell as one lot. John
BarneyBarney says: These issues start from just after Enid Blyton had left Sunny Stories but they follow a similar format. Crawfie (nanny to the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret) and Malcolm Saville (author of the Lone Pine books) were both involved with Sunny Stories at some point after Enid left, though I'm not sure of the dates.
Posted by Brenda on February 14, 2016
When I was young I had a Noddy story in which he kept mislaying his handkerchief - to the annoyance of Big Ears. Big Ears fastened a hanky to Noddy's jacket with a safety pin. At the end of the story Big Ears sneezes and Noddy has to provide the handkerchief. Any idea which Noddy book this was? I've been looking for 50 years!
Posted by Margaret on February 8, 2016
Hi Barney, Please can you help my brother and myself? We are both in our 70s and think we must be the only people in the world who have heard this poem but unfortunately we don't know the rest of it. It goes, "As every boy and girl should know, Tortoises are very slow, Never would you see one running, One l knew was very cunning." Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know the poem, Margaret, but I hope someone can help.
Posted by Lawrence on February 8, 2016
I love the Adventurous Four. I remember the seaweed-covered rocks and the wartime excitement. Sorry if I'm being stupid, but what was wrong with Jill and Mary?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean why were the girls' names changed to Pippa and Zoe, some publishers update a few names when they update vocabulary and phrasing. However, that alteration doesn't make sense as the events of The Adventurous Four clearly take place during the Second World War!
Posted by Shane on February 4, 2016
Hi Sarah, I have been looking for a copy of the first edition Magic Faraway Tree for some time. Have you been able to sell it yet?
Posted by Lawrence on February 4, 2016
What is blamonge? (Spelling?) I seem to remember it being a dessert in some Enid Blyton stories. My memories are decades old so forgive me Mr. Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Blancmange is a cold dessert made with milk, sugar and a thickener such as cornstarch. It can be flavoured in various ways, e.g. with strawberry or vanilla or chocolate which give it a pink, cream or brown colour respectively. It's often put into a mould to set and comes out looking like a milk jelly.
Posted by Sharon Jacques on February 3, 2016
Hello again Barney, sorry to bother you again but I would like some more information on a scarce Enid book called Benjy and the Others. I saw on here in the Cave of Books section printed in its entirety Let's Pretend. Could the same be done for Benjy and the Others? I am sure that I read somewhere that it was serialised either in Enid's magazine or in Sunny Stories. If so, how would I be able to find out exactly which ones so that I if possible could start collecting them and hence have the whole of the book? Thanks for helping me out with the Award list. I am most grateful. XXXXXX
BarneyBarney says: If you go to the Cave of Books and type Benjy and the Others into the "Search the database" box, the details of the book and the relevant magazines will come up. It was serialised in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories in 1952, issues 538 - 549. You're right that it's very scarce, Sharon, but I don't think we could put the whole thing up in the Cave as it's pretty long. In case anyone doesn't know, it's another book about the "children of Happy House".
Posted by Sharon Jacques on February 2, 2016
Please could you help me out? Are the Deane's books, for example Bicycle Magic, The Donkey on the Sands and The Twelve Silver Cups, collections of the stories published in Sunny Stories Magazine? If not, where from? Also on the backs of the books there is a list of other books in the series and I have noticed this list differs from book to book. Where could I find a fully complete comprehensive list of these hardback titles so I know what I have and don't have to complete my collection? Thanks very much Barney. XXXX
BarneyBarney says: You seem to be talking about the Award Popular Rewards, Sharon. The 72 titles are listed here. Award recently stopped publishing Enid Blyton books but many of their titles are now published by Bounty.
Posted by Rajah on February 1, 2016
Has anyone picked up the blooper in The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat?
BarneyBarney says: There may be more than one blooper, but the one I've heard mentioned several times is that Fatty and Pip go to The Turret for snacks and interviews but then Enid Blyton writes about Fatty and Larry eating the snacks!
Posted by Ney99 on January 29, 2016
I love Enid Blyton. She has taken reading to a whole new level.
Posted by Sponge Diver on January 28, 2016
Hi - I would really appreciate any information from forum members in helping to track down the title of a lost story from my distant youth. I was very young when I read it so details are sketchy but I felt certain it was an Enid Blyton book, possibly The Famous Five, and concerned a trip to a Greek Island. I vaguely recall a friendship struck up with perhaps an older boy named Mario or Marco who was a sponge diver. None of the Famous Five plots I looked at online fit this description so perhaps it may be one of her shorter books? Any clues?
BarneyBarney says: It's definitely not an Enid Blyton Famous Five book, though it could possibly be one of the continuation Famous Five books written in French by Claude Voilier (and translated into English by Anthea Bell). Enid Blyton did write a novel in which children go on a cruise and visit Greek islands (The Ship of Adventure featuring Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip and Dinah) but there is no sponge-diving. The children befriend a boy called Lucian and go treasure-hunting.
Posted by Sarah on January 27, 2016
I have a 1st Edition 1943 Magic Faraway Tree book to sell,but have no idea of value or where to sell it. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't evaluate books because the value depends on a number of things such as condition, demand and availability. If you check sites like eBay and Abebooks, you might be able to get an idea how much books similar to yours are fetching. You could then perhaps advertise your book for sale on eBay or similar, with a starting price that suits you, or maybe see what a children's book dealer would offer you. We have some dealers listed under "Lashings of Links" who specialise in Enid Blyton.
Posted by Sarah on January 26, 2016
What dog breed is Buster from the "The Five Find-Outers"?
BarneyBarney says: Buster is a Scottish Terrier (or Scottie).
Posted by Helen on January 22, 2016
Hi, I would like to build up my collection of books again so was wondering where I could get copies that were published in the early 1970s. Thanks, Helen.
BarneyBarney says: Copies dating from that era turn up frequently on eBay and Amazon, Helen. You could also try charity shops and boot sales. Good luck with building up your collection.
Posted by Sian on January 20, 2016
Hello, I have all 84 coloured prints to go with the Enid Blyton Two Years in the Infant School. It has Topics 1-84, George Newnes, c.1940s. Is anyone interested in purchasing them? I am going to sell on eBay but wondered if there was a true Blyton fan that would appreciate them more!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on January 18, 2016
Hello again, Would you be able to tell me if the 2003 version of the Five Find-Outers is updated? Amazon says it is the classic books, so I am not sure. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Some editing of the Five Find-Outers books would have taken place by that date, Josiah, but I don't think very much updating was done to that series compared to series like the Famous Five and Secret Seven.
Posted by Edward Auton on January 18, 2016
Hi, I am a trying to track down a cassette version of "The Secret Island" and "The Island of Adventure" - can anybody help?
BarneyBarney says: The best place to look would be Ebay as both cassettes do come up for sale there fairly frequently.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 17, 2016
Hi, I didn't know that Anne Digby had written some Naughtiest Girl books. Are they available in shops like Waterstones, Smiths, etc?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, they're available in those shops and you can also buy them from sites like Amazon.
Posted by HF on January 15, 2016
Hi, I'm trying to find out the title of an Enid Blyton book (1970s?) that included a number of short stories, e.g. 'Connie's Candle', 'The Little Toy Stove' (if that was about fairies, google buns, poppity cake and topsy turvy pudding) and a story about a boy nicknamed the shrimp who saved the day. Can you help? Stories for Bedtime seems to have two of them but I don't know the name of the shrimp story. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The candle story is 'Connie's Curious Candle' and I think (though I'm not certain) that the "shrimp" story might be 'The Beautiful Cricket Ball', in which a small boy is told he's too little to join in a game of cricket but ends up helping the older ones. You're spot on with 'The Little Toy Stove' featuring google buns and poppity cake, but the pudding is tippy-top pudding. Unfortunately, the Cave of Books doesn't list any volume which contains all three of those tales. Maybe you actually read them in more than one book, in which case a check of the story titles in our Cave of Books might prove fruitful. Another possibility is that all three stories appeared together in one of the more obscure short story compilations. So many have been published since Enid Blyton's death that we haven't had the opportunity to include all of them in the Cave.
Posted by Lawrence on January 13, 2016
The Secret Mountain is the one with the Oriental "King of the Mountain", isn't it? I can tell why Hachette is unwilling to publish it, given the definite consequences.
BarneyBarney says: I think you're getting mixed up with The Mountain of Adventure, which is still published by Macmillan. The Secret Mountain is set in Africa.
Posted by Sarah on January 12, 2016
What happened to the dogs who played Timmy in the 1970s and 1996 series?
BarneyBarney says: Toddy (1970s Timmy) died shortly after finishing the second Famous Five series, but I think Connal (1990s Timmy) went on to appear in other things. Maybe someone else will know more.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on January 11, 2016
Hello John. Barney is right of course. If I had a tail it would be wagging nineteen to the dozen, hearing you say that you had to remind yourself you were not reading an Enid Blyton story. High praise indeed, and one that has me blushing with your compliment. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story as much as I loved writing it. Many thanks to you.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry Julie, I forgot you humans don't have a tail! It's a jolly useful thing to have!
Posted by Andrew Parsell on January 11, 2016
Hallo there, Whilst this 53 year old man is recapturing his long lost childhood (why should children have all the fun of reading children's books?), I am puzzled by the age of the characters in The Naughtiest Girl series. I had always assumed that Elizabeth, Harry, etc were aged ten or eleven years of age, William and Rita aged seventeen. Am now reading the Anne Digby version of the Naughtiest Girl books and am at Well Done the Naughtiest Girl and it seems to indicate that William and Rita are younger, the way they mention going to schools for older children in a meeting. Mind you, I haven't finished this book yet. I was hoping someone would write a book sending four out of five of the Farrell children to Whyteleafe (the House-at-the-Corner children). Elizabeth Allen could be about fifteen and make friends with Tony, Joan with Elizabeth Farrell (Lizzie), whilst the twins were in the first or second year with a whole new bunch of friends. So could you please advise on how old Elizabeth & co and William & Rita are? P.S. I am eagerly awaiting The Secret Island for later on this week to be downloaded on to Kindle. Can find them all except The Secret Mountain. Thanks, Andrew Parsell.
BarneyBarney says: You're right that Enid Blyton says the children in Elizabeth's school year are 10-11, and that they're in the first form. Any children younger than that are in the kindergarten. William and Rita are Head Boy and Head Girl, so they'd be at the top of the school. However, stories by continuation authors don't always fit with what Enid Blyton wrote. Sadly, it seems that Hachette/Hodder are no longer publishing The Secret Mountain because certain aspects of the story are considered not to be politically correct.
Posted by John Atkins on January 11, 2016
Hello again Barney! A long time since I have had the chance to post but, however busy I am, I always make the time to log onto the Enid Blyton Society website to read the weekly serial for society members at 11am each Monday to read the latest instalment. This, I avidly digest along with a coffee, or glass of Lucozade - plus a macaroon or two. Unfortunately, my local Sainsbury’s baker has recently stopped making and selling macaroons – so an alternative supply from a local cake shop has been sourced! But rather than further discuss my weekly macaroon intake, I’m posting to say how much I enjoyed the last serial by Julie Heginbotham, which I enjoyed tremendously! I’ve said it before - and I’ll say it again, that to me, the serials alone warrant the cost of the three Enid Blyton Society subscriptions I buy per year (two as gifts for my friends Sally and Cherry) - so the three excellent seasonal Journals posted to me are really a great bonus on top! Congratulations to Julie for her hard work. (At times, when reading The Mystery of the Silver Cup, I had to pinch myself to remind me that it was Julie writing and not Enid herself – and I can give no higher praise than that!)
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your kind comments, John. I'm sure Julie's tail will be wagging nineteen to the dozen when she reads your message!
Posted by Sue Webster on January 8, 2016
Hi BARNEY, dear, gorgeous old dog. Where can I buy the "Just George and Timmy" adventures from? I have just found them on the Famous Five list and not heard of them before and they sound good. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: The individual books are only available second-hand now, Sue - they come up on eBay quite often. You can also buy (new or second-hand) a hardback book called Famous Five: Adventures With George and Timmy, which contains three of Sue Welford's "Just George" books.
Posted by Emmanuelle on January 8, 2016
Hello, I live in New York and there is no Famous Five available in English! Do you know why? I am French and therefore I buy them in French in France and I saw that a lot of the volumes available are in fact not written by her. Is there a list of her original titles and the French translation?
BarneyBarney says: Click on our "Famous Five" button (above) and you'll see which books were written by Enid Blyton and which ones were written by Claude Voilier (you have to scroll down to get to the Voilier titles). You'll also see modern spin-offs listed, like the "Famous 5 on the Case" books. If you click on an individual volume, you can also scroll down to see a list of titles in foreign languages, including French. Enid Blyton's original books are still available in English (albeit edited) but they never became popular in America so it might be hard to find them there. It's possible to order them online though, either new or second-hand.
Posted by Imants on January 7, 2016
Please, help! Who have copyright responsibilities for Enid Blyton and information on copyright conditions?
BarneyBarney says: Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright, except for Noddy which is owned by DreamWorks Classics. You can find their contact details on their websites.
Posted by Ana on January 7, 2016
Barney! It's been so long! I just realised I missed saying my traditional New Years', and I'm here to say it! HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Enid Blyton Society lives for another year! You're doing GREAT, Barney, thank you so much for helping out all these Blyton fans yet another year! :D It feels good and nostalgic to see old names like Susan and Sandeep! I hope you had an amaaaaazing Christmas and New Year. Please keep this website going as long as you can Barney, I want to come here when I'm about 60 and laugh at my silly messages.
BarneyBarney says: Bones and biscuits, I'll be an old dog by then! Nice to hear from you, Ana, and I wish you a very happy 2016 full of adventures!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on January 6, 2016
Hi, I have just purchased the 2009 version of The Secret of Moon Castle and I was wondering if it uses the updated text or not. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I know The Secret Island and The Secret Mountain have been slightly edited, but I'm not sure about The Secret of Moon Castle.
Posted by Girliebeans on January 5, 2016
I am looking for the cassette of Happytime Stories with 'Mr Stamp-About's Walking Stick'. I had this as a child. Do you know where I could get a copy?
BarneyBarney says: Those cassettes are hard to find, but they sometimes turn up on eBay. You could also try the dealers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Frances on January 4, 2016
I have almost a full set of 1st edition Adventure series books, but none of them have a dust jacket. How do I get an original or copy of an original dust jacket.
BarneyBarney says: It would be difficult to find original jackets without buying the books again (this time complete with dust-jackets). I'm afraid we don't promote sellers who provide copied dust-jackets. They don't own the copyright and they often ask a lot of money just for printing off copy after copy.
Posted by Alison Murray on January 4, 2016
Hi there. Can anyone help please... I am looking for The Magic Faraway Tree illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. I have The Enchanted Wood with their illustrations and would very much like the next one. Is this book rare? Many thanks Alison
BarneyBarney says: I think you could say that the book that you are looking for is very rare, Alison, as it doesn't exist! Whilst the Grahame Johnstone twins were illustrating The Enchanted Wood, one of the twins, Janet, died and Anne had to finish the book on her own. She did this but felt she was unable to do any further books. The remaining four books in the series (two Faraway Tree books and two Wishing-Chair books) were illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves.
Posted by Jay on January 4, 2016
Hey guys. I found a new Blyton website by Hachette Australia. Here is the link. Enjoy, Jay.
Posted by Helen on January 3, 2016
I have read Enid's books many times over. There are some facts that don't add up in the Famous Five series. I have wondered if she wrote all of them after the originals?
BarneyBarney says: Trying to get my head round that question is like playing a game of chase-my-tail!
Posted by Noni on January 3, 2016
I purchased some books of the "Famous Five" in Spanish, but I didn't find the first one. Can I read the second book without having read the first one?
BarneyBarney says: Each book contains a complete story which makes sense on its own, so you could read the second book (or any of the books) first. The only advantage in starting with Five on a Treasure Island is that it shows George and her cousins meeting for the first time and getting to know each other.