The Enid Blyton Society Secret Seven

The Secret Seven

The Secret Seven Society consists of Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara. Although not an official member of the Secret Seven, Peter and Janet's golden spaniel Scamper also attends meetings. After all, he can be trusted not to give away any secrets to Jack's interfering sister Susie!

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The children meet in a shed with "S.S." on the door. Admission is by password only and badges must be worn. Peter, as head of the society, makes jolly well sure that everyone complies with the rules!

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While munching rock-buns and guzzling home-made lemonade, the Seven puzzle over peculiar goings-on in their local community, aiming to solve mysteries and put things right. Their work often involves hiding and keeping watch, hunting for clues, shadowing suspicious characters and questioning people. Burglaries, stolen animals and missing children feature in various stories — as do fireworks, a tree-house, a telescope and Susie's toy aeroplane. Exciting stuff for young readers, and no doubt the Secret Seven books have inspired many children over the years to form secret societies of their own.

Secret Seven

The Secret Seven, which is the first of the fifteen titles in the official Secret Seven series, was published in 1949.

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However, Peter and Janet had appeared in an earlier book called At Seaside Cottage (1947) and the story of the formation of the society had been related in Secret of the Old Mill (1948.)

The original illustrators of the main series of fifteen books were George Brook, Bruno Kay and Burgess Sharrocks. Evelyne Lallemand wrote a number of continuation novels in the 1970s-80s.

Secret Seven Books, Stories and Games

Janet and Peter (Secret Seven)

Prior to the popular Secret Seven series there were a couple of relatively unknown short story books featuring Peter and Janet. It was in the second that the Secret Seven Society was formed...

First Published in 1947 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1948 by Brockhampton Press
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Secret Seven

In 1949 the first of the full length Secret Seven novels was published. There are 15 titles in the series, the last being published in 1963...

First Published in 1949 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1950 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1951 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1952 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1953 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1954 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1955 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1956 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1957 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1958 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1959 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1960 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1961 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1962 by Brockhampton Press
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First Published in 1963 by Brockhampton Press
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Secret Seven

In 1997 The Secret Seven Short Story Collection was compiled. This features The Secret of the Old Mill and five other short stories that appeared in Enid Blyton's Magazine Annual and a Weeties Strip Book. However, the very first short story featuring Peter and Janet is absent, no doubt because the Secret Seven hadn't been formed at that time!

First Published in 1997 by Hodder Children's Books
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Secret Seven Annuals

From 1978 to 1984 the Secret Seven could be found in hardback Annuals...

First Published in 1978 by Purnell
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First Published in 1979 by Purnell
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First Published in 1981 by Purnell
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First Published in 1982 by Purnell
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First Published in 1983 by Purnell
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First Published in 1984 by Purnell
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Secret Seven Sequels

In the 1970s, Evelyne Lallemand wrote a 12-book series of Secret Seven continuation books in French, 9 of which were translated into English by Anthea Bell between 1983 and 1987...

First Published in 1983 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1984 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1984 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1984 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1984 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1986 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1986 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1986 by Knight Books
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First Published in 1987 by Knight Books
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Hodder 2004 Collection Editions

In 2004, Hodder Children's Books published a set of six Collection editions. Two of these featured the Secret Seven...

First Published in 2004 by Hodder Children's Books
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First Published in 2005 by Hodder Children's Books
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Games and Puzzles...

There have been a number of Secret Seven games over the years, including the jigsaw puzzles produced by BeStime as part of their numbered series throughout the 1950s and 1960s, a card game in 1955, and four jigsaw puzzles by Whitman in 1975...

BeStime Numbered Jigsaws

First Published in 1954 by BeStime
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First Published in 1954 by BeStime
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First Published in 1954 by BeStime
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First Published in 1954 by BeStime
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Enid Blyton Card Games

First Published in 1955 by Pepys
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Whitman Secret Seven Jigsaws

First Published in 1975 by Whitman
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First Published in 1975 by Whitman
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First Published in 1975 by Whitman
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First Published in 1975 by Whitman
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