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Welcome to the website of the Enid Blyton Society. Formed in early 1995, the aim of the Society is to provide a focal point for collectors and enthusiasts of Enid Blyton through its magazine The Enid Blyton Society Journal, issued three times a year, its annual Enid Blyton Day, an event which attracts in excess of a hundred members, and its website. Most of the website is available to all, but Society Members have exclusive access to secret parts as well! Join the Society today and start receiving your copy of the Journal three times a year. Don't forget also that we have an Online Shop where you'll find back issues of the Journal as well as rare Enid Blyton biographies, guides and more.

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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.

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