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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 Paul Austin on August 21, 2017
My feeling is that if they want to make political statements, the activists should leave children out of it. Altering Blyton is like those rallies where adults have brought their children along and have them holding signs that they don't really understand.
BarneyBarney says: A few of the changes to Blyton books have been made in the interests of "political correctness" but the rest have involved modernising the language. The thought behind that is that young readers will be able to understand the stories more readily. However, many fans would argue that any old-fashioned words and phrases can easily be understood from the context and that it's a shame to give children an edited view of the society of past decades - and to alter the flow and rhythm of Enid Blyton's prose.
Posted by Ness on August 20, 2017
Just to let readers know there is a very good celebration of 75 years of the Famous Five at Rosemoor Gardens in Great Torrington, Devon, with an Enid Blyton exhibition and two trails whereby the young at heart have to work out clues in order to solve a mystery. It's an excellent day out, suitable for children of all ages and older fanatical nutters like me! We had a really good fun day, and the prize for completing the task is excellent. It's on until 3rd September so try to go if you can.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ness. I'm glad you had such a great time. I believe similar Famous Five-related activities are going on at RHS Wisley in Surrey, also finishing on 3rd September.
Posted by Brigid Brown on August 19, 2017
In one of the Enid Blyton books (Adventure series, perhaps) the children are involved in an eclipse. I read this years ago and now know a bit about the coming eclipse. Which book was this, please?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of The Secret Mountain, Brigid, which is the third book in the Secret series. It's a truly thrilling adventure set somewhere in Africa.
Posted by Bassan Frederique on August 19, 2017
Hello, I'm an English teacher in France and I would like to get my students (12 - 13 years old) to know Enid Blyton better this year, by proposing a selection of books for them to read and tell about in class. I used to be fond of the Famous Five when I was a child and I have a lot of the stories at home, but they are all in French and, as an English teacher, I would like to have my pupils read them in English. I am thus looking for "Famous Five" books that I could be given (sorry, but I have no budget for this project). My question is as follows: could you please send me the name and email address/website of people who could help me gather Famous Five books for my students? Looking forward to reading news from you. Best regards. Frédérique Bassan, bassan@ecs-sallanches.net
BarneyBarney says: I've added your email address to your message, Frédérique, in the hope that someone reading this will be able to help. Other series would also be good for that age-group, e.g. the Adventure books and the Barney Mysteries.
Posted by Andrew Clark on August 16, 2017
Apparently my mother-in-law appeared in an issue of Little Dots Playways years ago in an item she remembers as 'Ann on the Farm'. It must have been an early one as she reckons she was only two or three at the time. I know it's not an Enid Blyton comment but I'd love to get a copy for her if anyone can point me in the right direction? Andrew Clark - Andy740876@sky.com

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