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A Letter from Holly

Postby Tony Summerfield » 18 Jun 2013, 11:04

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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Poppy » 18 Jun 2013, 15:34

A lovely letter and review, Holly. I'm sure you'd do very well in persuading people to read Enid Blyton books! In answer to a few of your questions;

* I think someone told Enid Blyton that their child/ren had set up a little secret group where they had passwords and badges, which inspired Enid Blyton to write her Secret Seven books.

* Enid always had a gift for writing stories from an early age, and told her brothers many tales from the top of her head. She described her ideas as watching a private cinema screen, and what she saw she wrote.

* I'm not sure exactly how long it took for Enid Blyton to write a full length novel, but I'm sure sometimes it took her as short as a week to finish a novel.

Hope this answered some of your questions! I'm sure somebody else will be able to answer the remaining questions, and I hope you continue enjoying Enid Blyton's books. :D
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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 18 Jun 2013, 15:51

Another lovely letter and review from Holly. Five on a Treasure Island must be a very popular book with the schools. :)

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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 18 Jun 2013, 16:45

A great letter with colourful illustrations, Holly, and your review is full of interesting details. It's good to hear that your parents used to read Enid Blyton too.

We don't know which of her own books Enid Blyton liked best but she said that her favourite character was George in the Famous Five series. When she was a child, the book she loved most was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. She read it at least a dozen times and thought it was magical.

I'm not sure whether she had a favourite illustrator (many different artists illustrated her books) but she said she could always trust Eileen Soper to do an excellent job. Eileen Soper was the original illustrator of the Famous Five series and some of Enid Blyton's short stories.
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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Holly » 02 Jul 2013, 16:03

Thank you for replying to my letter and answering my questions

From Holly :D :lol:

Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Soenke Rahn » 02 Jul 2013, 16:47

A nice letter, with an interesting questions. The first book she published in 1942 and after it there were published in each year a book: I suppose she wrote only one book, from the beginning to the end, and after it the next one, but I do not really know it.
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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Daisy » 02 Jul 2013, 16:55

The first Fives book was indeed printed in 1942 but there were other books before then! Besides about one Fives book each year she wrote many others which became long series too. I think I read somewhere that she could write a book in about a week.
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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Eddie Muir » 03 Jul 2013, 08:48

A lovely letter and a most interesting review, Holly. :D
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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby Nair Snehalatha » 18 Sep 2013, 18:03

Holly has written a lovely letter, but as children are is full of questions. Enid Blyton was almost born with a pen in her hand - she was such a fabulous writer. 'Five on a Treasure Island' was the first Famous Five book, Holly. She wrote the Secret Seven series when she was inspired by one of her friend's sons who had formed a club. Please read the Five Find-Outers - read all the books. Buy the vintage editions if you can. Bye Holly. Happy reading.
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Re: A Letter from Holly

Postby deepeabee » 18 Sep 2013, 18:08

Hello Holly, it's good to see new young fans of Enid Blyton. :D

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