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Posted by Miss JJ on January 23, 2017
Hi Enid Blyton web site. I'm doing a school project and would like to ask you to answer some questions. Did Enid go on adventures? Did she play music because I play piano, violin and guitar. Thank you!! (Age 7)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton would have been interested to know that you play so many instruments, Miss JJ! She was a talented musician and her father wanted her to become a concert pianist. Enid Blyton had a place at the Guildhall School of Music but she turned it down to train as a teacher (she was a teacher for a few years before writing full-time). As a child, Enid Blyton used to like going for nature walks and bike rides which probably felt like going on an adventure. You can find out more about her life by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button (over to the left of this page) and then on 'A Biography of Enid Blyton—The Story of Her Life'.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on January 23, 2017
"Enid Bottom"? I think that they were writing on their mobile and the autocorrect must've kicked in! Barney, when will it be OK to put the original Blyton text online for free?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books will remain in copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Aminmec on January 20, 2017
I bought the Dean 90s edition of The Book of Naughty Children. While the cover has Eileen Soper's drawing, the stories inside are without any art. If I remember correctly the paperback editions had Eileen's drawings. What was the reason for Dean's omission of the interior art? It makes the book quite dull.
BarneyBarney says: It's a shame the illustrations have been removed. Publishers sometimes do that because they want to keep to a certain number of pages, or because they feel that the pictures look old-fashioned.
Posted by Lawrence Langton on January 17, 2017
Has Enid Bottom any connection with Bottom village in Lincolnshire?
BarneyBarney says: Eh? If you mean "Enid Blyton" and "Blyton village", Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography: "Enid Blyton's early forebears are believed to have come over to England at the time of the Norman Conquest and to have settled in Lincolnshire, where the name appears under various spellings in many of the early chronicles for that county. There is a village called Blyton in the Lincolnshire Wolds and a chantry was founded in Lincoln Cathedral in 1327, apparently bequeathed by a de Bliton who was the mayor of the city four years earlier. For several centuries the family were concerned with farming or the wool and cloth trade - but George Blyton, Enid's great-grandfather, was a cordwainer." Barbara Stoney goes on to mention that George Blyton lived in Swinderby.
Posted by Charlotte on January 17, 2017
Hi, We are looking for a poem about a wooden horse of Troy and it has led us to this website a couple of times. Is it a poem that Enid Blyton wrote? I know it contains the line 'The men of Troy are simple folk and simple folk of course'. Would you know if it is one of hers and if so know the full poem? We are urgently trying to locate it to be read at a funeral. Any help would be much appreciated!
BarneyBarney says: It seems that the poem is by Hugh Chesterman and was published in The New Merry-go-round Volume 6, 1928 and A Bulletin for Schools Volume 30, 1936. Click on this link to find out more.
Posted by Rina Rivai on January 15, 2017
Hi, I am from Indonesia. I am a big fan of Enid Blyton books. I still read her books though I am no longer a kid and don't have kids. Her books have been translated to Indonesian. That's why I can read them because I cannot speak English well. Her books were my Christmas presents.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you still enjoy the books as much as ever, Rina. Enid Blyton would be surprised to know how many adults around the world still love her wonderful stories and characters!
Posted by Maria Pia on January 6, 2017
Hi. I loved Enid Blyton. My books are 35 years old. Now my daughter and I are reading a book. The paper is yellow...but I love it. I hope my daughter loves these books as much as I did.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Reading to you and your daughter, Maria!
Posted by Adie on January 5, 2017
Did Enid Blyton ever visit Nottingham?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know.
Posted by Shrawan on January 4, 2017
Hi! Happy New Year 2017. Well, I have written some continuation books in St. Clare's and Malory Towers and I want them to be published. What can I do?
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year! Continuation books by Pamela Cox already exist for those series. However, if you'd still like to try you'll need to contact Hachette UK as they own the Enid Blyton copyright. Here are their contact details.
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).