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Posted by Big Pete on December 31, 2008
Just turned 41, still love Barney, Fatty and 'the Five.' Re the debate on Betty Maxey or Eileen Soper, I love them both and think they captured their respective time periods perfectly.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on December 31, 2008
Hi Barney. I'd like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. Once again I'd like to thank you for this wonderful website, where like-minded people can meet and wallow in the glory of this great author/storyteller. Enjoy all and stay safe.
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you and everyone!
Posted by Cora Morris on December 31, 2008
Just to say Happy New Year to all the Blytonians all over this amazing planet!!!
Posted by Cora Morris on December 31, 2008
Thanks Barney, It's nice of you to say that but I doubt that I will ever become a Find-Outer, although I could start a club that could be a Find-Outers tribute group! Just to say that K.9 is quite possibly my favourite character on British TV!!!! Two licks and and a woof, Cora :3 xxx PS: Affirmative Master!!!
BarneyBarney says: Cora, you're as good as a dog any day!!
Posted by Timmy-the-Dog on December 31, 2008
Hi Barney - hope you have a great new year - lots of big new bones like I hope to get!!! And a Happy New Year to everyone else here at the EBS as well. Cheers and beers, - oops, I mean bones! Timmy
BarneyBarney says: Woof woof and a cheery wag of the tail to you, Timmy! May your bones always be meaty!
Posted by Bev on December 31, 2008
I too am looking for an audio cassette book that I treasured as a child and would love to get a copy for my daughter if it is possible. It was a collection of short Christmas stories (not sure how many), it had stories about a naughty elf and children who found £5 in an old lady's pocket and I think there was one about a snowman. The music that played in between each story was Good King Wenceslas sung by a choir. Hope this is not too vague for you. x x x
Posted by hope189 on December 31, 2008
A very happy new year to all of you! Good luck for the year ahead.
BarneyBarney says: All the best to everyone for 2009!
Posted by Vicky on December 31, 2008
Hello, Does anybody remember a story about a girl who wondered why she never had any friends, because she was not nasty to anyone, but then her teacher told her it was because she did not help her with things like the other girls in her class would? I am desperate to find a copy. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The story you're looking for is "She Hadn't Any Friends," about a girl named Linda whose teacher, Miss Brown, tells her that she needs to be a friend to people in order to make friends. Miss Brown calls Linda "a little in-between," saying that there's nothing horrid about her but nothing very nice either. The story appeared in the following books, all of which can be seen in the Cave of Books: "The Fifth Holiday Book" (Sampson Low 1950), "Enid Blyton's Bedtime Stories" (Purnell Sunshine Library, 1970), "The Big Enid Blyton Story Annual" (1975) (Purnell 1974), "The Little Brownie House and Other Stories" (Award 1993) and "Enid Blyton's School Stories" (Hodder Children's Books 2002.) Hope you're able to get hold of a copy, Vicky.
Posted by Sue Webster on December 30, 2008
Hi Barney, Hope you had a great Christmas and spent the day with a nice juicy bone and watching Dr. Who! I hope all Enid fans had a great Christmas and wish everyone a great New Year too!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Sue, and Happy New Year to you and everyone! Regarding Dr. Who, my favourite episodes are the ones with K9!
Posted by Cora Morris on December 30, 2008
OK Barney, I have done some research and have found out that Enid Blyton's first book was a collection of poems called 'Child Whispers,' published in 1922.
BarneyBarney says: Spoken like a true Find-Outer, Cora!
Posted by Cora Morris on December 30, 2008
Hello again Barney, it's Cora. Sorry I haven't posted anything for a while but I have been on holiday. Just wondering if you knew what Enid Blyton book was mentioned in Jacqueline Wilson's book 'Double Act'. I was also wondering what date Enid Blyton's first book was published? Best wishes, Cora
BarneyBarney says: Hello again Cora, it's Barney! All these questions, I should be competing for Dog Brain of Britain! I will answer your first question, but I think you ought to explore the Website a bit and answer the second one yourself - the answer is in more than one place! The Enid Blyton book mentioned in Double Act is The Twins at St. Clare's. Now it's your turn!
Posted by Henry on December 29, 2008
Dear Barney, It is extremely upsetting that Enid Blyton was not recognised for her brilliance as a writer during her lifetime. She should have received a DBE at least. I suppose the many criticisms of her work during the 60s made this politically incorrect. Do they award such awards posthumously? I am South African so I am not sure of this. She truly deserves one, as does Roald Dahl. Do you know anything about this?
BarneyBarney says: I think we would all agree that perhaps children's writers don't always get the recognition that they deserve. I'm afraid that I don't know much about posthumous awards, but at a guess they are unlikely to happen for anything other than bravery.
Posted by Hartley on December 29, 2008
Dear Barney, Do you remember one of the Headmistresses saying, "it is not what ... (name of school) can do for you, but what you can do for ..."? I have a feeling John F Kennedy pinched that one from Enid Blyton. Cheers, Hartley
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of Miss Greyling's words in the Malory Towers series - "You will all get a tremendous lot out of your time at Malory Towers. See that you give a lot back!" Miss Theobald, Headmistress of St. Clare's, says a similar thing - "Do your best for us and St. Clare's will be able to do its best for you!" World leaders being influenced by Enid Blyton books? Sounds good to me!
Posted by Zahra on December 28, 2008
Dear Barney, I'm new to this site, what can you do on this site? I love Enid Blyton books, I've got a collection of them, can you read her stories online on this site?
BarneyBarney says: Welcome to the site, Zahra. I'm afraid we don't have Enid Blyton books available to read online as they're still under copyright. However, you can read reviews and see illustrations in the Cave of Books and also find out more about Enid Blyton in the Author of Adventure section. We have quizzes too, and lively Forums where people discuss all kinds of things about Enid and her books (see Interactive Island.)
Posted by hope189 on December 28, 2008
Dear Barney, When I tried out the Character Quiz I was told that I was a bit of a mystery!
BarneyBarney says: It's quite frustrating to get that - it means you're a mixture of three or more characters. If you try the Character Quiz again another day, perhaps you'll make different choices and come up with a different result.
Posted by hope189 on December 27, 2008
I just saw the Character Quiz in the Interactive Island section by Anita and Hannah. Wow,that must have been a tough quiz to design as Enid wrote so many books.
BarneyBarney says: Anita and Hannah assure me they had great fun working on the questions and options. If you tried the Character Quiz, Hope, I hope you were happy with the result!
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on December 26, 2008
A Very Happy Anniversary to this site Barney, and a very special thank you to all the helpers behind the scenes who make this site the success it is and the success it deserves. Julie P.S. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Day, Barney, with plenty of turkey to eat.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Julie, but no turkey I'm afraid!
Posted by hope189 on December 26, 2008
Happy Anniversary to the site. You guys have done a wonderful job on it.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks. We'll be adding more features in 2009 and beyond, so keep a look out for them!
Posted by Anita on December 25, 2008
Happy Anniversary to us all! Who would have thought when the website began four years ago that we'd get so many visitors posting so many messages?! It's a pleasure working with you, Barney. Hope you had a nice long walk!
BarneyBarney says: A pleasure working with you too, Anita! I had a great walk thanks, longer than usual, as I managed to creep away unnoticed whilst himself was busy chatting with someone and he took quite a time to find me. Don't you believe it when they say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks!!
Posted by Barney on December 25, 2008
Hey, it's Christmas Day and that's a very special day for the website as it is our 4th birthday. We went on air on Christmas Day 2004, so who says that dogs can't count! My paws can't take all the credit though, I have had a bit of help from Matt, Keith, Anita and Trevor, and I suppose I had better mention Tony as I am still hoping for a walk! But the real thanks go to all those who have been kind enough to use this website. Between you, you have posted almost 45 thousand messages on the forums and I raise a bone to the future (my water bowl is too heavy) - cheers everyone!
Posted by Wajeeha on December 25, 2008
Hi, My name is Wajeeha and I love Enid Blyton's books and I want to know where The Famous Five live in real life.
BarneyBarney says: The Famous Five are fictional characters of course, so I assume you're asking about real-life locations which influenced Enid Blyton when she wrote the books. Kirrin Island was inspired by a small island with castle which Enid saw while on holiday in Jersey, though no doubt she also added many extra details from her own imagination. Finniston Farm was based on a farm in Dorset (Manor Farm in Stourton Caundle) owned by Enid and her husband Kenneth, and the setting of "Five Have a Mystery to Solve" was inspired by Studland, Dorset, where Enid and Kennth owned a golf course.
Posted by Somita on December 25, 2008
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas . Have a great New Year. Hopefully, Santa will be extra good to you. Enjoy your holidays! Merry Christmas to all the Enid Blyton fans out there!
Posted by Bilgewaters on December 24, 2008
Can I wish everyone a happy and healthy and prosperous Christmas and New Year. Thanks Barney.
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on December 24, 2008
Hi Barney Would you, on my behalf, please wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. This includes you, of course! Trevor
BarneyBarney says: That's very kind of you Trevor and I would like to wish the same to you and Timothy, your faithful four-legged companion. When dogs are taken out for walks I am sure that we provide the inspiration for great stories! I know that the Society members would also want me to thank you for the pleasure that you provide with your super weekly serials.
Posted by hope189 on December 24, 2008
Hi everybody, Just to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!
BarneyBarney says: A Merry Christmas to you too Hope, and to all visitors to the website. Let's hope Father Christmas puts lots of Enid Blyton books in people's stockings!
Posted by Cora Morris on December 23, 2008
Hi Barney, Cora again. Just to say that I meant the Five Find-Outers. Just to ask that I am 10 years old and was wondering what you would recommend for my age group...? Please write back, Cora M.
BarneyBarney says: Most of Enid Blyton's full-length novels are ideal for your age, Cora. Have you tried the Adventure, Secret and Barney series, which are all thrilling, or the school series about Malory Towers and St. Clare's? The family books are very interesting too, eg. "The Family at Red-Roofs," "The Six Bad Boys" and the Six Cousins books. If you look in the Cave of Books, you can read reviews of these titles.
Posted by Saai on December 23, 2008
Hi.. I'm a HUGE fan of Enid Blyton.. I've read all her Famous Five series at least twenty times.. I've also read the Secret Seven series.. every book of Enid Blyton is great.. her books are my best companion.. Enid Blyton is the best!! I hope I get to meet the Famous Five in person..
Posted by Cora Morris on December 23, 2008
Hello, my name is Cora and I have fallen in love with Enid Blyton books, as we read them in class see, as I'm only a child! I love all of them, but I must say that I love the mystery and the Faraway Tree stories. Bye for now, Cora M.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to hear of people reading Enid Blyton books in school, Cora. When you say you love the mystery books I'm not sure whether you mean the Find-Outers series or the Barney series, but they're both great. In my opinion, Buster and Loony are two of Enid Blyton's best characters!
Posted by Layla on December 22, 2008
I am hoping you may have time to help me. I have been searching for the publications of the books that I appeared on the cover of as a child. I am looking for the cover designs by the Button Design Co. used on both the Mammoth and Dean editions of The Twins at St. Clare's and The O'Sullivan Twins - on this book I am the blonde in the middle of the two, with the can of sardines!!! I thoroughly enjoy Enid Blyton and was most impressed as a child to have the opportunity to work amongst her books. As a mum I have raised my daughter on Enid Blyton - Brer Rabbit and such like as a baby, I also had the excitement of introducing my daughter to my favourite ever series, the Magic Faraway Tree stories, it is also her favourite. She is currently reading the Famous Five, my own copy from when I was a child. It would be great to give my daughter a copy of the actual books that I was pictured on, I really hope you can help me.
BarneyBarney says: That's fantastic Layla, we have often wondered who the children on the covers of books are - now we know who at least one is! I hope you manage to pick up copies of the books you want on ebay.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on December 22, 2008
Hi Barney. Just a short note to say Merry Christmas to you all and to Blytonians all the world over.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Wayne, that's really nice of you - I'm hoping for a nice bone, but I don't suppose you are!
Posted by hope189 on December 22, 2008
Dear Barney, Hope is not my real name. [Hope you guessed it earlier :-)] It is merely an English translation of my real name.
BarneyBarney says: I had my suspicions about it, especially the "189" part! "Hope" is a nice meaning for a name though, whatever language it's in.
Posted by hope189 on December 21, 2008
Dear Barney, are you named after Barney in the 'Barney R' series? Hoping that doesn't sound too cheeky, Hope
BarneyBarney says: You 'Hope' that doesn't sound too cheeky, and that coming from someone named Hope! No, I am not named after Barney, in the 'Barney R' series, though he is a good person to share a name with. We have a purple dinosaur called Barney on UK TV, but I am not so sure about sharing a name with him!
Posted by Amna Rajjad on December 21, 2008
Hello to all...I'm not British...I belong to Pakistan and I've been a huge fan of Enid Blyton since my childhood. I would love to be a member of this society and I do my best to let everyone in the family know about Enid Blyton and read her. Bless you all...Take care. Bye.
BarneyBarney says: It would be lovely to have you as a member of the Society, Amna. We have members from all around the globe, drawn together by a love of Enid Blyton.
Posted by Brian Ekins on December 20, 2008
Does anyone have any information on John Moon [son of Walter] who was a pupil of Enid Blyton at Southernhay, Surbiton, as I need to contact him or any of his children? Yours, Brian Ekins
BarneyBarney says: John Moon is reputedly the inspiration behind Moonface in the Faraway Tree series. I think he is almost certainly not alive still, but the Society does have contact details for his son, Tony Moon. If you like to send an email and say why you want these details it may be possible to provide them.
Posted by Henry Johnson on December 18, 2008
Aren't there any 'Secret series' reviews to be found here? I just visited this site and it looks nice.
BarneyBarney says: There are indeed reviews for the 'Secret Series' which you can find in our Cave of Books section.
Posted by Billy on December 17, 2008
Hi Barney. When I was small I read a Noddy story about Tessie Bear finding a star in a pail of water, can you tell me if this story is still in print?
Posted by hope189 on December 17, 2008
What special privileges does a member get? (Other than the Journal). A request, Barney - As a Christmas/New Year present, why don't you make some of the Fanfic available to non-members? :-) (Those novels do seem very tempting to me as I've absolutely nothing to read and the holidays are around the corner.)
BarneyBarney says: Besides the Journal and Trevor Bolton's sequels, members get to see family photographs donated by Enid Blyton's elder daughter as well as scans of interesting items from the Society archives. Among other things these include Enid's scrapbook, her passport and pages from manuscripts. Also, members are able to buy early-bird tickets for the Enid Blyton Day at a reduced price. If you're hoping for a Christmas/New Year present, or indeed a present for any other celebration, perhaps you could drop hints to your family that a subscription to the Journal would be much appreciated!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on December 15, 2008
I think the book you are searching for is "Hurrah for Little Noddy," Joyce. Chapter Two is called 'Noddy Goes to Work,' and he sets off to Four-Chimney House where he understands help may be required with the spring cleaning. He tells the doll who lives there that he he would be good at that as he has plenty of spring in him and is full of leaps and bounds! As the sweep hasn't turned up, she asks him to sweep the four chimneys. He does indeed get dirty, and washes afterwards in the kitchen sink!
Posted by Bumpy Dog on December 14, 2008
Hi Joyce, There is a book in the Noddy "Tell Me a Story" Books series called "Noddy Sweeps a Chimney – Big-Ears' Bicycle" Surprisingly, I haven't read it myself, so I can't say, but this might be the right one in the Cave of Books section. (Hi Barney!)
BarneyBarney says: Just when I say that you aren't around, Bumpy, you poke your little head round the corner. I am not too sure that this is what Joyce is looking for though, I suspect that she is thinking of one of the Noddy Library books.
Posted by Alice on December 14, 2008
How many St Clare's books did Enid write?
BarneyBarney says: This is one that you can answer yourself, Alice, by looking in our Cave of Books section.
Posted by Anonymous on December 14, 2008
I am looking to buy a 1st edition of The Land of Far-Beyond for my wife, could you tell me what I should be looking to pay?
BarneyBarney says: This is not an easy book to find as a 1st edition, anonymous man, and if you are lucky enough it is going to cost you an awful lot of dog biscuits! I suggest you try a bit of Googling to give you some idea of a price.
Posted by drishya on December 13, 2008
Can you tell me about the early life and influences of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: You can read about Enid's life in our Author of Adventure section.
Posted by Joyce on December 13, 2008
Can you tell me the name of the Noddy book where he helps to clean a rich doll's house? I think he cleans the chimney and gets all dirty.
BarneyBarney says: I am sure my friend Bumpy Dog would know the answer to this, but he's not around at the moment so perhaps someone else may be able to help you, Joyce.
Posted by Arshavi on December 8, 2008
Dear Barney, If I don't want the Journal then also, can I become a member of this society? How?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry but, as I've explained to others, joining the Society involves subscribing to the Journal. Maybe that's not possible for you at the moment, Arshavi, but I hope you'll consider taking out a subscription in the future. The Journal is a thumping good read and excellent value for money.
Posted by Mandrews on December 8, 2008
Hi - I am desperately trying to find a full set of the Adventure series books for my godson... I guess I always assumed they would be readily available but no such luck! Ideally I'd like a secondhand pre "politically corrected" set like I have that my mum fortunately kept intact - anyone have any suggestions?? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The Adventure series is still in print but, as you've gathered, the text has been altered in places in the modern editions and, sadly, the atmospheric Stuart Tresilian illustrations have been removed. EBay is probably the best place to look for second-hand copies - there are usually plenty of Enid Blyton books listed.
Posted by kitto22 on December 8, 2008
Hi! My sisters and I are trying to track down an audio cassette of stories which we 'played to death' as kids. We can remember the theme music, but not the name of the tape. We would have listened to it in the mid 80s. There was one story called 'Amelia's Money Box' and there were stories about toys going on strike when a little boy didn't look after them, a story about a caterpillars party, a story about someone stealing a special button from a tin full of buttons, a story about a walking stick which had something to do with it being lost and was eventually found hanging off a plum/apple tree as someone had used it to shake the branches to get the fruit. There were more besides, and I can't remember if they were all on one tape or on two. I remember though that they all had a very strong moral message which left us perhaps overly scared of the consequences of being naughty! We loved them! Any help would be much appreciated.
Posted by Arshavi on December 7, 2008
Barney, you told me that you send a newspaper or magazine of Enid Blyton Society if we become its member. Do you send it to India (GUJARAT, Ahmedabad)? Please let me know. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: We send copies of the Enid Blyton Society Journal to addresses worldwide, Arshavi. It costs £11 per year if you live outside Europe, because of higher postage costs, and for that you receive three Journals. Click on the "Fireside Journal" button and then on "subscribing" for further details.
Posted by Sue Webster on December 7, 2008
Hi Barney, I have some books using the characters from the Famous Five but written by Claude Voilier. They are good but not as good as Enid's books. The same for the Secret Seven and some of her school stories. What do others think of different authors writing new books?
Posted by Sue Webster on December 7, 2008
Hi Barney , I had about 3 copies of the Old Thatch News , a junior Green Hedges Magazine supplement and I loved it . We had our membership card with secret codes but sadly I have lost mine. Do you know where I could get another one from or a copy of one? I have never read any Noddy books but I'm glad that Sophie is writing one for his 60th anniversary.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on December 6, 2008
Hello Barney, I'm intrigued with the questions on 'public domain'. So if Enid's copyright expires in 2038, does this mean any author can use her characters without permission, and what happens if the publishers still own Enid's copyright, if they are still publishing her books? I hope this doesn't sound too stupid a question, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: It's not a stupid question at all, Julie. When a copyright expires, no one owns it any more so writers are free to use the characters and stories without having to gain permission. As long as there is enough demand for them, publishers will continue to print the books of authors whose work is no longer under copyright. Books by authors like Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and E. Nesbit, all of whom died more than seventy years ago, can still be bought in bookshops today and that doesn't prevent people using those authors' works if they wish.
Posted by Fatty on December 5, 2008
Hi Barney. Sorry to be so ignorant but could you explain what is meant by "in the public domain"? Thanks, Fatty.
BarneyBarney says: A work is said to be in the public domain when the copyright has expired and people are able to make use of it as they wish.
Posted by Clare on December 5, 2008
I was wondering if any of Enid Blyton's books are in the public domain?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that, in Britain, an author's books don't come into the public domain until 70 years after his/her death. In Enid Blyton's case that will be at the end of 2038.
Posted by Manuela on December 4, 2008
You very kindly answered my question but do you have any suggestions where I might find the Enid Blyton Book of Bedtime Stories (1978) illustrated by Rene Cloke? I am not sure where to start. Is it sill in print?
BarneyBarney says: My nose tells me that one of the best places to sniff out old Enid Blyton books is abebooks, most titles seem to pop up here. Just a reminder that the full title is "Enid Blyton's Gift Book of Bedtime Stories," published by Dean in 1978. The cover is pale blue with fairy-folk and animals on it and it's a large-size book like an annual, containing 27 stories. I mention this because there have been many different collections of Enid Blyton stories under similar titles. If you're considering buying a copy, it's worth checking the details with the seller.
Posted by hope189 on December 4, 2008
Hello Barney, Is there any way you can be a member without subscribing to the Journal?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, but joining the Society involves subscribing to the Journal. I hope you'll be able to subscribe at some point in the future, even if it's not possible for you at present.
Posted by Anonymous on December 1, 2008
Hello, I'm interested to find out if 2009 is an anniversary year for any of Enid Blyton's books or for any significant events in her life and work? It'd be great if someone who knows a lot about Enid's life and work could help! Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: In 2009 it will be 60 years since Noddy made his first appearance.
Posted by Tricia on December 1, 2008
I would like to find the book my mother enjoyed as a child in the 40s... a story of a lady who flew around the world in a house while baking cakes? I would like to surprise her with this book but I do not know the title. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: That sounds as if it could be the short story 'The Fly-Away Cottage,' which is to be found in "Jean's Little Thrush & Other Stories" (No. 8, A. Wheaton 1935) and in "The Second Holiday Book" (Sampson Low 1947), as well as more modern collections. Mother Mickle-Muckle lives in a cottage with feathery wings, which flies from land to land. She bakes cakes for giants, goblins and dwarfs. Two children visit her one day when it's raining cats and dogs.
Posted by Mark Hampson on November 30, 2008
I have an 'ORIGINS OF NODDY' framed montage of original letters and drawings, no 568/1000 from Enid Blyton Ltd. Could anyone give me an idea of what it may be worth at auction please..Thanks Mark
BarneyBarney says: I'm very sorry Mark, but we cannot offer valuations. This was produced about ten years ago along with a map of Toyland and if I remember rightly I had to sign a certificate of authenticity for it. You need to get advice from an auction house if you want to know what it is currently worth.
Posted by Vicky on November 28, 2008
Hi, I am trying to find the title of an Enid Blyton story and for the life of me I cannot remember what it is called. It is a book of short stories about animals and their traits. One of the chapters is about the blackbird and how it came to have its golden beak. Can anyone help me? Thanks, Vicky.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of "The Adventures of Pip," Vicky, containing short stories about Pip the Pixie. Each story involves a nature lesson and, in one of them, 'A Crock of Gold,' the blackbirds get golden beaks for the springtime. There are similar stories in other Blyton books, however, so I can't be absolutely sure that's the book you have in mind.
Posted by Clair on November 28, 2008
Hello. Please can somebody tell me how I know if an Enid Blyton book is a first edition, as a few of mine say first published 1949 etc inside. Does this mean it is a first edition? Thanks. Kind Regards, Clair.
BarneyBarney says: Identifying a true first edition is not always easy, Clair. Things like "first published 1949" don't necessarily mean the book is a first edition so it's wise to look out for other indicators as well - eg. lists of previously published books in a series (usually found inside or on the back cover), the colour of the cloth boards, the typeface used in the book and on the dust-jacket, the dust-jacket design, the endpapers, the original price (if printed on or in the book), etc. As far as Enid Blyton is concerned, the best place to find information on that kind of thing is Tony Summerfield's four-volume Illustrated Bibliography, which gives details of Blyton books published between 1922 and 1974 and shows the front covers (in black and white) of first editions. If you click on the Fireside Journal button and then on the "Online Shop" link, you'll see the four volumes of the Illustrated Bibliography. The Cave of Books also shows the covers and artwork for many Enid Blyton books, in colour.
Posted by Michelle on November 28, 2008
Thank you so much. I knew it was from around that time but I was not sure exactly when. I really appreciate that. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Hope you manage to track down all the books, Michelle.
Posted by Michelle on November 28, 2008
I am collecting the Dean and Son series of 48 books from "Storytime Book" through to "Come to the Circus." Does anybody know at what point in this series they stopped using dust covers? I am trying to get them in the best possible condition and it appears that the later books in the series did not have dust covers but the earlier ones did, I do not know when this changed. Any help would be much appreciated. Many Thanks, Michelle.
BarneyBarney says: The Dean&Son books (48 titles) were published between 1963 and 1974. The first 27 books were issued in dustwrappers but 10 of those had the wrapper changed around 1970, so there are 37 in total to collect in dustwrappers. Hope that answers your question, Michelle.
Posted by Mehak on November 28, 2008
I want to know where can I find the complete list of Enid Blyton's 800 books? Apart from the Famous Five, Find Outers, St.Clare's and the rest, she must have written about 500 books. How can I find their names? Any help will be really appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: There is a complete list of Enid Blyton's books in the Cave of Books. The list includes reprints and different editions so there are considerably more than 800 titles. It is generally accepted that Enid Blyton wrote 600 - 700 books, depending on whether certain titles like picture books count as a book. We do know that she wrote about 185 novels and around 4,000 - 5,000 short stories.
Posted by Anonymous on November 28, 2008
Was there more than one Shadow the Sheepdog story? I seem to remember several but can't find any other than "Shadow the Sheepdog."
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton only wrote one book about Shadow - "Shadow the Sheepdog." However, in the 1980s Carnival published extracts from the book in four different volumes so you might be thinking of those. They are listed in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Ulatif on November 27, 2008
Looking for 1979 Deans edition of "The Enchanted Wood." http://www.upthefarawaytree.50megs.com/illustrators.htm. Any leads?
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps someone reading this will have a copy they want to sell, Ulatif. If not, copies come up from time to time on eBay so you could keep an eye out. It's a lovely large format book, containing exquisite illustrations by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.
Posted by Nina on November 26, 2008
Hi Barney, Thank you for your prompt answer, I think she must be mistaken. I haven't seen any documentation, apparently the real estate agent gave her the Faraway book and told her it was penned about her tree. Thanks again, Nina
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for coming back on that, Nina.
Posted by Nina on November 26, 2008
Hi Barney, My partner's mother says that Enid Blyton wrote the Faraway Tree series about a tree in her garden in Leura in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales in Australia, she seems to have documentation... can this be true? Nina
BarneyBarney says: I haven't heard of Enid Blyton having any connection with New South Wales in Australia, Nina. What form does the documentation take? Have you seen it yourself? I do know that Enid Blyton first wrote about the Faraway Tree in 1936, in "The Yellow Fairy Book," before going on to write the main Faraway Tree trilogy a few years later.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on November 25, 2008
Hi Barney. could you please tell me when the new members password is due to be changed. I've received Journal 37 but cannot remember the current password (just like Jack), and by coincidence my son Jack has taken my Journal 36 to school to show his teacher, so who knows, maybe new members on the horizon.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you haven't also got a daughter called Susie, Wayne, or goodness know what would happen to the password. There will be a new one in about ten days time, but I'm afraid I don't know the current one, so I have asked Tony to send you an email.
Posted by Wendy on November 24, 2008
My mom won an Enid Blyton book at school back in the fifties and it was passed on to me as a child. Unfortunately the book has long since vanished and I'm anxious to find another copy if one exists. I'm not sure of the title - but there were stories in it called 'Will & Won't' - about two brothers, another story about the cross-patches and one called 'Bilberoo is Coming.' If anyone can let me know the title of this book and where I could find a copy I'd be very grateful. Thanks, Wendy
BarneyBarney says: "Enid Blyton's Third Bedside Book" (Arthur Barker 1951) has all those stories, Wendy, as does "Enid Blyton's Sixth Tell-a-Story Book" (World Distributors 1964.) Both can be seen in the Cave of Books. It's Bilderoo by the way, not Bilberoo, not that it really matters!
Posted by Pearl on November 24, 2008
When is the next Enid Blyton Day? I'm this huge fan of Enid Blyton and recently read about Noddy's 60th birthday :) Cant ever imagine the poor ol' guy so old!! I love Enid Blyton and did my Masters dissertation on her books too :)
BarneyBarney says: The next Enid Blyton Day is on Saturday 9th May at Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berkshire. It would be good to see you there, Pearl. Interesting that you did your Masters dissertation on the works of Enid Blyton.
Posted by Joe Berryman on November 21, 2008
I am searching for a copy of the video version (in any format) of the BBC production of Enid Blyton's "The Secret of Killimooin". It was part of a BBC series of her Secret Series books. Please advise.
BarneyBarney says: You are going to out of luck I'm afraid, Joe. There have never been any BBC series of any of Enid Blyton's books. The Secret of Killimooin was filmed by Cloud 9 in New Zealand, but it bore very little resemblance to Enid's book, and was never released on video.
Posted by Anonymous on November 21, 2008
I am looking for an audio book of short Christmas stories. I don't know what it would be called but there was a story about a naughty elf and children who found £5 in an old lady's pocket (at least that's what I remember.) Please help?!
Posted by Sally on November 19, 2008
Tony - Jacky Hawthorne at Old Thatch, Bourne End, advises that she would be delighted to open the garden on Sunday 10 May for a private visit by Blyton enthusiasts, although minimum cost is £60 for a group visit, and we would need to get say 15 definite bookings to cover this. Would it be worth asking members booking for the EB day on 9 May if they wish to book for an Old Thatch visit on 10 May at £4 a head? I will book two if this can be arranged. We may be surprised at the response!
BarneyBarney says: That's very kind of Jacky Hawthorne, Sally. I am not sure how many people would still be around on the Sunday, as most probably have yet to decide about the EB Day, it is probably too early to ask about their plans for Sunday, but hopefully you will get some response to this message. I am not too sure if Tony would want to organise this the day after the EB Day though, it is asking rather a lot if he has to contact all those coming to see if they would like to visit Old Thatch on the Sunday. Perhaps someone else would be happy to organise the visit.
Posted by Manuela on November 19, 2008
I am looking for a large, beautifully illustrated book of stories (in colour) I received as a child (1970s.) Some of the stories included, and excuse the vagueness, an umbrella with a goose head handle, shepherds purses and the underskirt of mushrooms, a naughty child not coming in for supper, a little girl not wanting to go to school. Any ideas? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of "Enid Blyton's Gift Book of Bedtime Stories" (1978), a large book with coloured illustrations by Rene Cloke. The stories you've mentioned are called 'Dame Lucky's Umbrella,' 'The Forgetful Shepherds,' 'Dame Thimble's Work,' 'Johnny, Come at Once!' and 'She Didn't Want to Go to School.' There are 27 stories in total.
Posted by Margaret on November 18, 2008
Can anyone tell me which Enid Blyton story has children supposed to help Gardener clean plant pots where he hid a 6p I think under the last one to prove they cleaned them all (which they failed to do!)? Think they were also very bad and tipped rice pudding out of a window onto his head?
BarneyBarney says: I've been chewing this one over, Margaret, and can't think of a story with exactly those details. However, I do wonder if you might be recalling - and slightly mixing up - two stories which appeared in "Tales at Bedtime" (Collins, 1961.) The first, 'Tom the Scout-Cub,' is about a Scout-Cub (named Tom, as you might have guessed!) who agrees to tidy old Mr. Langham's shed in return for payment. However, Tom is lazy and careless and doesn't do the job properly. That means he misses out on getting paid as Mr. Langham had left money and small gifts for him in flowerpots, sacks, etc, which Tom didn't find because he didn't turn everything out thoroughly. The other story is 'Junket Through the Window.' Not wanting to eat their junket, Douglas and Marian throw it out of their playroom window. It lands on Gardener, who was just below the window tying up roses, and needless to say he is not at all amused! I don't know whether anyone else has got any suggestions, just in case those aren't the stories you remember.
Posted by Margaret on November 18, 2008
Just want to say what a brill site! Thanks to your detailed list of books I have just managed to get a copy of News Chronicle Boys and Girls Story Book 6 - I lost mine 20 years ago and could only remember some of the stories in it - not the title - what memories it has brought back! My Gran gave it me in the 1950s!
BarneyBarney says: It's always a pleasure to be reunited with a long-lost book. Almost as good as being reunited with a long-buried bone!
Posted by Stephen on November 18, 2008
Wayne Pyer and Barney, I am glad to learn that Sophie Smallwood will be bringing out her new Noddy book in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his formation on November 22, 1969. That date has good and unpleasant memories. The pleasant news on that date is that tennis superstar, Billie Jean King, was born on that day. The unpleasant aspect of that day is that President Kennedy was assassinated on that very day that Billie Jean King turned 20 in 1963. So Enid Blyton created Noddy in 1949 (14 years to the day JFK would be assassinated) on a day some would rejoice while others would weep.
Posted by Kate on November 18, 2008
Thanks Barney.
Posted by Kate on November 18, 2008
Can anyone tell me the order of the following books please: Melody:(Enchanted Wood) Petal: (Enchanted Wood) Silky: (Enchanted Wood)? Are they actually a series after the Wishing Chair trilogy? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The books can be seen in the Cave of Books, Kate. The stories are written by Elise Allen, inspired by Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree books, and there are more titles in the pipeline, all revolving around Silky the fairy and her friends.
Posted by Hannah on November 17, 2008
Are there any unusual facts about Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: You mean apart from the fact that she wrote an incredible number of books? If you want to know more about Enid Blyton, check out our Author of Adventure section.
Posted by Minke on November 17, 2008
Could you please tell me how much "Noddy Gets into Trouble" original pub. is worth to buy? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's impossible to say as it depends on condition. If you look at the prices of copies for sale on internet book sites, that might help.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on November 16, 2008
Hi Barney. I turned on the TV this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see Sophie and Robert Tyndall on breakfast television. I think the idea of the two of them writing/illustrating a new Noddy book is a great tribute to EB. Do you know if they plan to do any other collaborations together? I know that Sophie will be loyal and true to her grandmother's format and should be widely applauded. Well done Sophie!!!!!!
BarneyBarney says: I think that this is just a one-off, Wayne, as Sophie said, to commemorate Noddy's 60th Anniversary as well as the 40th Anniversary of Enid's death. You will have to wait another year though as the book is being published on November 22nd 2009 - exactly 60 years after Noddy Goes to Toyland was published.
Posted by Hollie Cornish on November 16, 2008
I was seven when I first started reading the Magic Faraway Tree books. People call me a bookworm and I just love reading them!
BarneyBarney says: Nothing wrong with being called a bookworm, Hollie, much better than being called a greedy dog!
Posted by Yvonne on November 16, 2008
I cannot find the new Noddy written by Sophie Smallwood - can anybody direct me in the UK please?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's grand-daughter Sophie Smallwood is working on a new Noddy book, Yvonne, but it is not due to be published until next year. Robert Tyndall will be illustrating the book.
Posted by Dennis Haikalis on November 16, 2008
Could you please tell me where we can buy the book "Up the Faraway Tree" and what lands are in the book?
BarneyBarney says: "Up the Faraway Tree" is a picture-strip Faraway Tree book, with only a couple of lines of text beneath each picture. The first land mentioned is The Land of Smacks but the children decide not to visit that! Other lands are the Land of Castles, the Land of Roundabouts and Swings, the Land of Wishes, the Land of Magic, the Land of Quarrels, Toyland and the Land of Cakes. You could try looking on eBay, Amazon or similar sites for copies.
Posted by Liz on November 14, 2008
I have a vivid memory of my father saying to me, 'You'll be late Pussy Padpaws' if ever I was running late and am sure it must have been from an Enid Blyton story. Can anyone identify it? I was born in 1950.
Posted by Sally on November 13, 2008
Thanks. Are you already taking bookings for the Enid Blyton Day on 9 May? I would like to register when possible.
BarneyBarney says: Tony Summerfield will soon be taking bookings, Sally. Details will be sent out next week with Journal 37 and will also be put up on the website in the near future.
Posted by Loretto on November 12, 2008
For many years I have been saying to my friends "Please don't feel you have to repay me (for a favour), Enid Blyton said you should pass a favour on to someone else." I have forgotten which story this lovely idea came from. Any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: I can think of two off the top of my head, Loretto, but there may well be others. 'A Pennyworth of Kindness' from "The Marigold Story Book" tells the story of Mollie, who is given a penny by a boy named George when she has lost her bus fare. Unable to find out where George lives, she can't pay him back so decides to pass his bit of kindness on to someone else, who in turn passes it on to another, and so on. Another story, 'Do Pass it On,' can be found in "Jinky's Joke." Harry does good turns for people and, when they try to pay him, he asks them to do a good turn for someone else instead. Often, in these stories, the piece of kindness eventually comes back to the person who started the ball rolling - to be sent out yet again, one presumes. A lovely idea, as you say.
Posted by Sally on November 11, 2008
Assuming that the next Blyton Day will be taking place in May, would it be possible to arrange a special opening of Old Thatch gardens in Bourne End, EB's former home, on the Sunday for Blyton fans who may wish to extend their visit to Blyton country over the weekend? Old Thatch does not open to the public until 24 May, two weeks later than the usual timing of Blyton days. A commercial opportunity for the owners of Old Thatch with so many Blyton fans on their annual pilgrimage!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure how many visitors to the Enid Blyton Day spend Sunday in the area, Sally, but you could try contacting Jacky and David Hawthorne through their website (www.jackyhawthorne.co.uk), saying that you'd like to see the gardens in early May if possible. The Enid Blyton Day 2009 is at Loddon Hall in Twyford as usual, on Saturday 9th May.
Posted by Alice on November 11, 2008
How many books exactly did Enid write?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We know that she wrote over 180 novels though, and about 4000 - 5000 short stories, which is a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her amazing output, go to the Home Page of the website and explore the Cave of Books.
Posted by Alice on November 10, 2008
How many Famous Five books did Enid write?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote 21 full-length Famous Five books, as well as a number of short stories.
Posted by Diane on November 9, 2008
I wanted to say thank you to the members that assisted me in finding the "Folk of the Faraway Tree" book. My Mother LOVED it ! Sincerely, Diane (USA)
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad she was so happy with it, Diane.
Posted by Arshavi on November 8, 2008
Barney, can you tell me are there any other series of the novel "The Children of Willow Farm"?
BarneyBarney says: There are three titles in the Cherry Tree/Willow Farm series, Arshavi. They are listed in the Cave of Books
Posted by Alice on November 8, 2008
Hi Barney, I'm 8. Do you remember Enid having any pets? If so, what are their names?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had a lot of pets, Alice, but not until she was an adult. As children, Enid and her two brothers were not allowed to keep pets. Their mother was not fond of animals and their father was worried that cats and dogs might spoil his garden. Enid once found a stray kitten which she called Chippy and kept secretly for a fortnight, but when her mother found out about it the kitten was sent away. Enid made up for that by having plenty of pets when she was grown-up—dogs, cats, goldfish, hedgehogs, tortoises, fantail pigeons, hens, ducks and many others. One of her most famous pets was Bobs, a fox-terrier. Enid Blyton wrote letters for her "Teachers World" column about family life as seen through the eyes of Bobs. Bimbo the Siamese cat and Topsy the fox-terrier, who were the main characters in the book "Bimbo and Topsy," were also real. That book featured a few of Enid Blyton's other pets too. Loony in the Barney/"R" mysteries was based on Enid Blyton's black cocker spaniel, Laddie.
Posted by Gary on November 7, 2008
Hi, I read somewhere that the 1978 Famous Five TV Series was in the public domain and therefore could be copied and sold without infringing copyright. Can you tell me if this is correct and if so are there any dealers out there who sell the complete series transferred onto DVD and can guarentee the best possible quality? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the 1978 Famous Five TV series is not in the public domain, Gary, so copies cannot be made without infringing copyright. Fans are hoping for an official DVD release of this popular and well-loved series.
Posted by ARSHAVI on November 7, 2008
Dear Barney, I am from India. Can you please tell me are there any pictures shooted on the school series or any other stories of Enid Blyton? Please let me know. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: None of the school stories have been filmed for cinema or TV I'm afraid, Arshavi, though a Japanese cartoon of the St. Clare's series was made in the early 1990s . Two of the Famous Five books were filmed in black and white during Enid Blyton's lifetime and shown in cinemas - "Five On a Treasure Island" (1957) and "Five Have a Mystery to Solve" (1964.) There have also been two TV series of the Famous Five (1970s and 1990s) as well as 1980s TV films of "The Island of Adventure" and "The Castle of Adventure." TV series of the Adventure and Secret titles were produced in New Zealand in the 1990s, but the storylines strayed far from the plots of the books. There have been numerous Noddy TV programmes as well as cartoon versions of the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books. And I also recall hearing of a long-running Japanese Find-Outers series, made in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Unfortunately not all the above programmes made it on to video, let alone DVD.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on November 6, 2008
In response to Nigel's message. In one of the many books I have about Enid, I remember reading a poem which she wrote, and I think was based on Corfe Castle, when she was visiting Dorset. Also the illustration of Faynights Castle is almost a replica of Corfe Castle.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on November 6, 2008
I wonder if Corfe Castle wasn't more of an inspiration to Eileen Soper? Her illustrations of Kirrin Island and Castle certainly look more like the castle on the hill at Corfe Castle village. We must remember that these are books of fiction, and the people and places may well be influenced by reality, but they do remain as pure fiction.
Posted by Dorothy on November 5, 2008
Is there a real place where Enid used for the model of Kirrin island?
BarneyBarney says: In Journal 31 we published a letter from Enid in which she stated that Kirrin Island and castle were based on a small island off the coast of Jersey. As there seems to be nothing there to fit the exact description it is likely that much of it also came from Enid's imagination. Recently it has been suggested that it was based on Corfe Castle, but this suggestion did not come from Enid herself and may just be a bit of wishful thinking. Corfe was used in the 1950s film of Five on a Treasure Island.
Posted by Mel on November 4, 2008
I remember reading some Enid Blyton stories when I was younger about a group of kids on a farm, who were friends with a man called Tammy (?) who was amazing with animals. I loved them and would like to read them to my kids, but I can't remember what they were called. Any info would be very much appreciated, thank you!
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of the three Cherry Tree/Willow Farm books, Mel, about siblings Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Penny, who learn about farming and British wildlife. The man who is amazing with wild animals is called Tammylan. The titles are listed in the Cave of Books
Posted by Gary on November 4, 2008
My girlfriend is looking for a book that her mother read and loved when she was younger. It is by Enid Blyton and called 'Porridge Town.' She can not find it anywhere and we think it would be a lovely present for her mother at Christmas. If anyone knows where we can get it, that would be brilliant. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: 'Porridge Town' is a short story about a boy named James who is punished for making a mess with his porridge and not eating it up properly. It has appeared in various short story collections over the years - "The Third Holiday Book" (Sampson Low 1948), "Enid Blyton's Holiday Magic Stories" (Sampson Low 1967), "Enid Blyton's Fairy Stories" (Purnell 1970) and "The Goblin's Toyshop and Other Stories" (Award 1994.) Hope you are able to work out which book your girlfriend's mother remembers, Gary, and that you manage to find a copy. There are usually plenty of Enid Blyton books listed on eBay and Amazon.
Posted by Anonymous on November 3, 2008
Just to ask if the Winter 2008 issue of the Journal has been posted out to members yet. I am a member but have not yet received my copy.
BarneyBarney says: Journal 37 is still at the printers and won't be posted out for a while yet. It is up on the website as this is the first Journal that any new subscribers will receive.
Posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2008
Dear Barney, I want to know is there a book called the Flying Four?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote a book called "The Adventurous Four" and five of her stand-alone novels were edited to form a series called The Fabulous Four, but I've never heard of the Flying Four!
Posted by Kathy on November 1, 2008
Re: "The Little House in the Wood" book, perhaps your sister is thinking of "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Posted by Sally on October 31, 2008
I am looking for a book that my sister used to have. She believes it to be by Enid Blyton and it was called "The Little House in the Wood," but I can't find it anywhere. Can you help? Thanks.
Posted by S.Lakshimi on October 31, 2008
Can I read the Naughtiest Girl series by using the internet? I do love them so much.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know about the Naughtiest Girl series, but a few Enid Blyton books have been made available online. However, as the books are still under copyright we recommend that readers buy or borrow them.
Posted by Katharine on October 30, 2008
Reply for Steve B. In Five Go Down to the Sea, Mr. Penruthlan 'let out a terrific guffaw' when he unzipped Dick & Julian from the pantomime horse (Chapter 12). The word is used in several other places in the same book.
Posted by Rosanne on October 30, 2008
I have 8 bound volumes of Sunny Stories from 1942. After the end of each year my Mother had the series bound. Can anyone tell me how much they are worth?
BarneyBarney says: Difficult to say how much they're worth, especially without seeing them. It may be an idea to get two or three valuations from established booksellers who deal in children's books. Good luck!
Posted by Steve B on October 29, 2008
I have a bet with my partner that the word 'guffaw' must have been used by Enid Blyton in at least one of her Famous Five books - can anyone confirm or deny please ?!
Posted by Mandy on October 27, 2008
Barney, I wonder if you can help me please. I don't suppose you can identify a story, very probably by Enid Blyton, about a little girl with a magic bed which takes her on adventures at night. I borrowed it repeatedly from the school library when I was a kid and have been longing to track it down for years. I seem to remember an illustration of a gypsy camp fire........?
BarneyBarney says: The only thing I can think of off-hand is the short story 'The Bed That Ran Away' from "The Green Story Book." Anna is a sleepy-head and, one day, her bed runs off with her to the Land of Nod. Her brother Guy goes to rescue her from the land, which is inhabited by black horses (night-mares.) I'm not sure whether that is the book you're looking for though, Mandy. My copy doesn't contain an illustration of a gypsy camp fire, though Guy does go to an old woman in the wood to get a spell. Perhaps other people will have alternative suggestions?
Posted by Les Dillon on October 27, 2008
I found a 1952 copy of "The Three Golliwogs" in my grandmother's house. I believe the book was banned due to racial interpretations of the name golliwog. Is it valuable? I am happy to sell.
BarneyBarney says: I can't give a valuation without seeing the book, I'm afraid. Generally first editions in fine condition, including good dust-jackets, are worth the most, although "The Three Golliwogs" is not as valuable as some other titles. Newnes copies with illustrations by Joyce Johnson are more sought-after than the later Dean&Son editions.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on October 26, 2008
Hi Barney. Just a short message to say I love what you've done to the site. Spectacular. Also, has anyone got any info on the reported new tv show featuring the Famous Five grown up? What are your feelings about it?
BarneyBarney says: Glad you like the site, Wayne. I haven't heard anything about that Famous Five show for a while. It could be interesting if done sensitively - I'm keeping an open mind.
Posted by John Arnold on October 26, 2008
I loved the Noddy series when I was growing up; now have grand children. Do you know how I can buy Noddy books? I live in the US, they appear to be out of print on this side of the pond. Any idea of where I might be able to buy them? Are they still in print in the UK? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's original Noddy books have just come back into print after having been absent from bookshops for several years, John. I don't know whether they're available in America but, if not, you could try sites like Amazon or equivalent. Just in case you're not aware, since the late 1980s the golliwogs in the Noddy books have been replaced by other characters like goblins and monkeys. More recently, some old-fashioned words and phrases have also been updated. These changes don't affect the basic storyline but, if you'd rather have older editions, you could try eBay or other sellers of second-hand books. The titles in the Noddy series can be seen in the Cave of Books, here
Posted by Meghna on October 25, 2008
Hi, you must be a good dog. I love Enid Blyton's books, can you please tell me about her parents and her first book? Waiting for your answer - Meghna
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's first published book was "Child Whispers," a book of poems published by J. Saville&Co. in 1922. It was illustrated by Phyllis Chase, who was an old schoolfriend of Enid's. As a child Enid was very close to her father, Thomas. They both loved nature, music and literature. However, she didn't get on well with her mother, Theresa, who felt that her daughter should be devoting her time to housekeeping rather than reading or going off on nature walks. More information about Enid's life and work can be found in the Author of Adventure section of the website.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on October 23, 2008
Hi Barney, just wondering whether Trevor Bolton's new book, will be available to buy at the next Enid Blyton Day. I remember reading about the book on the forums, Barney, but can't remember which thread it was to post this question on. At least inquiring through this message board, I get to look at the handsome dog sitting next to the box as I write.
BarneyBarney says: Handsome dog, eh! You are nice Julie, it's enough to make a fellow grunt with pleasure. They have been rabbiting on (I nearly sidetracked myself there, thinking about rabbits!) about Award books and especially the Secret Series in the 'Enid's longest book' thread, go back to page 4 and you can then read the bit about Trevor's book. I'm afraid that only Award know if it will be available at the Enid Blyton Day next year - hope so!
Posted by Anonymous on October 19, 2008
I am doing an essay on inspirations of authors. Do you know what Enid Blyton's inspiration was?
BarneyBarney says: In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life," Enid Blyton said that she was inspired by daily happenings, people she knew, her reading, her travelling, nature, etc. Her advice to those who wanted to write was: "Fill your mind with all kinds of interesting things—the more you have in it, the more will come out of it. Nothing ever comes out of your mind that hasn't already been put into it in some form or other. It may come out changed, re-arranged, polished, shining, almost unrecognizable—but nevertheless it was you who put it there first of all. Your thoughts, your actions, your reading, your sense of humour, everything gets packed into your mind, and if you have an imagination, what a wonderful assortment it will have to choose from!"
Posted by Sue Webster on October 19, 2008
Hi Barney, Hope to meet you too some day --- with that nice juicy bone! A few years ago I wrote a story called 'Adventure at Mystery Cove,' about four children and treasure in a cave. Must admit it has Enid Blyton influence as she inspires me. Could I send it in to see if it is any good and if it is too like Enid's stories?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not quite sure what you mean about sending it in. If you mean could you post your story on the Forums, it might have been better to ask the above question on the Forums rather than the Message Board. We tend to discourage people from posting stories or very large chunks of text, because of the space it takes up, though it is possible for people to put their story on a personal web page and then post a message on the Forums, providing a link to the web page.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 18, 2008
Which Enid Blyton character(s) are readers like? I'm a bit like George in the Famous Five, a bit hot-headed, can be a bit moody, a tomboy, but if given a chance I can be a lot of fun too! I'm also like Darrell in the Malory Towers books, have a bit of a temper but straightforward and like to help others. Sue
Posted by Sue Webster on October 18, 2008
Hi Barney, Love to give you a nice juicy bone! Where could I find the sequels to the St. Clare's books ---"Third Form at St. Clare's," "Sixth Form at St. Clare's" and "Kitty at St. Clare's"? Also "The Famous Five's Survival Guide"? Thanks, Sue
BarneyBarney says: Looking forward to meeting you one day, Sue, and getting my teeth into that nice juicy bone! The three St. Clare's books by Pamela Cox are all currently in print, as is "The Famous Five's Survival Guide," and your local bookshop may well have them in stock. If not, they can be ordered from your bookshop or online from sites like Amazon.
Posted by The_GirlQueen on October 17, 2008
Hi Barney! Awesome tongue... I'm looking for the 'Famous Five Annual' thingy. We found one at a charity sale and my sister liked it - so we took it home. Since then we've been looking for more! Do you know where I could find them? Thank you! (and pawprints/woofs from Tessie and Kimberly Biscuit - our dogs!) The GirlQueen.
BarneyBarney says: "Wuff wuff" and a wag of the tail for Tessie and Kimberley Biscuit! The Famous Five annuals are great fun and packed with interesting information. My favourite articles are the ones about Timmy! There are nine Famous Five annuals based on the 1970s TV series and one based on the 1990s TV series, all of which are listed in the Cave of Books. You could try looking on eBay as they turn up quite regularly there. Charity shops, school fetes and car boot sales are also worth checking out.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on October 11, 2008
Thank you Barney, I found it no problem with your guiding paw taking me through the cave of books. I have bought this book, but as yet not read it, so will look forward to that.
Posted by Julie@Owlsdene on October 11, 2008
Hi Barney, this is the first time I've posted on here, and you look so cool, sat by the message box, but I've had a look through the Cave of Books, and cannot see "The Famous Five's Survival Guide" in the continuation novels section. Am I looking in the wrong place?
BarneyBarney says: You are kind Julie, enough to make a fellow wag his tail, Joseph wasn't nearly so nice. If you want to find something all you need to do is use the 'search' - just put 'survival' in and up it pops. But for you all you need to do is press my paw!
Posted by Joseph on October 11, 2008
Is it about time the new Enid Blyton book revivals are added to the 'Cave Of Books'? 'The Famous Five Survival Guide' and 'Enchanted Worlds'?
BarneyBarney says: Oh Joseph, you are bringing me to heel! Perhaps you should have taken a better look around before posting, they have been sitting in the Cave for about a month as they were there before the books were published, have a look in Continuation books.
Posted by Nadia on October 11, 2008
I have not read some books that are written by Enid Blyton, especially The Five Find-Outers, my favourite books. Can I read them just using the internet?
BarneyBarney says: The short answer is no, I'm afraid, Nadia. Although some Blyton books have come on the internet, all the sites are illegal and we would certainly not draw attention to them. I have actually never seen a Find-Outers book online anyway. It has to be one of the two 'Bs' I'm afraid, Buy or Borrow!
Posted by Katharine on October 10, 2008
Hi Jo, There is a story about a stolen rabbit called Snowball in Enid Blyton's Second Holiday Book, and it's called The Land of Nowhere. Don't know if that's the one you mean, but it sounds the same. I've only just finished reading it, so knew where it was!!
BarneyBarney says: Great stuff, Katharine. 'The Land of Nowhere' does sound like the right story. It can also be found in "Enid Blyton's Sleepytime Tales" (Purnell 1970) and in "The Very Peculiar Cow and Other Stories" (Award 1994.) The covers of all these books can be seen in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Anonymous on October 10, 2008
I wanted to know the total books Enid Blyton wrote?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We know that she wrote over 180 novels though, and about 4000 - 5000 short stories - a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her phenomenal output, go to the Home Page of the website and explore the Cave of Books.
Posted by Yvonne on October 10, 2008
Thank you Barney for answering my question. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have known that the short story book has been sitting on my shelf for all these 25 years. Now I can give it to my niece......not as a birthday present though. It's too aged and tatty for a gift. So thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Hope your niece enjoys the book, Yvonne.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 9, 2008
Hi, Any ex Famous Five Club Members out there? Want to form a new club on the message board? I still have all my newsletters and still re-read them and have my badge and membership card. I am looking for an Enid Byton Trust for Children badge, lost mine---anyone have one I could possibly have? I support the Trust when I can. Thanks.
Posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2008
What books are best for a five year old and a nine year old boy please, Secret Seven etc?
BarneyBarney says: It depends on their taste and their reading ability but the five-year-old may like the short story collections ("Five O' Clock Tales" etc), the character books (Mr. Meddle, Mr. Pink-Whistle etc) and the fantasy stories (eg. the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair series) while the nine-year-old would probably enjoy the various mystery and adventure series.
Posted by Jo on October 9, 2008
I remember a story being read to me by an Aunt when I was younger. It had a bunny called Snowball in it and a fairy queen stole him to help pull her carriage, and his owner had to travel to fairyland to find him? Does anyone know if this is indeed one of Enid Blyton's stories and if so which book it is in so I can get it again? I have most of her books now and would really like to find this one as it was really lovely.
Posted by Claire Salway on October 9, 2008
I remember reading a short story about the characters Snap, Snarl and Sneery to my younger brothers approx 40 years ago. Can anyone help and tell me the name of the book so that I can buy it for them to read to their children?
BarneyBarney says: The story you're searching for is called 'The Squabblers.' The three goblins Snap, Snarl and Sneery are always quarrelling - but can Dame Sensible stop them? It was originally published in "The Ninth Holiday Book" (Sampson Low 1954) and reprinted in "Enid Blyton's Fairy Stories" (Purnell 1970.)
Posted by Yvonne on October 9, 2008
I grew up reading Enid Blyton books and I believe it helped shape who I am now. There is one particular short story that makes me feel nostalgic. It's about a fairy and a ribbon shop selling ribbon made of essence of sunsets and clouds. I was hoping to get the book as a birthday present for my niece but I couldn't remember, for the life of me, the title of the book. Does anyone know what the title is and where I can find it?
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of "The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies," Yvonne. It's a collection of short stories including 'Pinkity and Old Mother Ribbony Rose," which I think might be the story you remember. Pinkity the gnome works in Mother Ribbony Rose's ribbon shop, rolling up ribbons. The ribbons are made of things like mist and frosted spider's thread and there's a pink ribbon "made of pink sunset clouds, mixed with almond blossom." I don't know whether that rings any bells? Of course, Enid Blyton may well have written several stories about fairy-folk and ribbons.
Posted by Sue Roche on October 8, 2008
Hi, My husband is 41 and used to be read the Faraway Tree as a child and I would like to buy him the same version for Christmas to read to our children. Does anyone know which version it could be? I do know it had pictures in. Many thanks, Sue
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say for certain which edition your husband might have had, but it seems likely that he would have read the books in the 1970s when the hardback Dean&Son versions (first Dean&Son versions, published in 1971-2 but available in that format for a number of years) were very popular. They can be seen in the Cave of Books. Other possibilities are the 1970s Beaver paperbacks or the slightly later large format Dean books (the latter had coloured illustrations throughout.) There are three books in the series - "The Enchanted Wood," "The Magic Faraway Tree" and "The Folk of the Faraway Tree." Hope your children enjoy climbing the Faraway Tree and exploring magical lands!
Posted by Kim on October 8, 2008
Enid Blyton is my favorite author. She is amazing. I'm reading "The Rockingdown Mystery" at the moment.
BarneyBarney says: Ooh - "The Rockingdown Mystery" is delightfully mysterious and melancholy. And it features a circus-boy who appears to have been named after me!
Posted by Jane on October 8, 2008
Hi, I've been a life long fan of Enid Blyton, with Famous Five/Malory Towers being my favorites. I have numerous duplicate books with coloured picture covers i.e. Faraway Tree, dated late 60's/70's. I intend to sell these on eBay soon, I just need to download pics of them all.
Posted by Lydia on October 7, 2008
I love Enid Blyton's books and I wish she was alive so I could meet her. She is brilliant and no one else is as good as her.
BarneyBarney says: If Enid Blyton were alive today, I wonder what she'd think of modern computers, word-processing packages and the Internet?
Posted by Julie on October 7, 2008
Hi Cliff, I would be interested to give your Enid Blyton books a good home. I would be able to pick them up from you so the hassle of delivery would be avoided. Please let me know. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether Cliff has contacted anyone yet but he has had several replies now.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 7, 2008
Hi Barney, Thanks for your message about my offer to give Cliff`s books a good home! If anyone else has any they want to get rid of for free then let me know! I have all the Famous Five, Secret Seven, the Adventure ones and Mystery ones---Five Find-Outers---and some Naughtiest Girl ones and all the St Clare's and Malory Towers books. Are you a labrador? Sue
BarneyBarney says: No, I am a Staffordshire bull terrier, Sue. Are there any Staffies in Enid Blyton's books, I wonder? I can think of several spaniels, sheepdogs, mongrels, alsatians, poodles, fox-terriers and a Scottie, but I can't recall a Staffie!
Posted by John on October 6, 2008
I have inherited a box full of old Enid Blyton books. How do I know if any are valuable?
BarneyBarney says: You could keep an eye on eBay to get an idea what prices those books typically fetch. If some of them never seem to turn up on eBay, try putting the titles into www.bookfinder.com and see what various booksellers are asking for them. Condition needs to be taken into account, of course.
Posted by Ilsa on October 5, 2008
I've had another thought about Jinty's question on Oct 4th. If it is possibly a book by another author of which she is thinking, maybe it is Malcolm Saville's "Treasure at Amory's", a Lone Pine adventure where the Mortons and Warrenders have a holiday on Romney Marsh. A Roman Road features in this story, and it is on the coast.
Posted by Stephen on October 5, 2008
Barney, I concur with you pertaining to lack of indoor "bathrooms" (a name in American terminology that includes toilets). For instance in Five Have A Mystery To Solve which was first published in 1962, people were still drawing water from wells as late as that time as that altercation between Anne and Wilfrid suggests.
Posted by FM on October 4, 2008
Is there any reference in the Mystery Series to toilets?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton seems to have avoided referring to anything so "indelicate" in her books! I don't recall any references to toilets in the Mystery series or elsewhere but it would be interesting from a sociological point of view if they had been mentioned in passing. Many people would only have had access to outside lavatories when Enid Blyton began her writing career in the 1920s, whereas indoor lavatories and bathrooms would have been the norm by the time she typed her final story in the 1960s.
Posted by Ilsa on October 4, 2008
I wonder if Jinty is thinking of "Five on a Secret Trail" where the Five go camping on a common not far from their seaside home and discover someone excavating the site of a Roman camp?
Posted by Jinty on October 4, 2008
Does anyone know the name of a Blyton book set in a seaside town and they also go to a local Roman road? I read it and many other Blyton books forty years ago and would love to reread that one.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 3, 2008
Hi Cliff, I collect Enid Blyton books and would love to give yours a happy home if you still have them! Are they really all free? All 150 of them? I recently read my first Naughtiest Girl books and they are so funny!
BarneyBarney says: I think Cliff has already had an earlier reply to his message. I agree that the Naughtiest Girl books make great reading - they are full of humour but also quite tense and dramatic in places.
Posted by Aishwarya on October 3, 2008
Hi! I am from India. Books written by Enid Blyton are very famous here. Her imagination is superb. My favourite books written by Enid Blyton are the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Mystery series and Adventure series.
Posted by Kaitlyn on October 3, 2008
Hi, I'm currently analysing Enid Blyton's "The Enchanted Wood" for an English Extension assignment for school. Are there are any available reviews from 1939 to around 1950 to compare to current reviews of the book and the series in general?
Posted by Laura Hickman on October 1, 2008
Hi, what was the first book Enid Blyton wrote and how many books has Enid Blyton written?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's first book was "Child Whispers," a slim volume of poetry. It was published in 1922. For the second part of your question, scroll down to Summer's message dated 25th September. She asked the same question and I explained why it's not as easy to answer as you might imagine.
Posted by Maria on October 1, 2008
My daughter has book week at school next week and would like to go as the character Moonface from the Faraway Tree Collection. Looking at the pictures he seems to wear lots of different clothes. What would be the most up to date clothing
BarneyBarney says: I think in the pictures that we show, Moonface wears fairly standard clothes, but I'm afraid that I don't have any illustrations from the most recent paperbacks. The best illustrations can be seen in Enid Blyton's Omnibus in our Cave of Books, and these are in colour which should help.
Posted by Joshua on September 30, 2008
Hi, I love Enid Blyton! I have just got one question, how old was Enid when she died? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Enid was 71 when she died, Joshua. You can find out a lot more about her in our Author of Adventure section.
Posted by Cliff Berry on September 29, 2008
Hi Barney, I will do my best to come to the Enid Blyton Day next year! Has a date been arranged yet? Will keep 2nd and 3rd weekends in May free just in case it's either.
BarneyBarney says: It'll be good to have you there, Cliff. Next year's Enid Blyton Day is on Saturday 9th May and, as ususal, it will be held at Loddon Hall in Twyford, Berkshire. Tickets generally go on sale at the end of November and are at a discounted price until 1st January.
Posted by Cliff Berry on September 29, 2008
Hi, Ming. Nice to hear from you. Will e-mail you in a day or two. Very busy 48 hours now, until Wednesday afternoon.
Posted by Katriona on September 29, 2008
I so love Enid Blyton's books! I feel so nostalgic for my younger days when I could get hold of her books while in the school library. Now that I'm older and a mother myself, I would love to share the books that I enjoyed reading while I was growing up with my kids...I just don't see those books in our local bookstore...too bad and too sad...I'm from the Philippines, by the way.
BarneyBarney says: You may be able to buy Enid Blyton books online, Katriona. Or perhaps used vintage copies are available from markets or sales, or from second-hand bookshops. Hope you are able to find some to share with your children.
Posted by Ming on September 28, 2008
Cliff, I'm interested in your collection. Would like to talk to you more about it (if I'm not too late!!) - please email me at mingmingkhan@gmail.com
Posted by Cliff Berry on September 28, 2008
Hi Barney, Thanks for the reply. I live in Suffolk, but travel extensively over the south and east of UK. So, can deliver if need be, but may take time to be in a particular area. Otherwise, willing to wait for the next EB Day. I missed the last one :~( as I was already booked for a folk festival. The books are a mix of paperbacks & hardbacks from early years (Faraway Tree type) through to FF, SS, Mysteries, Adventures plus 3 vols Teachers Treasury and (somewhere) a set of postage stamps showing EB.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for the further details, Cliff. Hope you manage to make it to the next Enid Blyton Day!
Posted by Arshavi on September 28, 2008
Hi Barney, You said I have to become a member in this society but I dont know how. Please tell me. And are there any new games of the Famous Five and the Naughtiest Girl?
BarneyBarney says: You don't have to become a member of the Society, Arshavi, but there are benefits in being a member, eg. members receive three Journals a year which are packed with articles on Enid Blyton's life and work. They also have access to the site's "Secret Passage," which contains photographs provided by Enid Blyton's family, items from the Society archives such as Enid Blyton's passport, and Trevor Bolton's excellent sequels to various Blyton series. To find out how to join the Society, click on the "Fireside Journal" button and then on the link which says "subscribing." I'm afraid I don't know about the Famous Five and Naughtiest Girl games - perhaps someone else can help?
Posted by Cliff Berry on September 27, 2008
Does anyone know where I can offer my entire collection of Enid Blyton books, free of charge, to anyone who would like them? Probably 150+ books, some duplicates, some dubious condition! Includes some non-fiction.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure a number of people would be interested, Cliff, but it would be helpful to know where you live (roughly) and to know more about the books, eg. are they mainly early copies or later editions, hardbacks or paperbacks?
Posted by Virginia on September 26, 2008
When I was a child I liked Enid Blyton's adventure series because they had much more complicated plots than the other mysteries in the library. Now that I am an adult, I share her books with my students.
Posted by Mike on September 26, 2008
Thanks Barney, they are as you describe.
Posted by Andy T on September 26, 2008
I first started reading Enid Blyton at the age of seven in 1964 when we used to go to Christchurch for holiday every year, staying with grandma. The first two on that holiday were "The Mystery of Tally Ho Cottage" and "The Secret Mountain." Over the next three years (can it really only have been three, seemed much longer at that age?) I gradually read all the Find Outers - which were easily my favourites -, all the Secret series, most of the Famous Five and all of the Adventure series plus "House At the Corner." When my younger sister got the Malory Towers and St Clare's books, they came my way too. Often visiting Corfe Castle while on holiday, I only wish I had realised back then that right where I was was the inspiration for the books I'd only just discovered and loved to read! Unfortunately we never ventured any further into Dorset; in those days it was a long way from Christchurch and too far for dad to drive for a day out. It was only yesterday, while visiting Corfe Castle with my niece and her American husband on holiday here from their home in Miami, that I found myself standing outside the Ginger Pop shop reading a few notices when realisation struck! A few years ago I purchased the full set of Find Outers books, published in India and clearly having being retyped as there were many obvious spelling and grammatical errors - even a couple of misplaced pages from a Malory Towers book inside "The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat"! They were even delivered badly packaged in a tatty cardboard box, wrapped in a copy of the "Bombay Times." Now I know the Ginger Pop shop exists, the next nostalgic reorder will come from there instead. Now, a question, Peterswood in the Find Outers: Based on its proximity to Marlow, Maidenhead and Burnham Beeches which are all mentioned in the series, with a big range of hills not far away (the Chilterns presumably) a small village with a river (the Thames), would I be right in thinking it was based on Bourne End, Bucks? Andy T (age 50)
BarneyBarney says: Several articles in the "Enid Blyton Society Journal" have speculated that Peterswood might have been based on Bourne End, which does seem likely as Enid Blyton lived in Bourne End from 1929 to 1938, in a cottage called Old Thatch. The gardens of the cottage have been opened to the general public a couple of days a week during the summer, for the last few years.
Posted by Mike on September 25, 2008
Hi, I have just been given two old figures with Mr Pinkwhistle written back to front on them, I believe that he is an Enid Blyton character but know nothing about him. Any info would be appreciated. These seem to be quite old.
BarneyBarney says: Very interesting, Mike. Do they appear to be made from plaster, painted and varnished? If so they are probably Sculptorcraft models, made in the 1950s from kits manufactured by Seamer Products of Hull. Children had to pour liquid plaster into a rubber mould, let it set, peel off the mould and then paint and varnish the figure. Other characters/items that could be made included Noddy, Big Ears, Noddy's car, Mr. Plod, Jumbo the elephant, Mr. Wobblyman, Clockwork Clown and Sailor Doll.
Posted by Summer on September 25, 2008
How many books did she write altogether? Enid is the best! I am 9. I like the Famous Five the best! Bye!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's almost impossible to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote. As well as writing novels, short stories, plays, poems, nature books and educational books, she wrote magazines, provided the text for picture books for younger children and contributed articles and stories to encyclopaedias, annuals, etc. Some short stories appeared in more than one collection and new compilations of previous work continued to be published after her death. We know that she wrote over 180 novels though, and about 4000 - 5000 short stories - a remarkable achievement. To find out more about her phenomenal output, go to the Home Page of the website and explore the Cave of Books.
Posted by Vallapan on September 25, 2008
I loved Enid Blyton stories. Now I am reading them for my son. I'm trying to find Famous Five dvds to go with the books. I need region 4 dvds (Famous Five series) which could be played in Australia. Could anyone help me with some advice? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Two major TV series of the Famous Five books were made, one in the 1970s and one in the 1990s. The 1970s series has never been released on DVD, though videos are available second-hand from sites like eBay. Boxed DVD sets of the 1990s series have been released in several European countries, in English but with subtitles in another language (I seem to recall that one of the boxed sets is Dutch.) However, the subtitles can be switched off. I'm not sure what region the DVDs are, and I think one or two episodes are missing from the boxed sets. Again, videos of the 1990s series are available second-hand.
Posted by Nivedha on September 25, 2008
I'm a big fan of Enid Blyton. I love all her books. They are really interesting...she really takes me to a world of fantasies and mysteries...
Posted by Nadya Salie on September 24, 2008
I love Enid Blyton books. Once I start reading one I go into a magical world!!!
BarneyBarney says: I feel the same, but it would have made your post more interesting if you could have said which titles you like best and why they made such an impression on you. Some of my favourites are "Bimbo and Topsy," "Shadow the Sheep-Dog," "The Adventures of Scamp" and "Letters from Bobs." The characters in those books are particularly intelligent and interesting!
Posted by Nong Fj on September 24, 2008
Hi I'm from Malaysia.. have most of Enid's books..and my age is 38..she really makes me young still with her books..:)
BarneyBarney says: If you have most of Enid's books, you must have a room that looks like the cartoon on the Cave of Books. I hope you have a nice big house!!
Posted by Caitlyn on September 23, 2008
At my library I always head for Enid Blyton books. I love her and I wish more people would read her books.
BarneyBarney says: Then there wouldn't be any Blyton books on the shelves, when you next visit your library, Caitlyn!
Posted by Anonymous on September 23, 2008
I love Enid Blyton. I have to do a project on my fave author. I choose her.
BarneyBarney says: When you've completed your project, perhaps you could tell us a bit more about it.
Posted by rockchic7676 on September 23, 2008
I think the top three Famous Five books are Five On a Treasure Island, Five Go Adventuring Again and Five Go to Mystery Moor !!!!!!!!!! (and I'm only 10)
Posted by Secret Fairy on September 23, 2008
Hi there, Thanks for your gorgeous website. I don't feel so alone now. Am 43 & still love reading Enid Blyton's works (among other things!). Won't ever get to England but when I'm a bit more financial at least I can enjoy one of my passions on line! Barney, you're almost as lovely as my dog.
BarneyBarney says: What kind remarks from a bootiful fairy, enough to make a fellow blush! And you liked the website as well!!
Posted by Kate Mary on September 22, 2008
As Barney says it is nothing to do with Enid Blyton, Chris. Enid Boyten was the pseudonym of Horace E Boyten, one of the stable of writers employed by the Amalgamated Press (later Fleetway Publications) to write for their story papers and comics. Boyten also used the pen-name of Helen Crawford. All the Amalgamated Press writers were men but they used female names when writing for girls' comics and papers.
Posted by Chris on September 22, 2008
Can anyone solve this mystery, I've got a copy of the School Friend Annual 1950 which has a story by Enid Boyton. The story is called 'Their Secret Task at St Claire's', was this a misprint of Blyton's name and was she experimenting with a different style, or was someone using a similar name. thanks, chris.
BarneyBarney says: This is something that has fooled a number of Blyton fans, Chris. There really was an author who used the name Enid Boyton (possibly to help sell her stories!), but it has nothing at all to do with Enid Blyton.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on September 22, 2008
How good to see the doyen of Blyton sites with a brand new look. Congratulations to Keith for achieving this! Barney, great to see you in all your glory - at least people will all know now that you are not that dreadful circus-boy! Next time I pass by The Secret Kennel, I'll give you an extra pat! Good to hear from you, Matt, as well!
Posted by Lucky Star on September 21, 2008
What a wonderful, colourful and welcoming new look for my favourite website. Congratulations to all the team responsible. It is a worthy tribute to the world's bestselling children's author. And all presided over by that terribly handsome Barney fellow.
BarneyBarney says: I'm still like a dog with two tails, and they're both wagging nineteen to the dozen!
Posted by Robert Houghton on September 21, 2008
I really love the new look of the site: especially the photo of Barney in his replies: what a handsome photo!
BarneyBarney says: Wuff! Wuff!
Posted by Matthew Roberts on September 21, 2008
Love the new look, Keith and Tony (and Barney!)
BarneyBarney says: Nice to hear from you, Matt, and glad you like the new look. I'm delighted to feature so prominently - in fact I'm like a dog with two tails!
Posted by Sahil on September 21, 2008
Hi, I think Blyton's work is reflective of the free & stress free society which we have lost in quest of modernisation. I am a BIGGG Fan of all her books. Especially the Famous Five series, the Adventure series & not to be left the goblins/gnomes in Wishing Chair :) In the Famous Five series, Five on a Hike & Mystery Moor are smashing. I have three Adventure series & Mountain of Adventure is very good. I will never forget the endless gingerbeers & sandwiches which the five treat upon. Reading all I am very keen to visit the countryside of the UK & experience the same. Some day I will surely visit Dartmoor National Park & Wales which the adventures are based upon. Thank you Mafam Blyton for making our reading so enlightened. May your soul rest in peace !
Posted by Lauren on September 21, 2008
I think that the Faraway Tree and the Enchanted Wood are absolutely fantastic because of the magic inside the books. I feel like I am actually with Joe and Beth and Frannie and all of the residents of the Faraway Tree.
BarneyBarney says: I agree that the Faraway Tree books are fantastic. Did you know that the children were originally called Jo, Bessie and Fanny until the names were modernised some years ago?
Posted by Thomas Ink on September 21, 2008
Wow, this website sure looks good with its makeover! I have been a regular visitor, but I didn't comment previously. I have to congratulate you for your work on this superb website. The sections on the left-hand side are, to me, clearly visible (note that I'm using Internet Explorer 7.) The Book Listings are.... Really Really FANTASTIC. I can't find more words to descibe it. I also like the names of the links (for instance, "Author of Adventure"!) which are very Blytonian. The articles in the section I mentioned are amazing. They give a lot of information about the author. The biography was very easy to read and understand, so congratulations to its author! I also read the article 'Enid The Writer' and I got a lot of useful information from it. The Enid Blyton Day sounds fabulous and I wish I could go to Britain next year as a member, but the distance is too much (we can but dream, though!) The "Interactive Island" is also very good. The Forums are terrific! I hope I can join. As I write this, I'm going to attempt the Monthly Quiz, and will also later on try the Character Quiz. Last but not the least, I hope I can be a member of the Society and receive the Journal (which seems to be very good) and read the FanFics. Thank you for this website, which I will continue to visit.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your enthusiasm and kind comments, Thomas! I hope you do join the Society - we look forward to welcoming you.
Posted by Somita on September 20, 2008
Hi! It seems that I have been away from the site for a very long period of time! The site looks splendid in its makeover! But I do wish the list of links on the left-hand-side would be a bit dark in color or a bit viewable. Thanks. Goodbye!
BarneyBarney says: They should be easy to see, Somita, but you are the second person to say this, so obviously there is a browser with a problem. It is all very clear on both Firefox and Internet Explorer 7. Obviously this is a bone which needs further chewing!
Posted by J on September 20, 2008
I love Enid Blyton books, they're great. I get them from the library. I just finished reading the Adventurous Four books but I only got to read half the series because the library didn't have the other half!
BarneyBarney says: I'm a bit confused about your library stocking half the Adventurous Four books, J. That series has three titles (the third was originally a short story which was expanded by Clive Dickinson to form a novel), so does that mean you've read one and a half books?!
Posted by Donna Warner on September 17, 2008
Looking for a book about a boy that always grumbles. They called him Grumbletone.
Posted by Anonymous on September 15, 2008
Lovely to see Noddy in the Blackpool Illuminations, well worth a visit! Thanks for a great website, thinking of joining the Society. xx
Posted by Arshavi on September 8, 2008
I love to read Enid Blyton books. I have made a little room for Enid Blyton. I have in total 20 books of Enid Blyton. Send me her photos if you can. Bye, love (an Enid Blyton fan)
BarneyBarney says: There are a lot of photos of Enid Blyton in the "Members" section of the website, Arshavi, but you need to be a member of the Society in order to view them.
Posted by June on September 4, 2008
Hello, I have a poem written in my autograph book many years ago when I wrote to Enid Blyton saying how much I loved her books. Just one verse, but for me when she lived at "Green Hedges ". I dont want to sell, but roughly how much would this be worth ? Many thanks. June.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely thing to have, June, it is obviously priceless to you!
Posted by Lindsay on August 28, 2008
Hi, When I was little my mum told me three children's stories which I have never seen written down or published. I have, of course, quizzed mum as to where she got them but she can't remember! Mum suspects they might have been written by Enid Blyton. The titles of these stories (as far as I know!) are: 1. Bobby and the Bunkin. 2. Wumps and Woggie. 3. Epaminondas. I also vaguely remember a story about a little boy whose name was so long that by the time his mummy had shouted him to come in for his tea, his tea had gone cold! Can you tell me if any of these are Enid Blyton's creations please? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I can help you with a couple of the stories, Lindsay, though they're not by Enid Blyton. "Epaminondas" is an old children's story from the Southern states of America which was retold in the early 1900s by Sara Cone Bryant. Later versions of the tale also exist, written by Constance Eyan, Eve Merrimam, Mary Claire Pinckney and Cathy East Dobowski. The author of "The Adventures of Bobby and the Bunkin" is Barbara Muir.
Posted by Sahana on August 28, 2008
The books written by Enid Blyton are superb! They help us improve our vocabulary. The mysterious and adventurous stories have attracted the children's minds. Enid Blyton expresses her imagination superbly.
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Amos on August 26, 2008
I recall a story from my childhood about Helter Skelter Hector who got cured of being a bully when he thought his head had shrunk because he put on the wrong hat. Was this an Enid Blyton story and if so, in which book did it it appear? Anthony Amos
Posted by Graeme Watson on August 26, 2008
Hello I notice that "More Wishing-Chair Stories" was only published in 2000. Are the stories therefore the work of the great author or another?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the stories were written by Enid Blyton. The first edition of Adventures of the Wishing-Chair had 37 chapters, but all subsequent editions were abridged to 32 chapters. This book contains the missing five chapters from the first edition which had stayed undiscovered for 63 years and also two longer short stories that had been published in Sunny Stories (both two-parters) which were also uncollected.
Posted by Darrel Bayley on August 23, 2008
Dear Enid Blyton fans - please can you solve an enigma re a book I have - title - Suffolk, My County by O R Wellbanks - it is a 1934 book published by Heath Cranton - on trying to find out some details on amazon.co.uk, I saw that it gives the true author as Enid Blyton ! Is O R Wellbanks a pseudonym of Enid Blyton ? or is the Amazon description an error? Thanking you in advance - Darrel Bayley
BarneyBarney says: Funnily enough similar questions have come up twice recently. For some reason Amazon list a large number of books under Enid Blyton that have nothing to do with her at all. She is also credited with books by Stephen King, James Patterson, Michael Crighton, Daneielle Steel and Clive Cussler, amongst many others. Apart from Enid Blyton as the author, the one thing that all these books have in common, including your book, is the publisher listed as PAN (1999).
Posted by Anonymous on August 21, 2008
I am a big fan of Enid Blyton books. As far as we are concerned her work gives the greatest pleasure. I would also like to join your Society.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome. To join the Society, please click on "Subscribe" (left-hand menu) and follow the instructions.
Posted by Julia on August 19, 2008
Great news...have just read today that Enid is the number 1 children's writer!!!!! Excellent news and a very welcome acknowledgement of her genius.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, in fact she was voted best-loved author, beating many other great authors who wrote for adults as well as children. Excellent news indeed! I read the article in the Telegraph this morning while munching my breakfast sausages.
Posted by Adventure Series on August 18, 2008
Can someone please tell me where I could watch the Adventure series TV shows online? I have been looking everywhere and have only found "The Valley of Adventure," which, sadly, I have not yet read and am looking out for.
Posted by Lisa on August 17, 2008
Hello, Can anyone help me out in finding out whether a Grace Lodge image would be copyrighted? We are an independent literary journal in Australia. Our book designer has come up with a cover image for our next issue which is in part sourced from the Eighth Brer Rabbit Book, illustrated by Grace Lodge (1958) I cannot find anywhere who might own copyright on Grace Lodge's illustrations, and I'm loathe to use an image that's not in the public domain. I hope that someone here might have some clues for me. thank you Lisa
BarneyBarney says: Copyright on illustrations is always a tricky situation to sort out, Lisa. Although now, copyright normally belongs to the illustrators, in the 50s it mostly belonged to the various publishers. In this case you are talking about Latimer House and although I am pretty sure that they no longer exist, I have no idea which publisher has taken on the rights to their books.
Posted by Jo Piercy on August 16, 2008
Can anyone help me? I have a large collection of Enid Blyton books incl. Secret 7, Famous 5, Adventures of etc. and I was whether they are worth anything? And the best places to sell them? I would be most grateful of any advice!
BarneyBarney says: It is impossible to put a value on books without seeing them I'm afraid, which is one of the reasons why we don't offer a valuation service. It depends on age and condition, and whether they are hardbacks or paperbacks. I would normally suggest either a car boot sale or ebay as dealers will only accept hardbacks in wrappers.
Posted by Christophe on August 14, 2008
Bonjour, comment peut-on adhérer à votre association ? Egalement, quels sont les héritiers actuels de Mrs Enid Blyton ? Merci !
BarneyBarney says: French isn't my strong point, I'm afraid, but I gather that you're asking about how to join the Society and about Enid Blyton's heirs, or perhaps her copyright holders. You can join the Society from the home page - click on "subscribe" beneath the heading "Society." Once you're a member, you'll receive three Journals a year packed with articles on all aspects of Enid Blyton's life and works, as well as having access to "Members Only" sections of the website. As far as Enid's heirs are concerned, her next of kin would have been her two daughters. If you meant who are the current copyright holders, a company called Chorion holds the copyright to her works. I hope I understood your questions correctly!
Posted by Geoff on August 12, 2008
ok thanks Barney !
Posted by Geoff on August 11, 2008
Hi Barney...Don't think so. The message reads, "Here is your Christmas Bible, in it is the greatest story in the world - the story of the very first Christmas. Read it on Christmas Eve - and be sure to read your Bible every day, Love from your friend Enid Blyton." Have you any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I have heard of this edition, Geoff, but I have never seen a copy so can't tell you much about it. It would have been published in the 1950s and there would probably have been a great many copies all with the same printed message by Enid Blyton in them. Certainly this is the case with the Coronation Bible.
Posted by Syazwani on August 10, 2008
I love Enid Blyton's books because they are fun to read. I would read her books many times because I couldn't resist it! I love to read her books sooooo much!
Posted by Val on August 9, 2008
I have just starting collecting the Famous Five books. I can't put them down! I am in my late fifties and enjoying them. I loved the Secret Seven as a child in the 1950s.
Posted by Geoff on August 9, 2008
Has anybody got any information regarding a message written by Enid Blyton in a Bible printed by the London Bible Warehouse?
BarneyBarney says: Would this by any chance be the Coronation Bible, Geoff?
Posted by Parnika on August 9, 2008
I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton since 10 yrs of age, and still an ardent fan of hers. I feel she is a writer of all times. Last time I went to London I wanted to visit her places; due to time constraint I couldn't - next time surely I'll try...I have read around 200 books by her and even now, at the age of 27, she continues to be my favourite writer.
Posted by Amrutha Bushan on August 8, 2008
Hello, I have been an avid reader of Enid Blyton ever since I could read (I was about six years old.) I still enjoy her books...I am twenty now. There is a refreshing quality about her writing so that you can read the same book over ten times and still relish it!
Posted by Ratnika on August 7, 2008
Hi, I've been an Enid Blyton fan since I was 11. I've read more than 65 books by her, including the Famous Five series, the Secret Seven series, the Mystery series, the Naughtiest Girl series and the Malory Towers series. The stories are simple but exciting and they are really great fun.
Posted by Kalpana on August 5, 2008
I have loved reading Enid Blyton's books since I was young and now my twin daughters are reading them too. They are loving them. The books are being read from one generation to the next.
Posted by Katharine on July 29, 2008
Thank you Barney. I walked past the house today. It's not in the area I thought my Grandmother pointed out, but as that was about 30 years ago, it's not surprising I'd got it wrong.
Posted by Prabahika on July 22, 2008
Hi, friends, I live in India and I want to tell you that Enid Blyton's books are famous in all the four corners of the world. I am a most ardent fan of Enid Blyton. Till now I have read about 50 books of Enid Blyton and I enjoyed reading them very much. Thanks to her books , last year I got the highest marks in English!
Posted by Katharine on July 15, 2008
I live in Ipswich where I understand Enid did her teacher training. I vaguely remember my Grandmother pointing out a house to me where she said Enid had stayed during that period. Unfortunately that was many years ago and I'm not sure which house it was now. Does any one out there know?
BarneyBarney says: Enid lodged at 73, Christchurch Street, Ipswich. In 1916 she also stayed with the Hunt family at Seckford Hall, near Woodbridge.
Posted by Vera Birks on July 11, 2008
Thank you so very much Barney, we are so grateful we have been searching for it for many months {re; Sally Slick and Susan Sloppy} thank you once again my sister is over the moon. Vera Birks...
Posted by Vera Birks on July 11, 2008
Further to the message I asked about Sally Slick and Susan Sloppy my sister has remembered how the rhyme goes, "Sally Slick is always spick and span from head to toes, She gets admiring glances everywhere she goes. Susan Sloppy doesn't care about her looks, she lets her hair hang limp, her stockings always sag, her newest blouse is soon a rag. Sally Slick puts a button on, Susan Sloppy why fuss when a safety pin will do? Now answer truly ,who are you, Sally Slick or Susan Sloppy?" We would love to know which book it was in. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Ah - I didn't realise it was a rhyme you were looking for. The rhyme appears in "Every Girl's Annual" (Juvenile Productions Ltd, 1951/52) and, although the annual does contain a story by Enid Blyton ('The Seven Donkeys'), 'Sally Slick and Susan Sloppy' is by Aileen E. Passmore. Your sister has remembered a portion of it pretty well, though there are several more verses. The book cover can be seen in the Book Listing.
Posted by Sonia on July 9, 2008
Hi Enid Blyton's Fans. This website is truly fantastic. This is the the first time I have come to this website as I didnt know about it and I have liked it very much. Thanks. Sonia
Posted by Vera Birks on July 9, 2008
Can anyone remember what book of Enid Blyton short stories from 1947 contains Sally Slick and Susan Sloppy? My sister read it as a child and can not remember it.
BarneyBarney says: I don't recognise those names but there is a story called 'Sally Dumble's Trick,' which sounds as if it could be similar. It was published in "The Merry Story Book" (1943.) When Sally Dumble breaks her arm, two of her neighbours, Dame Slapdash and Mother Trim, offer to do her housework for her. You can probably guess the rest from their names! Another similar-sounding story is 'Sally Slap-Dash and Tubby Trust,' published in "The Enid Blyton Pennant Readers 20" (Macmillan 1950.)
Posted by Anonymous on July 7, 2008
Further to the message referring to which book mentioned the 'Good Day' phrase and its meaning, it was in "The Hobbit," when Bilbo first met Gandalf. I love Enid Blyton too though!
Posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2008
I remember Enid Blyton commenting that Good day was such a strange phrase (via a character in a short story). It could mean so many things: *a curt good bye. (I've had enough, good day.) *a hello (good day, Mr Clinton) *a question (Are you having a good day? in short... Good day?) Does anyone else remember this or which book it was in?
Posted by James Jardine on July 5, 2008
I read Enid Blyton books as a child and now collect the books for my future grand children. I collect first editions if I can but first edition books with dust covers are rare in South Africa. I have over a hundred books of varying condition and I hope that It will give the same enjoyment that the books gave to me.
Posted by Sarah on July 3, 2008
I enjoy Enid Blyton's novels very much. Her books are easy to read and very interesting. I introduce her books to my friends because I think it is worth for them to enjoy Enid Blyton's books.I really enjoy her books!
Posted by Keith Robinson on June 30, 2008
Ah, but Hari, if you continue down the list you'll find other titles besides The Dirty Old Teddy, such as The Dirty Teddy-Bear, The Very Old Teddy Bear, The Poor Old Teddy, and The Unhappy Teddy. Several of these have been printed more than once, perhaps with the name changed; whereas others might be entirely different stories with the same name as a previous one! It's a veritable minefield.
Posted by Hari Menon on June 28, 2008
From the Teddy results your search threw up, Keith, The Dirty Old Teddy from Now For a Story (Harold Hill 1948) looks most likely.
Posted by Keith Robinson on June 27, 2008
In answer to the question by *B about the teddy, if you search the Book Listing using the search word "teddy," you'll come up with all sorts of books and short stories. Assuming the title actually has "teddy" in it, it's then just a case of figuring out which one you're looking for! The trouble is, some stories are used more than once, or have slightly revised titles, or may be different stories with the same or similar titles! Click here for Teddy results. :-)
Posted by *B on June 26, 2008
Can anyone remember the name of the Enid Blyton book where a teddy is in a children's home and is unloved and all the children play with the other teddy, then a new girl comes in and goes straight for the unloved teddy, and the woman in the home then takes him away and stitches him up and gives him new eyes, new stuffing and a new coat so the girl can have him to cuddle in bed? I can't remember the name and it's making me go round the twist!
Posted by Viking Star on June 26, 2008
Enid also wrote "Famous Five Adventure" - a stage play. It's quite similar to "Five Have Plenty of Fun" (I believe the two were written within a year or so of each other).
Posted by Michelle on June 25, 2008
How many Famous Five books are there? I have 21 and am wondering if that is the full collection ?
BarneyBarney says: There are indeed 21 books in the original series, plus some short stories. French author Claude Voilier wrote numerous additional Famous Five books, 18 of which have been translated into English, but the ambience and characterisation are quite different from Enid Blyton's original books.
Posted by Shraddha on June 24, 2008
I love the Enid Blyton Society very much.
BarneyBarney says: So do we all! What in particular do you like about it? Personally I love the way food crops up so regularly in discussions - macaroons, gingerbread, meringues, tongue, biscuits spread with potted meat, and nice juicy bones. And all of them taste so much nicer out of doors!
Posted by Hari Menon on June 22, 2008
Keith, "tite" and "mite"? Sigh — I know you enclosed them in quotes, but I thought you would be among the last to succumb to SMS-speak. :evil: But yes, Blyton does use the mnemonic in one of the Five books, though she says "tight" and "might". I think it's in "Five Go to Billycock Hill."
Posted by Keith Robinson on June 22, 2008
In response to TG's post about stalactites and stalagmites, I don't know if the "ceiling" and "ground" explanation came up in Enid Blyton's books, but I do know that she used another way to help remember which is which. She always said that stalactites have to hold on "tite" to the ceiling, whereas stalagmites "mite" grow up high enough to reach the ceiling. That's how I always remembered them anyway, although I have to admit the "c" and "g" idea is simpler!
Posted by Somita on June 22, 2008
Hello Enid Blyton Society! Hope you will help me. I am a member of the forums. I don't know how to insert images in the messages. Could you possibly help me?
BarneyBarney says: I insert images by scanning them, uploading them to Photobucket and then copying and pasting the link in my message.
Posted by Ayusha on June 21, 2008
I was reading a mystery book written by Enid Blyton, I felt as if I was in the story. It was "The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat." So, I would like to say THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BOOKS!
Posted by T.G. on June 20, 2008
I was reading a story the other day and I saw something that relates to the latest Enid Blyton Society Journal. In “Around the World in 80 Minutes" a bus full of children who’ve won a geography competition sets out on a cross-country tour. Two counterfeiters who are trying to elude the police bluff their way onto it by making out they are the kids' supervisors. The schedule calls for stops at various places of note and on page #6 they visit subterranean caverns where there are dozens of Stalactites and Stalagmites. A boy asks the driver, "Mr. Briggs, are those Stalagmites?" The driver answers, "Listen .... the word Stalactite has a C for Ceiling! The word Stalagmite has a G for Ground! Understand now?" I first read "Around the World in 80 Minutes" back in the early days when I was well into the EB books so there may have been a crossover but I've always thought that the "C & G" hint was in a Blyton book as well - possibly one of the many she wrote that deals with natural history. I can't find it as of date so until I've waded through the rest of the more likely ones I think the jury will have to be out on that particular item. What I really wanted to comment on was the astuteness of the Forumites who don't miss a trick because they are “Professionals” when it comes to Enid Blyton and it didn't take long for doubts to be expressed by at least half a dozen members (The Society/The Enid Blyton Society Journal - March, 2008). The crooks were ultimately caught because one of the children on the tour was none other than Clark Kent who also doesn’t-miss-a-trick. The “eighty minutes” comes in because the sight-seeing expedition which was centred on reasonably local areas was extended for that period of time to take in the major cities of the world and I don’t need to explain how that happened!
Posted by Ella Rylatt-West aged 8 on June 19, 2008
I love Enid Blyton books, my mummy read them when she was a little girl and I am now reading "Naughty Amelia Jane" which is very funny. When we are reading it together, mummy remembers what is going to happen. We love to read them together and giggle! Love Ella x
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're enjoying the stories, Ella. Did you know that Amelia Jane was based on a rag doll belonging to Enid Blyton's elder daughter Gillian? When Gillian's friends came to tea, Enid Blyton would make them laugh by sitting the doll on her knee and making her do naughty things like kick biscuits high into the air or smack the dog on the nose!
Posted by Mary Brown on June 16, 2008
I have loved reading Enid Blyton from age five. Now sixty years on l still love reading her books. I have over 500 vintage Enid Blytons, some very rare, and l read them avidly still. My favourites are the stories for older children, but I love them all. I have read them over and over again. I still have the other 200 to collect of course, and am hopeful but not expectant. I will keep looking.
Posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2008
Enid Blyton rocks! I just keep on reading her books. I too would like to be an author taking her as my role model.
Posted by Jordan on June 11, 2008
I'm an author, too and still a big Enid-Blyton-Fan. She is my role model and a great inspiration for me! GOD BLESS HER! There's no author on this world better than her!
Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2008
Gosh, I am from Indonesia and when I was young I read some Enid Blyton books. Now I am in my early 30s, I will buy the books so my kids can read them too.
Posted by Teresa Magdalen J Nelson on June 7, 2008
I still am a die hard fan of Blyton (I am a writer). Let us never forget we can still live a happy life even though we grow old in a biological sense. Age is never a factor. Your happiness is what matters the most. Never be too ashamed to read her books even if you are 50, 60 or even older. Live your childhood years in your mind and you will live longer.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on June 6, 2008
Hi. I missed the Enid Blyton Day again, through ill health, and I'd like to thank those who left such vivid descriptions so that I can still feel involved. There was no mention of Imogen or Sophie attending so I was wondering if they did indeed attend. PS. I'm devastated that I missed the Stuart Tresilian artwork. They looked fantastic.
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately Imogen was unable to attend this year, but Sophie was there and she did her usual splendid job looking after the Society stall. Yes, the Tresilian artwork is superb!
Posted by Anonymous on June 4, 2008
I grew up reading Enid Blyton's books and have great respect for her. I simply loved her collection of Malory Towers, St Clare's, Enchanted Wood.
Posted by Reeti on May 27, 2008
Was there a REAL Julian in Enid's life? I mean, both Julian Kirrin (Famous Five) and Julian Holland (Naughtiest Girl) are the guardian-sort-of-not-quite-but-little characters as well as caring (and good-looking), if you know what I mean. And Julian is one name that is used only for these two characters in Enid Blyton's books.
Posted by Bev on May 24, 2008
Hello! Can anyone help me track down a story which I think is a Blyton tale? I thought it was one of the Elizabeth Beresford magic books but I don't think it is! All I can remember is that some children were travelling on a bed, through a place which I think is called 'The Land of Nightmares' or something similar and there were black horses. It's not one of the Faraway Tree series, the only thing I can find online which has a relevant title is 'The Bed That Ran Away' which features in "The Green Story Book." Can someone please contact me if they know? It's been driving me mad for weeks!! I don't check the site very often so if anyone could email me at miffyrocks@hotmail.com to tell me, I'd be hugely grateful!
BarneyBarney says: Will send you an email Bev, but just in case anyone else is wondering, the story you're thinking of is indeed 'The Bed That Ran Away' from "The Green Story Book." The night-mares, black horses, inhabit the Land of Nod.
Posted by sue on May 23, 2008
Having been a member of the official Famous Five Club in the late seventies, does anyone know if anything like this still exists, my 8 year old son would love to join?
BarneyBarney says: Sadly the Famous Five Club was closed down about 15 years ago, Sue. In its latter days it was run by Hodders who still publish the books to this day, but other than this Society there are no Enid Blyton clubs now running.
Posted by Moonraker on May 23, 2008
Indeed, Inma - that is the glory of re-reading Blyton in middle-age! I discovered this site when I was 54, so you are not alone! I am glad you have found the site, I look forward to seeing you post on the Forums! ;-)
Posted by Viking Star on May 23, 2008
Welcome Inma. You might enjoy looking at the book listing, which includes the covers of the books. They should bring back some happy memories!
Posted by Inma on May 23, 2008
Now, at the age of 51 I found this site!!!!!!!!!!!!! In Spain we say: Never is it too late if what comes is for good!!!! Tears are in my eyes remembering those beautiful days I spent when I was a young girl, reading the books of Enid. GOD BLESS HER.
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy the site, Inma. There's a wealth of information here on all things Blytonian.
Posted by Susan Rodger on May 20, 2008
I read a lot of Enid Blyton books as a child and am hoping to introduce them to my own children soon. I particularly loved the Adventure series and the Famous Five. I also remember reading a book from my mother's 1950's collection, which may not be by Enid Blyton. It is about a group of children who do up a houseboat moored at the bottom of a large garden. For some reason they need to hide a child (a friend met along the way)in the boat, covered by weeping willows, as he is in danger of being kidnapped. Does this sound like an Enid Blyton book?
BarneyBarney says: It does indeed sound like an Enid Blyton book, you are giving an accurate description of "The Boy Next Door". Unfortunately this book has now been severely edited and is part of the Young Adventurers series, so if you want the unadulterated version you will need to look for a second hand copy. Check it out in our Book Listing.
Posted by Deborah on May 19, 2008
Can someone help me find a story within one of the short story books that I used to read to my children? It was about the fairies and their slippers and how they used to hide them under the flowers of the Dead Nettle. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The story is called "A Fairy Secret." The fairies have to hide their dancing-shoes from the field-mice. It appeared in various collections including "Enid Blyton's Good Morning Book" (1949), "Enid Blyton's Gift Book" (Purnell, 1966) and "The Little Sugar House and Other Stories" (1983.)
Posted by Charlie on May 17, 2008
What age group did Enid set her books around? Thanks, Charlie.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote for a wide age-range, if that's what you're asking. The Noddy books appear to be aimed at a very young audience; the short stories, Galliano's Circus, Willow Farm, Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books are ideal for children aged about 5 - 8; the mystery, adventure and school series are great for ages 8 - 12 and family/society stories like "The Family at Red-Roofs" and "The Six Bad Boys" would also be of interest to that age-group or even to children in their early teens. Then there are the various nature books, many of which are ideal for boys and girls aged about 6 - 10. Of course, this is only a rough guide as children progress and mature at different rates.
Posted by Justine on May 14, 2008
Dear Barney, Many thanks for your speedy and positive reply! I'm off to look for a copy of The Land of Far Beyond and am looking forward to an evening curled up on the sofa and being taken back to my childhood - bliss!
BarneyBarney says: Good luck, Justine, I hope you find a copy.
Posted by Jess on May 14, 2008
Help!! I'm sure I'm being really, REALLY stupid/blind here, but what happened about a final St. Clare's book? I was always gutted that we didn't see the girls finish their time at the school. I know there was one written, but not by Blyton herself. So why not?
BarneyBarney says: The simple answer to this, Jess, is that Enid Blyton liked to do series with six books in, and she spent rather too long in the first form! The result of this was that she had to leave out both the third and sixth forms. These were filled in eight years ago by Pamela Cox, who has recently added a third book, also from the third form, Kitty at St. Clare's. All are very well written and you can find details of them in the 'continuation novels' section on our Book Listing.
Posted by Justine on May 13, 2008
Please could I ask for some help? I am trying to trace a book that I believe Enid Blyton wrote, about 3 young children who lived in a bad city, a kind, clean stranger came to town and having talked to him, he turned all their bad deeds and thoughts into burdens on their backs, which were a part of the children. They had a very long journey to make before they learnt the error of their ways and their burdens were removed. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The book you're looking for is "The Land of Far-Beyond," originally published in 1942. It was loosely based on John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress."
Posted by Anonymous on May 12, 2008
Looking for a book by Enid Blyton I read when aged about 10 - am now 72. It was a newspaper annual - very thick. Half was about Hop Skip & Jump, 3 elves, and the other half I think was about Brer Rabbit. Does anyone know of it and where I can get a copy? I would imagine it was from around the 1930s.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of the "News Chronicle Boys' and Girls' Annual" (1933), later reprinted under the title "News Chronicle Boys' and Girls' Story Book." It contained two books in one - "The Enid Blyton Book of Bunnies" (about two mischievous rabbits, Binkle and Flip) and "The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies" (about the three brownies Hop, Skip and Jump.) The cover can be seen here.
Posted by Jane on May 11, 2008
It's so interesting to read Anita Bensoussane's coverage of the Enid Blyton Day at Twyford. A huge thank you to Pippa-Stef for bringing online all those photographs, indooors and out. A real Blyton-esque setting for the picnic-ers, with woodland walks and lake. And sunshine! Liked the Enid Blyton portrait, and it was a real joy to look at the photos of Stuart Tresilian's original illustrations. Kiki too, large as life.
Posted by Anonymous on May 8, 2008
I was taught a poem written by Enid Blyton called 'The Wind.' I cant remember all of it and would love to get the words if anyone can help. A part of it goes, 'it's piping down the chimney now with quite a noisy roar.'
Posted by Jane on May 5, 2008
Tess Livingstone, Thank you for informing us of the publication of Enid Blyton at Old Thatch. Have been on the ConnorCourt site and it has just been added to my summer booklist.
Posted by Tess Livingstone on May 5, 2008
Hi everyone. Just to let you know that my new book Enid Blyton at Old Thatch is back from the printer and looks terrific. This is one book that I would love to be judged by its cover. To have a look see www.connorcourt.com.au. It is on its way to the UK now for the big day on May 10, but for those of you not going it is available online for £12.87 sterling (POSTAGE INCLUDED), with delivery in 2 to 3 days. Happy Enid Blyton Day. If only I had a Wishing Chair I'd be there like a shot!
Posted by Phil on April 28, 2008
Excellent work Lisa!! Your detective work has led to me ordering a book 'Short Stories for Children' published by Nelson in 1950. This includes another short story by Agnes Grozier Herbertson called 'The Teapot Ball'. Can't wait to see my mum's face! Apologies that this is not Enid Blyton related and many thanks for your efforts everyone... Cheers, Phil.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for letting us know, Phil. That's great! What a lovely surprise for your mum!
Posted by Viv Endecott on April 25, 2008
Can't offer you breakfast, but we are making a real rabbit stew during The Secret Island Day on May 29 at Corfe Castle. See www.gingerpop.co.uk next week when details should be up!
BarneyBarney says: Lucky it isn't a Famous Five Day, because I don't think George would approve!
Posted by Sulip on April 23, 2008
Hi, I grew up in Malaysia, like many other Malaysians, on a constant diet of Enid Blyton adventures and for as long as I can remember have dreamed about the kind of farm breakfasts that used to make my mouth water (flood, more like). I am bringing my kids over late May 2008 and would love any suggestions for a sleepover cum breakfast experience that I can take them for. Appreciate your replies to my email address. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Your email address won't appear alongside your message but any replies will be posted on the Message Board. Enid Blyton breakfasts usually include plenty of sizzling sausages, fried until they're browned and bursting. Yum yum! Porridge, eggs, bacon, fried tomatoes and toast and marmalade are also popular.
Posted by Lisa on April 21, 2008
Hi, sorry to post twice but I spoke to my mother this morning and she also remembered the "run-along-man that sold spoons" story. She said it was by A Herbertson. She said I didn't like him because, in the illustrations, he was tall, skinny and looked strange. I was only three.
BarneyBarney says: That's a good piece of detective work, Lisa - Fatty would be proud of you. Unfortunately, Agnes Grozier Herbertson wrote numerous children's short stories, so the search may not quite be over yet!
Posted by Lisa on April 21, 2008
I vaguely remember a run-along-man that sold spoons from my early childhood. (Early-mid 1980's). The only thing I can remember that I found him a little creepy. It was definitely not by Enid Blyton though.
Posted by Green Hedges on April 19, 2008
Don't know about the Run-along-man who sells spoons but there's a book about Rubbalong who mends shoes. 'Rubbalong Tales' was published by Macmillan in 1950 and the old edition is superby (if strangely) illustrated. Some good chapter titles such as 'Walls have ears, and shoes have tongues' , 'The six-eyed Jingy-bang' and 'Mr Tuck-In's Handkerchief'. You could probably track it down on abebooks.co.uk
Posted by Phil on April 16, 2008
My mother keeps mentioning a story she read about a character called the 'run-along-man' who sells spoons. She is almost certain he was created by Enid Blyton but more than this she cannot remember. Could anyone confirm that this character was created by Enid Blyton and if so where I could get a copy of the story to surprise my mother with?!!
Posted by NATPENN on April 16, 2008
I love 'The Mystery of' series books by Enid Blyton. I am missing some. Does anyone know if the modern publications are unabridged or if they have changed stuff, like with the 'Malory Towers series'? And does anyone know how to get hold of the extra stories that she wrote about the Five Find-Outers that appeared in magazines? Ta :D
BarneyBarney says: I think to be safe, you need earlier editions of all Blyton books, including the Find-Outers series. Most have suffered recently from the hands of over zealous editors. There are only two Find-Outers short stories and they weren't published in magazines, if you go into our Book Listing and put Find-Outers into 'Search', you will be able to see the books that they were included in.
Posted by Sharon on April 15, 2008
I've done a bit of research on the WorldCat website and it is a guess that the book I am searching for, Noddy In Toyland as previously mentioned, could be: 74 p. Popular Press, 1981. ISBN 0361052499. Colour illustrations, 29 cm. If anyone (Tony?) can verify the cover that would be great. The book should have several stories in it, and the above page number sounds like it does. It is a book I grew up with and sadly I have not been able to find one yet.
Posted by Kylie Cribb on April 12, 2008
Good morning! In what order should the Faraway Tree stories be read? My daughter is turning 6 next week and we are giving her the full Wishing Chair & Faraway Tree collection! I think she is going to love them!!!
BarneyBarney says: G'Day to you too, Kylie. What a great present, she will love them! If you take a look at the Novels section in our Book Listing and scroll down to Faraway Tree, you will see the right order to read the books.
Posted by Keith Robinson on April 8, 2008
Golly, that was quick! Well, that proves it: updates to the site show 24 hours later on Google. Interesting to note that Aol.com has picked up Blytongoon already as well, but then, Aol seems to be "enhanced" (ie, powered) by Google, so it's the same thing. Meanwhile, a slightly older keyword, Blytonpome, is showing on Google, Yahoo and Aol, but still not on MSN. So it looks like Google and Aol are fastest, followed closely by Yahoo, with MSN is lagging far behind.
Posted by Anita on April 8, 2008
Blytongoon has appeared in the search engine!
BarneyBarney says: Grrrrreat! I'll have such fun nipping Blytongoon's ankles!
Posted by Keith Robinson on April 7, 2008
I just wanted to add a message here to say Blytongoon to the Google search engine! Sorry this isn't a very interesting message, but I just want to see how quickly a made up word (completely unique to Google) appears in the search engine. Click here to check if it's been included yet. More about this subject here.
BarneyBarney says: Yum, yum, sausages!
Posted by jackson on April 2, 2008
If someone is interested in reading some of Enid Blyton's novels online, check out this link.... (censored by Dame Slap)
BarneyBarney says: Ooh jackson, you naughty boy, you've got on the wrong side of Dame Slap! How would you feel if you were an author and someone put your books online and deprived you of earning a living? It's not a very nice thing to do really, is it!
Posted by Rob on April 1, 2008
Yes. I have now achieved my lowest score in the quiz. A dismal 8 points!! Very difficult this time round - and a good score from Anita as usual! Well done to all who got better scores than me!
Posted by Laura P on April 1, 2008
I found this month’s quiz questions really difficult, I normally get at least 20 right!
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Tony tells me that they are a bit harder than usual so as to give Anita a bit of a challenge after her maximum score last month.
Posted by Sharon on March 28, 2008
Thanks Tony, hope you or someone has a copy; it could be a compilation of Enid Blyton Noddy stories (who knows?) Illustrated in colour, large hardcover with cover as shown in the picture (or similar with different ill. in circle, Big Ears maybe?) I seem to vaguely recall an illustration of the dog on a chair. A story about Big Ears too. No idea if mushrooms were involved but I could be confusing something else. So long as there's an ISBN / date, I could find a copy secondhand somewhere online. ... And on a different note, was there an Enid Blyton book that mentioned marzipan? ... I grew up with a heap of Enid Blyton books and still have my collection plus a few more to fill in some series; favourites being The Adventurous Four, Willow Farm books, Faraway Tree series, Wishing Chair series, Galliano's circus series (I've yet to read one book from each series but have them now!) and The Naughtiest Girl Again (have since read the others).
Posted by Tony Summerfield on March 28, 2008
It doesn't look as if Barney is going to answer you, Sharon, so I had better do it for him. If you put 'Noddy' into search on the book listings, you will see that the last books listed are for 1974. The reason for this is simple. Noddy is still a current TV character and over the past thirty years there have been numerous Noddy books published that have nothing at all to do with Enid Blyton, apart from the fact that she invented the character. At present I can't access my books, but when I can I will check out the date and ISBN number for you, but it won't be in print, so the cover picture might serve just as well.
BarneyBarney says: Good answer boss, you are doing my job for me!
Posted by Julie2owlsdene on March 28, 2008
Hello everyone. This is a lovely idea for anyone who wants to ask a question but doesn't want to register. Still not able to enter the site properly yet through my own server, so can only occassionally view the site through Keith's email, and then I get frequently cut off. So not really been able to join in the chats on the forums. Hope it will resolve itself soon.
BarneyBarney says: Poor Julie and Poor Keith, as all his sites are affected. I hope you are able to rejoin the fold soon, Julie.
Posted by Sharon on March 28, 2008
Thanks for adding this feature as I've been wanting to ask a question but there was nowhere to email and I didn't want to register... I am trying to find an edition of Noddy that I cannot find listed in your book listings *anywhere* (unless I missed something). It should look like this picture. Or similar (ie. are there any others with a different illustration within the circle?) Same dark blue colour. I used to own one; it had several stories I believe, possibly published by Purnell (from researching online). It says "Popular Press" above the title Noddy In Toyland, with "Noddy" being in different colours. Noddy in his car driving with a present beside him on the seat. One of the stories was probably about the present... another about the dog... I cannot recall titles. It was not very thin, it was fairly thick I suppose (but not *too* thick). And no it was not about a play. I can't find the specific edition on Amazon.co.uk (or variants) and would like to know year published, ISBN and any other relevant details as I'd love to have the book again. Had it in the 1980s so published either early then or before. Thanks for any help!
Posted by Moonraker on March 27, 2008
And the supermarket will never replace the corner shop! I know you enjoy your trips to the market as well, Barney! ;-) As far as I can see, this message board is really, as Keith says, a place for people to post a one-off messages without the need to register - not for Forum regulars to necessarily post on (unless it's an answer or comment to a query/post).
Posted by Keith Robinson on March 26, 2008
Stephen, what do you mean I "may" be aware of Wal-Mart? ;-) It's our local grocery store (and yes, it's a supercenter version; apparently supercenters are far more common in the south though). But anyway, I doubt this message board will have any affect on the forums. On the contrary, I think it will just provide an outlet for those who until now have had no voice because they haven't wanted to register. Plus, it's ideal for those who just want to post one-off messages. I'm just wondering at this point how many of the latest messages we display on the home page -- I've set it to 20, but we'll see...
BarneyBarney says: I agree, Keith. In UK terms this is like opening a corner shop for those that don't want to make the trek to the supermarket, but the corner shop will never replace the supermarket.
Posted by Dave Jeffery on March 25, 2008
Great idea to utilise this tool on the site. Not too sure about the new cartoon series but will check it out when it's aired. Best wishes Dave
Posted by Tess Livingstone on March 25, 2008
Hi to all Blyton fans from Brisbane, Australia. I have just joined this Society and it looks like great fun. I'm a Find-Outers fan from way back and am about to have a book published called Enid Blyton at Old Thatch. I hope to get it over to the UK ASAP but in the meantime please have a look at www.connorcourt.com.au It's not a politically correct dissertation on Golliwogs or hidden inferences in the dialogue of Noddy and Big ears. It is about the places Enid Blyton knew and loved and where she set the Find-Outers.
BarneyBarney says: Tony has posted a link to the book under Author in the forums.
Posted by Stephen on March 25, 2008
It is great to have a "Post a Message" section on this great EB website in the tradition of Enidblyton.net. Keith, since you live in America, you may be aware of that giant store called Wal-mart. oftentimes, when it opens two stores in a town, especially a small town, one of the stores (especially if one is a supercenter while the other one is a "regular" one) eventually closes down due to lack of customers in one of the stores. My only concern is that this "Post a Message" section does not develop at the expense of the forums section, which could cause it to close or shutdown, eventually. However, so far the forums section is still going strong and the "Post a Message" section may give us more choices in how we may want to post messages to this website. Some messages may be good for the "Post a Message" format while others could be good for the forum format (that is an individual choice, whichever way one wants to post).
Posted by Ritu on March 25, 2008
Hey Barney, Thanks a lot for your answer. Now I'm feeling a bit relieved. Thanks a lot.
Posted by Melinda Dummett on March 25, 2008
Can anyone give me information on the possible new television series, starring the Famous Five as adults?? We had an article about it in the Australia Herald Sun and I thought it would be interesting to find out more!!
Posted by Mick on March 24, 2008
I was very surprised to see an eBay seller flogging Famous Five video on dvd-r with the claim that this material is out of copyright and in the public domain. Surely this cannot be right?
BarneyBarney says: Rather like the Press, you don't want to believe everything that you read on ebay!
Posted by Ritu on March 24, 2008
Hey Guys, I have a complaint. I saw that the "Games" section had been unanswered for days. So I started posting messages. I got some replies. But from the last 3 or 4 days, there has been no reply. Was there some problem in my question?? It is really disturbing, you know, to see no one replying. So I am worried if it is my fault. Please tell me.
BarneyBarney says: Don't worry about the Games section going quiet, Ritu. It does that from time to time. Your questions are fine - it's just that people don't always have time to play in the Games section every time they visit the Forums, so some questions remain unanswered for quite a while. Eventually, people will start playing again!
Posted by Joaquim Augusto Reis on March 24, 2008
As a new Member, I want to emphasize the high quality of the Enid Blyton Society Journal. Thank you, Tony Summerfield.
BarneyBarney says: That's really nice of you to say that, Joaquim Augusto, I'm sure Tony will be pleased, but the real credit must go to the people who write the articles.
Posted by Keith Robinson on March 23, 2008
I wanted to chip in and say that regular visitors to my own site, EnidBlyton.net, will be familiar with this "post a message" system. Hey, if it works, why re-invent it? Anyway, don't be surprised at the similarity in format. I hope that visitors to this website (whether you use the forums or not) will use this message board as a place to give feedback about the site, good and bad, as well as suggestions for improvement. And this is the perfect time to do so, as over the next few months we plan to make some cosmetic changes around here! Also feel free to comment on anything whatsoever related to Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Keith, for getting us under way!
Posted by Tony Summerfield on March 21, 2008
As you can see, we now have a message board in place on the Home Page. This is for the benefit of those who would like to comment on the site but have no wish to register on the forums. We also welcome any suggestions for improvements you would like to see. Please try to avoid text speak and post messages in a properly worded English sentence. We look forward to hearing from you.