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Posted by Snehalatha on December 31, 2013
A very Happy New Year to all the Forumites - have a Blytonish new year.
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to all who have been touched by the magic of Enid Blyton!
Posted by Deeksha on December 31, 2013
Thanks for telling me, my sister wanted to read The Three Wolliwogs. Happy New Year! Everyone have a great new year! :)
BarneyBarney says: If your sister wants to read about golliwogs (not wolliwogs!) she could try looking for a second-hand copy of The Three Golliwogs. In the current version of the book (Three Bold Pixies), the gollies have been changed into pixies. Have a great 2014!
Posted by Ana Asif on December 31, 2013
Happy New Year, Barney! May 2014 be the best year for all of us! Hurrah for another year of our favourite society!
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year - I hope it's a good one!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 31, 2013
Barney, books like Around the World in Eighty Days have been made into films. Why doesn't anybody make a film of Enid Blyton's books?
BarneyBarney says: Several Famous Five and St. Clare's films have recently been made in Germany, although the stories have been modernised and most of them are not available in English. The DVD of the second German Famous Five film (Funf Freunde 2) has been released with English subtitles. Back in the 1950s-60s, two Famous Five film serials were brought out by the Children's Film Foundation. They were filmed in black-and-white and are available on DVD. It would be super to see high-budget films of some of Enid Blyton's best books set in the correct period, though!
Posted by Deeksha on December 30, 2013
Hi everyone! Barney, why did Enid Blyton stop writing her amazing books because of the war? Why couldn't she continue? Also, I discovered that The Three Golliwogs isn't available in my local library. I went to three other libraries but the book wasn't there either. Why aren't some of Enid's books available any more in libraries? Happy New Year!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton did continue writing books during the Second World War, Deeksha. Despite the wartime paper rationing, publishers carried on printing her work because they knew her books were extremely popular. A revised version of The Three Golliwogs is still in print but it's called Three Bold Pixies.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 30, 2013
Barney, I wish you and all the members of the site a very Blytonish Happy New Year.
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to all!
Posted by Sue Webster on December 27, 2013
Hi Barney, hope you had lots of bones, biscuits and other treats for Christmas. One of my presents was Enid Blyton's Adventure Treasury - a lovely big book. Just been reading the messages and one that interested me was about the Young Adventurers series and a book called The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure. Not heard of this book or the series so can you tell me more about them and what titles there are? Are they still in print today or available in the library? Happy New Year everyone.
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you too, Sue! The Young Adventurers series (or Riddle series) was created in 1997. Six stand-alone Enid Blyton novels were put together and rewritten to form a series, with The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure being based on The Treasure Hunters. If the books are still in print, they should be available from bookshops or Amazon. If not, you could try sites like eBay (if you're still interested in the series).
Posted by Deeksha on December 27, 2013
Why Barney do people edit Enid Blyton's work when it's in copyright? Isn't it illegal?
BarneyBarney says: Copyrights get bought and sold after an author's death, and the copyright holder is permitted by law to change the text (or allow publishers to change the text). Unfortunately, it seems that the law doesn't protect the work of a deceased author.
Posted by Dr Mike Mandel on December 26, 2013
I just stumbled on this site. I found it when I was reflecting on one of my best Christmases as a British boy in Toronto. Mom and Dad gave me Five Go Down to the Sea on Christmas Eve, circa 1962, to occupy me while they had friends over. Great memories...
BarneyBarney says: It's lovely to hear from you, Mike. An Enid Blyton book is surely one of the best presents anyone could give or receive!
Posted by Paul on December 25, 2013
What were Enid Blyton's Christmases like as a child?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think we know, but she was brought up in a Baptist family so she would probably have gone to church. As an adult she had more presents and cards than anyone else in the house because she received lots from her fans.
Posted by Vishali on December 25, 2013
Hi, Barney. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Thanks for your information about the bookstores. In Five Go to Smuggler's Top the information behind the book has an error. It is given as "Staying at Kirrin Cottage", but in the story the Five are staying at Smuggler's Top. Can you please check it out?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean by "the information behind the book", Vishali, but the Five were staying at Kirrin Cottage before disaster struck and they had to go to Smuggler's Top instead.
Posted by Ana on December 25, 2013
Even I love Geronimo Stilton books, Prakul! And as for you, Barney, I wish you a very, very Merry Christmas! I heartily thank you for all my questions you've answered, and all the work you do in the Society! Praise be to you! May you live a long life filled with Blytonian books, bones, balls and bon-bons! ;) Because you are Barney! Once again, Merry Christmas! Thank you, Tony, for everything! Merry Christmas and cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ana. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 25, 2013
Barney. I was reading the reviews for The Six Bad Boys and The Naughtiest Girl in the School when a couple of things surprised me. Aren't the names of the boys Bob, Tom, Les, Will, Patrick and Jack? And the money that one gets at Whyteleafe - isn't it two pounds instead of two shillings? Merry Christmas again.
BarneyBarney says: In modern editions of the books, the currency and some names have been updated.
Posted by Poppy on December 24, 2013
Dear Barney and all other Society members, a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2014 to everyone! From Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: A Happy New Year to you and to Blyton fans everywhere, Poppy!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 24, 2013
Oh Barney, you too should have a grand Blytonian Christmas :-) ;-9
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Rupsa! I certainly intend to!
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on December 24, 2013
I too wish everyone in the Society a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And a big thank you to Barney and his owner for all the hard work they do for the Society. Best wishes everyone. Julie
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Julie. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too - and thank you very much for the Find-Outers serials you've written for our website, which I know have been enjoyed by many of our members.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas. A merrier Christmas than ever Barney, my old fellow. Merry, Merrier and Merriest Christmas. Santa would have to gift me Enid Blyton books of course.
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas, EB's GF. Santa knows exactly what to bring me - books (especially Blytons), bones, biscuits and a ball. All beginning with B, because my name is Barney!
Posted by Prakul on December 24, 2013
Hello Barney. Happy Chistmas. I love Geronimo Stilton books. Do you?
BarneyBarney says: Happy Christmas, Prakul. I've never tried Geronimo Stilton but I do like the cheese!
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on December 24, 2013
Hello Barney. Would you, on my behalf, please wish my fellow Society members a very Happy Blytonian-style Christmas and a Healthy New Year. My dog, Tim, wishes you the same.
BarneyBarney says: I know that all our members who read your excellent serials on the website would individually wish you and Tim the same, Trevor, if they were able to do so. I am sure that they are all looking forward to reading The Secret of Longrigg Hall which will be serialised on the website next year.
Posted by Vishali on December 24, 2013
Hello! Barney, may I know where to purchase Enid Blyton's book The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure in the Young Adventurers series? I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
BarneyBarney says: If your local bookshop doesn't have that title in stock the staff might be able to order it in for you, Vishali. If not, you could look online for a new or second-hand copy. Try sites like Amazon, eBay, Navrang or equivalent. I hope you manage to get the book soon.
Posted by Deeksha on December 23, 2013
Merry Christmas! I love Enid Blyton's books, do you? :)
BarneyBarney says: Of course - or I wouldn't be here!
Posted by Ana on December 22, 2013
Yes Snehalatha, but Toby wasn't in George's good books either, at that time, which is why Toby glances at George. She could have been smiling or giggling or laughing at him to get even with HIM as he had played a prank on her which outraged her earlier. Anyway, Barney, how do people edit things in books of authors that are deceased? They can't just change it if it comes into their heads, right? I'm really annoyed at them changing Fanny to Frannie, Jo to Joe, and Dick to Rick (Faraway Tree series). Ugh! They're Enid Blyton's books! They can't just change the names like that because they don't 'make sense' to modern people. I wish someone would stand up and get them to change things back! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Once an author dies, the copyright to his/her works is normally held by the family for a while. But there often comes a time when members of the family are so busy with their own jobs and other commitments that they feel they can't keep up with things, so the copyright is sold. And the person/organisation which holds the copyright may alter the texts (or give permission to publishers to alter them) if they feel that changes are necessary in order for the books to keep selling. Many fans don't like that because they want to read the stories as Enid Blyton wrote them, while others feel that the stories might be branded as old-fashioned and go out of print if certain elements weren't modernised.
Posted by Snehalatha on December 22, 2013
Thank you, Barney - enjoy your Christmas. In answer to Ana, George roared with laughter at Henry because she was rather jealous of Henry who was like George - trying to be a boy - so George took the smallest chance of laughing at her. It was her way of getting even with her - not gloating. But Toby was a boy. There was no need for her to laugh at him.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 22, 2013
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Rupsa. Happy Christmas to you and to all who visit the website.
Posted by Ana Asif on December 21, 2013
Hi! In Five Go to Billycock Hill it's written, "Toby glanced at George to see if she was gloating over his ticking off. But George was never one to exalt over one's downfall." And in Five Go to Mystery Moor it's written, "George roared with laughter, not that she thought it was very funny, but because she loved any chance to laugh at Henry." Don't you think these lines contradict each other? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: An interesting observation but it's hard to say without re-reading both books to put the quotations into context and see how George feels about Toby and Henry.
Posted by Snehalatha on December 21, 2013
Here's wishing everyone on the Message Board and the Forumites a very Enid Blytonish Christmas. Have a lovely Christmas and lots of cake.
BarneyBarney says: A Merry Christmas to you too, Snehalatha!
Posted by Paul on December 18, 2013
I think Hollow Tree House was one of the books written during Enid Blyton's 'darker' phase when she was trying to get taken seriously as an adult writer. I think the Galliano's Circus books were also originally written as adult books as well and you can tell as there is a lot more complexity in the adult characters' lives, e.g. job loss, troubled past, etc.
BarneyBarney says: Barbara Stoney speculated that material from Enid Blyton's unpublished adult novel, The Caravan Goes On, may have been incorporated into the Galliano's Circus series. Hollow Tree House was published in 1945 and Enid had, as far as we know, stopped writing adult fiction in the 1930s (except for the play Summer Storm, which she wrote in 1956). Hollow Tree House was published by Lutterworth Press, and if Enid's Lutterworth books seem a bit different that might be because Lutterworth appear to have issued Enid with a few basic guidelines - e.g. she wrote The Children at Green Meadows after they asked her for a book "with a scout or scouts, with kindness to animals and with a definite religious thread going through it."
Posted by Mahmood on December 15, 2013
In what chapter of The Mystery of the Secret Room does Fatty become leader?
BarneyBarney says: To find out I'd have to flick through the book, and you can do that just as easily yourself!
Posted by Adam Bartoš on December 14, 2013
Hi, I am from the Czech Republic and I love books by Enid Blyton. At home I have 32 mystery and adventure books. I look forward to The Ship of Adventure coming out in January and Five Go to Mystery Moor in March.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad Enid Blyton is popular in the Czech Republic, Adam.
Posted by Gerribelles on December 13, 2013
Hi, how can I purchase the Faraway Tree trilogy? Any I have found online are paperback and not the original. I also can't seem to see them in your online shop. Many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell Enid Blyton books in our online shop - only booklets of early uncollected material. To get the original text of the Faraway Tree series you'd need to look for second-hand copies. You could try eBay, Abebooks or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Mudit on December 11, 2013
I wanted to know if Five Find-Outers books written by people other than Enid Blyton exist and how can I read them?
BarneyBarney says: We have 4 full-length Find-Outers continuation books in our "Secret Passage", Mudit (button on the left) as well as 11 continuation books from other series (Adventure, Famous Five, Secret, Barney, Adventurous Four, Secret Seven, Boy Next Door and Malory Towers). A 16th is currently being serialised. They are only available to members of the Enid Blyton Society - scroll up to "Join the Society" at the top of this page to find out how much it costs to join. Members receive three Journals a year as well. You can also read Julie Heginbotham's short stories about the Find-Outers in retirement on enidblyton.net.
Posted by Vishali on December 10, 2013
Hello Barney, I just got a doubt about Whispering Island, mentioned in Five Have a Mystery to Solve. Where is it situated in the world? And is Lucas still alive? Thank you very much and good night!
BarneyBarney says: Whispering Island is based on Brownsea Island in Dorset, England. It's believed that the character of Lucas may have been inspired by golf caddy Gordon James (also known as Johnny James), who died in May 2012.
Posted by Vishali on December 10, 2013
Hi Barney, I am from India. Can you tell me how many books there are in the "Famous Five Series"? And I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
BarneyBarney says: There are 21 books in the Famous Five series, Vishali, and 8 short stories. Click on the Famous Five button (above this message board) for further information.
Posted by Rose on December 10, 2013
Hi, Barney. May I know the meaning of ragamuffin which is specified in Five Fall Into Adventure?
BarneyBarney says: A ragamuffin is a dirty, scruffy person (usually a child).
Posted by Jackie Lewis on December 9, 2013
Can anyone tell me if there were sequels to The Children of Cherry Tree Farm?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton wrote two sequels - The Children of Willow Farm and More Adventures on Willow Farm.
Posted by Sharon on December 8, 2013
Hello Barney, Please could you tell me how many books there are in the 'Just George' series of books by Sue Welford and your opinion of them? Thanks very much and I do hope that you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. xxx
BarneyBarney says: There are six Just George books, Sharon. They're aimed at slightly younger readers than the Famous Five books but they're nicely written and capture George's character well.
Posted by Irma on December 7, 2013
Barney, is there a character named Connie in The Folk of the Faraway Tree?
BarneyBarney says: Yes. She comes to stay with Jo, Bessie and Fanny.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 7, 2013
Oh! I didn't know that, but thanks for the information.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 2, 2013
Barney, I recently found out that there is a character named Cyril in The Story of the Amulet.
BarneyBarney says: Cyril appears in several of E. Nesbit's books. Cyril was a popular name at the time E. Nesbit was writing, so it's not surprising. It was far less popular by the time Enid Blyton wrote the Six Cousins books.
Posted by AliRay on December 2, 2013
Hi Barney, I posted a question about the Toffee Shock on the 21st November. You said it first appeared in The Enchanted Wood - which I've just re-read and can't find it anywhere. Someone else has said it's The Magic Faraway Tree. Help - which is it?
BarneyBarney says: The first reference to a Toffee Shock comes in The Enchanted Wood at the beginning of the chapter 'An Invitation from Moon-Face and Silky'. Moon-Face hands round a tin of sweets and Jo takes "a peculiar toffee sweet which seemed to get bigger in his mouth instead of smaller." He has inadvertently taken a Toffee Shock, never having seen one before. It turns out that the Saucepan Man has accidentally taken one too - though he mishears and thinks it's called a Coffee Clock!
Posted by Louise on December 1, 2013
I have 50 hardback Enid Blyton books, all very good condition. Titles include the Famous Five and I am wondering if anyone would like to buy them. The money raised is going to a charity for children with special needs. If interested call or text 07877511956. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Your message might get more views if you post it in the "For Sale" section of our forums, Louise. If you're interested, the details of how to join the forums (free of charge but you have to register) are at the bottom of this page. Best of luck with raising money for the charity.
Posted by Snehalatha on December 1, 2013
Yes, Ana, I started reading Enid Blyton at eight years old to be precise. Five Run Away Together was my first book. It's 51 years back - and yes, I love Enid. I would advise you to read each and every one of her books. The short stories are lovely too. In fact it's like a lovely banquet - I don't know which is more delicious. Good wishes.
Posted by Ana Asif on November 30, 2013
Thanks a lot Barney. Hallo, Snehalatha! I would be surprised if anyone WOULDN'T be excited about reading Enid's books! But goodness, you seem to know about EVERY book of Enid's! Wow, that must have taken a long time. I started at five, and I still don't know about a lot of her books! I think I'll start with the Barney Mysteries though. Happy reading to you too, Snehalatha!
BarneyBarney says: For those who enjoy discussing Enid Blyton books in some detail, the best place is on our discussion forums. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how to join.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 30, 2013
Barney, was Aunt Rose really so silly in the Six Cousins?
BarneyBarney says: She was certainly lazy, vain and selfish! As Dorcas said, Rose spent so much time looking after herself that she had no time to look after anyone else - not even her own children.
Posted by Snehalatha on November 30, 2013
Hi Ana, I'm so happy that you're so excited about dear old Blyton's books. The Barney Mysteries are lovely and the Adventurous Four books are gorgeous. It's difficult to choose. But whichever you read, you always wish you were one of the characters. Happy reading Ana.
Posted by Ana on November 29, 2013
Hallo! Finished the Adventure series a few days ago. They were awesome books (obviously)! I had a science project to write facts about your favourite bird, so I've chosen puffins. I've been reading, and I wondered whether the puffins that appear in The Sea of Adventure and are friends to Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are Atlantic, horned, or tufted puffins? Anyway, I've ALWAYS imagined them to be Atlantic puffins. And also as I've finished the Adventure series, should I begin with the Barney Mysteries or the Adventurous Four? Oh, and how many titles are there in the Adventurous Four? I have only two, I'm afraid. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your project, Ana. I think you're right that the puffins in Scotland would be Atlantic puffins. Enid Blyton wrote two Adventurous Four books - The Adventurous Four and The Adventurous Four Again! In the 1990s, the titles were changed to The Adventurous Four Shipwrecked! and The Adventurous Four Stranded!. An Adventurous Four short story was expanded to make a third book called The Adventurous Four Trapped! The publishers also changed the names of some of the characters. The Adventurous Four books are quite like the Adventure series in some ways but the Barney books are rather different - though still excellent.
Posted by Paul on November 29, 2013
Stella Aldridge: Cameron became a popular name after Enid Blyton stopped writing, and even if it hadn't, it is a very "American" name so Enid probably wouldn't have used it anyway, given her known opinion of the influence of American culture and society on Great Britain.
BarneyBarney says: The name "Cameron" comes originally from Scottish Gaelic.
Posted by RedTower on November 27, 2013
Thanks for your answer re More/Adventures on Willow Farm. I thought it looked like Skippetty on the cover of the eBay book. Although you are correct in what you say, I must admit I did laugh at the explanation! The publisher sounds a bit like Sky television - which is under the impression that football has only been played since 1991 - the year it started broadcasting!
Posted by Stella Aldridge on November 27, 2013
Hi there, is there a character in any of Enid Blyton's books called Cameron?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of one.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 27, 2013
My mother is trying to convince Daddy to get a small Spaniel... I will name it Crackers.
Posted by Red Tower on November 26, 2013
Hi Barney. First of all many thanks to your master, for another wonderful Journal. Secondly, I always thought that the Farm series was comprised of The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, The Children of Willow Farm and More Adventures on Willow Farm, yet I came across Adventures on Willow Farm on eBay (Adventures on Willow Farm). Is this book on eBay a different book or simply a misprint? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: That book was mentioned on the forums some time ago. Apparently, Collins only published the last book and therefore had to remove the word "More" from the title!
Posted by Don Massimo on November 26, 2013
I was shocked by these words, which I read in David Rudd's article: "The controversy surrounding Blyton's work, especially the accusations about sexism and racism which emerged towards the end of Enid's life, are not ignored either". I was very sorry at this information and hope that there is nothing really negative about Enid Blyton. Is it possible to know better?
BarneyBarney says: There's no need to worry, Don Massimo - it's all a bit of a storm in a teacup. The "sexism" refers to the fact that Enid Blyton books often show girls preparing meals or sewing, while boys frequently leave their sisters and girl cousins behind when they go on night-time adventures. Critics ignore the fact that Enid Blyton was simply reflecting the society of her time, where sexual divisions were more marked than they are today. Critics also fail to mention that Blyton's stories show boys and girls exploring and adventuring together much of the time - even if their roles are slightly different. As for "racism", some critics have complained that golliwogs feature in Enid Blyton books and have said that they're caricatures of black people. To Enid Blyton and to many other people, golliwogs were/are simply lovable children's toys just like teddy bears or any other kind of doll. Enid Blyton didn't invent them and didn't intend them to be offensive - they were popular nursery toys at the time she was writing so she naturally included them in her stories.
Posted by Prakul on November 26, 2013
Hi Barney. I want to ask you a question. The question is: How many books did Enid Blyton write in her whole life?
BarneyBarney says: It's impossible to give an exact number, Prakul. As well as novels Enid Blyton wrote short stories, plays, picture books, entire magazines, articles for periodicals, nature books, religious books, rhymes for greetings cards, letters, plays and poems. Some of her stories and poems were included numerous times in different collections. What we can say is that she wrote over 180 novels and around 4000-5000 short stories, which is a phenomenal achievement!
Posted by Snehalatha on November 24, 2013
Why don't you buy a vintage copy of The Family at Red-Roofs, Paul? It's still available in old bookshops. Also House-at-the-Corner, which is another family story, and The Children at Green Meadows, which is another. All must-reads.
Posted by Paul on November 22, 2013
I only have vague memories of a long-gone copy of The Family at Red-Roofs but twenty years later I still remember the joy of the family by the end of the book.
BarneyBarney says: The Family at Red-Roofs is heartwarming and beautifully written. It's a pity Enid Blyton's family stories are not better known.
Posted by Snehalatha on November 22, 2013
Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm and Six Cousins Again are quite happy books, EB'sGF. The Six Bad Boys is quite sad - but I won't give anything away. Whatever it is Enid Blyton was such a gifted person - almost divine - at least for many of us.
BarneyBarney says: The Six Bad Boys and the Six Cousins books are similar in that they deal with family life, including problems and trauma.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 21, 2013
Hey Barney. I have finished The Six Bad Boys. It is wonderful but I think it is sad. Some boys end up all right but it is sad for others. I could not help feeling it was rather like the Six Cousins. Goodness! I have not used contractions. That shows how emotional it is.
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed a wonderful book, EB'sGF, with plenty of emotion and drama!
Posted by Aliray on November 21, 2013
Please can someone tell me in which book the Toffee Shock first appears - and who tastes it first? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Toffee Shocks first appear in The Enchanted Wood. I'll leave you to read the book to find out who eats one first!
Posted by Ana on November 19, 2013
Thanks a bunch, Snehalatha and Poppy. Barney, I got into an argument with one one of my friends, as to how Enid Blyton's name is pronounced. Is it Enid Bleeton or Blyton as in 'light'?
BarneyBarney says: It's the second way - "Blighton".
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on November 19, 2013
Hey Barney. I had gone to Delhi and have come back to Chandigarh just recently. My father had been given some money by the library. We could buy as many books as we liked, read them and give them to the library. I bought the whole of the Malory Towers series, the first Naughtiest Girl book, The Six Bad Boys and The Family at Red Roofs. I have read the whole of the Malory Towers series and the Naughtiest Girl book. Seven books in just five days. Anyway, can you tell me how the British School System used to work? Quite confusing, it is. School Cert, half term, terms, forms, promotion to the next form even though the exam wasn't passed, etc.
BarneyBarney says: Whew - you have done a lot of reading, EB'sGF! Enid Blyton got into rather a muddle over terms and forms and ages, and even British readers have trouble trying to make sense of it all. This discussion on the forums might help.
Posted by Paul on November 19, 2013
It's strange how Enid was born in the days when Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road and she died the year before humankind reached the moon. What an incredible span of life.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, and just think how society has changed since her death. Wouldn't I love to show her this website!
Posted by Sarah on November 18, 2013
What was Enid Blyton's first book?
BarneyBarney says: It was Child Whispers, a slim volume of poetry published in 1922.
Posted by Snehalatha on November 18, 2013
Ana, I'm sure you'll get your dog, but as Enid Blyton herself said you value things more when you get them by hard work - and not just gifted to you. Barney says the same - if you read Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm, you'll know what I mean. Even my heart bursts with unsaid words full of praise reading dear Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was taught that lesson by her father. When she was a girl she wanted seeds to plant in her own little patch of garden. Her father said, "If you want anything badly, you have to work for it. I will give you enough money to buy your own seeds, if you earn it. I want my bicycle cleaned - cleaned well, too. And I want the weeds cleared from that bed over there. If the work is done properly, it is worth sixpence to me, and that will buy you six penny packets of seeds." Enid Blyton did the jobs willingly and was able to buy the seeds and have a garden full of pretty flowers. I doubt that will help Ana get a dog right now, I'm afraid, but hard work and patience will give us a chance of getting at least some of the things we want.
Posted by Ana Asif on November 17, 2013
Oh Barney! I can't possibly wait till I'm grown-up! You said that I could spend time with a friend's dog, but I don't have a friend who has a dog! Though I ALWAYS go into dreamland, thinking that when I grow up I'll have a house of my own, a cosy fireplace, books everywhere, and of course, a dog! Anyway, I've almost finished reading all the books in the Adventure series and they're marvellous! I don't know why I felt I couldn't read them before. I'm currently reading The River Of Adventure. Enid Blyton, if you were here I'd say... well, I'd be speechless with words of praise bursting inside me! Your books are my idea of 'Perfect'! Enid, I hope and wish you are happy wherever you are. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you achieve your dreams, Ana! Enid Blyton wrote in The Story of My Life that she was sorry not to have pets as a girl, but she vowed to have lots when she was older. She continued, "That's one of the nice things about being a child - if you haven't got something you badly want you can always plan to have it when you are grown-up. And if you are determined enough you do get it, though it usually means working very hard. But things are much more precious to you if you have to work for them, and seem much more worth-while than if you just have them given to you."
Posted by Poppy on November 17, 2013
I hope your parents let you have a dog, Ana! You should read The Boy Who Wanted a Dog by Enid Blyton (of course!) Hello Barney! I am reading The Secret of Killimooin at the moment and am mystified by the place of Baronia. I am wondering: is it a real place and if so, where is it situated? Thanks very much, Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: Baronia is fictitious, Poppy, but it sounds European and fans have tended to imagine it being located either in the Balkans or the Iberian Peninsula.
Posted by Ana Asif on November 16, 2013
Trying to convince mom and dad to get me a dog. What would Enid have done? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid's parents didn't allow her to have any pets when she was a girl, Ana, so she waited till she was grown up and then she kept dogs, cats, pigeons, fish, etc. Maybe you could spend time with a friend's dog - though I realise it's not the same as having your own. I send you a wag of my tail and a sympathetic "Wuff".
Posted by Snehalatha on November 16, 2013
Happy Puja to Rupsa - and happy reading of Enid's books too.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 15, 2013
Barney, On Sunday we have a celebration in my house... HAPPY PUJA. Rupsa
BarneyBarney says: Happy Puja for Sunday, Rupsa!
Posted by Sue Bell on November 15, 2013
Foreign language Blytons! Quick tip re previous message for locating these items on website - type French, Italian or whatever language into title on search box, and they will appear. Thank you!
Posted by Sue Bell on November 15, 2013
Hello there, Re query from John Lee wanting Enid Blyton original titles in French, Italian languages etc. I have quite a number on my website Green Meadow Books if that's of help.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Sue.
Posted by Varunj on November 14, 2013
Hey Barney, I read all the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Mystery series, Secret series and Adventure series! How about that?
BarneyBarney says: Sounds good! Have you tried the Barney Mystery series and the Adventurous Four books?
Posted by John Lee on November 14, 2013
Where can I get French and Spanish editions of original titles by Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: If they're still in print, you should be able to buy them from the French and Spanish equivalents of Amazon. If they're not, you should be able to get secondhand copies from the French and Spanish equivalents of eBay, or from online booksellers. If I were you, I'd do an internet search and see what comes up.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 14, 2013
The titles are The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat and Bedtime Stories.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 12, 2013
Today Mrs. Snehahaltha gave me two books... I am so happy.
BarneyBarney says: That was nice of Mrs. Snehalatha, though it would have made your message more interesting if you'd told us the titles! I hope you enjoy reading them!
Posted by Paul on November 11, 2013
I usually dislike rewriting old books for modern sensibilities, but I will make an exception for books like the Galliano's Circus originals where the dogs are named after racial slurs. Yikes! The rest is ridiculous, though. The books are going to seem old-fashioned no matter what, so keep the old-fashioned names and money and so forth. It's part of the charm, and even potentially educational. The unusual (to me) names were something I specifically enjoyed about Enid Blyton when I read them. Not names like Jill and Mary, but names like Gwendolyn and Gladys and Mirabel. I've seen a few 'updated' versions of the books that convert all the money to decimal currency, which irritates me quite a bit. I mean, yes, I get that younger children may not understand what farthings or shillings are, but any child with a modicum of intelligence will ask someone/work it out from context - plus, the conversions they do are ridiculous; they changed 2 shillings to 20p in the Naughtiest Girl series, which... well, you try finding something you can buy for 20p in modern-day Britain.
BarneyBarney says: I agree with what you say, Paul, though it's worth emphasizing that Enid Blyton did not knowingly choose "racial slurs" for the names of the Galliano's Circus dogs (Darky and Nigger, now renamed Dora and Teddy). Those names were popular for black animals in Britain at the time, and weren't intended to be insulting.
Posted by Sue Proctor on November 11, 2013
Thanks, Barney. I will try Amazon. Sue Proctor.
Posted by Sue Proctor on November 10, 2013
I have been told by Tony that someone answered my question on where I can buy Rubbalong Tales. I could not find the answer - can someone please help? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I answered you on this Message Board on October 22nd, Sue. You said: "I would like to buy some copies of Rubbalong stories. Can anyone tell me where I can get these please?" I replied:"If you mean Rubbalong Tales, it's currently in print with a new title - Shuffle the Shoemaker - and it can be bought from bookshops or sites like Amazon. That edition contains changes to the text, so if you'd prefer an older copy you could try eBay or the sellers listed under Lashings of Links. Happy reading!"
Posted by Aansruta on November 10, 2013
I love Enid Blyton's books - they're so inspiring. I love the house with six legs, ha...
Posted by Paul on November 10, 2013
If she hadn't been ill, would Enid have allowed a TV series of her works earlier than we got? C.S. Lewis didn't allow adaptions of his Narnia books while he was alive.
BarneyBarney says: Two of the Famous Five books (Five on a Treasure Island and Five Have a Mystery to Solve) were turned into cinema films during Enid Blyton's lifetime, and series featuring Noddy and Bom were made for ITV. Changes were made to the stories, e.g. the plot of Five Have a Mystery to Solve differed greatly from the book and Aunt Fanny became Aunt Margaret in Five on a Treasure Island, yet Enid Blyton seems to have approved. Therefore I think she'd have welcomed more adaptations of her work.
Posted by Ana on November 9, 2013
While I'm writing my diary book, I'm also writing an adventure book side-by-side. But I need an urgent reply here, Barney, please tell me a marvellous Blytonian dinner! Quick! (Mind that the 'Blytonian' dinner should be for humans!) Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Can't you think of one yourself, Ana? Enid Blyton's characters often eat things like meat pie, ham, boiled eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, juicy plums, fruit cake, apple pie and scones for high-tea or a picnic. Stew, chops, sausages, fish, chipped potatoes and potatoes baked in their jackets are also mentioned in some books - either for the midday meal or the evening meal.
Posted by Sona Maria on November 9, 2013
I love Enid Blyton's books. My favorites are the Famous Five series, the Adventure series, the Naughtiest Girl series and the Mystery series. I love Kiki, Timmy, Buster and you, Barney!
BarneyBarney says: It's always nice to meet an animal-lover, Sona Maria. I hope you continue to enjoy the books.
Posted by Sue Webster on November 7, 2013
Hi, are the books called The Buttercup Farm Family and At Appletree Farm available still and could I get them in the local library?
BarneyBarney says: The Buttercup Farm Family has been in print fairly recently (in a big volume called The Family Collection) so it might be available in some libraries or bookshops. At Appletree Farm is only a small-sized picture book and hasn't been in print for ages, so it might be harder to get that from a library (though secondhand copies are available to buy).
Posted by Jigsawcreations on November 6, 2013
Hi, I would like to respond to Wendy. I have the Enchanted Wood series with the original names, and can sell them. Email: jigsawcreations@gmail.com
Posted by Wendy on November 6, 2013
Can someone please tell me how I can purchase a copy of The Magic Faraway Tree with the children's names the same as the first edition, i.e. Jo, Dick and Fanny? I love the original and I want to send my kids a copy for Christmas. Many thanks, Wendy.
BarneyBarney says: There's also Bessie, who has become Beth in modern versions. Different publishers edited the names at different times, Wendy, so it's hard to say what date would be okay. If buying online, you could ask the seller to check what the names are before you buy.
Posted by Bridget Jones on November 6, 2013
I work at an amazing place here in South Devon on the Salcombe estuary and it has been mentioned to me that Enid Blyton based her fictional places in her books on this area? Does anyone know if she visited this area or had any connection? Lovely website by the way. My own children adore her books and I regularly buy old copies for them.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Bridget - I'm glad you like the website! We know that Enid Blyton visited Devon, though I'm not sure whether or not she went to Salcombe and I don't recall hearing of a fictional place based on that particular area. In Circus Days Again some of the characters go to Langley Holme in Devon, but I don't know whether Enid based that on a real-life location.
Posted by Paul on November 6, 2013
Enid seems to have held a mix of different political and social views, and it would be hard to pigeonhole her as any specific ideology. I believe that in modern editions of the Find-Outers, Bets' statement of admiration for Churchill is shortened and generalised, so as not to take a partisan political position in a childrens' book, which many parents would find inappropriate.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, you're right that the reference to Winston Churchill has been shortened in modern editions of The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, Paul.
Posted by Anne on November 6, 2013
Do you know how I can get a copy of Noddy's Own Nursery Rhymes, first published in 1958? I used read it as a child and would love to buy one. My own copy was accidentally discarded when we moved house.
BarneyBarney says: I'd try eBay, Amazon sellers or the dealers listed under 'Lashings of Links' if I were you, Anne. Good luck with finding a copy.
Posted by Lisa on November 6, 2013
Love this site but was originally looking for somewhere to have a collection of my mother-in-law's valued. Be very grateful if anyone could help with this. She has Enid Blyton Magazines from vol 1, March 18th 1953, 21 issues in each volume. 8 volumes which equal 168 books. Also Sunny Stories No 374 Feb 22nd 1946 35 issues 8 volumes which = 280 books. Hope someone can help.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't do valuations ourselves, Lisa, but it's lovely that your mother-in-law has so many of the magazines (there are 162 issues of Enid Blyton's Magazine). You could try taking them to a dealer or seeing how they do at auction (if your mother-in-law wishes to sell them).
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 6, 2013
Barney, How can I join the Society?
BarneyBarney says: Click on "Join the Society" (up above, under "Welcome!") to see how to join the Society and receive the Journal. If you don't want to become a member but you just want to join in the discussions on the forums, go to the bottom of this page and click on "join in" (under "Forums").
Posted by Les W on November 5, 2013
There's a terrific image on the Barney Mysteries page that says "Good Luck from Barney and his Friends". Does anyone know where a good quality/size image is available - my daughter would love one! Many thanks!
BarneyBarney says: That image comes from a very scarce postcard that was produced just for Enid Blyton herself to use and was therefore never available for general sale. If you did see such a postcard on the second-hand market I'm afraid that it would be very expensive as it would have been sent by Enid herself in response to a letter from a child. Sorry to disappoint your daughter, Les.
Posted by Anonymous on November 5, 2013
Does anyone know Miss Blyton's political views? Reading the Naughtiest Girl series really made me think she was possibly a communist due to the pocket money sharing ideologies in the books. Thanks x
BarneyBarney says: I think the idea in the Naughtiest Girl books is to make the children feel like a family who share things. Enid Blyton wasn't much of a political animal, although she is believed to have admired Winston Churchill (as Bets does in The Mystery of the Missing Necklace) and she spoke out/wrote about juvenile crime, working mothers and capital punishment.
Posted by Philippa on November 4, 2013
This is a fantastic site. Lots of happy reading memories here. Enjoyed all Enid Blyton books during my childhood, especially Malory Towers, St. Clare's and the Faraway Tree.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Philippa.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 4, 2013
Barney, In most of the books by Enid Blyton there is a role of pets. Why?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton loved animals and was aware that many of her young readers had a strong bond with their pets. Therefore, she knew they would enjoy reading about dogs, monkeys, parrots, etc. Animal characters are also useful in adventure stories because they can often slip through small spaces, frighten villains, carry messages, etc. They add an element of humour too, e.g. Loony and Miranda's amusing antics or Kiki's apt sayings.
Posted by Sue Whitaker on November 3, 2013
Hi there. My name is Sue Whitaker, a life long fan of everything Enid Blyton. So much so that I have become an author of children's books myself, and it has been mentioned that in years to come my writing may be a little like my role modal Enid Blyton. Check out my childrens titles at eta publishing, starting with 'And Jake Makes Three' which sees Sam and Jess teaming up with Jaake the dog at Gran's cottage on the North York Moors. Please let me know what you think suewhitaker35@yahoo.co.uk
Posted by Snehalatha on November 1, 2013
Let's hope this site goes on for generations to come - something really GOOD in an otherwise miserable world. Thank you, Ana. Good wishes to you too.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 1, 2013
Hello Barney, In India tomorrow is Diwali, the festival of lights. Just going to say Happy Diwali.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Diwali!
Posted by Snehalatha on November 1, 2013
Birds of Our Gardens is a bit nostalgic too. The children stay with their Uncle Jack and Aunt Jane for a whole year in the country learning about birds - a lovely life - but things can't stay like that forever. I felt quite bad for the children, as they got to love life with their aunt and uncle.
Posted by Ana on November 1, 2013
I know The Family at Red-Roofs has a happy ending, Snehalatha, it's just that it makes me sober to think of what happens to the family. It makes me almost cry. Good wishes to you, Sneha (your name is so long!) Barney, sometimes I wonder how long this site will go on for. I really hope it will be there till I'm a grown up woman, so I can look back to my happy moments when I was a child. Anyway, Happy Halloween!
BarneyBarney says: I had to shorten your message, as people glancing at the Message Board may not want to know what happens in The Family at Red-Roofs! I hope this website will be here for decades to come (maybe even centuries or millenia, but who knows!)
Posted by Snehalatha on November 1, 2013
Ana, The Family at Red-Roofs has a happy ending. You can be sure that Enid Blyton will never disappoint her readers - all her books are full of sunbeams. I'm sure you understand what I mean. Good wishes, Ana. Enid Blyton must definitely be blessing us.
BarneyBarney says: Ana is right about The Family at Red-Roofs being sad in the middle though, and about The Put-Em-Rights not having a truly happy ending. The characters have to accept some harsh truths about the society in which they live.
Posted by Ana on October 31, 2013
Hi! Lesh, Snehalatha, you wouldn't be able to imagine the joy inside me when I think of people all over the world experiencing the same pleasure I do, while reading Enid Blyton books. I've just read The Put-Em-Rights and The Family at Red-Roofs, which I assume are one-off novels? The Children at Green Meadows I'll read when I have more time. I am going to read The Mountain of Adventure next. The Put-Em-Rights and The Family at Red-Roofs were nice books, but the charm which is in most books was missing... You know, with the group breaking up in the end and with the big sadness in the middle of Red-Roofs, I was a bit overwhelmed. I checked twice to see if Enid REALLY wrote the books. But whatEVER happens, I will love Enid Blyton for her books, forever. May she lead a happy after-life.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, The Put-Em-Rights and The Family at Red-Roofs are one-off novels. So is The Children at Green Meadows. Some of Enid Blyton's stand-alone "family/society" books do have a sombre feel to them, as the stories are dramatic and quite emotional, but many readers consider them to be among her best books.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 30, 2013
Barney, were any of the characters based on Enid Blyton herself?
BarneyBarney says: No child character is based wholly on Enid Blyton, but there are elements of her personality in several characters. Enid could be wilful like George Kirrin, she loved music and gardening like Elizabeth Allen, she wrote stories as a teenager and submitted them to newspapers and magazines like Elizabeth Farrell, she was bright and full of ideas like Fatty, she loved playing tricks and jokes and was good at tennis and lacrosse like many of the girls in her school stories...and so on.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 30, 2013
Barney, Lesh is absolutely brilliantly right. I still live in Enid Blyton's world. A simple meal tastes more delicious while reading a lovely Enid Blyton. Those who don't read the books do not know what they are missing.
BarneyBarney says: A nice juicy mystery certainly enhances a nice juicy bone!
Posted by Paul on October 30, 2013
Were "Cherry Tree"/"Willow Farm" the only farm books Enid Blyton wrote?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote other books about life on a farm, e.g. The Buttercup Farm Family and At Appletree Farm. She also wrote stories which took place on a farm but weren't really about farming, e.g. the Six Cousins books and Five on Finniston Farm to give just two examples. I'd say the two "Willow Farm" books are her most detailed books about farming. The Children of Cherry Tree Farm is more about British wildlife than farm life.
Posted by Lesh on October 29, 2013
I grew up reading Enid Blyton's books. The Five Find-Outers was my favourite series. These stories immersed me in a fantasy world that I adored. Now I'm older, but still look back to the days when I would rush home from school just to get to the next chapter in my book, to see what Fatty and the gang would get up to next. Every kid needs that. What better way than through a book!
Posted by Anne on October 29, 2013
Barney, which is your favourite book among Enid Blyton's books...and why?
BarneyBarney says: Shadow the Sheep-Dog is my favourite because Shadow is one of Enid Blyton's cleverest and bravest characters!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 29, 2013
Barney, what was Enid Blyton's first book?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's first book was Child Whispers, a slim volume of poetry published in 1922.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 29, 2013
Barney, I am from India but have heard of the severe storm in the U.K. Hope things are fine with all of you - I adore the U.K., the Blyton country. Sorry for going off topic and thank you Barney, in advance.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Snehalatha. The storm has passed now - it was fierce in some areas but not as bad in others. I believe parts of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany were also affected.
Posted by Javier on October 28, 2013
Dear Barney, I was looking at the Cave of Books today and I saw there are some Spanish translations missing for some of the Secret Seven titles. Here they are in case you want to include them: Well Done Secret Seven: Bien por los Siete Secretos, Good Work Secret Seven: Buen trabajo Siete Secretos, Secret Seven Win Through: El triunfo de los Siete Secretos, Three Cheers Secret Seven: Tres hurras para los Siete Secretos, Puzzle for Secret Seven: Un rompecabezas para los Siete Secretos. I love this website. Thank you for all the hard work! Best wishes.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for that, Javier. You've put a wag in my tail! My master is responsible for the Cave of Books, so I'll draw his attention to your message.
Posted by M. Taylor on October 28, 2013
We have a 1954 Noddy and the Magic Goldfish paperback book, the spelling on the front cover reads Noddy and the Magig Goldfish. I presume this was a printing error, can you advise me if I'm right and if there is any value, apart from very sentimental, for this book? Many thanks, Marg.
BarneyBarney says: Little errors like that don't add to the value of the book, Marg, but it's an interesting anomaly and a nice item to have.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 28, 2013
Barney, in some books Crackers is described as a black spaniel, and in some brown. Which one is the real description?
BarneyBarney says: Crackers only appears in two books (the Six Cousins books) and I hadn't realised he was sometimes described as being brown. I've always pictured him as black like Loony - and like Enid Blyton's own spaniel, Laddie.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 27, 2013
My thanks to little Rupsa - may she also become a lover of Enid Blyton. Happy reading, Rupsa.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 27, 2013
Barney, Mrs. Snehalatha is my teacher. Because of her I started to read Enid Blyton books. So special THANKS to her.
BarneyBarney says: You are lucky to have a teacher who loves Enid Blyton, Rupsa!
Posted by Red Tower on October 26, 2013
Thank you Barney. A well deserved doggy biscuit for you! How on earth did I forget that the brilliant Stuart Tresilian illustrated the Adventure series? (Red Tower lowers his head in shame and skulks away).
BarneyBarney says: Cheer up, Red Tower! Stuart Tresilian's name may have slipped your mind temporarily, but I'm sure he'd be delighted to know that his portrayal of Kiki is lodged in many fans' minds forever!
Posted by Paul on October 26, 2013
Regarding "Blyton bans", I've heard of parents that deny their children anything written before the nineteen seventies because they feel that vintage books have too much sexism, racism and classism in them. Effectively pretending the bad parts of the past never happened achieves nothing I feel and can actually prove harmful if children are led to believe that the past was just like the present only with funny clothes and songs.
BarneyBarney says: Those children are in for a shock when they start studying history at school!
Posted by Ssallis on October 25, 2013
I was wondering whether anyone could give a synopsis of At Appletree Farm? There isn't one on this site, just an image of the front cover.
BarneyBarney says: It's not one of Enid Blyton's best-known books, but maybe someone will be able to help. Failing that, secondhand copies are available from online sellers.
Posted by Red Tower on October 25, 2013
Re what Timmy looks like, someone posted on the Forums that Timmy resembled a Berger Picard dog, in the Eileen Soper illustrations. Google it and I think that the Forumite is correct. It's clear that the illustrations don't reflect Enid Blyton's description but I prefer Eileen Soper's Timmy. In the Adventure series, Eileen Soper again deviates from the Kiki described in the book. In my mind Eileen Soper's white Kiki is the one I visualise when I am reading those books.
BarneyBarney says: It was Stuart Tresilian who illustrated the Adventure series. Many readers have said that they like his portrayal of Kiki, even if the parrot doesn't look the way Enid Blyton describes her.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 25, 2013
I was reading the summary given below the story Kitty at St. Clare's. It says that Pat has broken her hand and Isabel goes to school and makes friends with Amanda, a new girl. How can this be possible? Twins love each other a lot and how can a twin make a different friend while her twin is unfit?
BarneyBarney says: Twins can't always be together, and Pat and Isabel do have other friends! I'm sure Isabel would let Pat know she was thinking of her and missing her by sending her newsy letters telling her everything that was going on.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 25, 2013
Yes of course, Barney. I just love Enid Blyton and love the fellow Blytonians on this website. Let's hope many others feel the same.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 25, 2013
Thanks for the information about the characters, Barney! I'll keep that in mind. I hope to tell my friend about the Society and you. What does Timmy really look like?
BarneyBarney says: As I said to Anirban earlier, Enid Blyton describes Timmy as "a big brown mongrel dog with an absurdly long tail and a big wide mouth that really seemed to grin!"
Posted by Snehalatha on October 25, 2013
I have been so much inspired by Enid Blyton's characters, even modelling my life on them, but today's world does not take it. Very sadly I have found that out. Thanks Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Whatever people may say about Enid Blyton, her books have endured while others have fallen by the wayside. At least you can enjoy the company of fellow Blytonians here on this website, Snehalatha!
Posted by Paul on October 24, 2013
Who was referred to as being like the daughter of a dustman? I think it was one of the "new rich" characters.
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of The Twins at St. Clare's, in which sharp-tongued Janet says that Sheila Naylor sounds like the dustman's daughter: "Hark at Sheila! 'Didn't ought to!' Good heavens, Sheila, where were you brought up? Haven't you learnt by now that decent people don't say 'Didn't ought to!' My goodness, you talk about your servants, and your Rolls Royce cars, your horse and your lake and goodness knows what - and then you talk like the daughter of the dustman!"
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 24, 2013
Barney, are the stories by Enid Blyton based on someone?
BarneyBarney says: Quite a few of Enid Blyton's characters are based on real people or animals. You can find out more here.
Posted by Fiona on October 24, 2013
Hi. I thought members of this site might like to know that I'm selling a copy of My Magazine, the Arthur Mee publication that Enid Blyton loved, containing one of Enid's poems. I have put the magazine on eBay today (24th October 2013). The poem is called 'Little Chiffle-Chuffle with his Big Banjo', and is apparently from July 1925 (though I can't find a date on the magazine). I'll keep looking!
BarneyBarney says: You just need to look at the cover of the magazine, Fiona, it has July on it!
Posted by Margfernando on October 24, 2013
Just wanted to say a special thanks to Barney for his very quick reply. Enid Blyton was my choice of author as a child. Christmas, birthdays and special occasions meant so much to me because for presents I received Enid Blyton books.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you. I hope you'll soon find the book you're after. It's lovely to think that Enid Blyton has brought pleasure to so many generations of children, and continues to do so.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 24, 2013
Hello Barney! I am confused about something. What is the real colour of Timmy? On some of the covers, they have shown that he is white and black. And on some, they have shown that he is completely black. Which is his real colour?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton describes Timmy in Five on a Treasure Island as "a big brown mongrel dog with an absurdly long tail and a big wide mouth that really seemed to grin!" However, illustrators and film-makers/TV producers haven't always followed that description.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 24, 2013
It's best not to find any faults with Enid Blyton, the "bestest'' writer. Her books are full of sunshine and let's enjoy them as long as we can. Her mind was a kaleidoscope of colourful imagination. There is no one like her - such a positive, versatile author.
BarneyBarney says: It's okay to acknowledge that there are anomalies in the books - it doesn't prevent us admiring their special qualities and being inspired by the wonderful stories and characters.
Posted by Steve on October 23, 2013
Thanks for the answer. However, when Enid Blyton does use the name Barnard it would also be the surname of George as Quentin is Julian's father's brother.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, introducing the surname "Barnard" didn't help matters and I believe the name has been removed from more recent editions of Five Get Into a Fix.
Posted by Steve on October 23, 2013
The Famous Five start with Julian as a 12 year old and by the time the series reaches book 21 he is aged about 21. What "child" is still at school at that age and still messing about? Also George is 20 by this time, a grown woman. Another thing, are Quentin and Fanny brother and sister as Fanny's family owned the land but her surname is Kirrin?
BarneyBarney says: Lots of prolific children's authors age their main child characters far more slowly than normal, so they can continue writing children's books about them for many years. Malcolm Saville did a similar thing with the Lone Piners, Richmal Crompton's "Just William" stayed 11 forever and Rupert Bear has yet to grow up! I doubt Enid Blyton intended readers to think of Julian, Dick, George and Anne as any older than about 16, 15, 15 and 14. Apparently, at one point she asked illustrator Eileen Soper not to make them look any older in future stories. The "Kirrin" question has been raised many times. Enid must have realised her mistake as she tried to bring in the surname "Barnard" for Julian, Dick and Anne in Five Get Into a Fix, but by then it was too late.
Posted by Lolo on October 23, 2013
It's given on this site that there are CDs available for the Naughtiest Girl series. Please may I know where they are available?
BarneyBarney says: Have a look on Amazon, Lolo. If the CDs are still produced, I expect they'll be listed there. If not, you may have to search sites like eBay for secondhand ones.
Posted by Margfernando on October 23, 2013
I am after a children's book about two English girls who live separate lives. One lives a privileged life, the other a lower middle class life. The privileged girl is suffering from amnesia and the lower middle class girl works for her family. It is England and could be the early 20th century. Any information would be appreciated.
BarneyBarney says: It doesn't sound like an Enid Blyton book, but maybe someone reading your message will be able to help. Blyton's The Family at Red-Roofs has a middle class girl working for the family of a more privileged girl and also features amnesia, but it's not really as you describe.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 23, 2013
Podgingtons, I am thinking that the book you want is Enid Blyton's Emerald Storybook. I may be wrong but you can look it up.
BarneyBarney says: Which story have you got in mind, Anirban? Many Enid Blyton tales appeared in several different short story collections, and Enid Blyton's Emerald Storybook didn't come out until 1980.
Posted by Susan Proctor on October 22, 2013
I would like to buy some copies of Rubbalong stories. Can anyone tell me where I can get these please?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean Rubbalong Tales, it's currently in print with a new title - Shuffle the Shoemaker - and it can be bought from bookshops or sites like Amazon. That edition contains changes to the text, so if you'd prefer an older copy you could try eBay or the sellers listed under Lashings of Links. Happy reading!
Posted by Sue Webster on October 22, 2013
Hi, has anyone got a copy of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters for sale etc? My copy has now literally fallen to bits as it's really old and I need a new one. The book man in the market is keeping his eye out for one but nothing yet. Waterstones bookshop haven't got one. Cheers. I wish I could afford to print out the stories on the website. They sound great but it takes a long time to read them on the computer.
BarneyBarney says: If all else fails you could order The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters from an online shop/seller, Sue, either new or secondhand.
Posted by Bette Quayle on October 22, 2013
Can you tell me the name of the book by Enid Blyton which was a child's version of Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress please?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the book is called The Land of Far-Beyond and it's only loosely based on Bunyan's original.
Posted by Podgingtons on October 21, 2013
My mother is desperately trying to find a book that she loved as a child. It was a collection of short stories and contained a story about two imps with squeaky shoes, I think called Pippity Squeak and Squeakitypip? Please excuse the spellings if these are all wrong. Does anyone know which book this story appeared in, please? I would really like to source it for her. Many thanks. xx
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Podgingtons.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 21, 2013
Hi, can anyone please tell me the name of Enid Blyton's own dog on which Loony is based?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the real dog was called Laddie.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on October 19, 2013
Hi Barney. I have just finished my 2-in-1 edition of Adventures of Six Cousins. Super, that was. But I had a tonne of questions left at the end. Did Roddy and everyone get ponies? Was David able to make his farm a successful one? Did Rose do any good at the farm? But, sadly, Enid Blyton is gone so I can't find the answers to my questions ever.
BarneyBarney says: I think that with most Blyton books we can assume that things worked out well for the main characters in the end!
Posted by Helene Pavey on October 18, 2013
Hi, did Enid Blyton ever write a story about a little round man who lived in a little round house, and in the story was either a magician or a wizard or an evil witch who would steal children with the help of enchanted boots or shoes? I remember that in the end the little round man manages to get the evil witch/wizard into his house and it takes her/him away.
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of The Little Roundy Man, Helene. The enchanted shoes are left out by a magician called Candle-shoe.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 17, 2013
Hello Barney! How can I become a member of The Enid Blyton Society?
BarneyBarney says: Click on "Join the Society" (up above, under "Welcome!") to see how to join the Society and receive the Journal. If you don't want to become a member but you just want to join in the discussions on the forums, go to the bottom of this page and click on "join in" (under "Forums").
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 16, 2013
Thanks, Barney! I hope my father will allow me to do so. Like Ana's school, our school also has a lot of Enid Blyton books.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your school also has a lot of Enid Blyton books, Rupsa. I forget how old you said you are, but I just thought I'd mention that the Enid Blyton Society Journal is aimed mainly at older children (aged about 12 and over) and adult fans.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 15, 2013
Does Lozema by any chance mean the Find-Outers book The Mystery of the Strange Messages? It is actually about a house once called The Ivies - covered with ivy. Sorry, I may not be pointing at the story you want, but I've had a try.
BarneyBarney says: That crossed my mind too, but Lozema appears to be looking for a short story.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 15, 2013
Barney, Do you think that I should join the Society ?
BarneyBarney says: It's your decision of course, Rupsa, but we'd love to have you as a member. The three bumper Journals each year are well worth the money - and there are lots of goodies in the Secret Passage too!
Posted by Lozema on October 14, 2013
Can anyone remember a story about two girls, possibly sisters, I think called Emma and Jane? They had a dolls house that came to life at night. Also a story about a house that was covered in ivy. I'm sure these were stories in an Enid Blyton Annual with short stories in.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Lozema.
Posted by Ana on October 12, 2013
Barney, our school has millions of...no, all of Enid's short stories. And now, they've bought a new supply of books which includes most of her Famous Five and Secret Seven novels. YAY! My friend lent me a book, Vive De Sleepover Club, and it was by Narinder Dhami! What a surprise! I also read a Jacqueline Wilson book, Best Friends (I mostly don't read Jacqueline Wilsons cos they're a bit TOO sad) and I was almost halfway through the book when I read this, "Then I hid the letter between the pages of my best-ever book, The Enchanted Wood"(on pages 73 and 74). I am EXTREMELY happy to think that authors themselves like Enid Blyton! You once said that "the books" were written by Narinder Dhami. Did you mean "The New Adventures of the Wishing-Chair" or all the Wishing-Chair sequels? Because, I didn't find any Blytonish. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your school has plenty of Enid Blyton books, Ana. And yes, I'd heard that Jacqueline Wilson liked the Faraway Tree books when she was a girl. Narinder Dhami only wrote "The New Adventures of the Wishing-Chair". Enid Blyton's third Wishing-Chair book seems a bit muddled because the publishers took Wishing-Chair stories which Enid Blyton had written for various magazines and collections, and put them all together in one volume.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 12, 2013
Enid Blyton's books are gorgeous the way they are, and I just LOVE the golliwogs portrayed by Blyton. It's so lovely to step back in time and live in a world of golliwogs and teddy bears - instead of robotic toys. I wish people would realise that. Even the old names are great.
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on October 11, 2013
Hello Barney. I just wanted to ask you why some publishers think it is acceptable to re-write Enid Blyton's novels? Surely they are fine the way they are and do not need changing? Why have they been changed? All of the best.
BarneyBarney says: Some things that were popular in Enid Blyton's day have now become controversial, e.g. golliwogs, so they have been removed or replaced with something else. Also, old-fashioned words and phrases have been updated so the text can be understood more easily. However, these changes are not welcomed by everyone because many fans prefer to read the books the way Enid Blyton wrote them.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 9, 2013
Sorry Barney, for the spelling mistake. And thanks for informing me. I will certainly try to get those books.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 9, 2013
Hi Barney, I prefer only the original Enid Blytons. Somehow I am not so keen on the writings of others who have been authorised. I prefer only the old editions where everything is old and gold - the mackintoshes, the old shops, umbrellas, shorts, telephones, post-offices, bread and butter - and not today's pizza.
BarneyBarney says: You're not the only reader who feels like that, Snehalatha. I believe the continuation books I mentioned yesterday are all set in the correct time period - certainly the ones available in our "Secret Passage" are very Blyton-like.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 8, 2013
Hi! Barney, I have heard that some people like Anne Dickby continue some series of Enid Blyton. Are their books as good as the originals?
BarneyBarney says: It's Anne Digby - and yes, she wrote six Naughtiest Girl sequels. Other authors have written continuation books for other series, e.g. the St. Clare's and Malory Towers books by Pamela Cox and The Secret Valley by Trevor Bolton. Some people like them and others aren't so keen - you really need to try a few for yourself, perhaps from the library. Trevor Bolton writes very much in the style and spirit of Enid Blyton, and people who subscribe to the Enid Blyton Society can read (on the website, free of charge) ten books which he has written so far for different series, plus six books by three other writers.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 8, 2013
Thank you, Barney. I have Enid Blyton's circus books - the three in the Galliano's Circus series. I also have Come to the Circus! All are as fine and as great as Enid Blyton is.
Posted by Snehalatha on October 8, 2013
Hi Barney, when I explored the Cave of Books I saw many books of the circus series, but with different names and written long ago. Are they available now? Won't they be edited according to the latest customs - thereby won't the original beauty be rubbed off?
BarneyBarney says: Many of the circus books listed in the Cave are picture books or one-off titles, Snehalatha. There are only three full-length books in the Galliano's Circus series. In the latest editions, occasional words and phrases will have been altered. Anyone who likes the Galliano's Circus series might also like Come to the Circus! (the novel, not the picture book with the same title) and Boys' and Girls' Circus Book (later retitled Enid Blyton's Circus Book). Both are one-off novels about children who join a circus. They are not in print, but secondhand copies should be available.
Posted by Anirban Das on October 7, 2013
Hello Barney! Can you please tell me how many circus books Enid Blyton has written? Can you also please tell me the names of the books?
BarneyBarney says: Go to the Cave of Books, put "circus" into the search box and see what you find!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 7, 2013
Hi Barney! I have a question. How many books has Enid Blyton written?
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say, but we know she wrote over 180 novels and about 4,000 - 5,000 short stories as well as magazines, plays, poems and articles.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 6, 2013
Hello Barney, can I ask a question? I was wondering, in some books like Seven O' Clock Tales Enid Blyton has mentioned pixies. Are they true? Please reply.
BarneyBarney says: I'd say they're every bit as real as talking/typing dogs!
Posted by Anirban Das on October 6, 2013
Hello Barney, I am only twelve years old but I have read many books of Enid Blyton. Enid Blyton hasn't written anything negative. Even the bad boys and girls get well-behaved at the end of the story. Can you please tell me whether the places mentioned in the stories are true? If they are true, I would like to visit them one day.
BarneyBarney says: Most of Enid Blyton's locations came out of her imagination, Anirban, though some details would have been influenced by places she knew in real life. A couple of times, she based locations more closely on real places. Five Have a Mystery to Solve was set in Dorset, with Whispering Island being inspired by Brownsea Island. The farm in Five on Finniston Farm was based on a real farm in Dorset (Manor Farm in Stourton Caundle) which was owned by Enid and her second husband Kenneth. Enid Blyton said that she based Kirrin Island and Kirrin Castle on an island and castle in Jersey, and it's likely that Peterswood in the Find-Outers books was influenced by Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, where Enid lived with her first husband Hugh.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on October 5, 2013
I am just 11 but I have read most of the books by Enid Blyton. I would wish to see her one day but that is not possible, so I will just say 'I love you, Enid Blyton.'
Posted by Tel on October 4, 2013
Can you please tell me who now owns the copyright in Enid's books? I understand Chorion have folded.
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton copyright is owned by Hachette UK (Hodder).
Posted by Paul on October 3, 2013
I'd like to see Malory Towers or St. Clare's done on TV or film, but how would you stop it being turned into a poor man's St. Trinian's or Beverley Hills 90210?
BarneyBarney says: It would indeed be fabulous to see Enid Blyton's school stories treated with respect and filmed as period pieces. After all, it has been done in recent years with E. Nesbit's The Railway Children and some of Richmal Crompton's Just William tales.
Posted by Laura on October 2, 2013
Thanks, Barney - you're a star!
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome!
Posted by Laura on October 1, 2013
Hi Barney, Sorry to be a pain, but my internet connection failed when I was trying to do the monthly quiz, and now I'm locked out. Would you mind resetting me, please? My username is LauraMcC. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: I've reset you and you should be able to do the quiz now, Laura!
Posted by Prakul on October 1, 2013
Hi Barney. I know that I asked this two months ago, but I was starting the Monthly Quiz and I typed 'prakul' without a capital P. When I typed my proper username, the computer said that the username was already in use. Can you do some magic with your paws again, please? I am awfully sorry for the inconvenience.
BarneyBarney says: 'Tis done, but try not to make a habit of it!
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on September 28, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on The Mystery of the Grey Heron, John. I'm so pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed my story. If I had a tail like Barney has, I'd be wagging it joyously too.
Posted by John Atkins on September 27, 2013
Hello Barney, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that the thoroughly enjoyable The Mystery of the Grey Heron has just finished in the members' area after 24 weeks. My congratulations and thanks to author Julie Heginbotham on yet another superb novel continuing the doings of the immortal Five Find-Outers & Dog. First class! This story alone was well worth the tenner subscription to the Enid Blyton Society - let alone the great thrice-yearly Society Journal arriving in the post. All for the price of half-a-dozen 2 litre bottles of decent lemonade and six macaroons (or in my case, more likely, three pints of beer and three bags of crisps...). Amazing value!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much, John. I'm like a dog with two tails after reading your message!
Posted by Paul on September 27, 2013
I wonder if Bets still admires Winston Churchill in the latest edition of The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, or does she now fawn over "that handsome David Cameron"?
Posted by Sali on September 27, 2013
Hi Barney, It has been a long time since we met (or talked). I have a question - on my hols I went abroad and I saw some books of Enid Blyton's in other languages, and I want to ask you if they have the copyrights. Cheers, Sali.
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton copyright has been held by several companies over the years, Sali, and is currently owned by Hachette UK (Hodder). Publishers who bring out translations of the books will have sought permission from the copyright holder first.
Posted by Ana on September 26, 2013
Hallo again! It's nearly my birthday but I'm busy with exams so I'll celebrate it late. Anyway, I started reading the Adventure series and got a please-don't-go-away feeling about the series, but thankfully it's gone now. I read the first book in all my free time yesterday and today, until I finished it at about noon. Started the second one. I'm really glad these books are going to last. I wish there wasn't any end to some series. But yeah, I can now see why people got the idea of Enid being a racist, as of course, Jo-Jo is a black man and he is the boss as far as stated. I'm pretty sure Enid did NOT mean it to be taken that way. Golly, I am SUCH a chatterbox! Almost like Paula, but I believe I'm not THAT bad. By the way, did Enid like chocolate? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton may have a black criminal in The Island of Adventure, but she has white criminals in plenty of other books. She also has black characters who are likeable and admirable, such as Mafumu in The Secret Mountain. When you say you're almost like Paula, I assume you mean the girl in 'The Little Chatterbox'? I don't know whether Enid Blyton was fond of chocolate, but most people are.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 26, 2013
The Internet's a hero. I can view the roads, the streets, everything. I can see the street view of Bourne End! I can't believe that the Internet can even provide that! Every acre of that ground is sacred to an Enid Blyton fan. Oooh! Exams are starting, so I won't be in touch for some time.
BarneyBarney says: You probably know that Peterswood in the Find-Outers books is believed to have been loosely based on Bourne End, EB'sGF.
Posted by Kate Mary on September 26, 2013
Thank you for your reply, Barney. In my copy the name of the cat has been changed to Sardine, it is mentioned on the forums that the 1959 impression still retains the name Snoek. It is probable that this change first appeared in the 1965 edition, an early example of an update. My grateful thanks also to Tony for all his hard work at the scanner over the years, I really appreciate being able to see illustrations that are not included in later editions.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Kate Mary. You're very welcome!
Posted by Kate Mary on September 25, 2013
Hallo Barney, for the first time in many years I'm reading my childhood copy of The Rilloby Fair Mystery (Collins Junior Story Books edition; 1965 impression), and I had a look at the entry in the Cave for it. I was surprised to find that my copy has only 13 of the 33 illustrations of the first edition. I knew that the wrap-around jacket had been cropped to the front panel only but I had no idea that so many of the illustrations were missing. Thank goodness for the Cave; at least I can see them there! There is no entry for the JSB reprint, it seems to be regarded as the first edition. I know you are greatly learned in all things Blyton, so could you tell me how many impressions there were of the first edition and when was it replaced by the Junior Story Books edition? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The only illustrations in the first edition were for the chapter headings, so 31 chapters had 31 illustrations and there were also a couple of diagrams. The Junior Story Book edition was first published in May 1965 and by using a smaller font and leaving out a good number of illustrations Collins managed to go from 256 pages to 188 pages - I would guess that this was in order to keep the cost down. The first edition was published in 1950 and I am sure it would have been reprinted, but it is extremely difficult with Collins books to say how many times as all they do is exactly what they have done in your book and put - This impression1965 - but they never say which impression it is. The only positive thing to say is at least the text hasn't been abridged!
Posted by Lolo on September 24, 2013
Hey, I have read all the Naughtiest Girl series. Three books were written by Enid Blyton and the rest by Anne Digby. It's one of my favourite series, but the ending is abrupt and it could still be continued. My request to Anne Digby is to please continue writing the remaining parts as well. :)
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's a long time since Anne Digby wrote any continuation books for the Naughtiest Girl series, so it doesn't seem likely that she will write any more. By the way, the fourth book is by Enid Blyton. It's shorter than the rest because Enid originally wrote it as a longish short story to be included in a book of mixed stories about different characters.
Posted by Ana on September 24, 2013
I just finished The Secret of Moon Castle. Sigh! I wish it wasn't the last one in the series! Couldn't Enid's ghost come up and write more? Anyway, now I have the Adventure series and the Adventurous Four books to read. By the way, Moon Castle was terrific! I LOVED it! Glinting eyes, breaking vases, books jumping out of shelves, curious noises, mysterious men, secret panels, shimmering, hissings, pins and needles, extraordinary fires, rooms changing arrangements...Gracious what not! Three HUMONGOUS cheers for darling Enid's awesome ideas! HIP, HIP, HURRAH! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: The Secret of Moon Castle certainly has some exciting and mysterious ingredients, Ana. You make me want to go and re-read it immediately!
Posted by Paul on September 21, 2013
The BBC's 'ban' on Blyton from the 30s to the 50s fits in with their overall stuffiness and snobbery during the period. They saw themselves as bringing the "greatness of British civilisation" to the unwashed masses. It didn't really start to change until the 1960s.
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on September 21, 2013
Hello Mr. Barney. I just have one question: did Enid Blyton write any other style books, such as perhaps romantic stories or horror stories? And adult books?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton avoided romance and horror in her children's books as she didn't feel they were suitable topics. She wrote a few adult short stories but they were mainly witty little pieces. Her novel for adults, The Caravan Goes On, was never published and the manuscript was lost. There was also an adult play, Summer Storm, but it was never performed or published.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on September 20, 2013
Hi Barney. I just borrowed a 3-in-1 Faraway Tree book from a library. I have already read one book (the one about Connie). Well, I have just completed 'In Santa Claus' Castle'. You know I am glad that this one is an old book. I don't really like the new names. Joe or Jo, what does it matter, it remains a boy's name. And Beth sounds rather too American and certainly not as nice as Bessie. There ARE some people who can't tell the difference between American and British names. And Franny! That doesn't even sound like a name to me. Thank goodness the library had an old edition. Long live that library. Barney, I was revising the third book which I had already read. In the Land of Secrets, Bessie wishes that she had a pair of wings. But doesn't she ALREADY have wings? Or did Blyton suffer from a poor memory again (Enid's memory has really begun to be an issue for me)? As for Enid's signature, I had always supposed that the artists simply copied Enid's signature and printed it on the cover and everywhere where they are found. Well, goodnight. Well "Goodnight" according to India as I don't know what it is in Britain now.
BarneyBarney says: It's twenty to eight in the evening as I'm replying to your message - a little early for bed, but we dogs can sleep at any time! You're right that Bessie got wings in the first book, in the Land of Birthdays.
Posted by George on September 19, 2013
It has probably been asked a few hundred times. I have scanned the forums and lost myself a few times. Can anyone enlighten me as to what font is used in Enid Blyton's name on her book covers?
BarneyBarney says: I expect different publishers use different fonts, George. In some cases, the cover artist has drawn or painted the signature.
Posted by Nadia on September 18, 2013
It seems to be something of a trend these days to take classics and re-invent them with a twist; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies come to mind. Has no one done anything like that with a Blyton novel?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, a number of Enid Blyton books/creations have been reinvented. Take a look, for example, at the 'Famous Five on the Case' cartoons and books, the 'Enchanted Lands' cartoons and books (based on the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair series), the New Zealand TV adaptations and novelisations of the Adventure and Secret series, and Narinder Dhami's Wishing-Chair stories about Jack and Jessica.
Posted by Paul on September 12, 2013
I think someone calculated that Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan would have left school at age 21 or 22 given how old they were when they started at St. Clare's. Enid must have gotten confused or just hoped no one would notice?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton must have realised too late that she had made the twins too old in the first form (already fourteen)! She avoided making that mistake in the Malory Towers series, though there are still some anomalies (e.g. some pupils spend five terms in the same form for no obvious reason!)
Posted by Joanne Tucker on September 12, 2013
Sorry, as per previous comment at the back of The Famous Five's Survival Guide it says to go on-line to solve the mystery but I can't find the link for the treasure room on-line???
BarneyBarney says: It's a great pity, Joanne, but it's possible that the link is now defunct. If someone who knows the solution could send it to the Message Board, I'll put it up with a spoiler warning.
Posted by Rich on September 11, 2013
Hi all. Just wondering if anybody can help me find a Famous Five T-shirt or mug for sale? Can't seem to find any and my girlfriend would love something like this for her birthday! The shirt the girl is wearing on a picture from an Enid Blyton Day looks great! Thanks in advance!
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean the Famous Five from the books, Rich, or the Famous Five as depicted in one of the TV series? I think someone at an Enid Blyton Day wore a T-shirt featuring the Famous Five from the 1970s Southern TV series, but I don't know whether such T-shirts (or mugs) are generally available.
Posted by Joanne Tucker on September 10, 2013
My daughter has just had The Famous Five's Survival Guide and was very excited to solve the mystery of the priceless Royal Dragon of Siam. I can't find it anywhere on here, please help!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you're asking, Joanne. The book is listed here, but if your daughter already has it the listing won't tell her anything new.
Posted by Massimo Lapponi on September 10, 2013
I received the password just now. Thank you!
Posted by Massimo Lapponi on September 9, 2013
I have joined as a member but cannot enter because I have not got a password. What have I to do?
BarneyBarney says: The password has been sent to you in a separate email, Massimo. Welcome to the Society.
Posted by Barney on September 9, 2013
TG said - " I'll pop your half-crown in the post." - and he did!! Imagine my surprise when I saw a letter addressed to me in the box outside my kennel this morning, it is normally empty. I pawed it open eagerly but there was no note inside, just a beautiful shiny half-crown. I guess TG is short for Terrific Guy!
Posted by Ana on September 8, 2013
I was going through my really old messages. I was really silly, wasn't I? :D It feels funny to look at such messages, and then know they are yours! I saw this place where you replied and said "And I make my paws useful by answering queries on the Message Board - a bit like Enid's dog Bobs, who used to write letters to her readers". Bobs didn't actually write letters, he just stood by Enid while she wrote them down, referring to herself as 'Bobs'. I think I've asked you this before, do you recommend or know any good adventure stories somewhat similar to The Secret Island? I'd also like to know about Joanna's name in the Famous Five books. Is it Joan or Joanna? Thanks, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: The Secret Island is unique and I don't think any of Enid Blyton's other books are quite like it. Books by other authors which are similar in some ways include Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale, Richard Jefferies' Bevis and R. M. Ballantyne's The Coral Island. However, Ransome's plots don't have as much tension as Blyton's The Secret Island, and Bevis and The Coral Island might seem old-fashioned. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is a well-known classic about surviving on an island. As for the cook's name being Joan or Joanna, there's a discussion of that in this thread on the forums.
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on September 7, 2013
Hello again Barney. I have been meaning to ask you, the new library in my new secondary school has all of the modern books, but in-between them I have noticed lots of Enid Blyton novels tucked away - some worn and others brand new. Could you tell me the reason the books are so well known and have been used for decades, please? PS - My Nanna loved the Enid Blyton books, especially the Secret Sevens. Unfortunately, she died recently. Please could you list the last Secret Seven books so I can find them and read them? I understand they will be on the Society website, but my computer is refusing to load that page! I would be extremely grateful. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I suppose Enid Blyton's books have lasted because they're exciting, very readable and contain appealing characters and timeless values. The Secret Seven titles are listed on this page (scroll down to see them), which should be easier to load.
Posted by Colleen Doggett on September 6, 2013
I have a postcard sent to me by Enid Blyton when I was a child. I would quite like to sell it if anyone is interested. The condition is okay, not perfect.
BarneyBarney says: You could try listing it in the "For Sale" section of our forums, Colleen, though I think potential buyers would want to see a picture.
Posted by Sean on September 3, 2013
I wondered If anybody could help me? My father is an avid collector of Noddy memorabilia and has been collecting for ten years now and we think he may have the largest collection out there but does anybody know how you would go about this record is it for single items and how would one class a single item. I know that Betty and Johnny Hopton hold the record but do they still collect? Any information would be much appreciated
BarneyBarney says: I think I can answer most of your questions, Sean. Betty Hopton was the collector and she died about eight years ago, so the collection no longer exists. Enid Blyton died in 1968 and apart from the original Noddy books there was very little that Enid would have recognised in the collection as it was almost all modern. It would be fair to call it a quantity collection rather than a quality one, but that didn't worry the Guinness Book of Records. As far as numbers are concerned, each item purchased counted as one item, no matter how many individual things it contained - for example a pack of cards would have been one item and not 44. Betty once said that almost nothing in the collection had cost more than 50p, and I think this probably tells you all you need to know.
Posted by TG on September 3, 2013
It's ages since I read Five on a Treasure Island and I think I'll have to run through it again because I owe you some money Barney. Further down the page the children discuss Georgina and sure enough Anne is mentioned as a ten year old. It's always good to be able to establish ages for absolute sure although as the books progress, it can become very difficult. I'll pop your half-crown in the post.
BarneyBarney says: I look forward to spending it, TG!
Posted by Michelle on September 3, 2013
Does anyone remember one of a book of short stories 'Junket Through the Window' please?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, 'Junket Through the Window' comes from Tales at Bedtime. A great story, and there are some other good'uns in that book too.
Posted by TG on September 3, 2013
The 'Blow Those Timelines' list of ages (EB.net) starts off all right but when the end is reached we find that Julian is 23! Julian at that advanced age would retain little interest in cycling around with his siblings and cousin plus dog. He would probably be dancing The Twist with a string of girlfriends while pursuing further education or even working. Anne is declared to be ten in Treasure Island according to 'Blow Those Timelines'. I'm prepared to offer half a crown to anyone who can show us where Anne is stated as being ten years old in that book. As posted by Ilsa, Dick and George are both eleven in Treasure Island: '"...Georgina! How old would she be? About eleven, I should think." "Same age as me," said Dick.' Ten is the obvious age for Anne but she could be nine. Looking at Five Run Away Together: "Julian is in his teens already, and I [George] soon shall be and so will Dick. Only Anne is small." Notice that George puts herself first so there's a possibility that Dick is a few months younger than she is. I think the boys are usually thought of as being older because of EB's propensity to depict her female characters as slightly lower in stature than the males. 'Blow Those Timelines' states that 'Julian grows to the ripe old age of sixteen as pointed out by Uncle Quentin in Five Fall into Adventure.' Whereabouts?
BarneyBarney says: Pity "half a crown" is outdated currency, as Anne is said to be ten in Five on a Treasure Island. Julian says that George is "eleven - a year younger than I am - same age as you, Dick - and a year older than you, Anne." Early editions of Five Fall into Adventure state that Julian is sixteen but the reference to Julian's age was removed from later editions.
Posted by Jon on September 2, 2013
Regarding the Dick/George age problem, looks like there isn't a definitive answer. Thanks to everyone for their efforts.
Posted by Ilsa on September 2, 2013
I'm sure there is nowhere where we are told whether George or Dick is the elder. When the story begins they are both eleven. Anne a year younger. I think the statement in the Famous Five Timeline under Five on Kirrin Island Again is mistaken as it states that Dick and Anne are both thirteen. As siblings this is unlikely though not impossible, but it contradicts all the other statements where Dick and George are stated as being the same age. As far as which of these two is the elder there doesn't seem to be a definite statement anywhere about that, so any attempt to decide who might be the elder is mere surmise. Their relative heights are occasionally mentioned but that means nothing, nor I think, does their strength which sometimes crops up.
Posted by Ana on September 1, 2013
Hi! I had owned Five on Kirrin Island Again in a 3-in-1 book, but I left it back in India. Yeah, and even I don't remember reading that George was a year older. EB'sGF is correct, I read about the ages there. I sent the link, but Barney evidently erased it. But, actually I still think George is quite 2-3 months elder. This is worth checking out. I am extremely sorry for any inconvenience I have caused, Jon. Thanks, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: So, can anyone find anything in the books (Five on Kirrin Island Again or any other book) that says whether George is older than Dick, or vice versa? An actual quotation and the chapter number would be appreciated. Thanks.
Posted by Sharon Jacques on August 30, 2013
I bought a book a few months ago called The Family In The Corn Field looked on the database nothing on the inside front cover it states "Stories and Notes to Enid Blyton Nature Plates 1949" is this a book in its own or could I have more information about it please I would be very grateful thanks a lot
BarneyBarney says: You are quite right, Sharon, this is not in our Cave of Books, yet! It was one of a series of four paperbacks published by Knight, two in 1974 and two in 1975. They were all taken from Enid Blyton's Nature Readers and your story comes from No. 19. It can also be found in The Wonderful Carpet as the first 30 Nature Readers were published in books by Macmillan.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 29, 2013
Jon, what Ana means about the ages in Five on Kirrin Island Again is found in this article on Famous Five Timelines.
Posted by Jon on August 29, 2013
Ana - I've checked 'Five On Kirrin Island Again' and can't find any age references there - are you sure?
BarneyBarney says: I have also checked the book, Jon, and I can't find anything either. I checked a first edition as I know that sometimes in later editions ages were left out.
Posted by EB's GF on August 28, 2013
Hmmm. Interesting question Jon. There are various clues in the novels and outside to whom is older. When they go to Demon's Rocks then Dick says that he is a little bit stronger than George. This can hint that Dick is older. However in the first book, Julian rowed, but not as strongly as George. So that could mean that Dick being stronger than George really doesn't tell us that Dick is older. On EnidBlyton.net, it is written that George is older. Privately I agree that George is older. In one of the illustrations, it is shown that George is taller than Dick. There are several other clues which I can't remember. But I think that George is older.
BarneyBarney says: I am not sure that you are saying anything here that is positive proof. You and Ana are going from a rather speculative article that ends with Julian being a totally unrealistic 23! As I said to Ana, we need to know exactly where Enid Blyton herself writes which one is the older of the two.
Posted by Sue Webster on August 27, 2013
Hi, just recently I found a couple of Enid Blyton books tucked away in a tiny shop in Birmingham rag market. They are called Those Dreadful Children and are about the Carlton children and the Taggerty children. It is good reading and I sent the other book to my friend Poppy. I have also just got the set of Claude Voilier's 'Five' books from a Walsall charity market but one is missing so was wondering if anyone has got Five go on Television that I can either have or buy. I know they are not as good as Enid's books of course but they are not too bad.
Posted by Ana on August 27, 2013
Hello, Jon. George and Dick are the same age, as you say. But maybe there is small ray of George being elder. About a month or so, perhaps. To support this, George was 14 in - 'Five On Kirrin Island Again' while Dick was 13.
BarneyBarney says: I think we would need to know exactly where this was stated in Five on Kirrin Island Again.
Posted by Jon on August 27, 2013
Although it's stated in the Famous Five stories that George and Dick are the same age, is it stated anywhere (if so, where) which of the two is actually the elder? I'm researching for a TV show and I need to know this. Thanks in anticipation.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think that I can provide an answer here, Jon. In the first book, as you rightly say, we are simply told that George and Dick are the same age. They are both 11, Julian is 12 and Anne is 10. I don't remember any birthdays, but someone reading this may be able to help as there are many ardent Famous Five fans out there!
Posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2013
Hello, I have a dear childhood friend who has been a Enid Blyton fan. The Enchanted Wood was the first book she ever read and now I want to make her birthday special by gifting her something related to the book. Is there a collectors' edition or is it possible to get a copy of one of the old prints. Any other suggestions? Will be really helpful!
BarneyBarney says: Hello, whoever you are (it is always nice to be given a name!). I am sure that your friend would really like a copy of The Enchanted Wood and if you click on the link you will see that it has been reprinted many times and is currently available either in shops or online.
Posted by Holly Lawson on August 25, 2013
I've been reading the Famous Five collection and they're the best books ever, once you start reading them you cant stop. I would recommend these books to every one especially if you like adventure...xx
BarneyBarney says: I do like adventure, Holly, and my kennel has lots of Famous Five books in it! I try to imagine myself as Timmy!!
Posted by Katharine on August 24, 2013
I've just seen Alex Perkins' comment about the Rupert Bear museum in Canterbury. I have been to Canterbury 3 or 4 times, and was completely unaware of it's existence. It doesn't seem to be as well publicised as the Chaucer attraction. I will be visiting Canterbury several times over the next few years, so shall make it a priority to visit the museum as soon as I can.
Posted by Jackie Geary on August 23, 2013
Hi All, I have several prints of Enid Blyton which I would like to sell. They were found in a garage on a scout camp site so any money would go to Scouting . Can you advise how I can sell them please.
BarneyBarney says: You don't really say what these prints are, Jackie. I assume that they are probably either the Nature Plates or the Bible Plates. I can only suggest that you either take them to a dealer or shop, or try selling them on the internet on a website such as ebay. You could also try putting them in the For Sale section on the forums of this website, which is free, but you would need to say a bit more about the subject matter.
Posted by Sharon on August 21, 2013
Please help if possible. I have just purchased as 2-IN-1 book The Happy House Children and The Happy House Children Again. I noticed from a review that there was a third book called Benjy and that it was only printed once by Latimer in 1955 I think. Why I am having so much difficulty getting hold of it? Then I saw that the whole book was published in the Sunny Stories magazines between July and December 1952. Were the magazines published weekly or monthly? Also what were the edition numbers and did the Benjy book appear in the magazine instalments in its entirety? If my collectiing the relevant Sunny stories editions the only way for me to get Benjy then I will start saving to do so I also would love more info on this book please and I thank you in advance for all the help given to me
BarneyBarney says: The book is actually called Benjy and the Others, Sharon, and you are quite right that it is a very difficult book to find as it got published in 1955 but never got reprinted. As you correctly say the book had been serialised in in Sunny Stories in 1952. The complete 12 chapters came in Nos. 538 to 549 and the magazine was published fortnightly.
Posted by Francesca on August 21, 2013
Hello Barney, I was an infants' teacher as a young thing and a beautiful lady left me a 4 boxed series of Two Years in the Infant School in her will. I have used them extensively in my classes and have treasured them but I am sure there must be a collector who would now love these.Is there a market for them and what would they be worth? I live in Australia. Can you please point me in the right direction. Thank you so much.
BarneyBarney says: It is difficult to advise you on this, Francesca, as you would need to be selling them in Australia. The four boxes are fairly heavy and this would make the postage prohibitive were you to try selling them overseas. I am certain that there would be a collector who is interested in them, but how you would contact them would be a problem that I can't answer.
Posted by Jane Marvy on August 20, 2013
Norman Satchel, one of the illustrators of E.B.'s Animal Lover's Book was my late father. I am interested in knowing whether the illustrations of this book are credited separately ... I know he also illustrated some of the Andy Pandy series, and would love to know if anyone is aware of other books to which he contributed artwork. thank you ... from Canada
BarneyBarney says: It is very nice to hear from you, Jane, and you will be pleased to hear that your father's illustrations are indeed credited separately in Enid Blyton's Animal Lover's Book. There are pages at the beginning of the book to say which of the illustrations were done by each of the three illustrators. Hopefully somebody reading this will be able to tell of other books that your father illustrated.
Posted by Ana Asif on August 20, 2013
Hey! I just came back after a seven day vacation in U.A.E. I've been living there 6 years, so going there refreshes lots of lovely old memories. The point of telling you this is, that I bought Lots & LOTS of books from there. Enid Blyton's of course! So I just completed my Wishing-Chair Collection. I didn't really find them Blytonian, sadly. When the wings were cut off by the 'deceitful' Slipperies, the chair could just grow them again! Why run into so much trouble and go to the witch? Okay, but then after the chair grows the green and yellow wings, it changes back to red after the second series! That's JUST weird. And, I wanted to find out more about 'The New Adventures Of the Wishing Chair'. The cover looks Ok, but he the words inside have a pathetic big font and the characters are changed. Anyway, Bye for Now! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: You are right in saying that books weren't very 'Blytonian, Ana, as they were written by Narinder Dhami! I'm glad to hear that you had a good vacation though, even if you were a bit disappointed in the books.
Posted by Kate Mary on August 20, 2013
I am a lifelong Rupert fan and have visited this museum, so I have signed the petition. I always enjoy going to museums in winter and we are lucky to have one dedicated to Rupert, but with restricted opening times visitor numbers will drop and before you know it it will probably close permanently.
Posted by Alex Perkins on August 20, 2013
The Rupert Bear Museum in Canterbury is facing closure for two thirds of the year. Under council plans it will close all winter and NOT OPEN open Monday-Wed all year round. Please ask your members to sign our petition to keep the beautiful museum open so that people can learn all about Rupert. http://tinyurl.com/savelocalmuseums
BarneyBarney says: I am sorry to hear about this, Alex. I am sure that there will be some Nutwood fans reading this message who would be delighted to sign your petition. Good luck.
Posted by Jan Haynes on August 18, 2013
Dear Enid Blyton Society, What a fabulous site! My daughter who will be 40 on August 25th was (still is) a devoted fan of Enid Blyton. Her own children, 9 and 7, are also devotees. She is married to a Frenchman and lives in France. Do you know if there are birthday and/or other cards available for purchase anywhere with an Enid Blyton theme? Many thanks. Jan Haynes
BarneyBarney says: The Ginger Pop Shop may possibly have some, Jan. Happy Birthday to your daughter!
Posted by Snehalatha on August 17, 2013
Hi Barney, now I got registered as a member of your forums - nothing I like better. I love to be on the Enid Blyton site. Thank you Barney.
BarneyBarney says: That's good news, Snehalatha. Enjoy the forums!
Posted by Snehalatha on August 14, 2013
Hi Barney, I tried my best to register in the forum but I was not able to. Each time the usernames and passwords were ''too short''. What should I do? I love to write and comment on this site.
BarneyBarney says: I expect you need to choose a longer username and password, Snehalatha. I'm afraid I don't know the required length so you may need to experiment. Good luck with it! If the problem continues, please let us know using the email address under "Contact Us".
Posted by Snehalatha on August 13, 2013
Hi Shruti. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the Circus series - there are three books as you know. But there is another book by itself, Come to the Circus!, which is great - it's by Enid Blyton of course. It's all about... well, I shouldn't tell you should I? It would spoil your reading. Hope you get the book from an old book-store. Good luck.
BarneyBarney says: I'm delighted that people are so enthusiastic about the books but I just wanted to say that those who read Enid Blyton regularly and wish to discuss the stories and characters with others would be better off posting on our forums (see link at the bottom of this page, or at the top right hand corner). You have to register to join the forums, but registration is free of charge. You don't have to use your real name or tell other users where you live. We started this Message Board mainly for people who have a one-off or infrequent query or comment.
Posted by Shruti on August 13, 2013
Hello Barney, yesterday I completed my circus series set. I got the first part dirt cheap from a used bookshop. I read the series in the order 3-2-1. I never knew dogs could have jaundice. My favourite of them is number 3 because of Neptune. Anyway, I only wanted to say that not reading in the correct order doesn't take away the magic from Enid Blyton's books. Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - I seem to recall that Neptune is a seal. I'm glad you enjoyed the Galliano's Circus books, Shruti, whatever the order. Enid Blyton is right that we dogs can become jaundiced just like humans.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 13, 2013
Oh, I completely forgot to tell you. I went to Kasauli for the 3 day holidays. The house we stayed in was extremely Blytonish in style. Wooden panels and floor etc. Everything but a secret passage (sigh). Father said that the house was built during the British Raj in India so it's no wonder that it was so Blytonish.
Posted by Snehalatha on August 13, 2013
Hey John, Eileen Soper was a very good illustrator too. She illustrated several Blyton books including the Famous Fives published by Hodder and Stoughton. Her illustrations were great. Hi Sali, where are you in India? If it is Calcutta you can get loads of vintage editions as there are lots of secondhand book-sellers here. Today I had a dental extraction and it brought to my mind The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat where Fatty puts on cheek pads and his mother tells him to visit the dentist. Fatty refuses as he hates the dentist's instruments making holes in his teeth.
BarneyBarney says: John was asking about illustrator Jenny Chapple as it's hard to find any information about her. More is known about Eileen Soper.
Posted by Snehalatha on August 12, 2013
Eepsitha, secondhand Blyton books are the best. The old brown pages have the real ''feel'' about them, which today's newly published editions will never have. I have got all secondhand Blyton books and I treasure them more for that. Ana, the very name Enid Blyton is enough to send my spirits soaring. So I feel as excited and peppy as you. Hope you have read all the Barney series and her stories about fairies, elves and brownies - they seem to flit between the pages of her books. Happy reading! MJ, I was just scrolling down the messages and yes, there's no age for reading Blyton books. In fact I think children and elderlies are the ones who really should enjoy her books - grandmothers in rocking chairs can rock away to the wonderland of dear old Enid Blyton. She was truly a phenomenon. Claire, Enid Blyton's Famous Five series has 21 books, the last being Five Are Together Again. Anything more is written by other authors who have written stories based on the characters created by Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: I've combined your messages into one, Snehalatha. Like you, many Blyton fans prefer vintage editions if they can get them.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 12, 2013
Oops. I forgot. How can I forget? A very happy, merry, bright, sunshiny (according to Snehalatha), happy birthday. Hmmm. I said 'happy' twice. Why did Enid stop at Eight O' Clock Tales? The series (maybe) was going very well.
BarneyBarney says: The titles of the books in the "O' Clock Tales" series make them seem like nice tales to be read in the hours between teatime and bedtime. All good young Blytonites are asleep in bed by nine o' clock so there is no Nine O' Clock Tales!
Posted by Snehalatha on August 12, 2013
Happy birthday dearest Enid Blyton - sorry I am late. I don't fully agree with Paul regarding what he says about Mr. Goon, the village bobby. Goon always loses in the end by trying to outwit the Find-Outers. He is punished for his meanness - but Enid Blyton has portrayed it humorously. Her books are full of sunshine - everything is so transparent and friendly. Sorry Paul.
BarneyBarney says: A good point, Snehalatha. It's the wonderful feeling of "sunshine" that keeps fans coming back for more.
Posted by Arshavi on August 12, 2013
Happy belated birthday to Enid Blyton!
BarneyBarney says: Hope everyone had a very Blytonian day yesterday!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on August 11, 2013
I agree with Ana. A review should make the reader want to read the book, not 'give the plot away'. Ana, you have every right to feel annoyed!
Posted by Paul on August 10, 2013
Mr Goon! From a kid's point of view it was totally glossed over how much damage that kind of bad policeman could do - but he came close to ruining several lives over the course of the series. I first hated him for the way he treated the Pantomime Cat, but later grew to loathe him for his treatment of his nephew, Ern. The scene where he wakes Ern up in the middle of the night with a huge cane to beat him with is pretty horrific to me. Enid Blyton was always way too sympathetic with the bigoted old bully, in my opinion.
BarneyBarney says: True - he wasn't exactly your friendly village bobby!
Posted by Eepsitha on August 10, 2013
Hi Barney! I understand that many books like the circus series and various short stories are not printed anymore. Why are the books on Willow Farm, especially Adventures on Willow Farm, not published any more? Is buying a secondhand copy the only way to get it now? I read the book when I was younger and would love to buy a copy now.
BarneyBarney says: The Galliano's Circus series is available as a 3-in-1 volume (The Circus Collection) published by Egmont, and many of the short stories are still in print in Award or Dean publications. However, I haven't seen the Willow/Cherry Tree Farm books for ages (the original titles are The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, The Children of Willow Farm and More Adventures on Willow Farm - if there was a book called Adventures on Willow Farm it was probably just a reprint of one of the others). So I think you'd have to look for secondhand copies of those.
Posted by Ana Asif on August 9, 2013
Hiya Barney! As I told you, I've just read The Secret island and I was about to read The Secret of Spiggy Holes. But before I could read it, I thought I'd just visit the website to see if the Secret Series is mentioned. I read a part of what was written in the review, and I think all that information is very annoying as it spoils the whole suspense of the book and gives away what happens! Oh dear! I wish I hadn't read that!
BarneyBarney says: I'm sorry you feel annoyed, Ana, but some reviews on the website were originally written as in-depth analyses for the Enid Blyton Society Journal. It's generally better to read a book for yourself before reading others' thoughts on it. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Secret series.
Posted by Snehalatha on August 9, 2013
Somehow, the very name of Enid Blyton takes me back to my childhood days when Blyton was a magic name - it still is in fact - I recommend her to as many children as I can. I am sure Enid Blyton is smiling down at me from Heaven. Hope I don't sound 'chatty'. Bye Barney.
BarneyBarney says: You're not off-topic - it's just that you already said something very similar on July 28th, Snehalatha!
Posted by Liz on August 8, 2013
Thanks for your helpful suggestions about the Noddy cassettes. Liz.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Liz.
Posted by Ana Asif on August 5, 2013
Oh my! I just read the first book of the Secret series and I loved it! I never saw books as interesting as the Famous Five, but I guess it's a tie now! Every time someone came to search for Mike, Peggy, Nora and of course, Jack, even a tiny little sound used to make me jump out of my skin. I felt that this was the end of all Secret Islands. And then I remembered that I'm reading! Gosh, how exciting that book was. I strongly recommend it for people to read. When the trippers came, I was scared out of my life that this story would turn out to be a mystery and the children would find out they were smugglers and blah blah. Golly, I can't stop jabbering! I just loved the book! Pity Enid wrote such less of them. The top three novels on my list now are: 1. Secret series, 2. Find-Outers and Dog, 3. Famous Five. Anyway, I think I'm wasting your time. Sorry! But I can't help it! I'm in such a peppy mood! Lots and lots and lots and lots of cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: It's great to see your enthusiasm, Ana! Many Blyton fans would agree that The Secret Island is a very special book, with a lovely atmosphere. Gillian Baverstock, Enid's elder daughter, said it was her favourite of her mother's books.
Posted by John Rees on August 5, 2013
Hi. I've been reading a lot about the illustrators of Enid Blyton's books recently. My Malory Towers and St Clare's are both illustrated by Jenny Chapple. I can find nothing at all about her on the web. Wondering if anyone knows anything about her and her work? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, John, but it's surprising how hard it often is to find out information about an illustrator. If anyone does know anything about Jenny Chapple, we'd love to hear about her - or even from her!
Posted by Adam Bartoš on August 5, 2013
Hey, so correct in five owl lair comes out August 21, 2013. It will be a 11 episode in the original is the eighth episode will somehow okay? Thank you. Adam Bartos, Czech Republic.
BarneyBarney says: I'm assuming "five owl lair" refers to the Five going to Owl's Dene in Five Get Into Trouble. That's the eighth book in the series, not the eleventh, but some publishers in other countries change the order of the stories.
Posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2013
It's interesting to consider the changes to money in Blyton's stories in modern editions. It's worth noting as an example of this in other franchises that many Looney Toons cartoons from Enid's era often threw around amounts in the low millions when obscene wealth was mentioned (often in a "character gets their inheritence on one condition" story) but of course with inflation over time, "obscene wealth" today would need to be a lot bigger amount than the low millions. Inflation is why Elizabeth Allen now gets pocket money of a couple of pounds and the money she gets from her uncle is now ten pounds.
Posted by Rehma Khan on August 4, 2013
I love Enid Blyton books. I have a book of animal stories and pixie tales and both are fantastic. May she rest in peace. Anyway I love your website... it's amazing. My favourite series is the Famous Five... I love it!
Posted by Prakul on August 4, 2013
Hey Barney. Did Enid Blyton learn to play a musical instrument? If so, which instrument was she good at?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was very talented at playing the piano. Her parents expected her to become a professional pianist, but Enid knew she wanted to be a writer. I've deleted your other four questions, Prakul, as we don't want the Message Board to be taken up with messages from just one person. Also, you asked a lot of questions like "Who was the thief in such and such a book?" Answering those could spoil the books for others - and besides, you ought to read the stories to find out!
Posted by Ana Asif on August 3, 2013
Hi, Barney. Uh, I was doing the Monthly Quiz when suddenly my mom called me and I had to go urgently. I can't use my username again. Please do the 'magic with your paws' again! I'm really sorry for the inconvenience.
BarneyBarney says: I've worked my magic once more, Ana, but I hope this isn't going to become a regular job for a dog!
Posted by Liz on August 3, 2013
Hi, Thanks for your suggestions Barney re Noddy cassettes. My son was listening to them from 1988 on so I presume they are the Richard Briers tapes. I notice in The Cave only one of them mentions his name but would it be his recording of "Noddy Stories" volume one - cassettes. If so, I would love to find a copy please. Many thanks, Liz.
BarneyBarney says: There are six Noddy cassettes in the Pickwick Ditto series, Liz, but none of them state who the narrator is. Certainly one is by Richard Briers as that is also the same one from the Pickwick Talking Books. Others might also be by him, but I can't say for certain. The best source for these is ebay, and you just have to keep your eyes open for them, as none has been issued on CD.
Posted by Jasmin on August 2, 2013
Has any publisher considered reprinting facsimiles of Sunny Stories? Or compiling Enid Blyton's Teacher's World columns?
BarneyBarney says: The Enid Blyton Society has just started printing facsimiles of some issues of Sunny Stories for Little Folks, Jasmin, with more to come. Some Teachers World material is available in booklet form too - take a look at the Society Shop. Additional items from Teachers World can be found in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Prakul on August 1, 2013
Barney, I did the Monthly Quiz and had just started it when it suddenly closed. Now the computer won't take my username again. Can you help me please?
BarneyBarney says: I did a bit of magic with my paws and you should be able to have another go now, Prakul.
Posted by Paul on August 1, 2013
I remember seeing a stage adaptation of the Faraway Tree done at Monash University's student theatre in the early 1990s. I'd love to see Malory Towers or St. Clare's given the same treatment.
BarneyBarney says: It would be good to see more plays based on Enid Blyton books, Paul, though people wishing to adapt the stories for the stage would need to ask Hachette UK (Hodder) for permission, as they own the copyright.
Posted by Barney the dog on August 1, 2013
Hi, I'm posting on my own Message Board to remind everyone that "chatty" messages that don't say anything of general interest won't be approved. I've had quite a few of those recently which I've had to gobble up before they hit the board. Please only post if you've got a sensible question or comment relating to Enid Blyton. Thanks! Barney
Posted by Adam Bartoš on August 1, 2013
Hi, finally came out with us in the Czech Republic part of a series of mysterious mountain mysterious places. I have to admit that this episode is really good as dobrý. Stejně Mysterious Valley. In the Czech part of the mysterious mountain called: Tajemná Hora. And I want to ask what is your favorite part of this series? Thank you. Greetings, Adam Bartos, Czech Republic.
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - I don't quite understand every word in your message but I remember that you were waiting for The Mountain of Adventure to be published in the Czech Republic. I'm glad it's available now. In English, that series is called the Adventure Series. The Valley of Adventure (book 3) is one of the most popular titles.
Posted by Claire on July 31, 2013
I have come across a book Five Run Away to Danger which I cannot find listed among the Famous Five Series. Is this an original Enid Blyton story?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it is an original Enid Blyton story, but not the original title! This is the American title for Five Run Away Together, but the artwork on the cover is the same as one of the Knight paperbacks.
Posted by Ana on July 30, 2013
I think Enid and Hugh make a nice pair. Publisher and author, so cool. Was Hugh famous as a publisher? I don't really think I like the sound of Kenneth. I wonder why Enid Blyton remarried? Were Imogen and Gillian stepsisters? I don't think so. WARNING: ALL STARVED AND FASTING HUMANS, YOU ARE REQUESTED NOT TO READ ENID BLYTON BOOKS. I'll give this as a warning as Enid's books contain so much yummy and delicious food. Oh, wow! But I can totally understand her liking for writing about so many dishes like that. I've been reading lots of Famous Five books these days. Goodness, if you want an example of what I just said, you've got to read Five Go Down to the Sea. The dishes Mrs. Penruthlan cooks! I absolutely would LOVE to go and live at Tremannon Farm! I sure love the 'high teas'! Wow, I was thinking of writing some of her dishes down here, but I'm fasting and it won't be right for me to do so. Anyway, bye! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Crumbs, you can talk the hind leg off a dog, Ana! Publishers don't tend to become famous. Hugh and Enid drifted apart when he started drinking too much and she became very busy with her writing. Gillian and Imogen were sisters, Hugh being their father. Perhaps you could have a Blytonian feast when your fasting is over!
Posted by Ana on July 30, 2013
Hi! I don't really see The Family at Red-Roofs in the popular series. Enid Blyton books are quite popular in Qatar, but unfortunately not THAT popular. I don't get all her series here. In fact, I haven't even seen some of them. Is that likely? Hunaina told me that I ought to try The Family at Red-Roofs, but I can't find them anywhere. Don't suggest buying things online, like eBay, Amazon, because I've been there, done that. I've tried to read the Adventure Series, but there's something about the book that, I don't know, gives me some sort of gloom. It has perhaps a somewhat please-don't-go feeling about it, that makes me feel peculiar, so gave up trying to read it. Oh, and by the way, my diary thing is going GREAT. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your diary story is going well, Ana. The Family at Red-Roofs is a one-off novel, not part of a series. It's a great book! Even if your local bookshop doesn't have it in stock, the staff ought to be able to order it for you.
Posted by Snehalatha on July 29, 2013
It's me once more. Thank you Barney - you are like the Barney in dear old Blyton's Barney books. Please do sleep and eat a lot of meaty bones, biscuits and everything nice - you're Crackers, Timmy, Scamper, Loony and Buster all rolled into one. Lots of love.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Snehalatha.
Posted by Snehalatha on July 28, 2013
I know I have commented once but I would love to tell all readers of this column to read and re-read all Enid Blyton' books as I am doing. It's really the Bible - the stories are so sunshiny, even those with unpleasant mannerisms can turn over a new leaf. I adore you dearest Enid Blyton. How I have always wished I could be born as one of your lovable, upright characters. Hi Barney - it's me again - a third time! I'm sad you did not reply to my letters. I truly love Enid Blyton - everything about her - and you too Barney.
BarneyBarney says: A dog does need to sleep sometimes, Snehalatha, so I can't always deal with messages immediately! I've combined your last two messages into one. Yes, Enid Blyton's books are inspirational and her characters make great role models. I try to be like Timmy, Scamper, Buster, Loony, Crackers, Lucky, Shadow and all the other dogs - it's really quite exhausting!
Posted by Snehalatha on July 28, 2013
I love you so much Darling Enid Blyton - from my childhood your books have enthralled me. Now at nearly 60 I have a library of your lovely books. All along they have taught me so much on life's morals - honesty, uprightness, courage - and I tell my students to read and learn from your books. Again, I love you so much. I'm sure you can see me.
Posted by Liz on July 27, 2013
Hi, I'm trying to find the Noddy cassettes my son loved as a boy. I seem to remember the stories were narrated by a man and with very catchy music which the whole family remembers to this day! I bought the cassettes of Noddy at the Seaside/Goes to Toyland, hoping they might be the ones but they are narrated by a woman and with very different music. I would love to know which cassettes they were, to buy for his own children. Many thanks. Liz.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Liz, it does of course depend a bit on when your son was a boy, but it sounds as if the cassettes you bought were the ones narrated by Wendy Craig in the early 1990s. I suspect that the ones you are looking for were the ones that Pickwick produced in the early 1980s, which were narrated by Richard Briers. Have a look at the Audio Section in our Cave of Books and hopefully you may recognise something.
Posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2013
Did any member of the Famous Five play a musical instrument and what was it? Was Enid Blyton married?
BarneyBarney says: I don't remember a musical instrument being mentioned, but it's possible. Enid Blyton was married twice - first to Hugh Pollock (a publisher) and then to Kenneth Darrell Waters (a surgeon).
Posted by Kate Plumb on July 25, 2013
Hello, I run a youth theatre and wondered if it would be possible for me to get the rights to commission a writer to adapt The Magic Faraway Tree to be a play to be performed by our youth theatre? Or whether there is already a play in existence? Many thanks, Kate.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds fun, Kate, but you'd need to contact Hachette UK (Hodder) as they own the copyright.
Posted by Samantha on July 23, 2013
Hi, please could someone clarify if this is true? Was Enid Blyton really interested in converting from Anglicanism into the Catholic or Mormon church? And what kept her from converting? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I think someone has got his/her wires crossed somewhere, Samantha. Enid Blyton was brought up in a strongly Baptist family but found it hard to see God as a personal God she could talk to. As an adult she discussed religion with her friend Dorothy Richards, who had converted to Catholicism, but Enid herself showed no real interest in converting. She didn't attend church when she was grown up, though she had her daughters Christened in the Anglican Church. I haven't heard anything about her looking into the Mormon faith.
Posted by Freda on July 21, 2013
Hi, Barney - a heartfelt 'thanks' for the latest Enid Blyton Society Journal - I am sure you will pass this message on! I would like to express my particular appreciation of Angela Canning's excellent article on "The Society Outing to Beckenham" as I have a particular interest in where Enid Blyton lived during her lifetime. Having read Angela's article, imagine my delight in discovering later on Enid's article "From My Window... A Wakeful Night" (relating to Oakwood Avenue). It was such a privilege to be able to share an event in Enid's past by physically seeing the house, imagining her sitting on the wooden ledge of the window with her feet outside, and to 'hear' her voice once more. The articles were obviously planned to coincide, and consequently have added a magical quality to both. I will now settle down to read the rest of the Journal. In the words of two of the Famous Five characters - "Super" said Anne, "Smashing" said George... Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind comments, Freda. It's always heartening to know that the Journal is appreciated and I'll certainly pass your message on, though I expect it would be read anyway.
Posted by Amanda Joyce on July 19, 2013
Hi Barney, I had a favourite Enid Blyton bedtime book which had stories, puzzles and poems in it. I am trying to identify it so I can get another copy. Some of the contents were Bible stories like Blind Bartimaeus and The Boy with the Loaves and Fishes, a poem about bluebell clocks that the elves forgot to wind, and Brer Rabbit. It was between 1965 and 1975. Any ideas?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure which book it would have been, Amanda, but have you tried looking at the Bedtime Annuals in the Cave of Books?
Posted by Nina on July 17, 2013
Hi Barney, I absolutely love all Enid Blyton books and seeing as I am from Ireland, I am wondering if she based any of her stories in Ireland?
BarneyBarney says: I can't think of any stories set in Ireland, Nina, though some characters seem to be of Irish origin including the O'Sullivan twins (St. Clare's) and the Taggerty family (Those Dreadful Children). Enid Blyton's grandmother was half Irish. In The Story of My Life Enid writes, "My grandmother was half Irish, and she had some amusing sayings. She told me a great many queer old Irish tales too, and I sometimes find her long-ago voice whispering in my mind still, when I think of leprechauns or banshees!"
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on July 17, 2013
Hello again Barney. I was just wondering why the Riddle stories are not mentioned on this website? They are genuine books by Enid Blyton, and the other series names for them are not mentioned. Why is this? Good day.
BarneyBarney says: They are listed here but they were originally six stand-alone novels, each one featuring different characters. The books were rewritten in 1997 to form a series.
Posted by Sali on July 17, 2013
Hi Barney, it's me again. I just finished reading the Author of Adventure article, oh so lovely it is. And I also found some booksellers of Enid Blyton. Just before one hour I finished reading The Riddle of the Hollow Tree and The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby. It's jolly fun! Cheers, Sali.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're finding plenty to read, Sali!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on July 17, 2013
Cruise around some European countries, the Canary Islands and Morocco. Hmmm. Do you think that The Ship of Adventure could be based on that cruise?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton clearly was thinking back to that cruise while writing The Ship of Adventure - and The Pole Star Family which was also published in 1950.
Posted by Anam on July 17, 2013
Hi everyone! I am Anam. I am a very big fan of Enid Blyton. I have read a few books from the Secret series, but I am just crazy about her mysterious way of writing stories. I feel like I am present in the story. Thanks for writing soooooo great stories!:-)
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on July 16, 2013
Good day, it has been a long time since I was on the website. Please could you tell me where Enid Blyton got the idea to use a parrot in the Adventure series instead of using dogs as she usually did? What made her change her technique? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: In her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Enid Blyton tells us that she based Kiki on an "intelligent, talkative and mischievous" parrot belonging to her old aunt. Of course, Enid also wrote the Secret series which doesn't feature a pet, and in the Barney series we have Miranda the monkey as well as Loony the spaniel. Naturally I agree with the saying that a dog is man's best friend, but it has to be said that Kiki is as good as a dog any day (well, almost!)
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on July 16, 2013
Sali, I also live in India and I get a load of Enid Blyton books there. Nice to see you again, Barney. It's been a long time since I posted last. Long live Enid Blyton. Well she can't you know. It's a pity. Did Enid ever go abroad?
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to hear from you, EB'sGF. Enid Blyton went on holiday to France in her teens, and later she had a cruise around some European countries, the Canary Islands and Morocco, and later a trip to New York. Long live her books!
Posted by Nabeela on July 16, 2013
Hello! I am Nabeela. I am a really crazy fan of Enid Blyton. I have read all of her books. And I really get very hungry when I am reading her books because I am fasting these days so I couldn't eat! Bye!
BarneyBarney says: I too enjoy the descriptions of food, especially meaty bones. You could try reading the books only in the evenings!
Posted by Sali on July 16, 2013
Hi Barney, I'm a really mad, crazy fan of Enid Blyton. I lived in Britain for some time where I got loads of her books but then I moved to India where I don't get her books! Could you tell me places in India where I could get her books or could you tell me online registrations, and I like your black fur, thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Even if your local bookshops don't stock Enid Blyton books they should be able to order them for you if you ask, Sali. Otherwise you could try Navrang (see link over on the left) or see if you can pick up older copies from secondhand bookshops or market stalls. Good luck with hunting for Blytons!
Posted by Susan on July 14, 2013
Hi Barney, Is it possible to get The Enid Blyton Society Journal if you live in a different country? I live in Argentina, but I am English. I'm crazy about Enid Blyton's books! I love the Famous Five and Secret Seven books so much that I have made a club called Buscadores de Misterios (it means Mystery Seekers).
BarneyBarney says: You can subscribe to the Journal from this page, Susan, though it costs more for us to post Journals abroad so please remember to select a "worldwide" subscription. Your club sounds great fun!
Posted by JB on July 13, 2013
Hi Barney - what do you mean by a Famous Five Annual and what is it? Please tell me what it is about. Is the Journal released on August 1st worldwide? I don't know about it because I have never read a Journal before.
BarneyBarney says: You can find out more about the Famous Five Annual here. It consists mainly of information and puzzles rather than stories. It should be available everywhere from August 1st, but sometimes books are late being published so it's possible it might take a bit longer. The Journal is not the same as the annual. The Journal is a magazine which is published three times a year by the Enid Blyton Society. You can find out more about that by clicking on our "Fireside Journal" button.
Posted by Jordyn on July 12, 2013
I love your stories of the Famous Five. I would read every book that you write because you're such a fabulous writer. Please send me a message at my email account, from Jordyn age: 8.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid Enid Blyton died in 1968, Jordyn, but she will never really be dead to her readers because the best of her lives on in her books, continuing to delight and inspire new generations of children.
Posted by JB on July 12, 2013
Are there any new books coming up in any of the series of any type?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any new full-length books, but a new Famous Five Annual is due out very soon - on 1st August 2013.
Posted by Anonymous on July 12, 2013
In any of the Famous Five books did Anne ever start wearing skirts and did she continue wearing them? What was Timmy's breed? Did George change any of her dressing sense?
BarneyBarney says: Anne usually wore shorts and jerseys like the others when out and about, but we know that she also liked frocks. Timmy was a mongrel. George preferred to dress like a boy but sometimes had to wear a skirt at home or at school.
Posted by Paul on July 12, 2013
Did Enid make many references in her stories to the pop culture of the time she was writing in?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton didn't tend to mention things like pop music and fashion, though there are references to a juke box and popular songs - and chewing gum - in The Rubadub Mystery. There are also disparaging remarks about boys with long hair in some of the books, e.g. Holiday House, and in Third Year at Malory Towers we learn of Zerelda's adoration of movie stars (Lossie Laxton is fictional but was probably inspired by stars like Deanna Durbin and Judy Garland).
Posted by MJ on July 11, 2013
Hello, just a shout out to let you know that I have been visiting this superb site and EnidBlyton.net as well since I was 8 or 9, although I was a silent visitor then. Nine years later I still get the same feeling of excitement when I visit the sites and I think you are doing a fantastic job. Also, your previous comment is so correct, age really doesn't matter when it comes to Enid Blyton books! I mean my family, jokingly, poke a bit of fun at me for reading her books in my late teens even though my mom used to read Enid's books too when she was a child. But I think Enid's books are so timeless that it's not surprising if people in their 70s, 80s even, have a good old read of an Enid Blyton book.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your lovely comments, MJ. Yes, Enid Blyton wrote much that is enchanting and uplifting, and it's refreshing to revisit her world at any age.
Posted by Freda on July 11, 2013
Hi, Barney - I've noticed The Enid Blyton Society Journal No 51 in the 'Fireside Journal' section. As a relative 'newbie' to the Society I'm unsure of when they come through our letterboxes. Do I need to do anything? If I've understood it correctly, we receive three magazines a year within the annual subscription fee (fantastic value for money). I enjoyed Journal No 50 so much that I purchased back-numbers. I will certainly be renewing my subscription when it falls due. Apart from anything, I like nipping in and out of this website for specific information or, sometimes, just to browse. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Journal 51 is currently being printed, Freda, and should be ready to send out to subscribers in a week or two. At 88 pages, it's another extra meaty issue with plenty for readers to get their teeth into!
Posted by Izzy on July 11, 2013
Enid Blyton is the best book writer in history. I have read a load of her books - they're even better than Roald Dahl books. I've read The Famous Five, the Faraway Tree and lots of other stories.
Posted by Rhiannon Gray Diehl on July 9, 2013
I read all Enid Blyton's Famous Five books and loved them. Also I believe she helped me pass my 11 Plus. My English composition did me well.
Posted by Sarah on July 7, 2013
I have some original paintings by Marjorie Davies dated 1935. I believe she is the Marjorie L. Davies who illustrated some of Enid Blyton's books. Can anyone tell me anything about her work?
BarneyBarney says: If you do a search on "Marjorie L. Davies" in the Cave of Books you'll be able to see which Enid Blyton books she illustrated, Sarah. If you'd like to know more about her, there's a book by Sally Varlow called A Brush with Enid Blyton: The Life and Work of Marjorie L. Davies.
Posted by Katharine on July 6, 2013
I'd like to echo Freda's comments about the Bibliographies. They are fantastic books, both as an aid to identifying 1st editions, and also as a mouth-watering collection of illustrations of original front covers/dustwrappers.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Katharine. My tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen after reading your message, and I'm sure Tony's would be too if he had one!
Posted by Freda on July 6, 2013
Hi, Barney - I've just received Part 2: 1943-1952 of Tony's Enid Blyton: An Illustrated Bibliography - a brilliant resource to call upon when building up a book collection. Already I've been able to identify the year of one of my undated Enid Blyton books, and to assure myself that one of my first edition Famous Five books has the correct dust jacket - as no doubt, 'marriages' by unscrupulous vendors do occur from time to time. Given the immense detail encompassed and the work involved, I think this project must have represented a labour of love for Tony. Collectors of Enid Blyton books will benefit for years to come from this work. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks for the feedback, Freda. It's great to hear that the book has already been of so much use to you - I know Tony will be delighted. You're right that the Bibliographies were a labour of love for him and took years to complete. They're an invaluable resource for Blyton collectors and enthusiasts.
Posted by Anonymous on July 4, 2013
Georgina known as George was eleven years old in the first book of the Famous Five, Five on a Treasure Island, so my question is, what was her age in the last book of the series, Five Are Together Again?
BarneyBarney says: Enid probably meant George's age to be frozen once she got to about 15 but, if you take all the children's holidays into account, she is 22 by the final book! See this article on the topic.
Posted by Chester on July 4, 2013
Can anyone tell me the middle name of an illustrator, i.e. Florence M. Leicester? The name crops up in our family history and it could be the same person. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Interesting. I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Hilary on July 4, 2013
A recent report has said that keeping your mind active should help to delay the onset of dementia. Enid Blyton came to mind, her brain was well excercised! Yet sadly at only 71 she died of dementia, I find this so sad.
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed sad that Enid Blyton had dementia, though it wasn't necessarily that that caused her death. Dementia is a complex condition and there are various different reasons (not fully understood) why people suffer from such disorders.
Posted by Les on July 2, 2013
Hi! Am hoping someone here can answer a question for me. I recently took a recommended walk along part of the south-west coast path near Salcombe and East Portlemouth. The walk passed by Rickham Cove and Beach which the leaflet said was well known as 'The Famous Five Beach'. I can't seem to find out why though! Anyone here know? Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: That's interesting, Les. I hope someone has some information on that.
Posted by Ana on June 30, 2013
I'm having a real big craving for books. Enid Blyton books and Nancy Drew kid books! Ugh! I just wanted to say the 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' series looks so fat but I finished it in only an evening and I was surprised and angry. That's when I realized it is more pictures than words, if you cut off all the pictures it will be a really thin book. But it's rather interesting with so many pictures. Anyway, regarding Paul's message, I feel very influenced into thinking that Enid WAS a racist, classist, etc. Anyway, I haven't been in touch with Hunaina and I wonder if you have any clue why she isn't posting lately. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Why let yourself be influenced by comments like the ones Paul refers to, Ana? It's better to read the books and make up your own mind. I expect Hunaina is busy with other interests at the moment.
Posted by Hilary on June 30, 2013
Thanks for that, but do publishers often make mistakes with the date a book was published?
BarneyBarney says: It does happen from time to time, I'm afraid.
Posted by Hilary on June 30, 2013
I have the first ever colour edition of Five Go Off in a Caravan. It is the Millennium edition. However, it says that it was first published in 1942, by Hodder and Stoughton. When I look at the Society web page it tells me that the story was first published in 1946. Can you please tell me which is the correct date? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: 1946 is the correct date for Five Go Off in a Caravan, Hilary. The first book in the series, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942.
Posted by Freda on June 30, 2013
Hi, Barney - a big 'thank you' for taking the trouble to provide me with such a full and comprehensive answer to my question. I now understand why Tony published his work in four separate volumes. Additionally, it will enable me to make an appropriate choice for purchase. Once again, many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Freda!
Posted by Ruby on June 29, 2013
Regarding Mel's message about sneezing powder, I think you could easily have Pepper as sneezing powder!
Posted by Freda on June 28, 2013
Hi, Barney - I have noticed the books in the Online Shop entitled Enid Blyton: An Illustrated Bibliography - Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. Could you tell me, please, something about the format of them - i.e., do they contain photos/details of all the books that Enid Blyton wrote during the years encapsulated in the separate volumes and are any other details included regarding the related card games and jigsaws? Primarily, I am interested in the "Famous Five" books so imagine that volumes 2 and 3 would be of particular interest. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The four volumes of Tony Summerfield's Illustrated Bibliography are a mine of information. They give the month in which a book was first published, as well as listing other details and showing a picture of the cover. If a story was serialised in a magazine before coming out in book form, the dates of the serialisation are also given. Card games and jigsaws are not included. To give you an idea of the amount of information on each book, here is the entry for Five Go Down to the Sea: 1953, Hodder & Stoughton, Five Go Down to the Sea (Famous Five 12), (September 10), 7/6, (7 1/2 x 5), (191 pages). Red cloth boards with title in black on spine and front, with a dustwrapper (ill. Eileen A. Soper), (pictorial endpapers printed in navy blue and black with eight illustrations printed in two colours, 4 red and black, and 4 blue and black), (1 story - 19 chapters - originally serialised in Enid Blyton's Magazine March 18th-November 25th 1953 [No. 1, Vol 1-No. 19, Vol 1]), (notes: The front flap of the 1st edition dustwrapper briefly describes the first eight books in the 'Fives' series and the back flap has books 9 to 11 and an advertisement for 'The Famous Five Card Game' by Pepys. Brockhampton Press took over the publishing in 1969. It was first published in the USA by Reilly & Lee in 1961, with illustrations by Frank Aloise).
Posted by Paul on June 26, 2013
I seem to recall that the Monty Python gang were influenced by Enid Blyton, many of them having grown up with her books. Any truth to this rumour? I disagree with the modern attitude that a child will immediately become racist/sexist/classist/imperialist etc. if they catch a glance of Enid's original texts. It's like the television script writer's attitude that a diabetic will die if they touch sugar!
BarneyBarney says: Regarding Monty Python, can anyone cite any influences? As for children, they are moulded not only by what they read but by things they see, hear and experience, and by their families and other people with whom they have contact. So the texts won't simply be absorbed by a child reader but will be questioned, considered and put into context.
Posted by Mel on June 26, 2013
Does anyone have Sneezing Powder?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure exactly what you're asking, but there's a play and a short story of that title. You can see which books they're in here.
Posted by Freda on June 26, 2013
Hi, Barney - I was interested - when googling "Postcards signed by Enid Blyton" - to come across Roger Thiedeman's very touching and interesting article posted on the Marchhouse Books' website. I related to his passion for Enid Blyton's books, along with his subsequent disappointment regarding the veracity of his Enid Blyton signed postcard. Accepting the huge logistical issues involved in replying to her fan mail, I really thought that Enid Blyton replied to all her own mail personally. Obviously, I have made a naive assumption. Is it true, then that her secretaries and her daughters were involved in replying, on her behalf, as indicated on the Marchhouse Books' website article? Did someone else sign her letters/cards on her behalf or would replies have been prepared for her signature? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Enid never had a secretary, Freda, but certainly if letters were sent to Enid Blyton's Magazine they were quite often answered 'in house', rather than overloading Enid with them. It was her daughter Gillian who often answered things as she was working at the EBM office at the time and she certainly signed things as Enid Blyton. However, I think this particular postcard just used a stamp. All Enid's answers to children were handwritten, so it is not too difficult for a present day collector to tell the difference.
Posted by Valerie on June 26, 2013
Does anyone have a copy of Noddy and the Tootles? If so, please could you tell me what the last word is? I need it for a speech I am giving on 29th June 2013.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds like an interesting speech, Valerie! Is it something to do with the Enid Blyton celebrations in Beaconsfield? Noddy and the Tootles ends, "Dear me, Noddy, what a time you will have with your tootle. Do go and play it to Mr. Plod!"
Posted by Ana on June 25, 2013
I know I'm a failure and I quit writing Crimson Towers, I wanted to do something I really wanted and I'm in for a vacation now. I thought of writing a diary story. I'm really frantic because I'm badly in need of a cover illustration. Yes, and I'd like help or tips for the diary. Thanks, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your writing but, as I've said before, I'm a book-reading dog, not a book-writing dog! You could try reading published diaries, e.g. The Diary of Anne Frank, to get a feel for the style. And it's probably not worth bothering about the cover till you've written the book!
Posted by Kenneth Stark on June 25, 2013
I have forgotten my login name and password for the forum. While I'm writing I wonder if I must renew my subscription for the Journal or is it after the next Journal? Kenneth
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that we can't help you with the password as only you would know it, but your user name is KenStar55. I have asked about your subscription and I have been told that it is due after the next Journal, so not yet.
Posted by Sue Webster on June 24, 2013
Hi Paul, Just seen your message about the girl who steals from other girls' lockers etc. so she can buy stuff for others and be liked by them. Yes, Barney is right, it is Kathleen from The Twins at St. Clare's.
Posted by Sally on June 23, 2013
Regarding my previous message, I have discovered that story about dogs is not an Enid Blyton, but Jane Pilgrim's Rusty the Sheepdog; like Blyton, her 'little books' were published by Brockhampton. I had Blyton's At Appletree Farm also - hence the confusion. Many thanks and I love this website - it evokes such memories!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for getting back to me on that, Sally. It's always good to hear of a mystery being solved!
Posted by Ana on June 22, 2013
Even though nowadays I'm not visiting this site that doesn't mean I'm not reading Enid's books. Just the day before yesterday I finished reading The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby by Enid Blyton. I feel ashamed to admit but, after reading that book I AM starting to wonder if Enid was a racist. It's not because Enid portrays Indians as thieves. I do agree with her in certain ways.. but I don't know why... Cheers, Ana
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what details made you wonder about Enid Blyton being racist, Ana, but you have to remember that many people didn't have much awareness of other cultures at the time Enid was writing and sometimes relied on stereotypes when portraying people of other races. By the way, The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby is an updated version of Adventure of the Strange Ruby. The book was rewritten in 1997 to make it part of a series rather than a stand-alone novel, so some of the text was changed.
Posted by Sally on June 22, 2013
I'm looking for a 1960s 'little' story about two naughty dogs that tip over a doll's pram. A good dog rescues the doll from the hedgerow for the little girl who is very upset. The book was the same size as the Brockhampton Little Books Series. I can't find it in the Cave of Books.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone reading this will recognise the book.
Posted by Paul on June 19, 2013
Did Enid or Gillian or Imogen read the Little House on the Prairie books?
BarneyBarney says: I haven't read anything that says they did, but that doesn't mean they didn't!
Posted by Freda on June 19, 2013
Hi, Barney - I've been reading Enid Blyton and her Enchantment with Dorset by Dr. Andrew Norman. I was intrigued to read that following her marriage in 1943 to Kenneth Darrell Waters, she spent her honeymoon in St Ives, Cornwall. As a regular visitor to St Ives I just wondered whether anyone in the Society knows where she might have stayed - i.e., local hotel, guesthouse or private cottage. My guess is that it might have been Hotel Tregenna Castle as this is a luxury hotel with golfing facilities. It would, however, be great to imagine her staying in an old smuggler's cottage by the sea with a 'Famous Five' adventurous atmosphere. Does anyone know where she stayed or may have stayed in St Ives during this time? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether there's any record of where Enid and Kenneth stayed in St Ives, Freda, but it would be interesting if anything comes to light.
Posted by Vikki on June 18, 2013
Hello, I've just joined the Society and I need to change the postal address for the Journal. Please can anybody help? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Click on "Contact Us" at the top of this page, Vikki. Then scroll right down and you'll see an email address you can use. Welcome to the Society!
Posted by Prachi on June 18, 2013
Summer vacations are going on and I spend most of my time in reading Enid ma'am's books. I really want to thank Enid ma'am for writing such marvellous books. THANK YOU ENID MA'AM.....
BarneyBarney says: There's no better way to spend the summer hols!
Posted by Markku Elivuo on June 18, 2013
Hello! How may we have the rights to Enid Blyton's books to translate them first and do from them audiobooks and e-books in Finnish?
BarneyBarney says: You would need to contact Hachette UK (Hodder), Markku, as they own the Enid Blyton copyright.
Posted by John Tipton on June 17, 2013
Many thanks to the organisers of the Beckenham Walk on Saturday 15 June. This was a very enjoyable day and a good opportunity to chat with other Society members.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, John. The outing was organised by Cliff Watkins, who led the walk, and Tony Summerfield, who unfortunately was unable to be there. If anyone would like to read more about it, there's a thread on the forums here.
Posted by Aussie Sue on June 16, 2013
Patricia, if it's the words you need, here they are:- The Flower-Woman (title)/ On Thursdays I see in the Market Square/ Old Mrs. Brown on her wooden chair,/ Nobody knows how old she must be,/ She hasn't told anyone - not even me./ In front of her stands a basket wide/ With tulips and daffodils packed inside,/ Pale narcissi and jonquils sweet,/ And bunches of violets, prim and neat./ When I buy her daffies I see her smile,/ And her eyes are twinkling all the while,/ They're blue as forget-me-nots - and I believe/ She's a pixie-woman who laughs up her sleeve!/ Maybe she sits there just for a joke,/ Huddled inside her raggedy cloak,/ Pretending to us she is just Mrs Brown;/ But p'r'aps underneath is a gossamer gown./ P'r'aps if the wind swept it open we'd spy/ Crushed-up wings that would shake out and fly,/ And old Mrs. Brown - well, she wouldn't be there -/ And I'd go and sit on her pixie chair!/ A gorgeous poem, I do love Enid's early poems.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much, Sue. It is indeed a gorgeous poem. Unfortunately the Message Board format puts everything into one long paragraph, so I've indicated the line endings by using the / sign.
Posted by Lisa Howarth on June 15, 2013
Hiya, I have a book that says it's Enid Blyton's Brer Rabbit on the spine but inside it is actually Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat. I don't suppose anyone could put a value or anything on this could they? Thanks xx
BarneyBarney says: Such mistakes are amusing - if annoying - but they don't add any value.
Posted by Patricia on June 15, 2013
I am trying to locate the poem 'The Flower-Woman'. First line:- "On Thursdays I see in the Market Square Old Mrs. Brown on her wooden chair". Can you help?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that 'The Flower-Woman' has not appeared in a Blyton book since the 1930s, Patricia. It can be found in The Red Pixie Book and this book was also used in Boys' and Girls' Story Book No. 2 by the News Chronicle. Neither of these books are all that easy to find and I'm afraid that they might both cost quite a bit.
Posted by Shruti on June 15, 2013
Hello Barney, I have a story to share. One of my friends saw me reading Enid Blyton and told the rest of my friends, who all made fun of me. Obviously to some people, a 25-year-old loving Enid Blyton is funny. Anyway, yesterday our classes were over early so our teacher asked us about our favourite book. When my turn came before I could open my mouth my oversmart friend stood up and spilled the beans. And my teacher smiled and said, "That's good. I still read her too." It will be one of the best memories of my life. :-)
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you had support from your teacher, Shruti. Your friends would be surprised at the number of people who still read Enid Blyton books as adults. Enid wrote some super stories and there's no reason why an age limit should be put on enjoying them!
Posted by Shruti on June 15, 2013
Hi Barney, I had registered almost a year before but out of my own foolishness I stayed inactive quite long. Now I have forgotten all the details. What do I do, register again? Please help.
BarneyBarney says: Someone with the name Shruti registered on the forums five years ago, but possibly this wasn't you. I'm afraid that without any of your details it isn't possible to help you, particularly with the password as only you would know that. The best thing would be to do what you suggest and register again.
Posted by Namita on June 13, 2013
What do you think Enid would have become if she had not chosen writing?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton might have taken her father's advice and become a concert pianist like her Aunt May, as she had a talent for music and was offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music (though she turned it down, knowing she wanted to be a writer). Alternatively, she might have carried on teaching young children. She did that very successfully for a few years before giving it up to concentrate on her writing.
Posted by Veni Martin on June 12, 2013
Thanks Barney. I meant if someone knows about the FONT type/s employed by Pan Macmillan on their first edition/s from "Adventure Series" books. It seems to me that it'd be font type Baskerville or some variation but I'm not sure. Any help would be much appreciated!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the further information, Veni. I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Veni Martin on June 11, 2013
Hi all, It'd be appreciated if you let me know about CSS font-face or similar font-types employed by Pan Macmillan in the Adventure Series books. Thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know what you mean, but maybe someone else can help.
Posted by Kevin Rider on June 10, 2013
Can you tell me if Enid wrote a short story called 'Left Handed Tumfry', as I am sure I read it as a child? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton didn't write a story with that title, Kevin, but there is a book called Left-Handed Tumfy by Jane Shaw.
Posted by Catherine on June 10, 2013
Hello, I just thought that your members might like to know that I have some 1st edition Famous Five books with original dust jackets for sale on Ebay. Item numbers are 121124762631 and 121124792712 if you'd like to have a look. Many thanks.
Posted by Goldie on June 9, 2013
Hello Barney, how have you been? Referring to Erika's enquiry, she may find the Award series in MPH bookstore in Malaysia. Do visit their store at Mid Valley or their website for further assistance. =)
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Goldie. I hope that information is of help to Erika.
Posted by Dipankae on June 9, 2013
George in the "Famous Five" is kidnapped in one of the books. I have read so many of the "Famous Five" titles that I cannot remember in which one she is kidnapped. Can you tell me?
BarneyBarney says: Five Fall Into Adventure, Five Have Plenty of Fun and maybe others too.
Posted by Anthony on June 8, 2013
I have a hand-written postcard from Enid Blyton to my Great Grandmother sent in 1966. My Great Grandmother was at the time searching for a Christmas Stories book for her Granddaughter (my Mother) and wrote to the publishers to see if they had it in stock. Enid wrote back personally to advise that it had sadly gone out of print, but if she ever came across a copy she would send it. The postcard itself is of Noddy, labelled "Noddy and Big Ears go for a ride". My family are now looking to sell this, what would be the best route?
BarneyBarney says: You could contact one of the dealers listed under "Lashings of Links". Alternatively you could try an auction, eBay or the "For Sale" section of our forums.
Posted by Paul on June 6, 2013
In one of the Enid Blyton books, a girl steals money from other girls' lockers, and it turns out that she's doing it so she can buy presents for people because she thinks that that'll make them like her. It's quite sad, really. Do you know which book this is?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not absolutely sure, but perhaps you're thinking of Kathleen in The Twins at St. Clare's.
Posted by Erika on June 6, 2013
Hi. I am from Malaysia. My daughter loves Enid Blyton's short stories so much that I am thinking to have all her Award Popular Reward series for her. Where can I buy those?
BarneyBarney says: Most bookshops should be able to order the books for you, Erika, even if they don't have them in stock. Alternatively, you could try buying (new or secondhand) from sites like Amazon, Navrang, eBay, Abebooks, etc.
Posted by Lynn Crombie on June 6, 2013
I am trying to locate a copy of, I believe, The Magic Faraway Tree that was published in a large colour format by Hamlyn in 1960/61. It is possible it was The Folk of the Faraway Tree. I am not sure. Can anyone help?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of any large format colour editions published as early as that, Lynn. You could try clicking on the Faraway Tree titles in the Cave of Books and scrolling down to the reprint covers to see if anything rings a bell.
Posted by Sharon Jacques on June 5, 2013
Hello again Barney xxx. I've been looking at Eva Rice's book Who's Who in Enid Blyton and in there she lists 24 Noddy stories. Do you know if all of these stories are available as one book and if so what is it called please? Thanks very much for helping me out. Sharon xxx
BarneyBarney says: The 24 main Noddy titles are quite long, Sharon, and haven't been put into one big book as far as I know.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on June 4, 2013
Hi, may I ask why the story At Seaside Cottage (1947) was not issued in the Secret Seven stories? Thank you in advance for your answer.
BarneyBarney says: At Seaside Cottage is about Peter, Janet and Scamper on a seaside holiday. In that story, Peter is seven and Janet is six. No other members of the Secret Seven are mentioned and there's no mystery to solve, so it's not really a Secret Seven story.
Posted by Hilary on June 2, 2013
How is the Society funded? Is it purely by the charge made for becoming member? There is so much on the site that is available to anybody, member or not. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The website is a labour of love, Hilary, and no one was (or is) paid for setting it up or maintaining it. Most sections are open to everyone, as you said. The subscription money paid by Society members is used to produce three Journals a year. A small profit is also made at Enid Blyton Days, and that money goes either into the Journal or into future Enid Blyton Days.
Posted by Don Kidd on May 31, 2013
Sunny Stories for Little Folks, THE BED THAT RAN AWAY No 217, July 1935. Can anyone outline a story about 'The Little Red Imp' which appeared in this issue. Imp sits in tree, annoys toys in house, toys capture him by luring him into toybox, send him off to the moon? Seeking copy of this story if possible.
BarneyBarney says: 'That Little Red Imp' was reprinted in Seven O' Clock Tales and it's about a mean brownie called Mingy. A red imp torments him and won't leave him alone till he turns over a new leaf. So I'm afraid it's not the story you're looking for, Don.
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on May 31, 2013
Barney, I would like to know why Enid Blyton loved Adventure and Mystery. Was it from her childhood?
BarneyBarney says: Many children like going exploring, having secrets between themselves, making dens and forming clubs, so I expect Enid liked that kind of thing too. We know that as a girl she used to write letters to her friends in secret code, explore the countryside by bike with her brother Hanly and read adventure books like Ballantyne's The Coral Island.
Posted by Fred on May 31, 2013
Back in the 1980s my local library in London, UK, had a number of Secret Seven titles that featured covers purportedly from a TV series. Now I know that the Famous Five was made into the TV series (with Marcus, Gary etc.) but was the Secret Seven filmed or were the covers just manufactured to look as though they had?
BarneyBarney says: Photos of children and a dog were taken and used for the Secret Seven books and annuals but there was never a Secret Seven TV series, Fred.
Posted by Pete9012S on May 31, 2013
Reading a book of Agatha Christie's poetry recently I was thinking how good it would be to read all of Enid Blyton's poetry in one volume. Does such a book exist or could it possibly be ever produced? Regards, Pete.
BarneyBarney says: A good question, Pete. Enid Blyton wrote hundreds of poems, scattered all over the place in newspapers, magazines, annuals, anthologies, etc. so it would be a job bringing them all together (though the information in the Cave of Books would certainly be of help!) and there may well be some which are untraced. Not impossible but not easy either, and it would be a big volume by the time it was finished. Whether it would sell well would be another matter!
Posted by Sharon Jacques on May 30, 2013
How would I go about finding a list of the original titles of books and the changed titles, for example original title The Three Golliwogs and new title The Three Goblins? Does any information exist and if so where could I find it? Thanks for helping me out again, Barney. I do wish I could send you some biscuits!
BarneyBarney says: If you hunt for a book title in the Cave of Books you'll see that many reprint covers are shown, including covers with new titles. However, in the case of The Three Golliwogs the latest title (Three Bold Pixies and Other Stories) is listed separately. I don't know of any list of changed titles. By the way, my favourite biscuits are the little bone-shaped ones!
Posted by Sharon Jacques on May 30, 2013
Hello Barney, I was wondering please if you could help me out. The other day I purchased from a car boot sale Adventures of the Wishing-Chair and The Wishing-Chair Again. Both are De Luxe editions illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves and were published Dean & Son in 1983 and both books are colourful hardbacks around 10-12 inches square. Are these editions abridged versions of the original books or are they complete? Thanks for helping me out. x
BarneyBarney says: To the best of my knowledge those editions have the complete text, Sharon. Super books with beautiful illustrations.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on May 30, 2013
Hi Barney. I have just finished The Rockingdown Mystery. It is my very first Barney book and I enjoyed it very much. I am thinking of asking for The Rilloby Fair Mystery next. Why do these mysteries always begin with 'R'?
BarneyBarney says: All the 'R' titles sound nice and help unify the series, EB'sGF. I hope you enjoy the rest of the books. They're great stories and are best read in the correct order.
Posted by Sarah Roberts on May 29, 2013
I used to read my brother 'Mr. Picketty's Lamp Post' when we were kids. I'm sure it was Enid Blyton but can't find it anywhere! Please help if you can. Sarah
BarneyBarney says: I only know of Snifty's Lamp-Post, Sarah.
Posted by Sarah on May 29, 2013
Barney, when is Enid Blyton's birthday?
BarneyBarney says: August 11th. She was born in 1897. Have a look at our "Author of Adventure" section for more information.
Posted by Hilary on May 29, 2013
I have only just found this site and I love it that so many people love Enid Blyton as I do. As I get older I love her stories even more!
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on May 28, 2013
It is I once again, Mr. Barney. I was wondering why people such as Fatty and other 'brainy' people in the other mystery books that Mrs Blyton wrote, why it is always they who actually manage to solve the case? I would also like to know how she managed to think of such interesting plots and characters. P.S. I am going to read Five Have a Mystery to Solve. I have read most of the other Blyton books, but I only found it a few weeks ago. Is it good?
BarneyBarney says: In answer to your first question, can you imagine an episode of Scooby Doo in which the sleuths fail to unmask the villain, or a Sherlock Holmes story where Holmes is left completely baffled? Enid Blyton had a vivid imagination and ideas would flood into her mind almost faster than she could type. Regarding Five Have a Mystery to Solve, some people say the last few Famous Five books aren't as good as the earlier ones but it's best to read it for yourself and make up your own mind.
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on May 28, 2013
I was reading through the Wishing-Chair stories and I found many of the places the chair lands in are featured in the Faraway Tree books (such as the Land of Dreams, etc...) I wondered why Enid Blyton used the same ideas if she had such a good imagination?
BarneyBarney says: The Wishing-Chair and Faraway Tree series both involve children visiting strange and magical lands. Some of the lands are so delightful or intriguing that it's not surprising that Enid Blyton revisits them.
Posted by Enid Blyton Person on May 28, 2013
Did Enid Blyton use the idea for Moonface in the Faraway Tree in other stories? I was reading some of her other books, and he was mentioned in one of them as a shepherd's cousin.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Moonface appears in some versions of The Yellow Fairy Book (which has been reprinted under several other titles including The Queer Adventure). He also features briefly in at least one short story.
Posted by Paul on May 28, 2013
How edited are the 1970s reprints? I recently acquired a reprint of Tales After Supper from 1970.
BarneyBarney says: I can't say for certain, Paul, but if it dates from 1970 I think it's likely to be the same as the original.
Posted by Alan, Wirral Writer on May 28, 2013
Just heard on Radio Merseyside that the publishers of Enid Blyton’s novels are messing around with the dialogue and covers of The Famous Five books to make them more “appealing” to modern children. What a stupid idea! Why can’t they leave the original classics alone? As a kid, Enid Blyton was my favourite author, and I would hate to think that all her marvellous work was going to be tampered with, thus detracting from the timeless charm of the original. What will it be next, I wonder – updating classics like A Christmas Carol so that Scrooge can’t say “Humbug” anymore? It’s pathetic. Leave our classic stories alone. Read more on the Famous Five revamp here.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Alan, but that news is three years old and those versions of the books have been in the shops for a while now. In fact, the Famous Five books had already been updated several times over, beginning with a few small changes in the late 1960s. Lots of fans would agree with you that they'd prefer the stories to be left alone.
Posted by Nicholas on May 27, 2013
Hi Barney, just a comment on something that narks me a bit. I love collecting Enid Blyton books, early editions with dustcovers, and I have a lot in my collection. I buy them from all over the world and I am like a child waiting to recieve them. I look after them and cover them in proper covers and display them proudly and it narks me that some people only seem to be interestered in how much they might be worth. I have noticed more and more on this site people saying that they have this copy or that, and asking how much it is worth. All they seem to be interestered in is the value and what they might get. When I buy an Enid Blyton book and pay sometimes a lot of money for them, the last thing I think of is how much they might be worth. I love them and am proud to have them and display them and talk to other people about them. I would never ever get rid of them whatever they might be worth. I just love them for being great, part of my beloved Enid Blyton's work. I was just wondering are other people like me or is everyone driven by money nowadays? It seems a sad state of affairs. I for one would never part with my beloved Enid Blyton books and I have made provisions in my will to keep my collection together and in the family.
BarneyBarney says: Rest assured that many readers share your feelings, Nicholas. The real value of a book lies in its contents - it can give you endless hours of pleasure, make you think, teach you things, help you see the world afresh and introduce you to characters who will become lifelong friends. In the eyes of true booklovers, a good book is priceless.
Posted by Elaine Clear on May 27, 2013
I would very much like to have an original copy of Merry Mister Meddle. Is it possible to get a copy?
BarneyBarney says: We don't sell books on the website, Elaine, but you could look on eBay, eBid or Abebooks, or try the book dealers listed under "Lashings of Links". Good luck with your search - the Meddle stories are wonderful.
Posted by John Hanna on May 26, 2013
Hi all: Have just picked up 54 issues of Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories dating from 1937 to 1943. Do these have any value?
BarneyBarney says: We're unable to do valuations, John, but some Enid Blyton fans do collect the magazines so if you wish to sell them you could always try listing them on eBay.
Posted by Sivany Biswas on May 26, 2013
Hallo there! I missed The Six Bad Boys, Hollow Tree House, The Put-Em-Rights, The Family at Red-Roofs and some other excellent single stories on your display here! These are lovely stories, a must-read for all! Love to the world of Enid Blyton!
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sivany, You're right that many of the stand-alone books are excellent but unfortunately we only have enough space to have buttons for the major series. However, if you go into our Cave of Books you'll see all the books including the stand-alone novels.
Posted by Silk on May 24, 2013
Hi, I have found an Enid Blyton's Noddy Christmas Special comic book (48 pages) priced at 20 pence, can you tell me anything about it?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't have any information on the comics, but if 20 pence was the original price it must have been published after 1971.
Posted by Sue Webster on May 23, 2013
Hi, it was sad not to have an Enid Blyton Day this year. I guess speakers are hard to find but would it be a good idea to have one next year with members doing it themselves? Members could reminisce about Enid and her books etc, share their experiences of the Famous Five Club if they were members and bring items to display. The booksellers could still come, and the caterers. I'm sure members would have a lot to talk about. What do others think and could it work?
BarneyBarney says: Such a gathering might well appeal to members who know each other, Sue (e.g. through the forums) but probably wouldn't attract enough people to make it worthwhile for the book dealers and caterers.
Posted by Ana Asif on May 23, 2013
Happy Birthday, EB'sGF! My Find-Outers collection is complete too. Barney, I would like to know if Enid Blyton saw anyone as her role-model in life. Thanks. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton appears to have looked up to her father, who encouraged her interest in nature, gardening, music and literature. She was also no doubt influenced by writer Arthur Mee, who published one of Enid's poems in his magazine when she was a teenager. Mabel Attenborough, aunt of Enid's schoolfriend Mary, was another influential figure, acting as a guide and confidante as Enid was growing up. However, Enid Blyton wouldn't have modelled herself slavishly on anyone, the way Zerelda Brass does with film star Lossie Laxton in Third Year at Malory Towers, as she thought it was important to be yourself, discover your own strengths and build on them.
Posted by Alison on May 21, 2013
Hello Barney, my daughter adores the folk of the Faraway Tree. Do you know if it's possible to find toys or ornaments of those characters? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't think any are available, Alison, though it would be lovely to have some. There is always plenty of Noddy merchandise but not much else.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on May 21, 2013
Hello Barney. Today is my birthday. And guess what! My Find Outers collection is complete. Why did Enid and Hugh divorce?
BarneyBarney says: Happy Birthday, EB'sGF, and congratulations on completing your Find-Outers collection. Enid and Hugh had been having problems in their marriage for a few years before they divorced. No one but the two of them really knows all that happened, but we do know that Hugh became an alcoholic and Enid devoted more and more time to her writing, and they drifted apart. The Second World War didn't help matters, as it meant Hugh spent a lot of time away from home. Eventually, each of them fell in love with someone else.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on May 20, 2013
Hi Barney. I have just read 'The Very Forgetful Gnome' and it made me laugh till I cried. Well, not nearly cried, you know. That is just a metaphor. What are your opinions about this story?
BarneyBarney says: I haven't read that particular story, EB'sGF, but quite a few of Enid Blyton's humorous tales have brought tears of laughter to my eyes. I'm sure Enid would be delighted to know that her stories are still giving people (and dogs!) such immense enjoyment.
Posted by Alice Vieira on May 19, 2013
Why was there no Enid Blyton Day in 2013?
BarneyBarney says: Sadly, it has become harder and harder over the years to find speakers. Without two or three good speakers, numbers attending the Day would drop and that would mean it wouldn't be worthwhile for the book dealers or caterers either. Therefore, it wasn't possible to organise an Enid Blyton Day this year.
Posted by Arshavi on May 18, 2013
Hi Barney, is the Enid Blyton Society active on Google Plus?
BarneyBarney says: No, but we do have Facebook and Twitter pages.
Posted by Julie on May 18, 2013
I have three volumes of The Teacher's Treasury and four boxes of Two Years in the Infant School which all have connections to Enid Blyton. Can anyone tell me if they are of any value? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't do valuations, Julie, but you could try selling them on eBay and see what they fetch.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on May 18, 2013
Yes, Albatros Publishing publishes books with us by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Heena Kapoor on May 17, 2013
Hi, I'm Heena. I love Enid Blyton's books and I had a wish that I could meet her. I'm a big fan of her books.
Posted by Sue on May 17, 2013
Hello, I'm looking for a Noddy Book with the story in it called 'Noddy Loses His Handkerchief'. I would love to find it and give it to my brother. I remember Mum reading it over and over again to him when he was small. He is 55 now.
BarneyBarney says: I can't find that story listed in the Cave of Books, Sue, but I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on May 17, 2013
Hi, I'm from Czech Republic and I love the series of mysterious places with us yet published only four parts: The Mysterious Island, A Mysterious Castle, Mysterious Valleys, Mysterious Sea and missing issue last four parts. I know he has our Albatros fifth issue Mysterious Mountain in July of this year, but there is a problem. What is the correct term for this part, Mysterious Mysterious Mountain or Mountain? Albatros wrote that comes part Mysterious Mountains in July. Therefore, I want to ask if it is just a mountain or mountains. Thank you for your answer.
BarneyBarney says: Are Albatros the publishers of the Czech editions of Enid Blyton's "Adventure" series, Adam? The fifth book in that series is called The Mountain of Adventure in English.
Posted by Mana on May 17, 2013
Is there anywhere I can find up-to-date worldwide figures on Blyton's books? I have a few sources, but they're a few years old and are mostly newspaper articles, so I'm unsure if they're reliable. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You could try contacting Hachette Uk (Hodder), Mana, as they own the Enid Blyton copyright and publish many of her books.
Posted by Lin on May 15, 2013
Can anyone help me find a Noddy book please? I am trying to find a Noddy book that I read to my little brother in 1978. It was a square hard book with cardboard pages. It didn't have much text to each page, just 1 line, I think it may have been a rhyming text? There weren't many pages but the last page said "Noddy and Big Ears enjoyed the joke." Would be very grateful if anyone could help. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to identify the book, Lin. Have you tried clicking on our Noddy button ("Popular Series", above) to see if anything jogs your memory?
Posted by Cláudia on May 14, 2013
Thank you for answering so quickly! I didn't know about that: I still feel it's a shame though, as I believe that books are written in a certain era and they lose a bit of their magic when they are modernised. (But that's only my opinion.) Well, I started reading Upper Fourth at Malory Towers in English on Sunday and I'm enjoying it a lot! May I keep in touch? Cláudia
BarneyBarney says: Of course you may keep in touch, Cláudia. You're welcome to join our discussion forums if you like (it's necessary to register, but registration is free of charge). People discuss all kinds of topics on the forums (including the modernisation of Enid Blyton's books, and many fans agree with your views on that). I'm glad you're enjoying the English version of Upper Fourth at Malory Towers.
Posted by Cláudia on May 14, 2013
I'm from Portugal and I went to a local bookstore on the week-end and was very happy to find the English versions of two Enid Blyton books, which I bought (Upper Fourth at Malory Towers and Five Have Plenty of Fun!) Nevertheless I was sad to see that the new Portuguese versions of Enid Blyton's books are so different from the originals: There is the use of modern terms and important parts of the books have been left out! Honestly! These versions are completely different from the ones I own (which as far as I can tell are very true to the originals) and I do believe that it is a shame that this is happening! I'm going to write to Portuguese publishers about this and if anyone else from Portugal happens to read this post I ask you what you think could be done to reverse this situation. Thank you. Best wishes, Cláudia.
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to hear from you, Cláudia, though Enid Blyton's books have also been modernised in Britain and probably in other countries as well.
Posted by Ana Asif on May 12, 2013
Hi! Do you know, my school has organized a book campaign, rather a class library. Each of us donate a book and in return we get to read lots of books the whole year round. This is as all the classes keep on exchanging the books. Today we got our first stock and I found The O' Clock Tales by Enid Blyton! Actually, I couldnt get it today as there was no name so they will check and then it will be only books and books for me! I wish every one could follow the idea. Just sharing thoughts. Thanks, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like a great idea, Ana! Happy reading to all the children at your school!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on May 12, 2013
Barney. Why isn't the Young Adventurers a popular series?
BarneyBarney says: Perhaps because it's not a genuine Enid Blyton series, EB'sGF. In 1997, six of Enid Blyton's stand-alone novels were put together and rewritten to form the "Young Adventurers" (or "Riddle") series.
Posted by Paul on May 12, 2013
I wonder what Enid would have done about the ubiquity of television in children's lives had she been able to keep writing. Once "the idiot's lantern" came in, children weren't racing around the country on bicycles anymore.
BarneyBarney says: I imagine Enid Blyton would recommend that children's exposure to TV (and computer games, etc.) be limited. In The Mystery that Never Was Nicky Fraser talks about detective programmes he has seen, and his father says he watches too much TV. We know from The Six Bad Boys that Enid was concerned about some of the films children were watching at the cinema.
Posted by secretbear27 on May 11, 2013
What did Enid do for fun? Did she like spending time with her children?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was busy with her writing and didn't have a lot of time to spend with her children as they were growing up, but she liked taking them for nature walks and playing games (e.g. card games) with them. Enid also enjoyed swimming, tennis, golf, bridge and painting in watercolour.
Posted by Sally on May 11, 2013
Hello Barney, I have been reading Brer Rabbit to my daughter and she raised the question about Miss Meadows and the girls as to what they actually are. Do you know what they are? I.e. are they people or perhaps cows? Thanks. Sally
BarneyBarney says: A good question, Sally! Miss Meadows and the girls are people - there's an illustration of them here.
Posted by Paul on May 9, 2013
Since corporal punishment is now verboten and has been edited out of modern Blyton editions, I'm curious to know Enid's own position on corporal punishment.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton appears to have agreed with using corporal punishment sparingly, writing in The Story of My Life about two boys who stoned some nesting swans, "I think both those boys should have been well and truly whipped, don't you? There are just a few things that I think whipping should be the punishment for, and cruelty to animals or birds is one of them. I know you will agree with me in that."
Posted by Freda on May 8, 2013
Hallo Barney, Hi Julie - Nice to meet you again. Yes, I might very well join in on the forums. I must, however, sort out an avatar as everyone seems to have one who goes on the forum. As a new member of the Society, I've certainly enjoyed looking on the forum and have learned a lot of interesting 'Enid' facts in the process. Yes, The Treasure Hunters is rather special, isn't it! In a way, I'm having ".......a Wonderful Time" (excuse the pun) in discovering all the fabulous books that Enid Blyton wrote that I managed to miss as a child. I'm making up for lost time!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad the books - and the Society and website - are giving you so much pleasure, Freda!
Posted by Helana on May 8, 2013
An Enid Blyton exhibition has gone on show at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle. The display features original typescripts, a selection of early Noddy sketches, original Famous Five illustrations, Enid Blyton's diaries and even the typewriter on which she wrote the majority of her work. Watch the video here.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for the link. There is a thread about the exhibition on our discussion forum.
Posted by Luis Fernandes on May 8, 2013
Dear Sirs, May I have the price of this book - The Children's Own Wonder Book?
BarneyBarney says: Sorry, but the books pictured in the Cave are there for reference purposes and are not for sale. You could try looking on sites like eBay or Abebooks, or contacting the dealers listed under "Lashings of Links".
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on May 6, 2013
Freda, just read your message on the board - The Treasure Hunters is one of my favourite books too. I loved it as a child and still do. Have you ever thought about joining the forums, and speaking to many like minded people who love Enid Blyton?
Posted by Freda on May 2, 2013
Hi, Barney - I picked up a copy of The Treasure Hunters (1956 Collins edition) illustrated by Barbara Freeman - minus a dust jacket but in lovely condition for just £4. What a charming 'stand alone' book! I really enjoyed reading the book and felt that the illustrations perfectly complemented the content. As a 50s child, myself, it was lovely to go back through the years to what felt like a very innocent and happy time. In between the chapters I couldn't help thinking about Enid sitting in her study at 'Green Hedges' happily creating another wonderful story for her young fans. I really think she was a very talented and clever lady. Just wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks.
Posted by Stephanie on May 1, 2013
Hi everyone! I just wanted to know Enid Blyton's favorite food and drink. I'm guessing ginger-beer and sandwiches. She loved picnics and bicycle tours, didn't she? Long Live Enid Blyton! (Even if it's only in our hearts!)
BarneyBarney says: I don't know her favourite food and drink but she did like picnics and cycle rides.
Posted by Peter on May 1, 2013
Which issue -Sunny Stories- were Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and the four horned wobble about in? And will I be able to get hold of a copy? Thank you, PB.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Peter.
Posted by Anonymous on May 1, 2013
I remember as a child, looking forward to getting my Enid Blyton Magazine. Do you remember How Sow and Manny Mow who were rural characters?
BarneyBarney says: Are you sure they're Enid Blyton characters, Anonymous?
Posted by Paul on April 29, 2013
I wonder why the 1978 Famous Five series has achieved "cult" status but the 1996 series hasn't? Generation X tastes vs Generation Y?
BarneyBarney says: It takes time for things to achieve "cult" status, and the 1978 series is of course older. Another factor may be that children of the 1970s had only three television channels and no home computers etc. to distract them, so the programme was bound to attract a lot of viewers when it was broadcast. Those viewers are now at an age where they tend to look back with great fondness at things they loved as a child. Perhaps it helps that that series was set in the 1970s and not in the 1950s, so for those who watch it again on video or DVD there's a sense of reliving the era.
Posted by Nicholas on April 28, 2013
Hi Barney, I cannot sleep so my dog Heidi and I are sitting up sharing a nice cup of hot cocoa beside our log fire. Nothing in the house is stirring and we are enjoying reading a story by our beloved Enid Blyton, The Island of Adventure. Just the thing when you cannot sleep, a warm, truly brilliant story. I wonder Barney, do you struggle to sleep sometimes? Until I post again goodnight Barney, and long may our beloved Enid Blyton live on. Thank you Enid for all your wonderful stories.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's stories are indeed a comfort and a delight, Nicholas. A wag of the tail for Heidi - I'm pleased to meet another dog who enjoys reading! As for me, I can sleep anywhere at any time!
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on April 27, 2013
I'm awfully sorry Barney, you're right - I checked with my niece and she confirmed that it was Award, and not Dean. I was absolutely certain I was right! Will be more careful next time! Thank you Barney for putting me right.
BarneyBarney says: Don't worry, Sandeep - you're not the first person to mix up Dean and Award! ;-)
Posted by Ana Asif on April 27, 2013
Six out of ten of the books I have bought from India are published by Dean, which includes the first Wishing Chair book, I remember because I saw the spine and it said 'Dean' and it was very differently formatted and covered. Other novels are by Hodder and short stories are mostly by Award. I was wondering where Hunaina is. And I have to say, I started writing a Mystery book but then it turned out to be tough so I started writing an Adventure novel, but that also became very difficult. That's in the sense I couldn't decide whether to make it a bit scary or completely calm and funny, like The Magic Faraway Tree. Now I've started writing a boarding school story, named Crimson Towers. Suggest better names please, and wish me good luck! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Crimson Towers sounds good to me! I hope it goes well and you manage to complete the whole thing.
Posted by Julie Bloomfield on April 27, 2013
Hi, I wonder if you can help me. I've just been given a copy of Run-About's Holiday. It's in very good condition and inside it has First published 1955 and then Second impression 1956. Does this mean it's still a first edition, or is that a silly question? Is it worth anything or should I be happy just to own it? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: We're unable to give valuations, Julie, but your book is a second printing of the first edition which means it's not a true first, even though the book is the same.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on April 26, 2013
Sachin asked where he'd be able to obtain a copy of House-at-the-Corner. He is likely to find it in a good children's bookshop or library, published by Dean - that's important. I know, for I bought a copy a year ago in Bombay for my niece - a Dean edition please! Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Sandeep, but are you sure about Dean or did you mean Award? All the different editions from over the years are listed in the Cave of Books. Your local bookshop would probably be able to order a copy for you, Sachin, though it's important to note that the text of most (perhaps all) Enid Blyton books has been modernised in recent years.
Posted by Lorena on April 26, 2013
Please could anyone tell me if Ms. Blyton was a lesbian or bisexual? Is the rumor about her having an affair with her daughter's nanny true? Please enlighten me :( Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Gyles Brandreth interviewed Enid's daughters Gillian Baverstock and Imogen Smallwood in 2002, and he asked them about that rumour. Gillian dismissed the idea of Enid Blyton and Dorothy Richards having a lesbian relationship as "complete nonsense", while Imogen said: "Homosexuality? I don't know. Let it just hover in the air."
Posted by Peter May on April 25, 2013
Why has the paragraph in The Six Bad Boys where Bob is punished by his headmaster and Tom by his father been omitted from the paperback edition? Other words and phrases are also missing. Please explain.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid all Enid Blyton's books have undergone editing in recent years, partly to modernise the language and partly for reasons of political correctness, though such changes often don't sit well with stories which are clearly set in past decades. In the case of The Six Bad Boys it pays to track down an early Lutterworth hardback edition which contains an interesting foreword by magistrate Basil Henriques.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on April 24, 2013
Barney. Surely my message is approved of. It had Enid Mary Blyton content.
BarneyBarney says: If messages consist of inappropriate questions, or are flippant or don't say much, they won't be approved.
Posted by Sachin Tyagi on April 24, 2013
I want to purchase House-at-the-Corner by Enid Blyton. Please confirm the availability in Delhi NCR.
BarneyBarney says: In order to do that I'd have to use a search engine, and my results would be no different from yours!
Posted by Ana on April 23, 2013
Gosh, Nicholas! That is one number of books. :) I'm not saying that I don't buy as many but I've never counted my books. Did Enid Blyton like cooking and jewellery? A very big bone for you, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wasn't very domesticated and preferred to leave the cooking to her cook. She liked jewellery and often wore a brooch or a pearl necklace.
Posted by Katharine on April 23, 2013
Nicholas, if you join the forums and subscribe to the Society Journals you will discover that you are not alone in your 'addiction'. A lack of space is something many of us are experiencing, but I don't think any of us want to be 'cured'.
BarneyBarney says: True. No Blyton rehab clinics, please!
Posted by Ruby S (Honesty on the Forums) on April 23, 2013
Hi Barney, How are you? Sorry I haven't been messaging you lately. I have been on the Enid Blyton Forums. Very interesting too! A question for you: Did Enid Blyton ever meet any 'celebrities'? From Ruby S/Honesty (on Forums).
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're finding the forums interesting, Ruby/Honesty. Enid Blyton wasn't one for mixing with "celebrities" but she did meet several other authors. In 1926 she interviewed A. A. Milne (author of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories) and Marion St. John Webb (who wrote Knock Three Times!). Later on she also met Richmal Crompton (Just William), Malcolm Saville (Lone Pine series) and Alison Uttley (Little Grey Rabbit, etc.)
Posted by Nicholas on April 22, 2013
Hi Barney, my partner says I need to seek help because I'm addicted to buying Enid's books. I now have over 260 and I bought 60 early editions last month alone lol, every day I search the internet looking for my beloved Enid Blyton books and I'm like a child waiting for them to arrive through the post. Is it just me or are other people addicted to finding early editions of Enid's books? I'm fast running out of space and I spend a fortune on them but I would not sell them for the world. Do you think I've got a problem, lol? I just love everything about my beloved Enid Blyton. Long live Enid.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds as though you could do with a Cave like ours to store your Blyton treasures in, Nicholas! I suppose it is an addiction of sorts, but at least it's a healthy one and your books give you many hours of entertainment that is fun, wholesome and life-affirming.
Posted by Matt G on April 22, 2013
My daughter has to do a school project on her favourite author - she has chosen Enid Blyton. One of the sections of the project is an annual graph of sales volumes for the author's books - does anyone know where we could get such information? Many thanks, Matt.
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to know where to find information like that, Matt, but your daughter could try contacting Hachette UK (Hodder), who own the Enid Blyton copyright and publish a lot of her books. Good luck to your daughter with her project!
Posted by Ana Asif on April 20, 2013
Hi, everybody! It's tough to catch up as you people send mails after mails in a day! I'm so sorry I missed the part where Tony Summerfield was answering! I would have liked to get a reply from the V.I.P. here on this website! I got a promotion 3-4 weeks ago and now I'm in 6th grade. My question right now is, that I don't understand what first form and second form mean. Are they related to first grade and second grade?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid you'll have to be content with a reply from the V.I.D., Ana! Normally in England the first form or year of secondary school (high school) is for pupils aged 11-12, the second form is for pupils aged 12-13, and so on. These days, those two forms are called Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils usually stay at secondary school for 7 years, so they are 17-18 in the final year. In Enid Blyton's day, particularly in private schools, the system appears to have been more flexible. In her books some highly academic pupils are moved up to the next form early, while others repeat a year because their work is not up to the required standard. However, it's hard to explain why Pat and Isabel O' Sullivan are already 14 in the first form yet still stay at St. Clare's for six or seven years! Also, some pupils remain in one form for more than three terms (three terms = one school year), and Alicia and Gwendoline are in the same form throughout their time at Malory Towers despite being very different academically. It's probable that Enid Blyton didn't stick rigidly to the rules because she needed certain characters to be together for the sake of the plot.
Posted by Donna on April 20, 2013
Hi, just wondering is The Treasure Hunters ever going to be republished? I have an old copy of my sister's that is missing a few pages. Would love to be able to get another and share it with my children.
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately The Treasure Hunters hasn't been printed in its original form for years, Donna. The reason is that it was rewritten in 1997 and retitled The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure, as it was one of six stand-alone books that were put together to make a series (the "Riddle" series). The good news is that secondhand copies of the original title should be easy to find on sites like eBay, Amazon or Abebooks. Best of luck with hunting for this treasured book!
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on April 19, 2013
Glad you're back, Barney! My joy knows no bounds (no cliché intended). I need some help. Where can I buy a copy of Mr. Tony Summerfield's excellent book The Enid Blyton Dossier in India please? Also a HUGE THANK YOU, to Mr. Tony Summerfield for bringing Barney back and for publishing my message. Thanks again sir.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Sandeep. I'm a bounding hound! The Enid Blyton Dossier is no longer in print but you should be able to find a secondhand copy for sale online. It's packed with information and illustrations and I'm sure you'd love it.
Posted by Paul on April 19, 2013
I wouldn't say "chat" is a bad thing necessarily. I think Enid would approve of children talking to an adult "friend" like Barney if they are worried or nervous or scared and they're reaching for Blyton as comfort.
BarneyBarney says: The occasional chatty comment as part of a meaty message is fine but the Message Board is on the front page of the website and may be one of the first things visitors read, so we need to keep topics as Blyton-related as possible.
Posted by Sandeep Mukkadap on April 18, 2013
I have a very humble request to make to Mr. Tony Summerfield, and that is, could you please bring Barney back on the Message Board again to answer our questions? I'm sure - and something tells me - that he will stick to the "Blytonian path", and not annoy his master! A very earnest plea sir. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I am here wagging my tail, chewing bones, reading books (Bimbo and Topsy is a current favourite) and chasing the occasional cheeky cat. It's just that the Message Board was attracting quite a lot of "chat" and we want to keep it sensible and focussed on Enid Blyton.
Posted by Glenda on April 18, 2013
Hi - I wondered if anyone could tell me who I would need to apply to for permission to reproduce some of the original illustrations within a new work of art? I understand this site holds the copyright, but I cannot find out who/how I would apply. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for asking, Glenda, but the copyright isn't held by this website/the Enid Blyton Society. The copyright to most of Enid Blyton's works is held by Hachette UK (except for Noddy, where the copyright is owned by an American company called Classic Media). I'm not sure whether the copyright covers the illustrations as well as the text, but Hachette UK or Classic Media should be able to tell you.
Posted by Tony Summerfield on April 18, 2013
Thank you both for your kind words. Unlike another recent book, the Dossier was never meant to be a highly intellectual tome, but more a nostalgic reminder of the wide variety of books that were published by Enid Blyton and an appreciation of some of the superb cover artwork.
Posted by Freda on April 18, 2013
I think that 'The Enid Blyton Dossier' is an informative and very user-friendly book. The photographs of the book covers, in particular, provide an invaluable source of reference, especially when trying to build up an Enid Blyton book collection. Also, through the medium of this book I have been able to appreciate the vast legacy of beautifully written and illustrated books that Enid Blyton left for old and young alike to enjoy over the years. The Dossier has also awoken in me long-forgotten memories of books that I once possessed as a child, and provided me with a foothold in my search for similar copies.
Posted by Wayne Pyer on April 18, 2013
Sharon. How can you critise Tonys book, when you don't even use capital letters at the start of your own name!!! Tony is one of the most knowledgeable people in the EB world. You then had the cheek to ask for his help. Classy, really classy.
Posted by Tony Summerfield on April 17, 2013
To keep you happy, Barney, I will reply, but a message like that doesn't really deserve a response. I am sorry that you found The Enid Blyton Dossier 'absolutely terrible', Sharon, but I wasn't too impressed by the lack of punctuation in your message. I did my best, you didn't! The book was never intended to be an A to Z reference, it would be a mighty fat volume if it were to include all of the characters in Enid Blyton books. If you take the trouble to look at it more carefully you will find Binkle and Flip on page 58, and Josie, Click and Bun on page 60. If you want something better, you need to get writing!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks boss, I think perhaps it is time that you let me off Cat Duty!
Posted by Katharine on April 17, 2013
Sharon, if you don't want your copy of the Dossier I'll have it, I've been trying to get my hands on one for ages. My experience is that anything Tony has produced is well worth having.
BarneyBarney says: Now there's an offer you can't refuse, Sharon!!
Posted by sharon jacques on April 16, 2013
i bought the enid blyton dossier and the who's who in enid blyton they are absolutly terrible characters such as josie click and bun binkle and flip for example aint in the where can I get something more comprehensive please such as an a-z or something like that anything better than what I have now if you can please help be most greatful asnswer be via email too thanks a lot
BarneyBarney says: Well that's one way to get my attention, Sharon, by calling my Master's book terrible! I left your message as it was posted as I don't think that your punctuation is all that hot either. I had better get back to Cat Duty, but I bet that he will reply!!
Posted by Paul on April 16, 2013
Is "The Tiresome Poker" still in print? Tony says: Yes, look in the Cave!
Posted by Kitty on April 14, 2013
Hi I have an Enid Blyton book Five on a Treasure Island, but I'm not sure how to tell what edition it is, it's a very old hardback , cover wrap is a little tatty now, but inside the page it says 'First published September 1942' then underneath says sixth impression October 1949, does it mean it is the sixth impression ? many thanks Tony says: Yes!
Posted by Tony Summerfield on April 11, 2013
I have only just noticed this! Cat Duty indeed, you are just enjoying yourself. I have been over to admin to check on things and I have read your chatty posts, Ruby S, EB'sGF, Robyn, Nabeela and Laine, and none of them contain questions that need an answer from me, but thanks anyway for sending them.
Posted by Barney on April 10, 2013
I'm sorry boys and girls, but I am on Cat Duty this week and I haven't really got time to chat with you. Actually my master has reminded me that this Message Board isn't really the place to chat anyway, but if there are any sensible questions I am sure he will answer them for me.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on April 8, 2013
Hello, Freda, Barney is quite right of course, my tail would be wagging if I had one! I'm so pleased you are enjoying the jigsaw, I was only wondering the other day whether or not you managed to complete it. Best wishes - Julie
Posted by Freda on April 7, 2013
Hi, Barney - and hello again Julie - I started my 'Green Hedges' jigsaw today and have just finished putting in the pieces for the house. I am not surprised that Imogen Smallwood purchased one - it is a really charming puzzle. Just wanted to share this with you.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Freda. It's nice to hear that you're getting so much enjoyment from the jigsaw puzzle. If Julie had a tail like mine, I'm sure it'd be wagging nineteen to the dozen!
Posted by Alice and Monty on April 7, 2013
Hello, hello, Barney! Alice and Monty here again, thanking you very much for your fantastic reply. Yes, I'll have to wait till my next visit to the UK to buy Alice some more Blyton novels, she's found some French books which she is enjoying at the moment - which of course I am encouraging her to read. She needs a good variety. Here's a little message from Alice: Hello Barney, hope you are well, I am very good. I am reading some classic French tales now but papa is still reading me my Enid Blyton one. What is your favourite Enid Blyton book? Bye Barney, good dog! Hello again, thanks very much, Barney! Bye for now, Alice and Monty. x
BarneyBarney says: Bonjour Alice et Monty! My favourite Enid Blyton book is Shadow the Sheepdog because Shadow is the friendliest, most intelligent Blyton character!
Posted by Paul on April 5, 2013
Is the whitening of Jo-Jo in The Island of Adventure an attempt to try and tell children that black criminals don't exist, or is it an attempt to not hurt the feelings of black children? (Of course Jo-Jo's "Amos 'n' Andy" speech patterns might also have had something to do with it.)
BarneyBarney says: I imagine the editors must have thought that Jo-Jo was a bit of a racial caricature.
Posted by Daryl Bertrand on April 5, 2013
I read the original the Adventure books when I was very young. They were at the Tyrrell Library in Beaumont, Texas. Some friends recently bought the Enid Blyton Adventure Series by Piper. It says revised. Does that mean condensed? I read the first book (Island)and it seemed shorter in content. It did not have the feel of the original book. I wanted the books to read to my grandchildren, but I am concerned about this revised edition stuff. Should I buy the original books? Can you recommend which ones? I like the illustrations.
BarneyBarney says: As far as I know the Adventure books haven't been abridged, Daryl, but a few changes were made at some point - e.g. black criminal Jo-Jo was whitened and renamed Joe. Paperback editions have fewer of the Stuart Tresilian illustrations or sometimes no pictures at all, so if you want all of the illustrations you'd need to look for Macmillan hardbacks.
Posted by Alice & Monty on April 5, 2013
Hello again, Barney! Alice here. I am reading Le Mystère du pavillon rose (The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage) at the moment which I really love. My papa reads a chapter each night to me and my little brother. My little brother does not understand though, and he keeps making disturbing noises so mama had to send him out of the room. My question to you, Barney, is 'What other Enid Blyton books will I find over here in France?' I look in many shops but I do not see any. Bye now. Alice. x Hi Barney - translated Alice's message for you. She is keen to read more Blyton titles so I keep looking out for some for her. I found her this book which I am reading to her at the moment the other day. My father has many Blyton books too, for he used to read them to me when I was younger. I think they are very good for my youngsters. I found many Blyton books on my visit to the UK last year but they are all written in English so I have to read them to young Alice. We live in France but I am English. Anyway, thanking you in advance! From Monty & Alice.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're enjoying The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, Alice. The titles in French sound nice. It's possible that not many of the books are in print in France at the moment. That's a pity, but you should be able to find used copies in secondhand bookshops or on market stalls. If not, you could always look for vintage copies online (I believe Hachette used to publish a lot of Blyton books). Good luck with hunting for more Blytons!
Posted by Freda on April 5, 2013
Hi Barney & hello Poppy - I picked up an original copy of The Story of My Life for £5 last year. Although minus the original dust jacket it was in excellent condition. It is one of my most treasured 'Enid' books. As it was first published the year I was born I felt particularly delighted to have acquired it and hadn't been aware of its existence. I think it is a beautiful book.
BarneyBarney says: It is indeed a super book. Enid Blyton's comments on the writing process are fascinating and it's lovely to learn about her pets, her gardens, the books she read as a child, etc.
Posted by Poppy on April 4, 2013
Yes, there are not many dogs I know can write French! I was wondering how common the Enid Blyton autobiography The Story of My Life is, Barney? I have got a copy of the book - I've read it a lot, but I much prefer Enid's stories, not the factual. It's an old copy - do you know if the book has been published again since? Anyway, thanks! Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: The Story of My Life can still be found secondhand without too much trouble but, as time goes on, it's likely that it'll get harder to find a good copy at an affordable price. A paperback edition came out in the 1980s but the text was abridged and many photos had been removed.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on April 3, 2013
Your French is excellent, Barney. What an intelligent dog you are. I didn't understand any of that message apart from Enid Blyton and Famous Five. :)
BarneyBarney says: You'll have to sign up for lessons with Mam'zelle Abominable, Julie!
Posted by Ruby S on April 3, 2013
Hi Barney, What age did Enid Blyton start writing? Am I right that she started writing at a young age? Thanks, Ruby S.
BarneyBarney says: If you want to find out more about Enid as a writer, take a look here, Ruby.
Posted by Giselle on April 2, 2013
Bonjour Barney ! Je suis une petite fille J'aime Enid Blyton beaucoup mon préféré est le Famous Five
BarneyBarney says: Oh Giselle!! Tu n'es pas une petite fille, mais un homme méchant de trente-cinq ans!!
Posted by Len on April 2, 2013
Do you know the name of the strip-book that involved two farm tractors that went to the seaside for the day? I'm NOT making this up, nor is it a weird dream I had, honestly! - I read it as a child and am trying to remember it (and perhaps buy it). Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Honk and Tonk is the book that you are looking for, Len. Your memory has slightly let you down as Honk was a motor-car, but his best friend Tonk was a tractor and they lived on a farm, and you are right in saying that they do go to the seaside for the day. But there is plenty of excitement in store for you, Len, as this is just the first in a series of nine strip books about Honk and Tonk and their adventures. The big 'BUT' here is that they weren't written by Enid Blyton, Joy K. Seddon is the author and illustrator.
Posted by Kathryn on April 2, 2013
Hi, Barney! I absolutely love The Famous Five. I am reading them like mad. Enid should be proud! I hope to start reading The Secret Seven and The Adventurous Four. I really do hope more people start to read Enid Blyton's terrific stories! Kathryn
BarneyBarney says: As you're enjoying the Famous Five books you might also like the Adventure, Barney and Secret series if you haven't tried them already, Kathryn.
Posted by Freda on March 31, 2013
Hi, Barney - Can I ask your advice? Most of the books I have acquired have been bought from book shops. However, as sources have dried up, I have purchased books via eBay. Additionally, I have bid on private auctions. Unfortunately, descriptions given can be misleading - 'caveat emptor'! My main disappointment has arisen when I have received books that smell as if they have been stored in a damp place or smoky environment, and defy all efforts to remove the aroma. Can such smells be removed? Can these books damage my substantive collection? I store my books in an open wooden bookcase, in a room set aside for this purpose. Can you advise me, please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know much about book preservation, Freda, but I hope someone can help.
Posted by Freda on March 30, 2013
Hi, Barney - A family friend called today, unexpectedly, and presented me with his copy of The Enid Blyton Dossier by Brian Stewart and Tony Summerfield as, in his words, "I would appreciate it!" To say the very least, I am over the moon with this lovely book which will complement my 'Enid' collection and provide me with a valuable source of reference. Just wanted to share this with you.
BarneyBarney says: What a lovely gift! At the risk of making my master blush I have to agree that The Enid Blyton Dossier is a marvellous book, lavishly illustrated and packed with information. A feast for the eyes and a banquet for the brain!
Posted by Poppy on March 29, 2013
Hi Barney, in reply to Tarinabo's post, there is a school that gets nicknamed 'Malory Towers' in Newcastle. It is a very old school, with attics and boxrooms, old fashioned furniture. When I went to a filming workshop when we were filming for the Enid Blyton Exhibition at Seven Stories, they were going to film a part about Malory Towers in that school. I didn't get to see it, but I heard lots about it and it sounded wonderful! Poppy.
Posted by Ellen on March 28, 2013
Blyton is still in print over 40 years after her death and 60 years after her best work. Take that, other authors!
Posted by Ana on March 27, 2013
Regarding Poppy's message I'd really like to say that Enid Blyton's books were the first books to encourage me and give me an immediate liking to her. Well Barney, was Enid fine with the decision of the changing of her Mr. Golly in the garage? Oh, and I borrowed Summer Term at St. Clare's just yesterday from Hunaina. My, my what a lovely book! I do love the climax in Enid's books! I think Sadie would be portrayed as really nice if Enid would have just focused a bit more on her! Anyway, I really don't see why everyone hates her so much. And I have been noticing that most of the readers have been thinking that Enid Blyton is male, not female. Her name is written in such a way that she gets called "Gnid Blyton". Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Interesting comments about Sadie, Ana. Mr. Golly stayed in the Toyland garage until long after Enid Blyton had died, so we don't know her thoughts on the changes.
Posted by Ruby S on March 27, 2013
Hi Barney, Question of curiosity: Did Enid Blyton like antiques? And did she have a television? Ruby S
BarneyBarney says: I haven't heard anything about Enid Blyton collecting antiques, Ruby, though she may still have liked them. She and her husband Kenneth got a television in 1948. In A Childhood at Green Hedges, Enid's younger daughter Imogen Smallwood writes: "In good time for the 1948 Olympic Games, a black and white television set in an enormous mahogany cabinet was placed in the study, which thereafter became primarily the television room, with its wholesome smell of books replaced by the stale scent of the cigars that my stepfather came to smoke each evening. My stepfather mainly watched sport and quite often I watched with him. My mother did not like television at all. I suspect it was too pedestrian for her quick mind."
Posted by Freda on March 26, 2013
Hi, Barney - many thanks for your helpful explanation. I am always delighted to learn new and important aspects relating to the book world. Since collecting Enid Blyton books, I have realised the value of examining the publication and printing history pages of each book I acquire, as they also tell a story. Although, in this particular case, the story was incomplete.
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome, Freda.
Posted by Tarinabo on March 26, 2013
Hi Barney, I am a fan of Enid Blyton. Where is Malory Towers situated?
BarneyBarney says: Malory Towers is in Cornwall. It's not a real school though, sadly.
Posted by Freda on March 26, 2013
Hi, Barney - I could be wrong, but I think The Queer Adventure (Tell-A-Story Book) by Enid Blyton (shown on the Enid Blyton Society Website) has an incorrect first publication date of 1962. I have just acquired a copy and I think it was first published in 1952 (shown in Roman Numerals MCML11). Hope this doesn't sound too pedantic!
BarneyBarney says: Hi Freda, the date was incorrect where you were looking as it was actually published in October 1961 and this was given correctly under The Yellow Fairy Book where it is listed as a reprint. The 1952 date in the World Distributors edition that you have is wrong, as that was the date when the Staples Press edition was published. So no, you are not being pedantic, it is just that some books give the date that a book was originally published (in this case the first use of a new title) rather than the date of the new edition.
Posted by Krystyn on March 26, 2013
Hi, Mr.Barney! I'm Ana's best friend, Krystyn. Ana has told me a lot about you so I finally decided to check out this website. I have a book of Ms. Blyton, The Fly-Away Cottage. I have a few questions I want to know. First of all, is Mother Mickle-Muckle crazy about cupcakes? And, when is Enid Blyton's birthday? Also, which is her favorite book? A big, juicy bone for you. Yours, Krystyn.
BarneyBarney says: I've never been called "Mr. Barney" before, Krystyn! If you've read 'The Fly-Away Cottage', you'll know that Mother Mickle-Muckle loves baking cakes, buns and pastries. Enid Blyton was born on 11th August 1897. We don't know which of her own books she liked best, but her favourite book as a child was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
Posted by Poppy on March 26, 2013
Hi Barney, thanks for that. Yes, I think it was rather silly of the libraries to not stock more of Enid's books, because surely children should be reading for pleasure, not just development of their work. Every child should enjoy reading and should be encouraged to read, which Enid Blyton's books do. They encourage children to read. And surely it is the libraries' job to supply these books. I wonder if the libraries got any complaints? Thanks again, Poppy.
Posted by Ellen on March 26, 2013
Hi Barney! It was argued on a mailing list about Girl's Own school stories that George Kirrin is not a tomboy, i.e. a girl who enjoys pursuits regarded in the 1940s and 1950s as boyish; she actually pretends to be a boy, which is a different matter. Is there any truth to this? I know that many Blyton fans reacted badly to newspaper suggestions in the 1990s that George was potentially transgender.
BarneyBarney says: Whether pretending to be a boy is a different matter or not would depend on whether George is deeply unhappy with her female body. Enid Blyton never tells us anything about that - she just says that George dislikes frocks and dolls and enjoys pursuits that were mainly associated with boys back then, e.g. fishing, rowing and climbing.
Posted by Ana Asif on March 25, 2013
Hallo, Barney! I see you've been very busy in the past few days. Poor dog, here are three juicy, meaty bones for you to make up. Hope you call in Buster and Timmy as well! I have a lot to ask, by the way. I was wondering, was Enid Blyton interested in fashion and philosophy? I'd like to know her views. And also, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know about the "Mr. Sparks" replacement in the Noddy Series. And last of all, about the Beaconsfield progression. What is the conclusion? Will they celebrate the Enid Blyton Festival? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Timmy, Buster and I are now munching happily on our bones, thanks, but I'll stop for a moment to reply. As far as I know, Enid Blyton wasn't particularly interested in fashion though she had a fondness for the colour red. Regarding philosophy, she was a teacher for several years and learnt a lot about the philosophy of education, being inspired by the ideas of German educator Friedrich Froebel. Mr. Golly originally owned the garage in the Noddy series, but when golliwogs were no longer considered politically correct Mr. Golly was replaced by Bobby Bear and then by Mr. Sparks. Yes, the Enid Blyton Festival is going to be celebrated in Beaconsfield in June/July.
Posted by Poppy on March 25, 2013
Hi again, Barney! Thank you for your earlier reply! I understand that Enid's work was also rejected from libraries in her time, because she wrote for such a wide range of readers, which would devote all the children's reading to just one author. When did this all stop, and libraries begin accepting her books? Thanks very much! Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: An interesting question, Poppy. Enid Blyton books weren't rejected by all libraries - some have always stocked them. However, certain librarians were concerned that (in their view, anyway!) Enid Blyton books were repetitive and limited in terms of plot and vocabulary, as well as being so numerous that readers could grow up reading almost nothing by other authors. Therefore, some librarians restricted the number of Blyton titles on the shelves or deliberately didn't buy in new Blyton books as old ones wore out. I'm not surely exactly when Enid Blyton began to be reappraised but it might have been around 1997, which was the centenary of her birth. There was a lot of publicity about her at that time and critics began to look at the books again.
Posted by Ruby S on March 25, 2013
Hi Barney, again! Enid Blyton was rich right from writing her books, right? Did she have servants/nannies in her house? I have a 90 second impromptu speech to conduct next Friday and we get to choose our topic, I am thinking of doing 'Enid Blyton' as the topic. Enjoy the early 'Easter treats' -From Ruby S.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton made a lot of money from her writing and she did indeed employ servants. At various times she had cooks, maids, nannies, gardeners and chauffeurs. Good luck with your speech - though I thought an "impromptu" speech was one that was done without preparation.
Posted by Ruby S on March 25, 2013
Hi Barney! I am learning French and I was wondering if this is what Alice wrote: 'Hi Barney, I just discovered this amazing website and I love it! I like to read books of Enid Blyton especially the five books Outers discovery is my favorite character type. My name is Alice and I live in France with my mom and dad and my baby brother. I'll look into the cave now. Thank you for reading! You are as good as the Type-dog! On Alice. Later: You did not answer my last message. I hope you got it and I hope you can write back to it. I now read the Malory Towers series. Sorry I cannot speak English, but can you use you translate, right? You are a very intelligent dog! Have from you soon, Alice'. Thanks, Ruby S.
BarneyBarney says: That's the general gist of it, Ruby, though I think Alice's favourite books are the Five Find-Outers books (that's not clear in your translation).
Posted by Patricia on March 25, 2013
I am searching for sites where I can read Enid Blyton books on the screen. Not books (do note). Please help.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books are under copyright till the end of 2038, so it's illegal for anyone to make them available to read free of charge online. Some titles can be bought for e-readers - check sites like Amazon.
Posted by Sarah Carpenter on March 24, 2013
Hi, I am looking to buy the Hamlyn Bumble Bee collection 1982 (the first four books) - The Runaway Cows and Other Stories, Buttercup Day and Other Stories, Mike's Monkey and Other Stories and Telltale Tommy and Other Stories. I loved reading these stories as a child. I would be grateful if anyone could help - thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Sarah. Otherwise you could try eBay, eBid, Abebooks or the dealers we list under "Lashings of Links".
Posted by Freda on March 23, 2013
Hi, Barney - Just a big 'thank you' to Anita and Julie as, through their joint and speedy communication, I have been fortunate enough to procure a "Green Hedges" jigsaw. I look forward to receiving it and having the pleasure of placing the pieces together. It will take pride of place in my Enid Blyton collection.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you were successful in obtaining a jigsaw, Freda. Have fun with it!
Posted by Alice and Monty on March 23, 2013
Hello again Barney. This is Alice and Monty again. Thank you very much for replying to Alice's messages. She is over the moon. I have translated for her what you said and she sends this message: Thank you very much Barney! In the future I will translate Alice's messages before she sends them. Thank you very much for your time, and sorry we didn't spot your previous reply. Monty and Alice.
BarneyBarney says: Merci, Alice and Monty! May you continue to enjoy reading Enid Blyton books, Alice. They really are thrilling.
Posted by Alice's Father (Monty) on March 23, 2013
Cher propriétaire de père, Ma fille Alice a l'essai d'entrer en contact avec la prise de bec plusieurs fois maintenant, et lui ha non répondu. Peut-être il aiderait si je traduisais le message. Voilà : Hello Barney! - I am reading Malory Towers at the moment. I have read one Famous Five book but I do not like them, I have read The Magic Faraway Tree and I liked it, and I love the Malory Towers books. I am eight years old and I live in France with my mama and my papa. I hope you will reply to my message. Alice. x
BarneyBarney says: Thank you Monty, but Alice did have a reply earlier. It's just that we've had several more messages since, so her message (she sent two messages which I combined) is further down the page.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on March 23, 2013
Thank you, Freda. I love the painting of Enid's home too, and have it hanging on the wall for me to view daily. It certainly was a sad day when that beautiful home was demolished. An act of sheer vandalism from my point of view. Unfortunately we cannot turn back time and restore it to its former glory.
BarneyBarney says: A sad day indeed.
Posted by Freda on March 22, 2013
Hi, Barney - I have only just seen the beautiful wooden jigsaw of a painting of 'Green Hedges' by Julie. Do you know, please, whether any of these jigsaws are still available for purchase, together with the price? It was whilst researching 'Green Hedges' through the Society website that I discovered Julie's own sadness at the demolition of the house and her motivation in painting a picture of it. It is indeed a remarkable painting, providing a fitting tribute to Enid Blyton's last home.
BarneyBarney says: You should soon be receiving an email from one of our administrators about the jigsaws, Freda.
Posted by Freda on March 22, 2013
Hi, Barney - I recently saw a film of 'Green Hedges' being demolished - obviously some time following Enid Blyton's death. Do you or any of her fans happen to know why this beautiful house was taken down, as it would, in retrospect, have provided a great place to house collections of her books and other valuable artifacts in her memory? I felt profoundly sad at seeing her last home destroyed.
BarneyBarney says: It is sad to see the footage of the demolition of Green Hedges, Freda. However, back in 1973 people simply didn't foresee that Enid Blyton's books would continue to be read and loved decades into the future, so they didn't realise that the house would be worth preserving.
Posted by Susan Webster on March 22, 2013
Hi, I heard that my friend and I have our photos in Journal 50 after we attended the recent event at Seven Stories in the lead up to the Enid Blyton Exhibition. I don't have the Journal so I haven't seen it but my friend says it's a good picture. I've just bought my first ever gollywog! I got him at the charity market on Wednesday and he's lovely! I've never had a golly. As I'm part Irish I was wondering if there's anyone who could tell me where I can get a cuddly leprechaun from. Cheers, Sue.
BarneyBarney says: Having your photo in the Journal means you've achieved fame at last, Sue! If you do an internet search on "leprechaun toy" you should find some cuddly leprechauns for sale online.
Posted by Alice on March 21, 2013
Salut prise de bec, j'ai juste découvert que ces site Web et moi étonnants l'aime ! J'aime lire des livres d'Enid Blyton particulièrement les cinq livres d'Outers de découverte, mon caractère préféré est type. Mon nom est Alice et je vis dans les Frances avec ma maman et mon papa et mon frère de bébé. Je vais regarder dans la caverne maintenant. Merci de la lecture ! Vous êtes aussi bon que le Type-chien ! D'Alice. Plus tard: Vous n'avez pas répondu à mon dernier message. J'espère vous l'avez obtenu et j'espère que vous pouvez écrire de nouveau à celui-ci. Je lis maintenant la série de tours de Malory. Désolé je ne peux pas parler anglais, mais pouvez-vous employer traduisez-vous, droit ? Vous êtes un chien très intelligent ! Ayez de vos nouvelles bientôt, Alice.
BarneyBarney says: Merci, Alice. I'm glad to hear you're a Find-Outers fan. Buster is my favourite character! Although I can read your message(s), I'm afraid I'm unable to write in French. We don't as a rule encourage messages in languages other than English because I'm afraid that we (and many of our visitors) are unable to understand them. Sorry about that.
Posted by Mietta on March 21, 2013
Hi Barney, I was wondering what characters do Joe, Beth and Frannie meet?
BarneyBarney says: Why don't you read the Faraway Tree series and find out, Mietta?! Moonface, Silky and the Saucepan Man accompany the children on many adventures, but they meet lots more characters along the way. By the way, the children's original names were Jo, Bessie and Fanny but those names were considered too old-fashioned by modern publishers, so they changed them.
Posted by Ruby S on March 21, 2013
Hi Barney, The movie I watched about Enid Blyton was quite interesting. It portrayed Enid as 'snappy to her children', only interested in her books and not really caring about her children. Is this how Enid Blyton was? Thanks, Ruby S.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was indeed devoted to her writing, which meant that family life suffered as she had very little time to spend with her children. Elder daughter Gillian said she saw more of her mother when she was a small girl, but by the time younger daughter Imogen was born Enid was much busier with her writing and had less time to spare. However, that doesn't mean Enid didn't care about her daughters - in fact I'm sure she did. We have to remember that middle-class parents of those days tended to be more distant from their children, employing staff to look after them when they were young and sending them off to boarding school when they were older. It was thought to be good for them and make them more independent.
Posted by Melisande on March 19, 2013
What Lands at the top of the Faraway Tree are talked about but not visited?
BarneyBarney says: They're mentioned in the first post on page 2 of this thread on the forums, Melisande. They include the Land of Lollipop and the Land of Sea-gulls.
Posted by Poppy on March 19, 2013
Hello Barney! Hope you are well! I was just wondering if any of Enid Blyton's novels got rejected by publishers? Thanks very much! Poppy.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton's novel for adults, The Caravan Goes On, was rejected in the 1930s. She never did find a publisher for it, and unfortunately the manuscript was lost. The Mystery that Never Was was also rejected by Macmillan, though it went on to be published by Collins in 1961.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on March 18, 2013
Was the movie good about Enid, Ruby?
BarneyBarney says: You can read more about the Enid drama here, though some posts may contain spoilers.
Posted by Ruby S on March 18, 2013
Hi Barney! I have just watched a movie called Enid, of course it's about Enid Blyton, but there's a woman called Dorothy (who helped Enid with her children) in it. Was wondering if this was true?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Dorothy Richards came to Old Thatch as a maternity nurse to help Enid after her second daughter Imogen was born. She became a good friend and often stayed with the family and accompanied them when they went on holiday.
Posted by Sambrita on March 17, 2013
HI Barney today its first I am posting a comment . Iwould like to tell Enid Blyton is my favourite writer. I just like her !!!!! I have read QUITE A NUMBER OF BOOKS OF HER . LIKE THE CASTLE OF ADVENTURE, tHE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING MAN, THE FARAWAY TREE'S WHOLE SERIES AND FOUR BOOKS OF nAUGHTIEST GIRL. iAM GOING TO START sECRET sEVEN ON A TRAIL. I LOVE THE BOOKS LIKE aNYTHING . I WISH THE STORIES NEVER END BUT WHEN I FINISH I thINK SHE IS THE BEST WRITER IN THE WORLD , BYE. cOULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF IN DETAIL TO ME AS BECAUSE I AM NEW. HEY! COULD YOU TELL ME HOW Enid Blyton WROTE SOOOOOO NICE BOOKS/
BarneyBarney says: I've combined your two messages and left them as you wrote them, Sambrita, because we've had a quite a few messages like this recently, where people haven't checked the punctuation before sending. Therefore I thought I'd take this opportunity to remind people that they need to check their own words before pressing "submit" - otherwise they risk having their messages chewed up before they ever hit the board. We don't want messages written completely in capital letters either, as they're harder to read. Having got that out of the way, I'm glad you're enjoying the books so much, Sambrita. If you want to find out more about how Enid Blyton wrote them, take a look at the article on "Enid the Writer" (in our "Author of Adventure" section). There's not much to say about me except that I'm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who enjoys bones and books!
Posted by Ana on March 17, 2013
Hello Barney! Sorry I couldn't post because I had exams. But I passed with an A+ and it's the end of my academic year which means I won't see school for a long time! I recently read Five Get Into a Fix and it was beautiful! And I read The Mystery of Banshee Towers too. I didn't want it to end so I left it in the middle for two months. Now I've finished it and it was awesome! I wish there were more. I wonder what were Enid's last words? Bye! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Congratulations on your exam results, Ana. EB'sGF asked about Enid Blyton's last words not long ago. According to Enid's daughter Imogen Smallwood in A Childhood at Green Hedges, a psychiatrist was with Enid when she died in a nursing-home. He reported that her last words were, "I am going to my father! At least I think I am."
Posted by Jill on March 16, 2013
Did any of Enid's female characters wear make-up or perfume? Possibly the girls in the school stories? I'm just guessing.
BarneyBarney says: Zerelda in Third Year at Malory Towers wore make-up and had fancy hair-dos, while Melisande in Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm wore lipstick and perfume. Both girls were criticised for trying to grow up too fast, and Melisande was nicknamed "Smellisande".
Posted by Victoria on March 15, 2013
Hannah, you are not the biggest Enid Blyton fan. She is my favorite author of all time and I have nearly all her books. I really really want to be an author because of her but I don't have any time because of my homework. That is why I am on this site. My only complaint is you have to pay to become a member.
BarneyBarney says: Most of the website is completely free, Victoria. Only the "Secret Passage" (which contains continuation books by other authors, photos of Enid Blyton and her family, etc.) is closed to non-members. The money paid by subscribers is mainly for the three Journals they receive each year.
Posted by Freda on March 15, 2013
Hi, Barney - Nice to hear we are the same age, Julie (@owlsdene)! I received The Enid Blyton Society Journal this morning and can't wait to read it. I love the presentation! Thank you for sending it out so quickly. I've always found this website very informative, and am delighted to be a member.
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy the Journal, Freda! In my opinion it's even more satisfying than a meaty bone, and that's saying something!
Posted by Ellen on March 14, 2013
I despair for the IPod Generation, Barney. They are so used to writing in "txt spk" that the art of English is lost on them.
BarneyBarney says: "Txt spk" is all right in certain contexts, but it needs to be kept firmly in its place!
Posted by Hannah on March 14, 2013
hi im Hannah iam a massive fan, I wish Enid Blyton were still alive so I could have Her autograph!. I have alot of books by her and I want to be an author to! (as good as Enid herself!)hi iam enid blyton's bigest fan. i want to rite asome books to! but i can only rite baby books, how can i get beter i was thinking u could give me some advise?
BarneyBarney says: I've combined your two messages, Hannah. Looking at what you've written, if I were you I'd start by working on spelling and punctuation, while continuing to read widely. Honing your spelling and punctuation will enable you to express yourself clearly. Reading widely will enlarge your vocabulary and enrich your imagination. Once you've spent time working on those things, you'll be ready to try writing longer stories.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on March 14, 2013
Nice to hear you've just joined, Freda. I was born in the same year. I do hope you'll join in the fun, games and chats on the forum too.
Posted by Freda on March 14, 2013
Hi, I've just joined the Society as a member. Born in 1952, I was brought up with Enid Blyton annuals and Noddy books, but now collect blue, grey, red board 'Famous Five' books - with/without dustcovers and have some first editions. They are my favourite Enid Blyton books and inspired a life long passion for all books. Nice to meet you all.
BarneyBarney says: It's nice to meet you too, Freda!
Posted by Enid Blyton's best fan on March 13, 2013
Hi Barney, what was Enid's hobby in her free time? What was her favorite pet? And are there any new books released in ANY of the series? I have lots of big goody goody bones and meat pies.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton enjoyed playing golf, tennis and bridge, swimming in the sea and gardening. I don't know which pet was her favourite as she had lots of animals but the best-known are fox-terriers Bobs and Topsy, a spaniel called Laddie and a Siamese cat called Bimbo. You'll have to check on Amazon to see if any new books have been released. I accept the occasional bone, thanks, but I've said in the past that we don't want messages containing lists of food because the lists are not interesting for people to read.
Posted by Ruby S on March 12, 2013
Hi Barney, What was Enid Blyton's favorite book? And what was her religion? Ruby S
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's favourite book was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Her religion was Christianity, although she didn't attend church as an adult.
Posted by Melissa on March 11, 2013
If Enid had lived long enough - do you think she would have liked computers?
BarneyBarney says: I imagine Enid Blyton would have loved the features that would have made it easier for her to edit her writing, do research, check facts, contact publishers and keep in touch with fans. However, she may well have had reservations about children being able to access unsuitable material online, play violent games, etc.
Posted by George on March 10, 2013
Hi, how many books did Enid Blyton write?
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote, George, because her short stories were repeated in so many collections and she wrote plays, poems and picture books, as well as articles for newspapers and magazines. We do know that she wrote over 180 novels and around 5,000 short stories.
Posted by Anonymous on March 9, 2013
Enid Blyton was the most influential writer in my life. My brother and I read all her books avidly - this was in early 1960s. I read all of them again in the 70s with my cousin, in the 80s with my children, and now with my grandchildren. From Noddy to the Adventure series, from the Magic Faraway Tree stories to Mr. Pink-Whistle... She was brilliant!
BarneyBarney says: It's great that the books have entertained and inspired so many generations - and continue to do so!
Posted by Diana on March 9, 2013
Did Enid Blyton write 'The Magic Poker' and can a copy of it be obtained?
BarneyBarney says: Is it possible that you're thinking of 'The Tiresome Poker', Diana? If so, it's currently in print in The Chimney Corner Collection.
Posted by Ruby S on March 8, 2013
Hi Barney, What did Enid Blyton write with? Pencil and paper, typewriter...? Ruby S
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton used to write her manuscripts in pen or pencil until 1927, when she learnt to type. After that, she composed her stories straight onto the typewriter.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on March 8, 2013
Barney. I have been reading Historic Lasts. So I wonder, what were Enid's last words?
BarneyBarney says: According to Enid Blyton's daughter Imogen Smallwood in A Childhood at Green Hedges, a psychiatrist was with Enid when she died in a nursing-home. He reported that her last words were, "I am going to my father! At least I think I am."
Posted by Ruby S on March 6, 2013
Hi Barney, Haven't been on the website lately (been quite busy) but today I had a look at the latest forums messages etc... A question: Where did Enid Blyton get her awesome ideas from? I guess from her imagination, but from real life experiences? Thanks, Ruby S.
BarneyBarney says: Take a look at this part of our "Author of Adventure" section, Ruby.
Posted by Paul on March 5, 2013
Sorry, I misspelled "fairie". Did Enid ever include those lolly smoking kits - chocolate cigars, sweet cigarettes, etc.?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote about a boy "smoking" a chocolate cigarette in a short story called The Chocolate Cigarette.
Posted by Monica on March 5, 2013
Hi there! I am such a big fan! I have all of the books (well most of them). I have a question. When you were young did you ever know you were going to be an author and what was your childhood like? Thanks. Monica Constable
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid Enid Blyton died in 1968, Monica, but the best of her lives on in her books. You can find out more about Enid's childhood and her writing by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button and looking at 'A Biography of Enid Blyton—The Story of Her Life' and 'Enid the Writer'.
Posted by Sharon Jacques on March 5, 2013
Are there any reviews on here of Enid Blyton - the Biography by Barbara Stoney, Who's Who in Enid Blyton and The Enid Blyton Dossier? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: This page gives a brief overview, Sharon. You could also do a "search" in the forums to see what people have said about those books. Enid Blyton - the Biography is the main source of information about Enid's life, The Enid Blyton Dossier is packed with images and interesting details of her life and work, and Who's Who in Enid Blyton is a fun look at the main characters, though it does contain a few errors.
Posted by Paul on March 5, 2013
Are the faries in Enid's stories always female? Are there any male faries or is a male farie a brownie?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether you wanted to say "fairies" or "faeries", Paul - not that it makes any difference! On the whole, fairies tend to be female while brownies and gnomes tend to be male - though Oberon is King of the Fairies in Blyton and elsewhere. I think you commonly find elves and pixies of both sexes, and I'm not certain about goblins. One assumes that both sexes are present in Little Folk of all kinds, even if one sex isn't usually mentioned.
Posted by Sam on March 4, 2013
Hi Barney, As a child, I used to listen to an audio cassette of Shuffle the Shoemaker. I have been trying to track down another copy of the audio version and I am struggling. I noticed on the website that it is listed (DTO 10552) and wondered whether you knew where I might find a copy. Many thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Those old cassettes are rather nice, Sam, but it can take time to track down a particular title. Your best bet is probably to keep an eye out on eBay, eBid and perhaps even Abebooks. You could also try posting in the "Wanted" section of our forums, or contact the dealers we list under "Lashings of Links". Good luck with your search!
Posted by Tony Summerfield on March 3, 2013
Hello Michele, I have just read your message and I thought that I had better add a bit to Barney's explanation about what is and isn't included in the Cave of Books. The Enid Blyton Story Annuals are included. As far as Noddy books are concerned, a huge number were published after Enid Blyton's death, the majority of which were not written by her. I have therefore only included books that are part of a series that was started before her death. I have tried to include more modern books if they belong to a large series and of course all paperback reprints of her novels are included right up to 2013, but as far as being a complete Bibliography is concerned, I make no claims beyond 1968. I am always interested in any missing books that were published before this date.
Posted by Michele Frey on March 3, 2013
I have copies of numerous books that I cannot find in your bibliography as books. Noddy Makes Everyone Cross - this appears to be a chapter out of Enid Blyton's New Noddy Colour Strip Book but it was published as its own book in 1979. The Friendly Robin - this appears to be a chapter in both My First Nature Book - The Brownie's Magic and Other Stories and The Enid Blyton Nature Readers (No. 1) but was published as its own book in 1974 (I think). The Enid Blyton Story Annual - I can't seem to find any record of this book on the website. Any clarification appreciated. Regards, Michele.
BarneyBarney says: The Cave of Books aims to include first editions of all books published during Enid Blyton's lifetime and as many reprints as possible, though these are so numerous (especially when it comes to short story collections) that not every single reprint is featured at the moment (though many are included).
Posted by Elizabeth Farrell on March 3, 2013
Hello Barney, I too have read the news of some people not wanting to have Enid Blyton's work honoured in Beaconsfield. What a sad thing!I do hope the authority in charge will listen to us the majority who love and enjoy her work and are very grateful about it. Supporter from Malaysia. Hear Hear ;)
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Elizabeth. I don't think there are too many protestors in Beaconsfield - and Enid Blyton certainly has massive support around the world!
Posted by Alex on March 2, 2013
Hi, I have a question for any Blyton fans! As a child I was read two books, the Faraway Tree and the Wishing-Chair. I have a 2 year old and would love to give her the privilege of Enid's amazing imagination too. But I remember having hardbacks (much less common now) and they had lots of pictures, to keep the young mind occupied... Can I ask which of the books meet these criteria, specifically. I ask because I bought two online recently, and when they arrived they were just pages and pages of words, with none of the colourful illustrations I can so clearly remember. Many thanks, and thanks for this wonderful website! Alex.
BarneyBarney says: If your hardbacks had coloured illustrations you may be thinking of the copies illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves, Alex. She illustrated four annual-sized books for Dean - two Faraway Tree and two Wishing-Chair titles. The first Faraway Tree book in those editions had been illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. You can see the covers if you look at the Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair books in the Cave of Books (click on the "Popular Series" buttons above Secret Messages) and scroll down to see the reprints.
Posted by Kuda on March 2, 2013
Hi Barney. I love to read Enid Blyton books. My favorites are the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Towers and Naughtiest Girl. I would be very happy if you put short movies based on these books.
BarneyBarney says: I may be able to read and type, but making films is quite another thing!
Posted by Nigel Rowe on February 28, 2013
Barney, you must be more intelligent than me! I still don't know what Chaitanya means by "taking" a movie. Does he or she mean "make" a film, "steal" a film or "watch" a film???
BarneyBarney says: I trusted my doggy "sixth sense" on this one and went for "make"!
Posted by Sneha Warrier on February 27, 2013
I like all that is written by Enid Blyton but my favorite stories are the Famous Five and the Secret Seven. Thank you very much!
Posted by Chaitanya on February 26, 2013
"Hey! Well, I wanted to take a movie on Adventure and need some ideas! Having any, please?" That was my last question! I want to take one for ICFFI! Any good ideas about an Adventure story? (Note: ICFFI = International Children's Film Festival Of India) :P
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for explaining, Chaitanya. You'll have to think of the plot yourself, but key elements might include a stunning location, truly menacing crooks and a story with unexpected happenings which keeps viewers guessing to the end. By the way, if you were thinking of using Enid Blyton characters you might need to get permission.
Posted by Alexander Broad on February 25, 2013
The gentleman helped me very much, Barney. I shall carry on looking.
Posted by Nick Bennett on February 24, 2013
Hi Alexander, If I were you I would do some hunting about on the internet for the really old Enid Blyton books. I too go for old hardback books with the original dustcovers and they are truly lovely, a lot better than modern day re-edited books of Enid Blyton. You can pick some good editions up if you hunt around a bit on the internet. I generally don't buy off eBay as a lot of people on there really overcharge. Also hunt around flea markets and second hand stalls in your area, I pick up some good bargains from there. Like the characters in Enid Blyton books, you have to be a bit adventurous in hunting them down, lol. Long live our beloved Enid Blyton.
Posted by Alexander Broad on February 23, 2013
Hello pooch, it's me again. When it comes to Enid Blyton I am fascinated by the traditional covers and old dustcovers. I live in Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire so what I need this time is where on earth may I find a great place to buy these books with traditional covers?
BarneyBarney says: Someone reading this might know some good bookshops in or near Stoke on Trent, Alexander. Otherwise, you could look on sites like eBay, eBid and Abebooks.
Posted by Paul on February 22, 2013
Hi Barney. What do you think of the modern policy of editing/witholding from distribution old TV shows/films/books/plays that don't fit modern views?
BarneyBarney says: I think it's a pity, Paul, as viewers/readers are being presented with distorted images of society and history.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on February 22, 2013
It's a great pity that the person who is trying to stop the Enid Blyton Festival in Beaconsfield cannot read such nice messages from Enid's fans such as Arshavi. I was quite amazed too that the story has reached so far away! I also agree with you, Arshavi, I feel angry at such people too.
BarneyBarney says: With his name being in the news in Britain, India and perhaps elsewhere, and comments from journalists and readers showing very little support for him, maybe the person concerned will think twice before going to the press again!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on February 22, 2013
Hi Barney. I was looking at the past messages and came across one that was posted on March 28 2010 by LP. I know the story and I think it was in Tales of Toyland. Only to inform others who might want to know about this story.
BarneyBarney says: LP asked: "I am trying to work out which story/book I remember from my childhood. Two children are kidnapped, possibly by gobliny-folk, and to escape they trick them by saying they can drink boiling water (sherbet) and eat shoe leather (liquorice)." The story does ring a few bells but I don't think Tales of Toyland is the right book, EB'sGF.
Posted by Arshavi on February 22, 2013
Hi Barney... According to a recent news article published in India it was stated that some people have protested against the celebration of an Enid Blyton festival in the county where Enid had lived with her husband because her work was regarded racist by some people. Why is that so? I never found any fault or such racism in her books...in fact I love each and every thing in her books. Some criticisms are just baseless...don't you think so? I feel so angry at them.
BarneyBarney says: It seems that the criticism came mainly from one man, Arshavi. There has been a discussion about it on the forums here.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on February 21, 2013
Sorry for the delay in answering! That is the game [Adventure Series Nintendo DS Flips Pack] I was talking about and I found out that you can get the Faraway Tree like it as well. Hope this will help you. :)
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Gussy.
Posted by Chaitanya on February 21, 2013
Hey! Well, I wanted to take a movie on Adventure and need some ideas! Having any, please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm a little puzzled, Chaitanya. Did you mean you wanted to make an Adventure film or watch one?
Posted by Cindel on February 18, 2013
What was the story about a character that stole a magic poker to light his fire but it turned on him and punished him?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of 'The Tiresome Poker', about Sleeky the pixie. A marvellous story!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on February 17, 2013
I have got another likely suggestion for the person who doesn't reveal his/her name. It is in Seven o'Clock Tales. It is 'The Skippety Shoes'. But those shoes are worn by a king! Hmmm, Very Puzzling. A bone for you, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for the story suggestion and the bone, EB'sGF!
Posted by Ana Asif on February 17, 2013
Hello Barney! I'm having my final exams but I did save up a few minutes to type this message. As for the recent Anonymous post, I went through my Enid Blyton books as the one with shoes that pinch sounded familiar. I guess it is 'The Peculiar Boots' or 'The Brownie Biddle's Boots' which is less likely. I hope this will help. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much for the suggestions, Ana! Good luck with your exams!
Posted by Anonymous on February 17, 2013
I am trying to track down two stories I think were written by Enid Blyton. One is about a pixie with shoes that pinch, the other is about a poker and a brush that run away. Hope you can help locate them.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't recognise those stories but they do sound Blytonian and I hope someone will be able to help.
Posted by Ruby S on February 16, 2013
Hi Barney, How many books did Enid Blyton write? Ruby S. PS. Hope you like the 'E-Doggie Biscuits'.
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say exactly how many books Enid Blyton wrote, Ruby, because her short stories were repeated in so many collections and she wrote plays, poems and picture books, as well as articles for newspapers and magazines. We do know that she wrote over 180 novels and around 5,000 short stories. Thanks for the biscuits.
Posted by Dorothy Kazer on February 16, 2013
I read all the Enid Blyton books that I could when I was a child, and loved them all. I seem to remember one that I read: Enid Blyton's Christmas Book. I can't find it anywhere. Am I mistaken?
BarneyBarney says: No, you're not mistaken, Dorothy. You can see The Christmas Book here.
Posted by Ifeoluwa on February 16, 2013
Hi, I am so happy I finally found this Enid Blyton website. I love her books so much, the Famous Five, all the fairytales and magical stories, so unfortunate that most people around me don't know about her great books, but have promised myself, my kids won't miss such experiences. Gonna find these books anywhere. Please, is it possible to order them online? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I hope your children will love Enid Blyton as much as you do, Ifeoluwa! You can order the books online from sites like Amazon or Navrang. Or if you prefer secondhand copies you should find plenty on eBay, eBid or Abebooks.
Posted by Alfred on February 16, 2013
Hello Barney, I had a book when I was a child (over 50 years ago!) which I remember vividly. A group of children in the country befriend a new neighbour, an American boy called Kit who has a real Red Indian costume. They all going exploring and find a lake, with a houseboat hidden beneath some weeping willows. Think it was by Enid Blyton. Do you know the title?
BarneyBarney says: I sure do! You're thinking of The Boy Next Door, which is a super book! Unfortunately, it's now only available secondhand.
Posted by Jarvis on February 16, 2013
Barney - how do you compare to Timmy?
BarneyBarney says: I like to think that we're both friendly, loyal, brave and intelligent - though my adventures are a bit tamer!
Posted by Alexander Broad on February 13, 2013
Hello Barney, as you probably now know I am really becoming excited about everything Blyton. I would like to ask how you think I could write my own Enid Blyton story with amazing and peculiar characters, robbers, smugglers, spies, the lot. Thank you Barney, my loyal poochie friend.
BarneyBarney says: I'm a reading dog rather than a writing dog, Alexander, but when I read an adventure or mystery book I like lively, interesting characters and a plot with several twists and turns so I'm kept guessing right to the end. Have you tried borrowing some "How to Write" books from the library? They contain useful tips.
Posted by Kathy Boyle on February 13, 2013
Some years ago I bought an old Bible at a car boot sale. Inside the front cover is a message on a sheet of decorated paper which has been glued in. The message says that this is the greatest story ever written and extols the recipient to read it well. It is signed Enid Blyton. I look at it often but it's just sitting in a cupboard - how could I authenticate this and would anyone be interested in buying it do you think? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I think you've got one of the Coronation Bibles, Kathy, and they all had that message inside. It looks handwritten but is in fact printed. You can find out more here.
Posted by Leah Bentley on February 12, 2013
I like your books very much, they're the best. I have all of your Famous Five books. Enid Blyton, could you please visit my school? Leah Bentley, age 10.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, Leah, but the best of her lives on in her books and I'm sure she'd be delighted to know that so many children still love her stories and characters.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on February 11, 2013
Hi Barney! I was looking to see if I could find the Adventure series DS game on the website but I couldn't find it anywhere in the Cave of Books or on the Adventure series page.
BarneyBarney says: I wasn't aware of the Nintendo DS game, Fussy Gussy! The "Games" featured in the Cave of Books are mainly traditional board games and jigsaws. Do you mean the Flips Pack, which contains all eight books with quizzes and puzzles as extras? It's an interesting item and we may well add things like that to the Cave at some point, though it might not be in the very near future.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on February 10, 2013
Hi Barney. I am trying to track down a story that is Enid Blyton's. Several boys. One of the boys owns a big conker called a 53-er. Another boy finds another big conker called a 205-er. He bashes the 205-er against another conker called an 11-er and cracks it. The other boy uses his 53-er against the 205-er. The 205-er wins. Other boy becomes angry and throws the 205-er away. Five years later they find that the 205-er has become a plant. Can you help me with this story?
BarneyBarney says: Ah yes - that's The Very Fat Conker. You've remembered the story pretty well, except that the big conker is a 105-er and they find the little chestnut tree growing two years later. George is the boy with the 105-er, and Lennie is the boy who threw it into the shrubbery.
Posted by Corinne on February 9, 2013
Hi Barney! I was sad to find out that the girl who played Jo the gypsy girl in the 1990s Famous Five series died in a car accident in 2002. She was only 18 at the time.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, that is sad. Her name was Vanessa Cavanagh.
Posted by Bridget Smith on February 9, 2013
Hello I am trying to find an audio book of the Enid Blyton Omnibus (comprising The Yellow Fairy Book, The First Green Goblin Book, The Second Green Goblin Book). Can anybody help? Regards Bridget
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that there is no audio version at all of this, Bridget.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on February 7, 2013
Hi! If this would be of help to Derek I got the Famous Five on DVD for Christmas. I am not sure of where the person got them but I will try to find out.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks Fussy Gussy, but the Dutch DVD set of the 1990s Famous Five series (which is in English) is quite easy to find, e.g. on Amazon.
Posted by Susan Webster on February 7, 2013
Hi, I went to Seven Stories in Newcastle last Saturday to a day for reminiscing and filming about Enid Blyton, ready for the exhibition there in May. I went to stay with my friend Poppy and we went to Newcastle on the Saturday. I saw the Angel of the North which was impressive. At Seven Stories we - four of us - met with others and chatted about Enid, books, etc. till lunchtime, then after lunch those of us who wanted to be filmed were. It was question and answer and we shared our love of Enid, her books and anything else. It was great and Seven Stories is great too. Later we went over the Tyne Bridge and then under the Tyne Tunnel and saw the end of Hadrian's Wall in Wallsend. Brilliant! A big archaeological dig was over the road but it was shut. Really impressive and a brilliant time. Thanks to Tony who put the information on the forums.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like a fabulous day, Sue! Perhaps you could copy and paste your message into the appropriate forums thread, if you haven't done so already.
Posted by Kate on February 7, 2013
Hallo Barney, the book that Thomas is looking for is The Adventure of the Secret Necklace and Other Stories and was published by Bloomsbury in 1997. Hope that helps.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for your help, Kate! Much appreciated.
Posted by Derek Browell on February 7, 2013
I am reading the Famous Five to my grandchild now (having been a big fan myself) and I wanted to show him clips from the stories...I noticed on one clip a lighthouse under which they find smugglers' treasure...I live near Whitley Bay...Was St. Mary's Lighthouse used in the 90s series? And is the series available to buy?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, St. Mary's Lighthouse was used in the 1990s series in Five Go to Demon's Rocks. According to an old forums post, the Whitley Bay area was also used in Five Fall Into Adventure (the rocks where Jo and Timmy evade/attack crooks) and Five on Kirrin Island Again (George's night visit by boat to Kirrin Island). There is a Dutch box set of the 1990s Famous Five series which is in English, and the Dutch subtitles can be switched off. Five Go to Smuggler's Top is missing from the set, though you might be able to find a secondhand video of that episode.
Posted by Eva Simons on February 6, 2013
Hi there, I am wondering if it is still possible to purchase The Cockyolly Bird & Other Stories on cassette or CD and if so, from where?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's not available any longer, Eva, though you could look for a secondhand cassette or CD on websites like eBay, eBid, Amazon or even Abebooks. Best of luck with your search.
Posted by Thomas on February 6, 2013
Hi. I'm looking for a book from my childhood that I don't know the name of. All I know is that there were three stories in it. The first story was about some children who find a secret passageway behind a bookcase at their grandmother's. I believe the second is where some children go to boarding school. And the third story is where a little boy really wants a dog but isn't allowed one and works as a vet's apprentice.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of The Adventure of the Secret Necklace (or possibly The Treasure Hunters - I can't remember which of those books features a bookcase), Mischief at St. Rollo's and The Boy Who Wanted a Dog, Thomas. You can find out more about those titles in the Cave of Books, though if they were brought out as a 3-in-1 volume I don't think we've got a picture of that in the Cave.
Posted by Elizabeth on February 5, 2013
I'd like to know whether Enid wrote any book which is not yet published and whether she ever wrote any novels or something of that sort for adults.
BarneyBarney says: A few years ago the manuscript of an unpublished children's book by Enid Blyton was discovered - Mr. Tumpy's Caravan. She also wrote a play for adults called Summer Storm which was never performed, and an unpublished novel for adults called The Caravan Goes On, but unfortunately the manuscript of that is lost.
Posted by Shaun on February 5, 2013
Hi all, I recently bought an Enid Blyton book in a charity shop for £4, it's The Adventures of Bobs, 1939, illustrated by Macdowell. It's in good condition and the pages in excellent condition. On the inside cover is a message written in pencil that reads..... Audrey, with love from Uncle Norman and Auntie Enid. I was just wondering if it was possible that Enid Blyton might have written the message? I looked online at her signature and the ni are very similar but the e is in capital. I'm just curious to see what people think as I don't know anywhere else I could get advice from.
BarneyBarney says: A nice book to have, Shaun, but Enid Blyton was never married to a Norman (nor did she have a brother called Norman) so I think the name Enid is just a coincidence.
Posted by Kim McMaster on February 4, 2013
Hi, my name is Kim and recently I lost my collection in the Queensland Australia floods. It was a very sad moment for me as I put them away for my son to have when he was old enough (they were given to me as a child). It was a Popular Reward series and titles included The Magic Brush, Snicker the Brownie and Twelve Silver Cups. They were so damaged that I am unable to tell or remember the other titles. Can someone please e-mail me a list or tell me where to find a list in the hope that I can replace such an important thing in my life?
BarneyBarney says: I'm very sorry to hear that your collection was so badly damaged, Kim. You can see a list of the Award Popular Reward titles here. Best of luck with replacing the books and I hope your son enjoys the stories as much as you did!
Posted by Nabeela on February 3, 2013
Hello! I live in Sri Lanka. They put the Famous Five films on TV.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your reply, Nabeela. It's good to know that the Famous Five are popular in Sri Lanka.
Posted by Corinne Pepper on February 3, 2013
Is there any chance of getting Ramona Marquez or Sinead Michael to an Enid Blyton Day?
BarneyBarney says: We could but try one of these days (we did ask Ramona Marquez once before), but actors tend to be busy people and can't commit to a date very far in advance because they don't always know what work might come up.
Posted by Peter on February 3, 2013
Hi Barney, Please tell me that Enid Blyton really had a dog that could write letters in English?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, she did. He was a fox terrier called Bobs and he used to write letters to children in a magazine called Teachers World.
Posted by Ruby S on February 2, 2013
Hi Barney, Did Enid Blyton like music? If so, what type (of music)?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton enjoyed classical music by composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Bach was her favourite. She herself was a talented pianist.
Posted by Zainab on February 2, 2013
I like Enid Blyton's books very much - the Famous Five, the Secret Seven and the Naughtiest Girl series.
Posted by Nabeela on January 31, 2013
Hello! I have some good news. They are putting The Famous Five on TV! Wonderful! I watch it every time.
BarneyBarney says: That's interesting, Nabeela. Do you mean the 1990s TV series, the 1970s TV series or the Famous Five on the Case cartoon? And whereabouts in the world do you live (you don't have to say which town but it would be helpful to have a rough idea)?
Posted by Ellen on January 31, 2013
Did Enid have a fondness for the Western genre? I seem to remember that she included kids playing Cowboys and Indians. Even though Cowboys and Indians is frowned upon today.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Enid Blyton had a personal fondness for the genre (she spoke out against violent cinema films) but the game was popular with children at the time she was writing so she would naturally have included it in her books. Quite often her characters just play "Red Indians" rather than "Cowboys and Indians". It involves stalking one another and hiding up trees or in bushes, and while they're hidden the children sometimes see or overhear something strange that leads to a mystery or adventure.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on January 30, 2013
Fussy Gussy, I couldn't solve the mystery in The Famous Five's Survival Guide either! In fact, I thought the whole thing was a waste of time!
Posted by Ruby S on January 30, 2013
Hi Barney, What happens to Elizabeth Allen when she leaves Whyteleafe? When's your birthday? Ruby S
BarneyBarney says: We don't know what happens to Elizabeth Allen after leaving Whyteleafe because Enid Blyton only describes Elizabeth's experiences in the first form, and even in Pamela Cox's sequels she doesn't get beyond the second form. So you're free to imagine what future you like for Elizabeth! We dogs don't generally bother about birthdays, though the website's birthday is on Christmas Day because it was started on 25th December 2004.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on January 29, 2013
I got The Famous Five's Survival Guide lately and I can't solve the mystery! Could you give me some clues?
BarneyBarney says: It's a long time since I read it but perhaps you could try working on the mystery with a friend or family member?
Posted by Ellen on January 29, 2013
Hi, is it actually true that Enid Blyton was a lesbian and had an affair with her daughter's nanny (Dorothy Richards)? Many thanks and no offense to anyone. I'm just curious :)
BarneyBarney says: Gyles Brandreth interviewed Enid's daughters Gillian Baverstock and Imogen Smallwood in 2002, and he asked them about that rumour. Gillian dismissed the idea of Enid and Dorothy having a lesbian relationship as "complete nonsense", while Imogen said: "Homosexuality? I don't know. Let it just hover in the air."
Posted by Alexander Broad on January 29, 2013
Thanks very much Barney, that is certainly something that is going to be on my birthday list. The Famous Five DVD collection. I have emailed Tony and asked about the Enid Blyton Day and I am certainly hoping to become a regular on this website. Keep up the good work, pooch.
BarneyBarney says: My master and I are glad to have been of help, Alexander. Enjoy the DVD set!
Posted by Shruti on January 29, 2013
However as far as we fans are concerned almost all of her books deserve awards! Thanks for your answer Barney.
BarneyBarney says: What would surely have pleased Enid Blyton more than any award would be the fact that her books are still read and enjoyed by children worldwide.
Posted by Ruby S on January 28, 2013
Hi Barney, A few weeks ago I met a dog named 'Barney', however I don't think it was as clever as you are!!! Enjoy the E-tinned meat, Ruby S.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ruby. It's good to know that you met another dog called Barney.
Posted by Alexander on January 28, 2013
Whenever I try to look for the Famous Five 1990s television series on Amazon, all it comes up with is foreign languages such as Spanish and Dutch. Barney, where do you think I can buy the 1995-1997 Famous Five series in English?
BarneyBarney says: The Dutch DVD set is in English, Alexander, and the Dutch subtitles can be switched off. However, for some reason Five Go to Smuggler's Top is missing. I'm not sure about the Spanish set, but maybe someone else will be able to help.
Posted by Shruti on January 28, 2013
Hi Barney, just wanted to know if any of Enid's books were award winners. Good luck with your amazing website!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Shruti. Surprisingly, Enid Blyton only won one literary award and that was in America, for Mystery Island (the American title of The Island of Adventure). The book was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947.
Posted by Molly on January 28, 2013
How did Enid Blyton get inspired to start writing books?
BarneyBarney says: Check out our Enid the Writer section, Molly.
Posted by Megan on January 28, 2013
I love the Famous Five books. My favourite character is Georgina or should I say George! Ha ha.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton said in an interview that George was her own favourite character.
Posted by Steven on January 28, 2013
Did Enid Blyton write any scripts for the stage? Or do you know of any of her books that have been adapted by other people for the stage?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote two plays in the 1950s - Noddy in Toyland and The Famous Five Adventure - which were performed in theatres in London and elsewhere for a number of years. She also wrote an adult play, Summer Storm, but that was never performed. Other than that, she wrote a number of short plays to be used in schools - examples can be seen here. I believe one or two of Enid Blyton's books have been adapted by other people for the stage, but copyright issues would need to be considered. Hachette UK (Hodder) own the copyright to all Blyton's works except Noddy. The rights to Noddy were bought by an American company, Classic Media.
Posted by Nabeela on January 27, 2013
Hello! Maryam, do I know you by any chance? What country are you from? Enid Blyton's books are really wonderful! Has Enid Blyton written any "Magic Land" stories like Narnia or something?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote quite a few "Magic Land" books, the best-known being the Faraway Tree series, the Wishing-Chair series and The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies. They're not really like The Chronicles of Narnia because the characters make brief visits to lots of different lands and aren't there to fulfil a prophecy or anything like that. Slightly different, with a Christian theme, is The Land of Far-Beyond.
Posted by Molly on January 27, 2013
Although being an excellent writer, Enid is thought to be a very horrible person (search on Wikipedia). Do you know if there was a reason for this? Did anyone inspire Enid in writing her books?
BarneyBarney says: Like most people, Enid Blyton had good and bad in her. What surprises fans most, I think, is to learn that she cut her mother out of her life completely and later did the same to first husband Hugh after they divorced, preventing him from having any contact with daughters Gillian and Imogen. Enid Blyton was extremely driven, putting her writing first, and that meant relationships suffered. Yet there was another side to her too. She was an enthusiastic teacher who inspired her young pupils, and she wrote warm letters to many of her readers. Enid was encouraged in her writing by her schoolfriend Mary's aunt, Mabel Attenborough.
Posted by Maryam on January 27, 2013
I love the Wishing-Chair. Chinky and Winks are mischievous pixies.
BarneyBarney says: You might also like The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies if you haven't tried it, Maryam, and the Faraway Tree series.
Posted by Ana on January 26, 2013
Hallo Barney! I read Five Get Into Trouble recently and it was a most marvellous book. I would have preferred it if Richard hadn't come. Anyway got to hurry, I'm going for an exam. Wish me luck. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck, Ana! Richard is rather annoying (at first, anyway) but without him there wouldn't have been an adventure!
Posted by Alexander Broad on January 26, 2013
I love the children in Enid Blyton's the Secret Seven series and their dog Scamper, he is such a mischievous thing. Where do you suppose Enid got the idea for such a humorous and mischievous dog?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had dogs of her own so she'd have been used to observing their behaviour. Her most mischievous spaniel is probably Loony in the Barney Mysteries, who was based on Enid's own spaniel called Laddie.
Posted by Kiki the Cockatoo on January 26, 2013
Hi Barney, Exactly which part of the world do you live in? Does it have many doggy treats and potted meat sandwiches?
BarneyBarney says: I like to remain a bit of a mystery dog, but yes, thankfully doggy treats and potted meat sandwiches are plentiful in my part of the world! You may be glad to know that sunflower seeds are readily available too, Kiki!
Posted by Sue Webster on January 24, 2013
Hi Barney, thanks for your message about the Famous Five on the Case books. Wow, there are a lot of them too. I'll get one and if I like it then I may collect them all. Still lots of snow here but thawing a bit. Hope your bone arrived okay! I've just read the last books in the St. Clare's series by Pamela Cox. She is good but Enid Blyton is best!
BarneyBarney says: You could try borrowing one of the Famous Five on the Case books from the library first, Sue, to see if you like it. Thanks for the bone - it's delicious!
Posted by Shruti on January 23, 2013
Hi Barney, the 4th Naughtiest Girl book is such a thin one and while fipping through it in a bookstore I felt that it may not be complete. Something about the last lines of the book led to the idea. Is it so - or is the book complete?
BarneyBarney says: It is complete, Shruti, but Enid Blyton didn't intend it to be published as a novel. It had previously appeared as a story in Enid Blyton's Omnibus!, along with several stories about characters from other series.
Posted by Seo Services on January 23, 2013
I just bookmarked your website on Digg and Stumble Upon. I enjoy reading your commentaries.
Posted by Corinne on January 22, 2013
Is it true that some of Enid's characters were based on her two daughters?
BarneyBarney says: The book Bimbo and Topsy is about dogs, cats and two little girls who live at Green Hedges. The dogs and cats are based on real pets belonging to Enid Blyton, while the girls are named after her daughters Gillian and Imogen. Whether the fictional characters resemble the real ones in personality, I don't know! There are also a few short stories about a girl called Gillian who has a dog named Bobs - Bobs being Enid's famous fox terrier who used to write letters to the readers of the magazine Teachers World. It's likely too that there are elements of Gillian and Imogen's schooldays in the Malory Towers series.
Posted by Ruby S on January 22, 2013
Hi Barney, This site is quite useful for general information about the awesome author; Enid Blyton. My friends also love the Enid Blyton stories; especially 'The Faraway Tree', 'The Naughtiest Girl' and 'The Wishing-Chair'. From Ruby S. P.S. Do you like the e-doggie treats I sent you?
BarneyBarney says: Only quite useful?! ;-) Thanks for the treats!
Posted by Susan Webster on January 20, 2013
Hi Barney, have you been out in the snow? Snowing here now and started just as we got to church at 9am for band practice. Paris mentioned some books called Famous Five on the Case. Must admit I've never heard of them. Can they be found in bookshops like Waterstones? Are they adventure stories/mysteries? Interested to know. Cheers, Sue. A big bone on its way to you if it doesn't get lost in the snow!
BarneyBarney says: I've had a good romp in the snow thanks, Sue, and the rest of the day will be spent in front of the fire! The Famous Five on the Case books are modern mystery/adventure stories about the children of the Famous Five and they're available in bookshops or online. There was a TV cartoon series as well. You can find out more here.
Posted by Roger Eade on January 20, 2013
I have a Coronation Bible, 1953, dedicated to Hazel Thompson from Enid Blyton. Any idea who she was?
BarneyBarney says: Hazel Thompson may have had her copy signed at a book-signing when she was a child.
Posted by Kiki the cockatoo on January 18, 2013
Hi Barney! I am asking about The Riddle that Never Was. I am afraid my copy is stuck in packing but I would like to know whether that had any connection with any other series? I hope you like my e-potted meat sandwiches!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Kiki. The Riddle that Never Was was originally a stand-alone book called The Mystery that Never Was. Six stand-alone books were brought together and changed slightly to form the Riddles series in 1997. You can find out more here.
Posted by Paris on January 18, 2013
Hi Barney, You may not remember me all that well. I'm Paris and I must have been posting on here.... let's see.... quite a few months ago. I have just finished reading Last Term at Malory Towers. I've been wondering, I see books in libraries with the title Famous Five on the Case. Are these also written by Enid Blyton or someone else? I've just always thought the Famous Five ones look much better. Lots of meaty bones for you Barney. Paris.
BarneyBarney says: Of course I remember you, Paris! The Famous Five on the Case books are quite modern and relate the adventures of the children of the Five. Therefore they weren't written by Enid Blyton, though I'm afraid I don't know the name/s of the author/s.
Posted by Pat Devlin on January 17, 2013
Does anyone know if Enid Blyton visited Lancashire in the 1930s or 40s? I don't think it likely from what I have read of her life - but two people, on separate occasions, have said she stayed at my house which is in Knowsley, Lancashire, at that time.
BarneyBarney says: I haven't heard anything about Enid Blyton visiting Knowsley but if anyone has any information on that I hope they'll reply, Pat.
Posted by Fussy Gussy on January 16, 2013
I got the Famous Five TV series from the 1970s on DVD for Christmas. It's great. I love it!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you're enjoying it. Fans waited a long time for a DVD release but it was worth the wait as it's great to be able to watch the series in all its remastered glory.
Posted by Beverly on January 16, 2013
I am interested to find a book by Enid Blyton but don't know the title. It is a story about four brothers and sisters whose parents' plane went down in the Pacific and they are stuck with their horrid aunt and uncle so they decide to run away to a deserted island with a friend. The story is how they manage to survive on the island and their adventures. Please help with the title! Thank you very much.
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of The Secret Island, Beverly. There are three siblings (Peggy, Mike and Nora) and their friend Jack. An exciting story of survival.
Posted by Debi Millang on January 15, 2013
Check out Navrang...I have been buying my daughters books there since we moved from the UK (where you find Blyton books anywhere). Navrang have great prices but they ship from India so sometimes can take a couple of weeks for delivery.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Debi. We have a link to Navrang on this page, over on the left.
Posted by Maya Tauseef Ashraf on January 15, 2013
Where can you find the Naughtiest Girl books, and all other Enid Blyton books? Thank you Barney, but do I just think of random things or do I have to just think?
BarneyBarney says: Any bookshop should be able to order the books for you, even if they don't stock them. They might also be available to borrow from the library. Otherwise, try buying them online from sites like Amazon or eBay (or your country's equivalent). About writing stories, picking things at random out of the pots is supposed to be fun and give you a starting point. If you're really stuck, forget about writing stories for now and do other sorts of writing instead, e.g. keep a diary, review books you've read and write letters to friends. That will get you used to putting your thoughts on paper and you'll find that words and ideas start to flow more easily from your mind.
Posted by Francis on January 14, 2013
Barney, Is there a listing of the Famous Five CDs on the site somewhere? I have a couple but suspect there must be others. Each case contains two stories on separate CDs. Regards, Francis.
BarneyBarney says: Take a look at our audio section and scroll down to CDs, Francis.
Posted by Maya Tauseef Ashraf on January 14, 2013
My school doesn't have a magazine but I do write stories at school, but I don't have any ideas. Can you give me a few head starts?
BarneyBarney says: Why not make a list of your interests, Maya, and of funny or unusual things that have happened to you or people you know, and see if anything can be turned into a story? If not, here's an amusing activity that might get your imagination working: Think of some random objects, writing each one on a separate scrap of paper (e.g. stone, cloud, fire, chair, rug, statue, telephone...) and place the pieces of paper in a pot. Then write down characters (e.g. bear, old man, witch, rag doll, dog, beggar, baby...) and put them in another pot. Finally, write down places (e.g. castle, tower, forest, city, cave, cellar, playground...) and put them in a third pot. Draw out a piece of paper from each pot and construct a story that includes the three elements you picked.
Posted by Maya Tauseef Ashraf on January 14, 2013
I want to be an author like you in my school, do you have any ideas of how to be one? You always inspire me. I only read Naughty Amelia Jane and it's amazing. Do you have any new books coming? I want to read all of them.
BarneyBarney says: I've removed your address, Maya, because it's not a good idea to include it on a public Message Board. I'm afraid Enid Blyton died in 1968, though the best of her lives on in her books. If you'd like to be an author you could start by keeping a regular diary of your thoughts and experiences, and by reading widely. If your school has a school magazine, why not write something for it?
Posted by Ellen on January 13, 2013
Anita Bensoussane mentioned in the Journal that cigarettes have been removed from Mr. Twiddle and Famous Five books because of pressure regarding positive health messages for children. I wonder if Enid would have approved?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was a social smoker herself, but people weren't as aware of the dangers of smoking back then. Many fans think it's a pity to make such alterations to the books because it spoils the period feel of the stories and means that child readers are deprived of the opportunity to learn some social history and understand that society changes over time.
Posted by Murray on January 13, 2013
Hello, can you please tell me what editions of the Famous Five books have the most Eileen Soper illustrations, was there a standard number for them ? It's just that I have some paperback issues from the 1970s which have up to 30 drawings while a hardback from the 1950s has only 24. Thanks very much in advance for any help with this query.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone will be able to help, but it would be a complicated and time-consuming process because the Famous Five books have been through so many editions and reprints. As well as having different numbers of illustrations, some copies have tinted pictures while others have black and white. Also, some issues have illustrated endpapers or a picture on the spine of the dustwrapper. You can see all the illustrations for the first editions in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Ayan on January 13, 2013
Thank you! I might need it in a way or two. I also wanted to know did Enid Blyton write any funny stories?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton wrote lots of funny stories. Some of her best revolve around absent-minded characters like Mr. Twiddle and Mr. Meddle, or crafty characters like Binkle and Flip (the two bad bunnies) and Brer Rabbit.
Posted by Ayan on January 13, 2013
Hello! I am here again after those boring exams. Hey Barney, is there an email address for the Enid Blyton Society? I would like to know.
BarneyBarney says: You'll see the email address if you click on "Contact Us" at the top of the page, Ayan. As I'm sure you'll appreciate, it's only to be used for genuine queries when you haven't been able to find the information elsewhere.
Posted by Khired on January 13, 2013
Hey! I am back, I was too busy in my tests but I managed to read many novels including The Mystery of Holly Lane and The Mystery of the Pantomine Cat. Kindly correct me if I am wrong in the spelling of eh...pant..om..ine.
BarneyBarney says: If you'd checked the Cave of Books, you'd have seen that it's "Pantomime". A good way to remember it is to think of Boysie and the other actors miming!
Posted by Scamper on January 10, 2013
Thanks, Barney buddy! Yes, cards 7 and 12 are my favourites too. Now all members are complete including me. ;) Sorry old thing, but is there a card 1 for the Secret Seven Card Game?
BarneyBarney says: It's good that The Mystery of Missing Pamela has been solved! As stated in the rules, there is no card 1. The four suits of cards are each numbered 2 to 12.
Posted by Ana on January 10, 2013
Hi-ya there! Today's my favorite day, Thursday. The weekend has FINALLY arrived! I wanted to ask, whom did Enid Blyton look up to for support when people misunderstood her? The exams are going to start and it's boring, studying things you already know! I wonder what Enid Blyton felt about studies. Did she do well? Did she like school? A plate of biscuits smeared with potted meat. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's family didn't give her much support when she started submitting stories and poems unsuccessfully to magazines as a teenager (they wanted her to become a musician) but Enid was encouraged by her schoolfriend Mary's aunt, Mabel Attenborough. If you click on our "Author of Adventure" button and read about Enid Blyton's life you'll see that she liked school and did well, becoming Head Girl in her final two years.
Posted by Ellen on January 10, 2013
Barney Dog, It's so easy for modern people to point to a past time and say how we're so much better now. And, because it's so easy, that's what they do.
BarneyBarney says: Makes me glad I'm a dog - we stay much the same decade after decade!
Posted by Scamper on January 10, 2013
Hi Barney. Please, I was browsing through the Enid Blyton Card Games and noted that Card 11 of the Secret Seven Cards cannot be viewed. Hopefully you can get it fixed soon. Cheers from your friend Scamper :D
BarneyBarney says: A friendly wag of the tail to you, Scamper! Thanks for letting us know. I've just viewed the Secret Seven Card Game and all is loading fine now. My favourites are card 12, which has you looking hopefully at the biscuit tin, and card 7, which shows Enid Blyton visiting the shed!
Posted by Falicity on January 9, 2013
Hello! I totally agree with you, Hunaina. Nice to have you back.
Posted by Hunaina on January 8, 2013
Hello Barney! I haven't written on the site for many days, so I hope you all didn't forget me. I wonder why 'Anonymous' is dragging Enid Blyton's personal matters into her professional life? I don't think any one of us has the right to judge whether Enid was a good or bad mother except her daughters (Gillian and Imogen). Cheers, Hunaina.
BarneyBarney says: Of course we haven't forgotten you, Hunaina!
Posted by Georgina Hargreaves on January 7, 2013
Enjoyed The Magic Faraway Tree on BBC Radio 4. Anyone else hear it?
BarneyBarney says: There's a forums thread about the programme here, Georgina.
Posted by Falicity on January 7, 2013
I think Enid Blyton was a kind mother. Like the mother in the Famous Five books, like Aunt Fanny!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was neither an Aunt Fanny nor a Mrs. Kent (The Six Bad Boys). Enid's elder daughter Gillian said that when she was little her mother had plenty of time for her and used to take her on walks, play with her and teach her things. Younger daughter Imogen says that her mother was distant and didn't spend much time with her at all. Of course, there was a gap of more than four years in age between the two girls so their different memories may be explained in part by the fact that Enid Blyton had become much busier with her writing by the time Imogen was a toddler. Also, Gillian has spoken of Hugh and Enid's disappointment that Imogen was another girl rather than a boy. It was the custom at the time for children of their social class to be sent away to boarding school because it was thought to foster independence and ensure a sound academic education.
Posted by Anarina Koroleva on January 6, 2013
My opinion of Ms. Blyton has completely changed since I have seen the film Enid (2009). Please, could someone tell me if the BBC has some secret vendetta against Ms. Blyton or if all of those events such as her adultery, telling her publishers to sack her husband, cruel treatment of her children and flirting with the troops behind her husband's back are true or not? It would have been good if the BBC had also added some nicer aspects of her life such as her charity work. xx
BarneyBarney says: Those details were taken from books like Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography and Imogen Smallwood's A Childhood at Green Hedges and they are true, Anarina. What's disappointing is that the Enid drama emphasised negative things like that while failing to look at some of Enid Blyton's "nicer aspects" as you say, such as her teaching days (she was an excellent teacher who inspired and enthused her young pupils), her talent as a musician, her knowledge and love of nature and her charity work. Television dramas often aim to examine a person's darker side or focus on surprising or little-known facts, which can make for a somewhat unbalanced picture.
Posted by Ana Asif on January 5, 2013
Hello Anonymous! I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me why Enid Blyton becomes an awful mother just because she sent her elder daughter off to school? I suppose you mean a boarding school. Well, boarding schools teach children to be independent and prepare them to live for the future when they're not with the parents. Barney is quite correct that you'll have to cross loads of good titles off your reading list if you insist on the authors being perfect beings. If you don't buy any of Enid Blyton's books you will never find such brilliant and clean content with moral stories and education. What a loss. Cheers, Ana.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on January 5, 2013
Before you spout your bile about a lady with whom you have never met, 'Anonymous', please remember that Enid still has family living, including her daughter, and I am sure she would be hurt by your hearsay remarks.
BarneyBarney says: 'Anonymous' may not be aware but Enid's daughter Imogen Smallwood acknowledges her mother's talent as a writer, supports the Enid Blyton Society and attends Enid Blyton Days.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on January 4, 2013
I really get annoyed when I read such posts by Anonymous! How do you know Enid Blyton was an awful mother? Were you there? As Barney has said, many parents in 'those days' sent their children to boarding school. And if you, Anonymous are referring to the Enid drama, it was exaggerated for the 'drama' effect! As the saying goes - 'He who is without sin can cast the first stone!!'
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton, quoting William Shakespeare, called one of her books The Play's the Thing! We could say of Blyton herself, "The books are the thing!"
Posted by Anonymous on January 4, 2013
Yes, I think Enid was a great writer but she treated her daughters terribly. I have just seen photos of imogene, her youngest daughter. and the fact she sent her eldest daughter off to school. WHAT AN AWFAL MOTHER!! I have gone off Enid Blyton and I will never buy any of her books. and I will never let any of my relatives buy them either.
BarneyBarney says: Hmm - aren't your views rather extreme? You say that "Enid was a great writer", so why not take the books on their own merits? Lot of writers have skeletons in their closets, so you'll have to cross loads of good titles off your reading list if you insist on the authors being perfect beings. Do you really try to control what books your relatives buy, or was that just said for effect? It was common practice for parents of Enid Blyton's social class to send their children off to boarding school in those days, and both her daughters went when they were old enough. By the way, Enid Blyton's books are not only inspirational in content but exemplary when it comes to spelling and punctuation!
Posted by Samaa Mohammed Tazin Pasha on January 4, 2013
Happy New Year. I am the greatest fan of your books, I love them. I am from Pakistan. Please come to Manama, Bahrain. I will be very pleased to see you. Love you.
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year to you too, Samaa. Enid Blyton died quite a long time ago (in November 1968) but the best of her lives on in her books, which are read all around the globe. That way, she still "speaks" to children everywhere. Long may that continue!
Posted by Barry on January 2, 2013
What schools did the Five Find-Outers go to?
BarneyBarney says: Their schools are never named, Barry, though we know that Bets is still at a day school in the early books while the others are at various boarding schools. We hear a few anecdotes about Fatty's school in some of the books, for example when he boasts of his prowess at tennis, boxing or ventriloquism, or of his ability to imitate people's handwriting.
Posted by Ana Asif on January 2, 2013
Hallo! We're in 2013! I have a feeling that this year is gonna be a rocker! Did Enid Blyton have a special resolution for 1913? Do YOU have any New Year's resolutions? I also want to 'find out' if Enid Blyton wrote a special 'book' not story, for a New Year. I hope you'll find some glues for that. Also, which was her very last book? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: No one knows all Enid Blyton's New Year's resolutions, Ana, but she said in the 1950s that she made the same one every year - "to be kind". My own resolution is to remember where I bury my bones! I don't recall a New Year-themed book, though Enid Blyton's Book of the Year has stories, plays, poems, puzzles, nature notes, etc. for each month. Enid's last two books were re-tellings of Bible stories - The Boy Who Came Back and The Man Who Stopped to Help - published in 1965. That year a few short Noddy books were also published. Her last novel (or novella, as it's fairly short) was The Hidey Hole, published in 1964.
Posted by Ellen on January 2, 2013
Barney, Would you agree that it's easier for contemporary people to attack past eras and people like Enid for their supposed racist/sexist/classist beliefs than to be fair to the past, particularly as most people from Enid's era are dead and not able to explain themselves?
BarneyBarney says: It's possible for people with a particular agenda to go through the books taking certain quotations out of context, to fuel their argument that Enid Blyton was racist/sexist/classist. Of course, a more sensible approach is to read a few books in their entirety, plus several whole series and a selection of short stories, plays and poems, to come to an informed view of what Enid Blyton was really saying and what was truly dear to her heart. And as you imply, Ellen, for a proper understanding of the stories and some of the attitudes therein it's essential to keep things in context and bear in mind that the books date from a different era.
Posted by Falicity on January 1, 2013
Hello! Happy New Year to all of the Enid Blyton fans.
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year!