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Posted by Aminmec on December 30, 2014
Hello Sudarshan, I can help you with information on where you can seek out Famous Five continuation stories as I am from the same city. You can message me through the forums.
Posted by Sudarshan on December 29, 2014
Are the continuation series of the Five Find-Outers and Famous Five available in Bangalore, India?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not aware of any Find-Outers continuation books except the excellent ones on our website by Trevor Bolton, Robert Houghton and Julie Heginbotham. They're in our Secret Passage and they're available to Society members only. We also have continuation books for the Famous Five and other series. Claude Voilier wrote Famous Five continuation books in French in the 1970s and 18 of them were translated into English in the 1980s, but they haven't been in print for years. They may be available second-hand though. Try checking sites like Navrang (I'm not sure whether they sell second-hand books or not), Amazon and eBay (or Indian equivalents).
Posted by Charles Sarland on December 28, 2014
Can anyone tell me about how to ensure that I am buying original texts, not ones that have been 'corrected' for political and other reasons? I have just bought a Hodder paperback '70th Anniversary Edition' of Five on a Treasure Island. Have they gone back to the original texts - after all they published the books originally? Alternatively can anyone tell me where I can go to get the original texts? I'm not bothered about the condition of the books, and I'm certainly not looking for first editions or anything like that, but I would like to know that I am reading the actual words that Enid Blyton wrote.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the 70th Anniversary Editions of the Famous Five books haven't gone back to the original text, Charles. They have the 1997 text, which contains many changes (though not as many as the 2010 text). Even the Famous Five paperbacks of the late 1960s and early 1970s had a few edits. In order to have the original text, I think (and even then I'm not 100% sure) that you should be all right with hardbacks dating from before 1965. Therefore, you'd be looking at buying them second-hand from bookshops or online sellers.
Posted by The Biggest Fan on December 27, 2014
Hi, I am afraid I don't know who you are, Barney, did you appear in one of Enid Blyton's books that I haven't read? But, it's very nice to meet you! I am a big fan of Enid Blyton's books, especially the Naughtiest Girl and the Famous Five series. I was wondering if you could recommend me some books to read, as I really don't know what other books I could read. I have read all of the Amelia-Jane, Secret Seven, Famous Five and Naughtiest Girl series, and I just wondered if you could recommend me any more? Thanks a lot Barney, hope to hear from you soon!
BarneyBarney says: I'm a real dog so you won't find me in an Enid Blyton book! However, I do share a name with Barney the circus-boy from the Barney Mysteries. If you enjoyed the Naughtiest Girl series, you might like the Malory Towers and St. Clare's books which are also about boarding-schools. Other adventure and mystery series which many Famous Five and Secret Seven fans enjoy are the Adventure, Find-Outers, Secret and Barney series. Other stories which are humorous like the Amelia Jane books include the tales of Mister Meddle and Mr. Twiddle. Take a look at our series buttons (above this Message Board) for further inspiration.
Posted by Anneysha on December 24, 2014
Wish you a Merry Christmas Barney! How will you celebrate Christmas this year?
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas, Anneysha. If it were open on Christmas Day, I wouldn't mind eating out here!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 24, 2014
Hi, seeing you after a long time. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Has Enid Blyton written any book on Christmas?
BarneyBarney says: Happy Christmas, Rupsa! Yes, Enid Blyton wrote The Christmas Book, The First Christmas, Noddy Meets Father Christmas, Father Christmas and Belinda and several more. Try doing a search on "Christmas" in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Yets Lobs on December 24, 2014
I'm looking for access to Enid Blyton's books that I grew up on, particularly the Hamlyn Bumblebee books. Will I get access to all these books and more if I subscribe or do I have to buy her books? If so where can I buy her collections please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to give people access to Enid Blyton books, Yets Lobs - they're still under copyright. You could look for second-hand copies of the Hamlyn Bumblebee books on sites like eBay, Amazon and Abebooks, though some titles are harder to find than others. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on December 24, 2014
I too would like to wish all the Society members a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year to all. Thank you, to you too, Barney, for all the hard work you do all through the year posting our messages.
BarneyBarney says: A big wuff of thanks, Julie! Thank you too for the lovely Find-Outers Continuation Books you've written for our labyrinthine Secret Passage. It's marvellous to read fresh mysteries involving the Fine-Doubters and - last but certainly not least! - Dog.
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on December 23, 2014
I should like to wish my fellow Society members a cheerful, Blytonian Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Tim hopes you'll receive a nice, juicy bone, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: A friendly wuff and a wag of the tail for you and Tim, Trevor. Thank you very much indeed for the wonderful Continuation Books you've written for our Secret Passage. I know they bring joy to many readers. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015!
Posted by Ana on December 23, 2014
Oh oh! Hello there and a very, very Merry Christmas to you, Barney! I can't believe it's almost 2015! This year just...flew by! How long ago was it that I wished you a Happy New Year 2014? :) This will be my 5th or 6th year at this awesome website! Barney, do you know about Wattpad? I recommend the website strongly, it's a website where you can write your own book and read tons of other people's books! Some of the 14-year-olds' books are so greatly written, seems like a grown, experienced author writing sometimes! And Barney, did you do anything for NaNoWriMo? I took part in Wattpad's #JWI, to write a 50,000 word novel in 31 days. I'm panicking right now because I've barely done 2000! My computer was locked all this month and I couldn't work at it. I have the plot and everything of the story ready though. This time I'm going for something different, it's about a plane that gets hijacked. What do you think? But there are only maybe 8 days of the year left, and I can't finish a 50,000 word novel in 8 days! Well, I might be able to, if I work with full dedication every second of my free time... Any advice from the dog that reads his tail off? :)
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Ana, and Merry Christmas! Good luck with your book! The advice Enid Blyton gives in The Story of My Life to children who want to write is: "Fill your mind with all kinds of interesting things — the more you have in it, the more will come out of it. Nothing ever comes out of your mind that hasn't already been put into it in some form or other. It may come out changed, re-arranged, polished, shining, almost unrecognizable—but nevertheless it was you who put it there first of all. Your thoughts, your actions, your reading, your sense of humour, everything gets packed into your mind, and if you have an imagination, what a wonderful assortment it will have to choose from!"
Posted by Maria on December 23, 2014
I recently rediscovered Enid Blyton after reading her as a child, and coming back to the books as an adult has left me with mixed feelings. As an American, I don't know whether or not to laugh or be offended by her often unrealistic and unflattering betrayal of Americans in her books, and I certainly don't agree with the concept that wearing makeup makes a girl phony and stupid. However, I choose to take it light-heartedly as the rest is so good, and I can't wait to share these innocent and heart-warming stories with my own children.
BarneyBarney says: Did you mean "betrayal" or "portrayal", Maria? Unfortunately, Enid Blyton did rely on stereotypes to some extent when describing characters from other countries. Nevertheless, Zerelda Brass in Third Year at Malory Towers is a friendly, warm-hearted girl and readers are left with a good impression of her by the end of the book. Have you ever read The Queen Elizabeth Family, in which three children and their parents go on a trip to the USA? Americans are portrayed much more positively in that book.
Posted by Karen on December 22, 2014
Does anyone know which of the Mary Mouse books includes the line "'What?' roared Daddy Doll" and Teddy the Bear eating too much so that he bursts the buttons of his waistcoat?
BarneyBarney says: I don't recognise the line from Daddy Doll, but The Adventures of Mary Mouse (Hachette, 1991) has a story called 'Melia's Birthday Party' in which "Teddy the Bear ate sixteen cakes, fourteen sandwiches and two jellies. His tummy got so fat that a button popped right off his new coat." That story must have appeared in one of the original Mary Mouse strip books - perhaps someone else will be able to say which one.
Posted by Pearl on December 20, 2014
This is a really good website.
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks to you, Pearl.
Posted by Anneysha on December 19, 2014
Barney, Do you know that my show in school was a huge success? I had learnt English usage just because of Enid Blyton. I used her ideas in my role play and my group was awarded full marks. That's the reason I am a fan of Enid Blyton. Barney, could you tell me about some mysteries you were involved in? Can you recommend me the best adventure of your series? I'm new to the Barney series and I want to read a book this Christmas. Could you also tell me the seller? A juicy and meaty bone just for you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your show was a success, Anneysha. I'm not actually in an Enid Blyton series - I'm a real dog! The Barney Mysteries are called that because they feature a circus-boy named Barney. They're marvellous adventure/mystery stories and they're best read in order, starting with The Rockingdown Mystery which is a great book, full of atmosphere. Regarding sellers, you could try bookshops or order from an online seller. Thank you for the bone.
Posted by Naphtali Ivan on December 17, 2014
Hi, I am Naphtali Ivan, 16 years old, from Indonesia. I have been a director of SUNU THE MOVIE, which will be launched next year. We made the movie by ourselves, all kids, 13-18 years old. We also did fundraising to fulfill our production costs. Now our community has been acknowledged by the government because we could create many young entrepreneurs. Well, any possibility for us to use the story of Enid Blyton as our idea for our next movie? We plan to kick off by early January 2015. We plan to make this movie using English while all talent/actresses and actors are Indonesian and we will make it to international standard. Any idea how can I get permission? Please guide me to somebody who could help me with permission, legal matters, etc. Hopefully I will have a good response in a couple days. Thanks and regards, Naphtali Ivan #sineasmuda_id +6283873231856.
BarneyBarney says: You need to contact Hachette UK, Naphtali, as they own the Enid Blyton copyright.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on December 16, 2014
Thank you for your previous answer. ; ) I still ask where the stories of a series Adventure series? I think states or countries.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean you'd like to know where the stories in the Adventure series are set? They take place in different countries or regions - England, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Greece, the Middle East and a fictional country called Tauri-Hessia.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on December 15, 2014
Hi Barney! Is there any map of Peterswood?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid not, Adam. I'm not even sure whether Enid Blyton's description of the village and its buildings is consistent from book to book. However, some aspects of Peterswood are thought to have been influenced by Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, where Enid Blyton lived from 1929-1938.
Posted by Anneysha on December 14, 2014
I need to exhibit my favorite author's work in my school. Barney, could you suggest me the best book I can write about? A meaty and juicy bone for you in return for the favor.
BarneyBarney says: The best book to choose would be one that you like and know well, Anneysha! Then your enthusiasm will come through. If you have several favourites, choose one that has a meaty story (as meaty as the meaty bone!) because then you'll have plenty to say about it. Books which receive a lot of praise from fans include The Valley of Adventure, The Six Bad Boys, The Enchanted Wood, Five Go to Smuggler's Top and The Rubadub Mystery, but the important thing is to choose a title that means something to you. Good luck!
Posted by Lizzy on December 13, 2014
I love Bimbo and Topsy because I love cats and dogs.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's canine characters are some of her most intelligent, brave and lovable creations!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 12, 2014
Hi, I'm currently reading Good Work Secret Seven. By the way, are there any shops which sell Blyton merchandise in Kolkata, India ?
BarneyBarney says: Maybe someone reading this will be able to advise you, Rupsa, but you could try a spot of Googling.
Posted by Val on December 12, 2014
I am searching for a full page picture of Daffy the elf who lived in a tree trunk and is cooking a stew in his saucepan. Can anyone help me and tell me what book he was in? I think it was Jack and Jill. Where can I find the picture please?
BarneyBarney says: If you look in the Cave of Books you'll see three books called Jack and Jill All Colour Gift Book (numbers 1 - 3). Otherwise, you're probably thinking of one of the Jack and Jill Annuals published by Fleetway but I don't think they had any Enid Blyton content.
Posted by Tracy on December 12, 2014
Hi, just wondering whether there are any shops selling Enid Blyton products, books and merchandise, now that the one at Corfe Castle has closed. We are planning a trip in July next year, which will include Dorset and Swanage. Any recommendations for an old fan of Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any other shops with a lot of Enid Blyton merchandise, Tracy, but if you're going in July the Ginger Pop Shop at Corfe Castle should be open - I believe it only closes for the winter. It's also closed on some Fridays in the summer.
Posted by Freda on December 11, 2014
Hi Barney, Many thanks for your prompt response to my last posting. I hadn't thought about alternative sources to try to secure back issues of The Enid Blyton Society Journal. I'll see if I can track copies down via the means you suggest. Another juicy bone on the way to you! Thanks, Freda.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda. I shall enjoy the bone! Good luck with your search!
Posted by Obeiwhan on December 11, 2014
My wife purchased at a book auction Noddy Hankies for the Young containing seven hankies, one for each day of the week. Can anyone tell us if this is a book or fold out card? Does it have any value? Cannot find any date. Says it was made in Northern Ireland.
BarneyBarney says: We're unable to value items but these hanky "books" (more than one existed) are very attractive. Not much is known about them, but this discussion on the forums may be of interest.
Posted by Freda on December 10, 2014
Hi Barney, I subscribe to The Enid Blyton Society Journal and have purchased as many of the back issues as are still in print and available from the Society. However, as I have only been a member for two years, it means that there are many fascinating back issues that I will never, sadly, have a chance to read due to non-availability. Accepting that some very early editions were reprinted in 2001, can I ask, please, whether any reprints of sold-out editions are scheduled at some future date? Thank you. Freda
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there are no plans to reprint past issues at the moment, Freda, simply because there are so many of them! Sorry about that. Some people have been able to collect missing issues second-hand from eBay, Amazon or the sellers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by JJays on December 10, 2014
Hey Barney, How can I get the Five Find-Outers short stories? JJays
BarneyBarney says: You can get both stories ('Just a Spot of Bother!' and 'The Find-Outers and Dog Tackle the Mystery Sneak Thief') in Enid Blyton's Adventure Treasury. It's a lovely book full of exciting short stories, poems and extracts, with super illustrations in colour.
Posted by Pat on December 8, 2014
I read all her books as a child. I'm now 60 and encouraging the grandchildren to become lost in the secret lives of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: I hope your grandchildren enjoy the books as much as you did, Pat!
Posted by Paul on December 8, 2014
How many characters of Enid's were from other parts of the UK? The O'Sullivan twins are probably Northern Irish, as would be Nora from the Naughtiest Girl series. Any Scottish or Welsh characters of note?
BarneyBarney says: There are quite a lot of Scottish and Welsh characters! Andy of the Adventurous Four books and Aily of Five Get Into a Fix spring to mind along with several others, including Morgan's seven dogs! There are so many that this would probably be a better question for the forums than the Message Board.
Posted by Farwa on December 7, 2014
Eve Bearne wrote a message related to a story whose title she cannot remember, on December 2, and since no one has been able to track the title yet and the message is going lower and lower, I suggest to her that she joins the forums on this website. There is a Book/Story Search forum there, and she has more chance of someone seeing her post and replying.
Posted by Anneysha on December 7, 2014
Can I contribute something for the Journal? Book summaries, reviews of Enid Blyton's books? I'm quite interested in this site.
BarneyBarney says: Do you subscribe to the Journal, Anneysha? It helps if you know what kinds of articles are published. You can get a general idea by clicking on the 'Fireside Journal' button and looking at the Journal Catalogue.
Posted by Val on December 6, 2014
I am searching for a full page picture of Daffy who lived in a tree trunk and is cooking a stew in his saucepan. Can anyone help me and tell me what book he was in? I think it was Jack and Jill.
Posted by Anneysha on December 6, 2014
Barney, How do I be a member here? I like this site! :)
BarneyBarney says: If you mean you'd like to join the discussion forums, click on "Join in" at the bottom of this page. You have to register, but it's free of charge. If you mean you'd like to join the Enid Blyton Society and subscribe to the Journal, click on "Join the Society" near the top of this page.
Posted by Delia Moorey on December 4, 2014
Hi Barney, My grandson would love to have Shuffle the Shoemaker as a CD. Are this story and the Faraway stories in CD form?
BarneyBarney says: If you look in the Cave of Books you'll see that the Faraway Tree stories have been available on cassette and on CD in the past. Looking on Amazon, they now appear to be available as audio downloads read by Kate Winslet. Shuffle the Shoemaker has only been out on cassette as far as I can tell - you could try looking for a secondhand copy on eBay or Amazon. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Anneysha on December 4, 2014
Why does Anne Digby take up writing the Naughtiest Girl series in the end?
BarneyBarney says: In the late 1990s, the publishers decided they wanted to extend the Naughtiest Girl series. They asked Anne Digby to do it because she had already written boarding school books of her own (the Trebizon series).
Posted by Eve Bearne on December 2, 2014
I'm trying to track down the title of a book that I think Enid Blyton wrote in the 1960s for the Unicef year of the child [?] It was about latchkey children.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 1, 2014
Do you know Barney, on Sunday I went to an uncle's house and found out that he is also a huge fan of Enid Blyton... and the best part is he owns a spaniel and named it BARNEY...
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like a great uncle - and a great dog!
Posted by Daniel on November 30, 2014
When and why did Hodder change the orange endpapers to Five On a Hike Together to blue? After all, the orange illustrations inside were retained.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid your guess is as good as mine, Daniel. Spitty, as I rather liked the orange!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 28, 2014
Hello, I just wanted to say that I finished reading The Faraway Tree. I loved it the most till now. So many adventures that I dreamt about them day and night.
Posted by JJAYS on November 25, 2014
I got it now - Hollow Tree House is in the Riddle series. I have it and it's a great book. Good luck, J.
BarneyBarney says: It was retitled The Riddle of the Hollow Tree for the Riddle series, but anyone wanting the original text should look for a second-hand copy of Hollow Tree House.
Posted by Heidi Wood on November 25, 2014
Hi, I would love to find a copy of Hollow Tree House. Any ideas where I might find this? Thanks, Heidi.
BarneyBarney says: Hollow Tree House is out of print, Heidi, but you should be able to find copies for sale on eBay or Abebooks. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Tuliana on November 23, 2014
I love The Riddle that Never Was. It's so exciting.
BarneyBarney says: The original title was The Mystery that Never Was, but it was changed when six stand-alone books were put together and altered to form the "Riddle" series.
Posted by Freda on November 22, 2014
Hi Barney, just a quick 'thank you' to your master for all the hard work involved in putting together the latest Winter Edition of The Enid Blyton Society Journal for us all to enjoy. In particular, the tribute to Mary Cadogan by Norman Wright was both interesting and very touching. Thank you. Freda
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
Posted by Indrachapa on November 21, 2014
Hi Barney! Are there any Enid Blyton museums or exhibitions anywhere?
BarneyBarney says: There are no Enid Blyton museums but there is going to be an Enid Blyton Exhibition at the Canterbury Beaney from January 17th to April 19th 2015.
Posted by Indrachapa on November 21, 2014
Hi Barney! How are you? I'm a great fan of Enid Blyton. Umm... what is Adventurous Four?
BarneyBarney says: Click on the Adventurous Four button (above the Message Board) and you'll soon find out!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 17, 2014
Hi! I just started reading The Faraway Tree. It's quite amusing and of course charming.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had a wonderful imagination. I'd like to visit the Land of Juicy Bones and the Land of Long Walks!
Posted by Snehalathanair on November 16, 2014
Yes, I have The Christmas Book - the lovely, old edition - about a family who enjoy Christmas adhering to all the old customs, written in that beautiful way only Enid Blyton can.
Posted by Maureen on November 15, 2014
Does anyone have information on Enid Blyton's Christmas Book?
BarneyBarney says: You can find out about it in the Cave of Books, Maureen. The text of that book has also been included in a recent Hodder publication, Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories, together with other Christmas tales.
Posted by Freda on November 14, 2014
Hi Barney, I have just read Jane Jannson's posting on 28th October 2014. What an excellent tribute to Enid Blyton and so very well put together. As you say, Barney, many will agree with Jane's comments, myself included. Freda
Posted by Jorge on November 13, 2014
Hello, can anybody help me with the following? I have something which I believe could be interesting for the right collector or museum. I have some rare memorabilia from Enid Blyton and the Five Find-Outers mystery series. It consists of 3 etching plates from illustrations by Joseph Abbey from the books The Mystery of the Secret Room and The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. Is anybody interested, or able to tell me what to do? Thanks, Jorge.
Posted by Farwa on November 13, 2014
Just wanted to say that I've been reading some recent messages on the Message Board, and I love Barney's helpful and funny answers! Thank you, Barney - you make a great part of the Enid Blyton Society! I'm also glad the that the website is running again.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Farwa. All the best societies have a dog!
Posted by Freda on November 12, 2014
Hi Barney, Many thanks for your prompt response - I'm sending you a nice juicy bone. Freda
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda!
Posted by Freda on November 12, 2014
Hi Barney, Just looked in the Fireside Journal section and noticed that the Winter 2014 edition has been published. Is it due to go out in the post soon? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Journal 55 should be back from the printer's any day now, Freda, so copies will soon be winging their way all over the globe!
Posted by Keith Robinson on November 12, 2014
Daniel (and others who are wondering), please note that the Further Illustrations are now back online. I disabled them temporarily because that page was being attacked by a spammer and using a lot of bandwidth, but I believe that spammer has now been clapped in irons. I can hear him being frogmarched away, muttering, "It's a fair cop, guv'ner..."
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for restoring the Further Illustrations, Keith. It's great to see them back! What a pity I didn't get to bite that spammer's ankles. I suppose they'd have tasted of spam!
Posted by Daniel on November 11, 2014
What has happened to the illustrations provided for each of the Famous Five novels? I went today to check some illustrations and found that one could not reload pages as in the past to see the illustrations. There is a link for 'illustrations' but it seems to be inoperative. Please advise.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry about that, Daniel. We had some technical problems and the "further illustrations" for all the books were temporarily disabled. However, they should be back soon so please keep checking.
Posted by Val on November 7, 2014
Hope someone can help me? I am after a full page picture of a chap called Daffy. He has a home inside the trunk of a tree and is cooking dandelion stew I think. Can anyone give me more information on this delightful character? He could be an elf or a mole. Thank you.
Posted by Conway on November 3, 2014
Will there be an Enid Blyton Day 2015?
BarneyBarney says: We can't say for definite at this stage I'm afraid, but we didn't have an Enid Blyton Day this year or last year because it has become harder and harder to find speakers. But with several new projects on the horizon, e.g. proposed Famous Five and Faraway Tree films, and a Famous Five musical, it's possible that people might be willing to come and speak about those in future years. Only time will tell.
Posted by Barney on November 1, 2014
It seems that the threat of ankle-biting has done the trick! I hope I'm not speaking too soon but the forums appear to be working again! That has put a wag in my tail!
Posted by Barney on November 1, 2014
Hi! Just wanted to say once again that we're aware of the problems with the discussion forums, which have been down for three days now. Very sorry about that but the website hosts are experiencing problems and they're working to try to get things fixed as soon as possible. With any luck, the forums should be back in a day or two. Thanks for your patience. The Message Board and the main website (Cave of Books, etc.) are unaffected and are operating as normal.
Posted by Luna on November 1, 2014
Thank you Enid Blyton for creating all of these books that everybody enjoys immensely and I also want to say thank you Barney for your kind answers!
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks, Luna.
Posted by Courtenay on November 1, 2014
Patricia, I don't think Enid Blyton ever referred to the Tovarich Troupe in her books. She did write many stories featuring circuses and circus acts, including acrobats. However, as far as I'm aware, none of these have a family troupe of acrobats like the Tovariches, either under that name or another. I might be wrong, though, if anyone else can enlighten us further!
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall Enid Blyton mentioning the Tovarich Troupe either, though she did create a wonderful circus dog named Lucky!
Posted by Lucky Star on November 1, 2014
Hi Barney. Thanks for the update on the forums. Hopefully they will be back soon. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms here. Bite some ankles, that might help. Lol.
BarneyBarney says: Biting ankles is a great idea, Lucky Star! I'll get Buster, Loony, Timmy, Scamper, Lucky, Crackers, Shadow, Topsy, Bobs and all the other Blyton dogs to help me! Maybe even some frustrated human forumites would like to join in!
Posted by Poppy on October 31, 2014
Thanks for that Barney. Looking forward to seeing the forum back up and running!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Poppy. We're expecting the forums to be back in action sometime this weekend. Claws crossed that everything will be sorted out sooner rather than later!
Posted by Patricia on October 31, 2014
I am interested in any Enid Blyton books with reference to the Tovarich Troupe.
Posted by Barney on October 30, 2014
Hi! I don't often post on my own Message Board, but people may have noticed that the website forums have been down for about 48 hours now. Sorry about that but the website hosts are experiencing problems and they're working to try to get things fixed as soon as possible. With any luck, the forums will be back soon. The Message Board and the main website (Cave of Books, etc.) are unaffected and are operating as normal.
Posted by Victoria on October 29, 2014
I am from Uruguay and I would like to acquire the book Hollow Tree House, preferably in Spanish. Could you help me? I cannot find it in my country. Looking forward to hearing from you, Victoria Ghiazza.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether Hollow Tree House was translated into Spanish, Victoria, but your best bet would be to try the equivalent of eBay and Amazon in South America and Spain.
Posted by Gillian on October 29, 2014
I have been turning out the loft and have found two Enid Blyton Jigsaws from my childhood. I was born in 1950. I don't want to sell them but would be very interested to find out more about them. The first is 12 piece plywood and I have found from this website that it is Noddy at the Police Station made by BeStime in 1953. The second is the one that I am really interested in as I cannot locate it on the above website nor can I find it by Googling. It is the same size and number of pieces as the above jigsaw and features Mr Bumpy's Bus. I am wondering if anyone knows anything about it. I do have part of the box, just the top with the picture on it, the sides are completely white with no words, pictures, etc. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: It's great that you still have those jigsaws, Gillian. The Bumpy and His Bus one dates from 1950 and can be seen in the Cave here.
Posted by Luna on October 28, 2014
I love the Malory Towers Collection. Absolutely amazing and exciting though in some of the final books like Winter Term at Malory Towers I got a few shivers down my spine!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad the Malory Towers books have brought you so much pleasure, Luna. People tend to think of all twelve books as a series these days, even though only the first six were written by Enid Blyton. The last six titles were written by Pamela Cox in 2009.
Posted by JaneJansson on October 28, 2014
Enid Blyton must have had an extraordinary and unique brain. Her books for children are so diverse and her writing so prolific that it is impossible to think of any other writer who could produce such a constant flow of work. She claims not to have planned each book and the fact that she could write a Famous Five story in less than a week seems to indicate that this was the case. She seems to have had a vivid and complete image of the world she was creating. If she could create a whole 'world' for just one set of books it would have been impressive, yet she created dozens of 'worlds' that she appears to have been able to conjure up in her mind's eye and return to again and again at will without becoming confused. Each of her series of books has such a different and recognizable tone - even when the stories are about a group of children having an adventure as so often was the case - each set of books 'feels' very different. I liked the Famous Five, the ...of Adventure books, and the 'Secret of...' books as a child, but returning to these stories as an adult I'm impressed by how the sets of books are so very different in tone and style from each other. Enid's books are simplistic, obviously designed for children and often criticized but there is a genius in her ability to create such complete worlds I feel.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely message, Jane, and I'm sure that many would agree with you wholeheartedly!
Posted by Jane on October 21, 2014
Hi, I have been scouring sites for the Adventure Game 8 book series and I ordered one and it came without all the equipment. Does anyone know where I can get these from please? I just want to have a little bit of my childhood and be able to pass it on to my niece xxx Thanks x
BarneyBarney says: I'm very sorry you didn't receive the equipment, Jane. You frequently find the book without the equipment (which has often got lost over the years) but it's hard to find the equipment without the book. If you decide to buy any more of these games, it's worth contacting the seller to ensure that all pieces of equipment are present before buying.
Posted by Aminmec on October 20, 2014
Hello Shailaja. Nice to learn you are a Blyton fan from India like me. It would be great to exchange more information. Do message me if you wish. Thanks.
Posted by Sue Webster on October 20, 2014
Hi Ana. Glad to hear you would like the books. When you have signed up on the forums and sent me your address in a private message then I can send the books off to you. Cheers.
Posted by Ana on October 18, 2014
Hi Sue! Sorry for the (very, very) late reply! :D Four years, that's a lot of time! I would LOVE to have those books, but I've tried getting some books from Amazon, I got them, but after a lot of problems, turns out there's some technical difficulty or something in the post office. Thank you so much, Sue, for offering! :D (I don't know how to send a PM by the way...help, Barney?)
BarneyBarney says: Are you a member of the forums, Ana? If not, you'll need to register (it's free of charge). Sue is on the forums as "Susan Webster", and you can click on her name and send her a PM (private message).
Posted by Shailaja on October 17, 2014
Hi, I am Shailaja from Mumbai, India. I am so thrilled to know that an Enid Blyton Society exists. I spent my childhood reading all her books and my favorites were the "Five Find-Outers" and the "Famous Five" series. They introduced me to the wonderful world of books. They gave me a chance for imagination and I enjoyed narrating them to others. I am 51 years old but still enjoy these books even now and encourage children to read them. Truly books can reach any part of the world and bring immense joy.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to hear from you, Shailaja, and to know that you're passing on your love of Enid Blyton to others.
Posted by Cathy on October 16, 2014
To Paula - the Shuddering Mountain and Whispering Island games are for sale on Amazon.co.uk, there are a few listed as very good condition and they are very cheap. Admittedly you'll be buying the whole game again but at least you'll have all the bits!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Cathy. You're as good as a dog any day!
Posted by Sue Webster on October 16, 2014
Hi Ana. Has it been 4 years since I said I could have sent you some books - 2010? Well, I do have some books if you would like them. I have First Form at Malory Towers, Fifth Formers at St.Clare's and Claudine at St. Clare's by Enid Blyton and The Sixth Form at St. Clare's by Pamela Cox. if you would like them can you send me a private message through the forums with your full name and address, and I will send them.
Posted by Paula on October 15, 2014
I have the Shuddering Mountain game book and the Whispering Island game book but am missing the equipment cards for these (lunch box, torch card, etc...) Does anyone know where I can get them? I tried to print them off but cannot match the size of the torch and compass and I'm also missing the dice. My 8 year old daughter loves those books and wants to read nothing else. Thank you.
Posted by Nadia on October 15, 2014
Hello! I have ordered the book The Mystery of Banshee Towers which is the last of the Find-Outers books :( ... I can't wait to read it because the Find-Outers series (in my opinion) is Enid's most exciting and fun series of books. I have loved every single one of them :) P.S. I'm so glad this site exists. It shows me that heaps of people from around the world still love Enid's books, just like me! From Nadia.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you like the website, Nadia. Enjoy reading the book!
Posted by Peter on October 14, 2014
Thanks, Barney. Apparently Peter and stoat go to the bottom of the garden, they hold hands and fly off to the Land of Always. Gnomes paint wings of butterflies. Ring any bells, please?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone can help, Peter. Just in case the story might be by another author, there is a book listed on Amazon called Wings! or The Land of Always-Will-Be by Winifred A. Cook. I've no idea what it's about though!
Posted by Gill on October 14, 2014
Could you tell me if a printer's error on the front of an annual makes it more collectable? I have a 1980 annual with the date missing. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Things like that are quite interesting but rarely add to the value - unlike with stamps which have mistakes!
Posted by Peter on October 13, 2014
Hi. My wife loves Enid Blyton books and wants The Land of Always. Could anyone give me any information please? Bought the DVD of The Faraway Tree. Also found the book but no information on "Always". Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Your wife might be thinking of The Land of Far-Beyond, Peter. Spoiler warning: The review in the Cave of Books gives away the plot.
Posted by Kate F. on October 13, 2014
Just read Five on a Treasure Island after reading that the Famous Five were Alan Cumming's fave childhood books. Curious, it was published in 1942, yet no mention of WWII raging, gas or food rationing, father and uncle not in British Military, family on vacation in Dorset and Scotland travelling in "large car"...was this explained when the first book was published? Are there any other "Five" books that mention the war? Very curious.
BarneyBarney says: Is Dorset mentioned in Five on a Treasure Island? I don't recall that. Enid Blyton's books are often unashamedly escapist, taking young readers away from life's troubles while at the same time keeping them on the edge of their seats. The world of Five on a Treasure Island is idyllic, depicting life in a little seaside village in a warless early 1940s.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on October 13, 2014
I wonder what's happened to 'please' and 'thank you' these days!!!
BarneyBarney says: Maybe Enid Blyton's story Polly's Ps and Qs ought to be required reading!
Posted by Eishan Khandait on October 11, 2014
I want analysis, summary and an explanation of the poem 'The Caterpillar and Butterfly' by Enid Blyton. A student of South Point, Kolkata.
BarneyBarney says: You'd better read it, analyse it and write up your thoughts, then!
Posted by JWG on October 11, 2014
I remember a television version of The Island of Adventure... only a submarine was sunk at the end and the uncle turned out to be somewhat murderous (and ends up being knocked down a well). Is this correct? Or is my memory wandering?
BarneyBarney says: You're thinking of the 1982 TV film of The Island of Adventure. It does feature a submarine and a murderous character who is knocked down a well - though the murderous character is not the uncle. Unfortunately, the video is hard to obtain and the film has never been released on DVD.
Posted by Paris on October 10, 2014
Hi Barney! I don't know if you'll remember me, but I used to post a lot on this site about a year ago. I have a dog called Barney, if that helps. I've been rereading a lot of Enid's books, and thought of this website. I just wish that she was still alive and writing, but hey! She has written so many fabulous books that it doesn't really matter. Paris
BarneyBarney says: I remember you, Paris! A friendly wuff and a wag of the tail from Barney to Barney!
Posted by Ana on October 9, 2014
Ahoy there, Barney! You calling me a bookworm is a GREAT compliment, thanks! :D I was scrolling through messages of 2010, feeling so immature looking at messages of back then! I mean, seriously? Asking you if you were real and can type? Bet you used to think I'm pretty strange. And as I scrolled with spotlight search, I saw messages that I had never answered. :( I feel so guilty. Sue, if you're hopefully reading this right now, I just want to say that I would have been VERY glad if you had sent me some books if I had read your messages. Hiba, yes I am from Qatar. By golly I feel so upset, anyway. Thanks for posting this, Barney. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: People think I'm "pretty strange", being a typing dog who reads books! ;-)
Posted by Ana on October 8, 2014
Hello Barney! Hadn't time to come on much, homework and stuff. I'm really, really proud to say that I've finished all the Enid Blyton books I could think of or that were available for sale! Do you know any other books like Enid's that I could read? I'm currently reading the Narnia series, and they're great! After that I'm probably going to read Hunger Games. I just wish Enid was alive and writing. :( Oh well, she left behind a long trail of glory. Rest in Peace Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: You are a bookworm, Ana! I don't know what you've read already, but if you like older adventure books you might enjoy Malcolm Saville (Lone Pine series and Jillies series) and Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons series). If you're a fan of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia you might also enjoy books by E. Nesbit (e.g. The Enchanted Castle and the Five Children and It series). Thinking about modern authors, Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series is very popular. Alex Rider has one exciting and fast-paced adventure after another. You might also like the Joshua Files series by M. G. Harris.
Posted by Julie on October 8, 2014
Hello. My brother Dan will be 50 next month. When he was born I was reading an Enid Blyton tale about a gnome called Diggitty Dan. To this day, my brother is known as Digs. Would love to find him the collection with the story of Diggitty Dan in it but can't remember which collection it was. Have searched and Googled Diggitty Dan with no luck. If anyone can help I would be delighted. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Julie.
Posted by Lubaina Bandukwla on October 5, 2014
Hi. Just wondering, is the "Riddle" series (The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby etc.) an original Enid Blyton series, or is it a series that has been written like so many new Malory Towers, Noddy etc. under her "brand"?
BarneyBarney says: The "Riddle" series was created in 1997 from six stand-alone books by Enid Blyton. Each book was re-written to form a series featuring the same characters. The Riddle of the Rajah's Ruby was originally Adventure of the Strange Ruby.
Posted by Nadia on October 1, 2014
Hello! I just had a thought - where did Enid's parents get the name 'Enid' from? Thanks, from Nadia.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know why they decided on that name, but it was more popular in days gone by than it is now.
Posted by Dinuri on October 1, 2014
I love reading your stories, especially the Famous Five and the Mystery series. Is it hard writing all of those books?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968 but the best of her lives on in her books, which continue to enthrall children worldwide. She found that stories flowed readily out of her mind, almost faster than she could type, and she was capable of writing a Famous Five book in about five days.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on September 26, 2014
Hello, meeting you all after a long time. I just finished reading 'Thirteen O' Clock'. What is a daffodil clock?
BarneyBarney says: I think you mean a dandelion clock, Rupsa! As explained in the story, the dandelion forms a head of fluffy white seeds. It's customary to pick a dandelion and blow hard at it until all the seeds are gone. You count how many puffs it takes, and that's supposed to tell you what "o'clock" it is - e.g. if it takes five puffs before all the seeds are gone, it's five o' clock!
Posted by Paul on September 25, 2014
I don't know if Enid Blyton knew this when writing the Secret Seven but the name Pamela is a literary name - like Vanessa and Jessica and Arline, it was invented for a book or poem or play or opera.
Posted by Farwa on September 21, 2014
Hi Barney, are the Enid Blyton Society and 'EnidBlyton.net' website in any way related?
BarneyBarney says: They're separate but we tend to think of EnidBlyton.net as our "sister site". EnidBlyton.net was set up by Keith Robinson, who is also the webmaster for this website.
Posted by Linda De Permentier on September 20, 2014
As a child (45 years ago) I read The Green Storybook in the Dutch version. I've been searching for years to find a copy, but without success. Finally I find this site and hope someone one can advise me if copies are still available and where. Thanks in advance. I'm from Belgium, Antwerp region.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your search, Linda. Is there a Dutch eBay or equivalent, where you could look out for the book? If not, I hope someone can help.
Posted by Prachi on September 19, 2014
Enid Blyton, I am a great fan of your books since my childhood days. Your books have always been very amazing. LOVE YOU.
Posted by Pip on September 19, 2014
Many thanks, Barney, for your reply. I have purchased a copy of The Land of Far-Beyond and look forward to reading it for my friend. :)
BarneyBarney says: That's great, Pip! I'm sure your friend will find it very special.
Posted by Pip on September 17, 2014
A friend of mine who is nearly blind would like to hear The Land of Far-Beyond. Has it ever been recorded on audio of any format, please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I haven't heard of an audio version of that book. If there isn't one available, maybe you could get a copy of the book and record yourself (or someone else) reading it? It's a great story.
Posted by Louise on September 16, 2014
Hi, is The Land of Far-Beyond, first published in 1942, a first edition if it's published by Methuen and Co Ltd, London? Kindest regards, Lou.
BarneyBarney says: Not necessarily as there may have been a number of printings, but it should have the original text.
Posted by Crystallmaze on September 14, 2014
Does anyone have any of the original Mary Mouse strip books for sale? These were illustrated by Olive Openshaw. As a child my mother bought me the complete set ( costing 1/-) but over the years they have been lent out and sadly not returned. I would be very grateful to know if anyone still has these lurking in a cupboard. crystallmaze@gmail.com
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, but your message might be seen by more people if you put it in the "Wanted" section of our forums.
Posted by Pollyanna on September 9, 2014
Regarding the poem, I managed to get the correct first two lines from my Mother and then was able to track it down. It is called 'The Face' and was actually written by Edward Wyndham Tennant, a First World War poet! Still, at least she has the poem now. I still love Enid Blyton books. They were one of the things I made sure weren't thrown away when I moved recently, despite my sister's best efforts!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for letting us know, Pollyanna. I'm glad you were able to track down the poem - and save your Enid Blyton books!
Posted by Mudit on September 6, 2014
I want to read Five Find-Outers books written by people other than Enid Blyton because I have read the real ones 40 times each! Help!
BarneyBarney says: If you joined the Enid Blyton Society you would be able to enter the Secret Passage on this website. We have a lot of continuation novels there, including Find-Outers books written by Trevor Bolton, Robert Houghton and Julie Heginbotham.
Posted by Afrin on September 3, 2014
Enid Blyton wrote the best books in the world. I love her books. I almost have all of them.
Posted by Pollyanna on September 2, 2014
My mum, who is 94, is continually trying to remember a poem she thinks was written by Enid Blyton. It is about a wonderful face, fairest of faces, and ends along the lines of 'and whose is this face - my mother's'. Can anyone help, please, as she thinks I can find anything on the net for her! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone recognises the poem, Pollyanna.
Posted by Shruti on September 2, 2014
SORRY Barney, I forgot to mention my hometown. I am from Odisha, India. Thanks to Sudarshan. If I ever get a chance to go to Bangalore I'll surely check out the place he mentions.
Posted by Farwa on August 31, 2014
Did Enid Blyton write any other song books?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, take a look in the Cave!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on August 30, 2014
Barney, did Enid Blyton write any songs?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton wrote a number of songs. Often she only wrote the lyrics but sometimes she composed the tunes as well, eg. for Responsive Singing Games (1923).
Posted by Lesley Caffrey Leukaemia Charity Shop on August 29, 2014
Hi, I was wondering if you could give me a rough idea on the price for the little books listed below as we are a charity shop raising funds for leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and naturally I would like to get as much money as possible for them. The Noddy Shop Books no 5, 3, 2, 1. Kindest, Lesley
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to give valuations, and these books are difficult as they originally belonged to a boxed set of five books which was brought out in 1958. You can get an idea of the price by looking at listings of those books on sites like eBay and Abebooks. Good luck with the sale!
Posted by Shruti on August 28, 2014
Thanks for replying, Barney, but Amazon or eBay India hardly have a good collection of used books. I will keep on looking in the used book shops for now.
BarneyBarney says: I hope you find some more Enid Blyton books, Shruti. Sudarshan has posted about a bookshop in Bangalore, but you don't say what part of India you're from.
Posted by Sudarshan on August 28, 2014
Has Blyton ma'm written any book(s) in any other language than English? Shruthi, if you live in Bangalore you have an extraordinary bookstore that has a grand collection of Blyton books. I just bought two second-hand Mystery books (Five Find-Outers and Dog) today! It's in 10th Cross Malleshwaram Bangalore. Good luck.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote her books in English but they have been translated into many other languages.
Posted by Nadia on August 28, 2014
It's good to hear that The Island of Adventure won an award! I just finished that book a few days ago and it was AMAZING. I now want a pet bird that talks - just like Jack had in the story.
BarneyBarney says: I must admit that Kiki is almost as good as a dog!
Posted by Shruti on August 27, 2014
Friends, anyone from India please kindly suggest where can I get old or used editions of Enid's books. I have exhausted all used book shops near my place and it has been about a year since I laid my eyes on a Blyton book.
BarneyBarney says: If you can't find second-hand Enid Blyton books locally, why not try online sites like eBay or Amazon or equivalent?
Posted by Sox on August 27, 2014
Found the Faraway Tree and it brought me back to my childhood days. I imagine what it looks like on the big screen...it was fantastic! Thank you for this webpage. Glad that there is something to remember Enid Blyton by.
BarneyBarney says: I've been looking for the Faraway Tree all my life!
Posted by Nadia on August 27, 2014
Did any of Enid Blyton's books win awards? If so, which ones?
BarneyBarney says: The only literary award Enid Blyton ever received was in America, for Mystery Island (The Island of Adventure retitled). It was awarded a prize by the Boys' Club of America for being one of the six most popular books of 1947.
Posted by Dr. Soheyl Sheikh on August 25, 2014
Nice to see this site. Didn't know it existed. I'm a 45 year old who has grown up on Enid Blyton's books. Last vacation, I'd gone home to visit my parents and got out my book collection, of which around 200 of them were Enid Blyton's. I re-read The Secret Island and was transported back to my childhood, when, unlike now, we as children would be in the frame of mind as Enid Blyton would put it, "Oh tomorrow, do come quickly!" She was a genius.
Posted by Darlene on August 24, 2014
I didn't know anything about Enid Blyton books until one day my grandson received one in the mail from the Create organazion for children who are in care. Anyway he loves them, and is intending to do a 3 minute public speaking speech about the Marshmallows Land from the Faraway Tree book. Good job everyone.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your grandson is enjoying the books, Darlene. Good luck to him with his speech!
Posted by Barney on August 22, 2014
Hi, it's Barney here. Except for writing replies I don't often post on my own Message Board, but I thought I'd better point out that a number of messages people have sent haven't made it onto the board lately. In some cases the writer hadn't put a proper email address, and in other cases the messages amounted to little more than chit-chat between friends. If you want your message to be approved, please include a genuine email address and make sure that your message is appropriate for an Enid Blyton website. A wuff of thanks in advance! Barney
Posted by Sue on August 20, 2014
I wish they would bring out all the Enid Blyton books on DVD not animated.
BarneyBarney says: They'd have to film them first!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on August 9, 2014
Hello! I am Ruprekha, Titli didi's (Rupsa's) sister. Nice to meet more Blyton fans.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Ruprekha! I hope you enjoy looking at the Cave of Books, the Author of Adventure, etc.
Posted by Miriam Weber on August 7, 2014
Just wanted to say thanks to the people who responded to my query of the 1st. Tix's comments especially were very enlightening as a way to try and tell authors on unnamed books - good to have some pointers and yes I can see now how I got confused, but that this book isn't an Enid Blyton! Thank you, Miriam.
Posted by Christelle on August 5, 2014
I have The Smugglers' Caves and Other Stories, 1st edition! What should I do with it?
BarneyBarney says: Er... Use it as a doorstop? A paperweight? A flower-press? A fan? Or better still, read it!
Posted by Tix on August 4, 2014
On Aug 1st, 2014 Miriam Weber wrote: “ … I have a book published by THOMAS NELSON & SONS called MR WHY & MR WHAT… my understanding was that it was by Enid Blyton…” Enid Blyton’s name hasn’t always been attached to her stories but there are subtle clues that can help to judge authenticity and the book in question contains several, although one can never be 100% certain of anything. The main character is a small girl called Dorothy Hamilton but she’s nicknamed ‘Blinkie’ because she blinks a lot when asking questions. Do those names reek of Enid Blyton? The style of writing doesn’t relate to our author - “The nursery door opened and Mummie’s pretty golden head came round the corner.” I can’t see Enid Blyton putting “Mummie’s pretty golden head,” and notice the spelling of ‘Mummy.’ The ‘God’ references seem out of place. Has anyone heard of Blyton characters going “A-Maying?” I’ve never observed “popinjay” in an EB book and it certainly isn’t in “Robin Hood” because I’ve read that one; his merry men displayed their archery skills by shooting at garlands of roses - not ‘Popinjays’ although admittedly, the May Queen was crowned with a garland. EB has described plenty of flowers in Enid Blyton's Nature Lover’s Book and other works, but I can’t recall her informing us about the Opium Poppy before today. What’s a quern? That’s a word I haven’t come across in Blyton. Inside The Christmas Book and others, we learn about the “mistle thrush” and not the ‘missel thrush’ as printed in the Thomas Nelson, and Enid Blyton clearly states the Dutch people have always called SOanta ‘San Nicolaas’ as opposed to ‘Sannik’lass’ which is a subtle point but worthy of note. Old Nature Tales, whilst looking familiar title-wise, contains the work of such artists as Alan Wright and Josephine Young whose names I’ve yet to see in an EB production, and finally, the Blyton tales were usually reprinted but I’ve never seen Mr Why and Mr What in any of the collections, despite it being a hefty ninety pages plus.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for taking the time to examine the book, Tix!
Posted by Farwa on August 4, 2014
Hello Barney! I just wanted to ask if Enid Blyton ever mentioned time travel in any of her books, magazines, stories, or any other place. It would mean a lot to me if you give some information on this.
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall time travel featuring in any of Enid's stories, Farwa.
Posted by Neeru on August 4, 2014
Hello, I just visited Golders Green crematorium, trying to pay my respects to Enid Blyton, but the office there said they had no record of her cremation and neither are her ashes there. They have tried looking at their records with other names but have been unsuccessful because lots of people have shown up looking for her. Does anyone know if she was cremated under a different name? Help... Neeru.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I have no information other than what is printed in Barbara Stoney's Enid Blyton - the Biography: "... some three months after being admitted to a Hampstead nursing home, she [Enid Blyton] died peacefully in her sleep on November 28th, 1968. Only Enid's family and close friends were present at her cremation at Golders Green in North London, but her memorial service at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, on January 3rd of the following year, was attended by representatives of her many publishing houses and of the four children's clubs with which she had for so long been associated."
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on August 3, 2014
To answer the question posted by Miriwm Weber, I have seen this book on Ebay, and all it says is various authors.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on August 3, 2014
Hello Barney. I just finished all three of the Galliano's Circus books. I wanted to know why Enid mostly featured spaniels and terriers in her books. It seems that they are the only pedigree dogs in the world.
BarneyBarney says: Enid had several dogs of her own and all of them were terriers or spaniels (I think), which explains why those breeds crop up so often in her books.
Posted by Miriwm Weber on August 1, 2014
Hi, I have a book published by THOMAS NELSON & SONS called MR WHY & MR WHAT and it includes 5 OLD NATURE TALES also. Was part of a "Good Luck" series. There doesn't appear to be any authors recorded and for some reason my understanding was that it was by Enid Blyton. Do you or anyone know anything about this book or know who wrote it? Thanks for your help. Miriam
Posted by Grahame Wickings on July 31, 2014
I would like to obtain a copy of The Book of Brownies, the 1926 edition as illustrated here on the website with the red spine. My brother had an identical copy long since lost when a child and loved it and I would like to replace it for him. Any help would be much appreciated. Kind regards, Grahame.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on July 31, 2014
Hi Barney. Remember me? Long time no see. I just finished The Land of Far-Beyond. One of Enid's more tragic works. I mean thirty percent is not so good, right? It is a sort of incomplete novel I feel.
BarneyBarney says: Of course I remember you, EB'sGF! The Land of Far-Beyond is rather sad and solemn in places, but it's a gripping story nevertheless. Very different from most of Enid Blyton's other books.
Posted by Sue Webster on July 29, 2014
Hi Barney, Can you tell me if the Lisa Newton book Felicity in the Third Form is still available and where I could possibly get a copy? Has anyone got a copy they don't want?
BarneyBarney says: It's only available in our Secret Passage, Sue. It's a digital book that Society members can download, along with other books by Lisa Newton and other writers.
Posted by Sue on July 28, 2014
Hi Barney, I have been sorting out my cupboards and sorting out all my Enid Blyton books. Some are doubles and date back to the 1950s. Is there anyone out there who would be interested in buying? Most are the Mystery books with Fatty, Pip, Larry, Daisy, Bets, Buster, Mr Goon, etc. Email: suep19@sky.com
BarneyBarney says: I've included your email address so people can contact you if they wish, Sue, but messages on this board quickly move down as new ones are posted, and I think you might get more response if you posted in the "For Sale" section of our discussion forums.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on July 26, 2014
Barney, I recently had my birthday and Mrs Snehalatha gave me seven books!! What could be better?!
BarneyBarney says: Em... eight books? ;-) Only joking - that sounds like a super birthday present and I'm sure you'll have hours and hours of enjoyment reading them!
Posted by Paul on July 22, 2014
Some of the Bowdleriser's choices are bizarre. There's no need to hide the fact that the kids in the books use different currency to ours, for example. And I was most annoyed to discover on re-reading Malory Towers that Zerelda had lost her Victory Rolls and now just had some vague "elaborate hairstyle".
BarneyBarney says: That is annoying about Zerelda's hair. There are lots of such alterations. Apparently, in The Enchanted Wood Bessie (whose name has been changed to Beth) now has pizza at her birthday party in the Land of Birthdays.
Posted by Nadia on July 22, 2014
Hi - did Enid visit Australia during her life? I'm guessing she didn't but just wondering because that's where I'm from.
BarneyBarney says: No, Enid Blyton never went to Australia.
Posted by Meg on July 21, 2014
Does anyone know if Enid Blyton wrote a short, illustrated story about a mean cake shop owner who is horrible to the young animal characters who gaze longingly at his cakes through the shop window? One night he has a nightmare in which the cakes have all come to life and tell him off. After this he, of course, gives the "children" cakes. It has beautiful illustrations!
Posted by Farwa on July 21, 2014
I am sorry about Linda's mother, since Parkinson's is an awful disease. I pray that she may get better, Linda. Sorry I'm a bit late saying this, but I haven't looked at the Message Board for some time.
Posted by Michael on July 19, 2014
Thank you for your help with my two queries.
Posted by Michael on July 19, 2014
Thank you for your reply to my query dated July 18th 2014 but do you know any actual addresses where Enid Blyton stayed in Swanage? Please email me if necessary.
BarneyBarney says: They weren't private houses so there's no harm in naming the places on the Message Board. Enid Blyton and her family stayed at the Ship Inn, the Grosvenor Hotel and the Grand Hotel. Not all of those hotels still exist. They also stayed at the Knoll House Hotel in Studland Bay.
Posted by Michael on July 18, 2014
Did Enid Blyton actually live in Swanage(does anyone know an address?) or did she just holiday there?
BarneyBarney says: No, Enid Blyton never lived in Swanage or any part of Dorset. She just used to holiday there.
Posted by PrettyGirl on July 17, 2014
Did Enid Blyton make any autobiography of herself because I am doing a project about her? Please answer, from PrettyGirl.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote an autobiography called The Story of My Life. Unfortunately it has been out of print for years, though second-hand copies may be available. You can find some information about Enid's life on this website - click on our 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left).
Posted by Ruth on July 17, 2014
Could you please tell me what the name of the book is, that tells about Enid Blyton's life in Bournemouth?, Dorset, that I saw on Tuesday please?
BarneyBarney says: I wasn't there at your heels on Tuesday but the book might have been Enid Blyton and her Enchantment with Dorset by Andrew Norman (Halsgrove, 2005) or The Dorset Days of Enid Blyton by Vivienne Endecott (Ginger Pop Promotions, 2002). Enid Blyton never lived in Dorset but she went on holiday regularly to the Swanage area, and she and her husband Kenneth bought a golf club and a farm in Dorset.
Posted by Don Massimo on July 17, 2014
I am so sorry! But I consider myself to have a new friend in heaven now.
Posted by Don Massimo on July 16, 2014
For many months, being in Italy, I was too busy to read your continuation novels. Now in Sri Lanka I have more time and I am very happy to read some of them. I began with Felicity in the Third Form. How nice it is! Really Lisa Newton can recreate the same spell as Miss Blyton! I should so like to make friends with her but I know by experience how these things are difficult!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind words, Don Massimo. I'm sorry to have to tell you that Lisa Newton died some years ago. She had written her four Malory Towers sequels with the intention of submitting them to the publisher of the Malory Towers books, but she discovered that Pamela Cox had already been commissioned to write sequels. She then approached Tony Summerfield and was pleased when he suggested that the books be put up on the website as serials. Sadly, Lisa Newton died before the first one went up but her sister, who gave us permission to continue with our plans to serialise all four titles, will be glad that the books are bringing such pleasure to Blyton fans.
Posted by Abbie on July 15, 2014
Hello, I love your books and I have read all of them. My favourite book is The Magic Faraway Tree and also the Secret Seven. I hope you can make one more book, I would love to read again. Well, it was a pleasure to write to you and I hope you can write back. Yours faithfully, Abbie xx
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton died in 1968, but the best of her lives on in her books and she continues to bring joy to children around the world. You can find out more about her life and work by clicking on our 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left).
Posted by Nadia on July 13, 2014
Hi! Do you know if Enid had a favourite piece of writing that she wrote? If so, what? :)
BarneyBarney says: We don't know which of her books, stories, poems, etc. Enid Blyton liked best. However, she said in an interview that her favourite character was George of the Famous Five.
Posted by Collyforbla on July 13, 2014
Barney, I was wondering if it will be possible to read the earlier 'Bill's Diary' journals for the years prior to those currently in the 'Continuation' section of the website? I realise they may be in one or two past editions of the Society Magazine - but those of us just coming to the website recently will not have had a chance of seeing them. Collyforbla.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for your enquiry. I'm sorry, but the early 'Bill's Diary' entries are only available to those who buy the relevant past issues of the Journal.
Posted by Paul on July 13, 2014
Enid gets criticised for showing almost all of her authority figures - such as policemen and parents - in a relentlessly good light, which looks bad in the modern era where we openly acknowledge that many police and parents have caused harm to children, but in the 1940s and 50s there were rules against showing people in authority in a bad light - I think Enid only got away with Mr Goon because he has no real authority when compared to Jenks and in the end the police always get the villain.
BarneyBarney says: I don't really see what you're getting at. Most police and parents weren't/aren't out to cause harm, so characters who are only in the background of the narrative are likely to be presented as simply doing their job. Where they play a more prominent role, we get a mixture of personalities. Mr. Goon is not the only bumbling policeman - we also have Mr. Plod in the Noddy books, and one or two village policemen in the Famous Five series who don't believe the children's tales of strange goings-on. Parents aren't portrayed "in a relentlessly good light" either - just think of Quentin Kirrin, the Sticks, Mr. Curton and Jo's father in the Famous Five series, Rose Longfield in the Six Cousins books, the parents of the Six Terrors in The Six Bad Boys, the parents of several of the girls in the various school series, some of the mothers and fathers in the Pink-Whistle stories, etc.
Posted by Linda on July 12, 2014
Many thanks to Farwa for identifying the story 'The Quarrelsome Brownies' and to Barney for the book links. I immediately recognized the cover to My Enid Blyton Storybook (c) 1953 when I saw it, and the Table of Contents reminded me of the remaining stories in that collection. I have found and ordered a copy through Amazon in the USA where we have lived for many years now. I am so looking forward to reading the story to my mother when it arrives. She has been suffering from Parkinson's for years but has kept her sense of humour and I can't wait to hear her contagious laugh when she hears that story once again. That will make my Dad smile, too! Thank you again for your help.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you've found a copy of the book, Linda, and I'm sure your mother will enjoy hearing the story once again.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on July 12, 2014
As a child was Enid Blyton interested in books?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid loved reading when she was a girl. Among the books she read were Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies and Louisa M. Alcott's Little Women. She liked the characters in Little Women because they seemed "real". Enid also enjoyed myths and legends, poetry, annuals and magazines. She was fascinated by Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopaedia, which gave her a thirst for knowledge and taught her a lot. Among her favourite books were Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books and R. M. Ballantyne's The Coral Island, but the one she loved best of all was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. You can find out more about Enid Blyton's childhood and her life as a writer by clicking on our 'Author of Adventure' button.
Posted by Don Massimo on July 12, 2014
Thanks! I agree! In fact I myself have written so far nine short novels strongly inspired by hers. Unfortunately I cannot translate them into English! But the characters are both Italian and English and some of the stories are in Italy and some in England. Readers appreciate them very much. So I feel her as a near person and pray for her as for a dear aunt. Now I am thinking about the tenth novel.
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your writing!
Posted by Don Massimo on July 11, 2014
When in Italy I had no time to read Enid Blyton's works and about her. In Sri Lanka I have more time. I have read something unpleasant about her life. I understand that not all in life can be well done, but some judgments about her behaviour towards her second daughter and her first husband might be unfair. Or we might say that her imagination redeemed something wrong in her life.
BarneyBarney says: Although Enid Blyton does appear to have been harsh to some family members, I don't think we can judge her as we only have a sketchy idea of what went on. What's important to fans is that the best of her lives on in her books, and through her wonderful stories and characters she continues to enthrall, educate and inspire children all over the world.
Posted by Nadia on July 10, 2014
Thanks! Hee-haw! I can't believe I couldn't work that out, it's so obvious. Oh well, thank you. :)
Posted by Nadia on July 10, 2014
Hi! Can anyone help? I've started reading The Secret Seven Short Story Collection which is really good. There are six stories of the Secret Seven in it and the first story is 'The Secret of the Old Mill.' Here is the problem: on the last page of 'The Secret of the Old Mill' Enid Blyton writes that the Secret Seven have changed their password which begins with an H and ends with a W and has something to do with a donkey. Does anyone know the answer? I can't work it out!
BarneyBarney says: Think of the noise a donkey makes!
Posted by Kate on July 8, 2014
Hi there, do you know of an Enid Blyton book that was illustrated by Alan McClure?
BarneyBarney says: I just checked the Cave of Books but didn't find anything illustrated by Alan McClure.
Posted by Farwa on July 8, 2014
Thanks Barney, I found my time zone and I was able to register. :-)
Posted by Farwa on July 7, 2014
Hi Barney! I wanted to join the forums, but I was confused about the time zone part. The time zone here is West Asia Standard Time, but this wasn't mentioned in the options. Can you please help me?
BarneyBarney says: I'm confused. Are you saying it's necessary to choose a time zone before you join the forums? Once you've joined, you can just go to "User Control Panel" and then "Board Preferences", and there are 40 time zone options to choose from. I'm sure one of them must match yours!
Posted by Billy the Dog on July 7, 2014
Interesting article in the UK Sunday Times yesterday, Barney. Possible discussions about a West End musical about the Famous Five. If they go ahead with it, will you be up for the part of Timmy? You may need a doggie suit to look like him, but you've got an advantage - you know all the words.
BarneyBarney says: That's interesting, Billy. We'll have to keep our eyes peeled for further news. As you're a dog too, maybe I'll see you at the auditions! ;-)
Posted by Farwa on July 7, 2014
Hi Barney, who is the owner of this website?
BarneyBarney says: Tony Summerfield, who runs the Enid Blyton Society, owns the website.
Posted by Farwa on July 6, 2014
Linda, the story you mean is 'The Quarrelsome Brownies' from Enid Blyton's book The Flyaway Money and Other Stories. Hope you find this book and are able to make your mother laugh. No doubt, it is a hilarious story.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much, Farwa. That story has appeared in other collections too - Linda might like to check out this link.
Posted by Snehalatha on July 6, 2014
What a lovely thought of yours, Linda, to bring laughter to your mother. God bless you for that - it really brought tears to my eyes. Unfortunately I'm not able to help you with the book which has the story you want - you may be able to find it some day soon.
Posted by Fara Qureshi on July 6, 2014
Hi Barney! How are you? I am a big fan of Enid Blyton. I am really curious to know which was Enid's last book which she wrote just before her death, and how she died. :( It would be a great pleasure if I got an answer to my question. Thank you and I love Enid's books. :D
BarneyBarney says: Except for a few short Noddy picture books, Enid's last books were re-tellings of Bible stories - The Boy Who Came Back and The Man Who Stopped to Help. Her last novel (or novella, as it's quite short) was The Hidey-Hole. Enid died peacefully in her sleep at a nursing-home. She had been suffering from dementia for some years.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on July 6, 2014
I checked the dates of events which took place in Enid Blyton's family. Why isn't the exact date given of Enid's father's birth?
BarneyBarney says: It's possible that the exact date isn't known.
Posted by Linda on July 6, 2014
Can anyone tell me where I could find the story about two brownies who have a dispute over whether to make a blackberry pudding or a blackberry pie? It was in an Enid Blyton collection of stories my mother used to read aloud to me and my siblings and she always starting laughing so hard when she read that story that she could hardly finish reading it to us. She is quite elderly now and I'd love to find that story to read to her and make her laugh. Thanks for any help you can offer!
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone recognises the story, Linda.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on July 4, 2014
Why did Enid Blyton love her father more than her mother?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was closer to her father because they shared a lot of interests. He took her on nature walks, taught her to play chess and encouraged her to read widely, garden and play the piano. Her mother was very houseproud and thought Enid should be devoting more time to domestic chores, which Enid resented.
Posted by Paul on July 4, 2014
Did Enid feature short wave radio at all, either characters listening to it, or characters transmitting to other characters through short wave?
BarneyBarney says: Characters communicate via radio in books like The Island of Adventure and Five on Kirrin Island Again, but I don't recall whether Enid Blyton mentions anything about wavelength.
Posted by Nadia on July 4, 2014
Did Enid Blyton dedicate her entire life to writing stories?! It seems she wrote book after book and series after series. I love her books (they're the only books I read.) My favourite books she wrote are the Five Find-Outers and my favourite character is Mr Goon. He just cracks me up :) Every time he says "clear orf" or "that toad of a boy" I just laugh. I wish I knew how Enid wrote books. Every time I want to write a book I don't know what to write about and give up. People today love singers, movie stars, etc. But I love and look up to Enid Blyton. (If you're wondering how old I am, I'm 13.) I reckon I'll keep reading Enid's books into my teens and beyond. (Sorry this is so long.) :)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was certainly devoted to her writing. It was a full-time job for her, but a job that she loved. Even when she was a child, stories would flood into her mind as she lay in bed at night - and as an adult she had no difficulty in thinking of plot after plot. I hope your love of Enid Blyton lasts your whole life! Many fans have found that they never grow out of her wonderful books.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on July 1, 2014
To CPP, the only books I can think of are the Famous Five ones, where you helped to solve the mystery, and you turned to various pages in the book depending on how you wanted the mystery to go. These books also came in a plastic folder.
BarneyBarney says: Are you talking about the Famous Five Adventure Game books, Julie, which were published in the 1980s? Good thinking - they may well be what CPP is looking for.
Posted by CPP on June 30, 2014
Hi, Can anyone help?! I remember a book from my childhood. I am sure it was about the Secret Seven and it came in a plastic folder with some additional tools such as a green, torch-shaped piece of plastic used to crack a code within the book. The book had different paths you could go down to try and solve the mystery. Ring any bells? Thank you!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on June 30, 2014
Thanks. Mrs Snehalatha has the biography, so she said that she will lend it to me in a couple of years.
Posted by Paul on June 26, 2014
Would anyone know the value of Newnes Pictorial Knowledge, seven volumes, H. A. Pollock General Editor with Enid as associate editor?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't do valuations, Paul, but some dealers have found Newnes Pictorial Knowledge hard to sell - probably because the volumes are bulky, have very little Enid Blyton content and cost a lot to post. Nevertheless, they're nice books to have.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on June 25, 2014
Barney, are there any biographies written on Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: Yes. The best one is Enid Blyton - the Biography by Barbara Stoney. Enid Blyton also wrote her autobiography, The Story of My Life, though it has been out of print for years.
Posted by Nadia on June 22, 2014
Hi! Enid Blyton was an amazing writer. Did any of her family members become writers too?
BarneyBarney says: They didn't become full-time writers, but both Enid Blyton's daughters (Gillian Baverstock and Imogen Smallwood) wrote books about their mother. Enid's granddaughter Sophie Smallwood wrote a Noddy book (Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle) to celebrate Noddy's 60th anniversary.
Posted by Eddie on June 19, 2014
Thank you whoever you are! The Land of Far-Beyond is the book I was after! Thank you so much!
BarneyBarney says: Delighted to be of help!
Posted by Eddie on June 19, 2014
I had a book that I can't find. It had a yellow cover, with a long stairway on it, and was about 100-200 pages. It was a single story. It was about a journey where a group of children get to meet various strange people living in some alternate world, some of the people were like sufferers and weird, some were happy and kind. They had to go through some difficulties and there was a kind of happy ending. I don't remember the details but it was very meaningful and I want to re-read it to see whatever I can make of it now. Any idea which book it was?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't remember a cover like that, Eddie. It's possible that the book wasn't by Enid Blyton - but maybe someone reading this will recognise it anyway. You could check out The Land of Far-Beyond and The Yellow Fairy Book in the Cave of Books, because both of them involve children going on a journey and encountering difficulties, but I'm not at all certain that either of those is the book you're looking for.
Posted by Bet on June 15, 2014
Hi Barney, when I was small I had a book of short stories that I loved... my favourite was one about how the sparrow got his black bib. I've looked everywhere but can't find what this was called. Could you help?
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of 'Little Black Bibs' from The Adventures of Pip, or a similar story about Dame Kind-Heart which is also called 'Little Black Bibs'. 'The Sparrow Children' is another possibility. If you put those titles into the "Search the database" box in the Cave of Books, you'll see what books they appeared in.
Posted by Jane Jansson on June 13, 2014
Hi Barney, Enid wrote so many books. I know she was able to write with seeming incredible ease and flow. However, I wonder if she had a structured programme to her writing? To me a lot of her 'Famous Five' books are set at Easter and her 'of Adventure' books with Kiki the parrot are set in the summer. Did she timetable her writing so she wrote a Noddy in one month, a Secret Seven another month, a Famous Five the next, etc etc? She certainly doesn't seem to have spent a whole year exploring one set of characters in multiple books as most authors would. It seems an incredibly complex way to work, with plenty of room for confusion. I wonder how disciplined she was regarding planning her whole oeuvre? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: That's an interesting question, Jane, and very difficult to answer. Tony Summerfield's Illustrated Bibliography (four volumes) gives details of which month each book was first published, but that doesn't give us much idea of when each book was written. After all, Enid Blyton had many different publishers and some may have held particular titles for some months, e.g. so they could be released coming up to Christmas. Also, some stories were serialised in magazines before coming out in book form. As far as the main series are concerned, they were begun at different times and there were different numbers of books in the various series.
Posted by T. S. Adarsh on June 12, 2014
Barney, who gave you this pretty name? Enid Blyton, how did you ever manage your time by writing so many books? I have also been lately writing a book but my time is not with me. Please reply to my doubts, T. S. Adarsh, your great fan.
BarneyBarney says: Dogs are named by their masters or mistresses. I'm fond of my name, especially as I share it with a popular circus-boy! Enid Blyton died in 1968, though the best of her lives on in her books. Writing was a full-time job for her, and most days she used to write from after breakfast until tea-time, with only a short break for lunch. Stories would flood into her head so fast that her typing fingers could just about manage to get them down on paper.
Posted by Siobhán on June 11, 2014
Hello! On the page about the Faraway Tree series on this site, it says Blyton published a book in the mid-1930s about two children and a Faraway Tree. Just wondering, what is the name of the book? Or was the story published in a magazine?
BarneyBarney says: On the Faraway Tree page it says, "The first title of the main trilogy, The Enchanted Wood, was published in 1939, although the Faraway Tree and Moon-Face had already made a brief appearance in 1936 in The Yellow Fairy Book." Since that page was added to the website, more information has come to light so what is written there is not accurate. Later copies of The Yellow Fairy Book (which has also been published under several other titles including The Queer Adventure) do indeed feature the Faraway Tree and Moon-Face, though they only appear fairly briefly. However, it was recently discovered that they didn't appear at all in the first edition. The story was changed at some point to include the Faraway Tree and Moon-Face. The alteration was made during Enid Blyton's lifetime, so presumably she approved of it.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on June 11, 2014
Barney, what was Enid Blyton's first book?
BarneyBarney says: It was a book of poetry called Child Whispers, published in 1922.
Posted by Nadia on June 10, 2014
Hi! I haven't read an Enid Blyton book for a while and want to get back into reading them. I'm 13 turning 14 and am wondering if you could help me find books for my age group. Thanks! I really appreciate your help :)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton felt that her Barney Mysteries (The Rockingdown Mystery, etc.) were for older readers, so you might like to start with those. The Adventure series consists of meaty adventures too, and there is plenty of drama in the Malory Towers series. Some of Enid's most mature stories are her books about families and social problems, e.g. The Six Bad Boys, The Family at Red-Roofs, House-at-the-Corner and the two Six Cousins books.
Posted by Pam on June 9, 2014
I have a bundle of Sunny Stories books from my childhood reading. I was wondering if a collector would be interested in them, they are from the 40s-50s.
BarneyBarney says: You could try listing them in the "For Sale" section of our forums if you like, Pam. Alternatively, you could put them on eBay and put a link to the sale in a forums post.
Posted by Nadia on June 9, 2014
Hi, I was wondering if you knew where Enid Blyton got her inspiration/ideas for writing her books? She wrote so many of them! She would have had to think of a different plot, different characters, etc. for each book. I know she liked the mystery theme and had similar kids in most of her books, but still!! What a talented author. :) Probably one of the best. Also, I'm just curious... I know that 'Blyton' was Enid's maiden name and that she got married, so why do all her books say 'Enid Blyton' on them instead of what her married last name was? I hope this isn't confusing, but I've wondered this for a while now, thanks. :)
BarneyBarney says: If you click on our 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left) you'll find some information on Enid Blyton's life and writing, Nadia. She was already becoming known as a writer before her marriage, so she must have decided to keep the name Enid Blyton professionally. Many authors do the same.
Posted by Enid Blyton Boy on June 6, 2014
Hi Barney, I was wondering how to play Enid Blyton's game 'woo-hoo-colly-wobbles'. It features in her book The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters and I was wondering if anybody had made some rules to fit the game so I can play it with my brothers and sisters. Thanks, EBB.
BarneyBarney says: I think you'll have to make up your own rules, but be careful - it sounds very boisterous!
Posted by Christina on June 5, 2014
I am desperately trying to find the audio book of The Secret Island for an eight year old client so we can listen to it during our sessions. He only likes factual books and finds reading difficult. I thought this would get him into reading fiction as my children loved it (we borrowed the tape off of a friend but this was many years ago). Any suggestions where I might get this? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Audio books turn up quite frequently on eBay and Amazon. Alternatively, why not check with the dealers listed under Lashings of Links (see button over on the left)? Good luck with your search.
Posted by Ana Asif on June 4, 2014
Barney, did Enid Blyton REALLY write that fast?! That's just so...WOW! Mainly, I've heard of authors taking six months to write books much shorter than Enid's. Which book did she write that Monday to Friday? I'd really like to know! :D
BarneyBarney says: All I know is that it was a Famous Five book.
Posted by Sudarshan on June 4, 2014
Barney, in the translated books, have the sub-languages used by Enid Blyton (like she had used three or four sentences of French in The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage and many others) been translated too?
BarneyBarney says: That's an interesting question, Sudarshan, but it's impossible to answer without seeing various translations of the books. Different translators may have made different decisions concerning phrases in other languages. Perhaps someone reading your post will have some information on that.
Posted by Chloe Spruzen on June 4, 2014
Dear Enid Blyton, I love your books because they're adventurous. I was wondering how long it takes for you to write one of your books. I have read all of them and enjoy all of them. I'm turning eight this year and I would love to hear back from you.
BarneyBarney says: Have you really read all of Enid Blyton's books, Chloe? Gosh, you must spend all your time reading! I'm afraid Enid Blyton died in 1968, but the best of her lives on in her books. Children all over the world love her wonderful stories. Enid wrote very quickly. Stories flooded into her mind, and she could just about type fast enough to get them down on paper. Once, someone asked to have a meeting with her and she said she couldn't see them that week, because she was planning to start writing a new Famous Five book on Monday and she would have to get the whole thing finished by Friday lunchtime so she could play golf with her husband in the afternoon!
Posted by Aradhna on May 30, 2014
Hi Barney! Just wanted to let you know how big a fan I am and to thank you for creating and maintaining this website. I have a quick question. How many books did Enid Blyton write? Thank you again. :)
BarneyBarney says: See the reply I gave to Nadia earlier today!
Posted by Jarold on May 30, 2014
Hmmm, I have just read all the chapters of the Secret Seven. It's so amazing to read books like the Secret Seven, Famous Five and Naughtiest Girl. I'm eager to read all Enid Blyton's books.
BarneyBarney says: Sounds as though you've got many happy hours of reading ahead of you, Jarold!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 30, 2014
Thanks! I just finished reading Shock for the Secret Seven. It's so mysterious.
BarneyBarney says: The books about dogs are the best ones!
Posted by Nadia on May 30, 2014
Hi! I was just wondering how many books Enid Blyton wrote?! I know it's around 700-800, but is there an exact amount? :) What an amazing writer to have written so many books!
BarneyBarney says: People often say "about 700", but it's hard to come up with an exact number because Enid Blyton wrote articles, poems, plays and whole magazines as well as books. Some of her books were just picture books with very little text, and some short stories were reprinted numerous times in different compilations. What we can say is that Enid Blyton wrote over 180 novels and around 4,000-5,000 short stories.
Posted by Nigel Rowe on May 29, 2014
Some interesting posts of late - which would make interesting threads for discussion on the forums. Can I suggest that some of you post your points there? I'd love to reply to some of them, but the message board isn't really suitable for a prolonged discussion.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 28, 2014
Barney, how did Enid Blyton die? Very sorry to ask this. :-(
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was admitted to a nursing home in Hampstead in the late summer of 1968. She died peacefully in her sleep on 28th November 1968, at the age of 71.
Posted by Sarah on May 28, 2014
Hi Barney, did Enid Blyton make any autobiography because I am doing a project on her?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, Enid Blyton wrote an autobiography called The Story of My Life. It's out of print now, but you might be able to find a second-hand copy. There is also some information about her life on our website - click on the 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left).
Posted by Paul on May 26, 2014
Isabel: I would guess that Enid kept war and popular culture references to a minimum, simply out of sensitivity to her child readership. When you are looking to escape from the scary reality of your house in London being bombed out and yourself having been evacuated to the country to live with strangers, you don't want to be reminded of it by your favourite author.
Posted by Isabel on May 25, 2014
I know the first Famous Five book was published in 1942 but what era are the books set in, the 1930s?
BarneyBarney says: No, the Famous Five books are not set in the 1930s. Although they were written between the 1940s and the 1960s they're actually pretty timeless, with few references to popular culture and no war. There is some slight progression though - ponies and traps give way to cars, and television is mentioned (as a novelty) in the sixth book.
Posted by Julie on May 25, 2014
Hello, How can I tell what edition I have for Enid Blyton books?
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately publishers weren't consistent about the way they dated books, so it's not always easy to tell. Some publishers simply continued putting the first edition date in every printing! As a rough guide, take a look at the date (and other details if given) at the front of the book and check things like the price (if still attached) and other titles listed in or on the book. Scans of first editions can be seen in our Cave of Books, and detailed descriptions of them are given in Tony Summerfield's Illustrated Bibliography (4 volumes, available from our shop).
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 24, 2014
Barney, were any of the book characters influenced by real humans?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, some of them were. Click on our 'Author of Adventure' button, then on 'Enid the Writer', and then scroll down to point 6 - 'Which of Enid Blyton's Characters Were Real?'
Posted by CJ on May 24, 2014
I have finished reading the Famous Five series and want more books to read. I am 15 years old. What books do you recommend for me?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean more Enid Blyton books, have you tried the Adventure series, Barney series or Six Cousins books? If you mean books by other authors, you might like the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
Posted by Sudarshan on May 24, 2014
Thanks again, Barney. I think the book my uncle remembers must be Five Go Down to the Sea in which they go to Tremannon Farm.
Posted by Ana on May 23, 2014
Barney, had Sue Heap illustrated any of Enid Blyton's books? I ask this because I read a Jacqueline Wilson book, (Double Act) and some of the illustrations were vaguely similar to one or two of Enid's books. Speaking of illustrations, we had a debate about them in our class, I didn't know which side to support. They give you an idea of approximately what's going on, but then they destroy imagination as well. What do you think? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Sue Heap hasn't illustrated any Enid Blyton books as far as I know. Neither has Nick Sharratt, who is perhaps the best-known illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson books. Regarding pictures in books, they might influence the reader's imagination but I don't think they can be said to destroy it.
Posted by Sudarshan on May 22, 2014
Barney, my uncle who is a great fan of Blyton seems to have lost one of his books of the Famous Five collection and is not able to remember the name of it. But he told me that the Five in the book go to a farm called the Pentanon Farm. Can you please tell me the name of the book?
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall a Pentanon Farm, Sudarshan. The Five go to various farms including Tremannon Farm (Five Go Down to the Sea), Finniston Farm (Five Go to Finniston Farm), Olly's Farm (Five Go Off to Camp) and Magga Glen Farm (Five Get Into a Fix), so perhaps your uncle is thinking of one of those.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 21, 2014
Barney, are Blyton's books available in Bengali (because I'm one of them)?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know whether any of Enid Blyton's books have been translated into Bengali, Rupsa. You could try searching online, or ask at your local bookshop.
Posted by Sudarshan on May 21, 2014
Thank you for the information, Barney. I have another question for you. Have the characters' names given by Enid Blyton been changed in the translated edition? I am asking it with curiosity.
BarneyBarney says: It depends which language you're talking about, but the names of characters and places are often altered in translation. In French, Mr. Goon in the Find-Outers books has become Monsieur Groddy, and Kirrin in the Famous Five books has become Kernach. There are many more changes too.
Posted by Teddy on May 20, 2014
Right, Barney! I have ordered the book, and will send you some good scans when I receive it.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for the offer, Teddy, but Tony Summerfield found he had included details of The Enid Blyton Holiday Book (Purnell) in his Illustrated Bibliography, so it has now been added to the Cave and can be seen here. I hope you enjoy becoming reacquainted with the stories and illustrations when your book arrives.
Posted by Wendy on May 20, 2014
Hi Barney - thank you so much for your reply! I'm sure Sally will be thrilled to find the book again. Wendy
Posted by Wendy on May 19, 2014
Hi everyone - can you help? My friend read a book (she thinks maybe it was in a set of three) by Enid Blyton which had a man living in the woods with a pet squirrel? Can anyone tell us the title of the book/series? Thank you! Wendy
BarneyBarney says: Your friend is probably thinking of The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, Wendy. Tammylan the "wild man" lives alone in a cave on the hillside - or in a willow house in the summer. His friends are the birds and animals of the countryside, and at one point he rescues a baby squirrel whose mother was killed in a trap. Four siblings named Rory, Sheila, Benjy and Penny get to know him and he teaches them about nature. There are two sequels - The Children of Willow Farm and More Adventures on Willow Farm.
Posted by Sudarshan on May 19, 2014
Are Enid Blyton's Story series available in DVDs even now? If yes, are they available in India?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean by "Enid Blyton's Story series", Sudarshan. If you do an internet search on "Enid Blyton DVD", that will show you what has been released. If ordering online from a seller abroad, you should be able to email the seller and check whether he/she posts to India.
Posted by Teddy on May 19, 2014
Hello again! Just an update on my search. TG, you were right about the 'Gold for Everyone' story, but it was in a different book. Going by your tip about it being The Sixth Holiday Book, I searched around for it, and quite by chance found the actual book: simply Enid Blyton's Holiday Book, published by Purnell in the 1970s. It contains 'Gold for Everyone' and the story about the late child, 'It Was Much Too Soon'. I'm not sure if it is on this website... I would be happy to forward a picture etc if you would like to add it! Thanks again TG, I wouldn't have found it if it hadn't been for you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you've been able to identify the book, Teddy. As far as the Cave of Books is concerned, we don't have all the short story collections that were published after Enid Blyton's death (though we do have many of them). If you could send us a good cover scan and things like list of contents and date of publication, that would be great, thanks! You'll find our email address under "Contact Us" (at the top of the page).
Posted by Teddy on May 19, 2014
Thanks TG! I will check out The Sixth Holiday Book - hopefully it's the one!
Posted by Maria on May 18, 2014
Can anybody help me find a story about a princess who comes to a village for tea, and two ladies are competing to whose cottage she goes to for that tea? They clean and scrub their cottages but during the night a neighbour has a fire or some disaster and have nowhere to go and end up staying at the cottage of one of the ladies and make a mess of it. However, it is her cottage the princess has tea in because she was so kind. I remember this from a story book I had as a child but I cannot remember what it was called. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The story you're looking for is 'The Day the Princess Came' and it can be found in these books.
Posted by Amanda on May 16, 2014
Can someone tell me the name of the Mary Mouse book where there was a birthday party and Teddy the Bear burst a button off his coat?
BarneyBarney says: There have been numerous reprints of the Mary Mouse books so that story probably appears in several editions, but it's definitely in The Adventures of Mary Mouse published by Ravette Books in 1991. The chapter is called 'Melia's Birthday Party' and Teddy the Bear is very greedy as he eats "sixteen cakes, fourteen sandwiches and two jellies"!
Posted by TG on May 16, 2014
On May 14th 2014, Teddy asked about an ‘Old Enid Blyton Picture Book’. It’s easy to mix up details of stories if they haven’t been read for a long time but these two might fill your requirements. Enid Blyton wrote about ‘Rilloby’ who can’t be trusted to do what he says he will. He makes promises but rarely, if ever, fulfills them so his friends and associates turn the tables by planning a wonderful birthday party for him. He can rely on his pals to supply everything – even a conjuror, and he can invite all of his relations. Unfortunately for poor Rilloby, they ‘forget’ what they promised! Other characters who feature are Dame Get-Along, Mister Doodle, Pippy, Dame Ricky, Mister Mean, Jinky, Mrs. Thimble, Trotty, and Aunt Jerusha. The carriage drawn by mice is actually on the ‘Sixth Holiday Book’ cover and inside there’s a ‘cute little fairy’ who trips through the woods singing about gold and meeting up with a wizard called Gold-Fingers. One could imagine her hair is red but I think the orange flower she wears as a hat could have stimulated the description. Titles: ‘He Couldn’t be Trusted’ and ‘Gold for Everyone.’
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, TG. That book can be seen in the Cave, here.
Posted by Paul on May 16, 2014
Was religion that big an aspect in many of Enid's stories? Such as going to church, the concept of Heaven, etc?
BarneyBarney says: Church-going is mentioned briefly in a few books, but not much is made of religion in the major series. It features more in the Lutterworth Press books about families and their doings (House-at-the-Corner, Hollow Tree House, Those Dreadful Children, etc). Lutterworth Press had previously been called The Religious Tract Society and they asked their authors for books with a religious element. The Land of Far-Beyond is strongly religious, having been loosely based on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, and there is a touching scene about making a promise to God in The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor. Enid Blyton also retold Bible stories.
Posted by SarahJenny on May 15, 2014
Hi, I'd like to know if there is a melody version of the 70s show title theme (do you say it like that?) If this is so please tell me where I can get it. Or alternatively you could tell me if the notes for the song are available so I can learn it for my guitar. Thanks a lot. Sarah
BarneyBarney says: I assume you're talking about the 1970s Famous Five TV series, SarahJenny. I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Eshanee on May 15, 2014
I am searching for the stories of Bob and Belinda - brother and sister. Can't remember the name of the book.
BarneyBarney says: You're nearly there with "Bob", Eshanee - the boy is Billy-Bob, and the book is Billy-Bob Tales.
Posted by Sudarshan on May 15, 2014
I have just started reading Enid Blyton's books and I have come through this doubt many a time - were the writings given by Enid Blyton edited or published directly?
BarneyBarney says: During Enid Blyton's day, the books seem to have been published the way she wrote them (Enid's typescripts of some books have survived). Since her death, the texts have been altered several times to update the language.
Posted by Teddy on May 14, 2014
Hello Barney! I'm hunting for an Enid Blyton picture book that my gran used to have. She got rid of it (without telling me!) because it got so old and tatty. :( It was a pale turquoise book, roughly A4 and hardcover, and had the most beautiful pictures. I remember two stories from it. One was about a child who was always late, and missed going to a fairy party because of it. I particularly remember the big picture of a beautiful fairy in a carriage drawn by white mice. The other story was about a cute little fairy with red hair who was dancing through a wood singing about gold. A bad wizard heard her, and caught her so she would tell him where the gold was. It turned out to be a field of buttercups! I can't remember the name of the book, but I was wondering if anyone could please help me with the title - I have been looking all over the place, but no luck! I loved that book, and would be so grateful for any clues.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to identify the book, Teddy.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 13, 2014
Barney, are the locations in Blytons real? If so, where are they?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's locations are mainly fictional, Rupsa, though some were inspired by real places. Kirrin Island in the Famous Five books was inspired by an island Enid saw in Jersey, and Peterswood in the Find-Outers series appears to have been loosely based on Bourne End in Buckinghamshire. The farm in Five on Finniston Farm was modelled on Manor Farm in Stourton Caundle in Dorset, which was owned by Enid and her husband Kenneth. Whispering Island in Five Have a Mystery to Solve was based on Brownsea Island in Dorset.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on May 12, 2014
Is there a map of Peterswood?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton books don't tend to include maps of the locations - probably because she wasn't precise about settings and distances but instead let them evolve as needed for her plots. Peterswood is thought to have been inspired by Bourne End in Buckinghamshire (Enid Blyton lived there for some years in a lane leading down to the river, and places like Marlow, Maidenhead and Burnham Beeches are not far away). However, it seems that she just gave Peterswood a flavour of Bourne End and didn't try to replicate real roads and buildings.
Posted by Louisa Mareyam Hadden on May 11, 2014
Why do people change the names of Enid Blyton's books?
BarneyBarney says: Only a few titles have been changed, probably because the publishers felt that the original title was now old-fashioned or didn't quite sound right. For example, The Secret of Killimooin was altered to The Secret Forest because Killimooin is a strange word and doesn't give people any idea about the setting of the story.
Posted by Angela Mitchell on May 11, 2014
After having a clear out I found Enid Blyton's Noddy Theatre with two booklets - very well used and loved. Because of the use of Golliwog is it okay in this day and age to offer it? Angela
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's fine to sell golliwogs or items containing golliwog pictures, Angela. Most online sellers either include images or mention that the item features gollies. That way, buyers know what they're getting.
Posted by Anna on May 11, 2014
I vaguely remember the Wishing-Chair but not clearly. I also read the Famous Five (when I was a child) but only as an adult read a few more of her books which I discovered recently including Buttercup and the Moon and a book on a fox called Reynard (I cannot remember the exact title and need to find it). Buttercup and the Moon is very interesting to me even as an adult. I think Enid Blyton was a brilliant writer. I enjoyed her books and resent the criticism levelled at her. Regarding her family life and the criticism of her by one of her daughters, I think one must not judge her. She was under a lot of pressure to write and her first marriage broke down. She had problems, due to her husband's drinking I think. It's very sad and what led to her husband drinking after the First World War, after all he was a Major. It is difficult to find the ideal partner and these things happen. She was a really prolific writer and worked for charity. I admire her, she achieved a lot.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know if it will help, but I put "Reynard" into the search box in the Cave of Books and came up with this list.
Posted by Anonymous on May 11, 2014
I would like your opinion as to whether you think Enid Blyton was a racist. I do not. On the contrary, having a gollywog in Noddy made it more interesting and that black children could mix and fit in. I loved her books when growing up and still do, and have discovered a few which I never read then. In fact I read most of the books in the school library years ago where I discovered her books, they were very popular then (overseas). There is a lot more to be said. I think she was brilliant and I do not know how she managed to write so much and have two marriages and fit in so much and children.
BarneyBarney says: Like you, I don't believe that Enid Blyton was racist. She welcomed and corresponded with readers from all over the world and was delighted that her books were read by children abroad as well as in Britain. At the time she was writing, golliwogs were popular soft toys and children loved them as they loved their other dolls and teddies. Therefore, Enid Blyton naturally included them in her books about toys - as did numerous other authors. Some critics have remarked that Enid Blyton's characters are predominantly white, but Enid of course was of her time and was simply portraying the society she saw around her. She is sometimes criticised for including a black villain in The Island of Adventure, but what's wrong with having villains of varying nationalities? Other books contain foreign characters who are presented as friendly, clever, brave and honest - these include Mafumu (The Secret Mountain), Oola (The River of Adventure) and Boobanti (The Mystery of the Strange Bundle).
Posted by Sara on May 10, 2014
Hi - does anyone know the name of the story where Noddy paints himself into the corner of the room and the titles of any books it will be in - old or new?
BarneyBarney says: That story is called 'Noddy Gives His Little House a Summer Cleaning' and it can be found in Enid Blyton's New Big Noddy Book (No. 4).
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 9, 2014
Oh! It would be amazing to be a Find-Outer. Thanks for the clue.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on May 8, 2014
At what age did Enid Blyton die?
BarneyBarney says: Why not turn yourself into a Find-Outer, Rupsa, and try to find the answer for yourself? Clue: Look in the 'Author of Adventure' section!
Posted by Susan on May 6, 2014
Hello Barney! Why do all the names of animals in Brer Rabbit begin with Brer? What does it mean?
BarneyBarney says: Heyo, Susan! "Brer" is short for "Brother". Some of the stories also feature Sis Cow, "Sis" being short for "Sister". Brer Barney sounds mighty fine, don't you think?!
Posted by Maisietares on May 4, 2014
Why did Enid Blyton start writing stories?
BarneyBarney says: Click on our 'Author of Adventure' button (over on the left near the top of this page) and you'll see a section called 'Enid the Writer' which should be of help.
Posted by Ana on May 3, 2014
I just wanted to ask, has Enid ever written a diary, and if so, was it ever found? Also, was Enid a fan of makeup? The picture does show her wearing a heavy red lipstick. Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton did keep diaries for much of her life, but they weren't very detailed and only a few have survived. Enid liked to wear make-up as an adult, including red lipstick and red nail varnish, but we know from her books that she didn't approve of young girls wearing a lot of make-up or being obsessed with their looks.
Posted by Sophie Burkett on May 1, 2014
I hope someone can help. My Mum sent a story to Enid Blyton when she was a child that Enid Blyton included in one of her Sunny Stories publications. Mum's name then was Molly Preece and we believe the publication was sometime between 1938 and 1943. Fingers crossed someone can help me find the book. Thanks.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on April 30, 2014
Barney, today our school gave a project topic on Enid Blyton .... I am so excited.
BarneyBarney says: Have fun working on your project, Rupsa!
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on April 30, 2014
I have always regarded the average number of words in Famous Five stories as being 42,000. Five on a Secret Trail is considerably below this number while, as you have pointed out, Barney, Five Have Plenty of Fun is well above.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Trevor. I know you always take into account the length of Enid Blyton's originals when you write your continuation books for the various series.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on April 30, 2014
In answer to S Mmillthorpe, there is a book I've seen published in 1963 called The Empty Cottage - but that was by Brian Read. Maybe this is the book you remember.
Posted by Vishali (to Gina) on April 30, 2014
Gina, I think the average number of words in Famous Five is more or less - 39,250. I hope this helps you!
BarneyBarney says: I am not too sure where you get that figure from Vishali. It sounds a bit low to me as a number of the books had over 40,000 words. The longest is Five Have Plenty of Fun at 46,800.
Posted by S Mmillthorpe on April 29, 2014
I had a book at school in the sixties called The Empty Cottage by Enid Blyton but I can't seem to find it. Hope you can help.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton didn't write a book of that name but she did write several books/stories with the word "Cottage" in the title. You can see them here. There's also a short story called 'The Empty Dolls' House'.
Posted by Natasha S on April 28, 2014
I loved the three Faraway Tree stories as a little girl and have read the stories to all three of my daughters. Unfortunately the version I have bought for my children has changes and I would love to get an original book. Do you know how I would be able to purchase an original book?
BarneyBarney says: Your best bet would be to look for second-hand copies for sale online, Natasha. I'm not sure how far back you have to go to be certain of having the original text, but you could check with the seller that the three main children are called Jo, Bessie and Fanny (not Joe, Beth and Frannie).
Posted by Kwame Aduako on April 27, 2014
I grew up reading Enid Blyton books. Now I have three boys and would like them also to read her books. We are in Ghana, West Africa. Do you know how I can purchase some of her books? If I purchase them online will they be delivered to me?
BarneyBarney says: Before buying any books online it would be a good idea to email the seller, Kwame, to check whether they're happy to send books to Ghana. Alternatively, your local bookshop may be able to order the books for you if they haven't already got them in stock. I hope your sons enjoy Enid Blyton's wonderful stories as much as you did!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on April 27, 2014
Barney, why did Enid Blyton stop writing?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wasn't well during the last few years of her life, Rupsa. She suffered from dementia and became very confused about things, so she was no longer able to write her stories.
Posted by Aradhna on April 27, 2014
I absolutely adored Enid Blyton's books growing up and I still adore them. I'm graduating high school in little over a month's time and I still have all my Enid Blyton books from the time I was a little girl. I refuse to let my mother give them away. I am however quite sad that the books are being updated as I feel they should be preserved in the state Enid Blyton intended but I understand why publishing companies made that decision. I suppose I just wanted a place to express my gratitude to her. She's the reason I started to love reading and she's the reason I still do. So thank you for my childhood and much love to all of you who try to keep her legacy alive. Sincerely, Your biggest fan :)
Posted by Nora on April 26, 2014
Hello! I am currently doing a university project in Spain for which I am analyzing the English version of the Malory Towers series and the two Spanish translations. I need to know if the original books in English have undergone any revision process with vocabulary changes etc. since the first editions were published, but I cannot find it on the internet. Can you help me? Thank you and greetings from Spain! :-)
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I'm afraid the text of the Malory Towers books has been revised, Nora. If you want to be sure of having the original wording, you'd probably need to look for editions dating from before about 1970. Currency updates were introduced in some (though not all) Enid Blyton books from 1971, when Britain adopted decimal currency, though I'm not sure exactly when the money in the Malory Towers books was first changed. Other alterations were made later on.
Posted by Gina on April 25, 2014
What is the average word count for the Famous Five novels?
BarneyBarney says: The books vary a little in length, but at a rough guess I'd say around 40,000 words. Perhaps someone else will be able to give you a more accurate word count. To work it out yourself, take a Famous Five book and multiply the average number of words in a line by the number of lines on a page. Multiply that answer by the number of pages in the book (taking into account things like illustrations, chapter titles and half pages). Repeat that process for several titles from the series. Of course, if you have any of the books in an electronic format you may have access to a word count facility.
Posted by Isabel Czajkowski on April 23, 2014
I am 65 years old and live in the United States. I recently took a Creative Writing class and wrote a children’s book about a creature called a Bunky, he was half bunny and half monkey. I thought I had a unique idea. I had checked the internet for the word Bunky, and all I found was a band in San Diego and a girl on Facebook with the name Bunky. I read my story to the class and they loved it. My teacher encouraged me to send it to a publisher. Before I sent it out, I Googled the word Bunkey, this time with the “E” in it. Much to my surprise and truthfully disappointment, I found that Enid Blyton had written books about a Bunkey back in 1957. I guess it’s really true, in the words of Ecclesiastes “there is nothing new under the sun.” My teacher suggested that I ask your permission to use the Bunky word, and in this case, it is also a character. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Isabel Czajkowski.
BarneyBarney says: Whether Bunky/Bunkey is copyrighted I've no idea, but if you want to check you'd need to consult the copyright holders. Enid Blyton's Bunkey is a Noddy character, and the copyright to the Noddy books is held by Dreamworks Animation.
Posted by Australian Paul on April 21, 2014
I feel very sorry for poor cousin Connie in the Faraway Tree. She's obviously an unhappy, troubled little girl, whose mother is ill, and yet everyone is just beastly to her - including the narrator. I had to point that out to one of my young relatives while we were reading it.
BarneyBarney says: Connie is self-centred, vain and haughty and doesn't endear herself to the others. She sneers at them for being "country folk", dismisses the tales of the Faraway Tree as "silly", "ridiculous" and "stupid", and moans about having to help with jobs around the house. She changes into a "dainty frock" to climb the Faraway Tree even though she has been told to remain in everyday clothes, and she ignores Jo's warnings about Dame Washalot's water and about peeping into the Angry Pixie's house. She is rude to the Saucepan Man and even tries to antagonise the affable Moon-Face. So it's more a case of her bringing trouble on herself than of people being beastly to her. Whenever her poking and prying get her into difficulty or danger, the others always go to her aid and she gradually becomes much nicer.
Posted by Australian Paul on April 16, 2014
Is it known whether Enid enrolled Gillian and Imogen in things like piano lessons and ballet classes, or were those things more common for later generations of little girls?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know, but I suppose most parents would encourage whatever their children showed an interest in. Imogen was keen on horses and she had a pony of her own and used to spend a lot of time at the stables.
Posted by Paul on April 15, 2014
This message is for Sue Webster. Can you contact me through the email that Barney printed below? I am willing to sell the magazines to you for £10 plus p&p if you are still interested and if you can pay through Paypal (free to send money). I would prefer them to go to a good home rather than making loads of money. Paul :)
Posted by Paul on April 15, 2014
Hi Sue, I was hoping to get a lot more for them as I am trying to raise funds to move house. I don't really want to sell them but it's a case of "needs must''. :( I've been and still am a great fan of Enid Blyton and this collection shows it to be honest. :) Barney, where is the For Sale area as I cannot find it? Paul
BarneyBarney says: The For Sale area is here, Paul. You have to register to post on the forums, but registration is free of charge.
Posted by Sue Webster on April 15, 2014
Hi Paul, I could be interested in the magazines but could only afford about a tenner for them. I doubt if you'd let them go for less but if a tenner's okay then it's a deal!
BarneyBarney says: Sorry - I've just realised people need Paul's email address: paul_lucas2001@hotmail.com
Posted by Paul on April 14, 2014
Hello. I have a full set (16) of Enid Blyton's Adventure Magazine that I bought with my pocket money when I was 13 years old (I'm now 40). I made my own folder for them and looked after them very well. All are in an excellent condition. I would like to pass them on to someone else now but have no idea of their value. Does anyone have any idea or would like to make me an offer?
BarneyBarney says: You might have more luck if you post in the "For Sale" section of our forums, Paul. By the way, 17 magazines were published altogether but the first (Five on Kirrin Island) was unnumbered and may have been a pilot issue, only available in some areas.
Posted by APerson on April 14, 2014
Good evening, Barney. My housekeeper happened to clear out all of my old Enid Blyton novels that were stored in the cellar, and I needed to know the exact message Mrs. Blyton left in the third Secret Seven novel. Thank you very, very much.
BarneyBarney says: I'm intrigued as to why you want to know, but if someone has the book with Enid Blyton's note/letter in it, perhaps they would be willing to type it out.
Posted by Snehalatha on April 12, 2014
I agree absolutely with everything Ana said. Today I am able to teach students English only because I am such a voracious reader of dear Enid Blyton. I owe her everything and my teaching career. Thank you, Enid. Be happy wherever you are.
Posted by Ana Asif on April 11, 2014
Hallo again, Barney! I've read a great lot of books since the time I last posted. Most of them were Enid Blyton, though. But I would like to tell everyone about ONE book I came across, it was non-Enid. Still, if people like Enid Blyton that much, they might well like this. I just couldn't put it down! It was the first in the series 'The Land of Stories' by Chris Colfer - The Wishing Spell - and it was marvellous. Anyhow, if you can't find it in stores there is a great app called Scribd. On it you'll find thousands of Enid Blyton books and The Wishing Spell. (I wonder if Barney will let me post my last two sentences, but I figure there is only one way to find out!) Also, I'm currently reading Secret Seven Adventure and there is a page which says 'Illustrated By George Brook', with a picture below. The picture really lets the cat out of the bag as it shows how the necklace was stolen! It is a most annoying spoiler. Anyway, Long Live Enid Blyton! Hip, Hip, Hurray! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I just checked out Scribd and it's an app you have to pay for so I assume it's okay, Ana. I agree that it's annoying when illustrations give away major plot points before you've read the relevant parts of the story.
Posted by Anonymous on April 10, 2014
Hiya Barney, I have loved Enid Blyton for ages and have read all of the Malory Towers and St.Clare's books. I was wondering if she had any similar books to those. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: If you're looking for school stories, there's the Naughtiest Girl series and a one-off book called Mischief at St. Rollo's.
Posted by Peter on April 9, 2014
Hi Barney: I live in Australia and as I have read all of the original EB Secret Seven Books I puchased online two books from the French/ English sequel series written by Evelyne Lallemand and Anthea Bell. The titles are "The Seven And The UFO's" (1992 re-print) and "The Seven Go Haunting" (1st edition 1984). It seems this series is almost forgotten and out of print for 22 years. The stories have a genuine Blyton atmosphere : All the gang are there including Scamper the dog,Jack's sister and her rather odd friend Binkie. It would be great if the series or even some of the stories were re-issued, although I guess they would also be updated to more recent times. I would be interested to know what you and possibly others think. Thanks so much
BarneyBarney says: You have summed this up very nicely yourself, Peter. Nine of the original twelve French Secret Seven books by Evelyne Lallemand were translated into English by Anthea Bell, but they have been out of print for over twenty years. A decision to take them out of print was made about both these and the 18 French Famous Five books by Claude Voilier and I don't think this ever likely to be reversed.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on April 6, 2014
Barney, which type of book do you prefer between school stories and humorous stories?
BarneyBarney says: Both! It depends whether I feel like reading about friendships and drama or about mishaps and mayhem. Of course, the school stories have some humorous happenings in them too!
Posted by Jessie on April 6, 2014
Enid Blyton is my favorite author on my list and I love the books she wrote like The Little Toy Engine and The Brave Little Puppy and I can't forget The Goblin Aeroplane.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you like Enid Blyton's short stories as they're excellent and they don't get as much attention as her full-length books. Regarding your second message (which asked rather abruptly, "Where is my message?"), I'm a busy dog with many rabbits to chase so I can't be on here tapping out replies with my paws all day long!
Posted by Adam Bartoš on April 1, 2014
Hi Barney, in June and July here in the Czech Republic come out the last two parts of the series Mysterious Places. I ask you what part is better, The Mysterious Circus or The Mysterious River, and are there some audio versions of the series? Thank you for your response.
BarneyBarney says: We call that series the Adventure series, and the two books are The Circus of Adventure and The River of Adventure. Both are very good indeed. If you look in our Audio Section you'll see that audio cassettes used to be available for at least some Adventure titles, but they're hard to find now.
Posted by Kate Mary on April 1, 2014
Hallo Barney, I see that some of the short story collections formerly published by Award are coming out this year published by Bounty Books (I thought they were Australian). And they already do the Family books and Riddles series. Is Award no longer with us? Their site has been down for ages and the link has gone from the links page.
BarneyBarney says: You're right that Award no longer publish any Enid Blyton books, Kate Mary. Hachette UK, who own the Enid Blyton copyright, now have control of the books which were printed by Award. Bounty is an imprint of Octopus, which is one of the publishing companies owned by Hachette.
Posted by Hadley on March 30, 2014
Hello. Could anyone tell me if there are any audio versions of the Faraway Tree series of books and where to get them?
BarneyBarney says: There are audio versions narrated by Kate Winslet, available as audio downloads from Amazon. You should be aware that the text has been updated - for example, the children are now called Joe, Beth and Frannie instead of Jo, Bessie and Fanny.
Posted by Bets on March 29, 2014
I have a real name but just call me Bets, one of my favorite characters in Enid Blyton's books. I have two questions: 1. Is Daisy in the Mystery Series fat? In the picture of her on the cover of The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, Daisy has a double chin. 2. Who is Theophilus? I think Barney the dog is cute, like Buster.
BarneyBarney says: Regarding Daisy, I wouldn't take much notice of the illustrations as they're only the interpretations of a particular artist. Enid Blyton describes Fatty and Ern as fat and Pip as a pipsqueak, so it's likely that the other children are of average build. If you've read the books you'll know that Theophilus is the first name of Mr. Goon, the policeman.
Posted by Lorraine on March 27, 2014
Hi, I am trying to find posters of the pictures from the Magic Faraway Tree. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I live in Australia. Cheers, Lorraine.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't think any posters of the Faraway Tree illustrations have ever been produced, Lorraine.
Posted by GC on March 24, 2014
Can anyone help? I remember reading a story about a boy and girl and they are on an adventure and end up in a cuckoo clock. I thought it was by Enid Blyton but have been unable to find it. Please let me know the title if it is one of hers. Many thanks as I would LOVE to read it again!
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of The Yellow Fairy Book (also published as The Queer Adventure, The Marvellous Adventure and The Faraway Tree Adventure). Peter and Mary seek refuge inside a giant cuckoo clock and spend the night with the cuckoo. The next morning, they fly off on the cuckoo's back to the Land of Storytellers.
Posted by Aliza on March 19, 2014
I just love Malory Towers and Enid Blyton. I like the fact that she had such a creative mind and sharp vision. By the way, I am so inspired that I myself am writing a book, even though I am only 10.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure Enid Blyton would be very happy to know that she has inspired you to write!
Posted by Paul on March 19, 2014
I don't think Enid Blyton would have had a mental place for a wealthy black British family whose son was at school with her main characters. Her infrequent black characters are either superstitious, bad-tempered and evil (Jo-Jo in The Island of Adventure), helpful adorers of her main characters (Mafumu in The Secret Mountain) or evil, self-loathing monsters (the African tribe who dye their hair red and their skin yellow and throw passing English children off mountains as offerings to the sun god - can't remember which book).
BarneyBarney says: The book about the African tribe and the sun god (though I don't think the members of the tribe are self-loathing) is The Secret Mountain. Actually, Enid Blyton does write (in The Mystery of the Strange Bundle) about a wealthy black boy who goes to school with Fatty. He's a Zulu prince, not a British boy, and his name is Boobanti. Fatty admires his ability at ventriloquism.
Posted by Sue Webster on March 19, 2014
Hi, sad that there's no Enid Blyton Day this year due to getting no speakers. Just thought - how about an Enid Blyton Day next year but with speakers from the Enid Blyton Society instead? People like Anita, Julie, etc. as I'm sure they and others could give an interesting talk. Other members could share their Blyton experiences, e.g. old Famous Five Club members, and others could share their favourite books and characters and explain why they like them. There could be some excellent stuff here. Hope this can be arranged for either later this year or next year. Cheers Barney, from Sue.
BarneyBarney says: If only people could understand my wuffs, I could give a talk on "Bones, biscuits and bunnies in Blyton books"!
Posted by Bedriye on March 16, 2014
Hi, I am writing from Turkey. I wonder, how can I get Enid Blyton's original Secret Seven and Famous Five books? I read them when I was in middle school in the 1990s. There are new ones published, but not with the original pictures. I want to get the the initial version of them. Can you help me with this?
BarneyBarney says: You'll need to look out for older copies, Bedriye. You could try second-hand bookshops, market stalls, jumble sales and websites like eBay. Good luck with finding the books you want.
Posted by Fiona Burke on March 14, 2014
I hope you can help, did Enid write a book on childcare, I have recently listened to a programme on radio 4 and I thought they said she had. I'm currently doing a degree in Early Years and would very much like to read this if indeed she did. I look forward to hearing from you.
BarneyBarney says: No, she didn't write a book on childcare, but she did write a short story for parents to read to adopted children called The Child Who Was Chosen. This is an extremely scarce booklet which you are unlikely to be able to find a copy of, so it can be seen in full in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on March 12, 2014
Thanks! Barney, what is a 'Siamese cat'?
BarneyBarney says: Put "Siamese cat" into Google, click on "Images" and you'll see lots of them! They're usually a creamy colour with dark brown features and blue eyes. They're great fun to chase!
Posted by Tanayia Myers on March 12, 2014
Hi, I am looking for the original hard copy versions of all The collection of The Faraway Tree. I used to read this when I was little and I want to get the collection so my kids can read it. Please, if anyone knows of anyone selling any please let me know. Must be in good condition, no rips or tears and no stains. Thanks guys.
BarneyBarney says: You might have more luck if you post your request in the "Wanted" section of our forums, Tanayia. Alternatively, you could try eBay.
Posted by John Rees on March 11, 2014
Wondering if there is an Enid Blyton Day this year. My Journal arrived yesterday. Only had time for a very quick scan, but nothing leapt out?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there isn't an Enid Blyton Day this year, John. It gets harder and harder to find speakers so it's not always possible to hold a Day. I hope you enjoy the Journal.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on March 11, 2014
Barney, in India we will be having 'Holi' this Sunday. Happy Holi! Rupsa
BarneyBarney says: Happy Holi!
Posted by Ana on March 5, 2014
I've finished the second Six Cousins book. It took me a while as I have English final exams tomorrow, but I squeezed it in! English - easy-PEASY! Anyway, the second book WAS cracking, as you said, Barney! (Spoiler Alert!) At first, I didn't think it would have such a happy ending, because Aunt Rose seemed an obstinate character. I do wish Enid had written a third one, but seeing that everything was as happy as could be, there certainly couldn't be anything more to write about! My sister's just begun an interest in Enid's books, and she won 1st prize in a reading competition and a writing competition! Not bragging, I just wanted to say what Enid's books do! Cheers, Ana!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you enjoyed the second Six Cousins book. Aunt Rose is a very interesting character to read about. Congratulations to your sister and I hope she continues to read Enid Blyton!
Posted by Matthew on March 5, 2014
I love Malory Towers, the Naughtiest Girl, the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, St. Clare's, the Mysteries and the Adventurous Four.
BarneyBarney says: Have you tried the Secret series and the Barney Mysteries?
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on March 5, 2014
Who was Enid Blyton inspired by?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton was interested in people generally, so she was probably inspired by quite a few as she journeyed through life. When she was a child she admired the author Arthur Mee. She read his Children's Encyclopedia avidly and had at least one poem published in his magazine. Enid's father shared her love of nature, music and literature and encouraged her in those pursuits, so no doubt she looked up to him. When she began writing, her friend's aunt (Mabel Attenborough) gave her support and became a good friend and confidante. I would say Enid was inspired by all these people - and probably by others as well.
Posted by Ana on March 5, 2014
I thought I heard that Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm had a sequel. I just read the first one and I'd LOVE to read the next! Do tell me its name! Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Click on the "Six Cousins" button above this Message Board and you'll find out the title of the next book, Ana. It's a cracking story, as Crackers might say!
Posted by Phillip Bond on March 3, 2014
I have Father Christmas and Belinda by Enid Blyton which I would like to sell.
BarneyBarney says: You could post in the "For Sale" section of our Forums, or try eBay.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on March 1, 2014
Hi Barney. I just completed the monthly quiz. I was quite astonished to see that Sir Terence and Mr. Lenoir (who are usually in the Hall of Fame) are right at the bottom. Was this time's quiz tough? I don't think so because I scored 20 right. Very puzzling.
BarneyBarney says: Some idiotic person was playing the fool and using the names of other entrants, but admin have sorted things out now.
Posted by Vishali on March 1, 2014
I really appreciate the effort of Sarath Jayawardana in translating an Enid Blyton book into Sinhalese. I hope this will benefit many people in Sri Lanka. Good luck!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 27, 2014
Barney, I read both the books and have started reading The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you read both the Six Cousins books, as they're like one story in two parts.
Posted by Anna on February 26, 2014
I recently bought a copy of Tales of Enid Blyton in a second-hand shop. It is a hardback book with no date in it. It has a number of short stories in it: 'The Little White Hen', 'The Cuckoo in the Clock', 'The Six Red Wizards' and many more, and also puzzles and craft ideas: 'Numbers of Things', 'Puzzling Problems', 'A Paper Posy' and 'Nursery Rhyme Puzzle' to name a few. I have been unsuccessful in locating anything online relating to this book. Do you have any information on this publication, especially its publication date? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Not all the books published since Enid Blyton's death are in our database, but I wonder if this is the book you have. If so, it appears to have been published by World Distributors in 1978.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 25, 2014
Just finished the Six Cousins book ...It was really great! Barney, why did Enid Blyton start writing books?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether you read both Six Cousins books or just one, Rupsa, but they're dramatic and well-written and are very popular with Blyton fans. Enid had a talent for telling tales, and imaginative stories would flood into her mind when she lay in bed each night, so it's not surprising that she became an author.
Posted by Ana Asif on February 25, 2014
I wanted to ask Barney, how did Enid write stories? Sitting at a desk? On the swings in the park? What did she get inspired by? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton used to type her stories straight onto a typewriter which was perched on a board across her knees. She would sit in a cosy lounge, or outside on a swing-seat. She was inspired by places she had visited, people she knew and experiences she'd had. These things would find their way into her stories, transformed by her imagination.
Posted by Ana on February 18, 2014
I'm glad you people agree. It is true that "Enid wrote the best books ever, despite what she was like as a person. Long live her books!" I really agree with this line as well: "She gave joy to millions - not only children but grown-ups too. " I don't think I would have ever received prizes for story-writing and essays if it weren't for Enid's books. Not only the wonderful English, but the way she writes them. I'm surprised someone could get such fantastic ideas. And like they say, "No one is perfect." Lots of things might have happened in Enid's life, some bad, some good. She never let it affect her writing, though. Anyway, "Several rumours spread out of spite", as Sneha said, is what I've been thinking. I don't think we should just believe what we hear. Pretty much the past few days I've been thinking about all this. Thanks for helping me out of confusion, Susan and Sneha. Three cheers to Enid! Hip, hip, hurray! Cheers, Ana.
Posted by Mrs. Blyton Boy on February 18, 2014
Hi Susie, Regarding what you said about wanting CDs (dramatised) of Five Go Off in a Caravan, Five Have a Wonderful Time, Five Have Plenty of Fun and Five Are Together Again, what you could do is buy a cassette to Mp3 converter off Ebay or at a local electronics store, then convert the cassettes to Mp3 and then burn the Mp3s to a CD. Just a suggestion. Cheers, Mrs. B.B.
Posted by Susan Webster on February 17, 2014
Hi Ana, just read that rotten article that you mentioned and people should remember that in Enid's day girls were more protected and seen as the weaker sex, unlike today. In the Secret Seven I think the girls were more adventurous, especially Janet, and wanted to be in with the boys in an adventure. What this person wrote should be ignored as Enid Blyton was an amazing person and we all have our faults. I have a temper like George in the Famous Five and Darrell in Malory Towers and I'm very much like them in my character - also a tomboy! Girls are as good as boys as George insists. It also depends on the book and the characters in it. Enid wrote the best books ever, despite what she was like as a person. Long live her books!
Posted by Snehalatha on February 16, 2014
I agree with Ana. No-one is esteemed enough to criticise Enid Blyton. She gave joy to millions - not only children but grown-ups too. I have been her avid reader for 52 years and still my table is full of Blyton books. I don't care how she behaved with her family. Several rumours spread out of spite.
Posted by Susie on February 16, 2014
We are looking for the following books on Audio CD in a dramatised, abridged, full-cast version: Five Go Off in a Caravan, Five Have a Wonderful Time, Five Have Plenty of Fun and Five Are Together Again. Please can you tell me if these are available anywhere? We can see old cassette tapes but no CDs. Many thanks, Susie.
BarneyBarney says: I just checked in the Cave and unfortunately those titles don't seem to have been released on CD as dramatised versions, Susie.
Posted by Mrs. Blyton Boy on February 16, 2014
Hi, I would like to know if there is a site with LOADS of Enid Blyton because I have read tons of Enid Books and I have exhausted the EnidBlyton.net site, and I can't read the books on this website because I am not old enough and don't have enough money. So are there any sites with good Enid Blyton-style written books? (Or maybe could you make the fanfic on this website available for free.) Thanks, Mrs. B.B. P.S. I like the Five Find-Outers series above all other series, so I REALLY would like books based on that series. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we made our continuation books available to Society members only as a thank you for subscribing. Have you tried writing your own Enid Blyton-style stories? If you have friends who also like Enid Blyton, perhaps you could all write stories and read each other's.
Posted by Ana on February 15, 2014
I recently came across this web page, Is it okay to read Enid Blyton books? The author of that horrible article, Elizabeth Flux, has really enraged me. How can someone write such an article about Enid? But on the other hand, part of me thinks that Elizabeth is right when she quoted this from the Secret Seven, about Susie: '"She's more like a boy, really," said Barbara, which made all the boys look scornfully at her. "Well you know what I mean," she went on. "She's brave – and bold, and don't-care-ish – and she doesn't cry if she hurts herself, and she'll stick by her friends through thick and thin. If she were a boy I'd like her awfully – but as she's a girl, she's just a nuisance."' Well, it did make me feel that Enid did not really like girls. And her work MIGHT have contained some of the stuff that they say. But anyway, she is THE best author, and I'd like to judge her for her work, not her personal opinions, close to something that Julie once said. How could Elizabeth Flux call her what she did? I'm confused and annoyed. No cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books have weathered many such criticisms, Ana. Readers just have to remember that her stories reflect the prevailing attitudes of her era, so a few things will seem questionable today. The important thing is that there is much in them that is excellent, transcending time and place, which is why the books have never lost their appeal and continue to entertain and inspire children around the globe.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 14, 2014
Barney, in how many languages have Enid Blyton's books been published?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure, but over 40 languages have been "collected" so far in this thread on the forums.
Posted by Sue Webster on February 13, 2014
Hi Halarna, I've just seen your post about forming a Secret Seven club. This link will take you to a page on the Hachette website which tells you how to form a club. If you contact them they may send you a Secret Seven club pack with seven badges, pencils, bookmarks and a poster. Have fun.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 12, 2014
I have made badges with coloured card and written ''Enid Blyton's fans''. You could try that, Shriya!
Posted by Shriya Sharma on February 12, 2014
I have formed a club and want to make a badge for us. Can you tell me how to?
BarneyBarney says: The Secret Seven used to cover a button with cloth, attach a safety pin to the back and embroider SS on the front. Badges could also be made from a circle of card with a safety pin taped to the back. Alternatively, why not use an online badge-making service? I think you email your badge design to them and they will make you a metal badge and post it to you. You'd have to look into the details yourself. Have fun in your club!
Posted by Sarath Jayawardana on February 12, 2014
I have translated Enid Blyton's Tales of Long Ago into Sinhalese for the benefit of children in Sri Lanka. My publishers M/s. Vijitha Yapa Publishing have requested me to obtain your permission for printing this book. Please let me know how I should proceed. Regards, Saratah Jayawardana.
BarneyBarney says: You'll need to contact Hachette UK (Hodder), Sarath, as they own the copyright.
Posted by Halarna on February 9, 2014
Can you help me make a Secret Seven club? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton said that a club should always have some purpose (e.g. bird-watching, story-writing, art and craft, putting on plays, astronomy, organising sales and activities to raise money for charity, etc.) So get a group of friends together and discuss ideas.
Posted by Cyndy on February 9, 2014
Hello, I am looking for Enid Blyton's Popular Rewards in ebooks for sale. Please help!
BarneyBarney says: If they've been released as ebooks they'll be listed on Amazon, Cyndy.
Posted by Bianca on February 9, 2014
Hi Barney, I realise now that I was on your sister site, EnidBlyton.net, thank you. I have read the full-length continuation novels via the Secret Passage and they are excellent. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this site! Bianca
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Bianca! I'm glad you enjoyed the continuation novels.
Posted by Indrachapa on February 8, 2014
Hello Barney! Thank you very much for giving answers to my questions! They are very useful, of course. Can you give me some information about this "Fireside Journal"? What does it contain? Best wishes!
BarneyBarney says: You can find out about The Enid Blyton Society Journal by clicking on "Fireside Journal" and then "Journal Catalogue", Indrachapa. That will bring up all the Journal covers, and if you click on a cover you can see a list of the contents. Recent Journals have had over 80 pages packed with articles about the books, illustrators, Enid Blyton Days and Exhibitions, Enid Blyton's life, etc. Letters, articles stories and poems which were written by Enid for magazines are also printed in the Journal. It's aimed at adult enthusiasts and older children and it's not only lovely to look at, but full of fantastic reading and excellent value for money.
Posted by Samiya Qidwai on February 8, 2014
I would like to be a member of the Enid Blyton Society.
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Samiya. If you'd like to become a member, click on "Join the Society" (near the top of this page under "Welcome!") and follow the instructions. There are different subscription rates for members in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world because of the higher postage costs to post the Journal abroad.
Posted by Ana on February 8, 2014
Thanks a bunch, Snehalatha! It's awesome to know that you appreciated what I wrote!
Posted by Indrachapa on February 8, 2014
Hello Barney! Has Enid Blyton written the New Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, Felicity's adventures in Malory Towers and The Sixth Form at St. Clare's? I'm not sure because the New Adventures of the Wishing-Chair books are completely changed from the old ones. It's not bad to change, but I like to know why. Best wishes.
BarneyBarney says: Those books do feel different, and the reason is that they were written many years after Enid Blyton's death, by other authors! Narinder Dhami wrote the New Adventures of the Wishing-Chair and Pamela Cox added six books to the Malory Towers series (the last six) and three books to the St. Clare's series (Third Form, Kitty and Sixth Form).
Posted by Bianca on February 7, 2014
I have just found some fan fiction and it's excellent. Please more from Julie Heginbotham and Sally Neary, thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you Barney! Bianca
BarneyBarney says: Welcome, Bianca. I think you might have been reading the fan fiction on our sister site, enidblyton.net, as we don't have anything by Sally Neary. We do have full-length continuation novels by Julie Heginbotham though - and by Trevor Bolton, Robert Houghton and Lisa Newton. These are only available to Society members via our Secret Passage (see button on the left), and members have to put in a password taken from the current Journal.
Posted by Snehalatha on February 6, 2014
Ana has really done a marvellous bit of poetry - taken the words out of my mouth, so to speak. I love Enid Blyton so much that no words can describe it. Is it a previous birth's bondage I wonder? And Kalpani, good luck with your Secret Four. Hope you can do lots of good work - helping the needy, even teaching the alphabet to kids.
Posted by Andreea on February 4, 2014
Hello, Barney. Can I ask some questions? In the new edition Adventurous Four, why are Jill and Mary's names changed to Pippa and Zoe? And why are the titles changed? I also found out on this website that some details are taken out too. WHY DO EDITORS DO THIS?!
BarneyBarney says: Some publishers feel that the books are too old-fashioned so they update certain things - e.g. names, clothes, money, words and phrases. Some people think these changes help keep the books popular, while other people would prefer the books to be left as Enid Blyton wrote them.
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on February 4, 2014
Hello Barney. I have a question to ask. In Five Go Down to the Sea, Mr. Penruthlan is described as a giant of man. He is six feet. However, six feet is not a very great height. I myself am 4 feet 11 inches (and I am 11). In the Hardy Boys, Joe is described as six feet tall at the age of only 17. A few sportsmen have been described as 5 feet and 6 feet, but they are still referred to as 'short'. So how could Mr. Penruthlan be a giant?
BarneyBarney says: It's probably not just his height that counts, but the way he's built - broad-shouldered and bulky. Also, I believe people are on the whole taller these days than in past eras, so there might not have been as many people who were six feet tall in the early 1950s.
Posted by Ana Asif on February 4, 2014
Dear Enid, Your priceless books have fascinated me since I was a kid, You are responsible for my love of books. My English grades, And you have taught me that it's not all about looks. Reading your books I fade, Into a magical world of laughter, ginger beer, and adventure, Making me forget about the future. Your books are marvels, real jewels. Whether they be of trains, seas or bells. I say! Your books are, uh, no expression can be used to describe, Making my sorrows subside. I love you and your amazing books that have nourished my childhood, Enid. If there's anything I'd pay my weight in gold for, it'd be your books. I really abhor the people who call you a crook. They are so disgusting, I really could puke. I wish you were alive to read this, I'm sure it would fill you with bliss. Now I must take leave, Mother Enid. May you always remain so candid. Thank you Enid Blyton. Your fans will ALWAYS love you.
BarneyBarney says: The above message was written in the form of a poem, but unfortunately the Message Board format puts everything into one long paragraph.
Posted by Jean on February 3, 2014
Does anyone remember a poem entitled 'Naughty Little Amelia Jayne'? Can't remember what book it was in, but I do remember reading it to my children.
BarneyBarney says: You might be thinking of the poem which the other nursery toys make up about Amelia Jane the rag doll. It has twelve short lines and begins: "Amelia Jane/Is naughty again./Let's go and leave her/Out in the rain." The poem is part of the story 'Amelia Jane and the Telephone' and it's in a book of short stories called More About Amelia Jane!
Posted by Kalpani on February 2, 2014
Hello Barney! Nice to meet you! I have to tell you something. My favourite books are the Secret Seven. So I have an idea to start a secret society in my school with my three best friends called "The Secret Four". They all like it. But, we're up to no bad. We do not hope to do any mischievous things. We have even made badges like Secret Seven badges! I'd like to ask you what can we do secretly from this society for a little fun. This is a secret only among my friends. We have an idea to make mysteries and solve them as a game. Is that good? Best wishes!
BarneyBarney says: Playing at mysteries sounds fun, Kalpani. You could also practise (out of school) skills like disguising, writing in invisible ink, sending messages in Morse Code, etc. Some clubs raise money for good causes by making things and holding a sale, putting on a play and charging a small fee for tickets, doing jobs such as cleaning people's cars, etc. So you could consider doing something like that. You could still keep your club meetings secret, even though things like sales and plays would of course be public.
Posted by Vishali on February 2, 2014
Hi! Barney, I just read the reply you sent to John. You mentioned the book as The Treasure Hunters but I read the same book with the title as The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure. This book is about three children - Nick, Laura and Katie - who visit their grandparents at Greylings Manor and they find the long lost treasure of the Greylings. Can you tell me whether both the books are the same? Thanks for your reply!
BarneyBarney says: Hi Vishali. The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure is an updated version of The Treasure Hunters, with the same basic storyline but with different characters and some details changed. In 1997, six stand-alone Enid Blyton books were put together and altered to form the 'Riddle' series, and The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure is one of the books in that series.
Posted by Indrachapa on February 2, 2014
Hey Barney! I have posted a message before. Thank you so much for your reply. I'm going to join the site soon. I have read most books such as the Happy Days series, the Barney series, the Secret Seven, the Famous Five, Noddy, the Faraway Tree series, the Enchanted World books, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, the Adventure series and more. But can I know some information about the Six Cousins please? I have read basic information from this site but I'd like to know more... Best wishes!
BarneyBarney says: You have read a lot of Enid Blyton books, Indrachapa! All you need to know about the Six Cousins books is that they are family stories with a farm setting, full of tension and drama. Read the books to find out more - you won't regret it! Other good stories about family life and society include The Family at Red-Roofs, House-at-the-Corner and The Six Bad Boys.
Posted by Ana Asif on January 31, 2014
Who is Alan Sugar? Barney, your suggestions were VERY useful. Thank you. Though we were working on book reviews already. Great minds think alike. :) Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: Alan Sugar is a wealthy businessman. Good luck with the magazine!
Posted by Paul on January 31, 2014
Ah, Alicia Johns! She was insubordinate and full of herself, but she wasn't really that nasty. As much as she despised Mary-Lou's weaknesses in book 1, she was never openly cruel to her the way Gwendoline was. Alicia is a perfect example of how J.F.C. Fuller once described the elder Moltke. To paraphrase, "Someone to study, not copy." I'm not the biggest Bets fan. If I had a pound for every time she "sobbed" something, I'd be as rich as Alan Sugar.
BarneyBarney says: Why not talk about Alicia and Bets on the forums, Paul (in separate threads)? The Message Board doesn't really lend itself to in-depth discussions of Enid Blyton's characters.
Posted by Indrachapa on January 31, 2014
Hello Barney! Nice to meet you! My question is, Can we join this site for free? What can we get from this site when we are members? I'd like to know because Enid Blyton is my greatest author and this site is very useful. If we can know more information, it will be very useful. Best wishes to all!
BarneyBarney says: You can join the forums free of charge if you want to, Indrachapa. That will enable you to take part in discussions on all kinds of Blyton-related topics. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see how to join. The rest of the website (the Cave of Books, the Author of Adventure, etc.) is open to everyone. Only the Secret Passage is reserved for people who subscribe to the Society and receive the thrice-yearly Journal.
Posted by John on January 31, 2014
I'm not sure if anyone on here can help me, but I'm trying to find a book Enid Blyton wrote. For the life of me I can't remember the name and can only think of a couple of plot points (I read the story as a child). Basically, from what I can remember, three (?) children go to stay at a manor during World War 2. They initially think the countryside is boring but eventually discover an overgrown fountain and garden in the manor's wood – which they end up cleaning and making their own. Any help would be appreciated!
BarneyBarney says: I wonder if you're thinking of The Treasure Hunters, John. Although it was published in 1940 I don't think the Second World War is mentioned, but there is a reference to things having been difficult financially since the war (perhaps meaning the First World War - though Enid Blyton might also have been looking ahead and thinking that if the book remained in print after the end of the Second World War, the statement could just as easily apply to that war). Jeffrey, Susan and John go to stay with their grandparents at Greylings Manor. One day they find a little house by a pool in the woods, and they clean it up and make it their own. A lot more happens, much of it involving a man named Mr. Potts. I'm not sure whether that's the book you're looking for, John, but it's a possibility.
Posted by Snehalatha on January 30, 2014
I would advise Muralikrishna to go to Gol Park in Kolkata where there are still a lot of second hand book stalls selling vintage copies of dear old Enid Blyton - at a very cheap price too. I have always bought from there and still do as a matter of fact. I don't know where you are based, Muralikrishna. Best wishes.
Posted by T.Muralikrishna on January 29, 2014
I am writing this mail from India. My question is: Where can I get original novels with illustrations in India? I know I can get the novels from online shopping websites but they are reprinted. But I want them with first printed illustrations.
BarneyBarney says: I think your best bet is probably eBay (an auction site where you can buy lots of second-hand items, including vintage books). You could also visit second-hand bookshops, market stalls and jumble sales. Maybe someone reading this in India will be able to give you some advice.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on January 29, 2014
I am so excited about making an Enid Blyton group with my friends at school ! YAY! Do you like the idea, Barney?
BarneyBarney says: Yes. You don't say what you and your friends are planning to do in the group, but whatever it is I hope you enjoy it!
Posted by Harsh Rangwani on January 29, 2014
Barney, I've got a question. I am an Enid Blyton fan and I have thought of a book called Famous Five 22: Five On a Trip to Giza. I have made its manuscript and I want help and permission to publish it, either alone or to give your society credit. Will you help me?
BarneyBarney says: You'd need to contact Hachette UK (Hodder) as they own the Enid Blyton copyright.
Posted by Mervin Julia on January 29, 2014
Hi, I'm working in a French library and I want to write a letter for Enid Blyton with my pupils! Could you send me an address for that? Thank you for your answer! Julia
BarneyBarney says: Hi Julia. As you may know, Enid Blyton died in 1968. If your pupils have comments or questions about her (in English!) you could send them to the address under "Join the Society" (top of this page). The questions will be put up on this thread in the forums, and Blyton fans will respond.
Posted by Ana on January 27, 2014
Hunaina and I have spoken to the school principal about having a school newspaper! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm so excited! Both of us are now managing a whole school newspaper! YAY! Any ideas on things we can do? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds exciting, Ana! I'm sure you can think of plenty of things yourselves, but book-related ideas might include reviews, quizzes, author profiles, stories and poems, literary competitions, etc. If you know two people whose views on a particular book differ greatly, maybe you could get them to write contrasting reviews and print them side by side. Good luck with it!
Posted by Anita Ciborowski on January 19, 2014
Can a US citizen join?
BarneyBarney says: If you go to the top of this page and look under "Welcome!", you'll see a "Join the Society" link. Click on that and you'll find that there are three subscription rates - UK, Europe and rest of world. Society members receive three Journals a year which are packed with articles on all aspects of Enid Blyton's life and work. They also have access to the website's "Secret Passage", containing goodies like photos of Enid Blyton and continuation novels written by various authors.
Posted by Paul on January 19, 2014
Do Barling and Block in Five Go to Smuggler's Top have first names or does Enid keep them surname only?
BarneyBarney says: I think they're only referred to as Mr. Barling and Block.
Posted by Indrachapa on January 18, 2014
Enid Blyton is my greatest author... I always spend my leisure time with her. Actually with her books. But, she is always in my heart talking with me when I read them. I'd like to thank her for giving such beautiful stories and ideas for all (especially teenagers' minds).
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on January 18, 2014
How many languages have Enid Blyton's books been translated into?
BarneyBarney says: Quite a lot! This thread on the forums should be of some help, Rupsa.
Posted by Anneshiningstar on January 18, 2014
Dear Barney, it's not fair! All the best authors are dead. It seems that wonderful authors hardly exist nowadays. The authors I like best of all are Enid Blyton, E. Nesbit and L. M. Montgomery - and none of them are still alive! If Enid Blyton was alive she would probably receive a fan letter from me every single week.
Posted by Paul on January 17, 2014
Did Enid consider herself a feminist at any point in her life? As a teenager in the 1910s, did she support the suffragettes?
BarneyBarney says: I don't think Enid Blyton was much of a political animal but she certainly believed that everyone, whether female or male, should work hard and make the most of his/her strengths. In The Story of My Life she says that she was determined to be independent and gain success without relying on anyone else: "I didn't want to reach success on anyone else's shoulders. It is partly the struggle that helps you so much, that gives you determination, character, self-reliance - all things that help in any profession or trade, and most certainly in writing."
Posted by Allie Finkle on January 17, 2014
Barney, did Enid Blyton write books in other languages as well?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote all her books in English, but many of them were translated into other languages.
Posted by Kate Mary on January 16, 2014
Thank you for your reply, Barney. I'm glad that Well Done Secret Seven is in the pipeline and hope it comes to fruition eventually. In the meantime we have some more Sunny Stories for Little Folks to look forward to. Please tell Tony that he is an absolute brick for sharing all these uncollected stories with us.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Kate Mary. My master is indeed a brick - the foundation stone of the Society!
Posted by Kate Mary on January 16, 2014
Hallo Barney, I have been re-reading the The Secret Seven picture strip story from Mickey Mouse Weekly which the Society produced as a booklet a few years ago. In the intro it mentions that a second picture strip was published in the comic based on Well Done Secret Seven. I know you have the ear of the Cavemaster, is there any chance you can persuade him to reprint this as a Society publication?
BarneyBarney says: If I bark loudly enough I can sometimes catch the ear of 'Der Cavefuehrer', Kate Mary! He tells me that you are correct, that there is a second Secret Seven strip in Mickey Mouse Weekly also illustrated by George Brook. It was always (and still is!) the intention to also do this one as a Society booklet, but it involves a great deal of work and other booklets have pushed ahead in the queue. Recently there have been the eight Sunny Stories for Little Folks booklets and there are a further four all ready to release in March. So the Well Done Secret Seven booklet will come at some stage, but not in the immediate future.
Posted by Sharon on January 15, 2014
Please could you tell me in total how many Brer Rabbit stories Enid wrote altogether? Thanks very much Barney. x
BarneyBarney says: As a dog I take a keen interest in rabbits, but I'm afraid I don't know the number of Brer Rabbit stories off the top of my head! If you go into the Cave and put "Brer" into search it'll bring up all the Brer Rabbit books and stories, but many of the tales will be listed several times as they appeared in more than one collection.
Posted by Susan on January 15, 2014
Did the Famous Five stay the same age in all the books or did they get older?
BarneyBarney says: The Famous Five only aged by four years or so, even though they had numerous summer holidays! That's typical of children's book characters, of course. Malcolm Saville's Lone Piners aged very slowly too, while Just William and Rupert Bear never seemed to grow any older.
Posted by Jemma on January 13, 2014
Just going through a box of memories of my Enid Blyton books which were well loved - The Haunted Railway Game Book, Bimbo and Topsy, three Bedtime Books, Mr. Pink Whistle's Party, Rupert Annuals, Hedgehog Tales, Noddy Meets father Christmas, Hurrah for Little Noddy, Noddy Goes to School and Mystery Stories. So many memories. Cherished and loved her stories.
BarneyBarney says: A nice collection of books but Enid Blyton didn't write the Rupert Annuals or Hedgehog Tales! Maybe you were thinking of Hedgerow Tales!
Posted by Paul on January 12, 2014
Is The Secret of Spiggy Holes the story where the villains use sleeping-draught and imprison the heroes in a cave? Is Curious Connie from the Faraway Tree ever referred to again in any story?
BarneyBarney says: No, the story with the sleeping-draught and the cave is not The Secret of Spiggy Holes. It's The Adventurous Four Again!, and only Jill and Mary are given the sleeping-draught. I think Curious Connie only appears in The Folk of the Faraway Tree.
Posted by Jo on January 9, 2014
I'm trying to find a story I loved as a child about a little girl that was given a doll for her birthday called Princess Marigold, the doll came alive and ran away. Does anyone remember which book this is from? I think it may be from the Purnell tales?
BarneyBarney says: The story you remember did indeed appear in a Purnell book, Jo. The story is 'The Talking Doll' and it was in Enid Blyton's Bedtime Stories, Purnell Sunshine Library.
Posted by Deeksha on January 9, 2014
Barney, aren't you in one of the series, the Barney series?
BarneyBarney says: The Barney in that series is a circus boy, not a dog, but I'm pleased to share my name with him.
Posted by Snehalatha on January 9, 2014
Silly of me Barney, but in the Secret series Prince Paul comes from Baronia - is there really such a place? Thank you in advance.
BarneyBarney says: Baronia is fictitious, Snehalatha, but it sounds European and fans have tended to imagine it being located either in the Balkans or the Iberian Peninsula.
Posted by Joe Conlan on January 8, 2014
George's parents are called Kirrin. Quentin's brother is Julian, Dick and Anne's father. So why are they called BARNARD? And why does George say a lot of land plus Kirrin Island, Kirrin village and Kirrin Castle belong to her mother's family and her maiden name is not Kirrin? In book 20, the Five are visiting each other as though they live next door to each other. In book 1 they travel over 100 miles to get to Kirrin village. How did Timmy get out of the well when they were trapped in the dungeons? I still enjoy reading the Famous Five and I'm on book 20 for about the 50th time. I'm 68 years old and still in second childhood.
BarneyBarney says: There's a forums discussion about that sort of thing here, Joe. If you go on the forums and search for key words like "Barnard" and "Layman", you'll find other relevant threads too. Enid Blyton wrote a lot of books at speed, so it's not surprising that she made a few slip-ups.
Posted by Mr2mrs2 on January 8, 2014
Help looking for Subtitles for the 2 Danish Five movies done in 1969 and 1970 any language will be fine as I can translate them on the net . the 2 films are De Fem og spionerne and De Fem I Fedtefadet Thanks in advance Also looking for the 1964 movie Five Have a Mystery to Solve to complete my collection of books movies audiobooks and tv shows of the five
BarneyBarney says: The second Danish film was released in an English language version (dubbed) on VHS (no DVD) as Five Get Into Trouble. The first film, Five Go Adventuring Again has never been commercially released as an English language version, either dubbed or subtitled. The 1964 film is available from Amazon as a DVD.
Posted by Noreen on January 8, 2014
This may seem a bit mad as I realise Enid Blyton has been dead for years. I am a school teacher and a child in my class loves Enid Blyton. We wrote letters today and she has written one to Enid Blyton and wishes to send it to her. Does anyone have any ideas on this? Such as a publisher's address or something! I know I should just forget about it, but it was kinda sweet.
BarneyBarney says: If you send the letter to the postal address near the bottom of the "Join the Society" page (there's a link to that page above this Message Board, under "Welcome!") it will be added to the Letters from Children section of the forums, where people can reply to it.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on January 7, 2014
Barney, why is Melisande in the Six Cousins books named 'Smellisande' by Susan?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton explains that it's because Melisande reeks of perfume.
Posted by Ana Asif on January 6, 2014
Just to avoid confusion that Ana Asif and Ana are two different people, it looks like I accidentally sent two Happy New Year messages! Whoops! What was the last book Enid wrote? Did she write books 'one at a time' or lots of books at once? Dear Enid Blyton. I've tried to read Jacqueline Wilson's books but they are so mature and plus I don't like the content of most of the books. I'm more than overjoyed to stick with Enid all my life. If they do last all my life. :( Barney, will Enid's books be preserved till the future like they are now? Cheers, Ana.
BarneyBarney says: I can't see into the future, Ana, but I hope people will continue to pass their love of Enid Blyton from generation to generation as I think that's why the books have remained so popular. Enid wrote books very quickly so she may well have focussed on one full-length book at a time, though we don't know for sure. The last novel (or novella) that she wrote was The Hidey Hole in 1964, though after that she wrote a few more short pieces such as short Noddy tales and re-tellings of a couple of Bible stories.
Posted by Kirst on January 5, 2014
Hi Sheila, try Adams Bookshop... there are branches in Kwa Zulu Natal as well as an online shop! As I used to work there I know that they can source and deliver most Enid Blyton books for a reasonable price!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Kirst. Sheila is looking for stencils and posters but some bookshops do sell merchandise related to book characters.
Posted by Don on January 5, 2014
Does anyone know which Noddy book showed him as an observer to a battle of toy soldiers - the red guardsmen versus the blue guardsmen? I read it as a four year old and it reduced me to tears at the time - I think it was the first time I realised that soldiers were killed in battle. I guess Enid wouldn't be allowed to publish it now, and that it would not be easily available as a copy.
BarneyBarney says: If you read it as a four year-old, it may well be a picture book, Don. I have been to the back of my kennel and checked the 24 Noddy Library Books and also the 8 Noddy Big Books, but no luck so far. Hopefully someone reading your message will have a bright idea! I'm sure that the publishers didn't intend to reduce their young readers to tears!!
Posted by Sheila Cass on January 5, 2014
Please can anyone help with posters or stencils of Noddy and Big Ears for a new baby's room? There is nothing available here in South Africa.
BarneyBarney says: You may have to order from abroad, Sheila. I just did searches on "Noddy posters" and "Noddy stencils" and got a few results, though some of the posters were expensive. As far as stencils are concerned, you might be best going for vintage ones. Good luck with finding what you need!
Posted by Joaquim Augusto Reis on January 4, 2014
Hello Tony and all Enid Blyton fans. I would like to wish you all a very happy new year with lots of great adventures. I read my first Enid Blyton book when I was eight, fifty years ago. Since then I have been reading regularly. I am a fan for life.
Posted by Ana on January 4, 2014
It might be pretty late, but better late than never! Happy New Year Enid Blyton Society! May the year 2014 bring us all joy. Once again, may peace and juicy bones shower all over you, Barney! Rest In Peace, dear Enid Blyton. Cheers, Ana.
Posted by Rahul Nagare on January 4, 2014
Enid's stories of fairy tales were some of the most awesome books I read in my childhood. I will always owe her for those stories.
Posted by Ciclón on January 2, 2014
Happy New Year to all Blytonians! Long live the Enid Blyton Society, and all forum people.
Posted by Florabel on January 1, 2014
Hello everyone! Nice to see familiar names on this "new to me" message board, my first entrance to the Society on this first day of 2014! Happy New Year to all.
BarneyBarney says: Wishing everyone all the best for 2014! May it be a year of juicy mysteries - and juicy bones!
Posted by Enid Blyton's greatest fan on January 1, 2014
Yesterday, the year 2013 came to its fag end. Well, I was reading Five Have a Wonderful Time just before 12 o' clock. Happy New Year Barney and everyone who is reading my message.
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year! The phrase "fag end" reminds me of T. S. Eliot's "burnt-out ends of smoky days"!
Posted by Trudie on January 1, 2014
Merci de faire de la tentative sincère de parler à ce sujet sur m.EnidBlytonsociety.co.uk. Je me sens très forte à ce sujet et aimerait en lire plus. Si c'est OK, comme vous atteindre la sagesse supplémentaires approfondies, peut vous l'esprit, y compris des articles supplémentaires semblable à celui-ci avec plus d'infos? Il sera extraordinairement utile et utile pour moi et mes amis.
BarneyBarney says: Bonjour, Trudie! I'm far from fluent in French but I think you're saying that you feel strongly about some of the subjects we've discussed and would like to see longer articles on them as they would be of use to you and your friends. We already have discussion forums (in English) covering all kinds of topics - scroll to the bottom of this page for information on how to join. We also produce a thrice-yearly Journal containing a wealth of interesting articles (again in English) which is only available to Society members who pay a subscription fee - scroll to the top of the page if you're interested in that. Bonne Année!