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Posted by Sunskriti on February 15, 2017
Hey Barney! Darrell71 here. A quick question for you. I've read almost all of Pamela Cox's continuation books (Malory Towers and St.Clare's) and Anne Digby's continuations too (The Naughtiest Girl). I could, of course, find reviews online if I searched, but as this is pretty much the official Enid Blyton website, I was wondering what you guys/dogs think about those books. I mean, basically, as continuation books of some of the best Enid Blyton series, are there positive opinions overall or negative? Love and treats for you!
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks for the treats, Sunskriti! Pamela Cox's continuation books have been generally well received, but opinions on Anne Digby's have been mixed. Pamela Cox had been a fan of Enid Blyton's school stories since childhood and she decided to write her first two St. Clare's books because she had always wondered about the "missing" years in the series. I think I'm right in saying that Anne Digby didn't know the Naughtiest Girl books well before being commissioned to continue the series and that she was approached by the publishers because her own Trebizon boarding school stories were so popular. If you search for "Pamela Cox" and "Anne Digby" in the forums, you'll be able to read the views of Blyton enthusiasts.
Posted by Aminmec on February 15, 2017
The illustrations in the Mammoth books match the Dragon books. I hope the text is also retained (as Mammoth are the ones I am taking pains collecting). The Noddy books seem exciting. Are you looking to sell them, Linda?
Posted by Linda Elliott on February 13, 2017
I have a full set of hardback Noddy books with dustcovers, purchased 1979/1980, new, good condition (not written or scribbled in). Made and printed in Great Britain by Purnell and Sons Ltd. Paulton (Somerset) and London. Copyright Enid Blyton as to the text herein and Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., as to the artwork herein 1963. Are they likely to be of any real value other than sentimental please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give valuations but you could get an idea of what they're worth by looking up similar books on eBay and Abebooks and seeing what they sell for.
Posted by Aminmec on February 12, 2017
Hello Barney, for the first time I came across a vintage hardcover of The Mystery of the Invisible Thief. I saw the illustrations by artist Treyer Evans for the first time. The dark blue 90s Mammoth editions and also the Dragon paperbacks have different artists (two if I know correctly). How come the Treyer Evans drawings were not continued in the Dragon and Mammoth books? Also is there a possibility that the text is altered in them (especially the Mammoth books)?
BarneyBarney says: Publishers often change the illustrations when they think the old ones are beginning to look old-fashioned or they simply want to give the series a fresh look. I think the Dragon paperbacks have the original text if you're talking about the ones from the 1960s and 70s, though I can't be 100% sure. I don't know about the Mammoth editions but maybe someone else can help.
Posted by Aminmec on February 10, 2017
Thanks Barney. So I understand the 24 books with golly (hardcovers with jackets, without jackets and paperbacks) are unaltered. However, I don't know about the square books from the 80s illustrated by Edgar Hodges you speak of. Are they to be counted as authored by Blyton or are the 24 the final number?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, I think the 24 books have the unaltered text if they have a golly on the cover. I don't know whether anyone else reading this knows any different? Don't worry about the books with illustrations by Edgar Hodges. They're the same 24 titles but heavily abridged (or some of the 24 anyway, as I'm not sure whether all of them were released in that format).
Posted by Aminmec on February 10, 2017
Hi Barney, Have there been any alterations done in the hardcover Noddy books by Purnell in the 80s (the golly ones)? Do any differences exist between the Noddy books with jackets and the 80s Purnell ones without dust jackets?
BarneyBarney says: If they have a golly on the cover I think the text would be the same as the original, Aminmec. The ones with illustrations by Edgar Hodges (squarish books dating from the mid to late 80s) are heavily abridged.
Posted by J. Percival on February 6, 2017
An article about Enid Blyton in today's Eastern Day Press reminded me that I had a copy of The Story of My Life that is signed and she personally gave it to me. My grandparents lived in Beaconsfield and my grandfather did all her electrics etc. and my grandmother arranged for me to go to tea with her when she gave me the book.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds exciting, J. Percival. A memory to treasure! I wonder if you've ever thought of writing an article about your meeting with Enid Blyton for our thrice-yearly Journal? I'm sure readers would love to hear all about it. It's up to you, of course, but if you'd like to write something please get in touch (see "Contact Us" at the top of this page).
Posted by Mark Lawrence on February 6, 2017
I am currently writing an an article on the yellow hammer for the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) magazine Life Cycle. At the beginning of the article, I start with Enid Blyton, who coined the phrase of the yellow hammer's song "A little bit of bread but no cheese" its British nature folklore. I am trying to find where this came from. I have an idea it may be written in her book Nature Lover's Book, of which I have ordered a copy, or is it taken from her poem 'The Yellowhammer' which I can't find anywhere? Can anybody help?
BarneyBarney says: The phrase is mentioned in quite a few Enid Blyton books, Mark. I can't remember exactly which ones but I can tell you that it appears in the poem 'The Yellowhammer' which begins: "OH, little yellowhammer,/Do tell me why you clamour/For a little bit of bread and no cheese!" (originally published in Teachers World No.1469, July 22nd, 1931). Enid Blyton didn't coin the phrase. It's mentioned in books by other authors including The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter (1911). Beatrix Potter writes of birds twittering: "And another sang - "Little bita bread and - no - cheese!"
Posted by Nashrah Tanvir on February 2, 2017
This society is quite nice and I like reading the Secret Messages here. Anjana, I think that thought of opening an Enid Blyton theme library is just great. May I ask you in which state are you planning to open? As you see I am also an Indian.
Posted by Anjana on February 1, 2017
Woof! Woof! Thanks a ton, Barney! You have given a hope and direction to this long-cherished dream of mine! Just cannot express how happy I am. Thanks again!
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of good luck to you, Anjana! I hope you're able to open up your library.
Posted by Aminmec on February 1, 2017
In some Dean editions of the 90s I've come across 'printed in India' on the inside. Is it a probable practice to get text blocks printed from India and finally bound into the book in the UK, as it doesn't seem to be an 'Indian edition' by markings or appearance anywhere else? I do know that way back in the 50s or earlier Enid Blyton's Five Find-Outers were published in India to be sold in the UK.
BarneyBarney says: It's quite common for UK publishers to use printing firms in other countries. I've just checked a 1993 copy of Five Minute Tales published by Dean and it says, "Printed in Italy". The Enid Blyton Dossier by Brian Stewart and Tony Summerfield (Hawk Books, 1999) was printed in Spain.
Posted by Anjana on January 31, 2017
Would appreciate it a lot if you could give me an idea as to whether I need any specific permission from anyone for opening up an Enid Blyton themed library here in India. The thought has been churning in my mind for quite some time now. So please help if you can. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: If it's just a question of building up a collection of Enid Blyton books for people to borrow I'm sure that'll be fine, Anjana. However, if you want to do things like use Enid Blyton's signature, paint Blyton characters on the walls and hold Blyton-themed activity days it would be worth checking with the copyright holders first. Hachette UK own the Enid Blyton copyright (except for Noddy). Here are their contact details. For anything related to Noddy, look for contact details on the DreamWorks Classics website (they own the copyright for Noddy).
Posted by Shirley Murphy on January 29, 2017
What's the story where Mr Meddle goes home in the dark but misses the right street and ends up in a stranger's house? Didn't they have streetlights in the 1940s?
BarneyBarney says: The story is 'Mister Meddle Makes a Mistake' from Mr. Meddle's Muddles. It was first published in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories in March 1940, when the blackout was in force because of the Second World War. That's why the streets were "very dark" with "no lamps lighted", as stated in the story.
Posted by Avantika on January 28, 2017
Hello, I am Avantika from India. I am a great fan of Enid Blyton. I knew her from my library. I just want to ask for information on her since I am writing a journal on her.
BarneyBarney says: Click on our "Author of Adventure" button (up above, over on the left) if you want to know about Enid Blyton's life, Avantika. For information about her main books, click on the "Popular Series" buttons (just above these messages).
Posted by Clare on January 27, 2017
Hello, I can't wait to show my son and daughter this site, as they are both fans of the Famous Five! My son has the whole 21 book collection but we are desperately seeking a copy of the Survival Guide....he has been asking for the last year but we have not been able to find a copy. We are in Western Australia, so if anyone knows where we can purchase (online) we would be very grateful! We have read it is no longer being published, but it would be wonderful to surprise him on his birthday! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I think you're right that The Famous Five's Survival Guide is no longer in print, which is a pity. Second-hand copies in good condition sometimes come up on eBay or Amazon, and some sellers will post worldwide. You could also check equivalent Australian sites. If buying second-hand, check with the seller that the book still has the cardboard codebreaker. You can see what it looks like here, below the big image of the cover. Hope you manage to get a copy in time for your son's birthday!
Posted by Adrian Scott on January 26, 2017
Hi to Barney and all Enid Blyton fans. When I was young I used to love story time when my parents would read to me as I went to bed. My own daughters loved it when I read to them too. I remember being quite excited to learn that Enid Blyton had lived in Beckenham and my parents believed it was close to the house where we had lived until I was three. You can imagine my surprise when I looked up the address and found out it was the same house! My birth certificate shows 95 Chaffinch Road, but I was over 60 when I found this out. I now have a grandson Ozzie and he loves his books. I hope he will be interested to hear about this coincidence. Oddly, I still have very clear memories of the house and many photographs as my Dad was a semi professional photographer. It seems such a pity that he and my Mother never knew about it being the same home.
BarneyBarney says: That's very interesting, Adrian. How lovely to discover that a house you lived in was once the home of Enid Blyton! Enid and her family lived at 95, Chaffinch Road from 1897 to 1903 and the house now has a blue plaque to commemorate the fact. I'm glad to know that your grandson loves reading!
Posted by Lynne Bruce on January 24, 2017
I am 65 years old but as a child was an avid reader of Enid Blyton and was a member of the club. Unfortunately my club badge was stolen when the house was burgled few years ago. My 8 year old granddaughter is now enjoying her works so I ask is there any club I could join her into, for her birthday, where she too could get a badge etc. as I did? 😊
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know of any current clubs or badges, Lynne. Sorry about that. If you're talking about a Famous Five badge, second-hand ones come up quite frequently on eBay so you could get one there. Alternatively, I've heard that there are websites which will make you a badge if you send them the design you want. Searching for "make a badge" will bring them up. I hope your granddaughter has a lovely birthday.
Posted by Sian Awford on January 23, 2017
I have a tape recording of Enid Blyton reading about Noddy and Twizzle. Is this of interest to anybody?
Posted by Miss JJ on January 23, 2017
Hi Enid Blyton web site. I'm doing a school project and would like to ask you to answer some questions. Did Enid go on adventures? Did she play music because I play piano, violin and guitar. Thank you!! (Age 7)
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton would have been interested to know that you play so many instruments, Miss JJ! She was a talented musician and her father wanted her to become a concert pianist. Enid Blyton had a place at the Guildhall School of Music but she turned it down to train as a teacher (she was a teacher for a few years before writing full-time). As a child, Enid Blyton used to like going for nature walks and bike rides which probably felt like going on an adventure. You can find out more about her life by clicking on our "Author of Adventure" button (over to the left of this page) and then on 'A Biography of Enid Blyton—The Story of Her Life'.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on January 23, 2017
"Enid Bottom"? I think that they were writing on their mobile and the autocorrect must've kicked in! Barney, when will it be OK to put the original Blyton text online for free?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's books will remain in copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Aminmec on January 20, 2017
I bought the Dean 90s edition of The Book of Naughty Children. While the cover has Eileen Soper's drawing, the stories inside are without any art. If I remember correctly the paperback editions had Eileen's drawings. What was the reason for Dean's omission of the interior art? It makes the book quite dull.
BarneyBarney says: It's a shame the illustrations have been removed. Publishers sometimes do that because they want to keep to a certain number of pages, or because they feel that the pictures look old-fashioned.
Posted by Lawrence Langton on January 17, 2017
Has Enid Bottom any connection with Bottom village in Lincolnshire?
BarneyBarney says: Eh? If you mean "Enid Blyton" and "Blyton village", Barbara Stoney says in Enid Blyton - the Biography: "Enid Blyton's early forebears are believed to have come over to England at the time of the Norman Conquest and to have settled in Lincolnshire, where the name appears under various spellings in many of the early chronicles for that county. There is a village called Blyton in the Lincolnshire Wolds and a chantry was founded in Lincoln Cathedral in 1327, apparently bequeathed by a de Bliton who was the mayor of the city four years earlier. For several centuries the family were concerned with farming or the wool and cloth trade - but George Blyton, Enid's great-grandfather, was a cordwainer." Barbara Stoney goes on to mention that George Blyton lived in Swinderby.
Posted by Charlotte on January 17, 2017
Hi, We are looking for a poem about a wooden horse of Troy and it has led us to this website a couple of times. Is it a poem that Enid Blyton wrote? I know it contains the line 'The men of Troy are simple folk and simple folk of course'. Would you know if it is one of hers and if so know the full poem? We are urgently trying to locate it to be read at a funeral. Any help would be much appreciated!
BarneyBarney says: It seems that the poem is by Hugh Chesterman and was published in The New Merry-go-round Volume 6, 1928 and A Bulletin for Schools Volume 30, 1936. Click on this link to find out more.
Posted by Rina Rivai on January 15, 2017
Hi, I am from Indonesia. I am a big fan of Enid Blyton books. I still read her books though I am no longer a kid and don't have kids. Her books have been translated to Indonesian. That's why I can read them because I cannot speak English well. Her books were my Christmas presents.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you still enjoy the books as much as ever, Rina. Enid Blyton would be surprised to know how many adults around the world still love her wonderful stories and characters!
Posted by Maria Pia on January 6, 2017
Hi. I loved Enid Blyton. My books are 35 years old. Now my daughter and I are reading a book. The paper is yellow...but I love it. I hope my daughter loves these books as much as I did.
BarneyBarney says: Happy Reading to you and your daughter, Maria!
Posted by Adie on January 5, 2017
Did Enid Blyton ever visit Nottingham?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know.
Posted by Shrawan on January 4, 2017
Hi! Happy New Year 2017. Well, I have written some continuation books in St. Clare's and Malory Towers and I want them to be published. What can I do?
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year! Continuation books by Pamela Cox already exist for those series. However, if you'd still like to try you'll need to contact Hachette UK as they own the Enid Blyton copyright. Here are their contact details.