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This has puzzled me for more than 10 years. I just need confirmation that my reasoning is right and Mammoth made a mistake; or that I missed something and Mammoth's sequence of the stories is right after all. Thanks very much!! April 2, - Paul Austin says: For whatever reason, I got confused as a child - probably because of Princess Bongawee - and thought that Bets was really Portuguese - well she had to have been of exotic ancestry to pass for an exotic child princess.

At least that how my mind went. March 3, - Christopher Black says: I am trying to find a particular copy of Enid Blyton's magazine from the mid 50s in which she published a letter from me which I wrote to her as a young child growing up in South Africa. Unfortunately I have no idea of the date or edition. If you can suggest how or where I might be able to track down the copy which contains my letter to her Christopher Black , I'd be grateful for any advice anyone can give me.

Buster says: The magazines are now quite rare, Christopher. Occasionally some go up on Ebay for sale, but there were many printed in the 50's. You could try our sister site and ask on there also. Some of the Society Members do have these magazines, so it would be worth while asking. Hope you find the magazine in which your letter is printed. Enid Blyton Society. February 21, - Paul Austin says: Given Enid's long running fight with the BBC, do any of her stories the ones set in "the real world unless specified" mention the BBC as an institution?

Buster says: I don't think we really know. We know he was a young puppy when George found him on the moors, and she says that was a year ago, in the first Famous Five Book. I really enjoyed that book and would love to see a review. Buster says: There is a review of this book on our sister site, Scot. February 13, - Swati says: Enid Blyton books are amazing. I have all the 15 mysteries of The 5 Find Outers and the Dog. I grew up reading these series and I developed a taste for mystery novels. Even today sometimes I read them.

Enid Blyton's books were my first step towards mystery novel world. February 7, - Mark says: Trying to find the origin of 'Gypo' as used by the 4ship formation of the Red Arrows as the 5ship formation is named 'Enid' after Enid Blyton. Wondered if it was a character in one of her books?

Daisy says: I don't know Mark, maybe someone reading this knows. I have watched this and heard the "leader of the pack" speak of it, and it's fantastic to watch.

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Reds are known as 'Gypo', the nickname of one of the pilots back in the 60s. December 19, - petes says: A pore old gardener said, "Ah me! My days is almost done. I've got rheumatics in me knee, And now it's hard to run. I've got a measle in my foot, And chilblains on my nose, And bless me if I haven't got, Pneumonia in my toes. All my hair has fallen out, My teeth have fallen in, I'm really getting rather stout, Although I'm much too thin. My nose is deaf, my ears are dumb, My tongue is tied in knots, And now my barrow and my spade, Have all come out in spots.

My watering can is. Daisy says: Thank you Pete. I'd forgotten this poem from Fatty. December 19, - Pam Stoller says: Enid Blyton wrote a poem in one of her books, a clue to something perhaps. It was called "A Poor Old Gardener". I cannot remember the whole thing but it was brilliant and I need to find it to relearn it. Can you help me out? Daisy says: Enid wrote many poems so hopefully someone reading this may be able to help you.

You could also try our sister site too. December 6, - Paul Austin says: I hate the oppressive summer weather. Sometimes I think the shops and stores are mocking us with their fake snow and frost sprayed windows and Santa in his winter suit. If he wears that suit on an Australian December 25th, when houses are still hot from the day, old Saint Nick will get heat stroke.

I remember reading about them in Enid Blyton's Big Book, in about Buster says: Thank you for that bit of info, Susan. I may take a look at that story myself. November 26, - Julie Heginbotham says: Glad you enjoyed my continuation stories, Aniruddha. As Daisy says, I have a few more continuation stories over on the sister site, but those stories are not Fatty and Co in retirement, they are aged as they are in Enid's books. You may also be interested to know that I have written a book of my own called - The Mysterious Boy - Julie Robinson, which you can see a picture of and a link to the book on the left hand side of this home page, along with other advertisements.

November 26, - Aniruddha says: Hi, I found this site quite recently and just lost myself reliving my childhood reading Enid Blyton's books. What is even better were the continuation stories written by the authors to my favourite adventure series - Five Find-Outers and the Famous Five. I loved the books by Ms. Julie and once again found myself lost in a sleepy little village where the adventure never stops. Will more stories be forthcoming? Also, as a side note, as I was reading down the list, I noticed that the link to the story "Five Grow Very Old Together" by Liz Filluel is broken - any chance it can be fixed.

I really wanted to read it. In any case, just love the fanfic put up and hope more are in the works fingers crossed. Daisy says: Glad you have found Enid Blyton again, Aniruddha. It's always good to re-read these books from childhood and enjoy them. You will find more continuation stories about the Five Found-Outers, written by Julie Heginbotham over on this sister site, but you will have to join the Society to be able to read these continuation stories, and you will receive a Society Journal three times a year when you join.

Link below. It has been reported to our Chief Inspector! November 24, - Jill T says: Hi, I'm trying to remember the book or series? An early chapter involved the group voting to determine their leader. Can anyone help please? Buster says: I'm sure someone can, when they read this message. And you may want to check out our sister site. It's always sad when people pass away at a young age. I wonder what you all think of her portrayal? Buster says: I like Jo the gypsy girl very much, and she makes a great addition to the Five books.

November 22, - Paul Austin says: T, I've had my creative writing stories rejected by university magazines. I just kept on writing until one was accepted. Daisy is right that Enid was tenacious and would not have been put off. November 21, - T says: I am doing a project of Enid Blyton at school and I am just wondering what she did with the stories that got rejected by magazines. Daisy says: As we don't really know what Enid may have done, I would imagine that she would have just kept on writing and not have been put off by mere rejections.

November 17, - Paul Austin says: Joanna, Santa in shorts, eating prawns is good but I still don't like hot weather. Especially the shops having fake snow and frost, and Santa in his winter suit. November 16, - Joanna says: Paul my work mate is from England. I said to her one Christmas I would love a"White Christmas". To which she replied "Would you love digging your car out of 4 foot of snow? Any way I'm a true blue aussie who loves 40 degree summers.

November 12, - libby says: I love Enid Blytons books. My personal favourite is Malory Towers. Summers are long and hot. In , when my British pen pal phoned me in December, I tried to explain how hot the house was from the day's heat, and she started laughing. September 26, - Paul says: Thank you, Javier. I was a Cub Scout myself 2nd Mitcham. September 26, - Javier says: Hello Paul. Best wishes to all Blyton fans! September 11, - Steve Wiseman says: I write to you as someone who loves and appreciates art and literature depicting wildlife, rural life, culture and social heritage in twentieth century Britain as much as we do.

Those introduced to it tend to fall in love with its beauty and quality just about immediately. Eileen Soper, whose achievements included being the youngest ever exhibitor at The Royal Academy, was the major illustrator for Enid Blyton and a celebrated wildlife author and illustrator. Our reason for getting in touch now is that we are seeking donations toward our Appeal to establish The Soper Heritage Art Gallery and Education Centre, so we can permanently exhibit and use this outstanding body of art and literary work, including Eileen's illustrations for Enid Blyton's books.

We are registered charity, reg So, our need for donations is indeed urgent! We want to make sure the property isn't put on the open market, so losing to developers this great opportunity. Please could you consider a donation to help us reach our target? Any sum would be so much appreciated. Please see our website for instructions on how you can pay.

CO10 9RW. Inspector Jenks says And just the usual disclaimer that EnidBlyton. We're simply posting a request and a link to their website. That said, do take a look at their website if only to enjoy the amazing artwork! September 6, - Kenneth says: Now that we've slipped into autumn, I was thinking back on how the season's influenced my choice of reading material. Favourites would be the Kirrin adventures especially.

Another favourite was "Go Down to the Sea" particularly during August when we tended to get a storm with a summer gale. As Autumn and Winter set in the scene would be set for the Mystery books to take preference and looking back I notice that the majority are set in gloomy weather with visits to the dairy for cocoa and macaroons whereas with the Famous Five it was generally ginger beer and ices.

However my all time favourite is " The Mystery of the Hidden House" with its atmospheric night-time excursions to Christmas Hill, Goons treatment of poor Ern and the general gloomy atmosphere attached to the book. On re-reading it's almost Dickensian. Any other views on Blytons seasonal influence. Daisy says: Nice choices, Kenneth. Certainly she'd mentioned in passing of her visit to Marian's grandad the day before when he was robbed, but she was wondering as to how Fatty had known of it.

The reason is of course that Mr. Henri had given the boy a list of all those he'd seen calling at the Hollies and on it was 'Lady with papers or magazines,' who was deduced as being the Vicar's sister. Not wanting to give anything away, Fatty simply answered the query put to him with, "Oh, I just heard that you did.

Daisy says: Thank you, TG. I would have checked this out myself, but the book wasn't at hand at that time. September 4, - Poppy says: Have been re-reading the Find-Outers. Noticed this mistake - funny that the editors didn't catch it either. It's from the Mystery of Holly Lane. The vicar's sister herself mentions that she was at the old man's house prior to the robbery, then just a few sentences later, she asks Fatty how he knew she had been there. It's about that poor old man whose money has been stolen. I and my friends happened to be the first ones to help him when he discovered his loss.

It was going so loudly that I could hardly hear myself speak! Everything seemed just as usual," said the kindly-faced woman. Daisy says: I must read that section of the book, Poppy. I've never noticed it before. September 4, - TG says: In answer to Janet's question, the only white golliwog I can think of is that unfortunate chap who was wafted away on a kite.

At journey's end some ducks started chasing him so he hid in a bucket containing whitewash, whereupon his face hands and feet became bleached. Daisy says: Thank you for that information, TG. September 2, - janet says: I have been looking for "The White Golliwog" could you possibly help me to find it. August 11, - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I am 66 now and still love reading books by Enid. I go on a lot of walking holidays and tend to read a Blyton book on the way there and back on the train or plane, its nice and relaxing.

I have two books for my next trip,Five have a mystery to solve and The river of adventure. I have not read them for over 50 years. Fatty says: A great idea, Brendan. Enjoy the books and your holiday! August 11, - Rashmi says: Hello,folks and all admirers and fans of one of the greatest writers of children"s books.

Today is the st birth anniversary of this evergreen author of more than books to her credit. If information is right, Enid Blyton was born on the 11th of August and still rules the world of magic and enchantment in the hearts of millions who have read her books. Today I pay my eternal respects to her and express my admiration for this great author, who was and still is an essential part of my self and will always be. Let all of us who feel similarly collectively pay our tributes to her. Daisy says: Happy Birthday, Enid. July 29, - Rashmi says: I agree with Fatty that village life in England had a great charm and enchantment of its own from what I read in the books of Enid Blyton.

But if there is a book that truly captures this I must read it, even today. Could I be helped on this, please? July 29, - Rashmi says: I read the posts of Lotte Baker and Hermione Granger among others, nothing could be truer. Enid Blyton will always remain the absolute queen of children books. I urge all children of todays harsh machine age of stick to reading the books of this all time great writer, it will keep them human with good qualities of heart and head.

Magic,adventure,schools,mystery,family,and yes-philosophy,this great writer was sent by God to give lovers of good reading thousands of books that have captivated, educated and uplifted countless minds-young to old. I was started on her books in and even today I crave for them. I pray that the golden age of her books come back again and never go. July 29, - Nigel says: Sandrina. The world is a big place. I think you might need to narrow it down somewhat! July 29, - Telstar says: Hi.

I see listings from with light blue and black title, and dark blue and white title? Thanks for any help! Fatty says: The boards were red with black printing. July 23, - Sandrina says: Hello fellow Blytonians Is anybody interested in meeting up for coffee and chat about all the books? Buster says: Enid wrote many Christmas stories, and I guess each person has their own personal favourite. July 15, - Julie Robinson says: Thank you, Steph, so pleased you enjoyed my book, which is advertised here on the Home Page on the left hand side of the page, and is available on Amazon and most books shops here in the UK will order for you.

Brilliant book as good as any Blyton I have read. A must read for any reader. Daisy says: That's nice to hear, Steph. I will pass on your comments to Julie, who we know well here, at Enid Blyton. July 13, - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I find it hard to figure out the comment by Paul regarding Enid and Michael Jackson,they had little in common,I love reading the Blyton books many years after I first read them.

I have no interest whatsoever with the latter. Daisy says: I don't think they had anything in common either! July 4, - Paul says: Enid and Michael Jackson are alike in that both were emotionally damaged by traumatic experiences and sought to find comfort and healing in recreating the childhood they'd missed.

Fatty says: Hmm, possibly - but from far different backgrounds. Michael wasn't an only child and had siblings for support. June 26, - Javier says: Hello everyone! In his review of The Mystery of the Missing Necklace, Keith Robinson points out that Mr Goon seems to leave the old deaf man in jail for several days out of anger and frustration. In fact, Mr Goon tells Fatty that he is keeping the old deaf man locked up so he cannot warn the jewel thieves. Daisy says: It is only fiction, Javier, and so laws in a children's fiction book can be altered to suit what the writer is trying to say.

Law in reality is totally different. Also when this book was first published in , the police laws were also slightly different as of today. June 25, - khadija says: I love Enid Blyton. She was such a good woman. She used to write good interesting stories for children. This group made me learn many things. June 24, - TG says: Thanks to Pete for the info - I've often wondered what the consolation prizes were. As the publication date has been extended to May or June, and as it's now June, let's hope there'll be yet another biography flooding the markets shortly.

An interesting titbit from pre-publication data released by the author is as follows "A wealth of material was discovered when the British Library put online some years of local and regional newspapers from its archives. Some of the chapters are now enlarged with the fortuitous finds. Before he went to Malvern he was at the same kindergarten as Enid Blyton in Beckenham.

After her death in he wrote to The Times saying that he could probably claim to be the only person who had played the March Hare to Miss Blyton's Alice" Dec. Haven't the faintest idea what a 'Classical Demy' is. In lighter vein: If a dog bit you or me, it'd be of scant interest, but when Enid Blyton suffered the experience, it made The Times! June 24, - petes says: TG - My consolation prize was a reading light - I have never personally felt the book was going to be free for me as I made a generous donation to Brian's crowdfunding venture which he confirmed by email along with his thanks - Brian also promised I would receive my copy of the book when it was published.

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An updated publication date from Brian would be most helpful as it is now Sunday June 24th Regards Pete. This is not yet possible of course, but at least Suzanne of Shropshire who won the second monthly competition is down as being the winner of an 'MSI U Notebook. Actually, an additional note confirms they've all been sent, so now I'm curious, as we all might be, to know what they were. Amongst the participants, Pete of course would have possessed an advantage see above and he might also be regarded as somewhat of an expert in the field.

Incidentally, a 'notebook' first prize doesn't seem much of an article to win after blowing one's brains out to solve a quiz question, but in this modern day and age 'notebook' might refer to something else. Some up to date communication from Brian on this matter would be really most appreciated. Daisy says: Yes, it would be nice if Brian did give an update, Pete. June 14, - TG says: Two messages that refer to 'Enid Blyton - The Untold Story' could leave those who've contributed to the 'Gofundme' facility feeling a little impatient.

Update: Because the process took longer than expected, the publication date provisionally announced as February, is now carried forward to sometime in May or June Incidentally the 'Gofundme' page for 'EnidBlytonbio' is no longer there! The name of the enterprise to be created is: Bloomsfield Publishing" - and it goes on to illustrate how the money will be used this contains about fifteen headings and will also cover "Commissioning a reputable independent Publishing Services Provider in London to prepare the book for publication.

Dated Five so far. June 11, - Debjani says: My entire childhood is reading Enid Blyton. My first book was The Mountain of Adventure.

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Every book, every story, took me on a journey outside of myself and into a world peopled with the inimitable Blyton characters. My favourite character is and always will be George, along with faithful old Timmy. There was a time when I actually believed they were real and when I was cruelly disabused of that notion, I remember looking up into the clouds and thinking - 'that's where they are, they will always be there'.

I love George and Famous Five and everything Enid Blyton, I miss my childhood that was laced with such gorgeous reading. It's a place that will remain untarnished. Fatty says: I am sure many of us felt exactly the same, Debjani. A most interesting post. Is now carried forward to sometime in May or June Best Wishes Pete. Daisy says: I hope Brian will read this Pete, if not we'll get the updates checked out for you.

The Sea Anemone is down as a 'queer flower,' and a few trees are mentioned. Wonder if we'll be informed as to why this particular inventory is required? Fatty says: Thanks, TG. Yes, I was wondering what was behind the question as well. May 19, - Justme says: Can someone advise what year the disastrous PC revisions have been made to Enid Blyon's books? My first child is now just old enough to start reading The Enchanted Wood, and and I find out they've been butchered. There's not even the option to buy it uncensored! Are we burning books next? I'm a bit cranky. Can anyone give more info on publishing dates that are safe?

I'll buy second hand. Daisy says: I'm not sure when some of the books were updated to make them more PC of today, Justme, but you can still buy the original books from second hand book shops and many are on Ebay and Abe Books. I do hope you can find the books you are looking for. May 18, - Allison says: Hi, could you tell me what plants were mentioned in the adventures of Pip? Daisy says: I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that one, so I'm hoping that someone else reading your question can help you, Allison.

May 10, - Alex says: Greetings from Russia. Liked to read Enid Blyton books in childhood, especially The Five Find-Outers Series and it was so cool to find these books in the original language and re-read them again now. Daisy says: Enid lived in various homes as an author. The most famous ones are Old Thatch in Bourne End. You can still see the cottage but sadly you can't visit inside the garden as it is a private residence.

Enid then moved to Green Hedges over in Beaconsfield, but again sadly the house was demolished but you can visit where it once stood in Enid Blyton Close. If you visit the model village there in Beaconsfield, there is a model of Enid's once house - Green Hedges. If you want to read more about Enid and where she lived as a child, you can visit our sister site and read all about Enid in the section - Author of Adventure.

April 29, - Paul Austin says: There's an official site aimed at kids about Enid run by Hachette who control most of her works sans Noddy. April 24, - Nithya says: Wow. It's been years since I've visited this site. I can't imagine what life would be like without Enid Blyton's books- especially all the adventure and mystery ones. They're my greatest inspiration. I was obsessed over Fatty's awesome disguise skills and every other character of the book. I can't think how much Enid Blyton's books have helped me: They've led to me writing my first full length novel, they've encouraged me to be happy.

It's awesome. From Nithya, 15 years old, from India. Daisy says: Nice to hear that you've had so much inspiration from Enid's books, Nithya. Fatty says: It's been almost three years since your last post - welcome back! April 16, - Paul Austin says: I live in the central north of Tasmania and the demographics of the area are about years older than I am.

It's a retirement home disguised as a small town. Fatty says: Paul obviously knows little about village life in England! Having said that, I agree that school life has no place in Enchanted Wood stories. April 13, - Paul Austin says: Also a village school would be much more boring than a town or suburban school. Going to school is like asking if characters spend a penny - it's not important to the story so it doesn't come up!

April 13, - Jackie says: True Fatty! Much more interesting things to learn in the lands at the top of the Faraway Tree than going to school! No talk of ever inviting friends from school to come and visit. So maybe Jo, Bessie and Fanny are home schooled! April 12, - Jackie says: I grew up with the Faraway Tree books and I am really enjoying re reading Jo, Bessie and Fanny's adventures to my 5 year old daughter. Now I'm an adult however reading them again I find it curious that there is no mention of school!

Do we assume that Jo, Bessie and Fanny didn't go to school and just helped their parents at home with he housework and gardening? Fatty says: Would you talk about school if you had access to the Enchanted Wood? Much more exciting things to do! So I picked up the book to read with my grand daughter and wife, Read the rear, Turned it over and burst out laughing. You know at least Two people at Hodder and Stroughton had to have looked at and approved the picture. Not sure if this was an original picture, but if it was, why use it again with such a glaring error. The telescope is back to front. You look through the small end, not the large end.

LOL A term Enid often uses in her books. Or put another way, you can't fix stupid. I'm really not sure whether to be amused, bemused or just sad at the incredibly low level of attention to detail and control by the publishes. I have also noticed errors in the previous Five books to.

Although I am not going back to find them. Perhaps on the next read around, I will note them. Still, looking forward to reading book Six again after so many years. Fatty says: You also seem to suffer with a low attention to detail regarding spelling! The edition to which you refer is a facsimile edition showing the original cover from the first edition of All editions. April 4, - Stacey says: I've always loved Enid Blyton and my favourite memories involve staying at my nans after going to the library and getting the Famous Five books, back then they were blue hardback with a picture on the front, I have been trying to find them but can't as I loved the format.

I have just recently re read the mystery series and have read some of be fan fiction on here. Great site. Daisy says: Glad you are enjoying our fan fic, Stacey. Reading Blyton brings back a lot of many happy childhood memories for all of us. Fatty says: Stacey, have a look at all editions here. April 3, - petes says: Regarding Enid Blyton - The Untold Story by Brian Carter: I was most pleased to read on Brian's webpage listed here that after an extremely long wait the book may be published around May or June I look forward to Brian sending me my promised copy so I can review it and hopefully generate lots of sales for him!

April 2, - Elena says: Happy Easter to all the Enid fans. I hope I will be able to participate in your discussions. I am a great fan of Enid Blyton's books and Fatty is my favourite character. March 15, - Manya says: It's been ages since I've been on here, but I just realized at the age of ten, when I was first here, till, I'd read about all of Blyton series and then some. It might have been ages 6 years but I haven't lost the fake British accent I'm Asian. March 11, - Sam says: I just finished reading the Mystery of the Stolen Secrets, and enjoyed it very much in itself.

The author has generally been faithful to the rhythm and general progress of the originals, though there are some slight changes. However, I must say that the language and phraseology used is very different to the originals, and probably not in keeping with that used by children of that age in that era. Also, pet phrases of Goon, such as "Gah!

Just for feedback! Daisy says: Great to hear your feedback, Sam. March 11, - Vivienne says: Enid Blyton was my childhood; Even now that I've grown up, I still read these because they bring back so many memories. It's amazing how these stories never grow old! Daisy says: Glad you still enjoy reading your Blyton books, Vivienne. It's good to take a look back to those innocent childhood days and happy memories of reading a well-loved author.

And her books are still popular today. Whenever I think about reading them again, I so feel like crying :D Good memories. January 30, - Block says: What an odd question. I wouldn't have thought she would have used this phrase, any more than deep midwinter! Fatty says: Yes, it did seem a bit of a random question. January 28, - Paul says: Did Enid ever use the phrase "high summer" in her stories?

Daisy says: I've no idea, maybe someone else would know if they read this. Fatty says: Tell us why, Alicia! Looking forward to chatting with a whole range of amazing Blyton characters on here. After all, where else in the world would one be able to do this?! January 4, - Fatty says: Thanks you for your kind comments and for participating in discussions throughout last year.

We all wish everybody a very happy new year and look forward to reading your views on all things Blyton! I don't post often, but I read and enjoy every thing written by others and I look forward to more in the coming year. Cheers Peter-Australia. Daisy says: A Merry Christmas to you too, Peter-Australia, and we all hope you continue to visit the site. Daisy says: I'm not sure if Enid really planned for each book to follow on the seasons rule, Vicente. She wrote one a year. Maybe someone else will be able to tell us? December 9, - Paul says: Two weeks until Christmas. I wonder what Christmas was like for Enid, both as a girl and an adult?

December 8, - Lottie Baker says: You are one of a kind, brilliant author, who will live in the minds of countless generations for years to come. December 8, - Hermione Granger says: Though you may have gone, Enid, your books are far from leaving us, your exceptional way of writing is a mystery to us all and they way you hook us all with your love of writing. The beauty and dedication through every line and thought must have been hard, but it was worth it. You have inspired and moulded millions of children's lives, me included.

Thank you so much for your magical, wonderful books, you will never be forgotten. December 8, - Aminata Tamba says: Enid mary is my role model and I wish to be a writer like her.

Daisy says: Dreams can come true, Aminata. November 28, - Emme says: How many books has Enid Blyton sold all the way till Fatty says: It has been estimated at million, and she is the seventh-best-selling fiction author of all time. November 3, - Nigel says: A great post, Kenneth. You share your views with many of us in The Enid Blyton Society. Do have a look at the forums, I'm sure you will have a whale of a time! Fatty says: Indeed! Here is the link. She was one of Enid's inspirations.

October 30, - petes says: What an fantastic,upbuilding post from Kenneth. I agree with all his well expressed sentiments. You can interact there with many like minded Enid Blyton fans who heartily endorse your sentiments. Regards, Pete. Daisy says: I agree with Pete, Kenneth. Take a look at Enid Blyton Society website. October 30, - Kenneth says: Like many of the comments I am bemused at this continual politicizing of children's books, particularly Enid Blytons. When will they turn their attention to the so called classics, imagine Alice and the White Queen with no more "off with their heads" or The Wind in The Willows with a limp skirmish at the end with the weasels and status.

I was " born in the fifties" as the Police song goes and was entranced by initially the escapades of the Secret Seven, followed by the Famous Five and the Barney "R" mysteries. However it was the Find Outers that really grabbed my attention and vividly remember trying to work out the clues before Fatty and the gang. Being brought up on an isolated farm these stories gave me an escape into another world which was a welcome diversion in the days of very limited alternative entertainment.

Living on a farm I also enjoyed the Mistletoe Farm pair of books and can still remember a superb nature book I managed to borrow from the school library when I was in primary school. I have been fortunate to obtain my own copy of Enid Blytons Nature Lovers Book and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in flaura and fauna. But it may be censored soon since it centres around an elderly man taking three children on nature rambles. Ah the innocence of youth. October 20, - Paul Austin says: Dear my beloved Blytonites.

My father, who has had dementia for some time, has been diagnosed with cancer. I feel sad but at the same time, because of the dementia, death would be a merciful release. October 9, - Vikram Gulati says: It would be fair to say that Enid Blyton books shaped my childhood thinking. It made me more imaginative, caring, inquisitive, curious to learn and above all adventurous.

It started with her Noddy series and I fell in love with the characters. The cute little car which followed all his instincts was the ultimate fantasy. As I grew up, the Famous Five series took centre stage and the adrenalin started to flow every time I took up a new adventure with them. It taught me the importance of friends in life and of course gave me my first pet - it's really wonderful to connect with Enid again. Fatty says: That echoes my childhood as well, Vikram. October 3, - Nigel says: Further information can be sourced from the Enid Blyton Society website, where answers can be found to most questions.

Anita Bensoussane has written an excellent mini-biography on Enid. Read from section 21 on for more on Dorothy. Hope this is of help, John. Click here. Fatty says: You beat me to it, Nigel. I was going to add this to Paul's post. A timely plug for the excellent Society website. I have added the link to your post. October 1, - Paul Austin says: John: Isn't it generally believed by fans that Dorothy Richards is the one whose death motivated Gillian to get on with arranging Enid's biography, as she dared not wait anymore?

September 30, - John Travers says: I cannot find anywhere any reference to whatever became of Enid's children's nurse Dorothy Richards. Perhaps I have overlooked that information. Can anyone help? September 27, - petes says: I cannot find the quote below regarding Mrs Layman and Kirrin in any of my editions. Thank you - Pete. Daisy says: That quote is certainly not in my old editions of Mystery To Solve. I too would like to know which edition, obviously an updated one, that quote is in.

Layman's nice- she's been really kind since we moved near to Kirrin. September 23, - Paul says: We're getting 40 degree heat in some parts of Australia, today. In September! I think Enid, with her love of nature and the environment, would be fighting for action on the climate were she around today.

Not long ago I was lucky enough to acquire a complete set of the early editions with Eileen Soper's drawings. I have heard that, in the latter editions, all references to corporal punishment have been removed. Eg, scolding replacing whipping. To me, that speaks of society becoming more repressed rather than liberated. I still occasionally read them at sixty!

Daisy says: Nice to hear you are still reading Blyton books, Mrs Stick.

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The latter editions have been altered to be more PC, but you can still buy the second hand original copies from years ago. And many of us do and are still reading them. September 19, - Gemini says: Yes Daisy, 20 years had passed between the writing of the two adventure stories, I was wondering how many years between the two adventures? Time does not pass quickly between their adventures. Fatty says: I think you have to suspend any time reality, Gemini. If not, Julian would probably have been in his 30s by the end - and Timmy would certainly be in that kennel in the sky!

September 19, - Gemini says: Yes Nigel we shall never know. I too had wondered if they had shifted their home. We don't even know how many years had passed between the two adventures! Daisy says: If you're meaning Enid's writing years between the two adventures, Gemini. As I said it was 20 years. September 19, - Nigel says: Gemini, Enid told us very little about the other three cousins' parents - we don't even know their Christian names. I seem to remember a journey to Kirrin involved a lengthy train journey from a London terminus. Maybe by the end of the series they could have moved house - nearer to Kirrin.

We shall never know. September 18, - Gemini says: Thank you Daisy. I guess that was probably the reason. While there are so many things that puzzle me, one thing that has been puzzling me of late is this. How far is Julian, Dick and Anne's home from George's? In the first book Five on a Treasure Island, we see that the three siblings' mother takes a car drive to drop them in Kirrin Cottage.

They even stop for a picnic lunch I think. Now in Five Have a Mystery to Solve, the cousins just cycle to each other's homes with Timmy running behind them? Anyone can throw a light on this? Daisy says: The first book was written in , Gemini. And Mystery to Solve So with a gap of 20 years between the first book written, I would think that Enid Blyton probably forgot what she had written in the first book.

Also she was failing in health at around that time in September 8, - Paul Austin says: Enid is often mocked for not including then-contemporary things like radio and television that much in her stories. Do the EB Dot Net team think that is a fair critique? There were instances of listening to the wireless remember the "Sea piece" listened to in one story, and in Five on Kirrin Island Again the four were entertained by Mr Curton's new television set.

TV wasn't contemporary for most of Enid's era, and I would say a lack of toilet facilities were a much bigger issue! August 18, - Paul says: Looking at names in Blyton like Mirabel and Gladys, you have to wonder if the modern trend of "you neek" names, was also in vogue during Enid's time. Enid would possibly have agreed with me that "do these mothers know that they are naming a grown adult, as well as a baby? Fatty says: Never heard of "you neek" names. Is that an Australian term?

Fatty says: You could tell us what you particularly love about them, Eesha. August 4, - Tina says: I am always wondering that most of the characters in Blyton's books are not getting significant older. I mean, the oldest of the groups are in the first books always around 13 or 14 years old and in the end of the series, I mean, several holidays later, they are still going on holidays with their relatives and need approval from their parents or guardians and are still in school this does not refer to the boarding school series like Malory Tower or St.

Fatty says: Has to be really, or there'd only be 4 or 5 Famous Five books! As with most long running series, ageing has to be ignored. I believe Hercule Poirot Agatha Christie would have been when he finally died! July 27, - Paul says: I actually find it interesting that in recent revisions, Anne Kirrin stating that boys cannot wear pretty dresses and liking girls' dolls has been taken out. Presumably to tell young readers that wearing pretty dresses is now to be considered gender neutral and that it's OK for boys to like dolls and go back to 19th century Britain where guys wore rouge on their cheeks?

Fatty says: I find these updates ridiculous and unnecessary, and an insult to Blyton's work. Of course girls still like "pretty dresses" and dolls. Heaven forbid we go back to earlier times with men wearing wigs and rouge! Mr Goon says: Gah! Just you let me catch that toad of a boy wearing a frock. July 27, - Lily says: Hi. This is one of the best sites ever. I am remembering all the Blyton books that I once read. Buster says: I hope that you will re-read them all, Lily. You will be amazed! July 19, - petes says: Petes says: Many thanks indeed to the hardworking team here for managing to get in touch with Brian Carter author of 'Enid Blyton - The Untold Story' on my behalf.

I consider you to be the best supporter of my book and will keep my promise to send you a signed copy. However, the book had to be reopened owing to a fortuitous find and I'm still going through the bulk of work that MUST be included in the book. When the book is finally ready for publication I'll make the necessary announcement on my website and by then I'll be free to take up where I left off in relation to keeping in touch with loyal supporters such as you. With very best wishes Brian" The fortuitous find sound most exciting! I do hope Brian can get his book published as soon as possible.

Many thanks again to all at EnidBlyton. Regards and best wishes. Buster says: Happy to hear you have had a response from Brian, Pete. Good news indeed. July 10, - Fatty says: Pete, I will forward your message on to Inspector Jenks for him to investigate. Bear with us, please. I believe I was one of the very first people to donate money to help him.

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I was promised a signed copy of the book by Brian. Yours patiently, petes. Buster says: I feel for you, Pete. I think it's sad when this sort of thing happens. I do hope you have some response after this message is seen. You can't find Enid Blyton's novels easily in Pakistan Islamabad, so can anyone tell me specific online book shopping websites that has free home delivery in Pak. I come from Germany, and have audio books about the Famous Five and Barney mysteries. June 29, - Paul says: Hi I was thinking of writing a post about the Adventurous Four for both you and World of Blyton but my current copies from Abe Books are "Mary and Jill" ones from the early seventies so I cannot compare it to a modern edition.

I look forward to re-visiting parts of the website I haven't been to for ages! PC Goon says: At least that dratted toad of a boy isn't there, grinning as usual. You should also find it easy to read on a small device like a phone or tablet, because it's a fluid design that shrinks and expands to fit the screen, properly wrapping the content.

If you spot any bugs, please feel free to report them. The navigation and functionality is mostly the same, but again, feel free to report anything you find difficult or awkward. I would also like to invite any Blyton fans to submit articles about any of the main series. These articles should be fairly substantial in length — something Buster could get his teeth into rather than just a few short paragraphs — as well as informative and perhaps thought-provoking.

Oh, and make sure you proofread your work! I'm particularly interested in beefing up some of the "blank" areas where we don't have articles. Please submit to mystery enidblyton. Note that I do NOT need book reviews at this time. Thanks all! Inspector Jenks says: All right now, move along, nothing to see here! June 19, - Lawrence says: I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed Richard and Julie's submissions. More please. Daisy says: Nice of you to say so, Lawrence.

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Thank you for the feedback. June 10, - Phillip Kemp says: Hi I have just bought a watercolour painting of children in a playground with balloons and it is signed E Blyton , just wondering if anyone knows anything about Enids art work. Thanks Phil. Buster says: This isn't any picture I've heard of Phillip. You could ask The Enid Blyton Society, to see if anyone on there could help you. May 21, - Srinidhi says: The fanfiction on this site is amazing. They are so well written. Kudos to the writers!! Fatty says: Thanks, Srinidhi. They are certainly a good read.

May 11, - Richard says: Just to let you know that Keith has very kindly placed a new Find Outers story of mine of the site. It's called 'The Mystery of the Stolen Secrets. I hope you enjoy it. Fatty says: And a thumping good read it is too! Well done Richard! Hope's Crossing Collection Volume 2.

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