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Note: Enid is credited with over 10,900 short stories, poems and plays throughout her career, but some were used many times so the actual number is more like 7500. Check out this comprehensive, detailed listing.
  • 186 novels/novelettes
  • 258 character books
  • 946 short story series books
  • 267 education books
  • 213 recreation books
  • 187 continuation books
  • 284 Enid Blyton contributions

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December 21, 2014 - Peter says: Hi All: It's really great to see Fatty, Bets, Buster, and now even Daisy and Mr Goon all replying to posting. I hope you will all read mine! I haven't posted for quite a while so I wish everyone compliments of the season and I hope you have a wonderful new year! Peter (From Australia).
Bets says... Bets says: It's good to have you back, Peter! Happy New Year to you too!
December 19, 2014 - Coo says: You are always welcome my dear friends : ), and thank you so much for liking my post. I am so happy to read your replies. Oh Buster, you have told everyone about my post. You are a darling. And Daisy, I am always ready to read Enid's stories : ). Thanks dear Fatty, and Gah! Mr Goon : P.S I love the way you say Gah! Seriously, your replies have made my day : ).
Buster says... Buster says: So pleased that you are pleased, Coo. Woof! Woof!
December 18, 2014 - Coo says: Hey everyone, it is me Coo, one of the greatest fans of the Five Find Outers. I visit Enid Blyton's websites because she is my favourite writer. I have read her stories, and I must say that she was such a talented writer that I could go into all her stories due to her great imagination. And, about the Five Find Outers, they are my favourite. I love them so much. Oh! I have no words to explain my love for them, and especially Fatty. I am so EXCITED to see that now all of the Five Find Outers are here : -). I want to welcome all of you. And, of course my dear Buster and Mr Goon too. Waiting for your replies. Love you all : -).
Buster says... Buster says: What a wonderful post, Coo. And thanks so much for your warm welcome. You have summed up Enid Blyton's books perfectly. She had a great gift for taking her readers into the story. My tail is wagging non stop, knowing that we Find-Outers are your favourites. I'm just off around Peterswood to tell the others. Woof! Woof!

Daisy says: Thank you, Coo. As Buster says, great post. Buster couldn't wait to tell me what he had just read. Keep reading, Coo, and don't forget to read some of Enid's other fabulous stories.

Fatty says: Coo - lovely post! Thank you.

Mr Goon says: Gah!
December 17, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, I read the comments on the names in my story. The reason I used the new names is because I thought it might not be put on the site if I used the old names. If you are an older reader, you will know why the names were changed.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I realised that you probably wanted continuity with the newest publications, Evie. Using the original names wouldn't have made any difference to us uploading your story, though. I *am* an 'older reader', and I seen no reason why the names were changed. Aunt Fanny was changed to Aunt Margaret in the CCF films back in the 1950s - when Enid was still writing FF books! So there is nothing new in meddling with Enid's character's names!
December 16, 2014 - Paul says: Even if Enid had wanted to write "grittier" stories like some childrens' authors in Continental countries were doing, I doubt that it would have gotten past the British censors. Whenever anyone criticises Enid for painting a "too good to be true" picture of the world, they should be reminded that this was an era of heavy censorship and control.
Buster says... Buster says: What makes you think she wanted to write 'grittier' stories? Grrrrr!
December 16, 2014 - Julie@owlsdene says: Hey, Pete, less of the 'old'. (hehehe).
Buster says... Buster says: Julie, 'old' never!! Woof! Woof!!
December 15, 2014 - Pete says: Thanks a million, Daisy, I can't believe I missed that! Good old Julie!!
Bets says... Bets says: What a darling she is!
December 15, 2014 - Mehul says: I had began to read The Wrong Land but stopped. Why did Evie use Joe, Frannie and Beth? Really, have Blyton fans also started using the new names? (really annoyed).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Joe, Frannie and Beth are the updated names for Jo, Fanny and Bessie in the series. I imagine Evie used the publishers preferred names to avoid confusion with new readers. There was, in my opinion, no need to change the names in the first place, but the dastardly deed has been done. Evie's story is a very good one, so take a tolerance pill and carry on reading it!
December 15, 2014 - Pete says: Mmmm "Mr Goon Finds Love." anyone brave enough to take on that fanfic? I can only think of Julie at a push!!!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Julie has touched on this fanfic, Pete. Take a look at Fatty & Co in Retirement, on this site, number seven story - Just An Ordinary Sunday Afternoon - and you'll see that Mr Goon did find love and had an offspring!
December 14, 2014 - Farwa says: Wow! Daisy is here too? How lovely! She's my favourite Find-Outer!
Daisy says... Daisy says: I'm so pleased to hear that, Farwa.
December 14, 2014 - Nigel says: If Goon did find a woman, I am sure she would have been an unpaid housekeeper. There wouldn't be much love in the relationship, I am certain! I hesitate to say too much, as Goon is now on the team!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Poor old Goon, unloved by many!!
December 10, 2014 - Paul says: Avinash: I'd like to think that Goon did find a woman that would love and take care of him and did marry, post series. Even after what he'd done, he was still sympathetic to the reader as Enid made it clear that he "was naughty, but wasn't bad" to quote the Amelia Jane stories.
December 10, 2014 - TG says: 'Barb' (Dec. 2nd, 2014) asked for a story title. Most of the Enid Blyton short tales that we can recall were usually lifted from her 'Sunny Stories' magazines. 'The Three Sailors' has John, Mary, and their friend Tony holidaying by the sea and, naturally, they want to experience a boat ride. Their party-pooper dad refuses to hire a vessel for them so Granny suggests they play around in an upturned table. They do. It's a hot day. They feel sleepy. The waves are just over there. The tide changes. And so on. 'Enid Blyton's Gay Story Book' has an excellent Soper illustration whilst the Sandle Bros edition, which features the tale in one whole book, has the usual un-credited artist whose pictures could be considered as 'not bad. ' At least they're in colour. Readers could be forgiven for thinking the original SS pictures (Marjorie Thorp) were by Hilda McGavin who illustrated the 'Wishing Chair' because there's an uncanny resemblance between the artists' work. In one short story (The Goblin Aeroplane), Hugh and Jill are standing apprehensively behind a chimney as a strange aircraft approaches them. Contrast this with Peter and Mollie (Wishing Chair) hiding behind a door as the Snoogle enters.
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you for the information, TG. Much appreciated. Woof! Woof!
December 10, 2014 - Paul says: I wondered if Enid was ever approached to write a TV series adaption of one of her works, but then I remember that the BBC hated her until the mid-fifties and she probably saw the new ITV as beneath her.
Fatty says... Fatty says: As far as I know, Enid wasn't asked to write anything for television. I think,it is unusual for an author to script-write adaptations of their work. As to her views on Independent Television, I have no idea. It looks to me as if you might have answered your own question, Paul.
December 10, 2014 - Avery Belle says: Greetings. Question for Buster , Are you a dog or a human? .
Buster says... Buster says: If you read the Find-Outer books, Avery Belle, you will know that I am a dog, belonging to Fatty. And I'm so intelligent, I can read and write! Woof! Woof!

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