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How many books did Enid Blyton write?
This is easily the most asked question about our beloved author, and it's amazing how many different answers there are. The truth is, it depends on what you mean by "book." Do you mean novels? Short story compilations? Character books? Non-fiction nature books? The following numbers are shamelessly borrowed from the Enid Blyton Society's database and updated real-time. For a far more detailed analysis, visit the Society's immense Cave of Books.
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.
269 character books
983 short story series books
268 education books
259 recreation books
214 continuation books
295 Enid Blyton contributions
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December 3, 2016 - Mr Trotteville (Frederick) says: My dearest Mr Goon,It's Mr Frederick Trotteville here via telegram from Tippylooloo. May I assure you of MY undying and unswerving appreciation as we enter the holiday season and also apologize for pete9012s omitting you from any thanks and Christmas good cheer. Ps. Did you know your bike seems to have left its usual spot and is currently outside the sweet shop in Sheepsale? Fondest Regards,your lifelong chum and confidante Mr Trotteville (Frederick)XXX pps. Buster said he loves you too. (from your ankles downwards).
PC Goon says: Gah! I've been taken for a ride before by that toad of a boy and his tales of Tippylooloo. I suppose you think you're being oh so clever don't you? And if I see that wretched dog, I'll have him put down.
December 2, 2016 - pete9012s says: May I be the first to thank Fatty,Daisy,Buster and The Inspector for all the hard work you do in answering all the very intelligent, well thought out questions you receive daily here. May I also wish you and all of your families (and pets) a very happy XMAS. Oh,ok then CHRISTMAS!! Very Best Wishes Pete.
Fatty says: You may, indeed, Pete - and thank you! We, in return, would like to thank all of our contributors to this website, and be the second to wish all a very happy Christmas and Yuletide Season.
Mr Goon says: Gah! Ignored again whilst that toad of a boy and meddlesome kids get all the credit.
November 13, 2016 - Rain says: Are these books available in electronic or ebook format? Thanks.
Fatty says: There are titles available from Amazon. Just search in the Kindle store. There are probably other sources too, just Google for details.
November 13, 2016 - Nashrah Tanvir says: Enid Blyton is my inspiration for becoming a writer. I am a big fan of her books. It looks as if she wrote hundreds of books. I just hope to become an author like her. She is my favourite writer.
Buster says: I hope you achieve your wish to become a writer, Nashrah.
November 12, 2016 - Alice Becker says: I am wanting to know where I can sell my vintage Enid Blyton books. I want them to go to someone who will treasure them.
Daisy says: You could sell them on Ebay Alice, or you could join the Enid Blyton Society, and put your books up for sale in their For Sale thread, on the forums.
Pictures and a price will be needed of course. Here is the link to the Society pages
Enid Blyton Society
Fatty says:Here is the link to the For Sale section on the forums, Alice.
November 11, 2016 - Lex Fraser says: Thanks - I appreciate it! I have also checked out the Enid Blyton Society website, which looks a great site too (lots of forums covering pretty much every Blyton topic imaginable! )! Cheers, Lex.
November 9, 2016 - Lex Fraser says: Just discovered this site - still exploring, but looks great! My name is Lex Fraser and I am a part-time (love to be full-time) writer of children's mystery and adventure books. It all started for me with Enid Blyton - obviously the 'Five' series, but for me the best were the Five Find-outers! Fatty must be one of the greatest characters in children's literature - the shed, the disguises, out foxing of Goon, etc - it really bugs me when I hear people say she only created two dimensional characters! Although, thankfully, I think Blyton bashing is more and more becoming a thing of the past. Once again, I am a part-time scribbler - and Enid is definitely my inspiration. My book The Adventure of the Missing Diva is actually FREE to buy on Amazon from the 10th until the 11th of November - it would be great to read any of your reviews/thoughts. Best regards, Lex.
Daisy says: Nice to hear your inspiration for writing came from Enid Blyton, Lex.
Fatty says: I have downloaded your book to my Kindle, Rex! Our sister site, the Enid Blyton Society will be of great interest to you, too. Updated on a daily basis, there is a whole world of Blyton to explore there.
November 5, 2016 - Avinash Machado says: Any upcoming fan fiction stories on this site? .
Buster says: Only what you can read at the moment.
Fatty says: Nothing planned, Avinash. We rely on contributors to provide our stories, and none of our regular authors have anything in the pipeline. However, there are several on our sister site, in the Secret Passage. You do have to be a Journal Subscriber to gain access to them, but it is well worth the small subscription fee. Full details can be found there.
October 30, 2016 - adam says: Hmmm, I love this site. Looking to write a series of short novels for kids soon. Is this hard? .
Buster says: Depends whether you enjoy writing or not.
October 27, 2016 - Iyla says: Enid Blyton is one of the best writers I have ever come across! I just finished reading the Famous Five series and excited to read the Secret Seven series!! She has done and accomplished many great books and poems!
Daisy says: She certainly has, Iyla
October 26, 2016 - brendan fitzpatrick says: I have recently bought an edition of 'The Castle of Adventure' which was printed in 1955. In my opinion this is one of the best Blyton books. Looking forward to reading it again,this is a cracking read.
October 14, 2016 - Hermann says: Say thanks to the folks for your web site it helps a whole lot.
October 12, 2016 - Cathy says: I don't really understand why there is such a furore about Dick liking the primroses; lots of males like flowers, that's why they are gardeners for a profession (or enjoy gardening as a hobby! ) Its got nothing to do with being feminine. My dad loves flowers but he's not remotely feminine. Same goes for Alan Titchmarsh, Geoff Hamilton, and lots of other male gardeners. Millions of men, young and old, enjoy gardening and like flowers and plants, but they're not all feminine. I personally know lots of blokes who would comment on a massive patch of flowers if it was particularly eye-catching, and all those blokes are about as unfeminine as you can get.
Buster says: Totally agree, Cathy.
October 11, 2016 - Paul says: Dick liking primroses is definitely on the feminine side, even for the forties, but that's because the character was being written by a woman. Not many actual little boys, then or now, would openly like flowers for fear of getting pummeled by other boys.
Daisy says: What a sexist remark - that's because the character was being written by a woman -!!!!
October 9, 2016 - Javier says: Hello Blyton fans! I would like to express my disappointment when I read on this webpage the following comment, taken from the "Five have a mystery to solve" review: "Dick said, [beginning of quote taken from "Blyton's book]"Oh, it must be in one of your pockets. Here, let me feel." [end of quote from Blyton's book] Oo-er, missus. I always thought Dick was my favorite character, but now I'm beginning to wonder about him. " First of all, it is hard for me to understand how something like this may be interpreted as having a sexual overtone. It is commonly believed that at some point (probably after book 6 or so), the Famous Five stopped aging. At this point (this is book 19) I think it would be fair to assume that Dick is probably portrayed as a 11- or 12-year old boy. And Wilfred, whose pockets Dick is feeling, is 9 years old! I really think that what Dick is doing is rather innocent, and probably not uncommon between kids. In addition to that, the reviewer is showing his homophobia by the comment that it follows: since Dick is allegedly doing something "homosexual", the reviewer is not going to consider him his favorite character any more! He then adds: "At the beginning of Five Go Adventuring Again, he says, "Gosh, look at the primroses on the railway banks! "ójust like any other boy, right? " It is kind of ironical that this text, which was written in 1943 by an allegedly "racist and sexist" author, shows a much more modern and open-minded vision of what being "a boy" means than the reviewer's, who writes around 75 years later!
Inspector Jenks says: I interviewed the reviewer about this matter, and he said:
Yes, I was being juvenile. Regarding the first comment, of course Dick meant it in a completely innocent way, and so did Enid. (Although, it's interesting to note just how much has changed over the years. These days, I don't think a comment like that would escape ridicule in this sexually-charged world we live in now. Heck, I was that age in the late 70s or early 80s, and I recall how boys jumped with glee on anything that could be considered a "double entendre." Nothing was as innocent as in Blyton's world.)
As for the second comment, it just seemed very unlike a boy to be excited by the sight of primroses, but that's just my opinion. Look, men and women alike appreciate nature -- I know I certainly do -- but it seemed odd for Dick, at his age, to comment on the primroses instead of, say, Anne, who is naturally more likely to gush about such things. I might be wrong. But consider this: Blyton portrayed boys as (what we see today as) sexist, in that they constantly leave the girls to wash the dishes and clean up --- including George, who is annoyed about being a girl because of such things as having to wash up! So it struck me as particularly odd for Dick, a "real man's man" in Blyton's world, to say something "girly" in Blyton's stereotyped boy-vs-girl roles.
I do admit that the part of my review about feeling in pockets is a little flippant and childish, though.
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