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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.
  • 186 novels/novelettes
  • 258 character books
  • 947 short story series books
  • 267 education books
  • 214 recreation books
  • 187 continuation books
  • 284 Enid Blyton contributions

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March 3, 2015 - Paul says: I think someone said that modern teachers and librarians think that children nowadays should have settings and characters that are more "realistic", like their parents divorcing or their sister being the victim of Uncle Frank. These adults don't seem to understand that "reality" can be just too painful.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I didn't want realism as a child - or now, for most of the time. If I want "reality", I'll read a newspaper.
March 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes I know I ordered the first three books together but Rilloby Fair came a few days before Rockingdown Mystery, and I wanted to wait to read Rockingdown first but I couldn't wait to read them!!!!!!!!! : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: That's the beauty of Enid's books!
March 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Have read The Rilloby Fair Mystery and am starting on the Rockingdown Mystery, I think they might be my favourite series, even better than Mystery and Adventure! Such a shame they aren't in print anymore you can only get them secondhand!!! Great stories if you haven't read them I recommend them SO SO SO much!! And Fatty, once you said to me, 'you really don't like young characters, do you? ' But you will have to take that back because Snubby is my absolute favourite!!!!!! (followed by Barney, of course).
Buster says... Buster says: Rockingdown Mystery was the first in the series, Evie. I always think it's nice to read the books in order to see how the characters get together and progress.
March 1, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello fans of Enid Blyton Do you remember my recent post of a competition running in my website? Well it came to an end at midnight on 28 February with no one sending in an entry with the correct answer. So it will run for another month until the prize of a MSI U180 Notebook is won. There were no entries from Australia. Nevertheless I thank the administrators for having allowed me to post the message on this Message Board. Here is the link to my website.
March 1, 2015 - eve says: I would like to see more of the St. Claires books, but as Enid passed away some years ago there wont be anymore such a shame.
March 1, 2015 - Evie M says: I have an EB book called 'The Riddle of Holiday House' which is very good. Is it part of a series? .
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, it is, Evie. There are 6 of the Riddle Books. All the books in the series have been updated and edited by Enid's daughter Gillian Baverstock.
March 1, 2015 - Evie M says: Wait, Mr Goon is replying to messages now too???? ; -).
March 1, 2015 - Corinne Parry says: I built The Faraway Treehouse in honour of Enid Blyton bringing to life my cherished fantasy childhood reading. I would like to share this magical place - it's located on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey. Come and visit. Invitation - I would like to offer a free night's stay in my Faraway Treehouse in Turkey in exchange for The Faraway Tree and Enchanted Woods books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Funnily enough, I saw this somewhere on the internet. Trouble is, I can't remember where! As there are only three books, does that mean only three people can take up this generous offer?After Googling, I imagine that this is the tree house in question.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Oh. Gracious, all this discussion I've started about one word! ;-D.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Thank goodness you didn't question a whole sentence.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, Fatty must have been mistaken because he said it wasn't in his dictionary. Perhaps he needs to get a new dictionary ; - ).
Buster says... Buster says: Maybe that could be Fatty's new mystery. The Mystery of the Missing Word! Woof.

Fatty says:I wasn't mistaken as it isn't in the Cambridge English Dictionary. It is available in some (mainly American) dictionaries, but the definition doesn't seem to fit Stephen's book. It seems to mean to be a collection of anecdotes (amusing tales), talkative or garrulous old age. It is made up from anecdote + -age, with a play on dotage.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Wait, but before Fatty replied to my comment saying that 'anecdotage' was a made-up word, I'm confused!!!????? .
Daisy says... Daisy says: All I can say, Evie, is that the word is in my dictionary, and it says - Humorous, garrulous old age!
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Thanks. Personally. , I think made-up words are awesome! : ) : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you are meaning 'anecdotage' Evie, it's not a made up word.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: What does 'anecotage' mean? .
Daisy says... Daisy says: An anecdote is an amusing account of an incident. So anecdotage is along silimlar lines of chatting in amusement, sort of one's account of things!
February 27, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Stephen Thanks for your post. You'd be pleased to know that I have a copy of your book in my prized collection of Enid Blyton's non fiction books and am fascinated by the insights you've given about Enid Blyton from an analysis of the Famous Five series of books. I also like the book cover design. Now to respond to the subject of the post, I'm not trying to write a book on Enid Blyton. The book is already written and is now going through the publication process. Moreover, I'm going through no pain at present and am just delighted to be in a position to publish the book myself. Best wishes.
February 25, 2015 - Stephen Isabirye says: Brian, As a person that has already written and published a book on Enid Blyton, I can feel the pain you are going through as you try to write a book on Enid Blyton, which is no easy feat because of the big emotions Enid Blyton exhibited in her writings. Nonetheless, you may want to consult my book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage, which interestingly has garnered very interesting and spritely debates about Enid Blyton and her literature over the past half-a-decade the book has been in publication.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Stephen Isabirye tirelessly self-promotes his self-published book, for which he deserves a medal. You can read a whole thread devoted to book and author on the Enid Blyton Society Society Forums.

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