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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.
271 character books
983 short story series books
268 education books
309 recreation books
214 continuation books
295 Enid Blyton contributions
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January 4, 2017 - Paul says: Did the "Christmas in July" thing exist in Enid's time and if so, did the British mark it or Enid refer to it? I suppose Christmas in July would be more meaningful in Australia and New Zealand where July happens during our winter.
Fatty says: I believe this event was held by Australians, maybe to commemorate a mid-winter celebration, as Christmas was in the northern hemisphere, but it was also held in the USA. There is also a theory that rehearsals for Christmas productions could have been held as early as July. The earliest known occasion to make the phrase "Christmas in July" literal was in July 1933 and there was a US film released in 1940 called "Christmas in July". Enid would probably have heard of the term, but like most of us, would have thought one Christmas in a year was sufficient. To my knowledge, it was never celebrated in Great Britain.
January 2, 2017 - Paul says: Was Enid ever offered an honour such as an OBE, CBE or DBE? .
Buster says: I've no idea, but I'm sure someone will know when reading this.
Fatty says: Enid should have been awarded the title of Dame, in my opinion. This title is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.Enid certainly qualified looking at the above rules.
Anita Bensoussane has compiled a fascinating compilation of Enid's life. Click here.
December 25, 2016 - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I quite liked Mr Goon, he was a comical person, there was a policeman who used to cycle around our town, he caught us once stealing apples and told us off, he reminded me of him, there were no escaped prisoners or kidnapped princes in those days, well not that I know of.
PC Goon says: Thanks, Brendan. You're a right down marvel, you are.
December 19, 2016 - Fatty and the Team says:A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our contributors and guests. Thank you all for your posts, keep 'em coming in 2017! We are planning to go round to Goon's this year to sample his hospitality! : -).
PC Goon says: Gah! Toad of a boy.
December 16, 2016 - Paul says: Thank you, Fattty. There's currently a Christmas ad for Woolworth's running in which a little girl with shoulder-length brown hair is counting out carrots to leave for Santa's reindeer. My poor Mum got so sad when she saw this ad, saying that the child actress is what she imagines her granddaughter than she never sees to be like.
Fatty says: I sincerely hope you will all be able to sort your differences out at some time.
December 14, 2016 - Paul says: Mr Goon (the character) must have had pretty lonely and miserable Christmas. No one wants to spend Christmas with him as they either fear or hate him. My parents and myself are having another sad Christmas as my brother still refuses to talk to us or let Mum and Dad see their granddaughter.
Fatty says: I'm not so sure. I think Goon was happy in a rather frustrated way. I don't think he would appreciate company at any time of the year. Sorry to hear of your family problems, Paul. Christmas can be a sad time for many people.
December 12, 2016 - Peter (Australia) says: Hi Everyone: I would like to take this opportunity to wish Fatty,Buster, Daisy The Inspector and Mr Goon a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! (and by the way where is Betts these days?)
Fatty says: Thank you, Peter. Bets is fine, keeping busy with foreign assignments!
December 12, 2016 - brendan fitzpatrick says: Oh dear,regarding getting Tally -Ho Cottage and Holly Lane getting mixed up there is no excuse, looks if I am off to The School of Dame Slap or even spending Christmas with Mr Goon if I make any more mistakes like that.
December 12, 2016 - Fatty says:I have just read your query, Rae, and can answer your question. Chapter 26 is indeed the final chapter, but you have a couple of pages missing. Your copy ends mid-sentence! It should read: -and to her great joy she flew into the air as easily as a butterfly, hovering here and there as light as a feather. You could always visit a bookshop and read the final two pages!
December 11, 2016 - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: Hello Fatty,I have just read 'The Mystery of the Missing Man' after all those years,you were very brave in that book,I also read 'The Mystery of Holly Lane' the part where you dressed up as Mr Larkin and got PC Goon really confused, he shone his torch and there were two Mr. Larkins. Classic.
Buster says: I think you mean - The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage, Brendan, when my master dressed as Mr Larkin, not Holly Lane.
Fatty says: 'twas Tally-Ho, indeed. A good trick was that, Brendan!
December 11, 2016 - ritaswain says: Are these books of interest to eleven year old boys.
Buster says: It all depends on what an eleven year old boy's preference in reading is really. Enid's Adventure and Mystery books may be of more interest to that age group.
December 10, 2016 - Rae Masters says: My children had the Faraway tree books and would like to now read them to their children. The 3rd book is missing some pages at the end. The last chapter we have is XXVI GOODBYE TO THE FARAWAY TREE and the last page is numbered 508 and the last sentence is "Connie flapped them - and to her great joy she. Could you possibly advise how many pages we are missing and any idea how we could recover copies of the missing pages to enable us to complete this beautiful book. Thanks so much.
Daisy says: Not having the book I cannot answer your question, Rae, but hopefully someone else who reads this book may have the answer. As for copying the missing pages, I would think you need to ask to borrow someone's book for that, or buy a second hand copy identical to the one you have from Ebay.
Here is a link to the Enid Blyton Society, where someone over there may be able to help answer your question.
Enid Blyton Society
December 10, 2016 - Paul says: And "The King of the Mountain" who *seems* to be a typical Yellow Peril baddie but is in fact just a harmless eccentric who's being manipulated by the real villains.
December 5, 2016 - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: In the Blyton books not all foreigners were bad guys,in The Circus of Adventure ,the acrobats Toni and Bingo were stars rescuing Prince Gussy and company from the castle. The rest of the circus folk were ok as well including Pedro who could speak a multitude of languages unlike Jack. Some of the worst people in the books were British,Mr. Barling,Mr Roland and The Sticks in the Famous 5 books, spring to mind. Not to mention that guy who threatened to shoot Timmy and blow Kirrin Island up.
Fatty says: Oh, definitely, Brendan. Most villains were certainly British, I would rate Tiger Dan and Lou, from Five Go Off in a Caravan as two of the worst criminals. The likeable Mafumu in The Secret Mountain is another delightful foreign character. Thanks for reminding of of the wonderful foreign characters in Enid's books.
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.
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