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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.
  • 186 novels/novelettes
  • 250 character books
  • 942 short story series books
  • 267 education books
  • 205 recreation books
  • 174 continuation books
  • 284 Enid Blyton contributions

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April 17, 2014 - Ishi Jha says: This site is truly wonderful! Even though I can't become a member of it , the quizzes are also nice. They help me to improve my knowledge about Enid Blyton. As long as I'm in touch with this site, I'm happy. Enid Blyton's books are my life. Thanks for such a good site!
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you like this site, you'll love our 'sister' site, The Enid Blyton Society Website. As well as details on all Enid's books, there are reviews and a very lively forum. You can even become a member of the Society, and receive three Journals (the Society magazine) annually as well as accessing a 'secret' part of the website!
April 16, 2014 - Peter says: Hi Fatty and Bets, Sorry to have given you difficult questions to answer in my two previous postings. I have only recently discovered the two EB Societies and have a lack of knowledge of some editions of Enid's books. I did however put a similar question (re the French/English Secret Seven sequel series) to Barney at The EB Society and it seems that this series was not very popular in the UK and is unlikely to ever be re-printed. I recently started reading the Five Find-outers and Dog books and have read so far "The Mysteries of The Secret Room" and "The Spiteful Letters". I have just ordered through Ebay UK "The Mystery Of The Disappearing Cat" (1991 Edition) and this should arrive in the mail in mid May. Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a Happy Easter Fatty, Bets and Buster!
Bets says... Bets says: Happy Easter and hope you enjoy reading The Mystery stories! Let us know what you think of our characters once you are done!
April 12, 2014 - The enchanted wood says: This book was great. I had fun reading it. Its the best book I have ever read.
April 12, 2014 - Nigel says: Let's hope they don't update the Bible. Zoe would now be the mother of Jesus.
April 11, 2014 - Paul says: I could probably live with the revisions to Enid's stories if they were not so darn slapdash in what's changed and what is left alone. Also what's so darn wrong with Mary and Jill? Defenders of the changes like to point out that "Zoe and Pippa" did exist as names in the WWII period, Well, yes, but they were a lot less common than names like Mary and Jill.
Bets says... Bets says: Another ridiculous update.
April 6, 2014 - Peter says: Hi Fatty and Bets: I live in Australia, and as I have read all the original EB Secret Seven Books. I purchased online two books from the French/English sequel series written by Evelyne Lallemand and Anthea Bell. The titles are "The Seven And The UFO'S'" (1992 reprint) and "The Seven Go Haunting" (1st edition 1984). It seems this series is almost forgotten and out of print for 22 years. They have a genuine Blyton atmosphere, all the gang are there including Scamper the dog, Jack's sister Susie and her rather odd friend Binkie. It would be great if the series or even some of the stories were re-issued, although I guess they would also be updated to more recent times. I would be interested to know what others think. Thanks Fatty and Bets and a pat on the head for Buster!
April 6, 2014 - Lady says: I have found, in newer prints of Malory Towers, that 'Janet' is the name given to a small girl who enjoys sewing and makes the costumes in Fifth Form at Malory Towers. In your review, you refer to her as 'Emily', and Emily is also in my 90's edition of the books. But I do not own a 90's edition of Fifth Form, and would be thankful if you looked into this for me. Advertisements for the Sixth Form book in my newer edition of Fifth Form also seem to have renamed Amanda 'Angela'. Is this correct? If so, why have Emily and Angela been renamed? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anyone?
April 4, 2014 - Cheka Mendis says: Enid Blyton is a good writer. But how did she write 700 books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Usually with a typewriter.
April 3, 2014 - Katie Longden says: Hello! My name is Katie Longden, and I am currently studying at Stockport College in Manchester. Part of my course requires me to complete an extended project, and I have chosen to base my project on English, as this is what I want to do when I attend university. The question I am trying to answer is "How are gender roles explored in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, and Enid Blyton's The Famous Five, two series of books that I greatly enjoyed reading when I was younger, and still do fifteen years on. What I would greatly appreciate is if a post is made in a forum/message posted asking people if they would be willing to fill out a questionnaire to aid me in completing this. There are no hidden strings, just a matter of filling a word document out and then e-mailing it back to me. Where I will have to include data from this in the report, any personal data will be withheld and kept in strict confidence. The link for the questionnaire is HERE, and all that is required is to download it. I hope that this is something you are willing to do, and I thank you for the time you have given me. Yours sincerely. Katie Longden.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good luck, Katie!
April 2, 2014 - Tinky says: There's the one where George is held but kicks the gun - Five go off in a Caravan - or the one where she is trapped under the hill - Five go to Mystery Moor - by the gypsies.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Tinky.
March 31, 2014 - The Good Wife says: Hi I was wondering please if anyone could help me. It is my husband and my anniversary soon and I wanted to buy him a gift in the form of his favourite childhood book. He has never been able to recall the title of it, but recalls it is a Famous Five book, and recalls an illustration contained in it of George being restrained/tied up by her captors. I have never read the Famius Five books and was wondering please if someone could advise me of the correct volume corresponding to this illustration. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Have you looked at the illustrations of the FF books on this website? You could also look at the ones (they are all there) on the Enid Blyton Society website. Just click on Famous Five on the home page. If you could give us some idea if the story it would help a lot.
March 31, 2014 - Enkhmaa Chimed says: Hello, I am writing from Mongolia. When I was a child I had read First term at Malory Towers, I inspired by it. After that I did not find any book of Enid Blyton. Even I am 27 now, still want to read all these boarding school girls life. And I want to publish her books here for Mongolians. I think it is very selfish that I keep it just with me. We have really good potential to read books. And I am wondering about copyright of her books. I think you all could give me clear answer in this point. I don't want to translate her books without copyright. Best, Enkhmaa.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Copyright is held by Hachette Books, a division of Hodder Publishing. Good luck!
March 30, 2014 - Pete says: Re Bee: The Secret Island says: THE SUMMER GOES BY: “How brown we are!” said Mike one day, as they sat round the fire on the beach, eating radishes, and potatoes cooked in their jackets. They all looked at one another. “We'’re as brown as berries,” said Nora. “What berries?” said Mike. “I don’t know any brown berries. Most of them are red!” “Well, we’re as brown as oak-apples!” said Nora. They certainly were. Legs, arms, faces, necks, knees - just as dark as gypsies! The children were fat, too, for although their food was a queer queer mixture, they had a great deal of creamy milk....
Bets says... Bets says: What a lovely passage! Thanks for finding it out, Pete! :-)
March 23, 2014 - gans says: Fatty, how old are you in the last mystery? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: As old as my hair and a little older than my teeth.
March 22, 2014 - Enid Blyton Boy says: Hi, on places on the net I have noticed that there is a movie called 'Enid' which is supposed to be about Enid Blyton's life. Can you tell me please, is it a true story of Enid Blyton? Or is it not. Thanks EBB.
Bets says... Bets says: Some elements are true, while some are not. The film is worth watching, but with an open mind. I personally like the film but wish they had focused more on her positive sides, such as her teaching days, her involvement in charities, etc.

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