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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
252 recreation books
208 continuation books
295 Enid Blyton contributions
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May 24, 2016 - Nithya says: Hey! I just read this poem from the Fan poetry page, and My! Wasn't it the perfect poem for Famous Five lovers! Thanks a ton to Jennifer Patten for the poem called as "FIVE REMINISCE" I'm telling, it reduced me to tears! I cried a bit thinking of poor old Timmy, and of course I was in for a surprise when Julian married Berta! Good old Famous Five!!! I just couldn't help thinking about Tim's death. By the way, I quite didn't understand the poem on Timmy. Could someone explain that to me? (Oh gosh! I can't believe Tim died. Of course, dogs have a short life span, but STILL!!! ) Nithya.
May 21, 2016 - Winny says: Thanks all, yes this one is prefixed 'love from'. And she spelt her name right on this one! Thanks for your comments.
May 21, 2016 - Paul Austin says: Yes, you have to keep your eye out for those very *special* Enid-signed books. The ones where she misspells her own name, writes in someone else's handwriting and uses inks invented after her death!
May 20, 2016 - Nithya says: Hallo! I've been asking agents if they would accept books written by children, but none of them do! It's INDEED hard, Buster! Nithya.
Buster says: It is indeed, Nithya. Maybe you could just keep writing for your own pleasure, then when you're old enough you may then become an author.
May 18, 2016 - Winny says: I have a 1947 version of 'before I go to sleep' signed on the inside cover by Enid Blyton. Was she in the habit of personally signing books? .
Buster says: Enid did sign a few of her books, yes. But there are also some signatures out there that are not genuine.
Fatty says: Enid usually prefixed her signature with "With best wishes" or something personal. As far as I know, she didn't just sign her name.
May 14, 2016 - Sapna says: Could you recommend any places in the UK connected to Enid Blyton, like maybe her birthplace or any other site worth visiting? .
Fatty says: You can read about her life in Anita Bensoussane's excellent compilation here. One of her homes where she wrote much of her work, Old Thatch at Bourne End, is now sadly closed to the public and Green Hedges, in Beaconsfield has been demolished. Enid loved Dorset and holidayed in Swanage, and set a book in Corfe Castle village. She even owned a farm and golf course in the county. Unfortunately, there is no particular place dedicated to Enid Blyton.
May 13, 2016 - Nithya says: Oh! Never knew that. I better go and re write the first three chapters!
Buster says: I thought you said you've written the book. It has to be fully complete before sending off any sample chapters in case the agent wants to read the whole book!
Fatty says: Nithya said she'd better re-write the first three chapters, Buster. That suggests she has indeed written the book!
May 12, 2016 - Nithya says: Hi! Good to be back again. Actually, I need help. I have written a book on adventures and mysteries of three children. I need this book to be published. Any ideas? .
Buster says: Firstly you have to find a Literary Agent, who will read the first three chapters of your book, and advise if it's publishable for today's market. It's not easy!!
April 28, 2016 - Wayne smyrh says: From time to time the question arises, is Lucas in Five Have a Mystery to Solve? The answer is yes. If you read the forward in the book then it is clearly stated by Enid that he is. How do I know this? I know this as Lucas was based on my uncle whose real name was Gordon James, know as Johnny James when he worked as a green keeper on the Isle of Purbeck golf course. Just to confuse further Gordon was known to his family as Billy. Uncle Billy was you see, Enid's friend and caddy. Often they would spend time on the course enjoying the flora and fauna. Billy spent his whole life on the course and was a friend not only to Enid but to the animals. Having spent his whole life outside he was of course was exactly as Enid described, nut brown and could always be found amongst the animals ( mainly the wild deer and rabbits! ) Unfortunately uncle bully died 3 years ago but we do have precious memories of him and a lovely keep sale of a documentary made by the BBC about Enid and of course Luca.
Buster says: How wonderful you have these lovely memories. I have heard that Lucas as based on a real peson, as this has been discussed on the Enid Blyton Society.
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April 27, 2016 - Paul Austin says: I just want to thank the Mods for being nice to the children that are addressing Enid directly. It's difficult for children to understand the reality of death.
April 20, 2016 - Nigel says: Whenever it snows (and that's not often), I just have to make footprints up to a door and then retread them, á la Rat-a-Tat Mystery.
April 18, 2016 - Evie Hamada says: I'm currently re reading the Barney mysteries (but I can't find the Rubadub Mystery ; -; ) they are amazing! They're not really any different from your average EB mystery/adventure book, but somehow they are extremely lovable and enjoyable and that's what matters right!? Roger and Diana are just like Larry and Daisy or Philip and Dinah, average EB siblings but Barney and Snubby are both my favourite EB characters ever. I wish they were in more books, especially Snubby.
Buster says: Have you tried Ebay, for the books, Evie. I agree, my favourite is Snubby too.
Fatty says: Evie, just above these posts is a section called Buy Enid Blyton Books. Click on Barney Mysteries.
April 18, 2016 - Nigel says: I used to post on the Yahoo Group as well. Many preferred it to a forum format, but it did tail off considerably. Some of us now post on the EBS forums - well, I have since 2005!
April 16, 2016 - Michael Bennett says: Hello, I've been reading the reviews/synopsis(s) of the books. I think I recognize some of the names on this site. Are you a former member of the Enid Blyton Yahoo group? I used to contribute from time to time and even wrote a chapter for a round robin attempt to write a new famous 5 novel. I have not looked at the yahoo groups in years and have wondered if the group still exists or perhaps has moved to something such as Facebook.
Fatty says: Sadly, the Yahoo! Blyton Group is all but defunct. It is still 'live' but receives virtually no posts. By far the most active place for Blyton enthusiasts is the Enid Blyton Society Forum. The Society is in bith Facebook and Twitter - see buttons on the left to access.
You are quite correct, Michael, in recognising a few names here from the Yahoo! Group.
April 4, 2016 - Millie says: I love all of your books and I like how they have been made into the films. My top three are the Famous Five to Mystery Series and the Adventure Series.
Fatty says: Sadly, Enid died in 1968. However, she lives on in her wonderful books.
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