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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.
257 character books
944 short story series books
267 education books
210 recreation books
181 continuation books
284 Enid Blyton contributions
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August 21, 2014 - Paul says: There was a really good book that I wish had actually been written by Enid, where mystery solving children in wartime England receive messages from British East Africa through a short-wave receiver/transmitter and their contact in Africa goes by the name Richard the Lionheart.
Fatty says: I guess 700+ books was a pretty good score, Paul. Sounds a good story though. Title and name possible?
August 19, 2014 - muskan says: I love Enid Blyton novels and simply enjoy reading them. I just want its complete set but cant find it in Nigeria. My favorite character is bets simply love her.
Fatty says: That would certainly be a very large set!
August 16, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Hello! Fatty and bets! What happens in the Ship of Adventure? .
Fatty says: Read the book and find out! [rolls eyes]
August 1, 2014 - S. Wolf says: Agreed with those who disapprove of the revisionists. The rights to publish these novels should be stripped from firms which indulge in such unnecessary political correctness and given to those who show respect for the source material. It's the same sort of nonsense which had me ignore a recent American tv series because the network had issued a press release stating that, though it was set in the early 60s - when many (most? ) smoked like chimneys - there would be no sign of anyone doing so (even by adding harmless CGI cigarette smoke) because they disapproved of the habit and didn't want to be seen as encouraging it. Orwell would be proud.
July 28, 2014 - Tamara says: Hi Fatty and Bets, long time no see! I have been awfully busy with my exams, and of course with writing my fanfic. It's been quite hard putting all my ideas into words, but it's a bit more easier now. Enid wrote HER novels without any planning, and that she used her imagination to come up with plots, and to a little girl like me that seems huge. I certainly can't do that! I just wanted to ask you one thing, and that is that what is the color of Bets's hair and eyes? I was just wondering. Thanks!
Fatty says: Bets' eyes are bloodshot, and her hair is grey. ;-)
July 28, 2014 - Paul says: What the blimey is going through the minds of modern publishers that they think tiny little minds will be scarred by Zerelda Brass having a trendy Second World War-era hairstyle? .
July 24, 2014 - Gus says: When I was young I had a Secret seven book that included dice and 'solve it yourself' bits. Can anyone let me know where I can get this? .
Fatty says: I don't know about SS game books, but there were certainly Famous Five Adventure Game Books. Check HERE for details. If these are what you had in mind, I can only suggest the usual online web sites such as eBay to track down copies.
July 23, 2014 - ALEX says: I want to read the secret island again but I dont know were to buy it in Lagos Nigeria.
Fatty says: Neither do I.
July 23, 2014 - Charlotte Horne says: I've only read six Secret Seven books and they're AMAZING! But I've always wanted to read all of them, just because they're so good. If I become a beloved author, I will definitely write something like Enid Blyton. I've read some of the Famous Five books and also The Enchanted Wood and I love those books!
July 21, 2014 - Eddie Muir says: The same mistake appears on page 129 in the Egmont 2003 edition, but this is not a first edition. The book was first published in 1949. I've just checked my Dragon 1984 edition and the mistake appears on page 88. I expect the mistake occurred in the first Methuen edition in 1949, on page 99, as it is repeated in my 1956 edition (as mentioned in my previous post). I hope all this makes sense!
Fatty says: Perfect sense! Thanks, Eddie.
July 21, 2014 - Eddie Muir says: In my 1956 Methuen edition of 'The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat', Zoe Markham is mistakenly called Zoe Summers on page 99.
July 18, 2014 - Paul says: Bowdlerisers take note: In several of WE John's "Biggles" stories, he has Biggles acknowledge the common prejudices of the time, but also has him state that he doesn't care about them and that if someone is decent to him, he will be decent to them.
July 17, 2014 - Bev Broon says: I have loved the Famous Five books as long as I can remember, still read them now and again (Im now 40!!!! ) we are planning a visit to Dorset this Summer, is there anywhere you can suggest for us to go to that is reminiscent of some of the places in the books? Would absolutely love to feel like I am part of their adventures! Thanking you in advance!
Fatty says: Whispering Island (Five Have a Mystery to Solve) was based on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, according to Enid. She also holidayed in Swanage. Corfe Castle has many claims, but is a wonderful village with a castle that many imagine to be Kirrin Castle - although Enid said Kirrin was inspired by an island with a castle in the Channel Islands. Mystery Moor might also be near to Corfe - you will benefit from an OS map! Lulworth Castle looks exactly like Malory Towers, and Dancing Ledge is rather like the school swimming pool. Enjoy Dorset, it is a wonderful county.
July 17, 2014 - Sky says: Hi I am wondering how many books did EB write well I think millions please answer back ; -).
Fatty says: You obviously haven't look at this page. Seek, and ye shall find....
July 17, 2014 - shriya says: In the mystery of the pantomime cat Zoe Markham is mentioned as Zoe Summers on page 129.
Fatty says: Incredibly, I opened my Methuen first edition on page 129! Divine providence? However, you might have a different edition as there was no mention of Zoe "Summers" on that page. Maybe someone else can shed some light?