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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
Fantasy novels and short stories written by Keith Robinson of EnidBlyton.net. A group of 12-year-old children on a foggy island discover they're shapeshifters, able to transform into creatures of myth and legend. Follow their adventures in this 9-book fantasy series. The first book is FREE on Amazon, Apple and Kobo. Also check out the FREE monthly short stories.
June 27, 2016 - Michael Edwards says: Err. Keith, I think you must have based your review of "The Mystery of the Secret Room" on a modern, updated, politically-correct version. You quote from the book: "Quite suddenly, without any warning, the thin-lipped man put his hands around Fatty's neck. Fatty gasped. The hands clenched him tightly, and almost choked him." But in fact, the man dealt Fatty a terrific blow on one ear, then on the other. I guess it's politically incorrect now to show real pain being delivered; but the effect in the original book is, I would submit, rather more chilling than the "updated" version. I've just read the book from an early Dragon Books edition which I believe is unedited, so this updated quotation really stood out for me. I wonder what other things have been changed, too.
Inspector Jenks says: Keith did indeed base his review on an updated version of the book, which was all he had available at the time. I'm not sure that one act of violence is less chilling than the other, though. Being boxed around the ears, or being half strangled? As a very high-up police officer, I strongly advise against such force and can assure the general public that any such brutality to children will be dealt with severely.
Mr Goon says: Gah! That toad of a boy deserved all he got. Always interfering with the law. Sucking up to to the Inspector all the time. A downright menace.
June 11, 2016 - Rain says: Are these books available in electronic or ebook format? Thanks.
Buster says: Not that I'm aware of, but if anyone else knows?
Fatty says: Don't expect a dog to know! Yes they are, Rain. Check out Amazon/Kindle and there are titles available. Just check in the same way as you would for any other author.
June 4, 2016 - ouatEver says: I'm interested in acquiring the 5 books in the Secret Series. But I would like to know which edition contains the original text. The four editions I like (the cover art is important to me) are 1965, 1971, 1978, and 2002 which I prefer because it's the only edition in hardcover format. Where can I find that information because I'm overwhelmed by the amount of data and how prolific this author was. Thank you.
Fatty says: I would think you'd be safe with the 1965 edition, but can't be sure when updates/alterations were carried out on this series. You could ask on the Enid Blyton Society message board as they are the real experts!
June 2, 2016 - zahani Rifkhan says: My favourite series among Enid Blyton's books is MALORY TOWERS. Just love to read them again and again!!!
June 2, 2016 - Donald Duckleby says: My favourite Adventure/Mystery books of each of 4 series': Famous Five: Five Go Adventuring Again. Adventure Series with Kiki the Parrot: The Island of Adventure. Mystery Series 'Barney Books': The Rockingdown Mystery. The Five Find-Outers: The Secret Room. Do you others agree? What are your favourites for these series'? .
June 1, 2016 - Dev says: Are there any other series of books like St. Clare's and Malory Towers? .
Buster says: There is the Naughtiest Girl series if you like school stories, Dev.
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.
Fatty says: Enid's characters never die - they live on in her books. Thanks for your comments on the poem.
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!!
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