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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.

  • 186 novels/novelettes
  • 274 character books
  • 1001 short story series books
  • 269 education books
  • 322 recreation books
  • 219 continuation books
  • 296 Enid Blyton contributions

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 listing.

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October 20, 2017 - Paul Austin says: Dear my beloved Blytonites. My father, who has had dementia for some time, has been diagnosed with cancer. I feel sad but at the same time, because of the dementia, death would be a merciful release.
October 9, 2017 - Vikram Gulati says: It would be fair to say that Enid Blyton books shaped my childhood thinking. It made me more imaginative, caring, inquisitive, curious to learn and above all adventurous. It started with her Noddy series and I fell in love with the characters. The cute little car which followed all his instincts was the ultimate fantasy. As I grew up, the Famous Five series took centre stage and the adrenalin started to flow every time I took up a new adventure with them. It taught me the importance of friends in life and of course gave me my first pet - it's really wonderful to connect with Enid again. Cheers!
Fatty says... Fatty says: That echoes my childhood as well, Vikram
October 3, 2017 - Nigel says: Further information can be sourced from the Enid Blyton Society website, where answers can be found to most questions. Anita Bensoussane has written an excellent mini-biography on Enid. Read from section 21 on for more on Dorothy. Hope this is of help, John. Click here
Fatty says... Fatty says: You beat me to it, Nigel. I was going to add this to Paul's post. A timely plug for the excellent Society website. I have added the link to your post.
October 1, 2017 - Paul Austin says: John: Isn't it generally believed by fans that Dorothy Richards is the one whose death motivated Gillian to get on with arranging Enid's biography, as she dared not wait anymore?
September 30, 2017 - John Travers says: I cannot find anywhere any reference to whatever became of Enid's children's nurse Dorothy Richards. Perhaps I have overlooked that information. Can anyone help?
September 27, 2017 - pete9012s says: I cannot find the quote below regarding Mrs Layman and Kirrin in any of my editions. May I ask what page/edition the quote is taken from? Thank you - Pete.
Daisy says... Daisy says: That quote is certainly not in my old editions of Mystery To Solve. I too would like to know which edition, obviously an updated one, that quote is in.
September 25, 2017 - Nashrah says: In the 20th Famous Five book it is written 'Mrs. Layman's nice- she's been really kind since we moved near to Kirrin. ' So Julian and others have moved near Kirrin that's why they could just cycle to George's place.
September 23, 2017 - Paul says: We're getting 40 degree heat in some parts of Australia, today. In September! I think Enid, with her love of nature and the environment, would be fighting for action on the climate were she around today.
September 22, 2017 - Mrs Stick says: Been a great fan of Famous Five books since I was old enough to read them. Not long ago I was lucky enough to acquire a complete set of the early editions with Eileen Soper's drawings. I have heard that, in the latter editions, all references to corporal punishment have been removed. (Eg, scolding replacing whipping). To me, that speaks of society becoming more repressed rather than liberated. I still occasionally read them at sixty!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Nice to hear you are still reading Blyton books, Mrs Stick. The latter editions have been altered to be more PC, but you can still buy the second hand original copies from years ago. And many of us do and are still reading them.
September 19, 2017 - Gemini says: Yes Daisy, 20 years had passed between the writing of the two adventure stories, I was wondering how many years between the two adventures? Time does not pass quickly between their adventures.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think you have to suspend any time reality, Gemini. If not, Julian would probably have been in his 30s by the end - and Timmy would certainly be in that kennel in the sky!
September 19, 2017 - Gemini says: Yes Nigel we shall never know. I too had wondered if they had shifted their home. We don't even know how many years had passed between the two adventures!
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you're meaning Enid's writing years between the two adventures, Gemini. As I said it was 20 years.
September 19, 2017 - Nigel says: Gemini, Enid told us very little about the other three cousins' parents - we don't even know their Christian names. They are simply referred to as 'Mother' - George never calls them Uncle or Aunt by name, whereas they always refer to George's parents as Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny. I seem to remember a journey to Kirrin involved a lengthy train journey from a London terminus. Maybe by the end of the series they could have moved house - nearer to Kirrin. We shall never know.
September 18, 2017 - Gemini says: Thank you Daisy. I guess that was probably the reason.
September 18, 2017 - Gemini says: I was an ardent fan of Enid Blyton's Famous Five and keep rereading them. While there are so many things that puzzle me, one thing that has been puzzling me of late is this. How far is Julian, Dick and Anne's home from George's? In the first book Five on a Treasure Island, we see that the three siblings' mother takes a car drive to drop them in Kirrin Cottage. They even stop for a picnic lunch I think. Now in Five Have a Mystery to Solve, the cousins just cycle to each other's homes with Timmy running behind them? Anyone can throw a light on this?
Daisy says... Daisy says: The first book was written in 1942, Gemini. And Mystery to Solve 1962. So with a gap of 20 years between the first book written, I would think that Enid Blyton probably forgot what she had written in the first book. Also she was failing in health at around that time in 1962.
September 8, 2017 - Paul Austin says: Enid is often mocked for not including then-contemporary things like radio and television that much in her stories. Do the EB Dot Net team think that is a fair critique?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've not read any reports of Enid being mocked about the lack of TV/radio. There were instances of listening to the wireless (remember the "Sea piece" listened to in one story, and in Five on Kirrin Island Again the four were entertained by Mr Curton's new television set. TV wasn't contemporary for most of Enid's era, and I would say a lack of toilet facilities were a much bigger issue!

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