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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.
Messages from Enid Blyton fans...
|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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!|
|August 18, 2017 - Paul says: Looking at names in Blyton like Mirabel and Gladys, you have to wonder if the modern trend of "you neek" names, was also in vogue during Enid's time. Enid would possibly have agreed with me that "do these mothers know that they are naming a grown adult, as well as a baby? ".|
|Fatty says: Never heard of "you neek" names. Is that an Australian term?|
|August 9, 2017 - Eesha says: Love the books.|
|Fatty says: You could tell us what you particularly love about them, Eesha.|
|August 4, 2017 - Tina says: I am always wondering that most of the characters in Blyton's books are not getting significant older. I mean, the oldest of the groups are in the first books always around 13 or 14 years old and in the end of the series, I mean, several holidays later, they are still going on holidays with their relatives and need approval from their parents or guardians and are still in school (this does not refer to the boarding school series like Malory Tower or St. Clare's).|
|Fatty says: Has to be really, or there'd only be 4 or 5 Famous Five books! As with most long running series, ageing has to be ignored. I believe Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie) would have been 140 when he finally died!|
|July 27, 2017 - Paul says: I actually find it interesting that in recent revisions, Anne Kirrin stating that boys cannot wear pretty dresses and liking girls' dolls has been taken out. Presumably to tell young readers that wearing pretty dresses is now to be considered gender neutral (and that it's OK for boys to like dolls and go back to 19th century Britain where guys wore rouge on their cheeks?).|
|Fatty says: I find these updates ridiculous and unnecessary, and an insult to Blyton's work. Of course girls still like "pretty dresses" and dolls. Heaven forbid we go back to earlier times with men wearing wigs and rouge!
Mr Goon says: Gah! Just you let me catch that toad of a boy wearing a frock.
|July 27, 2017 - Lily says: Hi. This is one of the best sites ever. I am remembering all the Blyton books that I once read.|
|Buster says: I hope that you will re-read them all, Lily.
Fatty says: Try our sister site, Lily: the Enid Blyton Society website. You will be amazed!
|July 19, 2017 - Paul says: I'd like to see Gary Russell's mates at Big Finish Productions adapt Blyton's for audio, even if we do have to put up with Dame Snap, Rick, Frannie and Pippa and Zoe.|
|July 19, 2017 - pete9012s says: Pete9012s says: Many thanks indeed to the hardworking team here for managing to get in touch with Brian Carter author of 'Enid Blyton - The Untold Story' on my behalf. I received the following email from Brian Carter today, which I promised Brian I would post here to update other Enid Blyton enthusiasts potentially interested in pre-ordering/buying the published book."Hi Pete, My apologies for not responding in time to your messages. I consider you to be the best supporter of my book and will keep my promise to send you a signed copy. However, the book had to be reopened owing to a fortuitous find and I'm still going through the bulk of work that MUST be included in the book. When the book is finally ready for publication I'll make the necessary announcement on my website and by then I'll be free to take up where I left off in relation to keeping in touch with loyal supporters such as you. With very best wishes Brian" The fortuitous find sound most exciting! I do hope Brian can get his book published as soon as possible. Many thanks again to all at EnidBlyton.net for your help with my enquiry. Regards and best wishes. Pete9012s.|
|Buster says: Happy to hear you have had a response from Brian, Pete. Good news indeed.|
|July 10, 2017 - Fatty says: Pete, I will forward your message on to Inspector Jenks for him to investigate. I notice it says at the bottom, "Last updated 10/7/2017 - although I can't see that anything has been added. Bear with us, please.|
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