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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
- 309 recreation books
- 223 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...
|June 25, 2017 - Nigel says: A great design, Keith - how iconic Eileen Soper's illustration of Kirrin Island is. I look forward to re-visiting parts of the website I haven't been to for ages!|
|PC Goon says: At least that dratted toad of a boy isn't there, grinning as usual. Gah!|
|June 23, 2017 - Keith Robinson says:
I hope you enjoy this updated look for EnidBlyton.net! You should also find it easy to read on a small device like a phone or tablet, because it's a fluid design that shrinks and expands to fit the screen, properly wrapping the content. If you spot any bugs, please feel free to report them. The navigation and functionality is mostly the same, but again, feel free to report anything you find difficult or awkward.
I would also like to invite any Blyton fans to submit articles about any of the main series. These articles should be fairly substantial in length – something Buster could get his teeth into rather than just a few short paragraphs – as well as informative and perhaps thought-provoking. Oh, and make sure you proofread your work! I'm particularly interested in beefing up some of the "blank" areas where we don't have articles. Please submit to email@example.com. (Note that I do NOT need book reviews at this time.)
|Inspector Jenks says: All right now, move along, nothing to see here!|
|June 19, 2017 - Lawrence says: I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed Richard and Julie's submissions. Outstanding. More please.|
|Daisy says: Nice of you to say so, Lawrence. Thank you for the feedback.|
|June 10, 2017 - Phillip Kemp says: Hi I have just bought a watercolour painting of children in a playground with balloons and it is signed E Blyton 1939, just wondering if anyone knows anything about Enids art work. Thanks Phil.|
|Buster says: This isn't any picture I've heard of Phillip. You could ask The Enid Blyton Society, to see if anyone on there could help you. Enid Blyton Society|
|May 21, 2017 - Srinidhi says: The fanfiction on this site is amazing. They are so well written. Kudos to the writers!!|
|Fatty says: Thanks, Srinidhi. They are certainly a good read.|
|May 11, 2017 - Richard says: Just to let you know that Keith has very kindly placed a new Find Outers story of mine of the site. It's called 'The Mystery of the Stolen Secrets. I hope you enjoy it.|
|Fatty says: And a thumping good read it is too! Well done Richard!|
|April 30, 2017 - Paul says: Regarding the debate on the EBS forums about the Jan Francis-read Blyton audios being uploaded to youtube. It's easy to rant about the supposed evils of the copyright laws but Jan Francis would have been paid for her narration and would have been entitled to royalties from sales. If those recordings were ever digitally remastered and re-released, Jan Francis would again be paid. Jan Francis *gets nothing* from Blyton fans downloading a youtube rip of her work. Yes, it's fun to rant about the "corporate copyright industry", but please stop to remember the ordinary people these corporations employ.|
|April 16, 2017 - Paul says: As long as the original versions are still available second-hand, it's not as bad as it could be. The author of Mary Poppins lived long enough that she was able to edit out racist stereotypes from the original edition herself and replace them with talking animals. The revised books would be much better if it had been Enid making the revisions.|
|April 16, 2017 - AuthorizedVersion says: I am extremely angry at publishers for editing Blyton. I want to read "real" Blyton. If she wrote "shilling" or "negro" or "ass", then let it be. Let it be "hallo" not "hello" if that's what the first publishers had. I grew up reading Blyton, and still read her today as a grown up, and want genuine Blyton reserved for the future. I also dislike the idea of these updated FF etc. Books. My favourite books are Tally-Ho Cottage, Missing Man and Missing Necklace in the Fatty series. I have read The Island of Adventure probably 50 times. I own a first edition Five Get Into A Fix. I also like Chinky from the Wishing Chair books. Blyton shaped my love for birds, childhood respect for the police and writing.|
|Daisy says: Many Blyton fans want the original text, and you can still buy these old books from Ebay. Have a look at the Enid Blyton Society too, and delve into the Cave of Books. You will see all Enid's book in there. Enid Blyton Society|
|April 13, 2017 - Paul says: Have a happy and safe Easter, everyone. Best wishes to the mod team here at EB Dot Net for a happy and safe Easter, too.|
|Daisy says: Thank you, Paul.|
|April 11, 2017 - Paul says: Stephanie: Enid had left school thirty years before she wrote SC and MT, and what she knew of modern (ie 1940s) schools would have been second hand from Gillian and Imogen. You see this in current-day school stories where the schools and life in them depicted more resemble the author's own long-past schooldays than any school in 2017.|
|April 10, 2017 - Stephanie says: I love the school stories and have done since childhood but a few things puzzle me about the schools. Is St Clare's meant to be a religious school? The name makes me think of a Catholic school or convent and it seems to be strict and 'jolly sensible'. I'm also puzzled by the subjects they do. The girls' education does not seem broad by modern standards. It seems to be mainly focused on humanities and languages/arts type stuff with not much else, although they do play a lot of sport. Even home ec (domestic science) is not mentioned and that would have been a girls school staple at the time. There are no references to anyone doing science or business subjects, two staples of modern schooling, at least in the UK. Malory Towers references a lab but do they actually do science? Even the anti-establishment St Trinian's (original one from the 50s) has some science labs and they do chemistry. The maths they do seems to be mainly 'sums' which seems basic for secondary level. They also don't have a choice of languages either, even in exam years. Was this common in girls schools of the 1930s/40s? Whyteleafe does science but they were a mixed school and quite progressive for the time. How come they have no career guidance? Are the schools state or private? Another observation is that there are some racial undertones, particularly in the stereotyping of foreigners and the way international students are treated. They're stereotyped and American students are forced to become more 'English' (Zerelda in MT).|
|Daisy says: These books were written in times different from today's schools. St. Clare's was first written in 1941 and the last book 1945. And Malory Towers was first published in 1946 and the last book written in 1951. So none of the subjects would be anything like what is taught in schools today.
Also I feel that the stories were mostly about the girls who attended the schools, not really focusing on the subjects that were being taught.
Fatty says: Faith schools are still common in Britain. Many junior schools are CofE, for example. There are other wold-faith schools to be found, too. As Daisy said, Enid focussed in the girls, and apart from French and sport, not the subjects so much.
|April 7, 2017 - Ron says: Does anyone know the actual tree that inspired the Faraway Tree series?|
|Fatty says: I would imagine it came from Enid's imagination! Who knows, she may have been strolling in a wood one day and she could have seen a magnificent tree and thought, "Imagine folk living in that."|
|April 4, 2017 - Paul says: Easter used to be a Christian religious festival. Now its turned into how many chocolate bunnies and eggs can be sold. Enid would not approve.|
|Fatty says: It is still is religious festival! I am sure Enid would approve of the chocolate eggs, too. They were around when her children were born and I sure Gillian and Imogen had Easter eggs.|
|March 26, 2017 - Francesca says: Like you I'm guessing, I love Enid Blyton and growing up was desperate to go to Malory Towers, or be in a club like the Secret Seven. The characters in her books had a very different life and outlook to that which is possible today. I'm writing a piece about what lessons we can take from Blyton's children to teach to our own, and would love your thoughts!! I can, of course, credit you, or you can remain anonymous, or we can just chat about it for fun!|
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