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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.
  • 186 novels/novelettes
  • 258 character books
  • 944 short story series books
  • 267 education books
  • 213 recreation books
  • 181 continuation books
  • 284 Enid Blyton contributions

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November 22, 2014 - Glynjohn says: I have bought the Faraway tree for my 8 year old granddaughter and I would like buy it in audio form for her to improve her reading. It is almost impossible to buy one except from Australia at a ridiculous price. I am very disappointed to not get one in the UK. A UK author and Kate Winslet an UK actress. Do you have any suggestions please. No Amazon or iTunes please, they are too restrictive. Thank you.
Bets says... Bets says: Sorry, Glynjohn - other than Amazon, there are very few options. Have you tried looking on eBay? Hopefully someone in the UK might be selling.
November 21, 2014 - Joanna says: The Famous Five books are kind of a fail because the ages don't work if you read the books in order.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Timelines are discussed here. I don't see it as a fail, for if they aged in real-time, there would have only been about six books!
November 20, 2014 - Paul says: Did Enid have any military veterans as characters? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, I imagine they'd be Boar War and WWI fighters. Can't think of any...
November 17, 2014 - Evie M says: It's OK, Fatty. Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're welcome.
November 17, 2014 - Evie M says: Well, the first book I got was updated. It had a green front cover and cartoon drawings. It was called 'The Faraway Tree- 3-in-1'. It had all the books except the picture one. That book included the chapter I told you about, where they are turned into toys. The book I have just bought has a blue front cover and is called the 'Faraway Tree Collection'. It also has al the books apart from the picture one. But in that book, there is no chapter where they get turned into toys and visit Santa Claus. That is why I was puzzled.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Land of Toys is chapter 13 in The Magic Faraway Tree. It can be found on page 274 of the The Faraway Tree Collection, although this book is slightly abridged in this volume. I have checked my original copy and the story is in that as well. Sorry I can't be of further help, Evie.
November 16, 2014 - Evie M says: I have recently bought the original version of the Faraway Tree, because I only had the updated version before. The print and illustrations are lovely and old fashioned, so I was very pleased. However, in my updated version there is a chapter where the children and their friends go to the Land of Toys, get arrested, and are turned into toys. They then get a rabbit to drive them to Santa Claus' castle so he can put them right. But that part was not in the original version I bought. Does anybody know anything about it? : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: The titles are: The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree - with a one-off picture story book, Up the Faraway Tree. Which one have you bought?
November 14, 2014 - Tinky says: No, Evie, you are a good fan - I only got 30 when I first did it but I love Enid Blyton!
November 14, 2014 - Kunal says: Great author... Reading books of her since 5 and seeing (and enjoying) Noddy since I was 2 months old.
Bets says... Bets says: Good to know Blyton has been a part of your life since you were so young! :-)
November 13, 2014 - Evie M says: Hehe, I just got 31 out of 50 in the quiz. Is that bad? Does it mean I'm not a good Enid Blyton fan, or anything? : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm sure it doesn't!
November 12, 2014 - Evie M says: Thanks, Tinky. I hope you will like it. (Give my love to Tinky the Koala ; )) I am also going to write lots more, hopefully. I am planning to think of a way to include some of the find outers in the story. But you will have to wait and see how they come in!
November 11, 2014 - Tinky says: Oh goodo Evie! I was HOPING it would go on there, can't wait to read it.
November 11, 2014 - Evie M says: I was told that my story would be put on the fan fiction page, but I looked and it wasn't there. How come it isn't there, because Fatty said he read it? : /.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't have to wait until it goes on the site before reading things! It will appear, just have patience.
November 11, 2014 - Farwa says: I hope it's resolved soon, although the sound of a spam attack from China seems interesting!
November 11, 2014 - The Enid Blyton Society says: As you will be aware, we've been having endless problems with the site since the beginning of November. Although at first glance it appears to be working fine, you'll find anything database-driven is mysteriously missing. Please bear with us while the server host sorts out a massive and repeated spam attack from China. We've been told it should be resolved "very soon". .
November 10, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, everyone! Guess what! Keith Robinson says he is going to publish my story on the fan fiction page! Look out for it- it's about the Faraway tree and it's called 'The Wrong Land'. I'm not sure when it will be on the site, maybe in a few days. I hope you all like it! : D.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have read it and love it! Well done, Evie; it's a great story.

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