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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
- 312 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...
|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.|
|July 5, 2017 - pete9012s says: In November 2013 I made a donation to Brian Carter via Gofundme to help him publish his book advertised on the left of this screen 'Enid Blyton The Untold Story'. I believe I was one of the very first people to donate money to help him. I was promised a signed copy of the book by Brian. It's now July 2017 and all my attempts to email/contact Brian to ask when I can look forward to the book I helped fund have met with absolutely no response. I would welcome some feedback/reply from Brian after four years as to when I can look forward to receiving my signed copy of the book? Yours patiently, pete9012s.|
|Buster says: I feel for you, Pete. I think it's sad when this sort of thing happens. I do hope you have some response after this message is seen.|
|July 3, 2017 - Fahad ahmed says: Hi I love all series of Enid Blyton but there is one thing. You can't find Enid Blyton's novels easily in Pakistan Islamabad, so can anyone tell me specific online book shopping websites that has free home delivery in Pak.|
|July 3, 2017 - Philipp Mevius says: I like the stories of Enid Blyton. I come from Germany, and have audio books about the Famous Five and Barney mysteries.|
|June 29, 2017 - Paul says: Hi I was thinking of writing a post about the Adventurous Four for both you and World of Blyton but my current copies from Abe Books are "Mary and Jill" ones from the early seventies so I cannot compare it to a modern edition.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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.|
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