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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.

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
  • 269 character books
  • 983 short story series books
  • 268 education books
  • 259 recreation books
  • 214 continuation books
  • 295 Enid Blyton contributions

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October 14, 2016 - Hermann says: Say thanks to the folks for your web site it helps a whole lot.
October 12, 2016 - Cathy says: I don't really understand why there is such a furore about Dick liking the primroses; lots of males like flowers, that's why they are gardeners for a profession (or enjoy gardening as a hobby! ) Its got nothing to do with being feminine. My dad loves flowers but he's not remotely feminine. Same goes for Alan Titchmarsh, Geoff Hamilton, and lots of other male gardeners. Millions of men, young and old, enjoy gardening and like flowers and plants, but they're not all feminine. I personally know lots of blokes who would comment on a massive patch of flowers if it was particularly eye-catching, and all those blokes are about as unfeminine as you can get.
Buster says... Buster says: Totally agree, Cathy.
October 11, 2016 - Paul says: Dick liking primroses is definitely on the feminine side, even for the forties, but that's because the character was being written by a woman. Not many actual little boys, then or now, would openly like flowers for fear of getting pummeled by other boys.
Daisy says... Daisy says: What a sexist remark - that's because the character was being written by a woman -!!!!
October 9, 2016 - Javier says: Hello Blyton fans! I would like to express my disappointment when I read on this webpage the following comment, taken from the "Five have a mystery to solve" review: "Dick said, [beginning of quote taken from "Blyton's book]"Oh, it must be in one of your pockets. Here, let me feel." [end of quote from Blyton's book] Oo-er, missus. I always thought Dick was my favorite character, but now I'm beginning to wonder about him. " First of all, it is hard for me to understand how something like this may be interpreted as having a sexual overtone. It is commonly believed that at some point (probably after book 6 or so), the Famous Five stopped aging. At this point (this is book 19) I think it would be fair to assume that Dick is probably portrayed as a 11- or 12-year old boy. And Wilfred, whose pockets Dick is feeling, is 9 years old! I really think that what Dick is doing is rather innocent, and probably not uncommon between kids. In addition to that, the reviewer is showing his homophobia by the comment that it follows: since Dick is allegedly doing something "homosexual", the reviewer is not going to consider him his favorite character any more! He then adds: "At the beginning of Five Go Adventuring Again, he says, "Gosh, look at the primroses on the railway banks! "ójust like any other boy, right? " It is kind of ironical that this text, which was written in 1943 by an allegedly "racist and sexist" author, shows a much more modern and open-minded vision of what being "a boy" means than the reviewer's, who writes around 75 years later!
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: I interviewed the reviewer about this matter, and he said: Yes, I was being juvenile. Regarding the first comment, of course Dick meant it in a completely innocent way, and so did Enid. (Although, it's interesting to note just how much has changed over the years. These days, I don't think a comment like that would escape ridicule in this sexually-charged world we live in now. Heck, I was that age in the late 70s or early 80s, and I recall how boys jumped with glee on anything that could be considered a "double entendre." Nothing was as innocent as in Blyton's world.) As for the second comment, it just seemed very unlike a boy to be excited by the sight of primroses, but that's just my opinion. Look, men and women alike appreciate nature -- I know I certainly do -- but it seemed odd for Dick, at his age, to comment on the primroses instead of, say, Anne, who is naturally more likely to gush about such things. I might be wrong. But consider this: Blyton portrayed boys as (what we see today as) sexist, in that they constantly leave the girls to wash the dishes and clean up --- including George, who is annoyed about being a girl because of such things as having to wash up! So it struck me as particularly odd for Dick, a "real man's man" in Blyton's world, to say something "girly" in Blyton's stereotyped boy-vs-girl roles. I do admit that the part of my review about feeling in pockets is a little flippant and childish, though.
October 5, 2016 - Gerard says: Hey Guys. Nice to have a great community of Enid Blyton fans over here. I loved the Fan Fiction books that I read. Was just wondering how old is Mr Goon supposed to be in the Find Outer books? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, never really thought of that. In Burnt Cottage, maybe in his 40s? Like most of Blyton's characters, he never really aged. Thank you for your kind comments about this site. If you're interested in Blyton communities, you might like to look at the forums on our sister site,
September 25, 2016 - Helispad says: I have a Learning To Go Shopping With Noddy hardback in very good condition, The cover is upside down to the pages, is this unusual? .
Buster says... Buster says: I've not seen this book, so I can't help you. Maybe someone else reading this can. Anyway if this is the book you are meaning, here is the link to it. Just look in the Cave of Book, and the title is Learn to go Shopping with Noddy. First edition is 1965. Enid Blyton Society
September 23, 2016 - The Count Paritolen says: Thanks Daisy and Fatty, I just asked my sister Tatiosa and I have to admit that both she AND her husband Hartius agree with you. But the plot line does seem to be rather silly all the same. How's Buster by the way, Fatty? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: Some of Enid's plots can be a bit silly at times, but we must remember the Find-Outers books were written for 9 year-olds! Buster is fine, thanks. Still snapping round the heels of the village bobby!
September 15, 2016 - The Count Paritolen says: Just read the Five Find Outers Mystery of Holly Lane again. Ahhhhgh! Seems a bit silly to me in places, as noted well in your review- but I also noticed- Marion is kind and caring to her granddad, but to stop her cousin Wilfrid from stealing his savings Marion hides them in the lounge curtain hems but doesn't tell her granddad therefore scaring him terribly that he's had them stolen! The lame reason later given why she did this was she was afraid if she told her granddad, Wilfrid would "worm it out of him" and get the money anyway! But surely she could have told him she'd hidden the money in a better place for him but not WHERE. Then there'd be no danger Wilfrid could "worm it out of him" and she would have achieved the kindly objective of stopping Wilfrid from stealing the money but without the unnecessary and unpleasant terrible fright she gave her granddad by not telling him she'd hidden it for him. Her grandad already knew Wilfrid was after it I think and he loved and trusted his granddaughter Marion, so it could easily be made out that the granddad would be happy with this and be grateful to her and so a much more sensible plot I think.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Maybe, but it may not have been such a good read though!!

Fatty says: Good points, Count. But as Daisy says, it wouldn't have been such a good read.
August 28, 2016 - Emilia May says: Read The Adventure series it's such an adventurous, one.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Is that an order?! ;-)
August 28, 2016 - Georgiegirl says: Someone on the Enid Blighton society forums suggested it might be 'Treacle Pudding Town' but I haven't yet managed to locate a copy. I am interested in 'The Chocolate Touch' (Thanks pete9012s) but the link didn't work for me. However I have found the book on Amazon and it may indeed be the story I remember, in which case I have been barking up the wrong tree. Thanks for putting me on the right track.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It was a bad link, I have now corrected it. Click here for Pete's link.
August 27, 2016 - Martin says: I seem to remember in the 70's that sites said her published works were over 600 million sold. But looking around, that figure doesn't seem to have been updated much and it's now 35+ years since then. Anyone have a more up to date figure. It wouldn't surprise me to be over a billion books sold.
August 14, 2016 - pete9012s says: Regarding the chocolate query,could it be this 1952 story by Patrick Skene Catling called The 'Chocolate Touch'? Regards, Pete.
Bets says... Bets says: It may well be, Pete!
August 9, 2016 - Geogiegirl says: Just found the answer to the boy who didn't write thank you letters. But I would still like to know the location of the story about everything being turned into chocolate. Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: One of our experts might be able to help. I have no idea!
August 9, 2016 - Georgiegirl says: Does anyone know the source of a short story by EB about a boy who wished everything to be turned into chocolate? It was one of the short story collections which I read in the 1960s. I suspect it was a version of the King Midas story but would like to re-read it and my grandson is fascinated. Also the one about the children who wouldn't write their thank you letters that another poster was searching for. Any answers gratefully received.
August 9, 2016 - Georgiegirl says: Does anyone know the source of a short story by EB about a boy who wished everything to be turned into chocolate? It was one of the short story collections which I read in the 1960s. I suspect it was a version of the King Midas story but would like to re-read it and my grandson is fascinated. Also the one about the children who wouldn't write their thank you letters that another poster was searching for. Any answers gratefully received.
Buster says... Buster says: The story doesn't ring any bells for me, sadly. But there are many that Enid wrote in her lifetime. You may like to browse in the Cave of Books on this website. You may just find the story you are remembering in there. Enid Blyton Society

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