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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
  • 257 character books
  • 943 short story series books
  • 267 education books
  • 210 recreation books
  • 180 continuation books
  • 284 Enid Blyton contributions

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July 28, 2014 - Tamara says: Hi Fatty and Bets, long time no see! I have been awfully busy with my exams, and of course with writing my fanfic. It's been quite hard putting all my ideas into words, but it's a bit more easier now. Enid wrote HER novels without any planning, and that she used her imagination to come up with plots, and to a little girl like me that seems huge. I certainly can't do that! I just wanted to ask you one thing, and that is that what is the color of Bets's hair and eyes? I was just wondering. Thanks!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Bets' eyes are bloodshot, and her hair is grey. ;-)
July 28, 2014 - Paul says: What the blimey is going through the minds of modern publishers that they think tiny little minds will be scarred by Zerelda Brass having a trendy Second World War-era hairstyle? .
July 24, 2014 - Gus says: When I was young I had a Secret seven book that included dice and 'solve it yourself' bits. Can anyone let me know where I can get this? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't know about SS game books, but there were certainly Famous Five Adventure Game Books. Check HERE for details. If these are what you had in mind, I can only suggest the usual online web sites such as eBay to track down copies.
July 23, 2014 - ALEX says: I want to read the secret island again but I dont know were to buy it in Lagos Nigeria.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Neither do I.
July 23, 2014 - Charlotte Horne says: I've only read six Secret Seven books and they're AMAZING! But I've always wanted to read all of them, just because they're so good. If I become a beloved author, I will definitely write something like Enid Blyton. I've read some of the Famous Five books and also The Enchanted Wood and I love those books!
July 21, 2014 - Eddie Muir says: The same mistake appears on page 129 in the Egmont 2003 edition, but this is not a first edition. The book was first published in 1949. I've just checked my Dragon 1984 edition and the mistake appears on page 88. I expect the mistake occurred in the first Methuen edition in 1949, on page 99, as it is repeated in my 1956 edition (as mentioned in my previous post). I hope all this makes sense!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Perfect sense! Thanks, Eddie.
July 21, 2014 - Eddie Muir says: In my 1956 Methuen edition of 'The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat', Zoe Markham is mistakenly called Zoe Summers on page 99.
July 18, 2014 - Paul says: Bowdlerisers take note: In several of WE John's "Biggles" stories, he has Biggles acknowledge the common prejudices of the time, but also has him state that he doesn't care about them and that if someone is decent to him, he will be decent to them.
July 17, 2014 - Bev Broon says: I have loved the Famous Five books as long as I can remember, still read them now and again (Im now 40!!!! ) we are planning a visit to Dorset this Summer, is there anywhere you can suggest for us to go to that is reminiscent of some of the places in the books? Would absolutely love to feel like I am part of their adventures! Thanking you in advance!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Whispering Island (Five Have a Mystery to Solve) was based on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, according to Enid. She also holidayed in Swanage. Corfe Castle has many claims, but is a wonderful village with a castle that many imagine to be Kirrin Castle - although Enid said Kirrin was inspired by an island with a castle in the Channel Islands. Mystery Moor might also be near to Corfe - you will benefit from an OS map! Lulworth Castle looks exactly like Malory Towers, and Dancing Ledge is rather like the school swimming pool. Enjoy Dorset, it is a wonderful county.
July 17, 2014 - Sky says: Hi I am wondering how many books did EB write well I think millions please answer back ; -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: You obviously haven't look at this page. Seek, and ye shall find....
July 17, 2014 - shriya says: In the mystery of the pantomime cat Zoe Markham is mentioned as Zoe Summers on page 129.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Incredibly, I opened my Methuen first edition on page 129! Divine providence? However, you might have a different edition as there was no mention of Zoe "Summers" on that page. Maybe someone else can shed some light?
July 14, 2014 - Hudois says: With reference to one of the previous posts regarding the "Updating" of her books, I totally disagree with the practice. I think it is nothing short of artistic vandalism to do this. How far would this idea get, say with Shakespeare's works, or Dickens?? If one reads the works of P. G Wodehouse, or Agatha Christie or John Buchan and may other authors from that period, there are many words and sentences included in their books that the PC Brigade seem to object to in Enid's Books. So why no suggestion of a similar practice for these authors as well? Not that I'm suggesting it takes place. A similar thing has befallen some of the Frank Richards' Billy Bunter books, and it was a miserable failure. It did not work in any way shape or form. They along with the "updated" versions of Enid Blyton books are to be avoided at all costs!!
July 10, 2014 - Farwa says: Hi Fatty, are the Enid Blyton Society and this website in any way related? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: We share the same webmaster, although this site is independent and owned by Keith Robinson.
July 9, 2014 - Paul says: I see we have smiley pictures now. Reminds me of that joke about the phrase "(something) period" in _Goodnight Sweetheart_ - "Do Americans also say 'Hi exclamation mark, How are you question mark'"? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: I haven't a clue what you're on about, Paul.....
July 8, 2014 - Farwa says: Hi Fatty! Cool smileys, but is the website you are using to get them safe? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: That's for me to know and you to find out!

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