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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
  • 270 education books
  • 328 recreation books
  • 225 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.

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January 30, 2018 - Block says: What an odd question. I wouldn't have thought she would have used this phrase, any more than deep midwinter!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, it did seem a bit of a random question.
January 28, 2018 - Paul says: Did Enid ever use the phrase "high summer" in her stories?
Daisy says... Daisy says: I've no idea, maybe someone else would know if they read this.
January 15, 2018 - Alicia says: I love Malory Towers.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Tell us why, Alicia!
January 14, 2018 - Claudine says: Hello and Happy New Year, everyone! Looking forward to chatting with a whole range of amazing Blyton characters on here. After all, where else in the world would one be able to do this?!
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you love lively discussions, try the Enid Blyton Society Forums, Claudine!
January 4, 2018 - Fatty says: Thanks you for your kind comments and for participating in discussions throughout last year. We all wish everybody a very happy new year and look forward to reading your views on all things Blyton!
December 30, 2017 - Paul says: Happy New Year, Mods and Visitors to EB Dot Net.
December 21, 2017 - Peter-Australia says: Hi Fatty,Daisy, Buster and all fans of EB I wish you all a very Happy Christmas! I don't post often, but I read and enjoy every thing written by others and I look forward to more in the coming year. Cheers Peter-Australia.
Daisy says... Daisy says: A Merry Christmas to you too, Peter-Australia, and we all hope you continue to visit the site.
December 11, 2017 - Vicente says: A curiosity: although Enid Blyton makes Find Outers stories happen on Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays (not autumn), both the Mystery of the Invisible Thief (No. 8) and the Mystery of the Vanished Prince (No. 9) that are followed, begin in summer.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I'm not sure if Enid really planned for each book to follow on the seasons rule, Vicente. She wrote one a year. Maybe someone else will be able to tell us?
December 9, 2017 - Paul says: Two weeks until Christmas. I wonder what Christmas was like for Enid, both as a girl and an adult?
December 8, 2017 - Lottie Baker says: You are one of a kind, brilliant author, who will live in the minds of countless generations for years to come.
December 8, 2017 - Hermione Granger says: Though you may have gone, Enid, your books are far from leaving us, your exceptional way of writing is a mystery to us all and they way you hook us all with your love of writing. The beauty and dedication through every line and thought must have been hard, but it was worth it. You have inspired and moulded millions of children's lives, me included. Thank you so much for your magical, wonderful books, you will never be forgotten.
December 8, 2017 - Aminata Tamba says: Enid mary is my role model and I wish to be a writer like her.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Dreams can come true, Aminata
November 28, 2017 - Emme says: How many books has Enid Blyton sold all the way till 2017.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It has been estimated at 600 million, and she is the seventh-best-selling fiction author of all time.
November 3, 2017 - Nigel says: A great post, Kenneth. You share your views with many of us in The Enid Blyton Society. Do have a look at the forums, I'm sure you will have a whale of a time!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Indeed! Here is the link.
November 2, 2017 - Paul Austin says: I found out that there's an E Nesbit society. She was one of Enid's inspirations. And, of course, Jemima Rooper was Bobbie in the ITV/Carlton Television version of the Railway Children.

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