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April 16, 2017 - Paul says: As long as the original versions are still available second-hand, it's not as bad as it could be. The author of Mary Poppins lived long enough that she was able to edit out racist stereotypes from the original edition herself and replace them with talking animals. The revised books would be much better if it had been Enid making the revisions.
April 16, 2017 - AuthorizedVersion says: I am extremely angry at publishers for editing Blyton. I want to read "real" Blyton. If she wrote "shilling" or "negro" or "ass", then let it be. Let it be "hallo" not "hello" if that's what the first publishers had. I grew up reading Blyton, and still read her today as a grown up, and want genuine Blyton reserved for the future. I also dislike the idea of these updated FF etc. Books. My favourite books are Tally-Ho Cottage, Missing Man and Missing Necklace in the Fatty series. I have read The Island of Adventure probably 50 times. I own a first edition Five Get Into A Fix. I also like Chinky from the Wishing Chair books. Blyton shaped my love for birds, childhood respect for the police and writing.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Many Blyton fans want the original text, and you can still buy these old books from Ebay. Have a look at the Enid Blyton Society too, and delve into the Cave of Books. You will see all Enid's book in there. Enid Blyton Society
April 13, 2017 - Paul says: Have a happy and safe Easter, everyone. Best wishes to the mod team here at EB Dot Net for a happy and safe Easter, too.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Thank you, Paul.
April 11, 2017 - Paul says: Stephanie: Enid had left school thirty years before she wrote SC and MT, and what she knew of modern (ie 1940s) schools would have been second hand from Gillian and Imogen. You see this in current-day school stories where the schools and life in them depicted more resemble the author's own long-past schooldays than any school in 2017.
April 10, 2017 - Stephanie says: I love the school stories and have done since childhood but a few things puzzle me about the schools. Is St Clare's meant to be a religious school? The name makes me think of a Catholic school or convent and it seems to be strict and 'jolly sensible'. I'm also puzzled by the subjects they do. The girls' education does not seem broad by modern standards. It seems to be mainly focused on humanities and languages/arts type stuff with not much else, although they do play a lot of sport. Even home ec (domestic science) is not mentioned and that would have been a girls school staple at the time. There are no references to anyone doing science or business subjects, two staples of modern schooling, at least in the UK. Malory Towers references a lab but do they actually do science? Even the anti-establishment St Trinian's (original one from the 50s) has some science labs and they do chemistry. The maths they do seems to be mainly 'sums' which seems basic for secondary level. They also don't have a choice of languages either, even in exam years. Was this common in girls schools of the 1930s/40s? Whyteleafe does science but they were a mixed school and quite progressive for the time. How come they have no career guidance? Are the schools state or private? Another observation is that there are some racial undertones, particularly in the stereotyping of foreigners and the way international students are treated. They're stereotyped and American students are forced to become more 'English' (Zerelda in MT).
Daisy says... Daisy says: These books were written in times different from today's schools. St. Clare's was first written in 1941 and the last book 1945. And Malory Towers was first published in 1946 and the last book written in 1951. So none of the subjects would be anything like what is taught in schools today. Also I feel that the stories were mostly about the girls who attended the schools, not really focusing on the subjects that were being taught.

Fatty says: Faith schools are still common in Britain. Many junior schools are CofE, for example. There are other wold-faith schools to be found, too. As Daisy said, Enid focussed in the girls, and apart from French and sport, not the subjects so much.
April 7, 2017 - Ron says: Does anyone know the actual tree that inspired the Faraway Tree series? .
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would imagine it came from Enid's imagination! Who knows, she may have been strolling in a wood one day and she could have seen a magnificent tree and thought, "Imagine folk living in that."
April 4, 2017 - Paul says: Easter used to be a Christian religious festival. Now its turned into how many chocolate bunnies and eggs can be sold. Enid would not approve.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It is still is religious festival! I am sure Enid would approve of the chocolate eggs, too. They were around when her children were born and I sure Gillian and Imogen had Easter eggs.
March 26, 2017 - Francesca says: Like you I'm guessing, I love Enid Blyton and growing up was desperate to go to Malory Towers, or be in a club like the Secret Seven. The characters in her books had a very different life and outlook to that which is possible today. I'm writing a piece about what lessons we can take from Blyton's children to teach to our own, and would love your thoughts!! I can, of course, credit you, or you can remain anonymous, or we can just chat about it for fun!
March 24, 2017 - brendan fitzpatrick says: There was a documentary on BBC 4 about two years ago,Enid Blyton was among the people mentioned,she had her work banned from the BBC for over 20 years,I find it hard to believe that someone could do this.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid was too popular, not enough children wanted to read "quality" literature. A bit like chocolate versus sprouts, really!
March 23, 2017 - Paul says: Jems seems to be a child as they seem a little bit confused between Enid's characters and reality. As always Fatty, you handle the young ones just right.
Fatty says... Fatty says: All human life is here, Paul. Mind you, it isn't only our young friends who get confused between fiction and reality! Thanks for the compliment.
March 21, 2017 - jems says: Hi fatty r u alive now also r u real or someone else.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've just checked, I am still alive and I am real!
March 10, 2017 - Aditya Varshneya says: Truly Enid is the best author in the mystery/adventure genre. Till now I have read 15 Famous Five books. I found all the 15 books very interesting. I will continue to read the books as the series progresses.
February 28, 2017 - Crystal says: Have you read The Naughtiest Girl it is soooooooooo good and so is Malory Towers.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Have you read all the series of the Naughtiest Girl and Malory Towers, Crystal?
February 21, 2017 - Anonymous says: I have Enid Blyton's autobiography by Barbara Stoney and it has been personally signed by Barbara. She was a patient of mine. Lovely lady x.
Daisy says... Daisy says: She certainly was a lovely lady, I met her myself on a few occasions at an Enid Blyton Day.

Fatty says: Stoney's work is the definitive biography. She was a lovely lady, indeed. It would have been good if you had given us your name rather than withholding it.
February 18, 2017 - Maimoonah says: I would love a new book post here, read all of them.
February 15, 2017 - Mai Thip says: When was Enid born? .
Daisy says... Daisy says: Enid was born on the 11th August, 1897.
February 2, 2017 - Amber says: Dear Find-Outers and Buster - I read a couple of news articles from late 2014 about Sam Mendes producing a Faraway Tree film, but haven't seen anything recently. Is this still in the works? From a forever EB fan.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We had a link to this on our Facebook page. Just scroll down a little way.
January 4, 2017 - Paul says: Did the "Christmas in July" thing exist in Enid's time and if so, did the British mark it or Enid refer to it? I suppose Christmas in July would be more meaningful in Australia and New Zealand where July happens during our winter.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I believe this event was held by Australians, maybe to commemorate a mid-winter celebration, as Christmas was in the northern hemisphere, but it was also held in the USA. There is also a theory that rehearsals for Christmas productions could have been held as early as July. The earliest known occasion to make the phrase "Christmas in July" literal was in July 1933 and there was a US film released in 1940 called "Christmas in July". Enid would probably have heard of the term, but like most of us, would have thought one Christmas in a year was sufficient. To my knowledge, it was never celebrated in Great Britain.
January 2, 2017 - Paul says: Was Enid ever offered an honour such as an OBE, CBE or DBE? .
Buster says... Buster says: I've no idea, but I'm sure someone will know when reading this.

Fatty says: Enid should have been awarded the title of Dame, in my opinion.
This title is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.Enid certainly qualified looking at the above rules.

Anita Bensoussane has compiled a fascinating compilation of Enid's life. Click here.
December 25, 2016 - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: I quite liked Mr Goon, he was a comical person, there was a policeman who used to cycle around our town, he caught us once stealing apples and told us off, he reminded me of him, there were no escaped prisoners or kidnapped princes in those days, well not that I know of.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Thanks, Brendan. You're a right down marvel, you are.
December 19, 2016 - Fatty and the Team says: A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our contributors and guests. Thank you all for your posts, keep 'em coming in 2017! We are planning to go round to Goon's this year to sample his hospitality! : -).
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Gah! Toad of a boy.
December 16, 2016 - Paul says: Thank you, Fattty. There's currently a Christmas ad for Woolworth's running in which a little girl with shoulder-length brown hair is counting out carrots to leave for Santa's reindeer. My poor Mum got so sad when she saw this ad, saying that the child actress is what she imagines her granddaughter than she never sees to be like.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I sincerely hope you will all be able to sort your differences out at some time.
December 14, 2016 - Paul says: Mr Goon (the character) must have had pretty lonely and miserable Christmas. No one wants to spend Christmas with him as they either fear or hate him. My parents and myself are having another sad Christmas as my brother still refuses to talk to us or let Mum and Dad see their granddaughter.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm not so sure. I think Goon was happy in a rather frustrated way. I don't think he would appreciate company at any time of the year. Sorry to hear of your family problems, Paul. Christmas can be a sad time for many people.
December 12, 2016 - Peter (Australia) says: Hi Everyone: I would like to take this opportunity to wish Fatty,Buster, Daisy The Inspector and Mr Goon a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! (and by the way where is Betts these days?)
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you, Peter. Bets is fine, keeping busy with foreign assignments!
December 12, 2016 - brendan fitzpatrick says: Oh dear,regarding getting Tally -Ho Cottage and Holly Lane getting mixed up there is no excuse, looks if I am off to The School of Dame Slap or even spending Christmas with Mr Goon if I make any more mistakes like that.
December 12, 2016 - Fatty says: I have just read your query, Rae, and can answer your question. Chapter 26 is indeed the final chapter, but you have a couple of pages missing. Your copy ends mid-sentence! It should read: -and to her great joy she flew into the air as easily as a butterfly, hovering here and there as light as a feather. You could always visit a bookshop and read the final two pages!
December 11, 2016 - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: Hello Fatty,I have just read 'The Mystery of the Missing Man' after all those years,you were very brave in that book,I also read 'The Mystery of Holly Lane' the part where you dressed up as Mr Larkin and got PC Goon really confused, he shone his torch and there were two Mr. Larkins. Classic.
Buster says... Buster says: I think you mean - The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage, Brendan, when my master dressed as Mr Larkin, not Holly Lane.

Fatty says: 'twas Tally-Ho, indeed. A good trick was that, Brendan!
December 11, 2016 - ritaswain says: Are these books of interest to eleven year old boys.
Buster says... Buster says: It all depends on what an eleven year old boy's preference in reading is really. Enid's Adventure and Mystery books may be of more interest to that age group.
December 10, 2016 - Rae Masters says: My children had the Faraway tree books and would like to now read them to their children. The 3rd book is missing some pages at the end. The last chapter we have is XXVI GOODBYE TO THE FARAWAY TREE and the last page is numbered 508 and the last sentence is "Connie flapped them - and to her great joy she. Could you possibly advise how many pages we are missing and any idea how we could recover copies of the missing pages to enable us to complete this beautiful book. Thanks so much.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Not having the book I cannot answer your question, Rae, but hopefully someone else who reads this book may have the answer. As for copying the missing pages, I would think you need to ask to borrow someone's book for that, or buy a second hand copy identical to the one you have from Ebay. Here is a link to the Enid Blyton Society, where someone over there may be able to help answer your question. Enid Blyton Society
December 10, 2016 - Paul says: And "The King of the Mountain" who *seems* to be a typical Yellow Peril baddie but is in fact just a harmless eccentric who's being manipulated by the real villains.
December 5, 2016 - Brendan Fitzpatrick says: In the Blyton books not all foreigners were bad guys,in The Circus of Adventure ,the acrobats Toni and Bingo were stars rescuing Prince Gussy and company from the castle. The rest of the circus folk were ok as well including Pedro who could speak a multitude of languages unlike Jack. Some of the worst people in the books were British,Mr. Barling,Mr Roland and The Sticks in the Famous 5 books, spring to mind. Not to mention that guy who threatened to shoot Timmy and blow Kirrin Island up.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Oh, definitely, Brendan. Most villains were certainly British, I would rate Tiger Dan and Lou, from Five Go Off in a Caravan as two of the worst criminals. The likeable Mafumu in The Secret Mountain is another delightful foreign character. Thanks for reminding of of the wonderful foreign characters in Enid's books.
December 3, 2016 - Mr Trotteville (Frederick) says: My dearest Mr Goon,It's Mr Frederick Trotteville here via telegram from Tippylooloo. May I assure you of MY undying and unswerving appreciation as we enter the holiday season and also apologize for pete9012s omitting you from any thanks and Christmas good cheer. Ps. Did you know your bike seems to have left its usual spot and is currently outside the sweet shop in Sheepsale? Fondest Regards,your lifelong chum and confidante Mr Trotteville (Frederick)XXX pps. Buster said he loves you too. (from your ankles downwards).
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Gah! I've been taken for a ride before by that toad of a boy and his tales of Tippylooloo. I suppose you think you're being oh so clever don't you? And if I see that wretched dog, I'll have him put down.
December 2, 2016 - pete9012s says: May I be the first to thank Fatty,Daisy,Buster and The Inspector for all the hard work you do in answering all the very intelligent, well thought out questions you receive daily here. May I also wish you and all of your families (and pets) a very happy XMAS. Oh,ok then CHRISTMAS!! Very Best Wishes Pete.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You may, indeed, Pete - and thank you! We, in return, would like to thank all of our contributors to this website, and be the second to wish all a very happy Christmas and Yuletide Season.

Mr Goon says: Gah! Ignored again whilst that toad of a boy and meddlesome kids get all the credit.
November 13, 2016 - Rain says: Are these books available in electronic or ebook format? Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There are titles available from Amazon. Just search in the Kindle store. There are probably other sources too, just Google for details.
November 13, 2016 - Nashrah Tanvir says: Enid Blyton is my inspiration for becoming a writer. I am a big fan of her books. It looks as if she wrote hundreds of books. I just hope to become an author like her. She is my favourite writer.
Buster says... Buster says: I hope you achieve your wish to become a writer, Nashrah.
November 12, 2016 - Alice Becker says: I am wanting to know where I can sell my vintage Enid Blyton books. I want them to go to someone who will treasure them.
Daisy says... Daisy says: You could sell them on Ebay Alice, or you could join the Enid Blyton Society, and put your books up for sale in their For Sale thread, on the forums. Pictures and a price will be needed of course. Here is the link to the Society pages Enid Blyton Society

Fatty says: Here is the link to the For Sale section on the forums, Alice.
November 11, 2016 - Lex Fraser says: Thanks - I appreciate it! I have also checked out the Enid Blyton Society website, which looks a great site too (lots of forums covering pretty much every Blyton topic imaginable! )! Cheers, Lex.
November 9, 2016 - Lex Fraser says: Just discovered this site - still exploring, but looks great! My name is Lex Fraser and I am a part-time (love to be full-time) writer of children's mystery and adventure books. It all started for me with Enid Blyton - obviously the 'Five' series, but for me the best were the Five Find-outers! Fatty must be one of the greatest characters in children's literature - the shed, the disguises, out foxing of Goon, etc - it really bugs me when I hear people say she only created two dimensional characters! Although, thankfully, I think Blyton bashing is more and more becoming a thing of the past. Once again, I am a part-time scribbler - and Enid is definitely my inspiration. My book The Adventure of the Missing Diva is actually FREE to buy on Amazon from the 10th until the 11th of November - it would be great to read any of your reviews/thoughts. Best regards, Lex.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Nice to hear your inspiration for writing came from Enid Blyton, Lex.

Fatty says: I have downloaded your book to my Kindle, Rex! Our sister site, the Enid Blyton Society will be of great interest to you, too. Updated on a daily basis, there is a whole world of Blyton to explore there.
November 5, 2016 - Avinash Machado says: Any upcoming fan fiction stories on this site? .
Buster says... Buster says: Only what you can read at the moment.

Fatty says: Nothing planned, Avinash. We rely on contributors to provide our stories, and none of our regular authors have anything in the pipeline. However, there are several on our sister site, in the Secret Passage. You do have to be a Journal Subscriber to gain access to them, but it is well worth the small subscription fee. Full details can be found there.
October 30, 2016 - adam says: Hmmm, I love this site. Looking to write a series of short novels for kids soon. Is this hard? .
Buster says... Buster says: Depends whether you enjoy writing or not.
October 27, 2016 - Iyla says: Enid Blyton is one of the best writers I have ever come across! I just finished reading the Famous Five series and excited to read the Secret Seven series!! She has done and accomplished many great books and poems!
Daisy says... Daisy says: She certainly has, Iyla
October 26, 2016 - brendan fitzpatrick says: I have recently bought an edition of 'The Castle of Adventure' which was printed in 1955. In my opinion this is one of the best Blyton books. Looking forward to reading it again,this is a cracking read.
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! "—just 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.

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