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October 20, 2017 - Paul Austin says: Dear my beloved Blytonites. My father, who has had dementia for some time, has been diagnosed with cancer. I feel sad but at the same time, because of the dementia, death would be a merciful release.
October 9, 2017 - Vikram Gulati says: It would be fair to say that Enid Blyton books shaped my childhood thinking. It made me more imaginative, caring, inquisitive, curious to learn and above all adventurous. It started with her Noddy series and I fell in love with the characters. The cute little car which followed all his instincts was the ultimate fantasy. As I grew up, the Famous Five series took centre stage and the adrenalin started to flow every time I took up a new adventure with them. It taught me the importance of friends in life and of course gave me my first pet - it's really wonderful to connect with Enid again. Cheers!
Fatty says... Fatty says: That echoes my childhood as well, Vikram
October 3, 2017 - Nigel says: Further information can be sourced from the Enid Blyton Society website, where answers can be found to most questions. Anita Bensoussane has written an excellent mini-biography on Enid. Read from section 21 on for more on Dorothy. Hope this is of help, John. Click here
Fatty says... Fatty says: You beat me to it, Nigel. I was going to add this to Paul's post. A timely plug for the excellent Society website. I have added the link to your post.
October 1, 2017 - Paul Austin says: John: Isn't it generally believed by fans that Dorothy Richards is the one whose death motivated Gillian to get on with arranging Enid's biography, as she dared not wait anymore?
September 30, 2017 - John Travers says: I cannot find anywhere any reference to whatever became of Enid's children's nurse Dorothy Richards. Perhaps I have overlooked that information. Can anyone help?
September 27, 2017 - pete9012s says: I cannot find the quote below regarding Mrs Layman and Kirrin in any of my editions. May I ask what page/edition the quote is taken from? Thank you - Pete.
Daisy says... Daisy says: That quote is certainly not in my old editions of Mystery To Solve. I too would like to know which edition, obviously an updated one, that quote is in.
September 25, 2017 - Nashrah says: In the 20th Famous Five book it is written 'Mrs. Layman's nice- she's been really kind since we moved near to Kirrin. ' So Julian and others have moved near Kirrin that's why they could just cycle to George's place.
September 23, 2017 - Paul says: We're getting 40 degree heat in some parts of Australia, today. In September! I think Enid, with her love of nature and the environment, would be fighting for action on the climate were she around today.
September 22, 2017 - Mrs Stick says: Been a great fan of Famous Five books since I was old enough to read them. Not long ago I was lucky enough to acquire a complete set of the early editions with Eileen Soper's drawings. I have heard that, in the latter editions, all references to corporal punishment have been removed. (Eg, scolding replacing whipping). To me, that speaks of society becoming more repressed rather than liberated. I still occasionally read them at sixty!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Nice to hear you are still reading Blyton books, Mrs Stick. The latter editions have been altered to be more PC, but you can still buy the second hand original copies from years ago. And many of us do and are still reading them.
September 19, 2017 - Gemini says: Yes Daisy, 20 years had passed between the writing of the two adventure stories, I was wondering how many years between the two adventures? Time does not pass quickly between their adventures.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think you have to suspend any time reality, Gemini. If not, Julian would probably have been in his 30s by the end - and Timmy would certainly be in that kennel in the sky!
September 19, 2017 - Gemini says: Yes Nigel we shall never know. I too had wondered if they had shifted their home. We don't even know how many years had passed between the two adventures!
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you're meaning Enid's writing years between the two adventures, Gemini. As I said it was 20 years.
September 19, 2017 - Nigel says: Gemini, Enid told us very little about the other three cousins' parents - we don't even know their Christian names. They are simply referred to as 'Mother' - George never calls them Uncle or Aunt by name, whereas they always refer to George's parents as Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny. I seem to remember a journey to Kirrin involved a lengthy train journey from a London terminus. Maybe by the end of the series they could have moved house - nearer to Kirrin. We shall never know.
September 18, 2017 - Gemini says: Thank you Daisy. I guess that was probably the reason.
September 18, 2017 - Gemini says: I was an ardent fan of Enid Blyton's Famous Five and keep rereading them. While there are so many things that puzzle me, one thing that has been puzzling me of late is this. How far is Julian, Dick and Anne's home from George's? In the first book Five on a Treasure Island, we see that the three siblings' mother takes a car drive to drop them in Kirrin Cottage. They even stop for a picnic lunch I think. Now in Five Have a Mystery to Solve, the cousins just cycle to each other's homes with Timmy running behind them? Anyone can throw a light on this?
Daisy says... Daisy says: The first book was written in 1942, Gemini. And Mystery to Solve 1962. So with a gap of 20 years between the first book written, I would think that Enid Blyton probably forgot what she had written in the first book. Also she was failing in health at around that time in 1962.
September 8, 2017 - Paul Austin says: Enid is often mocked for not including then-contemporary things like radio and television that much in her stories. Do the EB Dot Net team think that is a fair critique?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've not read any reports of Enid being mocked about the lack of TV/radio. There were instances of listening to the wireless (remember the "Sea piece" listened to in one story, and in Five on Kirrin Island Again the four were entertained by Mr Curton's new television set. TV wasn't contemporary for most of Enid's era, and I would say a lack of toilet facilities were a much bigger issue!
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... Fatty says: Never heard of "you neek" names. Is that an Australian term?
August 9, 2017 - Eesha says: Love the books.
Fatty says... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 mystery@enidblyton.net. (Note that I do NOT need book reviews at this time.)

Thanks all!
EnidBlyton.net

Inspector Jenks says... 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... Daisy says: Nice of you to say so, Lawrence. Thank you for the feedback.
June 10, 2017 - Phillip Kemp says: Hi I have just bought a watercolour painting of children in a playground with balloons and it is signed E Blyton 1939, just wondering if anyone knows anything about Enids art work. Thanks Phil.
Buster says... Buster says: This isn't any picture I've heard of Phillip. You could ask The Enid Blyton Society, to see if anyone on there could help you. Enid Blyton Society
May 21, 2017 - Srinidhi says: The fanfiction on this site is amazing. They are so well written. Kudos to the writers!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Srinidhi. They are certainly a good read.
May 11, 2017 - Richard says: Just to let you know that Keith has very kindly placed a new Find Outers story of mine of the site. It's called 'The Mystery of the Stolen Secrets. I hope you enjoy it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And a thumping good read it is too! Well done Richard!
April 30, 2017 - Paul says: Regarding the debate on the EBS forums about the Jan Francis-read Blyton audios being uploaded to youtube. It's easy to rant about the supposed evils of the copyright laws but Jan Francis would have been paid for her narration and would have been entitled to royalties from sales. If those recordings were ever digitally remastered and re-released, Jan Francis would again be paid. Jan Francis *gets nothing* from Blyton fans downloading a youtube rip of her work. Yes, it's fun to rant about the "corporate copyright industry", but please stop to remember the ordinary people these corporations employ.
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.

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