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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.
October 30, 2017 - pete9012s says: What an fantastic,upbuilding post from Kenneth. I agree with all his well expressed sentiments. I'm sure you would really enjoy joining The Enid Blyton Society Forums Kenneth. You can interact there with many like minded Enid Blyton fans who heartily endorse your sentiments. Regards, Pete.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I agree with Pete, Kenneth. Take a look at Enid Blyton Society website.
October 30, 2017 - Kenneth says: Like many of the comments I am bemused at this continual politicizing of children's books, particularly Enid Blytons. When will they turn their attention to the so called classics, imagine Alice and the White Queen with no more "off with their heads" or The Wind in The Willows with a limp skirmish at the end with the weasels and status. I was " born in the fifties" as the Police song goes and was entranced by initially the escapades of the Secret Seven, followed by the Famous Five and the Barney "R" mysteries. However it was the Find Outers that really grabbed my attention and vividly remember trying to work out the clues before Fatty and the gang. Being brought up on an isolated farm these stories gave me an escape into another world which was a welcome diversion in the days of very limited alternative entertainment. Living on a farm I also enjoyed the Mistletoe Farm pair of books and can still remember a superb nature book I managed to borrow from the school library when I was in primary school. I have been fortunate to obtain my own copy of Enid Blytons Nature Lovers Book and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in flaura and fauna. But it may be censored soon since it centres around an elderly man taking three children on nature rambles. Ah the innocence of youth.
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 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! 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 (Note that I do NOT need book reviews at this time.)

Thanks all!

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.
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.
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
July 26, 2016 - Jane says: I have about 12 Enid Blyton books for sale do you know anyone who would be interested in buying them, I live in south Africa. I can send the titles etc. to you. Thanks Jane.
Buster says... Buster says: This site doesn't sell books, Jane, but you could put them on Ebay.
July 22, 2016 - Jack Musthofa says: Enid Blyton is my favorite children's author. Every weekend or holidays I and my family usually go to Malaysia, especially Kuching. I always buy Enid's books ,even I spend RM 200 only for buying Enid's books. Enid's books are always interesting and make people addicted. Love Enid Blyton forever!
July 17, 2016 - Elma says: Hello. Do you guys know any places I could pick up a boxset of Malory Towers with some older covers? I have the 2004 covers (Rachel haircuts! Lemonade bottles! ) except for In the Fifth which I couldn't find and had to get the new babyish cover for. I am only 13 so they don't need to be really expensive first editions because I probably can't afford them - just a bit nicer and older than the ones I mentioned. Thanks! : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Keep a look out on Ebay, Elma, or try Amazon for new books.
June 27, 2016 - Michael Edwards says: Err. Keith, I think you must have based your review of "The Mystery of the Secret Room" on a modern, updated, politically-correct version. You quote from the book: "Quite suddenly, without any warning, the thin-lipped man put his hands around Fatty's neck. Fatty gasped. The hands clenched him tightly, and almost choked him." But in fact, the man dealt Fatty a terrific blow on one ear, then on the other. I guess it's politically incorrect now to show real pain being delivered; but the effect in the original book is, I would submit, rather more chilling than the "updated" version. I've just read the book from an early Dragon Books edition which I believe is unedited, so this updated quotation really stood out for me. I wonder what other things have been changed, too.
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Keith did indeed base his review on an updated version of the book, which was all he had available at the time. I'm not sure that one act of violence is less chilling than the other, though. Being boxed around the ears, or being half strangled? As a very high-up police officer, I strongly advise against such force and can assure the general public that any such brutality to children will be dealt with severely.

Mr Goon says: Gah! That toad of a boy deserved all he got. Always interfering with the law. Sucking up to to the Inspector all the time. A downright menace.
June 11, 2016 - Rain says: Are these books available in electronic or ebook format? Thanks.
Buster says... Buster says: Not that I'm aware of, but if anyone else knows?

Fatty says: Don't expect a dog to know! Yes they are, Rain. Check out Amazon/Kindle and there are titles available. Just check in the same way as you would for any other author.
June 4, 2016 - ouatEver says: I'm interested in acquiring the 5 books in the Secret Series. But I would like to know which edition contains the original text. The four editions I like (the cover art is important to me) are 1965, 1971, 1978, and 2002 which I prefer because it's the only edition in hardcover format. Where can I find that information because I'm overwhelmed by the amount of data and how prolific this author was. Thank you.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would think you'd be safe with the 1965 edition, but can't be sure when updates/alterations were carried out on this series. You could ask on the Enid Blyton Society message board as they are the real experts!
June 2, 2016 - zahani Rifkhan says: My favourite series among Enid Blyton's books is MALORY TOWERS. Just love to read them again and again!!!
June 2, 2016 - Donald Duckleby says: My favourite Adventure/Mystery books of each of 4 series': Famous Five: Five Go Adventuring Again. Adventure Series with Kiki the Parrot: The Island of Adventure. Mystery Series 'Barney Books': The Rockingdown Mystery. The Five Find-Outers: The Secret Room. Do you others agree? What are your favourites for these series'?
June 1, 2016 - Dev says: Are there any other series of books like St. Clare's and Malory Towers?
Buster says... Buster says: There is the Naughtiest Girl series if you like school stories, Dev.
June 1, 2016 - Nithya says: Yes Fatty, that's true. Nithya.
May 24, 2016 - Nithya says: Hey! I just read this poem from the Fan poetry page, and My! Wasn't it the perfect poem for Famous Five lovers! Thanks a ton to Jennifer Patten for the poem called as "FIVE REMINISCE" I'm telling, it reduced me to tears! I cried a bit thinking of poor old Timmy, and of course I was in for a surprise when Julian married Berta! Good old Famous Five!!! I just couldn't help thinking about Tim's death. By the way, I quite didn't understand the poem on Timmy. Could someone explain that to me? (Oh gosh! I can't believe Tim died. Of course, dogs have a short life span, but STILL!!! ) Nithya.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid's characters never die - they live on in her books. Thanks for your comments on the poem.
May 21, 2016 - Winny says: Thanks all, yes this one is prefixed 'love from'. And she spelt her name right on this one! Thanks for your comments.
May 21, 2016 - Paul Austin says: Yes, you have to keep your eye out for those very *special* Enid-signed books. The ones where she misspells her own name, writes in someone else's handwriting and uses inks invented after her death!
May 20, 2016 - Nithya says: Hallo! I've been asking agents if they would accept books written by children, but none of them do! It's INDEED hard, Buster! Nithya.
Buster says... Buster says: It is indeed, Nithya. Maybe you could just keep writing for your own pleasure, then when you're old enough you may then become an author.
May 18, 2016 - Winny says: I have a 1947 version of 'before I go to sleep' signed on the inside cover by Enid Blyton. Was she in the habit of personally signing books?
Buster says... Buster says: Enid did sign a few of her books, yes. But there are also some signatures out there that are not genuine.

Fatty says: Enid usually prefixed her signature with "With best wishes" or something personal. As far as I know, she didn't just sign her name.
May 14, 2016 - Sapna says: Could you recommend any places in the UK connected to Enid Blyton, like maybe her birthplace or any other site worth visiting?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You can read about her life in Anita Bensoussane's excellent compilation here. One of her homes where she wrote much of her work, Old Thatch at Bourne End, is now sadly closed to the public and Green Hedges, in Beaconsfield has been demolished. Enid loved Dorset and holidayed in Swanage, and set a book in Corfe Castle village. She even owned a farm and golf course in the county. Unfortunately, there is no particular place dedicated to Enid Blyton.
May 13, 2016 - Nithya says: Oh! Never knew that. I better go and re write the first three chapters!
Buster says... Buster says: I thought you said you've written the book. It has to be fully complete before sending off any sample chapters in case the agent wants to read the whole book!

Fatty says: Nithya said she'd better re-write the first three chapters, Buster. That suggests she has indeed written the book!
May 12, 2016 - Nithya says: Hi! Good to be back again. Actually, I need help. I have written a book on adventures and mysteries of three children. I need this book to be published. Any ideas?
Buster says... Buster says: Firstly you have to find a Literary Agent, who will read the first three chapters of your book, and advise if it's publishable for today's market. It's not easy!!
April 28, 2016 - Wayne smyrh says: From time to time the question arises, is Lucas in Five Have a Mystery to Solve? The answer is yes. If you read the forward in the book then it is clearly stated by Enid that he is. How do I know this? I know this as Lucas was based on my uncle whose real name was Gordon James, know as Johnny James when he worked as a green keeper on the Isle of Purbeck golf course. Just to confuse further Gordon was known to his family as Billy. Uncle Billy was you see, Enid's friend and caddy. Often they would spend time on the course enjoying the flora and fauna. Billy spent his whole life on the course and was a friend not only to Enid but to the animals. Having spent his whole life outside he was of course was exactly as Enid described, nut brown and could always be found amongst the animals ( mainly the wild deer and rabbits! ) Unfortunately uncle bully died 3 years ago but we do have precious memories of him and a lovely keep sale of a documentary made by the BBC about Enid and of course Luca.
Buster says... Buster says: How wonderful you have these lovely memories. I have heard that Lucas as based on a real peson, as this has been discussed on the Enid Blyton Society. Enid Blyton Society
April 27, 2016 - Paul Austin says: I just want to thank the Mods for being nice to the children that are addressing Enid directly. It's difficult for children to understand the reality of death.
April 20, 2016 - Nigel says: Whenever it snows (and that's not often), I just have to make footprints up to a door and then retread them, á la Rat-a-Tat Mystery.
April 18, 2016 - Evie Hamada says: I'm currently re reading the Barney mysteries (but I can't find the Rubadub Mystery ; -; ) they are amazing! They're not really any different from your average EB mystery/adventure book, but somehow they are extremely lovable and enjoyable and that's what matters right!? Roger and Diana are just like Larry and Daisy or Philip and Dinah, average EB siblings but Barney and Snubby are both my favourite EB characters ever. I wish they were in more books, especially Snubby.
Buster says... Buster says: Have you tried Ebay, for the books, Evie. I agree, my favourite is Snubby too.

Fatty says: Evie, just above these posts is a section called
Buy Enid Blyton Books. Click on Barney Mysteries.
April 18, 2016 - Nigel says: I used to post on the Yahoo Group as well. Many preferred it to a forum format, but it did tail off considerably. Some of us now post on the EBS forums - well, I have since 2005!
April 16, 2016 - Michael Bennett says: Hello, I've been reading the reviews/synopsis(s) of the books. I think I recognize some of the names on this site. Are you a former member of the Enid Blyton Yahoo group? I used to contribute from time to time and even wrote a chapter for a round robin attempt to write a new famous 5 novel. I have not looked at the yahoo groups in years and have wondered if the group still exists or perhaps has moved to something such as Facebook.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sadly, the Yahoo! Blyton Group is all but defunct. It is still 'live' but receives virtually no posts. By far the most active place for Blyton enthusiasts is the Enid Blyton Society Forum. The Society is in bith Facebook and Twitter - see buttons on the left to access. You are quite correct, Michael, in recognising a few names here from the Yahoo! Group.
April 4, 2016 - Millie says: I love all of your books and I like how they have been made into the films. My top three are the Famous Five to Mystery Series and the Adventure Series.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sadly, Enid died in 1968. However, she lives on in her wonderful books.
March 24, 2016 - William says: Hi please help I have some original sketches that we believe were done for Enid Blyton The artist initials are E. V. A please help.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It doesn't ring a bell with us, William. Maybe someone else can help. It might be worth your while asking on the Enid Blyton Society message board.
March 23, 2016 - Anita says: Here's the Naughtiest Girl! was written by Enid Blyton in 1952. It was originally called Here's the Naughtiest Girl Again! and appeared in Sunny Stories and then Enid Blyton's Omnibus! That's why it only has five chapters, though the publishers are now calling it "book 4". If some versions have as many as 80 pages, maybe that's due to the size of print and illustrations - or maybe some extra material has been included.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks as always, Anita, for shedding light in this.
March 17, 2016 - Martin says: Hello all. I am pre-reading the girls books for my step daughter as I never read them previously. Ref Naughtiest Girl book 4. It is only 51 pages and 5 chapters. Other sites mention 80 pages. Is this the correct length or am I missing pages/chapters?
Buster says... Buster says: Enid Blyton only wrote three Naughtiest Girl books, Martin. I believe the fourth book - Here's the Naughtiest Girl was written in 1997. As Enid died in 1968, she certainly didn't write it. As for the length of the book, I have no idea.

Fatty says: Martin, you do not give the full title of the book, so it is hard to check. However, you can see a full list of editions and titles as well as other authors' sequels Here.
March 15, 2016 - Pete9012s says: Re: David Wood says: I am trying to find the Famous Five book that had Bryn Gwynant youth hostel in Snowdonia on the centre page. The book is the 1977 Annual 'Five Go On A Hike Together' pages 68and69. (There are copies available on ebay: ) Regards Pete
Buster says... Buster says: Thanks for that, Pete.
March 12, 2016 - jammy says: Enid Blyton is a genius!!!
March 11, 2016 - Evie Hamada says: Hi David Wood, yes the only Famous Five book set in Wales is Five Get Into a Fix, that story is set in mountains like Snowdonia, there is no place of the specific name you said but it is similar. Yes, maybe you were thinking of a different author?
March 7, 2016 - Shruti says: Ms. Sally Neary has penned the sequels to the Barney mysteries in a fantastic fashion. Hats off!! Looking forward to more of them.
March 7, 2016 - anuvi says: In thrid formers of St. Clare's it was told that Janet would be the head girl,but she was not made head girl.
March 6, 2016 - anuvi says: Hello,I wanted to know about the mystery of the Holly lane.
Buster says... Buster says: I would suggest then, that it's a good idea to read the book.
March 5, 2016 - Shruti says: Hi Richard. Glad to hear another one is in the works! Looking forward to it even though it is almost a year away. Stil it will be completed around the same time as the much awaited SHERLOCK : ).
March 4, 2016 - David Wood says: I am trying to find the Famous Five book that had Bryn Gwynant youth hostel in Snowdonia on the centre page. Me and my family were lucky enough to live at Bryn Gwynant when our children were little. I would love to purchase the book it would mean a great deal to our family. Best wishes David Wood.
Buster says... Buster says: I'm afraid I don't know of such a Famous Five book, David. Unless you are thinking of a Famous Five Annual, of which I'm not familiar with.

Fatty says: It is unusual for Enid to use a real location, and I too am not familiar with this. The only FF story set in Wales was
Five Get Into a Fix, and this location wasn't mentioned there. I rather think it might be a different author, David. Maybe someone else can shed some light.
March 3, 2016 - Richard says: Hi Shruti. Thanks for leaving such a nice message about The Mystery of Fitzjames Manor. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed reading it. I certainly enjoyed writing it and am writing another mystery which I hope to get finished by Christmas. (I'm a pretty slow writer!)
March 2, 2016 - Nigel says: MissRedd's post made me wonder at how many expressions, once common, have now fallen by the wayside. My wife often calls me a "toad" if I irritate her!
March 1, 2016 - Shruti says: Thank you Mr. Richard Humphreys for the delightful tale of the find outers in mystery of Fitzjames Manor. Loved it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad you loved it, Shruti. Thanks for letting us know.
March 1, 2016 - MissRedd says: Some children in my class are reading a collection of your books and have found that 'Toad of a boy' features often. They have questioned what it means and I couldn't shed any light - could you? Many thanks.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Mr Goon often used to call Fatty, 'Toad of a boy'. Meaning he was a pest, a thorn in his side.
February 29, 2016 - Rebecca says: How is Enid Blyton so good at drama and spelling I can't stand those subjects!
Buster says... Buster says: To be a writer you have to know how to spell correctly and use your punctuation correctly.
February 29, 2016 - Rain says: Are these books available in electronic or ebook format? Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Many titles are available through the Kindle Store. Other eBooks/formats are available. Unfortunately, a Blyton search always brings up other authors, too.
February 15, 2016 - Sam Bond says: I am an English photographer living in the US who writes a blog post on English gardens. This week I have written about Old Thatch where Enid Blyton lived from 1929 to 1939. I was lucky enough to visit in 2011 and fell in love with the beautiful gardens and the charming house. You can check it out on Facebook at In An English Country Garden.
Buster says... Buster says: It is nice you managed to visit this garden, Sam. Sadly it is now no longer open to the visitor.
February 7, 2016 - Rhoelle Sasha says: Hi Enid Blyton I am a major Enid Blyton fan. I would love to get quizzes about Malory Towers. Darrel is my role model!! help please.
Buster says... Buster says: It is nice to hear that you are an Enid Blyton fan, Rhoelle, but Enid Blyton died in 1968. You can read about her here.
January 29, 2016 - Evie Hamada says: I was looking at the quiz results and some of those names are hilarious, I laughed at 'Kiki's my parrot' now!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Some of them are ridiculous. I'm afraid the quiz isn't monitored anymore, and many of the high scores are the result of multiple attempts by the same person.
January 29, 2016 - jenni h says: Just reread Sally Neary's story, Rockingdown Revisited, and enjoyed it so much. Thank you, Sally!
January 28, 2016 - Anita says: In answer to Siobhan, the story about not writing thank you letters is probably 'The Disappearing Presents' from 'Everyday Stories'. Another story that's similar is 'He Didn't Say Thank You' from 'Goodnight Stories'. Both are excellent.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Anita.
January 28, 2016 - TG says: On Jan. 25th, 2016 Slobhan asked about a story and no reply seems to be in the offing. To track the tale down it's a matter of selecting what's required from similar themed works and 'He Didn't Say Thank You,' may or may not be the one sought after although Christmas presents don't actually disappear in this tale. Morris sends letters of thanks to friends and relatives who shower gifts upon him, whereas his twin David can't be bothered. The same happens when their birthday arrives. You can find this in a 1940's 'Sunny Stories,' 'The Fourth Holiday Book,' or Purnell's 'Goodnight Stories. ' Unfortunately, Marj Thorp's illustrations grace only the original.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, TG.
January 25, 2016 - Shri says: Hi ,I would love to translate Enid Blyton's books into the local language. How do I go about securing permissions? Please guide me. Shri India.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You will need to contact the copyright holders (all books apart from Noddy), Hachette UK. Noddy is owned by DreamWorks Classics. You can find their contact details on their websites.
January 25, 2016 - Siobhan says: Hi, Does anyone know the name of the Enid Blyton story (in one of her short story compilations) about the children who won't write their thank you letters after Christmas? They are told that their toys will disappear if they don't, but the children don't care. Of course, the toys then disappear. It's in one of those books like 'Anytime Tales' or 'Fireside Tales'. Thanks so much if you do!
Daisy says... Daisy says: There are so many of these wonderful little stories which Enid wrote, and unfortunately, I don't know which tale this book could be in. I'm sure someone reading this message will know and be able to help you.
January 23, 2016 - Elisa says: I love EB books and am writing some based on it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good luck! It is good to know that Enid is still inspiring today's writers.
January 22, 2016 - Nigel says: It's all about the books. Enid was an author, not a screenwriter, and her books are best read, not adapted to the screen. Any adaptation, however good, will shatter our visions of her characters and settings.
January 21, 2016 - Somita Dhamala says: It has been such a long long long time since I last visited! Gosh, even that little fan-fiction that I wrote as a kid is still there! So good to know that the site is still active. Ummm, I was watching the series-adaptations of "The Famous Five" just yesterday, and was quite disappointed that they lacked that "adventure" element. Though nothing equals the joy of reading a book and watching the story unfold in your own imagination, I am hoping there will be quality movie-adaptations of Enid's books.
Daisy says... Daisy says: You have hit the nail on the head, Somita, when you say - nothing equals the joy of reading a book and watching the story unfold in your own imagination. That is what makes all Blyton books special, to each one of us.
January 17, 2016 - Nithya says: Thanks a ton, Fatty! I viewed a video in YouTube and it's fabulous. Nithya.
January 16, 2016 - ChristineK says: Hi, Like J, who posted on 1st January '16, I also have a strange, upside down back to front EB book. Mine is entitled "LET'S GARDEN," published in 1987 by Macdonald and Company Ltd. , illustrated by William McLaren, ISBN 0-361-07550-2, a PERNELL book. It's a hardcover, clean, unmarked and in very good condition, although it doesn't have a dust cover. I'm curious, and was trying to find out why it turned out like this, and how may other EB titles might also be the same. I might start an upside down back to front collection : D.
January 14, 2016 - Nithya says: : ) Fatty. By the way, it would be fun if there would be a TV series on the Famous Five, or Mystery series, or the secret series. Why not someone make them?
Fatty says... Fatty says: There have been two Famous Five series - one made in the 70s and one in the 90s. Opinion is divided on their merit, There has also been a production of the Secret series. Google for information or check out the Enid Blyton Society forums.
January 14, 2016 - Nithya says: Wait. What breed is Timmy the dog in Famous Five?
Fatty says... Fatty says: He is a mongrel, but don't remind George! Possibly some labrador in the mix, but who knows?
January 4, 2016 - Jay says: Dear Fellow Enid Fans. Thank you for always being here to encourage other fans when feeling down. Jay.
Buster says... Buster says: What a lovely message, Jay.
January 3, 2016 - Jay says: I found a new website guys. Here is the link, it is done by Hatchette Australia. Jay.
Buster says... Buster says: The link doesn't work!

Fatty says: It does work, Buster, just takes a bit of a time to load. Here is Hachette's British website. Incidentally, is your spelling of Hachette a Freudian slip? ;-)
January 3, 2016 - pete9012s says: Hi Sue, there's a special puzzle waiting to be solved by you over on the Enid Blyton Society Famous Five Club thread. All the best, Pete.
January 2, 2016 - J says: Thank you Daisy and Nigel for replying, It's almost the book was bound wrong, but as I couldn't find anything else like it online, I was unsure if it was a one off or an entire batch sort of thing lol. It still even has it's dust jacket. As it was unusual I wasn't sure if any collectors would find it appealing I guess?
January 2, 2016 - Nigel says: Sadly, books are not like stamps. Any blemishes usually lower the price of the book rather than increase it. Perfection is the key in valuing a book. Think of a blemish/fault in an antique. The value tumbles. Printing mishaps although rare, are not that uncommon.
January 1, 2016 - J says: I was looking through some old books when I discovered I have a copy of "The Secret Seven Adventure Collection", however what I've noticed is that all the pages are upside down! The hard cover is one way, and the pages are upside down (so you read back to front, right to left). ISBN 0340911875 (2005 edition) Would this actually be worth anything to collectors? Good condition (no pen inside) Cheers.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I'm afraid I wouldn't know, J. Sounds most strange, unless it was purposely printed in this way. Anyone else know, or even have a copy of this edition? Sadly I do not.
December 31, 2015 - Paul Austin says: Sue: I understand your sadness. Myself and my parents had a rough Christmas as my brother refuses to talk to us or let us see my niece/my parents granddaughter. I see my parent's pain but cannot ease it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sorry to hear this, Paul. Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for families. Let's hope wounds can be healed in 2016.
December 30, 2015 - June E says: Thank you Jenni, I really appreciate your lovely comment and am so glad you enjoyed the story.
December 30, 2015 - Nigel says: So sorry to hear that, Sue. Try reading some Secret Seven's, that usually works for me! You have many friends in the Enid Blyton Society. We will all be thinking of you.
Daisy says... Daisy says: We certainly will, Nigel.
December 30, 2015 - Nigel says: So sorry to hear that, Sue. Try reading some Secret Seven's, that usually works for me! You have many friends in the Enid Blyton Society. We will all be thinking of you.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It can be a sad time of year for many. I too hope you feel better soon, Sue.
December 30, 2015 - jenni says: Enjoyed June E's Christmas of Adventure very much. More please!
December 29, 2015 - sue webster says: Hi , feeling very low, sad and lonely, need cheering up. Anyone help ,cheers.
Buster says... Buster says: So sorry to hear that, Sue. I'm sending you an extra big woof and I would spare one of my nice juicy bones, but sadly I've eaten them all.
December 28, 2015 - Jay says: Josh, here are some good ideas to buy books cheap. Narvang, Abebooks, Book Deposit. As I also live in Australia I understand your feelings. Jay.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for the suggestions, Jay!
December 26, 2015 - Josiah Gillam says: Hi, Does anybody know where to get cheap complete sets of Enid Blyton books in Australia? I know about e-Bay and Gumtree, but with e-Bay the postage prices from America are mammoth to Australia. And Gumtree only really has the more popular series. Thanks, P. S. I am looking for the unchanged text, not the updated text, Thanks.
Buster says... Buster says: Hope someone reading this posting can help you.
December 24, 2015 - Paul Austin says: Nigel has a point - Sunset Shimmer sounds a lot like a name for one of those female bath lotions or products, to be honest.
December 23, 2015 - Evie Hamada says: Well. Thanks, Nigel. And wow, this has turned into a discussion about my name now? Lol.
December 23, 2015 - Nigel says: I think Evie is a lovely name. My grandmother was Evelyn, and as a child, she was always called Evie. Sunset Shimmer is a ridiculous name.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It sounds more like one of those things the Famous Five saw. "A shimmering like I've never seen a'fore!"
December 22, 2015 - Evie Hamada says: In my imagination!
December 22, 2015 - Evie Hamada says: I apologise for the changes. It was because I detest the name Evie (my real name) so I tried to change it to sunset shimmer, but since Fatty told me he would prefer it if I stuck to one name, I am going to stay as Evie Hamada. No, I Have not got married properly (I'm thirteen. ) but I am sort of married to a boy by the surname of Hamada. Once again, I'm sorry.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Sort of married? At 13? Might have to look into this...
December 22, 2015 - Terence says: I have noticed that Evie posts under many different names - the latest being Hamada. Isn't this Arabic for a desert area? It is all most confusing.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Maybe she has got married now, and changed her surname. I have asked her to keep to one name, but my plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
December 22, 2015 - Evie Hamada says: Sorry Daisy, and I agree too, maybe I'll write a longer story if I have time.
December 22, 2015 - June E says: Just to add, it's not just her productivity that makes EB remarkable, it's her ability to write so quickly and yet maintain such a wonderful level of inventiveness, freshness and excitement throughout, story after story. I loved her books as a child, but now after writing the fanfic stories I have a whole new level of respect for her remarkable achievement.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Totally agree, June. I have a friend on here who writes fan-fic not for just this site, but over on the Enid Blyton Society site where you have to be a member to read their continuation stories, and she says very much the same. Enid must have had a fantastic imagination to produce such wonderful stories through out her career. She knew what children wanted to read and she delivered perfectly.
December 22, 2015 - Evie Hamada says: Paul, I was not being rude! I call it polite sarcasm; Fatty uses it all the time against Mr Goon. Although many of you will disagree, I do not deliberately try to start arguments.
Daisy says... Daisy says: But remember, Evie, Fatty is a fictitious character in a book. There's nothing 'big' or 'cool' about being impolite, or using polite sarcasm.
December 22, 2015 - June E says: Jay, thank you very much for your lovely comment about my story, I am glad you enjoyed it. As for the grammar mistakes, I am sure there are more than just one or two! I'm glad you managed to overlook them and just enjoy the story. After writing 51,000+ words it's amazing how difficult it becomes to spot small errors, even after triple-checking it. Buster, I would have loved to have had you correcting my mistakes also, not just the mistakes in the posts! And after writing such a long story and realising what a mammoth task it is, I take my hat off to Enid Blyton; how she managed to write so many books, and so quickly, and make so few errors. Remarkable! Absolutely remarkable.
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, it is very hard to spot mistakes in your own script as your brain reads the words correctly. And no matter how many times you read to check it is almost impossible to spot them. Enid was a remarkable woman with the amount of books she wrote in a year and in her writing career.

Fatty says: I read it through, too! Shows I'm not as perfect as I thought I was!
December 22, 2015 - Paul Austin says: I hear Coventry is a nice place at this time of year, Evie. You might just be sent there by Fatty. Please try not to be so rude to the people who are in charge here. Imagine if you went into someone's house with dirty shoes and spread mud everywhere?
December 21, 2015 - Jay says: Just finished the Christmas of Adventure. Very good book. One of two grammer mistakes but I don't care because I love the book. Thanks for writing it Evie M's aunt. Jay.
Buster says... Buster says: Glad you enjoyed it, but you mentioned grammar mistakes. You had a few in this post which I have corrected. One I have left so you can see one of them.
December 21, 2015 - Jay says: Thank you for the fan fiction section as I enjoy it a lot : D. I am going to read the newest book the Christmas of Adventure.
Buster says... Buster says: Hope you enjoy it.
December 21, 2015 - Evie says: Can I at least be Evie Hamada?
December 21, 2015 - Evie M says: I wasn't rude at all, I was merely correcting his mistake. I'm so sorry, I quite forget that Fatty can do no wrong.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You should know that Fatty was, is and always will do no wrong, Evie! By the way, we don't want a different name every time you post, so I have changed it back to your original name.
December 21, 2015 - Sunset Shimmer (Misty Hamada) says: Fatty, it's an opinion, it can't be right or wrong. I suggest locating the nearest dictionary and looking up the meaning of opinion and fact before saying things like that. And you're supposed to be the intelligent one.
Buster says... Buster says: I don't think there is any need to be quite so rude to my master, Evie.
December 20, 2015 - Keith Robinson says: I've just posted another full-length novel to this website in the FanFic section. It's a wonderful festive adventure featuring Philip, Dinah, Jack, Lucy-Ann, and of course Kiki the parrot. The Christmas of Adventure is written by June E. (who previously brought you The Secret Seven Split Up). Enjoy! ..and be sure to give us your feedback on this and other FanFic stories. Merry Christmas!
December 20, 2015 - Colm Kelly says: We have just finished reading with our 7 year old boy his first Famous Five book and first Enid Blyton. We read Five On A Treasure island and now he's hooked. When asked if he liked it he said "it was treasure"!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Fantastic. Now you'll have to introduce him to the rest of the series, Colm. And as your son is only 7 he may also love The Secret Seven, which is a series for younger readers.
December 19, 2015 - Nigel says: I don't think in Goon's case 'toad' refers to Fatty's weight. 'Slangwords Dictionary' has this to say: "general derogatory term used to denote a stupid, foolish, rude, or otherwise undesirable individual." Fatty certainly seems to be 'rude' and 'undesirable' to Goon. It would be quite rich for Goon to use a 'weight-based insult' with which to insult Fatty!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Nigel is perfectly correct of course. Toad does not refer to Fatty's weight at all. It was a well used word in the days when Enid wrote these books!
December 18, 2015 - Paul Austin says: Calling someone a "toad" like Goon does Fatty - It's obviously a weight-based insult but I think Goon is projecting his feelings about his own less than slim figure. Fatty is plump and well liked while Goon is rotund and disliked.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Gah. Another toad of a boy.
December 17, 2015 - Nigel says: Haha! So pleased to see you haven't lost your pomposity, Fatty! ; -).
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Still a Toad of a Boy.
December 16, 2015 - Sunset Shimmer (Misty) says: I think it was a good idea to change Dick and Fanny because kids these days are mostly immature and you want them to enjoy reading an EB book, not giggling at the names the whole time as that would distract them. But they should have been changed to Rick and Frannie, not Bick and Fannie as they aren't even names. And it's still a good story. P. S I'm rereading all the FFO books and its soooo good.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're entitled to your opinion, even if it is wrong!
December 14, 2015 - Paul says: Bessie wasn't replaced because of racism, that was just made up by a daily rag. Bessie was changed because not many Elizabeths today would be Bessie - they would be Beth or Liz instead.
December 14, 2015 - Michelle says: I am just about to finish reading my 1970's edition of The Enchanted Wood to my 5 year old daughter for the second time in as many months. She loves discovering which land Jo, Bessie and Fanny will find at the top of the Faraway Tree and she thinks the Saucepan man is hilarious! Upon seeking out the story of The Magic Faraway Tree, I was also disappointed to find that Jo, Beth and Frannie are now exploring the Enchanted Wood! Surely, modernising a few names is not necessary (anyway, aren't old names making a comeback)? Enid Blyton wrote what are now old fashioned stories with old fashioned characters and old fashioned names. That's what makes them so delightful!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I completely agree. Even a name such as Bessie has been replaced, as it was considered racist. What planet are these people on?
December 14, 2015 - SheilaM says: I so agree re teaching children to spell and to have the same appreciation of the English Language that we had. I despair sometimes! I think that it would be hard to find a child known as Dick or Fanny now? Fatty would definitely not be allowed since PC reared its head! Word use has changed and what used to be acceptable now is not. However I am not sure when these changes took place? I grew up with Enid Blyton and was given the gift of reading which has lasted all my life. Re Shakespeare,one of my daughters (now 40 ) went to a school where this was not on the Curriculum at all!
Buster says... Buster says: Sadly many things have altered since PC came along. Including childhood innocence. Enid not only wrote fantastic stories, but she also included right from wrong in many of her books too!
December 14, 2015 - Nigel says: Those teachers have insulted people who are called Dick and Fanny. Have they not heard of Fanny Cradock or Dick van Dyke? Fanny is short for Frances, and many people called Richard are known as Dick. It is a pity teachers don't spend more time teaching children to spell and speak properly than make unnecessary alterations to the work of a respected authoress such as Blyton. Bick and Pannie aren't even names! Incidentally, Fatty appears in the Mystery series of books. To change Blyton's characters' names is nothing short of literary vandalism. Let's hope these same teachers don't get their hands on Shakespeare.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I couldn't agree more. These teachers might like to learn that in modern editions of The Famous Five series, the cousin's aunt is still Aunt Fanny, and Julian and Anne's brother is still called Dick.
December 13, 2015 - SheilaM says: My daughter works as a teaching assistant and this Christmas, along with other staff helped make some baubles to sell at the Christmas Fair. These were 3D ornaments(Christmas Trees. Stars etc ) made with the pages of old children's books. Nice idea! When several dozen of these had been made up, they realised ,on closer examination that these contained original pages from the Faraway Tree series. Character's Dick, Fanny and Fatty were highly featured all over them! A horrified deputy head stated they could not be sold until extensive alterations had been done. My daughter and colleagues spent all morning with black pens changing Dick to Bick and Fannie to Pannie, Fatty for some reason, escaped unscathed! I have several on my tree and smile whenever I see them! I read a few of these pages and actually saw other lines which could be dubbed highly dubious. This made me wonder if Enid Blyton was actually aware of this and was doing it on purpose!
Buster says... Buster says: Aware of what? Are you meaning their names? Dick is short for Richard, so I see nothing wrong with that name. Fanny I know was updated, and Fatty from the Find-Outer books has stayed the same!
December 11, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: As I mentioned earlier I was going to re-read the Famous Five books this summer. Well I have and found there were some I hadn't read before. Still very put off by the modernised covers (1980's) The five were portrayed as mid teenagers, certainly not "children" as Enid referred to them. Also Anne was pictured wearing heels on a bike ride and crawling through a tunnel with semi-heels. Also Timmy is portrayed as a border collie, which does not go with Enids description of him. Also on one cover the Five were in a railway carriage with all their luggage on the rack above their heads when the text clearly said there luggage was sent on ahead. Did the cover artist ever read any of the books? I cannot bring myself to tear these covers off or cover them with brown paper, but occasionally looking at them gives a false idea of the Five. The inside illustrations I found acceptable, although were modernised to have the children wearing flared jeans and grown up men all with Kevin Keegan haircuts and black moustaches.
Bets says... Bets says: Good grief. Heels on a bike?! How utterly impractical.

Fatty says: I'd stick with the original Hodder & Stoughton hardback editions, complete with the wonderful Eileen Soper illustrations, Ted.
December 11, 2015 - kontoculai says: The Naughtiest Girl series should have its own dedicated section,there are 4 books in this series. It's my favorite Enid Blyton school story.
Buster says... Buster says: There are only three books in this series written by Enid Blyton. They are:- The Naughtiest Girl in the School The Naughtiest Girl Again The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor. Here's the Naughtiest Girl was first published in Enid Blyton's Omnibus.
December 5, 2015 - Ramyaa says: I love Enid Blyton's stories. The way she grabs her readers and keeps the suspense till the end is just amazing. Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, St. Clare's and many more are my favourites. I still love to read her books and prefer hers in my 20's also. I simply adore her!
December 4, 2015 - Anonymous says: I have just read the poetry section and in the first poem I couldn't identify Anne's husband Glynn,can anyone help please please.?
December 4, 2015 - shriddhhi says: Hi everyone ,I've just read the fan poetry section and it,s simply amazing. How do they come up with such ideas?
December 2, 2015 - Josiah Gillam says: Hi, What I was wondering was, does anybody know the rules on how to play Woo Ho Colly Wobbles mentioned in the Mystery of the Spitful letter? Thanks,.
Buster says... Buster says: Maybe there are no rules to this game!
December 1, 2015 - Paul says: I'd like to think Fatty and Co. forgave Goon in time and ensured he had reasonable comfort in his frail old age as his police pension would have been meagre.
December 1, 2015 - Nigel says: I loved reading the new story, The Mystery of Fitzjames Manor. As Fatty said, it is a thumping good read. Although not quite written in Blyton's style, the plot is well thought out and it had me turning the pages!
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Gah! I suppose that toad of a boy came out on top again.
November 29, 2015 - Sunset Shimmer (Misty) says: (This is Evie M) Yeah the Christmas of Adventure is written by my Auntie and it's pretty awesome so I hope you guys read it and enjoy it.
Buster says... Buster says: I'm sure everyone will, Evie.
November 28, 2015 - Keith Robinson says: I'm happy to announce that we have a new full-length novel in the Fanfic section! The Mystery of Fitzjames Manor is a Five Find-Outer novel written by Richard Humphreys, exclusive to this website. Enjoy! (And if that's not enough, ANOTHER full-length novel, The Christmas of Adventure, will be added in December.)
Fatty says... Fatty says: And a thumping good read it is, too!
November 25, 2015 - Sophia says: Umm did you write house at the corner its sooooooo cool I love it and my most fave is chacter is lizzie Farrell she is very kind and helpful I looooove your books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I didn't write it, but Enid Blyton did! I agree, it is a very good book. Thankfully, she wrote it in 'proper' English, unlike your post! ;-)
November 9, 2015 - Sue Webster says: My favourite Famous Five book is Five on Finniston Farm. That American boy gets the best end of George and Timmy. It's funny and exciting. I started a FF Club and an SS Club on the Enid Blyton Society Forums ages ago where you can join in the fun! Free to join.
Buster says... Buster says: And here is the link to the Society, which Sue mentions.
November 4, 2015 - Anita says: The story Berenice remembers is 'The Man Who Drew Faces'. The artist draws Sally's granny as well as her mother. It's a lovely tale and it can be found in these pages.
Fatty says... Fatty says: That'll teach me to give my opinion! Thanks, as always, Anita, for your help.
November 3, 2015 - Evie M says: I have been reading all the Malory Towers books, I forgot how good they were.
November 3, 2015 - Berenice says: Hi I wondered if anyone could help with crystalising some old memories for me please? I read a story when I was six or seven about an artist painting/drawing a child's mother and explaining the stories behind all of the lines in her face. It must have made a big impression on me as I still don't care about wrinkles to this day - I always think they are important as they show your life.! I'd love to share it with my seven year old niece so she grows up feeling the same way. Any help very gratefully received. Thanks, Berenice.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I wouldn't think this has anything to do with Enid Blyton, but I will approve this post in case it rings bell with anybody.
November 1, 2015 - Richard says: Thank you so much for your help, Anita. I obviously came to the right place!
Fatty says... Fatty says: The right place is probably the Enid Blyton Society! That is where the real experts live.
October 30, 2015 - Anita says: The story Richard asked about is 'The Tenth Task' from The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies. Jack has ten chances (not three) to rescue his sister Jean from Zani the wicked spirit. There is a similar episode in The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies, but that involves a girl from the Land of Giggles and three brownies.
Buster says... Buster says: Thanks you for the information, Anita.

Fatty says: Thanks Anita - you're help is always appreciated.
October 30, 2015 - Richard says: I wonder if anyone can help me track down a Blyton title. I'm not sure if it's a collection of short stories or a book in its own right, but (part of) it concerns a boy and a girl who find themselves in a strange land; at one point, the girl (the boy's sister? ) is being held captive by an evil magician / wizard and the boy is told that she will be released on condition that he can think of an impossible task for the wizard to perform. He is given three chances. Of course, the first two feats are easily accomplished, but the wizard is completely foiled when he is unable to straighten a hair taken from the girl's head. Please help! I'm at my wits' end!
Fatty says... Fatty says: It sounds like a short story to me, but I can't help with a title. Maybe one of our loyal readers will know, Richard.
October 27, 2015 - Jasmine says: I love Famous Five because of the mystery in it. My favourite character is Anne because she is mostly like me. I have almost finished number 20 (Five Have A Mystery To Solve) and number 21 is waiting for me. I am 8 years old and I have read the whole series in order. So far my favourite book is 'Five Have A Mystery To Solve' because it is very mysterious and it is almost Halloween time. My least favourite is 'Five get into trouble' because it is about kidnapping.
Buster says... Buster says: Glad you are enjoying the books, Jasmine. My favourite is Get Into Trouble and Fall Into Adventure. In fact, I love them all.
October 24, 2015 - cmcke says: Enid Blyton was a brilliant author she is a favourite of my best friend and mine. I have 250 books by her.
Fatty says... Fatty says: That is some collection!
October 23, 2015 - olivia says: I absolutely adore reading Enid Blyton and I want to write a story following the same gernre. Now I understand how hard it is writing a story.
Buster says... Buster says: It is difficult, Olivia. I wish you luck in writing your story.
September 25, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: OK Daisy. We will presume it was innocent ( even though George ( Enid) wanted to be a boy. The boundary's these days are so lightly defined one has to speculate. I remember back in the 40's there were two ladies in our street who lived together. They kept themselves to themselves. Never mixed. There was talk. But of course such things didn't happen then did they!!!!!!!!! Not trying to be nasty but I like to imagine I have found the truth, Lol.
September 25, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: With reference to my earlier message about re reading The Famous Five. My favourite remains book number one. Five on a treasure Island. And the illustrations by Eileen Soper which put it all in my childhood era. I have an early copy of that one. Hate the PC corrections put into later editions. I say, still jolly good reading though. Wizard.
Buster says... Buster says: I love the Soper illustrations best too, Ted. And my own collection are all the original text. Not the PC corrections.
September 25, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: In answer to TJL in September asking about Hilbre Island, ( which lies off Hoylake, Cheshire. ) could she be mistaking it for Kirrin Island? I have been to Hilbre and it is about the size of Kirrin but of course no old castle. Just a lighthouse.
September 25, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: As I said months ago I am spending my summer re reading the Famous Five series. Strangely I found I had not read them all before. I bought these paperbacks in the late 80"s and the cover illustrations are appalling. One has Anne on a cycling tour wearing HEELS!! All of them are pictured as being much older than the stories indicate. Anyway I still enjoyed. As advised I also bought and read The Biography by Barbara Stoney. Very insightful. Interesting to note that Enid identified with George! She modeled George after herself. This brings up another question that struck me. Enid is stated as having a very intimate relationship with Dorothy Richards. Mmmmm. What sort of relationship? Sorry to speculate this way Fatty but could it have been.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I think Dorothy's friendship with Enid was innocent, Ted.
September 9, 2015 - Mehul says: Inspector, I was just reading the Tricks and New Girls article on Malory Towers. Shouldn't you put a spoiler warning on it?
Fatty says... Fatty says: It is an essay on plot devices, written in 2005. It would seem obvious that it will contain plots. If you haven't read a book, it might seem silly to read an article about the plots. Incidentally, the article is called Treeks and New Girls
September 8, 2015 - Anita says: In answer to Carol, I wonder if you're thinking of The Little Grey Men by BB (Denys Watkins-Pitchford). Baldmoney, Sneezewort and Dodder are gnomes who set off by boat to find Cloudberry. There's a sequel called The Little Grey Men Go Down the Bright Stream. Beautiful books, very moving, with lovely descriptions of nature.
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you, Anita. Hope this helps you, Carol.
September 6, 2015 - Carol says: Please can any body help? , As a child I was read stories I am almost certain was written by the great lady, about the adventures of 4 elves, one of whom was named Cloudberry, please, please can some body tell me the the title of the book?
Buster says... Buster says: It is not a book I know of, Carol. But I'm hoping someone who is reading your message will know. You could also post your message on the Enid Blyton Society website as I'm sure someone will know on there. Here is the link. Enid Blyton Society
September 3, 2015 - TJL says: Hi can someone tell me the name of the book which features Hilbre island.
August 27, 2015 - Caroline says: Is there anywhere to get new copies of the original texts? I'm reading the books to my kids, so I bought new copies but they've been changed from the originals. They've been made 'politically correct', in that the worst examples of racism and sexism have been removed, but only superficially. The low-hanging fruit has been fixed, like the use of the N-word, and lines like "If I were a girl I would cry, but I can't because I'm a boy", but the more pervasive and insidious sexism is still there, for example. The fact that the girls get to have input but the boys make the actual decisions, or boys collect firewood and girls wash dishes. Taking out the obvious sexism but leaving in the subtle stuff is much worse, because it's far more difficult to spot, especially for children. I'd rather have the blatant sexism left in, because even my five-year-old can spot that there's something wrong with it, rather than just leaving in the hidden stuff. So, I'm stuck with reading my 60-year-old copies to my kids because I refuse to use the altered versions. There are a couple of them where my only copy is a first edition. Is there anywhere to get new copies with the original text, so I'm not risking damage to my first editions?
Buster says... Buster says: I'm afraid that if you buy a Blyton these days, you will get the 'new text' versions. If you want the text to remain as Enid wrote the books many years ago, then you will have to use your own copies, which to my mind are much better, or buy the old second hand copies, with the original text, of which there are still many to find on Ebay. A lot of older fans, like myself, prefer to read the originals, as they were written in the 40s 50s and early 60s.
August 25, 2015 - Jay says: Hey Everyone. I want to tell you that I found a shop called the bookshed. I went there and got old editions of Enid Blyton books for 50p(I was on holiday) I do not live in the UK but met up with my music teacher who was in the UK for a family reunion and I was on holday at the same time and we met up and she told my family about it)! Jay.
August 24, 2015 - Doreen Webb says: My school teacher daughter wants me to speak to her class about childhood in the 1950's and one major part of my life was reading Enid Blyton's Famous 5 books. So I bought last week Five Fall into an Adventure, and although not P. C. now, the story was still as exciting as it was when I was a child, and I'm now 67!
Buster says... Buster says: Glad to hear you still enjoyed the book, Doreen. Believe me 67 is still an age to read all Blyton books. You only have to join the Enid Blyton Society and forums to see that you are not alone.
August 24, 2015 - Brigham says: I have hard copies some printed in 1954 others 1963 happy to sell.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I assume you mean hardback copies. We don't really have a For Sale facility, but if anyone is interested, you might like to give permission for us to publish your email address, Brigham. It might also be beneficial if you list the titles and price.
August 21, 2015 - Jay says: Good idea Evie M! Thanks for the idea Jay.
August 19, 2015 - Charlotte says: I love Malory Towers because it gave me my English speech. I think it is very good!
August 16, 2015 - Evie M says: You could even write a fanfiction if you wanted to, Jay : ).
August 15, 2015 - Jay says: Hey Fatty, Could you write some more Fan Fiction books please I love your Mystery series fan fiction Jay.
Buster says... Buster says: If you are referring to the Find Outers in Retirement, Jay, then you will see that Fatty, did not write this series of fan fics!
August 14, 2015 - Julie@owlsdene says: Reading your message Sue, wouldn't there be a copy for you to read within Sophie Smallwood's family, especially as Imogen who wrote the book, is Sophie's mum?
August 14, 2015 - sue says: I`d like to read A childhood at Green Hedges by Imogem Smallwood-------I know her personally as she is my friend Sophie Smallwood`s mum! Can I get the book in a library?
Daisy says... Daisy says: You could always ask, Sue. But I think you may be more successful trying to find a second hand copy in Ebay, or Abe Books.
August 13, 2015 - Evie M says: Oh yes, I remember looking for a first edition FFO book on Amazon and Ebay. I have one now but it took ages to find one that wasn't really expensive!!!
August 9, 2015 - Shruti Bapat says: Hey I want to buy Enid Blyton hard back books from 1st edition. They are not there on ebay. Where can I get it?
Daisy says... Daisy says: Keep searching, they are very rare and very hard to obtain.

Fatty says: And expensive in many cases!
August 9, 2015 - Lolita says: Dear sir or madam. I am writting with regard to an 1970 Danish film titled "De 5 I fedtefadet" the Five Get into Trouble. I would appreciate if you could help me to find this film. I have been looking for it for a long time with no success. Thank you wery much in advance.
Buster says... Buster says: You could try internet sites such as Ebay, and Amazon.
August 6, 2015 - shruti says: Thank you for replying so soon Buster! but at Amazon. In (India), it mentions that 2014 edition of the books published by Pan Macmillan are unabridged editions.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It depends if you really mean unabridged or not updated. I would say that all of Enid's major series are available unabridged. The texts however may well have been updated.
August 6, 2015 - shruti says: Hello! I'd like to ask has the Adventure Series been republished recently in unabridged form. Is it true? I have always wanted to read them just as Enid wrote them.
Buster says... Buster says: Not that I'm aware of.
August 5, 2015 - Sima Mittal says: I loved so many of her books!! Thanks!
August 4, 2015 - Julie@owlsdene says: There are quite a few for sale on Ebay, Brian. Just put in Tales of Green Hedges Enid Blyton, and the page will show quite a number of them for sale at various prices.
August 4, 2015 - Brian says: Looking for 'Tales of Green Hedges' but no sign of it - can anyone help out? please.
Buster says... Buster says: Have you tied on Ebay Uk, Brian? Quite a number of dealers advertise on Ebay Uk. Also try Abe Books, and put in your search, they will bring up a dealer who has a copy.
August 4, 2015 - DEVANGANA says: Could anyone tell that which book does ENID BLYTON like.
Buster says... Buster says: As Enid died in 1968, I'm afraid we can't ask her that question.
August 1, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi Karl, I believe the correct answer is 37.
July 30, 2015 - Karl says: Could anyone tell me the exact number of books published by Blyton on and only on the year 1955? Thank you. I took part in a radio competition and apparently 84 isn't the correct number.
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you look in the Cave of Books on the Enid Blyton Society website, I'm sure you'll find some information in there.
July 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Also Ted, on the Enid Blyton Society they have loads of information about her, like a biography, just not in a book.
July 27, 2015 - Fatty says: We often get asked why posts do not appear. All post are read, but not all are approved. Please read the "Post a Message" guidelines above where you write your post. Poorly written, mis-spelt posts will not be published.
July 25, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: I asked about an Enid Blyton biography. I see a couple advertised here. Are these the definitive ones?
Buster says... Buster says: There are a few books you may enjoy, Ted. Enid Blyton The Biography by Barbara Stoney is one of the very best in my own opinion to buy. Enid wrote one which you may be able to buy second hand on Ebay or second hand book shop if you can find it - The Story of My Life. Her daughter Imogen wrote an excellent book - A Childhood at Green Hedges.
July 25, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Can anyone recommend a GOOD Enid Blyton bigraphy. I have never read one.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Enid Blyton - The Biography, is the best one to buy Ted. Others have been written, but Barbara did a very good research for that book, and many dip into it for their own information.
July 22, 2015 - Evie M says: I know this is a bit off topic Fatty and I apologise, but I'm curious to know how you knew that Hiro Hamada is a Disney superhero?
Buster says... Buster says: My master knows everything.

Fatty says: Buster has said it all.
July 18, 2015 - Jay says: Cool Fatty I live in Victoria too!
July 18, 2015 - Jay says: Hey Fatty Thanks for the great work. Hi from your biggest fan down under.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have a few fans in Melbourne!
July 17, 2015 - Evie M says: You're welcome, Ted. I must try this can thing with my brother. I apologise Fatty I now understand that, although I fail to see how you fail to see that it's awesome, there is no place for Disney superheroes on this website. I suppose it is an Enid Blyton website, after all. Now I must work out the answer to 6 + 4.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Haha! If you get stuck, use your fingers.
July 16, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Thanks for liking my paintings Evie. Yes the tin can thing works. You put a hole in the bottom of both cans. Knot string from one to the other. You must keep string stretched taught. It really works over quite a distance. But as you say not very convenient but all we had way back.
Buster says... Buster says: I remember then well, Ted.
July 16, 2015 - Evie M says: Excuse me, why has the 'Hiro Hamada's biggest fan' been removed from my name? Just an enquiry.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Because it's ridiculous! No place for Disney superheroes in Peterswood!
July 15, 2015 - Evie M says: Very pretty pictures Ted. By the way, I am 13 and I think the tin can string thing sounds, waayyyyyyy cooler than a phone. Although maybe slightly inconvenient.
July 15, 2015 - Evie M says: I'm sure they were 15 or 16 when they started. (Goes to bookshelf to check) On the first page Isabel says "It's a pity Redroofs only takes girls up to fourteen". This means they are either 14 or 15. But my edition is the 2005 one.
July 14, 2015 - Martin says: So we have moved onto St. Claires. Books I never read. This was published, originally in 1943 (2014 edition), yet the first formers are saying they are 14 or 15 and there are Fifth and Sixth forms books. This would make them 20/21 when they leave school. My first years was at 11 and I left in 1975 as a 15 year old. Back in the Forties, they likely left at 14 years of age. Even today in the US you graduate/leave school at 18. Is this another, over zealous, rewrite?
Daisy says... Daisy says: It's been a few years since I read this series of books, so maybe someone who has read them recently can clarify the ages of the twins when they first went to St Clares.
July 7, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Fatty, and others, to see my work just google my name. Most of my work is on the site of Plus I am on Facebook with some paintings posted there.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Thanks for the info, Ted.

Fatty says: Great work, Ted. Click here to see some of Ted's work.
July 7, 2015 - Nigel Rowe says: Oh, Ted; me too! That's why I so dislike the unnecessary updating of names and language in modern editions. Still, if that's what it takes to keep these books in publication, I suppose we'll have to grin and bear it. Our two boys had cans and string as walkie-talkies! Your painting sounds interesting.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It would be interesting to see some of your work, Ted. Have you put any online? Don't worry about hogging the message board, your posts are most interesting.
July 6, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Just another word from me without hogging this page too much. For me , born in 1938, the books take me back to a world where there were no cell phones ( we had 2 tin cans connected with tight string and could communicate through them. ) and no internet, even no TV. Now of course I have all these conveniences but sometimes I wish I didn't have to. Reading the books makes the imagination work, this brain stimulation through reading, led me to the world of art. I have been a full time painter of landscapes, here in Canada, for 40 years. My escape to Kirrin Island. Yes I paint landscapes that I escape into so that others escape into them too. I am told that is what happens to clients who have my paintings. Yes the books are an escape for me.
Buster says... Buster says: They are an escape for me and for many of us who have reached a certain age, Ted. Pleased you are still enjoying reading Blyton. The Enid Blyton Society Forums are full of like minded people of all ages who love Blyton
July 5, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: In the 1968 printing of Five on a Treasure Island George would not take the Queen of England to her island. Would this have been KING of England in the 1942 edition? You might know Nigel as you have the originals.
Buster says... Buster says: I personally think it would be the King of England in the original text.
July 5, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Dear Buster. Visited Cave of Books and the cover is also missing there. 67/68 printing.
Buster says... Buster says: That's a shame, Ted, as the Cave of Books have most covers. But looking at the Cave myself, I would imagine the paperback book you have would have the same cover as the 1967 and 1969, picture.
July 5, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: In Five on a Treasure Island on pages 8 and 9, Julians age is stated as 12, Dick And George 11 and Anne at 10. So with an adventure a year over 21 books, how old is Julian by book 21? I guess Enid Blyton had the luxury of keeping them from aging, unlike JK Rawlings who, because of the aging movie actors, had to age her characters accordingly.
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, although we know that children do age, Ted, Enid kept their ages down, as one can in fiction. Enid does say that Julian is 16 in the book Five Fall into Adventure, but that is the only other age that is mentioned.
July 5, 2015 - Nigel Rowe says: Who calls anyone 'Old thing' anymore, Ted? Well, I do, for a start!
July 4, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Regarding my last post on the vocabulary in the Five book that I have, it is so "of my age as a child" ( 1940,s) Most present day kids would not understand that the " luggage hole at the back of the car" would be the boot or trunk today and that calling someone "old thing" is a term of endearment.
July 4, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: Re Martins letter June 22. I have one almost original of the series( 1966) and the vocabulary would not be understood by the present generation. Who calls anyone " old thing" anymore, and Enid's reference to the fisherboy is definitly not politically correct these days.
July 4, 2015 - Ted Raftery says: My edition (paperback) of Five on a Treasure Island has had the front cover torn off and I would love to see again what the picture was. This edition was illustrated by Eileen Soper.
Buster says... Buster says: Visit the Cave of Books on the Enid Blyton Society, and you'll see all the front covers since the book was first published in there, Ted.
July 4, 2015 - Jessy says: I remember randomly grabbing The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat when I was 11, and that was when I first developed an interest in fiction novels. I'm now 18, and I've just ordered the first book in the Famous Five series; even the covers make me nostalgic. How do I describe the joy of reading your favorite childhood stories again?
Daisy says... Daisy says: I still enjoy reading Blyton books, Jessy, and I'm ancient.
June 28, 2015 - Neo says: Hi there, what title is the best among all the best book writen by Enid Blyton ever?
Bets says... Bets says: That is a very subjective question, Neo! I think many people will have different opinions about this. My personal favourite is The Island of Adventure, or perhaps The Sea of Adventure. Why don't you ask this question in the Talk About Blyton section? I'm sure this will spark an interesting dicussion.
June 27, 2015 - Kavee says: Is there a Enid Blyton book called Blackberry Magic and other stories? I have read a translation of the book a long time ago and would like to read the original book.
Buster says... Buster says: If you go to the Enid Blyton Society website, Kavee and have a look in their Cave of Books and put in the title you are looking for, you will see the book you are speaking of.
June 26, 2015 - zahani rifkhan says: Enid Blyton's books are simply superb.They give the reader a complete insight of the books. The stories actually sound good and make sense too!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad you enjoy and approve of them! You might like to tell us your favourite books or series.
June 22, 2015 - martin says: So I have just bought a load of books for my step grand duaghter and started reading them. It's been over 40-years : -) In the Famous Five, I noticed it's all 'idiot. Idiot. Idiot'. No 'silly'. 'stupid', 'crazy', etc. Has this been re-written this way or has it always been like that? I have read the Secret Seven, Five Find Outers and now Secret island and it's not like that at all. Just curious.
Buster says... Buster says: You don't say what year of book you are talking about Martin. Some books such as the Famous Five and The Find-Outers have been updated, and so the text will be different from the original text. But you can still buy the original text in second hand books.
June 22, 2015 - Pete says: That last post reminds me of the well known lines in a certain Beatles song: "Her name was Magil and she called herself Lil,but everyone knew her as Nancy."
June 21, 2015 - Kathy says: Hi. My name is Lily, but my username is Kathy. I want to change my username, so would it be possible to change all my messages to 'Lily'?
Buster says... Buster says: Just post from now on as Lily, we cannot change old messages.
June 21, 2015 - Kathy says: How do you start a topic? I mean, I've tried, but the messages just end up on other topics and you can't create a topic without writing a message.
Buster says... Buster says: If the topic you want to start already has one, then you have to post in the already topic, Katy.
June 20, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi just in case you people were wondering, I haven't gone off EB or anything. Still like the books I don't know why I haven't been on here for ages but I do still look at the message board and stuff occasionally : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Pleased to hear that, Evie.
June 15, 2015 - zara says: Hello! My name is Zara. In which year was Third Year At Malory Towers published?
Buster says... Buster says: It was first published in 1948. If you look at this series of books on this site you will see the year each of them was first published.
June 14, 2015 - Dan says: Hi I am Dan short for Dania just like George. Your character George is just like me. You won't believe me if l tell you that I am a 15 year old girl, owning an island. I have got 3 cousins John ,Dink and Anna and a dog Henry. We have many adventures together. I love your books.
June 11, 2015 - Paul says: Mary and Jill from TA4 are names obviously drawn from Enid's own life given Mary was her middle name and Gillian/Jill was her daughter.
Buster says... Buster says: Not obviously as they were very popular names!
May 26, 2015 - Kathy says: I am Kathy. Does the naughtiest girl marry Julian Holland? If so, can anyone tell me?
Buster says... Buster says: If she does, Kathy, then it must be in a fan-fic!
May 24, 2015 - Nithya says: Thank you Buster. I read the stories and they are really wonderful. My face was a picture when I heard that Fatty married Bets!! Nithya.
May 24, 2015 - Nithya says: I'm Nithya and I just forgot to mention one thing from my previous message. Who wrote this 'Find Outers in Retirement' and where can I read it? And are these characters and places mentioned in Enid Blyton's books real or fictional? Thanks for the response, Darling Buster.
Buster says... Buster says: Nithya you will find the Find-Outers in Retirement in the Fan Fiction section of this site. Just look to the top of the page and press the link. There are 16 stories in total all written by Julie Heginbotham and each short story follows on from the last. All Enid's characters were fictional.
May 22, 2015 - Nithya says: Hello, I am Nithya, and I began reading books at a very early age. I simply love the Five Find-Outers. I really appreciate Fatty's detective tricks and Bet's quick thinking. When I read these books on my Kindle, I get lost in the mystery world. I wish these characters were alive. And these books have given me a few detective tricks, like 'how to get out of a locked room' and 'invisible writing' and so on. And of course, can't miss out Buster!! I just love him. The other characters are nice too.
Buster says... Buster says: Nice to hear that you enjoy reading these books, Nithya.
May 20, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi how are you guys doing. Sorry I haven't posted in ages but I've had other stuff to do. Hi David yeah I agree that FFO was really good but I disagree that you said Pip doesn't have a personality because he's my favourite character and I think he's AWESOME!
May 20, 2015 - Lenka says: Hello there. My name is Lenka and I have big collection of Enid Blyton books. Most of them are first editions. I was wondering are you interested to buy any of my books? Thank you for your time. Have a nice day. Lenka.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We neither buy nor sell books. Your best bet would be to research similar items on eBay and try selling them there. There is also a buy/sell thread on the Enid Blyton Society forums.
May 20, 2015 - Izzy says: I love your books they are so good.
May 16, 2015 - Taylor says: The Famous Five books are one of my favourite book series ever!
May 14, 2015 - David says: One last point on screenplay writing for these Mystery stories is how hard it is to give Pip a meaningful role. Fatty and Bets have all the personality and even Daisy and Larry have their moments but Pip sadly is a bit of a spare part in any dramatisation.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Pip is just there to annoy us all, David!
May 14, 2015 - David says: Thanks Buster and I was thinking I was the only one that appreciated this largely forgotten set of stories. I can't find any dramatisation anywhere on the web of any of these books but I will check out your link incase someone else knows. My idea is to take 6 of the books (it would be interesting to hear the suggestions for the best 6) and create screenplays (subject to copyright agreement) for a series of 30 minute radio/TV shows. My plan would be to keep the setting as post war home counties and not to try and modernise the stories too much. Watch out for Goon!
Buster says... Buster says: Tony Summerfield on the Enid Blyton Society site, is the expert on all things, Blyton, Daivid. I think I have read somewhere that the F.O's were either on TV or radio, but I think that was either Australia or New Zealand, my memory of this escapes me, but Tony will definitely know. Hodder owns Blyton's copyright, but whether they would commission any plays etc is something you would have to ask them.

Fatty says: This would make an interesting thread on the Enid Blyton Society Forums, David.
May 14, 2015 - David says: As a boy I never read the Famous Five nor the Secret 7 books but I really loved the Five Find Outers from the moment I met Fatty on the pages of The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. Very few of my contemporaries now recall this Mystery series and it seems generally overlooked by the public and media. It always seemed strange that screen or radio adaptations always focussed on the other series' and never on the Five Find Outers. I decided to try and write a screenplay for "The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat" just to see if it worked and I really think it does. The finished screenplay with full directions and dialogue runs to 48 pages and would work as a 30 minute radio or TV show but having sent this to the BBC without joy I am not sure what to do with it. Does anyone else think that this overlooked series deserves to be aired? These are a group of children that deserve to be seen and heard.
Buster says... Buster says: I couldn't agree more, David. Many people from the Enid Blyton Society also love the Find-Outer series, and would love to see them on the TV screen. As for trying to put it out on the TV, I think that firstly you have to ask permission on copyright of Enid's works, as they are still protected.
May 13, 2015 - Mr Barling says: Just finished reading 'The River of Adventure' again, from my childhood. Not quite up to the Standard of 'Island', 'Castle', 'Valley' or even 'Sea' or 'Mountain' but still a cracking read. I noticed in the book that after the children, Tala and Oola climbed out from the underground temple treasure hoard using the shafts Uma and his men had dug to access it themselves, no further mention is made of what happened to their boat (taken from Mr Uma and which they'd left in the cavern) which had accidentally got them access to the underground place along the river in Teo Gra (Deep Gorge) before it went over a huge waterfall. I wonder if the boat is still there? I would love to find it. I can find no mention of 'Teo Gra' or 'Abencha River' "somewhere near the borders of Syria" in my comprehensive atlas. Does anyone else have any idea of where the old explored temple is (even if its sealed off now) and whether the later archaeologists/explorers left the adventurers boat there? If so maybe we could try and find it by gaining access again somehow (more safely) using a boat along Teo Gra. It would make a wonderful expedition.
Buster says... Buster says: Many places in Enid's books were fictious places and didn't actually exist.

Fatty says: Fascinating post, Mr Barling. I would love to explore the region where
River is set.
May 12, 2015 - Hannah says: Who is your inspriation?
Buster says... Buster says: If you are asking Enid Blyton this question, Hannah. I'm afraid Enid Blyton died in on 28th November, 1968. This site is dedicated to Enid and her works.
May 12, 2015 - Beck says: Do you think Bets would have married Fatty? I mean she seemed to love him in every book.
Buster says... Buster says: As the books are pure fiction, Beck, that is something we will never know. But if you want to read about the Find-Outers in Retirement, you will then find out in our Fan Fiction section if Bets did marry Fatty.
May 12, 2015 - Rebecca Welder says: I love Buster in the Five Find Outers books and I love Darrell in the Malory Towers' series.
Buster says... Buster says: Woof! I'm pleased to hear that, Rebecca.

Fatty says: Not enough to spell the school name properly, though. I have now corrected it.
May 10, 2015 - Nigel says: Enid Blyton did not create Brer Rabbit, but re-told the stories. The origin isn't proved, but is believed to go back to African origins.
May 9, 2015 - Dhruva says: Enid Blyton saved my life. I was the youngest of three and with 2 elder sisters it was always tough to compete, sound relevant, become interesting etc. When our eldest handed me the first copy of "Famous Five" I knew it was either complete / like or perish. "Like" I did but that was simply the beginning of a beautiful beautiful (had to type that word again) friendship. Through faraway trees and Brer Rabbit and Amelia Jane and Famous Five etc I was given access to a whole new world. A world which gave me a reason to wake up in the morning to find out what happens next. A world which kept me intrigued for the next adventure. A world which helped me belong and to face fears head-on. Without her imagination, I would be lost. Will there be another?? Only time will tell.
Bets says... Bets says: What a lovely message, Dhruva! :-)
May 8, 2015 - Lisa says: Love your site. If you love children's books and are based in Ireland and are looking to purchase Enid Blyton books visit . My daughter Lily is aged 8 and she loves the secret 7.
April 17, 2015 - Kirk says: I have a copy of Child Whispers published in 1922 with the original pictorial wrapper as issue. Would any one know much about this book?
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you go to the Enid Blyton Society, Kirk, and go to the section Cave of Books, you will find the information you require.
April 16, 2015 - Pete says: Mr. Brian Carter has released a picture of the back cover of his new book, Enid Blyton - The Untold Story. It looks very good,but I wish I could see it a little larger if possible Brian? Best Wishes Pete.
April 15, 2015 - DW says: Who do you think Fatty and other Blyton characters, such as Julian would be voting for in the general election, if they were adults now?
April 14, 2015 - Fatty says: As my hint below seems to have fallen on deaf ears, can I ask that if you want to discuss certain series/books, you do so in Talk About Blyton - that is what it is there for! The Message Board is essentially for general queries, not in-depth discussions. Your co-operation in this will be appreciated.
April 13, 2015 - Evie M says: Buster, you're so awesome nobody NEEDS to vote for you; it goes without saying.
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you, Evie. Woof!

Fatty says: Creep!

Mr Goon says: Gah!
April 13, 2015 - Tinky says: Sorry Buster! You can come third, because you bite Goon's and Tupping's ankles!
Buster says... Buster says: I'm good at biting ankles.
April 13, 2015 - Tinky says: Fatty, Bets, Larry, Pip, Daisy.
Buster says... Buster says: Is no one voting for me! Woof.
April 12, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes, I reread the whole scene and they thought all sorts of people were Fatty, it was funny ; -) By the way Tinky, who are you favourite Find-Outers in order? My order is Pip Larry Fatty/Daisy Bets.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We do have a "Favourite character" section in Talk About Blyton/Find-Outers. You might want to discuss favourite characters there.
April 12, 2015 - Tinky says: I think Pip called the roundabout man Fatty, anyway, Evie!!
April 12, 2015 - Evie M says: Has anyone read Journey to the River Sea? It's not by Enid Blyton but if you haven't read it I recommend it SO MUCH because it is just FANTASTIC and by the far the best book I have ever read in my life!!!!!! It's similar to EB because children have adventures and stuff but at the same time it's very different, I think you'll all enjoy it!!!!
April 12, 2015 - Evie M says: I suppose that makes sense, but it seems a bit risky to assume it's Fatty because of that. Lucky it was him, imagine if it wasn't, lol! "Fatty," whispered Bets."Is it really you? " (Or whatever she said) "WHAT ARE YOU CALLING ME FATTY FOR? " yelled the balloon woman ; -) OK now I have to work out 7 + 9, great! Err. 16?
Daisy says... Daisy says: Evie, I think maybe you're looking a bit too deeply into a fiction book. It was bound to be Fatty, Enid wrote it that way, it's all part of the story!
April 11, 2015 - Evie M says: Thanks! I was wondering, I remember that Bets guesses it's Fatty because of his clean nails. But I don't understand how that's a logical guess. I mean sure she was correct and it was observant to think that and even notice the nails. But why does that mean it has to be Fatty? Anyone can have clean nails, anyone can have filthy nails. Mine are practically black lol. : -D Thank you in advance for answers.
Buster says... Buster says: As Fatty explains in the book, Evie. The balloon woman wasn't particularly a clean lady, she had dirty hands, and so therefore she would have had dirty nails too. You wouldn't be that particular to make sure you had clean immaculate nails, and ignore the rest of your body. Fatty had dirtied his hands, even face maybe, to look like an old balloon woman who lived a travellers life, and had forgotten the essential thing that gave him away!
April 11, 2015 - Evie M says: Which book is it where Fatty dresses up as a balloon woman?
Buster says... Buster says: The book is called The Mystery of the Missing Necklace.
April 10, 2015 - Tinky says: I guess the characters I dislike Evie, are stereotypical ones to dislike - for example, Susie from Secret Seven, Arabella from Naughtiest Girl, Gwen from Malory Towers, hang on - typing this I am not sure that I DO dislike them after all. I just feel like the other characters in the book do towards them.
April 10, 2015 - Evie M says: Regarding your comment about my temper, Frederick, that sounds like EXTREMELY good advice and I will take it. Thanks Tinky for kindly finding us the name of the book- I always found it funny when Fatty forgot he was in disguise and claimed to be the Mrs Trotteville's son! This has given me an idea for a new topic. Funniest Moments in EB Books! ; -).
April 10, 2015 - Evie M says: Thank you for the response, Fatty; I was curious to know what YOU thought about how much of the crime solving was due to your magnificence and how much was due to Bets. I do realise how helpful Bets is to you because I spend a lot of time reading the marvellous Find Outer books. It's so fun being able to interact with Bets, Daisy, Buster and, of course, Fatty!
April 10, 2015 - Evie M says: Actually, that's an interesting opinion of yours, Nigel. Fatty, what do you think about Nigel's comment- do you owe all your success to Bets?
Fatty says... Fatty says: All of Nigel's opinions are interesting. It isn't often we disagree. It is true (you'd know this if you spent more time reading the books!) that Bets often says something that triggers a solution in my magnificent brain.
April 10, 2015 - Evie M says: This is just like the Lucy-Ann situation! ; -) Let me deal with one post at a time. Fatty. I understand what you are trying to say: I am irritating! You could have just said it outright. OK, Harley, why would I stop reading some of my favourite books of ALL time just because I find a character annoying? The Dragonfly Pool, one of my favourite books in the world, I have read twice in one day- and I dislike the MAIN character, yet I still read it because I love the other characters and it's a very good book. So I won't let one character spoil the series for me. And Harley I really appreciate my posts being called hate mail- not! I am not hating on Bets, I am simply stating my opinion on her. I am sure you could name at least five EB characters you dislike! I thought this was a website for sharing opinions about EB- obviously we don't come here if we dislike her books, but within the books there will be characters we like and those we dislike, and if we only ever discussed the likable characters and we never talked about the characters we dislike and/or why, it would get boring! Now all that's said, I apologise to anyone who was offended by my posts, and I also apologise to Bets herself. (sorry, Bets!!! ) This is like Elizabeth Allen's situation- lose my temper then apologise, lose my temper then apologise, lose my temper then.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Yes, I think we get that, Evie.

Fatty says: Very well. Evie, you *are* irritating! And maybe it is time you tried to control your temper, rather than keep apologising for it.
April 10, 2015 - Tinky says: Is it Mystery of the Strange Messages that it says "We played cards, and little Bets won the lot. Did you get some flowers for your mother? " Pete? Where Fatty offends his mother as the Rag and Bone Man.
April 10, 2015 - Pete says: May I thank Brian Carter author of the forthcoming book,Enid Blyton - The Untold Story, for the lovely runners up prize that arrived today from last month's quiz. If you haven't already done so,check out Brian's website all about his forthcoming book here: Best Wishes Brian and many thanks, Pete.
Buster says... Buster says: You may, Pete! Woof!
April 10, 2015 - Harley says: Might I suggest, Evie, that if Bets is so irritating to you, you don't read the Find-Outers' books. Bets is an integral part of the stories, and each Find-Outer (plus Buster) have strong roles to play. It seems absurd to fill this message board with "hate-mail" towards Bets, my second favourite Find-Outer. We have got the gist now - you dislike Bets!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Bets is inconsolable. Thanks Harley for giving her such support.
April 9, 2015 - Evie M says: I understand Daisy but it still irritates me ; -) by the way I love your name! Oops just realised- Fatty was always way protective of Bets, he'll be on my case about this now! (sorry for offending you as well Bets!!!)
Daisy says... Daisy says: I'm pleased you like my name, Evie. But I didn't choose it, Enid Blyton did when she wrote her series of the F.O's.

Fatty says: It isn't only characters in books who can be irritating, Evie.
April 9, 2015 - Pete says: "We played cards, and little Bets won the lot. Did you get some flowers for your mother? " This is the very last ever mention of 'Little Bets' in the books. Can anyone name the book??
Buster says... Buster says: Woof, I can, but not allowed to say!
April 9, 2015 - Evie M says: I know this is weird but the thing that annoyed me most was when she was constantly referred to as 'little Bets' by the others and in the narrative. In fact, since dumb publishers keep updating books they might as well change her proper name to 'Little Bets'! Lol. 'Meet the Five Find-Outers, Fatty, Pip, Larry, Daisy and Little Bets! ' Just saying.
Daisy says... Daisy says: You have to remember, Evie, that Bets was the youngest Find-Outer, and in the years that these books were written, the older children would always look out for Bets and be protective of her. They called her 'little Bets' sometimes out of fondness.

Fatty says: Don't fret, little Evie. Just enjoy the stories.
April 9, 2015 - Evie M says: Well Bets I'm sure you're a nice person but in the books you did get a little annoying. Never mind I'm sure you got better when you grew older ; -).
April 9, 2015 - Evie M says: Don't even mention Bets. I 'dislike' her even more than Lucy-Ann, which is really saying something! And don't even get me started on why. ;-)
Bets says... Bets says: Evie... you broke my heart. :-(
April 9, 2015 - Nigel says: Evie, you might think Fatty is the bee's knees, but much of his crime solving was due to something Bets had noticed.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: They're all as bad as each other. Always interfering with the law.
April 8, 2015 - Pete says: Judging by the shear volume of crime that was promulgated in Peterswood between 1943-1961 despite Fatty's presence isn't that rather a moot point? (wink).
Buster says... Buster says: Woof!

Fatty says: For a small village, Peterswood was a hotbed of crime.
April 8, 2015 - June E says: I hesitate to disagree with both Fatty and Pete, but isn't Evie M's statement a non sequitur rather than an oxymoron? Her conclusion doesn't follow logically from her opening statement, but the two statements are not contradictory. However, I think we probably all knew what she was trying to say, didn't we? Evie M, you have a knack for sparking debate!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'll pass on this one!
April 8, 2015 - Evie M says: I mean the criminals wouldn't be stopped, and if they were stopped then it took longer because of course Goon and Jenks were nowhere near as good as the Find-Outers. And err what is an oxymoron?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Do what I did, Evie - Google it! Good point about Jenks: Why didn't he sort Goon out from the beginning?

Mr Goon says: Toad of a boy.
April 8, 2015 - Pete says: "It's a good thing Fatty lives in Peterswood, or there would be loads of crime there! ". Isn't that an oxymoron? Doing all these SpamCheck takeaways is making me hungry!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Oh, yes, that is definitely an oxymoron, Pete!
April 8, 2015 - Evie M says: The Five Find-Outers are all very clever, especially Fatty who always realises the significance of the clues and solves the mystery. It's a good thing Fatty lives in Peterswood, or there would be loads of crime there!
Buster says... Buster says: I quite agree.

Fatty says: Oh, there was plenty of crime in Peterswood - in spite of the Find-Outers living there. Enough to make fifteen books of crime-solving!
April 8, 2015 - Brendan Joseph Fitzpatrick says: I only managed to score twelve in the April quiz. I must do better next time or the school of Dame Slap could be a harsh reality.
April 7, 2015 - Sara Long says: Do you know of a listing of the Enid Blyton books that were made as audiobooks? I am in the USA and have just discovered the Famous Five series. I am listening to the Secret Seven series now. I'd love to find a source for the rest of her books that are available as audiobooks. I'd appreciate hearing from you if you could point me in the right direction. Many thanks. Sara.
Buster says... Buster says: The Enid Blyton Society's website contains a definitive list of audiobooks, Sara. As to where you could buy any from in the USA, I'm afraid I wouldn't know. Maybe Ebay.
April 5, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi Buster, of course DAISY and BETS are very good detectives as well.
Daisy says... Daisy says: We certainly are.

Mr Goon says: Gah! They are just meddlesome kids who can't keep their noses out of things, and are always interfering with the law.
April 5, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Happy Easter everyone and do enjoy the holidays.
Buster says... Buster says: Happy Easter to you too, Brian.
April 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Haha yes Buster that was me ; -) what with all the confusion about Misty/Evie M and then Nigel asking why I can't just keep to one name I thought I'd play a trick on you all and post a comment as 'Bob'! (smiley face) Sorry, I will just be sticking to Evie M from now on.
Buster says... Buster says: Remember, Evie. We are all Find-Outers! And my master, Fatty, is one of the best detectives ever. Woof!

Fatty says: You can't fool us, Evie. Incidentally, I changed your name back to Evie M.
April 4, 2015 - Brendan Joseph Fitzpatrick says: Sorry Daisy,no doubt Mr. Goon will be knocking on my door soon to tell me off too.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I expect he will, Brendan. Especially as you have missed off a space after the , !
April 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Just got a score of 21 in the Enid Blyton Society quiz!
Buster says... Buster says: Well done, Woof.
April 3, 2015 - Brendan Joseph Fitzpatrick says: Well,it is a new month and time for a new quiz,I am not doing very well at the moment,there are other things on my mind,there is a big house down the road and apparently there are some flashing lights at night from the attic and there is also a fair in town and some documents from the local museum have gone missing,i am back at work on Monday,hopefully things will be sorted out before then. ,.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I have left your message without correcting the punctuation marks, or spacings, Brendan. Maybe now others can see what mistakes we have to correct constantly!

Fatty says: Maybe this is part of the quiz!
April 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Haha that's true Brendan, the adventures do always start in the holidays apart from the school stories. And just to clarify I am a Roman Catholic, but like I said this isn't a religious forum. Unless of course you can link it to Enid Blyton like Tinky managed to do!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Adventures could hardly start at school time!
April 3, 2015 - Nigel says: Thanks for plugging my review, Fatty. I can't believe it was ten years ago when I wrote it! Funnily enough, I have just re-read it, and made some comments on the Society Forums.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Time is indeed, like an ever rolling stream!
April 3, 2015 - Nigel says: After the sobriety of Good Friday, Easter Day is but a few days away. Easter is so special for both Christians and non-believers. It heralds the end of winter and the start of new beginnings. Whatever you believe, may you all find comfort, happiness and joy in this season of Spring.
Fatty says... Fatty says: My feelings exactly. Happy Easter, everybody.
April 2, 2015 - Brendan Joseph Fitzpatrick says: Oh dear, I got it wrong about '5 Go off To Camp' it is in the summer holidays and not Easter, oh well it is one of the best , a real good feel good factor,.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It's easy to get confused - it's all hols and adventures! You can read Nigel Rowe's review of Five Go Off to Camp on this website.
April 2, 2015 - Brendan Joseph Fitzpatrick says: Happy Easter everybody. The school holidays start and that is when things start to happen in a lot of Blyton books. The first line of 'The Mystery of the Missing Man' starts with Pip announcing that he is going to buy some Easter eggs,that is what is expected of our heroes. In 'Smugglers Top' the 5 begin their adventure on a very fine day at the start of the Easter holidays, not to sure about '5 Go off to Camp,' though as its been a long time since I read that fine book, anyway some things are certain in life .By the time the holidays are over, the Kidnappers, smugglers, escaped prisoners and all will have been rounded up, in fact if you are ill your Dr. could recommend that you have a few more weeks in a place which has bracing air, with Bill Smugs of course.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And a Happy Easter to you too, Brendan.
April 2, 2015 - Tinky says: If you look up the word Catholic, it broadly describes Christianity, so in being a Christian I guess I am a Catholic too. You needn't be sad Evie, unless it's about ourselves, for where would we be if He hadn't died? He had to die. Enid must have been a Christian too because she makes a few references to God and the Bible in her books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, the word is often confused with Roman Catholic, which is a sect. Catholicism is Christianity in general.
April 2, 2015 - Evie M says: Happy Easter, Tinky, and everyone else! Enjoy eating loads and loads of chocolate : ) I'm Catholic so Easter is a very sad time for me : ( Although it is good on Easter Sunday though because He was risen. But anyway this is about Eb not a religious forum so HAPPY EASTER! School ended today YESSS!!!!!
Buster says... Buster says: Happy Easter, Evie. Woof.
April 2, 2015 - Tinky says: Have a great Easter everyone, enjoy the hols, as Enid would say!
Buster says... Buster says: Happy Easter to you too, Tinky.
April 1, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi everyone Just to let you know that the competition that the moderators have kindly allowed me to announce in this Message Board is now closed. To find out who the winner of the MSI U 180 Notebook is please click on my website button on the left. Incidentally, this attractive button was designed by Keith Robinson. There were no entries from Australia. Regards Brian.
March 31, 2015 - Evie M says: OK everyone from now on my username is MISTY so any comments by Misty are actually Evie M. Don't forget!!!!
Buster says... Buster says: We won't forget, Misty.

Fatty says: If you want us to remember, why change? [rolls eyes]
March 30, 2015 - Evie M says: Well if I say it on the message board everyone will see it and still know it's me, won't they? And if you forget I'll remind you. I'll think about it.
Buster says... Buster says: We'll know it's you, Evie by your email address, so it's up to you if you want to change your username.

Fatty says: Maybe I'll change my name to Prudence
March 30, 2015 - Evie M says: Is it all right if I start posting under a different user name?
Buster says... Buster says: If you wanted to do, Evie. But why would you want to now that we know you?
March 30, 2015 - Pete says: Well personally, I would consider it an honour to be called a toad by Mr Goon. To have him snap and caper around my ankles would be even more of an inestimable privilege too! wink,emotive,grin,smiley!!! Ah 5+5=. I can manage that one! Over and out for a bit, Pete.
March 30, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, he certainly wasn't courteous, polite, reasonable or civil with me. Perhaps he doesn't like kids?
Buster says... Buster says: Mr Goon doesn't like dogs, either.
March 30, 2015 - Pete says: I wonder if Mr Goon suffered from occasional 'mood swings' too? fatty_fan once pointed out that: "At the end of Book 10 (Strange Bundle) Mr Goon is supposedly feeling very friendly towards Fatty, but at the start of Book 11 (Holly Lane) he actually tries to get Buster shot! Inexplicable about face in terms of how he feels towards Fatty." ps. These spam check maths tests are bit tough!!
March 30, 2015 - Pete says: On a serious Enid Blyton themed note,I'm trying to remember when Mr Goon actually was courteous, polite, reasonable and civil in his interaction with others. I can only think of two or three examples. When talking to Chief Inspector/Superintendent Jenks and also Mrs Hilton. Oh and possibly Mrs Trotteville too. Can you think of any others??
Buster says... Buster says: He's a bit more courtious in Banshee Towers, I always felt!
March 30, 2015 - Paul says: Why was Enid never given an OBE or MBE? services to literature would merit at least that.
March 29, 2015 - Evie M says: Fatty I agree with you completely, rude or angry posts have no place on this site. Hello, Mr Goon, thank you for calling me a toad.
March 29, 2015 - Evie M says: Fatty, give me a break! I was telling PAUL not to worry about it! And actually, I don't worry about it and I don't plan to. That doesn't mean I'll post angry comments whenever I feel like it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You can post what you like, but it is up to us to publish them! Any rude or angry comments will go straight in the bin.

Mr Goon says: Toad of a girl!
March 28, 2015 - Pete says: How many of the regular posters here subscribe to the excellent Enid Blyton Society Journal? I'm sure if you haven't already taken the plunge you would really enjoy it!
Bets says... Bets says: I second Pete! :-)

Fatty says: And don't forget to follow the Society Facebook page!
March 26, 2015 - Evie M says: Don't worry, Paul, I have EXACTLY the same problem! :-D.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You should worry about it! Don't make it sound as if you are boasting about it. Learn to control yourself!
March 26, 2015 - Paul says: I seem to have upset Buster, for which I apologise. I have poor impulse control. I just bang my thoughts out on the typewriter, as they used to say in the old days.
Buster says... Buster says: Maybe you'll have to think then, Paul, before you bang away on your typewriter!! If it isn't worth saying, then don't say it!
March 26, 2015 - Nigel says: The trouble is, no-one can portray the books as they were written. Plots are altered by script writers and often the end product bares little resemblance to the original book. Take the 70's TV adaptation of 'Five Run Away Together', it bore hardly any resemblance to the book.
March 25, 2015 - Cliff Castle says: Probably the best one off story by Enid is The Boy Next Door,this would rate as one of her best and would make a good TV film, better then some of these boring period dramas or soaps. Amelia Jane and The Wishing Chair would be good as well.
March 25, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes I agree Fatty they often ruin good books in films. Have you seen Five Get Into a Fix, Aily was supposed to be like five and she's the same height as Julian (who, suffice to say, was about thirteen or fourteen) How does that work!? But Find Outers, Barney Mysteries and Adventure would make good films if they actually did it RIGHT (which I highly doubt they would! ) Thank you for your reply Brian I'm glad it's going fine and I hope it gets published soon- can't say I'm really into non fiction books about Enid Blyton but that's my opinion I'm sure it's really good. And Buster, I found Paul's question quite funny (smiley face).
March 25, 2015 - Erin O'Hara says: Malory Towers is awesome is it real?
Buster says... Buster says: No it is a ficticious school.
March 25, 2015 - Nigel says: Brian Blessed played a good part in ITV's Castle of Adventure, a good few years back. There is also a cartoon version of The Enchanted Wood which some dislike, but I rather enjoy. I would love to see a serial - such as the BBC used to do on Sunday tea-times - of a Find-Outers' story, set in true period. However, I must generally agree with Fatty - even the 1955 CFF adaptation of Five on a Treasure Island leaves me stone cold.
March 25, 2015 - Brendan Joseph Fitzpatrick says: Really annoyed that Blyton books have not being dramatised for film and tv as much as they should have been,ok when you read a book you have images imprinted in your mind and they will never change but it is good to see how others perceive them,i would love to see Magic Faraway Tree on a high budget film,plus The Rubadub Mystery,Secret books too plus of course the Five Find Outers,i could see Dawn French playing one of the Blyton famous cooks,as for Mr Goon,how about Johnny Vegas or Brian Blessed? He was good in The Castle of Adventure 1990s tv series.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I am usually disappointed in tv/film adaptations.
March 24, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Evie M Thanks for the interest shown in my book. It's going fine. The day when it will be published is drawing nearer and nearer. On the other hand I find the discussion about the Find Outers interesting. I'm following it all the way.
March 24, 2015 - Evie M says: Err. I see we are discussing brands of tea now???? I drink PG tips!
Buster says... Buster says: I'm sure we can all find something more interesting to discuss than tea! Blyton for instance springs to mind! I merely accepted Paul's silly question about tea, to show some of the ridiculous messages we get sometimes! Grrrrr!
March 23, 2015 - Tinky says: Just to really help detract, I love earl grey AND English breakfast.
March 23, 2015 - Evie M says: Yeah, Pete, can't wait to see what website Tom thinks is better than this one! And you have to wonder, if he only ever visits the site to criticize it, why does he care how good it looks????
March 23, 2015 - Shanaya says: Hmph! No answer! Great! : (.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Fatty and Bets are probably too busy drinking tea to answer! (hehe)
March 23, 2015 - Pete says: Any word from Tom and the superior websites? I'll have a cuppa (tea bag) whilst I patiently wait.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Would that be English Breakfast, Assam or Earl Grey, Pete?
March 22, 2015 - Paul says: Which kind of tea did Enid prefer - leaf or tea bag?
Buster says... Buster says: What a silly question! Does it matter?
March 22, 2015 - Shanaya says: Yeah, yeah PC Goon, The Find Outers aren't troublesome, in fact, they're anything but troublesome. Fatty, where do you get those books from where you learn those tricks like how to escape from a locked room, etc,etc? Please tell me. And yes Buster, you're adorable. Hello Bets! How are you?
March 19, 2015 - Evie M says: Haha I used to not know what you meant when you put your words together but now I've read the books I do! Sawful! Goenborlyed! (joking).
March 19, 2015 - Evie M says: I'll probably reread them soon as well. It feels so weird because normally I'd put a smiley face there but now I'm not allowed to!!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't mind the odd one, but not too keen on punctuation-smilies. Spitty we don't have proper smiles.
March 19, 2015 - Brendan says: Hi Find Outers,I read your books years ago,unlike the majority of EB I didn't re read them,until recently,they are gems,the interactions with Fatty and Mr Goon are at times pure slapstick but tend to work well,there is no George to sulk when things don't go her way. I am off on holiday soon, Ii will take a book with me to read on the plane. 3 books in one including the Mystery of the Burnt Cottage,can't wait as its been about 1962 since I read it last, the holiday should be ok as well.
Buster says... Buster says: Enjoy your holiday, and I hope you will read all the Find-Outer books again soon.
March 18, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, I am very sorry but Fatty could at least have politely asked me to reduce my use of them rather than suddenly come out and call them annoying. I was very much tempted to put a sad punctuation face in this message, but decided I'd better not!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Correct decision!

Mr Goon says: Fatty doesn't do politeness - toad of a boy.
March 18, 2015 - Shanaya says: Hi Find-Outers, I absolutely adore your books. I have read all of them for at least 3 times each! I love them so much. Hats off to Enid Blyton! And hi Buster! You're so adorable. This website is also great. And Mr. Goon , why are so horrible to the Find Outers? : -/.
Buster says... Buster says: Hi Shanaya. I am adorable, aren't I. Woof!

Mr Goon says:Gah! If you'd had to put up with those kids as I had to, you wouldn't ask such a stupid question.
March 17, 2015 - Evie M says: Excuse me? I would like to point out that Bets' reply, in a message below, she uses a punctuation smiley face - and you have used them in the past as well. Also, how are punctuation smilies annoying? They simply show my emotions.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: We make and break the rules here Evie, not you! The odd one is acceptable, but not a load in every post.
March 17, 2015 - Nigel says: Personally, I find the style and layout of this site quite satisfactory. It is always good to refresh a site with a revamp occasionally, but I wouldn't take too much notice of 'Tom' as he only seems to visit this site to criticise the layout and reiterate his proposals!
March 16, 2015 - Evie M says: 'Cuts the mustard'? Interesting, I never heard that before. And hi Brian Carter, how's it going with your book? Have a nice day everyone! (I'm in a good mood so I decided to randomly put that at the end of the message).
Buster says... Buster says: Nice to hear someone is happy. Woof!

Fatty says: If a tad irritating.... I have curtailed your annoying punctation-smilies as well!
March 16, 2015 - Pete says: I wonder if Tom could possibly post a link to an example of website that he likes and thinks cuts the mustard? I would be very interested to have a look at a site that he recommends out of interest and curiosity. Thanks Tom. Cheers Pete.
March 15, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Evie M I agree with your conclusion: The site is brilliant. It's one of the oldest surviving websites about Enid Blyton and its design and layout are beautiful. Nothing to add, nothing to take away. Brian.
Bets says... Bets says: Also visit The Enid Blyton Society website! :-)

Fatty says: Yes, the Society website is the doyen of all things Blyton. A never ending project, perpetually being updated and improved.
March 15, 2015 - Anonymous says: Is Malory Mowers a real school to go to? ; -) : -P.
Daisy says... Daisy says: No!

Fatty says: Never heard of malory Mowers. Where's that to be found?
March 14, 2015 - Evie M says: As my Dad always says: IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT! : -D.
March 14, 2015 - Evie M says: Thank you, Buster, I knew there was some saying about that but couldn't remember what it was! : -D.
March 14, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, I think the site looks great. Maybe a bit more colour, but to be honest I don't think anyone really minds the colours - and besides, Enid Blyton books are old fashioned, so an old fashioned looking website fits perfectly! Not to mention the fact that everything on the site is very easy to access and there are no stupid complications when you want to post a message or find a certain topic, as is the case with a lot of websites. The site's layout is perfect and no changes need to be done. Of course, that is my opinion but if there is nothing wrong with something, why make changes? Sometimes people just make changes for the sake of it, I think, and often make something worse instead of better. Now that I've said all that, I will finish by saying: This site is brilliant!
Buster says... Buster says: There is a saying, Evie, if it's not broken then leave it alone. Woof!
March 12, 2015 - Evie M says: Something does not need to be done, the site is fine as it is. That's my opinion. Yours is different but saying 'something needs to be done' is making out that your opinion is right. And I don't think it looks dated!
March 12, 2015 - Tom says: Five years ago, I recommended a redesign for this site, to be based on CSS. Unfortunately no one listened. It's not responsive, which means it's a pain for mobile visitors. Not to mention that the site just looks dated now. Something needs to be done. Maybe a complete move over to WordPress?
Daisy says... Daisy says: Maybe our Webmaster may read your message, Tom, and respond.

Inspector Jenks says: I'm in two minds about your suggestion, Tom. First, saying the site should be "based on CSS" is an odd statement. Obviously it has plenty of CSS in the background! But it also has a largely table structure, which is probably what you don't like. Tables are scorned, but usually for the wrong reasons. You say the site looks dated, and I happen to agree, but many people don't care and in fact don't like complete overhauls for whatever reason. You can't please everyone. You also suggest a "complete move over to WordPress," which I find completely ridiculous since I'm a programmer who works directly with PHP and databases. WordPress is not for me. All that said, I would like to update the site sometime. I've been saying that for years! And yes, a responsive site for mobiles and tablets would be great. I won't be pressured into an update by comments like "something must be done," but as it happens, it's been on my mind a bit lately, so perhaps the time for an update is approaching...
March 9, 2015 - Evie M says: I was wondering, do the stories in the fanfiction section have to be strictly about Enid Blyton characters? Because there is one that isn't, so yeah.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You write, "Because there is one that isn't, so yeah"

What does that mean? It is up to Keith Robinson what gets published, but as he says, "All have a distinct Blytonian flavour."
March 7, 2015 - Evie M says: In response to Peter, I believe they changed that in later editions, because my edition is quite modern and they do not call Buster 'sir' in that book. However, I think dogs must sometimes have been called 'sir' because in Five Go Adventuring Again when Quentin is trying to get Timmy he shouts, "Tim! Come here, Sir! " : ).
March 6, 2015 - Aradhna says: Did Enid Blyton ever leave any inkling as to what happened to Fatty, Buster, Bets, Daisy, Larry and Pip? Did Fatty ever become a policeman himself? The Five Find Outers was such an amazing series : ).
Buster says... Buster says: In Enid's books the Find-Outers were just children, Aradhna. You can read Julie's Fatty and Co in Retirement to see what she thought would happened to the Find-Outers later in their lives. If you go to the FanFic section on this site you will see her written series of 16 short stories all continuing from the first.
March 6, 2015 - Peter says: Hi Everyone: I recently started reading the Find Outers Mysteries and in "The Mystery Of The Secret Room" (Dean Edition 1997 page 73) Buster has got into a fight with Thomas, a much bigger dog at Miss Crump's house. : Quote: "All the children yelled at Buster: Come here Buster-come here Sir ,BUSTER come here! " Did the Find Outers really call Buster Sir, or was that one of Enid's typing errors,or a misprint appearing in later editions of the book. I would be interested to hear if others have noticed this. Oh well I'm sure Buster would agree that he has earned that title! Best Wishes To Fatty. Bets,Daisy,Buster, and if he is around, Constable Goon! Peter (From Australia).
Daisy says... Daisy says: When that book was first published back in 1945, Peter, Sir, was a well used word, unlike today. So it was written correctly for the time, and gives a stronger command to Buster from Fatty.
March 5, 2015 - Pete says: Good idea Loony! I have no idea what they mean either. I hope they make sense. Wink.
March 5, 2015 - Loony says: I have to refer to dictionary, Pete. Difficult words I will use in my English essay.
March 5, 2015 - Loony says: Who are Daisy, Fatty, PC Goon and Buster in this message board?
Daisy says... Daisy says: We are from the books - The Five Find-Outers and Dog!
March 4, 2015 - Bruce says: Can the Five Find-Outers be obtained on CD?
Daisy says... Daisy says: I haven't seen any, Bruce. Maybe someone else would know?

Fatty says:
The Mystery of the Secret Room was released as an audio book in 1991. As far as I know, that was the only title. A full list of audio books can be found here.
March 4, 2015 - Pete says: If you read all the stories that feature Snubby you will see he is irrepressible,indomitable ,indefatigable and quite capable of holding up his own.
Buster says... Buster says: Agreed, Pete. Just like I can. Woof!
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: I know, but even in those days wasn't a coward somebody who wouldn't do something good because they were too scared to, for example a person does something bad but they refuse to admit they did it because of what might happen to them, that makes them a coward but if you just get scared because of strange noises that's hardly being a coward.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Unfortunately, they were Enid's choice of words, Evie, and so the best thing to do is to read the books and enjoy them, without looking too deeply into Enid's choice of words.

Fatty says: Maybe an in-depth discussion such as this would be more suited to a thread in
Talk About Blyton. There is a Barney Mysteries thread already set up.
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: I'm not moaning, I'm just pointing it out. Daisy, I hadn't thought about that before, but you are certainly right. And I realise, Tinky that they have a right to get frustrated with him but Barney called him a baby for believing in spooks, and when he came running back from the room because he heard noises he gets called a coward, I think Diana at least would have come back when she heard the noises.?
Daisy says... Daisy says: Let's not forget, Evie, that Enid wrote these books many many years ago and in those days children spoke a bit differently back then, using words that may not be used today. That is one of the reasons why some of the books have been updated.
March 4, 2015 - Tinky says: No I don't think they are either, they sometimes get rightfully annoyed with him though! Endearing as he may be, he can be frustrating to them.
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, to name a few things, he gets called a coward, an idiot, a baby, tiresome and a nuisance. And they moan about 'that little pest' before he even shows up in the story.
Daisy says... Daisy says: That's what makes his character so exciting, Evie. You begin to wonder what the boy is like before he's even made an appearance. Enid was very clever at whetting your appetite!
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Does anyone else think that Roger, Diana and Barney are quite mean to Snubby?
Daisy says... Daisy says: I don't think they're mean, Evie.
March 4, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Nigel Thanks for your swift response. There's no doubt you interpreted the statement you quoted incorrectly. That the form of weaving morals into children's stories should better be left to the Church where it rightfully belongs is not my opinion. It is a supposed opinion of some people who are of that persuasion. But if you read further down in the article you'll see that the opinion is not justified. Furthermore, there's my conclusion, Let no one criticise Enid Blyton for weaving morals into Children's stories. Which is proof that I agree with her teaching of morals in children's stories. That's why I wrote the Blog!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I read it that Nigel disagreed with the first statement, but, if you read down further down in his comment, you'll see he agrees with you and said "Hear, hear" to your own comment, "Therefore, let no one criticise Enid Blyton for weaving morals into her stories for children...." Maybe Nigel might like to confirm?
March 4, 2015 - Nigel says: I totally disagree with this statement, Brian: "this form of teaching should better be left to the Church where it rightfully belongs. Writers of stories for children should aim to entertain, not to moralise." It is to Enid's lasting credit that she showed children, through her storytelling, the rights and wrongs of behaviour. Although different religions can moralise, Enid reached out to children of all faiths and no faith. "Therefore, let no one criticise Enid Blyton for weaving morals into her stories for children. For weaving morals into children’s stories is as old as the hills!" Hear, hear!
March 4, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello fans and admirers of Enid Blyton Have you read Enid's The Naughtiest Girl in the School? It's a fascinating story. However, if you want to look at this story from another perspective then please visit my blog: The Teaching of Morals in Children's Literature is as Old as the Hills! Here you can witness Enid's art of weaving moral lessons for children in the story. Please click this link to read the whole story.
March 3, 2015 - Paul says: I think someone said that modern teachers and librarians think that children nowadays should have settings and characters that are more "realistic", like their parents divorcing or their sister being the victim of Uncle Frank. These adults don't seem to understand that "reality" can be just too painful.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I didn't want realism as a child - or now, for most of the time. If I want "reality", I'll read a newspaper.
March 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes I know I ordered the first three books together but Rilloby Fair came a few days before Rockingdown Mystery, and I wanted to wait to read Rockingdown first but I couldn't wait to read them!!!!!!!!! : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: That's the beauty of Enid's books!
March 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Have read The Rilloby Fair Mystery and am starting on the Rockingdown Mystery, I think they might be my favourite series, even better than Mystery and Adventure! Such a shame they aren't in print anymore you can only get them secondhand!!! Great stories if you haven't read them I recommend them SO SO SO much!! And Fatty, once you said to me, 'you really don't like young characters, do you? ' But you will have to take that back because Snubby is my absolute favourite!!!!!! (followed by Barney, of course).
Buster says... Buster says: Rockingdown Mystery was the first in the series, Evie. I always think it's nice to read the books in order to see how the characters get together and progress.
March 1, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello fans of Enid Blyton Do you remember my recent post of a competition running in my website? Well it came to an end at midnight on 28 February with no one sending in an entry with the correct answer. So it will run for another month until the prize of a MSI U180 Notebook is won. There were no entries from Australia. Nevertheless I thank the administrators for having allowed me to post the message on this Message Board. Here is the link to my website.
March 1, 2015 - eve says: I would like to see more of the St. Claires books, but as Enid passed away some years ago there wont be anymore such a shame.
March 1, 2015 - Evie M says: I have an EB book called 'The Riddle of Holiday House' which is very good. Is it part of a series?
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, it is, Evie. There are 6 of the Riddle Books. All the books in the series have been updated and edited by Enid's daughter Gillian Baverstock.
March 1, 2015 - Evie M says: Wait, Mr Goon is replying to messages now too???? ; -).
March 1, 2015 - Corinne Parry says: I built The Faraway Treehouse in honour of Enid Blyton bringing to life my cherished fantasy childhood reading. I would like to share this magical place - it's located on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey. Come and visit. Invitation - I would like to offer a free night's stay in my Faraway Treehouse in Turkey in exchange for The Faraway Tree and Enchanted Woods books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Funnily enough, I saw this somewhere on the internet. Trouble is, I can't remember where! As there are only three books, does that mean only three people can take up this generous offer?After Googling, I imagine that this is the tree house in question.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Oh. Gracious, all this discussion I've started about one word! ;-D.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Thank goodness you didn't question a whole sentence.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, Fatty must have been mistaken because he said it wasn't in his dictionary. Perhaps he needs to get a new dictionary ; - ).
Buster says... Buster says: Maybe that could be Fatty's new mystery. The Mystery of the Missing Word! Woof.

Fatty says:I wasn't mistaken as it isn't in the Cambridge English Dictionary. It is available in some (mainly American) dictionaries, but the definition doesn't seem to fit Stephen's book. It seems to mean to be a collection of anecdotes (amusing tales), talkative or garrulous old age. It is made up from anecdote + -age, with a play on dotage.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Wait, but before Fatty replied to my comment saying that 'anecdotage' was a made-up word, I'm confused!!!?????
Daisy says... Daisy says: All I can say, Evie, is that the word is in my dictionary, and it says - Humorous, garrulous old age!
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: Thanks. Personally. , I think made-up words are awesome! : ) : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you are meaning 'anecdotage' Evie, it's not a made up word.
February 28, 2015 - Evie M says: What does 'anecotage' mean?
Daisy says... Daisy says: An anecdote is an amusing account of an incident. So anecdotage is along silimlar lines of chatting in amusement, sort of one's account of things!
February 27, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Stephen Thanks for your post. You'd be pleased to know that I have a copy of your book in my prized collection of Enid Blyton's non fiction books and am fascinated by the insights you've given about Enid Blyton from an analysis of the Famous Five series of books. I also like the book cover design. Now to respond to the subject of the post, I'm not trying to write a book on Enid Blyton. The book is already written and is now going through the publication process. Moreover, I'm going through no pain at present and am just delighted to be in a position to publish the book myself. Best wishes.
February 25, 2015 - Stephen Isabirye says: Brian, As a person that has already written and published a book on Enid Blyton, I can feel the pain you are going through as you try to write a book on Enid Blyton, which is no easy feat because of the big emotions Enid Blyton exhibited in her writings. Nonetheless, you may want to consult my book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage, which interestingly has garnered very interesting and spritely debates about Enid Blyton and her literature over the past half-a-decade the book has been in publication.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Stephen Isabirye tirelessly self-promotes his self-published book, for which he deserves a medal. You can read a whole thread devoted to book and author on the Enid Blyton Society Society Forums.
February 25, 2015 - gauri says: The twins at St Clares was superb. All the books written by Enid Blyton are superb. The Famous Five and others.
February 24, 2015 - noddyfan says: Hi. I have a cotton tablecloth from the 1950's which has printed on it Noddy in his car in the middle , and various characters from toyland around the edges. It measures 32 x 32 inches and is in perfect condition. Any idea if this is worth anything?
Buster says... Buster says: Sadly we don't do any valuations. I know there are many collectors out there who are Noddy fans, so maybe you could have a look on Ebay to see if you can find anything similar which may give you an idea of a price.
February 23, 2015 - sunayana says: Your books are awesome. I have read almost all. They are mind blowing. Nice to read all your books. Today I have completed all. I'm happy for myself. I thank you for wrting such a beautiful books. Thank you.
Buster says... Buster says: Nice to hear you are enjoying Enid Blyton's books, Sunayana. But please don't write in text speach. I had a job trying to read what you had written! Woof!
February 21, 2015 - Evie M says: That's a shame, but at least I can talk to you.
February 20, 2015 - Evie M says: Fatty, Daisy, Buster and Bets, it is great fun talking to you on the website. Maybe Pip and Larry will join us then we will have all of the Find-Outers. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Buster says... Buster says: Sadly there are no plans at present to have Pip and Larry, Evie, but never say never.
February 18, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Daisy, What a lovely name. It calls to mind those lovely flowers that beautify the countryside in my hometown, Georgetown, in Guyana. To respond to your enquiry, yes I sent synopses to several biography publishers and they came back with the usual niceties: we read the synopsis with interest but your book is not suitable for our list. They reckoned that a biography of Enid Blyton will not give them a lucrative return on investment as they would get on a biography of, say, Rod Stewart. So I decided to publish the book myself. It's hard work but I'm enjoying it. I'm lucky enough to have my own website else it would have been harder to get things off the ground. Brian.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Good luck with it all, Brian.
February 16, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Thank you Pete. The Contact Us page of my website is always there if you need to contact me on any other subject relating to the book. Brian.
February 16, 2015 - Pete says: Dear Brian, Thank you very much for your reply about your eagerly anticipated book 'Enid Blyton – The Untold Story's' release date. I would be most grateful to receive a copy when it is ready as I have already been hearing positive comments about it from those who have seen your work on it so far over the years. I feel sure I will be able to review it favourably and impartially and I know there are lots and lots of Enid Blyton fans waiting to purchase it once they hear how good it is! Best Wishes and thanks. Pete.
February 16, 2015 - Evie M says: I will probably tell you my opinion after each book. I have finished Secret Room - I think it was the most exciting so far, I mean like a criminal gang is a big step up from a stolen cat and a burnt cottage! But I think the other two were much better in the way of clues and suspects and that. And you were right when you said a while ago that when reading you want to solve the mystery before they do - I am constantly guessing who the culprit is! Oh and I have very good news for Fatty - he has moved up ANOTHER place, so my order now goes Pip, Larry, Fatty. Daisy Bets. (sorry that you remain at the bottom Bets!!!!!!!!)
Fatty says... Fatty says: Rather than clutter up the Message Board, it might be an idea to discuss the books in Talk About Blyton. There is a dedicated Find-Outers' thread there, as you know.
February 15, 2015 - Tinky says: Tell me what you think after you have finished book number 5, Evie!
February 15, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Pete Yes I remember you and am glad to hear from you. The appeal did not do well but it has been replaced by a direct source of funding. The book is expected to be published sometime between July and August of this year, if there are no delays in the copy editing, page layout and proofreading processes. These processes take long and they cannot be rushed for everything has to be right before the book is sent to the printer. Please follow the Progress of the Book in my website for Updates. Moreover, as you are the first and only person to have responded to the appeal, I've put your name down for a complimentary copy and this will be sent to you as soon as the book is published. Brian.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Just any enquiry, Brian, have you considered sending to a publisher in the hope that they will publish for you?
February 15, 2015 - Evie M says: OK so I have finished Burnt Cottage and Disappearing Cat and have started Secret Room!! So far my list of best (favourite) characters hasn't really changed much. Pip is still at the top, followed by Larry, followed by Daisy. Before it was Bets followed by Fatty but now they have switched places so Fatty is 4th and Bets is last (sorry Bets!) but good news for you Fatty you have moved up a place! The books are SOOOOO good I love them and Mr Goon is funny.
Buster says... Buster says: So pleased you are enjoying the books, Evie. I too like Mr Goon very much, especially his ankles!
February 14, 2015 - Farwa says: Belated Happy Birthday, Evie, and enjoy your books! Fatty is a very amusing and intelligent character, as you will see soon - at least I think so! But of course, the choice is yours in the end. Isn't it lovely weather nowadays? I guess it is time to hunt for all Spring-related stories, poems, etc. By Enid Blyton!
February 14, 2015 - Pete says: Hi Brian, I donated to your gofundme appeal. I'm still interested in buying your book when it's out. Can you give me a very rough idea of when I'll be able to buy it please? Best Wishes Pete.
February 13, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello Fatty Point taken. One of the secrets of getting along with our fellows is to balance criticism with praise. It would have been so nice if you had posted something like this: Well Brian, we're glad you have a competition about Enid Blyton running in your website and would be happy to visit the page. But it would have been so nice if you had given us an opportunity to get to know you before you made the post. If you had been reading our posts, making replies and posts of your own and reading Keith's blogs we would have known you by now and the post about a competition would have come as no surprise. Who would not have like to have a reply like this? Anyhow, the fact of the matter is I've been reading Keith's blogs ever since he began writing them in July, 2008. I really liked the way he chronicled the progress of his novel: Island of Fog up that eureka moment when he had it published. Incidentally it was from him I got the idea to put a page in my website to let visitors know about the progress of my book. Moreover, I've been following the progress of the Quiz running in this website and it is from this I learned that Aamir Khan, the famous Bollywood actor, was a participant. This information was useful for the short piece I wrote about him in a page in my website called Friends of Enid Blyton in High Places. I have also been carrying a link to this website in the very page! In other respects I've been a silent reader of your posts over the years, especially when I was writing the book, but now that you've mentioned it, yes it is time I get involved. So thanks for your interesting comment. Brian.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not sure if I've got a pat on the back or a slap on the wrist! However, good to know that you follow this site!
February 13, 2015 - Evie M says: Haha Tinky I know you have really wanted me to read the FFO books. I have read some more of The Mystery Of The Burnt cottage and am looking forward to the next one : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: There are discussions of Find-Outers' books on the Enid Blyton Society forums forums which might be of interest.
February 12, 2015 - Tinky says: Happy birthday Evie :) yes Fatty is portrayed in that way in the first book or two but as Bets says, you'll soon like him!
February 12, 2015 - Evie M says: Hello it is my birthday today :) just thought I would tell you I got some EB books including the Mystery series, the Six Bad Boys, the Treasure Hunters and one or two others :) Unfortunately my uncle could not get the Barney books but I think he is trying to get them soon. I have started reading The Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage. So far my favourite are, in order: Pip, Larry, Daisy, Bets and Fatty. I don't like Fatty's boastful attitude in the story (sorry Fatty, I'm sure I'll get to like you more in the end!)
Bets says... Bets says: Happy Birthday, Evie! I'm glad you got so many books. Don't worry, you'll like Fatty very much soon enough!
February 9, 2015 - Tinky says: Brian, is it cheating to google!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Probably!

Fatty says: I don't think Brian reads comments here, just posts his adverts.
February 8, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello everyone If you think you know about Enid Blyton's work, other than writing storybooks, here's an opportunity to test your knowledge. See if you can answer the following question: What was Enid Blyton's role in the production of Newnes' Pictorial Knowledge, a children's encyclopedia and dictionary combined, that the Home Library Book Company published in 1930? If you think you know the answer, you can enter a competition that's now running in my website: to win a MSI U180 NOTEBOOK. Even if you can't answer the question, you can select an answer from three multiple choice answers you'll find in the Competition page. The competition closes at midnight on 28 February, 2015. Looking forward to seeing your entry Brian Carter [Brian Carter is the author and publisher of a forthcoming biography of Enid Blyton called: Enid Blyton – The Untold Story. ].
February 6, 2015 - 1: says: Hello! I've been following your blog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Thanks, glad you enjoy the site. If you like Blyton then have a look also at this site. Enid Blyton Society
February 5, 2015 - Evie M says: I get that, Paul, but I don't think Enid wrote positively about Germany because of what Nigel said. Still, I'm sure that people don't have anything against Germans today, if they do, they're being judgemental and idiotic.
February 5, 2015 - Pete9012S says: Sorry to interrupt the discussion about the War and Hitler youth etc,but there was a nice article that was kindly translated for us entitled 'Enid Blyton Interest from Germany' on the Enid Blyton Society last week that posters here might well enjoy: Cheers Pete.
February 4, 2015 - Paul says: Thank you, Nigel and Fatty. Maybe Enid *wanted* to explain to her readers that German children were just like them, but couldn't. It makes me angry when people criticise German children for joining the Hitler Youth or cheering Nazis at parades - if they hadn't, their whole family would have been punished.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good points, Paul, but possibly better discussed elsewhere.
February 4, 2015 - Evie M says: What exactly do you mean by 'the new buzzword is blurb'?
Fatty says... Fatty says: It's what everyone seems to be talking about on the Society forums, Evie.
February 4, 2015 - Pete9012S says: Hi everyone! Just to let you know the new buzzword over at the Enid Blyton Society site is 'blurb' so don't forget to try and use it here too now and again so we don't get left behind! Seriously, many of the books in the cave are getting some lovely new short teaser reviews so be sure to check them out when you can! Cheers Pete.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, I've looked at some of the blurbs, they're a great addition to the reviews, Pete. Click here to see blurbs (immediately before the full review) of the Barney mysteries, written by Robert Houghton.

Buster says: That sounds a great word, Pete, blurbs. Maybe I'll use that instead of Woof! Woof!
February 3, 2015 - Nigel says: There were various references to "the enemy" and planes with "the crooked cross"."The Children of Kidillin" featured German saboteurs, destroying British submarines, off the coast of Scotland. I can't recall anything positive, but I don't suppose there would be in books written during and after WWII.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Nigel - and a good point.
February 3, 2015 - Evie M says: I don't recall her mentioning Germany in a positive or negative way in any of the stories- except in an Adventurous Four book where I think they mentioned German seaplanes or something? Sorry I can't be of more help
February 3, 2015 - Paul says: Did Enid ever mention Germany in a positive sense in any of her stories?
Fatty says... Fatty says: She certainly has German fans, but I don't know the answer to that. Maybe someone might?
February 2, 2015 - Tinky says: There was a comment of yours Evie, in response to Farwa, about loving posting on this site or something, but it seems to have disappeared!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Maybe it was on 'talk about Blyton'.
February 2, 2015 - Evie M says: Nobody has posted a message on here for a while so I thought I would post this random one to keep things going : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Things do seem to have gone quiet, Evie.
January 27, 2015 - Evie M says: I didn't know you could see the house where Enid used to live. How are you everyone xx.
Buster says... Buster says: I'm fine, Evie. Woof!

Daisy says: I'm fine too, Evie.
January 27, 2015 - Farwa says: The message board has become a pretty amusing place! I feel all the characters are in front of me! Keep it up!
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you, Farwa. We always like to please.
January 27, 2015 - Lizzy says: Thank you for your time to reply and information, The Five Find-outers are my favourites.
January 27, 2015 - Lizzy says: I'm planning a trip to Bourne End, Marlow , Beaconsfield, to see if I can make out Peterswood and some of the places The Five Find-outers solved their mysteries - lived, and try to make out the High Street. Have you any information that would be helpfull please to help me on my way.
Buster says... Buster says: Peterswood is loosely based on Bourne End. Also in Bourne End is the house where Enid used to live before moving to Green Hedges which was in Beaconsfield. If you look on the Enid Blyton Society forums, there is a thread about Bourne End/Peterswood. But of course most of Peterwood was Enid's imagination
January 27, 2015 - Alpha Q says: Thanks for your kind comments! I'll definitely take into account all of your advice and I'll notify you of daily updates to the project! Thanks everyone!
January 26, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes Alpha Q I definitely think you should visit the Enid Blyton Society. If you go on 'Author of Adventure' it has loads of awesome information about Enid and her books. Good luck with your project! (I love English class)
January 26, 2015 - Alpha Q says: Really big fan. Doing my English extended project on Enid. Look forward to learning more that I didn't know already! Any more information/interesting facts that you know would be appreciated and I could add to my presentation!
Buster says... Buster says: Good luck with your project. There is information about Enid on this site, and it's also worth a visit to the Enid Blyton Society site, where there is also information on Enid herself and her books. Enid Blyton Society
January 25, 2015 - Tinky says: No worries, we'd get bored if we never differed in opinions anyway : ).
Buster says... Buster says: We like to hear what others think of Enid's books, but remember these characters are Enid's fictitious characters, so it's always best to discuss them calmly.
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: Quite right Tinky : ) : ) I am sorry if anyone was offended by any of my earlier comments xx.
January 24, 2015 - Tinky says: You never will either Evie, boring Enid Blyton books aren't out there to be found : ) : ).
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: Of course Daisy I have NEVER read a boring Enid Blyton book haha : ) : ).
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: And I agree with you, Tinky, Kiki is awesome : ).
Buster says... Buster says: And fun to chase! Woof!
January 24, 2015 - Evie M says: OK, I am very childish and I'm sorry. Fatty, I will not make Lucy-Ann fall overboard, I'm not that mean. But yes I would like to write a sequel to the Adventure series. I will maybe write a short one where they are all grown up and married, and no, I will not have Lucy-Ann end up with some loser. Don't worry : ) : ) haha Tinky yes I remember reading about Elizabeth Allen and thinking 'hmm, she's a bit like me' lol. But Julie, I agree with you that it's good the way Enid has created characters you either love or dislike. After all, if all the characters were likeable then it would be a bit boring and obviously characters someone likes someone else dislikes, which I think is interesting. For example, a lot of people dislike Dinah because of her violent temper but that is one of the main reasons I love her (Philip is the best though : ) ) Also I think Lucy-Ann is a likeable character, it's just in certain books I find her slightly irritating. I apologise for my very angry posts : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) xx.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Nice of you to apologise, Evie. I hope you read lots of Enid's books and enjoy them in the way Enid intended them to be enjoyed.
January 24, 2015 - Tinky says: I guess you want a reaction then, Nigel.
January 24, 2015 - Tinky says: In contrast I simply adore Kiki! I think she's hilarious!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't think Nigel really meant it!
January 24, 2015 - Nigel says: Keep your hair on, Evie! You must remember that not all children are bad tempered and confidently headstrong as you appear to be! Enid liked to include children with differing personalities so that children could relate to them. Lucy-Ann, Bets, Anne (FF) are just three of the more timid type. Dinah is scared of anything that has more than four legs. It's no good getting in a strop when people have different views to you. Like Bill, Lucy-Ann is my favourite of the Mannering/Trent clan. I am more irritated by Dinah with her temper, assaults on Philip and her ridiculous strops when she sees a small animal. However, none of them is more irritating than Kiki. What a shame none of the many villains with guns managed to shoot her! ; -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Poor Kiki!
January 23, 2015 - Tinky says: That's a great comment Julie, just the fact that we either love or hate a character shows how real that character has come to be to us!
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: I don't know why some of you are getting so heated over a bunch of kids. Gah!
January 23, 2015 - Julie@owlsdene says: Just reading some of Evie's comments about a character in a book - Lucy Ann. I think it's a great success on Enid's part, that one can get so involved with the characters that so many of us have grown to either love or dislike. It also makes a story interesting if the characters are all different. Some characters like adventures, some don't. Some are timid, some are brave. It all makes the story worth while, don't you think?
Daisy says... Daisy says: Agreed, Julie.
January 23, 2015 - Tinky says: Whoa whoa Evie : ) You remind me of Elizabeth Allen : ) I guess you ought to write a sequel to the adventure stories, no doubt it would be jolly good and you could use Dinah a lot.
Fatty says... Fatty says: She'd probably have poor Lucy-Ann falling overboard.
January 23, 2015 - Evie M says: First of all, anyone who compares Lucy-Ann's fears to Dinah's fears of animals is just desperately trying to find something that makes Dinah look like a scaredy-cat. Dinah had a PHOBIA, an irrational fear. Whereas Lucy-Ann just is not brave at all. She is always the one to say she is scared. Jack, Philip and Dinah were probably pretty terrified too in the Sea of Adventure but they did their best to keep safe, build a shelter and so on but at first Lucy just moaned and wept and worried. Can't she keep her feelings to herself like the others? I admire the fact that she did perk up and later and tried to help- but still. And when they were telling Bill they wanted to rescue him first one of them says 'even Lucy-Ann voted for that'. Why SHOULDN'T Lucy-An vote for that? Whenever they all do the same brave thing everyone makes out Lucy was the bravest because she's 'oh so little and young and brave'. GIVE ME A BREAK AND RECOGNISE THE BRAVERY OF THE OTHERS! I do have a temper and it is probably obvious when I am angry, I'm sorry I will calm down but while I love the other characters for some reason I have a strong dislike for Lucy-Ann. I can't help it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Evie, you are behaving more childish than Lucy-Ann ever did. Chill out and respect others' opinions.
January 23, 2015 - Nigel says: Evie - not everyone is the same. Lucy-Ann was a timid girl, Dinah more of a tom boy. It's not funny at all that Dinah didn't cry. Yet Dinah was scared stiff of Philip's creatures - Lucy-Ann wasn't! I know adults who would be petrified to be abandoned on an uninhabited island, leave alone a little girl.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good points, Nigel
January 23, 2015 - Tinky says: Emotions express themselves in different ways in people. I probably wouldn't have cried either but I would have been so gloriously scared that I might have vomited (before setting to and sticking out the British upper lip and not showing my emotions. ) so I guess Lucy-Ann's emotion release was tears.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Let's be grateful for that!
January 23, 2015 - Evie M says: Her age? She was about twelve, same age as me. Dinah is one year older than her. Funny how Dinah didn't cry. Perhaps Lucy had reason to shed a few tears but she kept bursting into tears at random intervals! Everyone says she is the youngest and that's an excuse for her to be scared and cry but Dinah was one year older, and at the start she was twelve she never cried or said she was scared. And at that point they didn't know they were surrounded by submarines they just knew that Bill wasn't there.
January 21, 2015 - Evie M says: I have just finished the Sea of Adventure. Lucy-Ann is quite annoying in the Sea of Adventure because all she really does is cry.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, you'd probably cry at her age, miles from home, just four children and a parrot, completely surrounded by German submarines...
January 21, 2015 - Evie M says: Buster, what did I tell you : ) : ) welcome to the message board, Nabeela : ) : ) : ) : ).
January 20, 2015 - Nabeela Imtiyas says: WOW! Hi guys! Daisy and Buster great. For a while I kept coming here just to check out the books. But now I see we have a message board.
Buster says... Buster says: Woof!

Fatty says: Nabeela, we have had a message board for over ten years. Where have you been? And Buster: stop barking!
January 19, 2015 - Evie M says: If I run out of space I will have them in piles on the floor haha : ) : ) Tinky - have a look at Malcolm Saville's books they look exciting. I can't get any new books just yet because I'm already getting some in a few weeks but maybe later though : ) : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Malcolm Saville's books are indeed, exciting! Check them out here.
January 19, 2015 - Evie M says: I never even realised my books were the updated ones until a few months ago. From now on I will only buy original copies. I am determined to collect every single EB book. Since she wrote over 700 it will take a heck of a long time.
Daisy says... Daisy says: It certainly will, Evie. I wish you luck with such a task ahead. I hope you have the shelving space in your room.

Fatty says: That might prove impossible, Evie, as many of her books are now out of print, of course, and second-hand copies of many are almost impossible to find. Good luck, anyway.
January 19, 2015 - Evie M says: Stupid updated copies. Please tell me, did they ever update a version so much that Dick was changed to Rick? If they did that's flippin' taking the mickey.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Not that I'm aware of, Evie. I'm not a fan of updated copies, I have to admit. But if it's what is needed to keep Enid Blyton popular and in the shops, then I guess we'll all have to go along with it.
January 19, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, it says 'teenager' in MY copy of the book.
Buster says... Buster says: Yes it would do if it's one of the updated versions, Evie.
January 19, 2015 - Paul says: Evie, the word "teenager" wasn't even coined until the 1950s and the legal age in the West wasn't generally lowered to 18 until the 1970s. After people get used to something, it's hard for them to remember when it last changed - hence those books set in 19th century Britain where people talk about becoming adults at 18, or those books set in the 1950s where the Frenchman pays for his baugette with a fistfull of euros.
January 18, 2015 - Evie M says: In that book, I thought Quentin said Julian is 'a teenager now' in which case he would be thirteen. Perhaps I am thinking of a different book.
Buster says... Buster says: In the original text the age is mentioned, Evie.
January 18, 2015 - Stephen G says: Occasionally I dip into books of my childhood just to read something 'simple' for a change. For some reason I have decided to reread the whole 'Famous Five' series (just finished book 8 'Five get Into Trouble'). In my youth the thought never occurred, but reading them now I thought 'just how old do the children get through the series of books'. I turned to the helpful 'Google' and discovered Ian Mander and Keith Robinson's 'Blow Those Timelines! ' Heavens above, they are in their early twenties by the final book! Thank you for the information. (by the way, my favourite two Blyton books are 'The Children of Willow Farm', and 'The Children of Cherry Tree Farm' - both lovely images of 'days gone by').
Buster says... Buster says: The information you were seeking, Stephen, is on this webiste. That's the beauty of reading books, especially a series like The Famous Five, or The Find-Outers. The children don't age much. Julian is mentioned as being 16 in Five Get Into Trouble.

Fatty says: As you have now joined the Enid Blyton Society forums, Stephen, you will have explored the Cave of Books by now - the definitive source of Blyton's work and life.
January 18, 2015 - Evie M says: In one of the fanfiction stories it says "the idea of some brute trying to force his darling Lucy-Ann at the age of thirteen to jump out of a helicopter wearing only wings to protect her always made him want to weep". But Lucy-Ann wasn't forced to do it, poor Philip was.
January 18, 2015 - Tinky says: Never tried Helen Moss - I will definitely give it a go - always on the look out for good books besides reading every Blyton! Malcolm Saville's would definitely appeal to a 12 year old I should think. Try the Lone Pine Series or the Brown Family one.
January 17, 2015 - Evie M says: Thanks Tinky I will look into that- would they appeal to a 12 year old by the way? I recommend Helen Moss's books, they are excellent. : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Helen Moss has written some excellent books, and I can recommend those books too!
January 17, 2015 - Tinky says: Evie, as a fellow Blyton lover, I suggest you try Malcolm Saville, have you ever read his books? They are very adventurous and about children. Sadly you can't buy new copies any more but you can get them cheap on amazon or ebay. (and they are nearly as good as Blyton, but not quite!)
January 17, 2015 - Evie M says: Excuse me, I like plenty of other authors! And of course I know reading is one of life's greatest pleasures - lots of things I know, I only found out through reading! I am just saying Blyton is and always will be my favourite, and I do not like other genres much. I mainly like mystery, adventure and the boarding school stories Enid wrote, I quite like as well. But no teacher is forcing ME into reading a book I do not want to. That is what I am trying to say. There are no Blyton books in our school library, probably one of the reasons I don't see many other kids at school reading them. But if she ever says I should stop reading Blyton because I read too much of it, then I will pay no attention, but if reading is one of life's greatest pleasures, surely one should choose how they spend that pleasure? Don't worry, I read other books too! I really am sorry if you think I am being rude but it sounded like you thought I read no other books at all. Actually, reading through the message I posted before, it does sound quite like that so I can see why you would think that.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I don't think Nigel posted his comment to offend you, Evie. He was merely pointing out, I think, that your teacher wants her/his pupils to broaden their knowledge of other authors, maybe. It is to your credit you defend and love Blyton so much. We all do on this site.
January 17, 2015 - Nigel says: Evie, reading is one of life's great pleasures and sources of information. For a child to say she is going to read only Blyton, against her teacher's advice, is ridiculous. Spread your literary wings, seek, and ye shall find! As Daisy says, if you don't like a book, then stop reading it. But if you don't try new authors, how will you know?
Buster says... Buster says: Wise advice, Nigel.
January 17, 2015 - Evie M says: My English teacher says we should all be reading different genres, but I think I'll stick to Enid Blyton. Romance, horror and other genres are rubbish so I don't care what she says. : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: I think a person should read what they feel happy with. I couldn't read horror, as I know I wouldn't enjoy it. Reading is a pleasant past time, but that is my own personal opinion of course.
January 16, 2015 - Evie M says: Thank you, Buster. I don't really mind if it isn't a box set but I like box sets. I don't why. I could just get each Barney mystery book on its own I suppose. I will look on ebay good suggestion : ) : ) : ) : ).
January 16, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi, does anybody know where I can find a box set of the Barney R Mysteries? I looked on amazon for one but they only seem to sell single books, and they didn't seem to have them all either. Is there a box set of the Mystery books available, as well? Thank you. : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: I've seen a box set of the Mystery Series on Amazon and even on Ebay, Evie. As for the Barney Series, you could try looking on Ebay too.
January 15, 2015 - Evie M says: Thank you, Buster dear : ) it is a mix of brilliant, fantastic and fabulous. I cannot describe EB's books using any one normal word because they are so good- so I made one up! : ) : ).
January 15, 2015 - Evie M says: Haha : ) I remember being gutted when I discovered EB wasn't alive : '( luckily, she wrote so many books it isn't THAT bad that she can't write anymore if you know what I mean (although of course it would be lovely if she could) and we have all the fan fiction to read. I like EB's main series books, but her others were all brilliantasticilous as well (new word I made up) I like House at the Corner very much, my favourite in that book is the twins : ).
Buster says... Buster says: I like your new made up word, Evie. I'm wondering how to pronounce it in woofs!
January 14, 2015 - Paul says: To children, death isn't forever, so I can understand the confusion in some messages here about the reality of Enid's death. Thank you to the moderators for dealing so gently with them.
Buster says... Buster says: I think it's more a case of everyone thinking that Enid is still alive because they can buy her books!
January 14, 2015 - Evie M says: In the Valley of Adventure, when they are in the forest and need a rope to pull the bags up the tree, Jack has one and it says that he nearly always had one tied round his waist. This has never been mentioned before, and I find it a bit unbelievable since people don't normally tie ropes round their waist. I just thought I would point this out because it bugs me every time I read the book. : ).
Buster says... Buster says: In some of Enid's bother books, Evie, one or two of the boys, had a rope tied around their waist in case they were needed. I guess Enid always put this idea into her books to make the adventure flow. Whether or not boys did that in Enid's day, I've no idea.
January 14, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes, it does seem a little odd because the man Bill was based on someone who asked to be called Bill Smugs in the books (I read that on the EB society website) so I don't know why Enid only called him that for the first book.
January 14, 2015 - Stephen Isabirye says: Evie M. , I think Enid Blyton should have stuck with the name, "Bill Smugs," after all isn't it Jack (or is it Philip? ) who says that he would continue to call Bill Cunningham, "Bill Smugs." The name, "Bill Smugs" has a James Bondish appeal.
Buster says... Buster says: I agree, Stephen. But he was a 'secret agent' of sorts.
January 13, 2015 - Evie M says: I think maybe they never called him that because he had always been Bill to them. It's funny, when they refer to him as Bill Smugs I feel like it's the real Bill but when they call him Bill Cunningham it seems like it's someone else, even though it's the other way round, : ) : ).
January 13, 2015 - Evie M says: Because Bill married Allie, does that make him the children's step-father?
Buster says... Buster says: I thought it did!
January 13, 2015 - Evie M says: They are more than excellent, Fatty, they are brilliantasticus! (mix of brilliant, fantastic and fabulous).
January 13, 2015 - Evie M says: Although Enid isn't around anymore, Pamela Cox has written some excellent continuation books for St Clares, Malory Towers and Naughtiest Girl, you might want to try those if you haven't already. And she did write hundreds of books, so there's always some you haven't read! (I've still got plenty more to go) : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: I can recommend them. As you say, Evie, they are excellent.
January 13, 2015 - ADITI VIDYA ADDU VIDDU says: I love Enid Blyton's collection. I have all Malory Towers, ST Clare's and Naughtiest Girl collection. They are my favourites. Can you please write more in Malory Towers, St Clare's and Naughtiest Girl collection? PLEASE? I love your FAMOUS FIVE and Secret Seven also.
Buster says... Buster says: Enid Blyton died on the 28th November, 1968, and so won't be able to write anymore excellent books.

Fatty says: Happily, Enid lives on through her wonderful books.
January 13, 2015 - ADITI VIDYA ADDU VIDDU says: I love Enid Blyton's collection. I have all Malory towers, ST clare's and Naughtiest girl collection.
January 13, 2015 - Laura says: This is in answer to Lily (2 January). I know that this is just a minor point, but it's been annoying me. In "The Aeroplane of Adventure" Bill and Allie are married. I quote from chapter one "The children were delighted, when one summer after a cruise through the Aegean sea, Bill had married Dinah and Philip's mother." She is also referred to as "Mrs Cunningham". So, no divorce!
Fatty says... Fatty says: How irritating. The sort of error I would make!
January 11, 2015 - Evie M says: Buster, I will always stick up for you : ) maybe try not to bark as much around Fatty if his ears are sensitive : ).
Buster says... Buster says: I'll do as you suggest, Evie.
January 11, 2015 - Evie M says: Buster's a dog, Fatty, he can't help it : ) : ) : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Thanks, for sticking up for me, Evie. My master has developed sensitive ears since he got older!!! Woof! Woof! Woof!!!
January 11, 2015 - Evie M says: Now I'm struggling to think of a good Adventure story! I don't know how E B could write ones with 28 chapters in them!
Daisy says... Daisy says: She had a brilliant imagination, Evie, and she knew what children wanted to read.
January 10, 2015 - Evie M says: Haha thanks : ) but I will wait to read the Find-Outer books before writing one myself. Then I will understand the characters better. My birthday is early next month and I have asked for them, and I love Enid Blyton so I will probably have finished the first book by the next morning. I am also hoping to write an Adventure story : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: You're going to be very busy then, Evie. Woof!

Fatty says: Buster! Stop barking!
January 10, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi, Tori. I hope you will have a go at writing a fanfiction as we all love reading them! I have got some tips for you- first, come up with an interesting place, such as a big house or caves with secret passages. Then think of a good name for the place that catches people's attention, like Banshee Towers does for example. Then, obviously, there needs to be some mystery about this place. Maybe strange people have been going to it lately? Something horrible happened there in the past? Peculiar noises there at night? Once you have an interesting place and a good mystery about it, think of good clues for the Find-Outers to find, some big and some small. Putting setbacks in the story while they are solving the case also makes the reader want to read on- maybe they find some clues that lead nowhere, or a locked door means they can't get into a place they need to? Also have some interesting suspects and witnesses- try and make it so the reader can guess who the culprit is, but at the same time it could be someone else. Putting in a big surprise also makes a good read - maybe lots of clues seem to point at one person, but then suddenly they discover a big clue that changes everything? Good luck with your story,and don't forget to put in good scenes with Mr Goon! : ).
Buster says... Buster says: You've almost written it yourself, Evie! Woof!

Fatty says: Sounds promising, Evie! Maybe you should write this one yourself!
January 9, 2015 - Tori says: I love how Buster answers messages! He is the best dog in the entire world. A big juicy bone for Buster! I would like to try and write a fanfiction about the Five Find-Outers AND DOG but it's really hard to try and think of all the details around a mystery! Has anyone got tips?
Buster says... Buster says: I am a very clever dog, as you can see, Tori. Woof! As for a fanfiction of the Find-Outers and myself, read all the books again in order and see if a mystery suddenly springs to your mind.
January 8, 2015 - Evie M says: I wish I could have done that!!!!!! I might start a new thread on the Talk About section called 'if you could write a letter to EB" it will be very interesting to see what people would ask her and so on. : ).
Buster says... Buster says: That's a very good idea, Evie.
January 8, 2015 - Evie M says: I wish she was still alive so she could see this website, and so I could write to her and tell her how I love her books. (sigh).
Buster says... Buster says: So do I, Evie. Enid used to reply to all the letters children used to send her too.
January 8, 2015 - Charlotte Horne says: Thank you Enid Blyton for writing so many books that inspire people! I can just never stop reading them! Other authors are just like you, they inspire people and make them want to read them again and again! Once again, thank you!
Buster says... Buster says: Enid would love your message, Charlotte. And it's lovely that Enid's books are still on sale and still available for all to read, but sadly Enid Blyton died on the 28th November, 1968.
January 8, 2015 - Manya says: Thanks, Buster :)
January 7, 2015 - Evie M says: Oh, and if anyone saw my post called 'Lucy-Ann is the worst character ever" I was very harsh in calling it that and I apologise to anybody who likes Lucy-Ann. I don't think that badly of her, I should have called it something else. Although I don't think she's a very GOOD character, I certainly don't think she's the worst one ever! After thinking it through, I realised I was being too harsh and she isn't that bad.
January 7, 2015 - Evie M says: I love Philip from the Adventure books : ) : ) If you read my latest post on the Adventure section you will know : ) : ) HE'S MY FAVOURITE EB CHARACTER EVER.
January 7, 2015 - Manya says: Hey again. I just wanted to know if in the fanfic for the Famous Five. It is mentioned that "Alf" was changed to "James" because his stepfather's name was also Alf short for Alfred. Was it just for the writer to connect his stepfather to the mystery( Alfred Bolo) or was it mentioned in the books earlier.? I really cant get to my books right now even though I have all of them. Travelling. : -).
Buster says... Buster says: In the original books 'Alf' was the boy who first looked after, Timmy, when he wasn't allowed into the house. A little later I think Enid mentioned him as James. I haven't read the fanfic for the Famous Five.
January 7, 2015 - Manya says: Hey guys. I just wanted to know the age group for the Barney Mysteries. Would they appeal to twelve year old reader (me)?? I am a big fan of Blyton and this site. And just wish we could have the freedom of roaming around the streets with disguises and solving mysteries. Ah,The fun they had. I love this message board! Its so fun and now buster and goon are replying too. : ) hoping to get replies from all of you. : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Glad you're enjoying the site, Manya. You would love the Barney Mysteries. Do give them all a read. Woof!
January 6, 2015 - Evie M says: Thanks, Buster! : ).
January 6, 2015 - Evie M says: Are the Barney Mysteries good?
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, I think they are, Evie. It's always best to read them in order, starting with The Rockingdown Mystery.
January 5, 2015 - Evie M says: OK xx maybe I could even write both? Love you Buster you're the best dog ever! Ps: do you know Scamper the spaniel by any chance?
Buster says... Buster says: I don't know him personally, but I have read the books that Scamper appears in.
January 5, 2015 - Evie M says: You know how I said I would have a go at an Adventure story? Well, you know how in Rockingdown Revisited by Sally Neary (it's on the fanfiction if you haven't read it) the characters are grown up and married with kids. I thought it might be interesting to write mine like that, where they are grown ups? What do you think? Would you like it more if it was normal? : ).
Buster says... Buster says: The choice is yours Evie. That's why we call the stories fanfiction. When Julie did her Find-Outers they were all retired. Why don't you try writing a chapter as children, then as adults and see which you feel most comfortable with. Just a thought! Woof!
January 5, 2015 - Evie M says: Hehe : ) glad to know I'm not the only one, that would be weird : ).
January 5, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi, I just wondered, EB books are so good that when I put one down it feels like I've come out of a dream or like I've been there watching the story happen lol : ) : ) does anyone else get that : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: Yes, I do all the time, Evie. I lose myself in an Enid Blyton book, and never want it to end.
January 4, 2015 - Tinky says: The Six Bad Boys is very good as well but you'd probably only get that second hand too.
January 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Thanks Daisy xx I might ask for 'Those Dreadful Children'- I've heard that's quite good.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Yes, it is a good book, Evie.
January 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Hi, it's my birthday in a few weeks and I am asking for loads of EB books! I got loads for Christmas but she has written so many there is always more to get! So far I want the books in the Secret Series and the Find-Outer books. I am really excited about getting them because then I will have two new series to read! Haha, I have already finished most of the Christmas ones because once you start an EB book it is practically impossible to put it down! Like if I have been reading one before bed and my mum makes me turn my light out I sometimes carry on reading with a torch because I want to know what happens next. (I hope my mum isn't reading this, lol).
Daisy says... Daisy says: I hope you get them, Evie. Also there are many stand alone books that Enid wrote, which I read as often as I can. The Boy Next Door and The Treasure Hunters are my favourites. But you can only buy those originals, second hand now. I hope you'll post on here when your birthday comes around so we can wish you a happy birthday, and you can tell us what books you were given.
January 3, 2015 - boo says: I really love EB books.
Daisy says... Daisy says: So pleased to hear it.
January 3, 2015 - Barathkumar says: I hope there will be a another book coming in the Five Find Outers series. I know Enid Blyton is no longer with us, but someone else can.
Buster says... Buster says: There are a few continuation books about The Five Find-Outers on the Enid Blyton Society website, but you have to join and become a member to be able to read these books.

Fatty says: If you take the time to click on the FanFic link, you will find some more tales from Peterswood.
January 3, 2015 - Evie M says: In the Castle of Adventure, Kiki says "I'm King of the castle. Pop goes the weasel! " and Jack says "You're getting a bit mixed." But how is Kiki getting mixed? It would have been mixed if she said Pop goes the castle, I'm king of the weasel, wouldn't it? (confused face).
Daisy says... Daisy says: Maybe Jack means that King of the Castle is one, nursery rhyme, and Pop goes the Weasel is another nursery rhyme. So they won't be in the same song. Just a thought, Evie.

Fatty says: The rhyme continues,
I'm the King of the castle, get down you dirty rascal...
January 3, 2015 - Evie M says: I really enjoy reading the fan fiction, there is some brilliant stuff on there. I feel so proud that my story is on there, I would love to write another. Buster, I love you as always, and Daisy and Fatty of course. Not so sure about poor Mr Goon- is he as grumpy as they saw he is? x : ).
Buster says... Buster says: He is a bit grumpy, Evie, but that's probably because I love to chase his ankles and that gets him a bit annoyed!
January 3, 2015 - Evie M says: THIS IS AN AWESOME WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Buster says... Buster says: So pleased you're enjoying it, Evie. I'm enjoying a juicy bone at the minute!!!!
January 2, 2015 - Evie M says: Maybe I've already started writing this Adventure story! (mysterious expression) I have always wanted to be a writer since my Gran bought me the Naughtiest Girl in the School years ago, then I asked my mum to buy me the next book but when she couldn't find it in the shop she brought home Malory Towers instead, I read both series! Then my aunt gave me a Famous Five book, so I bought all those too! Then she told me to read St Clare's and before I know it my bedroom is cluttered up with E B books! (I even bought my own typewriter so I would feel like Enid when I wrote, but I don't use it all the time) : ).
January 2, 2015 - Tinky says: Please do Evie, your Magic Faraway Tree one was great.
January 2, 2015 - Evie M says: I want to write an Adventure fanfic myself because I love the books : ) maybe I will : ) : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: I wish you luck with it then, Evie. Woof! Woof!
January 2, 2015 - Evie M says: Perhaps they got a divorce? I can't imagine that happening, but you never know.
Daisy says... Daisy says: It's a mystery!
January 2, 2015 - Lily says: I've been reading ''The Aeroplane of Adventure'' and I've noticed one thing that's wrong. At the top of the story it says that this story follows up ''The River of Adventure'' but in ''The Aeroplane of Adventure'' Bill and aunt Allie aren't married.!?
Daisy says... Daisy says: The Aeroplane of Adventure is only a fan-fic, Lily, and not a published book.
January 1, 2015 - Evie M says: Where's Tippylooloo, Fatty? : ).
Buster says... Buster says: My master is still relaxing in his shed, Evie, and trying on a few disguises. He wanted me to tell you that Tippylooloo, is a place he made up and doesn't exist. Woof! Woof!

Fatty says: You need to read
The Mystery of the Vanished Prince, Evie.
January 1, 2015 - Evie M says: Hello, I hope you are all having a lovely New Year's Day! xx : ).
Buster says... Buster says: I'm having a lovely day, chewing on a large bone! Woof! Woof!
January 1, 2015 - -evenstar- says: I don't know why it came in to my head but today I was looking through my books and found my old favourite book - the enchanted wood trilogy- hardcover printed in 1987 - flicking through it I noticed again that some of the pages were printed and put in the wrong way round. I wondered are there many copies with this error?
Buster says... Buster says: If this was an error by the printers, Evenstar, then I guess a few of the books went out into distribution in that way too. Woof!
December 31, 2014 - Gordi says: Does anyone know why Five on kirrin island again was printed twice in 1947? Many thanks Gordi.
Daisy says... Daisy says: I didn't know it was printed twice, Gordi. The book was published in 1947, maybe they did a re-run of more editions. I do know that the picture of the telescope on the dust jacket was the wrong way round and was corrected later.
December 31, 2014 - Evie M says: Gracious, since Buster and Daisy arrived I've seen no sign of Fatty! Is he on holiday? : ).
Buster says... Buster says: My master is still around, Evie. He's just relaxing in his shed. Woof! Woof!

Fatty says: I have been visiting friends in Tippylooloo and am grateful to Buster and others for helping out. I needed some peace and quiet in my shed upon my return.
December 31, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, would just like to wish you all a Happy New Year xx : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you, Evie. A Happy New Year to you to and everyone who visits this site. Woof! Woof!

Daisy says: Happy New Year everyone.
December 30, 2014 - Jonas Annear says: Enid Blyton, would I be allowed to make a movie out of your Faraway Tree books. I am only 10 so this would only be going to the friends that helped me make it and I'll try to make it as much like the book as I can. I love all of your books and ever since my mom read them to me, I've been wanting to make them into a movie. From Jonas.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Jonas, I'm glad you like the Faraway Tree books, and I'm sure Enid would love to hear that too if she were still alive. Enid Blyton died on the 28th November, 1968.
December 30, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, I was wondering if there was an Adventure book called the Airplane of Adventure because someone said they were reading it but I got the box set for Christmas and it wasn't there. Thanks!
Buster says... Buster says: There is a continuation story on this site in the Fan Fic section with the title The Aeroplane of Adventure, Evie. Maybe someone is reading that particular fan-fic. Woof! Woof!
December 29, 2014 - Aradhna says: I love reading the replies to comments from Buster, Daisy , Bets, Fatty and everyone else it's just amazing! Thank you so much for keeping the characters and stories alive! Much love to you all xx : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you, Aradhna, Woof! Woof! We all love to read what everyone has to say or ask about the books and Enid Blyton.

Daisy says: I agree with Buster. I too love to read everyone's comments and questions. Do please keep reading Enid's books and we'll try to answer as much as we can about her stories.
December 28, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, I was just wondering what counted as a child in Enid Blyton times, because in some books fifteen year olds are called children? Thanks : D.
Daisy says... Daisy says: When Enid wrote her books, Evie, children were classed as children, even at sixteen. Times were different in those days. These days, children grow up much quicker I think, and become young people in early teenage years. But I don't think it matters at what age you read Enid's books, whether you are a child, a young person, or an adult. They're all great stories and were well written by an author who knew what children wanted to read.
December 27, 2014 - Evie M says: Awwwww Buster, you're so cute! You're absolutely adorable! By the way, nah, Amelia Jane isn't really my favourite : ) But you're so sweet! Do you remember Ern's dog, I think his name was Bingo : ) : ).
Buster says... Buster says: Woof! I love being called, cute, Evie. Yes, I do remember Ern's dog, Bingo. I first met him when he ran at top speed out from the shed! Bingo appeared in the book The Mystery of Banshee Towers! Woof! Woof!
December 26, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, I got the Amelia Jane books for Christmas and have read them, they were really good but the only problem is that all the chapters were pretty much the same, to be honest, if you know what I mean. Merry Christmas.
Buster says... Buster says: Merry Christmas, Evie. So I take it the Amelia Jane books are not your favourite then! Woof, Woof!
December 24, 2014 - Lauren Tucker says: My grandmother went to St. Clare's in Cornwall, England 1935-1940. I've read these books when I was younger but always assumed it was the school my Grandma went to. Does anyone know what school the book St. Clare's is based on? Thanks in advance, Lauren.
Daisy says... Daisy says: St Clare's, where your grandmother attended, I believe was a school in Penzance, Lauren. I believe the school may now have a different name. As for Enid's stories of St Clare's, it may have just been a school in Enid's imagination, whether it was based roughly on a certain school, I do not know. Many writers use their 'artistic licence' on places and buildings they have seen or visited, and pop them into their stories.
December 24, 2014 - Julie@owlsdene says: So pleased to hear you have enjoyed my fanfics, Tinky.
December 24, 2014 - Tinky says: Hope you have a lovely new year too, Julie! And thanks again for your brilliant Five Find Outers fanfiction. I read it all over again yesterday!
December 24, 2014 - Julie@owlsdene says: I would like to wish everyone on Enid a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you, Julie. I too would like to wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and I hope you all have a lovely New Year. Woof! Woof!

Fatty says: Thank you, Julie. I second Buster's comment, and hope all of our contributors and readers have a lovely Christmas.
December 21, 2014 - Peter says: Hi All: It's really great to see Fatty, Bets, Buster, and now even Daisy and Mr Goon all replying to posting. I hope you will all read mine! I haven't posted for quite a while so I wish everyone compliments of the season and I hope you have a wonderful new year! Peter (From Australia).
Bets says... Bets says: It's good to have you back, Peter! Happy New Year to you too!

Daisy says: Compliments of the season to you too, Peter.
December 19, 2014 - Coo says: You are always welcome my dear friends :), and thank you so much for liking my post. I am so happy to read your replies. Oh Buster, you have told everyone about my post. You are a darling. And Daisy, I am always ready to read Enid's stories :). Thanks dear Fatty, and Gah! Mr Goon. P.S I love the way you say Gah! Seriously, your replies have made my day :).
Buster says... Buster says: So pleased that you are pleased, Coo. Woof! Woof!
December 18, 2014 - Coo says: Hey everyone, it is me Coo, one of the greatest fans of the Five Find Outers. I visit Enid Blyton's websites because she is my favourite writer. I have read her stories, and I must say that she was such a talented writer that I could go into all her stories due to her great imagination. And, about the Five Find Outers, they are my favourite. I love them so much. Oh! I have no words to explain my love for them, and especially Fatty. I am so EXCITED to see that now all of the Five Find Outers are here : -). I want to welcome all of you. And, of course my dear Buster and Mr Goon too. Waiting for your replies. Love you all : -).
Buster says... Buster says: What a wonderful post, Coo. And thanks so much for your warm welcome. You have summed up Enid Blyton's books perfectly. She had a great gift for taking her readers into the story. My tail is wagging non stop, knowing that we Find-Outers are your favourites. I'm just off around Peterswood to tell the others. Woof! Woof!

Daisy says: Thank you, Coo. As Buster says, great post. Buster couldn't wait to tell me what he had just read. Keep reading, Coo, and don't forget to read some of Enid's other fabulous stories.

Fatty says: Coo - lovely post! Thank you.

Mr Goon says: Gah!
December 17, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, I read the comments on the names in my story. The reason I used the new names is because I thought it might not be put on the site if I used the old names. If you are an older reader, you will know why the names were changed.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I realised that you probably wanted continuity with the newest publications, Evie. Using the original names wouldn't have made any difference to us uploading your story, though. I *am* an 'older reader', and I seen no reason why the names were changed. Aunt Fanny was changed to Aunt Margaret in the CCF films back in the 1950s - when Enid was still writing FF books! So there is nothing new in meddling with Enid's character's names!
December 16, 2014 - Paul says: Even if Enid had wanted to write "grittier" stories like some childrens' authors in Continental countries were doing, I doubt that it would have gotten past the British censors. Whenever anyone criticises Enid for painting a "too good to be true" picture of the world, they should be reminded that this was an era of heavy censorship and control.
Buster says... Buster says: What makes you think she wanted to write 'grittier' stories? Grrrrr!
December 16, 2014 - Julie@owlsdene says: Hey, Pete, less of the 'old'. (hehehe).
Buster says... Buster says: Julie, 'old' never!! Woof! Woof!!
December 15, 2014 - Pete says: Thanks a million, Daisy, I can't believe I missed that! Good old Julie!!
Bets says... Bets says: What a darling she is!
December 15, 2014 - Mehul says: I had began to read The Wrong Land but stopped. Why did Evie use Joe, Frannie and Beth? Really, have Blyton fans also started using the new names? (really annoyed).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Joe, Frannie and Beth are the updated names for Jo, Fanny and Bessie in the series. I imagine Evie used the publishers preferred names to avoid confusion with new readers. There was, in my opinion, no need to change the names in the first place, but the dastardly deed has been done. Evie's story is a very good one, so take a tolerance pill and carry on reading it!
December 15, 2014 - Pete says: Mmmm "Mr Goon Finds Love." anyone brave enough to take on that fanfic? I can only think of Julie at a push!!!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Julie has touched on this fanfic, Pete. Take a look at Fatty & Co in Retirement, on this site, number seven story - Just An Ordinary Sunday Afternoon - and you'll see that Mr Goon did find love and had an offspring!
December 14, 2014 - Farwa says: Wow! Daisy is here too? How lovely! She's my favourite Find-Outer!
Daisy says... Daisy says: I'm so pleased to hear that, Farwa.
December 14, 2014 - Nigel says: If Goon did find a woman, I am sure she would have been an unpaid housekeeper. There wouldn't be much love in the relationship, I am certain! I hesitate to say too much, as Goon is now on the team!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Poor old Goon, unloved by many!!
December 10, 2014 - Paul says: Avinash: I'd like to think that Goon did find a woman that would love and take care of him and did marry, post series. Even after what he'd done, he was still sympathetic to the reader as Enid made it clear that he "was naughty, but wasn't bad" to quote the Amelia Jane stories.
December 10, 2014 - TG says: 'Barb' (Dec. 2nd, 2014) asked for a story title. Most of the Enid Blyton short tales that we can recall were usually lifted from her 'Sunny Stories' magazines. 'The Three Sailors' has John, Mary, and their friend Tony holidaying by the sea and, naturally, they want to experience a boat ride. Their party-pooper dad refuses to hire a vessel for them so Granny suggests they play around in an upturned table. They do. It's a hot day. They feel sleepy. The waves are just over there. The tide changes. And so on. 'Enid Blyton's Gay Story Book' has an excellent Soper illustration whilst the Sandle Bros edition, which features the tale in one whole book, has the usual un-credited artist whose pictures could be considered as 'not bad. ' At least they're in colour. Readers could be forgiven for thinking the original SS pictures (Marjorie Thorp) were by Hilda McGavin who illustrated the 'Wishing Chair' because there's an uncanny resemblance between the artists' work. In one short story (The Goblin Aeroplane), Hugh and Jill are standing apprehensively behind a chimney as a strange aircraft approaches them. Contrast this with Peter and Mollie (Wishing Chair) hiding behind a door as the Snoogle enters.
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you for the information, TG. Much appreciated. Woof! Woof!
December 10, 2014 - Paul says: I wondered if Enid was ever approached to write a TV series adaption of one of her works, but then I remember that the BBC hated her until the mid-fifties and she probably saw the new ITV as beneath her.
Fatty says... Fatty says: As far as I know, Enid wasn't asked to write anything for television. I think,it is unusual for an author to script-write adaptations of their work. As to her views on Independent Television, I have no idea. It looks to me as if you might have answered your own question, Paul.
December 10, 2014 - Avery Belle says: Greetings. Question for Buster , Are you a dog or a human?
Buster says... Buster says: If you read the Find-Outer books, Avery Belle, you will know that I am a dog, belonging to Fatty. And I'm so intelligent, I can read and write! Woof! Woof!
December 9, 2014 - Avinash Machado says: A question for Mr Goon. Why did you never get married? Maybe if you were married you would have been less cranky.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Are you proposing?
December 9, 2014 - Paul says: I wonder. Now that we have Mr Goon from the ranks of the antagonists answering questions, can Susie and Binkie be far behind?
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Who are you calling an antagonist, toad of a boy? I have enough on my plate with the Find-Outers to keep in order. There is no possibility of having the Secret Seven antagonists here as well. Maybe we could have the Six Bad Boys along - you'd fit in well with them, and I'd lock the lot of you up in the cells where you belong......Gah!
December 8, 2014 - Jenny says: My collection of Enid Blyton books are my prized possession. I learnt to read with the Famous Five series, and my entire collection takes over four shelves of my book shelving. Everytime I see a Blyton book for sale I HAVE to buy it! Even though I grew out of them a long long time ago, they still make a good read!
Buster says... Buster says: I don't think any of us can outgrow Enid Blyton books, Jenny. And I'm so pleased to hear how proud you are of your collection of Blyton's. I do hope you enjoy reading about The Find-Outers too. The Find-Outer books are my favourite, because I'm in them. Woof! Woof!
December 6, 2014 - Paul says: Most people don't seem to realise on first reading of the St Clare's series that the O'Sullivan twins are Irish (I know the name ought to have been a clue). It disappoints me that this is brought up on page 1 of the first book, in a mention of their ‘Irish lilts', and never touched on again. Since they go to school in England, live within driving distance of London and don't have any Irish speech patterns, it's not surprising, but it'd be nice to get a mention now and then.
Buster says... Buster says: I don't see that it matters at all! One mention is enough. Their Irish background has nothing to do with the story. The story would be spoilt if Enid had kept mentioning they were Irish! By the way, my name is Buster, and I'm a dog! How boring would that be if I kept mentioning it!

Mr Goon says: I could do with a Guinness....
December 5, 2014 - Eddie Muir says: Great to read replies from Buster and Mr Goon. Welcome to the site! I look forward to hearing more from both of you.
Buster says... Buster says: Woof woof!

Fatty says: Lovely to hear from you again, Eddie; it's been quite a while!
December 5, 2014 - Farwa says: Wow - the message board is going to become very amusing and enjoyable with the addition of Buster the dog and Mr Goon! Welcome, both of you, and Mr Goon, be wary now - Buster may be at your heels this minute! : -).
Buster says... Buster says: You're not wrong there, Farwa.
December 5, 2014 - Nigel says: Maybe the passing of time has mellowed both Buster's energetic ankle-snapping and PC Goon's intolerance of Peterswood children! As Pete says, it is good to see that Fatty and Bets have been joined by other residents of the village.
Buster says... Buster says: Nice to hear from you, Nigel. But please don't underestimate my energetic ankle-snapping. I may be ageing now, but I'm still able to chase Mr Goon's ankles and enjoy it!
December 5, 2014 - Pete says: May I extend a very warm welcome to Buster and Mr Goon. I think it is very good of you to give up your time to answer questions from enthusiastic Enid Blyton fans from all over the world. It's not often you see Mr Goon and Buster in harmony, working together! Best Wishes Pete.
Buster says... Buster says: Thanks very much for your warm welcome, Pete. It is much appreciated. I can't stop my tail from wagging. It's such fun being off the lead and being able to run around Peterswood, especially when I see Mr Goon heading in my direction! Happy Days!
December 4, 2014 - Stephen Isabirye says: On November 20, 2014, Paul asked, "Did Enid have any veterans as characters? " Yes, in The Children at Green Meadows, Daddy is a crippled veteran of war, (presumably World War II). I liked the way Enid handled the psychological effects of war on veterans such as Daddy, that includes various treatments on him that seem not to work. This socio-psychological analysis of the effects of war on this veteran could just as well have been taken out of a page on later major wars such as those of Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf. Without spoiling the end of the book, all ends well for Daddy.
Buster says... Buster says: Thank you for your input on this question, Stephen. Socio-psychological was rather a long word for a dog to read, but I did manage it.
December 4, 2014 - Fatty says: My friends in Peterswood have felt for a while now that I might need some help in sorting through your comments and messages. I thereby welcome little Buster - who has been envious of the Society's Barney in answering posts - into our fold. Unfortunately, Goon caught wind of it and has insisted on joining the team as well.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Gah! Toad of a boy - lording it over all of you.

Buster says: Better watch out now, Mr Goon. My master has allowed me off the lead to run around Peterswood!
December 3, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, I think I will write a Naughtiest Girl story, I like that series. Evie.
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, I love that series too, Evie M. Time I read those books again, I think, between chewing on the odd bone!
December 2, 2014 - Barb says: I'm trying to remember a story in which the children fell asleep on the beach on an upturned table. The tide came in and they floated on the water. Can anyone help?
Buster says... Buster says: Sorry, I can't help on that one! Can anyone else help?
December 1, 2014 - JJAYS says: Http: // hey slow down what about the 2 short stories they could be the missing books Good luck JJAYS.
PC Goon says... PC Goon says: Gah! You built up my hopes by saying Buster was off his food. How about an apology first!
December 1, 2014 - June E says: No problem at all Fatty and JJAYS. It hadn't occurred to me that readers would associate Buster with a Enid Blyton dog's name. However I am pretty sure that EB never called any of the dogs in her stories 'Darwin' so I hope this change will avoid any further confusion. Thanks for reading my story JJAYS.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And a grand story it is too, June. Well done!
December 1, 2014 - Fatty says: Re the post below, please refer to my additional comments! Apologies to June for JJAYS' error. Sorry for doubting you, June.
November 30, 2014 - JJAYS says: After they had finished eating and drinking, Janet explained about Buster. Etc what the heck no way its scamper 6 times or so they say buster plaease change theta thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: How did we miss this one? June must have veered into Peterswood for a moment. Thanks for letting us know. We will get our team onto the mystery of the mis-named dog immediately.

Fatty also says: JJays - it's you that needs to sharpen up! Buster is the guinea pig, not the dog!

Inspector Jenks says: To avoid confusion, I've been requested at a high level (very hush-hush) to change Buster the guinea pig's name to Darwin. This change is effective immediately. That is all.
November 29, 2014 - Tinky says: Oh yes Evie - you did occur to me when June said her niece liked Colin, but then I forgot to ask, so thanks : ) : ).
November 28, 2014 - Evie M says: Thanks, Tinky. I very much enjoyed writing the story, so I hope you enjoyed reading it! I chose to start with the Faraway Tree as you can write some very short stories about it, but maybe I will do some full length novels, like June. Oh, and I will just admit that June is my auntie, and when it said she wrote it because her niece likes Colin and hates Pater, that niece is me, lol! I read her story when she first wrote it and I thought it was very good.
November 27, 2014 - June E says: Thanks for the nice comments Tinky!
November 27, 2014 - Tinky says: Thanks Evie, thanks June, I love reading new fanfiction. Both stories captured Enid's characters very well and June's story had some tense moments!
November 27, 2014 - Keith Robinson says: Hello everyone! In a rare update to the website, there are now two brand new stories added to the Fan Fiction pages. The first is a short story by Evie M, The Wrong Land, featuring the characters from the Faraway Tree series. The second is a full-length novel by June E, The Secret Seven Split Up. Thank you, Evie and June, and please send more when you get time!
November 23, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, can I recommend the mystery series by Helen Moss? They are very good and are like Blyton in that the children have adventures and solve mysteries, but they are written in a different style, modern and with much more humour. Please try them everyone, you will be amazed!!! : D.
November 22, 2014 - Glynjohn says: I have bought the Faraway tree for my 8 year old granddaughter and I would like buy it in audio form for her to improve her reading. It is almost impossible to buy one except from Australia at a ridiculous price. I am very disappointed to not get one in the UK. A UK author and Kate Winslet an UK actress. Do you have any suggestions please. No Amazon or iTunes please, they are too restrictive. Thank you.
Bets says... Bets says: Sorry, Glynjohn - other than Amazon, there are very few options. Have you tried looking on eBay? Hopefully someone in the UK might be selling.
November 21, 2014 - Joanna says: The Famous Five books are kind of a fail because the ages don't work if you read the books in order.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Timelines are discussed here. I don't see it as a fail, for if they aged in real-time, there would have only been about six books!
November 20, 2014 - Paul says: Did Enid have any military veterans as characters?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, I imagine they'd be Boar War and WWI fighters. Can't think of any...
November 17, 2014 - Evie M says: It's OK, Fatty. Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're welcome.
November 17, 2014 - Evie M says: Well, the first book I got was updated. It had a green front cover and cartoon drawings. It was called 'The Faraway Tree- 3-in-1'. It had all the books except the picture one. That book included the chapter I told you about, where they are turned into toys. The book I have just bought has a blue front cover and is called the 'Faraway Tree Collection'. It also has al the books apart from the picture one. But in that book, there is no chapter where they get turned into toys and visit Santa Claus. That is why I was puzzled.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Land of Toys is chapter 13 in The Magic Faraway Tree. It can be found on page 274 of the The Faraway Tree Collection, although this book is slightly abridged in this volume. I have checked my original copy and the story is in that as well. Sorry I can't be of further help, Evie.
November 16, 2014 - Evie M says: I have recently bought the original version of the Faraway Tree, because I only had the updated version before. The print and illustrations are lovely and old fashioned, so I was very pleased. However, in my updated version there is a chapter where the children and their friends go to the Land of Toys, get arrested, and are turned into toys. They then get a rabbit to drive them to Santa Claus' castle so he can put them right. But that part was not in the original version I bought. Does anybody know anything about it? : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: The titles are: The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree - with a one-off picture story book, Up the Faraway Tree. Which one have you bought?
November 14, 2014 - Tinky says: No, Evie, you are a good fan - I only got 30 when I first did it but I love Enid Blyton!
November 14, 2014 - Kunal says: Great author... Reading books of her since 5 and seeing (and enjoying) Noddy since I was 2 months old.
Bets says... Bets says: Good to know Blyton has been a part of your life since you were so young! :-)
November 13, 2014 - Evie M says: Hehe, I just got 31 out of 50 in the quiz. Is that bad? Does it mean I'm not a good Enid Blyton fan, or anything? : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm sure it doesn't!
November 12, 2014 - Evie M says: Thanks, Tinky. I hope you will like it. (Give my love to Tinky the Koala ; )) I am also going to write lots more, hopefully. I am planning to think of a way to include some of the find outers in the story. But you will have to wait and see how they come in!
November 11, 2014 - Tinky says: Oh goodo Evie! I was HOPING it would go on there, can't wait to read it.
November 11, 2014 - Evie M says: I was told that my story would be put on the fan fiction page, but I looked and it wasn't there. How come it isn't there, because Fatty said he read it? : /.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't have to wait until it goes on the site before reading things! It will appear, just have patience.
November 11, 2014 - Farwa says: I hope it's resolved soon, although the sound of a spam attack from China seems interesting!
November 11, 2014 - The Enid Blyton Society says: As you will be aware, we've been having endless problems with the site since the beginning of November. Although at first glance it appears to be working fine, you'll find anything database-driven is mysteriously missing. Please bear with us while the server host sorts out a massive and repeated spam attack from China. We've been told it should be resolved "very soon". .
November 10, 2014 - Evie M says: Hi, everyone! Guess what! Keith Robinson says he is going to publish my story on the fan fiction page! Look out for it- it's about the Faraway tree and it's called 'The Wrong Land'. I'm not sure when it will be on the site, maybe in a few days. I hope you all like it! : D.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have read it and love it! Well done, Evie; it's a great story.
November 9, 2014 - Fatty says: The Society Forums are still down, but our webmaster is aware and is still working on the problem/solution with the host server. Any updates will appear on our Facebook page as and when we get them. There is also some discussion here .
November 8, 2014 - Evie M says: I read somewhere that they are making a Faraway Tree movie for DVD. I hope they do, because I have always wanted to see it on screen! Has anyone else heard anything about it? Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Try Googling.
November 8, 2014 - Shriya says: Hi Fatty , I have read the Adventure , Famous 5 , Malory Towers , Secret 7 , Secret , St Clares , Barney , 5 Find Outers , The young adventures and the Family series. Can you recommend me any other series or book by Enid Blyton.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I should take a look at the reviews and summaries above. A stand alone title could be good, such as Six Bad Boys.
November 8, 2014 - Pete says: May I ask why has this site not been affected by the problems? Please don't get too technical! Best Wishes Pete.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Keith could answer this, but I would imagine it was because we do not get the affix that the Enid Blyton Society Website gets.
November 7, 2014 - Evie M says: My Faraway Tree fanfiction story is almost done, hopefully I will be able to send it in soon. I am also planning to write some more, and maybe a Secret Seven story. But Faraway Tree is my favourite. I won't write any FFO stories because I am not very familiar with them and anyway I know there is already quite a lot of FFO stories on the site already, I have read the first one and it was very good. : ).
November 6, 2014 - Fatty says: Our sister site, the Enid Blyton Society, is experiencing server problems at present, and the forums are down and the website isn't behaving as normal. Our webmaster is trying to solve the issues and hopefully progress will be made soon in restoring the site to its former glory.
November 5, 2014 - Tinky says: Go for it Evie, I will keep my eye out as I enjoy reading the fan fiction.
November 5, 2014 - Evie says: Thank you, Fatty. I am working on a faraway tree story, Secret Seven story and maybe a poem.
November 5, 2014 - Paul says: Were there any gender swap stories written by Enid? One quite interesting fantasy series that has a gender swap as a major plot point was L. Frank Baum's original Oz series. Book #2 involves a young boy who gets involved in a quest to find a missing princess who was kidnapped as a baby by a witch. It turns out that the guilty witch is none other than the adoptive mother of the boy. Glinda interrogates the witch and forces her to divulge what she did with the princess. The witch reveals that she transformed the princess."into what? " "a boy". So the book ends with the protagonist being told that he must return to his true form, the aforementioned princess. By book #3, she's the most bouncy, bubbly, frilly pink girly-girl in the entire universe. So she's a girl who used to be a boy who used to be a girl. Fun.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It doesn't sound very 'Blyton' to me, so I wouldn't have thought so, although I couldn't say for sure. I have moved your post from Talk About Blyton, as I don't think we need a new thread devoted to it.
November 4, 2014 - Evie says: What is Keith Robinson's email address? I clicked on the email link but it asked me to create a Microsoft account or something.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, there seems to be a problem with the link. Nothing happens at all when I click on it. I will try to solve the mystery. Meanwhile, the address is
October 31, 2014 - Evie says: Hi, how can I post some stories on the fan fiction page? I like writing stories so please tell me, thanks so much.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Use the email link at the top of the page, and submit your story to Keith. Incidentally, general enquiries should be posted to the Message Board, not to our Talk About Section.
October 31, 2014 - Moon Face says: I've just discovered this website by accident while trying to get my grandchildren interested in Enid Blyton books. It's great to see there are other adults as crazy as me about Enid Blyton.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There are plenty of us, some more crazy than others! Check out the Enid Blyton Society too.
October 25, 2014 - Jules says: Hello, my brother Dan is 50 soon. When he was born I was reading an Enid Blyton story about a gnome called Diggitty Dan. To this day our Dan is known as Digs. Does anyone know which collection this story was in? I would love to find it. Have Googled and searched on Enid Blyton Society website but no luck Thank you.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sorry, it's a new one on me. Have you asked on the Enid Blyton Society Message Board? Someone may be able to help.
October 19, 2014 - Faraway Fairy says: I've read all Enid's adventure books but am not so "up" on her poetry. Did she ever write a short one about Halloween?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not to my knowledge, but someone else might know differently!
October 8, 2014 - Ana says: Hallo there, Fatty and Bets! I'm glad that I've finished all the Enid Blyton books! Is there a book you could think of that I most probably haven't read? Or any other books similar to Enid Blyton's? I'd be most obliged if you could suggest something. : ) Cheers, Ana.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I am sure you haven't read all of Enid's books! Check out our series links above.
October 7, 2014 - Farwa says: The "Secret Seven" series would be a good choice, Shiby - if you haven't read it already!
September 30, 2014 - shiby says: I am going to finish both Famous Five and the Five Find Outers and dogs series. Fatty can you recommend a series by Enid Blyton which is the next best after these two.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We have all of the series near the top of the page. Why not click on the links and decide for yourself?
September 30, 2014 - Farwa says: There should be a section to start topics related to short stories on this website. There are sections for Famous Five, Secret Seven, and other popular series, but there is not any section for Enid's short stories. Please make one, as I think that many people would want such a section.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You can post under the Unlisted section.
September 21, 2014 - Haieda says: I'm a Bachelor of Applied Linguistics student who's planning to write a term paper regarding culture and translation so could anyone please recommend me a title of one of Enid Blyton's books which really shows the 'setting of 1940s until 1960s in Britain'. Hope to get reply as soon as possible. Thanks a lot.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Five Find-Outers' titles are set in post-war England and give an example of village life. Six Bad Boys is a fine stand-alone title that might be worth a try. Why not take a look at the books on this site - there are reviews and plot summaries - just click on the individual boxes to select a series. There is also a wealth of information on the Enid Blyton Society website. You could also ask your question on the Society forums, but you will have to register first to be able to post.
August 29, 2014 - George says: Hello! I just found this site today and I just love to see that Blytons fans are able to talk to you two Fatty and Bets. I am simply CRAZY about Enid Blyton's books. Can anyone tell me whether there is a site where I can read Blyton's books online for free. I've surfed alot but can't find any such site. There are available here in U. A. E but ofcourse I can't buy ALL the books and I want to read them. So can anyone help?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Only shoplifters can read Enid's books for free. They are still under copyright so not yet in the public domain. However, you can find copies relatively cheaply in second-hand shops or online.
August 28, 2014 - Jane Rose says: I remember an Enid Blyton hardback book from the 50's or 60's with a picture on the front of children sliding down a helter-skelter. The book was, I think, a collection of short stories. I would love to replace the book but do not know the name. Is there any chance of finding out?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anyone help?
August 23, 2014 - Abhinav k.p says: I would like to do for her books! they are so amazing! I wish if I had any adventure like that! I have read many books of her and wants to read more! but it's nowhere to be found! And I believe that I am her greatest fan because I love her books more than anything!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think I know what you mean...
August 21, 2014 - Paul says: There was a really good book that I wish had actually been written by Enid, where mystery solving children in wartime England receive messages from British East Africa through a short-wave receiver/transmitter and their contact in Africa goes by the name Richard the Lionheart.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I guess 700+ books was a pretty good score, Paul. Sounds a good story though. Title and name possible?
August 19, 2014 - muskan says: I love Enid Blyton novels and simply enjoy reading them. I just want its complete set but cant find it in Nigeria. My favorite character is bets simply love her.
Fatty says... Fatty says: That would certainly be a very large set!
August 16, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Hello! Fatty and bets! What happens in the Ship of Adventure?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Read the book and find out! [rolls eyes]
August 1, 2014 - S. Wolf says: Agreed with those who disapprove of the revisionists. The rights to publish these novels should be stripped from firms which indulge in such unnecessary political correctness and given to those who show respect for the source material. It's the same sort of nonsense which had me ignore a recent American tv series because the network had issued a press release stating that, though it was set in the early 60s - when many (most? ) smoked like chimneys - there would be no sign of anyone doing so (even by adding harmless CGI cigarette smoke) because they disapproved of the habit and didn't want to be seen as encouraging it. Orwell would be proud.
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!
July 7, 2014 - Fathi says: Hi there, Fatty and Bets. I wonder if Larry, Daisy and Pip are fine. I wanted to know which bookstore first published the edition of the Five Find Outers and I also wanted to know where I could get character pictures of the Five Find Outers and Buster.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Let me now when you find out.
July 4, 2014 - Farwa says: True Nigel - Wikipedia does give plots away - it's a pity they didn't approve of your writing the right thing - that there was a spoiler.
Bets says... Bets says: There's a reason most institutions block access to Wikipedia!

Fatty says: I didn't know that, Bets. Good to see you in the office!
July 4, 2014 - Nigel Rowe says: Wikipedia is a strange creature. I edited a "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" page, just by adding "Plot Spoiler Alert" where a significant part was given away - such as the name of the murderer. I had an email back telling me in no uncertain terms not to do this in the future. Apparently, I had committed a serious Wiki crime. Ridiculous.
July 3, 2014 - Paul says: I got some people at Wikipedia to finally improve the mess that was Enid's article there. Although they disagreed with me about putting more examples of modern-day revisions, saying that would be "point of view" and "undue weight" and other Wikipedia crimes.
June 29, 2014 - Claire M. Dunne says: Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me locate a particular Enid Blyton title. It's a present for someone (and was actually the first book he ever read! ) so I really want to make sure I get the correct one. I think it was in the Famous Five series and the book opens with a car break down. It possibly has Moor in the title. All help greatly appreciated! Thanks, Claire.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, the only title including 'moor' is Five Go To Mystery Moor, but I can't recall a car breaking down. The Five do go off to moorland in Five Go Off to Camp, starting the journey in their teacher, Mr Luffy's car - but I don't recall it breaking down. In Five Get Into a Fix, the car behaves strangely on descending a hill, 'it felt as thought the brakes were on and no matter how hard the driver pressed the accelerator, the car only crawled along.' Have a look here to see the synopses of the titles, Claire.
June 14, 2014 - Lori says: Hello there, Fatty and Bets! I am currently reading the Divine Comedy, which was written by an Italian poet named Dante Alighieri in the 1300s. I've read in several places that many artists and writers have created pieces based on it, so I wonder if Enid ever wrote anything like that, too? I know it seems unlikely, but I was just thinking. Also, in your fanfic story 'Turbulent Waters', a word in its penultimate paragraph is misspelled, so it reads 'pasted away ten minutes ago' rather than 'passed'.
June 9, 2014 - Jeremy says: It is a shame when they leave the setting in the 1950s (most people without cars) yet remove fundamental elements of that era, like corporal punishment. I also think it amusing to refer to "two pound coins" yet clearly there are no computers or mobile phones (and a stray reference to shillings is left). Whoever is doing this updating is not very consistent.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It is absurd. This has been discussed in length on the Enid Blyton Society forums.

Bets says: It is indeed a great pity. If you're going to do something wrong, at least do it right, but it seems the people behind the updates are not very good at their job.

Fatty says: "If you're going to do something wrong, at least do it right." Love it!
June 9, 2014 - Jeremy says: I see that the Mystery series and Malory Towers/St Clares books are now available as ebooks, but am somewhat surprised to find that someone has rewritten them to remove references to physical punishment of any description (Mr Goon and Ern regarding the "pome" Fatty wrote in Ern's "portry" book is an obvious example). Who has done this?
Fatty says... Fatty says: The publishers have been updating the books for many years now, removing words that range from what is considered today to be offensive or old-fashioned.
June 9, 2014 - Adil Iqbal says: What age group is Secret Seven for? Is it suitable for teenagers?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would say 6-90+
June 8, 2014 - Ashok says: Did Enid Blyton write any book in first person?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, good question. Anyone know?
June 6, 2014 - Enid Blyton Boy says: Hi Fatty and Bets, I was wondering how to play Enid Blyton's game 'woo-hoo-colly-wobbles'. It features in her book 'The Mystery of the Spitful Letters' And I was wondering I anybody had made some rules to fit the game so I can play it with my brothers and sisters. Thanks EBB.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Maybe one of our older viewers might know?
June 3, 2014 - Zena says: Hello, I am a huge Enid Blyton Fan, especially the Popular Rewards Books. Are these in ebook format at all for purchase?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Check online for available titles. Amazon have several in their Kindle store.
June 3, 2014 - Alicia says: Although it's a little (okay, very) late, in response to Lady's question, I've only ever read versions of Malory Towers that were printed in or after 2000 (at least, I don't think I've read any versions form before that seeing I was only born in 1996 and by the time I started reading them, the '90s versions of Blyton books were considered old-fashioned in appearance). In any case, I only remember an Emily enjoying sewing in the series, not a Janet, which may be odd because I'm fairly certain it was not a '90s version of the book judging by the cover. Also, by Angela/Amanda, do you mean the sports-obsessed girl who was intent on entering the Olympics? If so then I think the name changes may have occurred for stylistic purposes? I feel as if an Amanda or an Emily would be a little out of place in a story set in the '40s? They really don't seem like the sort of names Blyton usually gives her characters either ( compare it with names like Bethany, Patricia, Gladys, Hilary, Janet/Jane, Alicia, etc. Which strike me as more "traditional") This is pure speculation on my part so please don't take my word on this. Does anyone know if their names were originally Amanda and Emily (? ), because I suspect their names were changed to those and then changed back to capture the essence of the novel. There's no real reason to change names unless they've somehow become derogatory or offensive in this day and age, like the term Fanny has become.
May 31, 2014 - Hammy says: I found this site few weeks ago and I am delighted to know that there is a site dedicated to Blytonians! Simply smashing! I have noticed that under "Other Blytons", some novels have yet to have their description and synopsis posted, though other novels of the same series have. I was just wondering, do you want me to send you summaries of the novels that I own but are still not up on the website? I'll read how the synopsis is written and follow closely to the style. That is, if you don't mind an outsider (someone who did not create the website) contributing.
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you like this site, you'll love the Enid Blyton Society website! Have a good look around. You will also find (in the Cave of Books) a much more comprehensible summary and review of many (if not most) of Enid's books. Any queries concerning adding reviews for this site, should be sent to Keith Robinson, via our email link, which can be found near the top of the page.
May 30, 2014 - Ravi says: Hey! I am gone crazy about the St Clares novel series, And too much happy about the continuation series. Will that series be continued further? I will be happy I i would be able to see a reply. Sorry about the grammar,.
May 27, 2014 - Paul says: Blyton's actually fertile ground for study. Part of her attitudes are because of the times she lived in - the attitude towards oikish commoners ("horrid common voice") and the Merry Olde England/British Empire nostalgia for example, while other problematic things are probably just her reproducing things that were said to her.
May 26, 2014 - John Loftly says: I LOVE Enid Blytons books!!! Can some one write more books about the Famous Five or another kind of series like that?
Fatty says... Fatty says: They have! Check out Fan Fiction on our site.
May 21, 2014 - Dreamer says: In response to Jemarie about dogs and chocolate; Enid herself had a dog so I believe that she was completely aware of what she was writing. And just to prevent any arguments: both chocolate and sugar are harmful for dogs only in excessive quantities! Chocolate does not cause any blindness - as some people claim - in dogs. Dogs just like humans can actually eat something that contains sugar, but in considerable quantities! And as you mentioned in your comment, George gave Timmy some of her chocolate ice cream. ; ).
May 18, 2014 - John Chadwick says: I'm setting up an Enid Blyton tea party club, where we play key characters whilst having a real,lashing picnic. Characters have to introduce certain phrases or actions into the 'play'. Enid provides the refreshments!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Tell us more!
May 16, 2014 - Brian says: I would like to find a Famous Five illustration suitable for framing, something larger than the imprints in the books. I thought I could turn up some original art for sale y the illustrator, Soper, by searching the net but have found this difficult. A poster perhaps or promotional item or something. Any suggestions? You have great scans shown here.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Most of our scans belong to The Enid Blyton Society. When it comes to producing illustrations for commercial purposes, you would need to contact the copyright holders. The books (all except for Noddy) are the property of Hachette UK. Sorry not to have been more helpful.
May 14, 2014 - Jemarie says: I read in 'FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND' that George gave some of her chocolate ice-cream to Timmy. How is that? Dogs shouldn't have chocolate because chocolate contains theobromine which harms their health. Perhaps Enid Blyton didn't know that?
May 13, 2014 - Nisha says: Hello Fatty and Bets, I would like to know the name of the book which I once read in a library but forgot it's name but I remember that a house of an old man was robbed and his money went missing. Thanks for your help and love you Fatty.
Fatty says... Fatty says: As your post included a plot-spoiler, I have slightly altered it, Nisha! The book to which you refer is The Mystery of Holly Lane.
May 10, 2014 - Anita says: There had already been a Noddy TV series without golliwogs in 1975, narrated by Richard Briers. It was shown repeatedly in the 1970s and 1980s, yet gollies remained in the books until 1986.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Anita, I had forgotten all about that one!
May 9, 2014 - Paul says: Its been 28 years since the Golliwogs were first taken out of Enid's works in the 1986 revisions to Noddy. I think Bowdlerisation glosses over the outdated attitudes and problematic material of the books. I believe in reading what the author actually said, whether I agree with them or not. I don't object to supplementing the yucky old editions with new remixes, so long as the new remixes don't replace the old versions. For instance, there's the updated version of Helen Bannerman's The Story of Little Black Sambo, The Story of Little Babaji, which changes the racist names to correct Indian names and leaves the story the same. It was a bestseller. I think reading both versions to a child and talking about the differences might be a good way to discuss racism.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I believe it was a requirement of the tv company to pension off the Gollies, or they wouldn't make the Noddy series.
May 8, 2014 - Saky says: In response to Paul, the books don't mention any event as such, but in some of the more serious cases, such as ones involving spying or other such activities, it's mentioned that they quietly get a reward. In the more standard cases, I'm guessing Inspector Jenks' offer of tea is it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think the moral in the stories is that doing the right thing and righting wrongs is reward in itself.
May 8, 2014 - shriya says: Fatty ,I would like to know where you live.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Still in Peterswood.
May 4, 2014 - Paul says: Did Enid ever depict the Famous Five/Secret Seven/Find-Outers getting a medal or commendation from the police or government? It's surprising that you don't hear more in the books about at least the local government or local newspapers being interested in their exploits.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Imagine if this happened today - a bunch of kids being responsible for 100% crime clear-up - they'd be national heroes.
May 1, 2014 - Alex Burrett says: One of Enid Blyton's treasured paintings, ‘Anemones' by Marion Broom, will be sold at auction on 20 May 2014. It is sold along with a copy of ‘A Childhood at Green Hedges' by Imogen Smallwood which describes how much her mother enjoyed this painting and where it hung in their family home – as well as a handwritten postcard from Imogen Smallwood confirming the provenance. ‘Anemones' will be sold by Dreweatts of Donnington Priory on 20 May. The estimate is £300 to £500. The lot number is 253. Bids can be made in person on the day, by telephone, online or by commission (absentee/left) bids. The catalogue can be viewed or downloaded by following the link.
April 30, 2014 - Lesley says: I wonder if you can help me as a child I read an Enid Blyton book in which the children find a stolen race horse dyed a different colour but I don't know which one and I would like to read this to my daughter.
Fatty says... Fatty says: That'll be The Secret Seven, Lesley. It's the first in the series proper, so a good place for your daughter to begin.
April 29, 2014 - dreamer says: It's actually incredible how Enid was the reason I started to learn English in the first place. Not many of her books have been translated in my language, but I did buy anything I found which was written by her. I visited UK once and luckily I found two books written by Enid and I just wanted to thank (if they are possibly reading this) whoever gave them to the bookshop. Enid's books never lose their magic and suspense as many times as I've read them!
April 29, 2014 - Paul says: I wonder if Enid ever wrote about how she envisioned the future? Either in one of her stories or in one of her articles? I know she had a distaste for early fifties music as she criticises a jukebox in one of her books. Somehow I doubt she would understand the copacetic hepcats and their new-fangled rock and roll.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Much as I detest house, rap and garage. It's not a question of understanding more a question of wondering.
April 27, 2014 - Anonymous says: I am doing a drama exam and I have chosen to do an extract of The Circus Of Adventure and I would like to know how to pronounce Tauri-Hessia for top marks!
Bets says... Bets says: It's a made up word, so I suppose every pronunciation is correct! I personally say "Tau-ri Hezzia".
April 25, 2014 - shahed chowdhury says: I am writing from Bangladesh, a least developed country rich for its literature. I am planning to translate some stories from Enid Blyton. The book if I am allowed to publish will be distributed among children from poorer communities in the rural areas. We some friends are working towards helping children from pooer families get good education. I would like to know how I can get permission for such translation and publication. If someone can help me in this regards I will be ever grateful to her/him. Thanks a lot.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The copyright of Enid's books (apart from Noddy) is held by Hachette Children's Books. Noddy's copyright is with Dreamworks Animation. Google for contact details and good luck!
April 24, 2014 - Tamara says: Hello there again, Fatty. I was wondering that IF you could put my fanfic story over here (which of course will be decided by Keith in the end),...
Fatty says... Fatty says: All fanfic has to be submitted to Keith via the email link on this page. Submit what you wrote in this post, which I haven't included here for public reading. Good luck!
April 22, 2014 - Saky says: I have a couple of doubts regarding the Famous Five series. It's clearly mentioned more than once that Aunt Fanny owns the island. Clearly, she's the Kirrin of the family. But, Uncle Quentin has the surname Kirrin. This means that Julian, Dick and Anne's father is also a Kirrin. But, if he is a Kirrin, how come he doesn't remember anything about Kirrin bay? Won't he know something about all the land his ancestors owned? The alternative is that he and Uncle Quentin are Bernards. That would explain the "mistake" in one of the books. But that would mean Uncle Quentin chose to take the name Kirrin. The third alternative is that all of them are Kirrins and the Bernard was just a mistake. But that still doesn't explain why Julian's father knows nothing about Kirrin. I'm really sorry if I just confused everyone out there.
Fatty says... Fatty says: All too much Kirrin for me!
April 20, 2014 - Saky says: I was reading the review of Five Get Into A Fix. The review mentions that there are two dogs named Dai. However, on checking my copy of the book, I found that Aily's dog's name is Dave, not Dai. Have the publishers changed names of the dogs in the later editions?
Fatty says... Fatty says: It was certainly Dave when Enid wrote it, so I will get on the the Inspector and get it changed. Thanks for pointing it out.
April 17, 2014 - Ishi Jha says: This site is truly wonderful! Even though I can't become a member of it , the quizzes are also nice. They help me to improve my knowledge about Enid Blyton. As long as I'm in touch with this site, I'm happy. Enid Blyton's books are my life. Thanks for such a good site!
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you like this site, you'll love our 'sister' site, The Enid Blyton Society Website. As well as details on all Enid's books, there are reviews and a very lively forum. You can even become a member of the Society, and receive three Journals (the Society magazine) annually as well as accessing a 'secret' part of the website!
April 16, 2014 - Peter says: Hi Fatty and Bets, Sorry to have given you difficult questions to answer in my two previous postings. I have only recently discovered the two EB Societies and have a lack of knowledge of some editions of Enid's books. I did however put a similar question (re the French/English Secret Seven sequel series) to Barney at The EB Society and it seems that this series was not very popular in the UK and is unlikely to ever be re-printed. I recently started reading the Five Find-outers and Dog books and have read so far "The Mysteries of The Secret Room" and "The Spiteful Letters". I have just ordered through Ebay UK "The Mystery Of The Disappearing Cat" (1991 Edition) and this should arrive in the mail in mid May. Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a Happy Easter Fatty, Bets and Buster!
Bets says... Bets says: Happy Easter and hope you enjoy reading The Mystery stories! Let us know what you think of our characters once you are done!
April 12, 2014 - The enchanted wood says: This book was great. I had fun reading it. Its the best book I have ever read.
April 12, 2014 - Nigel says: Let's hope they don't update the Bible. Zoe would now be the mother of Jesus.
April 11, 2014 - Paul says: I could probably live with the revisions to Enid's stories if they were not so darn slapdash in what's changed and what is left alone. Also what's so darn wrong with Mary and Jill? Defenders of the changes like to point out that "Zoe and Pippa" did exist as names in the WWII period, Well, yes, but they were a lot less common than names like Mary and Jill.
Bets says... Bets says: Another ridiculous update.
April 6, 2014 - Peter says: Hi Fatty and Bets: I live in Australia, and as I have read all the original EB Secret Seven Books. I purchased online two books from the French/English sequel series written by Evelyne Lallemand and Anthea Bell. The titles are "The Seven And The UFO'S'" (1992 reprint) and "The Seven Go Haunting" (1st edition 1984). It seems this series is almost forgotten and out of print for 22 years. They have a genuine Blyton atmosphere, all the gang are there including Scamper the dog, Jack's sister Susie and her rather odd friend Binkie. It would be great if the series or even some of the stories were re-issued, although I guess they would also be updated to more recent times. I would be interested to know what others think. Thanks Fatty and Bets and a pat on the head for Buster!
April 6, 2014 - Lady says: I have found, in newer prints of Malory Towers, that 'Janet' is the name given to a small girl who enjoys sewing and makes the costumes in Fifth Form at Malory Towers. In your review, you refer to her as 'Emily', and Emily is also in my 90's edition of the books. But I do not own a 90's edition of Fifth Form, and would be thankful if you looked into this for me. Advertisements for the Sixth Form book in my newer edition of Fifth Form also seem to have renamed Amanda 'Angela'. Is this correct? If so, why have Emily and Angela been renamed?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anyone?
April 4, 2014 - Cheka Mendis says: Enid Blyton is a good writer. But how did she write 700 books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Usually with a typewriter.
April 3, 2014 - Katie Longden says: Hello! My name is Katie Longden, and I am currently studying at Stockport College in Manchester. Part of my course requires me to complete an extended project, and I have chosen to base my project on English, as this is what I want to do when I attend university. The question I am trying to answer is "How are gender roles explored in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, and Enid Blyton's The Famous Five, two series of books that I greatly enjoyed reading when I was younger, and still do fifteen years on. What I would greatly appreciate is if a post is made in a forum/message posted asking people if they would be willing to fill out a questionnaire to aid me in completing this. There are no hidden strings, just a matter of filling a word document out and then e-mailing it back to me. Where I will have to include data from this in the report, any personal data will be withheld and kept in strict confidence. The link for the questionnaire is HERE, and all that is required is to download it. I hope that this is something you are willing to do, and I thank you for the time you have given me. Yours sincerely. Katie Longden.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good luck, Katie!
April 2, 2014 - Tinky says: There's the one where George is held but kicks the gun - Five go off in a Caravan - or the one where she is trapped under the hill - Five go to Mystery Moor - by the gypsies.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Tinky.
March 31, 2014 - The Good Wife says: Hi I was wondering please if anyone could help me. It is my husband and my anniversary soon and I wanted to buy him a gift in the form of his favourite childhood book. He has never been able to recall the title of it, but recalls it is a Famous Five book, and recalls an illustration contained in it of George being restrained/tied up by her captors. I have never read the Famius Five books and was wondering please if someone could advise me of the correct volume corresponding to this illustration. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Have you looked at the illustrations of the FF books on this website? You could also look at the ones (they are all there) on the Enid Blyton Society website. Just click on Famous Five on the home page. If you could give us some idea if the story it would help a lot.
March 31, 2014 - Enkhmaa Chimed says: Hello, I am writing from Mongolia. When I was a child I had read First term at Malory Towers, I inspired by it. After that I did not find any book of Enid Blyton. Even I am 27 now, still want to read all these boarding school girls life. And I want to publish her books here for Mongolians. I think it is very selfish that I keep it just with me. We have really good potential to read books. And I am wondering about copyright of her books. I think you all could give me clear answer in this point. I don't want to translate her books without copyright. Best, Enkhmaa.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Copyright is held by Hachette Books, a division of Hodder Publishing. Good luck!
March 30, 2014 - Pete says: Re Bee: The Secret Island says: THE SUMMER GOES BY: “How brown we are!” said Mike one day, as they sat round the fire on the beach, eating radishes, and potatoes cooked in their jackets. They all looked at one another. “We'’re as brown as berries,” said Nora. “What berries?” said Mike. “I don’t know any brown berries. Most of them are red!” “Well, we’re as brown as oak-apples!” said Nora. They certainly were. Legs, arms, faces, necks, knees - just as dark as gypsies! The children were fat, too, for although their food was a queer queer mixture, they had a great deal of creamy milk....
Bets says... Bets says: What a lovely passage! Thanks for finding it out, Pete! :-)
March 23, 2014 - gans says: Fatty, how old are you in the last mystery?
Fatty says... Fatty says: As old as my hair and a little older than my teeth.
March 22, 2014 - Enid Blyton Boy says: Hi, on places on the net I have noticed that there is a movie called 'Enid' which is supposed to be about Enid Blyton's life. Can you tell me please, is it a true story of Enid Blyton? Or is it not. Thanks EBB.
Bets says... Bets says: Some elements are true, while some are not. The film is worth watching, but with an open mind. I personally like the film but wish they had focused more on her positive sides, such as her teaching days, her involvement in charities, etc.
March 22, 2014 - Mehul says: For Bee's question, my options are Five Run Away Together, The Secret Island, Five have Plenty of Fun and Five on Whispering Island. And Bee, is there is not even a mention of an island in Smugglers Top?
March 22, 2014 - Julie@owlsdene says: The question from Bee sounds very much like the book The Secret Island, to me.
March 22, 2014 - Bee says: In which Blyton book did some kids go camping on an island and go 'as brown as a nut'? My daughter wants to know. I figured it'd be the FF and Smuggler's Top was my pick but she insists it's not that.
Bets says... Bets says: That's a very specific query! I think I'll need to reread the entire series to answer that, so I will get back to you later. :-)
March 19, 2014 - talitha tulloch says: My favourite book of the Enid Blyton is the one were ragmuffin jo comes into the story were George is kidnapped instead of Berta. Lesley no Jane! I have noticed there are a few mistakes and wrong grammer in the books. I have all the Enid Blyton Famous Five storys apart from 12.
Bets says... Bets says: Perhaps you could take the time to use a dictionary so you don't make so many spelling errors in the future! ;-)
March 19, 2014 - Paul says: Did you know that Five Goes to Smugglers Top gets a lot of criticism from the PC lot because they claim that Sooty Lenoir is is a stereotypical Franco-African or Franco-Carribean whereas in truth, he's a white character and has black hair.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, I have heard that said, although not seen the evidence. Ridiculous, isn't it?
March 10, 2014 - Tamara says: I know that, Fatty, but it's actually a flashback story, so it won't be too weird, hopefully. Also, I want to keep the story as 'Blyton-esque' as possible, so, if you want me to cut out the references to those TV shows, I'll try to do it. It'll be a bit tricky, but I'm sure I can manage that. The Findouters are supposed to be in their 20s in this story, which begins at Bets and Fatty's wedding reception. There they talk about a girl they had once met. The story then follows the case on which they met her.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Just submit it by email. Keith deals with all fanfic, so it will be up to him to decide! Good luck!
March 9, 2014 - Tamara says: Also, Fatty, I have got this idea of a two parter Five Find Outer fanfic story. It involves the introduction of quite a few new characters and a mystery that is lot more darker than the previous ones. The thing is, it also has a lot of references to present day trends, such as numerous mentions of, well, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey's Anatomy (2 popular television shows in US) and also Harry Potter. Can I write this story and give it here? It also has the findouters as dear Enid wrote them.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I find your final sentence hard to believe! Any fanfic should be emailed to the address at the top of the page.
March 9, 2014 - Tamara says: Hi there again, Fatty. I wanted to ask you, how exactly do you prounounce 'Blyton'? You see, I got into an argument with my friend the other day, who kept insisting that it is pronounced 'bliton' as if in 'lit', even though I told her that it is said 'blighton' as if in 'light'. But she's been SO insistent lately that even I'm getting confused. Can you please help?
Bets says... Bets says: Bligh-ton. :-)

Fatty says: It rhymes with Brighton
March 9, 2014 - Enid Blyton Boy says: Hi Fatty and Bets, This is the first time I have posted a message to you. But what I wanted to ask is. Do you know where any good Enid Blyton FanFic is? I have shredded this site and read all the ones here, and I am not old enough to buy the books on The Enid Blyton Society. So maybe somebody here could write some more FanFic (In am especially interested in the Five-Find-Outers, The Adventure Series, The Secret Series, and The Famous Five) or recommenced a site with more good FanFic. Thanks, EBBoy.
Bets says... Bets says: You can read some stories on and the World of Blyton Blog. We cannot vouch for the quality of the fanfics on, though. Happy Reading! :-)
March 7, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Hey Fatty! This is a question about that "Tally Ho Cottage" Mystery case that you have solved. Ummm. What happened to that Lorenzo couple? Were they put in to the jail? And, what did happen to their poor dog, Poppet the Poodle? It is the best mystery that you have solved. I think, the best mystery solved by Bets is that Disappearing cat case! Brilliant! you two! Am I wrong, Bets and Fatty?
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you so much for the compliments! I like to think the Lorenzos got their proper comeuppance in prison and that Poppet the Poodle was adopted by someone who treated her well.
March 6, 2014 - Fatty says: Just a reminder to say that all messages are read, and most enjoyed - however, not all can be published. Try to say a little more than "I like Enid Blyton" and your posts will stand a better chance of appearing on the website. Make your posts interesting rather than just a simple statement. .
March 4, 2014 - PBA says: The Malory Towers books have actually aged pretty well. They've got Enid Blyton problems, in that classism happens more than once, but because it's "girls only" it avoids most of the sexism that appears in Blyton's mixed gender books. It's fascinating - if there's boys around, they must protect you but if there aren't, you'll be fine!
Fatty says... Fatty says: No problem in "classism" if you were upper middle class! ;-)
March 4, 2014 - Kayleigh says: Hi Fatty and Bets. I love the Five Find Outers. The first one I read was the Mystery of the Missing Prince and I loved it so now I'm almost finished the books. What are your hobbies, besides detectiving? Wish you the best Fatty, "little" Bets as you were called and Buster. Say hi to Buster please. From Kayleigh xxx.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I love the verb, "detectiving"! Much more atmospheric than "detecting"! Not sure about the book, though; it could be The Mystery of the Vanished Prince, or The Mystery of the Missing Man. Maybe you'd like to check the cover!

Buster says: "Woof!"
February 26, 2014 - Indrachapa says: What do you think about Enid's magical world? Marvelous, Magical, Best, Amazing, Awesome and Unbelievable of course!
Bets says... Bets says: Smashing!
February 25, 2014 - Peter says: Hi Fatty and Betts: This is the first time I have posted a message to you. Do you know if anyone has written fulll reviews of the 9 Secret Seven books translated imto English by Anthea Bell from the French continuation series written by Eveline Lallemand? I have searched the Enid Blyton Society, Ebay and Amazon UK sites but all seem to have only brief summaries of each book. The most comprehensive being the EB Society section on continuation series books. Any further info would be very much appreciated! All The Best, Fatty,Betts and of course Buster The Dog!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't know the answer to this one. You could try asking on the EBS message board, on their website.
February 25, 2014 - Keya says: Hi guys, I know this is odd but i'm new and I wanted to know if there is any school like Malory Towers existing? if so pls tell me location and name I know its odd but it''s just a question i'm curious: p.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Me too! I have no idea!
February 23, 2014 - Jackian says: Hi! I was a frequent reader of several of the Blyton series, as I'm Swedish I read the books in my native language growing up, but re read many in their original language as I got older. However I do have a question, and that is the different series target groups, can you specifically say that one series is for a certain age? I'm about to tread into parenthood now, and I must say I loved the books as a child, so I'm curious about the proper age for the different series. Thanks!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not a definitive answer, but starting with the youngest of the main series, I would suggest Secret Seven (age 7+), Famous Five (8+), Barney mysteries (or R Mysteries) Mystery and Adventure (10+). The most suitable age depends much on the child himself, and the suggested ages are only my opinion. Others may disagree! For young children don't forget The Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair and all the hundreds of short stories. The best way to ascertain your child's comfort zone is to read (or let him read, depending on his age) a book - you will soon know if he is enraptured or not!
February 23, 2014 - Tinky says: Not sure if I've got your (Paul's) thought but there was always Mavis from Malory Towers. When I sing in Rome, or however it went.
February 23, 2014 - Paul says: Did Enid ever reference Shirley Temple or feature a Temple-like child? (I'm thinking of how Lossie Laxton was Deanna Durbin with the serial numbers filed off).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, anyone know of any precocious little girls? I'm sure there must have been some, who hopefully, got their comeuppance.
February 23, 2014 - Brian Carter says: This is to announce that the closing date for a new bi-monthly competition running in my website since January, 2014 is midnight, February 28, 2014. In this competition there's a question about an aspect of Enid Blyton's professional life and, if you don't know the answer, you can make a selection from three multiple choice answers. The prize on offer, namely, A KOBO VOX COLOUR (electronic) READER must be won. To find out how to enter please visit: The results of the previous competition can be found in the Competition News page under Competitions. Good Luck Brian Carter.
February 23, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Nice to meet you two, Bets and Fatty. I think The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat is the best! How many books are there in that Famous Five series? Hey Bets, does Blytonland look nice? what is it like? are there people like Silky, Moon Face, Noddy and Big Ears? Did you met Mr. Clear-Off recently?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Phew! That is a lot of questions! If you click on The Famous Five link above, you will discover your answer. I couldn't even begin to decribe Blytonland, save to say it's magical.
February 22, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Do you keep touch with Bets? Where is she now? In which country? If you keep touch, give my wish to her. Oh! Give my wishes to Buster too. And for you too. I hope she will come soon.
Bets says... Bets says: I live in Blytonland!

Fatty says: Rest assured, Bets is never that far away when I need her!
February 19, 2014 - Tinky says: Hum, very true! I'll try and remember that one. : ).
February 19, 2014 - Tamara says: Hi there again! Fatty and Bets, I reckon you know that my friend Lori started a new topic yesterday about contiuation books for the Mystery series. I was wondering, what about continuations for the Famous Five and Secret Seven, huh? D'you guys know about any continuations or maybe even spinoffs for them, especially Famous Five? I would love to read more about the Five's smashing adventures.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There are continuation novels on the Enid Blyton Society website, but they are only available for Society members to read. Trevor J Bolton has a 'Secret series' continuation novel published, which you can buy. It is called 'The Secret Valley', and it is a thumping good read.
February 18, 2014 - Tinky says: Not that this really links with EB, Fatty, but your scripture brought further words of our Lord to mind that could be applied also - "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who insult you and persecute you" - not that you were persecuted but I was thinking of the word you used about insult!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Another phrase that comes to mind with people who ask questions that could easily be researched via Google: "Seek and ye shall find." :-)
February 18, 2014 - Tamara says: Sorry 'bout my last letter, Fatty. You see, I got so mad at my baby sister for tearing up my favorite EB book (Five Run Away Together) that I had to take it out on someone, even if they were -well - fictional. Guess that makes me a tiny bit like Darrell, when it comes to temper. Again, I'm extremely sorry, and I'll try not to be so rude in the future. My best to Bets and Buster.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for your apology. Sorry to hear your sister tore your book, maybe you could be more careful about keeping them out of her reach from now on.

Fatty says: That's all right, Tamara, thank you for apologising. Buster gives you a loving 'woof'!
February 17, 2014 - Pete says: Fatty, you have the patience of a saint. It's not hard to see why Bets just adores you!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Why, thank you, Pete! I remember the words of our Lord - "Suffer the little children to come unto Me."
February 16, 2014 - Tamara says: All right, Frederick, no need to get so heated up. Now, this time what I wanted to ask is that is there any place or website in the world where I can buy original Faraway Tree, Adventure series and Barney mystery books? You see, I live in India, and the only Enid Blyton books available here are Famous Fives, Secret Sevens, Five Find-outers, St Clare's, and Malory Towers, and I have read sample chapters online which are really interesting and due to which I now want the originals. Can you help?
Fatty says... Fatty says: It isn't the best idea to start a request with an insult. I have read back through my replies to you, and can't see where I "got so heated up". If you want original 'scripts', you need older copies. Auction sites, such as eBay, would be a good place to start. Go for copies before the end of the 70s, preferably earlier. Oh, and a 'please' might not go amiss.
February 16, 2014 - Tinky says: Thanks Pete and Ana - neither of you hit the right one but Pete jogged my memory - the person behind the counter wasn't a bespectacled man but a toy person of some sort who gave the children peppermints. I remembered further and found it was a story where 2 children had to get the aforesaid sweets for their Grandfather - hence the old man. : ).
February 15, 2014 - Pete says: Could be The Magic Sweet Shop from The Enid Blyton Holiday Book 1946."At first they thought there was nobody there, and then they saw behind the counter a small nobbly-looking man with a pair of large spectacles on his long nose. He had a strange tuft of hair growing straight up from his head and two long, pointed ears. He was sitting by himself reading a brightly coloured newspaper."
February 15, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Hello Fatty and Bets!!! My favorite books are these mystery books! I love you and your friends all! Give my wishes to them! Specially Buster! Good old one! Does this website go together with Enid Blyton society website? I ask just to know! I think it must be, But I like to be sure. It will be good to take memberships in these two supreme websites! Both of these websites are very popular among children!
Fatty says... Fatty says: We look on the Society as the doyen of all things Blyton. Keith Robinson, our webmaster and owner of this site, is also the webmaster of the Enid Blyton Society site. However, he has little time to spare on this website now, and so it hasn't been updated for quite a long time. Bets and I look after the Message Board for him, but all the really hard work takes place on the official Society site, where Tony Summerfield devotes most of his working day constantly adding articles and updating the Cave of Books. The forums are also very busy and popular.
February 15, 2014 - Indrachapa says: Hey everyone! Is there any Enid Blyton museums located in somewhere? And. Can we take the membership of this website?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Seven Stories, in Newcastle, England, is currently holding an Enid Blyton exhibition. See their website for details. There is no membership for this site, but the Enid Blyton Society can be joined for a nominal fee, and that includes three copies per year of the excellent Enid Blyton Society Journal. Well worth the money!
February 15, 2014 - Ana Asif says: I don't quite know, Tinky. Enid Blyton wrote lots of stories based on sweet shops. Perhaps you are thinking of 'The Page That Blew Away'? It's about a dame who has the loveliest sweets imaginable, and two horrid goblins, Snoop and Pry steal a page from her magic sweet book. I don't remember an old man in it, though. I say- it might also be 'The Magic Sweetshop' ; two children go down a path they had never seen before, and they come across a sweet shop. It has awkward sounding names, and they buy all of them. The story is about the adventures the two children have eating the sweets one-by-one. Well, I hope this helps, Tinky! Cheers, Ana.
February 13, 2014 - Tinky says: This is going to be vague - and I do apologise - but can someone help me find the short story about a sweet shop? A toy one I think, but I'm not sure! For some reason I remember an old man in it somewhere. I can't even remember much of what happens but I remember loving the story so much.
February 11, 2014 - Tamara says: I KNOW that, Fatty, but still, you should allow them to appear at least once, like you did Buster. They may not be as bright as you and Bets, but that doesn't mean you should block 'em out permanently.
Fatty says... Fatty says: They're not blocked out, old thing, just busy doing other things. Even old Bets leads a busy life now, and only looks in occasionally.
February 8, 2014 - Bianca says: I loved the stories by Julie Heginbotham and Sally Neary, more please! Bianca.
February 5, 2014 - Bookreader says: Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite." In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them. The wiki is called "TV Tropes" because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media. Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, do their best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Interesting.
February 5, 2014 - Paul says: TV Tropes said Enid featured East German villains in one story but I wasn't aware of her taking much interest in the Cold War?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have no idea what you are talking about. What or who is a "trope"?
February 3, 2014 - Fatty says: Sorry that our link to Lara's survey didn't work, it does now!
February 2, 2014 - Weezie says: I am doing a project for school and wondered if there is information to say what inspired Enid Blyton to write the Famous Five. I have found that Georgina was possibly based on her but wondered if there was any further details of her inspiration.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You may find this section on the Society website, written by Anita Bensoussane, of value, on the Enid Blyton Society website. Although not specific to the Famous Five, it gives an interesting account of how Enid wrote.
February 1, 2014 - Gary says: Grew up with these books, takes me down memory lane.
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you still enjoy reading them, Gary!
January 31, 2014 - Lara says: I personally love Enid Blyton books, which is one reason why I find her books will be appropriate for the art department task I have been set to design a production of a Children's TV drama centred around the concept of bedtime stories and dreams. As part of my research I'm trying to find parents of young children (aged 6-9) to answer some questions on bedtime stories, I may decide to take this idea of using Enid Blyton's stories further but need other people's opinions, this is the link to my quick 10 question survey. Help is much appreciated, thank you x.
Bets says... Bets says: That sounds like an interesting project, Lara! I hope it all goes well. Do let us know how things fare. Best wishes.
January 31, 2014 - Egghead says: Has Enid Blyton ever been a subject on Mastermind?
Bets says... Bets says: The Famous Five appeared on Junior Mastermind.
January 31, 2014 - Tinky says: I visited some islands in Scotland - but didn't see Huffin and Puffin. Its interesting, looking up what Scottish Isle's have puffins, and one is Mull - this is quite big, and looking at the smaller ones they occupy, it is mainly the Shetlands. Interesting to think that The Sea of Adventure could be set there - I always imagined the Western Hebrides for some reason.
January 30, 2014 - Sybok says: Enid Blytons Five on a treasure island first print was sept 1942 I have one dated aug 1942 is this correct?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think it wasn't uncommon for this to happen.
January 29, 2014 - Tamara says: Hey there again, Fatty. I suppose you'll think I'm very annoying, but I simply HAVE to ask you this. The thing is, yesterday I was reading the main page for the Mystery series, and I noticed that Larry's name is spelt Lawrence, whereas in the Egmont 2010 editions, it is spelt Laurence. Now I'm just wondering which is the correct spelling. Also, speaking of Larry, why is it that only you and Bets get to answer all those letters? I think Pip, Daisy and Larry should also be given a chance to shine for a bit.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Larry's name is Laurence, so we have got it wrong. Thanks for letting us know, Tamara, I will inform the Inspector immediately! Bets and I manage the posts perfectly well, although Bets is absent more often than not! As is said, "Too many cooks spoil the broth"!

Inspector Jenks says: Now corrected!
January 28, 2014 - shruti says: Hi,recently I purchased a copy of 'The children of green meadows' 2010 edition. It was an enjoyable read. I want to know if there are any websites where I can track down any corrections made in the newer version of the book.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Topics on updated text have been discussed on the Enid Blyton Society forums. You could have a search around to see what you can find.
January 27, 2014 - Mark says: What's happened to Bets? It just seems that Fatty is the only one to reply now.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Bets is away much of the time now, on secret operations. We do keep in touch though, and I can assure you that she is alive and well!
January 26, 2014 - Pete (yes that one!) says: I've just been reading the blurb on the original Mystery Of The Pantomime Cat and it would seem to suggest at least when that was published that the Find outers were just as popular,if not more than the famous Five and other adventure books!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Interesting point. What was the most popular series say, in the 50s....
January 18, 2014 - Ana says: 40 degrees, Paul? Wow. Its 10 degrees here! Something about North and South I guess. Fatty, I have been reading Barney Mysteries, but they don't turn out so adventurous as other books like Secret Series, Adventure Series, and Five-Find-Outers and dog. Why? Cheers, Ana.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have no idea. Don't you like them?
January 16, 2014 - Paul says: Hi Fatty and Bets. Nearly 40 degrees celcius here. What a scorching day! Does anyone know why the names of the girls' in The Adventurous Four were changed? What was so wrong with Jill and Mary that they had to become the oh so turn of the millennium Pippa and Zoe? From reviews online, they also seem to have changed the girls' names but kept the WWII setting so it's a big ol' anachronism stew now.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There's a thread on this over on the Society forums as you know, Paul. I believe Nigel Rowe made the very same point that you make here.

The Modernisation of Blyton thread can be read here.
January 16, 2014 - Tamara says: That's all very well, Fatty, but after I read your reply, I went to check my findouter books for any clues that may tell us about the identity of the actors who are shown on the cover, and I noticed a small note written inside it. It read,''Thanks as always to Jack, Ela, Klara, Louis, Tommy and their parents. '' I'm sure that these are the names of the 5 children who portray the findouters. And also, why is it that only you and your friends are singled out to be played by real kids???
Fatty says... Fatty says: Because we are the stars of the show? ;-)

Seriously, I can only imagine it is down to the publisher - I have no idea who these people are. Sorry.
January 16, 2014 - Tinky says: Thanks, Mehul. No doubt people can find out from the reviews on this website, but if in doubt which book of Enid's that you MUST read, its Mistletoe Farm and the Six Cousins. Excellent re-read I have just had. The other one is House-at-the-Corner. I reckon that few could deny they have to find a bit of Pam in themselves - and - quite contrarily - Lizzie too - it really hits the reader.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And don't forget The Six Bad Boys. A good one-off novel.
January 15, 2014 - Tamara says: Hi Fatty, it was me who posted that comment earlier, and I must say that I found your reply quite smart. Now, I wanted to ask you one thing. I have noticed that on the latest editions of the Five Findouters and Dog, that unlike the Famous Five and the Secret Seven (who are still portrayed by illustrations), the Findouters are now played by real child actors. Can anyone please tell me why this is so, and who are those children who are shown as Fatty, Larry,Daisy, Pip and Bets?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you, Tamara! As far as I know, these children (and adult) have not been credited. It became fashionable to use real children on book covers in the 90s, maybe influenced by the success of the 70s and 90s tv series of the Famous Five. I am so glad you have retained enough interest in Enid Blyton to continue to ask questions about her marvellous books. ;-)
January 14, 2014 - Tamara says: I like the Enid Blyton books a lot, but I dislike the amount of immaturity and lack of emotional developement shown in them. This fact is especially evident in the Five Findouters and Dog series, where 4 out of the 5 main characters are teenagers. When I compare this to other successful stories set in Britain, like the Harry Potter books and also the Georgia Nicholson books, I sometimes wonder why I ever bothered reading them.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Or why you seek out a website devoted to Britain's best-loved children's author! ;-)
January 13, 2014 - shruti says: Just curious- are The stories in Rabbit's Whiskers really written by Enid Blyton? I had a doubt because The date of 1st publication says 1987 or thereabouts. Or is it a collection of her short stories put together in one volume after her death?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Check out The Cave of Books and you will have your answer.
January 12, 2014 - Mehul says: To reply to Tinky, The Castle of Adventure was also set in Scotland.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Mehul.
January 9, 2014 - Jo says: I'm reading St. Clare's for the first time! I don't want to read your section on it in case of 'spoilers' (the quotation marks because, well, it's a Blyton book) but I would like to ask: Do you find it blander than Malory Towers? I am enjoying it, but it doesn't seem as charismatic. I wonder if this is just sentimentality or if this book is showing some of Enid Blyton's weak points. I find much characters less developed. And I need to know before recommending on a website of mine!
January 9, 2014 - Bettie says: Thank you so much. I will try to reach them now.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're welcome. Good luck!
January 8, 2014 - Paul says: About the character of Melisande. I guess Enid was making a statement about those girls and women who douse themselves with massive amounts of perfume that can mask odors for up to several blocks. Although since Enid wore strong perfume herself it kind of deflates her point.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I didn't realise Enid wore strong perfume.
January 8, 2014 - Bettie says: I first read Island of Adventure 60 years ago and would like to transform it into a play for children. I am having trouble finding out who owns the copyright in order to ask permission. Can you help?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Certainly! Hodder/Hachette owns the rights to Enid's work. Good luck!
January 5, 2014 - Tinky says: Hello to you, I hope you all had a good break. (if you had one!) At the end of the month, I am spending some time in Scotland, and hopefully visiting various places of interest. Do you know, please, if Enid ever set any stories in Scotland, other than "The Adventurous Four" and its sequel? And would Little Island/Isle of Birds be an allusion to the Hebrides, or the north-east coast?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Off the top of my head, 'The Sea of Adventure' was set in the islands to the north of Scotland, and the novel, 'The Children of Kidillin' was set on Scottish mainland. I am sure there are others!
January 2, 2014 - Skyla says: Happy New Year to all of you- It's a bit late. Just a question that hasn't anything to do with the topic (I've been aching to ask it) How come you, Bets and Fatty have that picture in front of what you type??
Fatty says... Fatty says: Because it is our photographs! Happy New Year to you, too!
January 2, 2014 - maria says: Quick question: Enid used a type writer, didn't she?
Bets says... Bets says: Yes, she did. :-)
December 31, 2013 - Paul says: Just to settle an argument with a friend - Enid Blyton's fairies were always female, right? If she needed a male fairie, she created a brownie, didn't she?
Bets says... Bets says: I believe so?
December 30, 2013 - Aabid says: I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all Enid Blyton fans.
Bets says... Bets says: A very happy New Year to you as well!
December 29, 2013 - Henry says: Paul, how can someone who wrote books 70 years ago be accused of being dated? It is pretty obvious that clothes, habits and other things will be 'dated'. I have never heard of anyone being 'offended' by reading about children's dress code in the past years.
December 25, 2013 - Paul says: For those who want to call Enid "dated" and "offensive" in her portrayal of girls, just remember that little girls were still required to wear a dress or skirt to their primary school until the end of the 1980s in most schools in the UK. So, the 1980s when all this fuss over Enid really got into gear were hardly "modern". When you point a finger, three fingers are pointed right back at you.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm confused with all these fingers pointing!
December 25, 2013 - Ana says: Merry Christmas, Fatty and Bets! Thank you for answering to all our messages! And do be good little children and not peep for Santa tonight! Have a GRAND Christmas! A big grand stew, potatoes in their jackets, tomatoes, trifle, raspberry tart, blancmange, icesand a colossal chocolate bar for all of you! Merry Christmas to Keith for all the lovely stories he has provided us with over here, and Merry Christmas to Inspector Jenks, Clear-Orf, And to Daisy, Larry and Pip as well! Goodbye! Cheers, Ana.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And a Happy Christmas to you, too, Ana! We all hope everyone has a very happy time.
December 21, 2013 - Tina Di Cesare says: I now live in Italy but I was born and grew up in Australia and playing with internet I found the Enid Blyton Society which brought back many happy memories of my childhood. I read all the Enid Blyton books that were in my school library and I remember that when I was about 10 years old during a summer vacation I actually formed a "Secret Seven club" where my friends and I would pack picnic lunches and go off looking for mystery stories to solve! Usually in the local park looking for suspcious characters.
Bets says... Bets says: That sounds exciting! Are you still in touch with the other members of the Secret Seven?

Fatty says: Why not register and join in the fun on the Enid Blyton Society forums, Tina.
December 20, 2013 - Tara says: Hi :) I'm new here. I'd like to know if anyone has any idea if I am able to buy kindle copies of Enid's books? I'm sure I can but I don't want the new PC versions! I want the old versions where Dick is not Rick and Fanny is not Frannie. The old school Enid was so much better! Bring back Dame Slap I say! Tara.
Bets says... Bets says: These might work! And yes, the old school Enid was so much better than the new fangled versions.
December 16, 2013 - Shaun says: In the 1960's when I was about 7 my parents would often read Enid Blyton stories to me at bedtime. In one of her stories, there was a character named Alec, a young boy who "didn't try" (a bit of a whimp). Thereafter, whenever I was in a situation in which I "didn't try" (in today's jargon, "whimp out"), my parents would say to me "Don't be an Alec". I felt shamed, and would exclaim, and I quote, "I'm NOT a Alec! " and immediately follow this by changing my behavior and "giving it a go" (ie taking the risk and trying). This had a formative influence on the rest of my life - and is one of the drivers of me becoming a Type A compulsive striver. Over the years, I've searched for the story/book that featured this character - ie the story about the boy, Alec, who didn't try. I've never found it. I'd appreciate it if anyone reading this post could provide the answer. In the meantime, I'll keep striving to find it! Very kindly yours, Shaun.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Maybe one of our readers will know...
December 15, 2013 - Paul says: On one message board, a lady posted and said that she had been named after an Enid Blyton character (and that that's what happens when you tell a six year old that she can name her new baby sister! ) but didn't say which character but implied that she'd legally changed it as soon as she could.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Doesn't sound too bad compared to some of the silly names parents give children these days. I'd like to know what name she was given - Amelia Jane, maybe? Let's hope it wasn't Tessie Bear or Silkie.
December 14, 2013 - Ana says: Funny answer to Paul's question, Fatty! I sincerely hope that doesn't happen or children will seriously be out of hand! By the way, I was reading the OLD messages, I think around 2009-2010 or something, and I saw the places where Keith pretended to be Sarah! Hilarious! Can I pleeeeeeaaaaase get a screenshot of the 'pink' website and Sarah's picture? Pretty please? With sugar and a cherry on the top? ; ) Cheers, Ana.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Can't see anything funny about not shouting at children, Ana. Do teachers shout at you? Sorry, but I haven't a clue about the pink website, I think that was in Keith's mind! If you click on "About this website" and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll see Sarah's picture.
December 13, 2013 - Paul says: I just read a modern edition of The Magic Faraway Tree and it's been hillariously bowdlerised: Dame Slap the entertaining spanking obsessive, has been replaced with Dame Snap, who now shouts at Our Heroes rather than spanks them. In the 1940s, when it written, it was perfectly mainstream for parents or authority figures to spank or slap children and removing it changes a big part of the power dynamic in the plot.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It seems now that it's all right to shout at children. How long before that is changed to, "gave them a stern look."?
December 10, 2013 - mudit mittal says: How can we add our contribution to Enid Blyton if we have written full length Enid Blyton books and how can we showcase it to public or upload it as a pdf for people to read and enjoy?
Bets says... Bets says: Hello Mudit! Email it to and Keith will see it. Good luck!
December 9, 2013 - mudit mittal says: Can you tell me if any Five Find Outers book written by authors other than Enid Blyton exists. Like the mystery of the stolen books.????
Fatty says... Fatty says: As far as I know, there are no published books available. We have a Find-Outers in Retirement story on this site, written by Julie Heginbotham. If you join the Enid Blyton Society, there are four full-length Find-Outers' follow-on books to read. Well worth the nominal subscription fee!
December 4, 2013 - James Bullard says: Wonder if anyone can help with the name of the book which features a ghost called the Dauphiness?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't think Enid ever wrote about a dauphiness (the wife of the eldest son of the king of France).
December 3, 2013 - Stephen Isabirye says: Milsy, I am glad to inform you that I try analyzing Enid Blyton's ambiguous relationship with America (USA) in an article, sub-titled, "Enid Blyton and America," in the chapter, "Familial Politics,'"that incidentally appears in my book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage.
December 1, 2013 - C Ford says: I have loved Enid Blyton books since a nine year old. I was very behind in reading and writing and I got my first Famous Five book my mum got from a jumble sale, well that was it magic adventure old ruined castles. Hidden passage ways mild peril what more can a child want : -D.
Fatty says... Fatty says: What more, indeed. Enid would be proud of you (and your mum).
December 1, 2013 - Nimah Mirza says: Enid Blyton is my favorite author many people think that she is just a regular person but I think that she is a Magical writer who takes me on many adventures!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'd never refer to her as 'regular'. Extraordinary fits the bill for me!
December 1, 2013 - Mehul says: Eight to ten million copies? Wasn't it sixty million?
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you read more closely, Mehul, you will see Shagufta was quoting annual sales.
November 29, 2013 - Ana Asif says: Pier Master, I've never heard of Enid's work getting translated into 3300 languages. I'm sure 90 is more accurate. Anyway, you can always rely on Wikipedia.
Fatty says... Fatty says: In 2007, Shagufta Naaz wrote this on the Yahoo Blyton Group website: "Almost four decades after her death, Blyton's books continue to sell at a rate of 8 to 10 million copies every year and her readers, who are scattered as far apart as Auckland and Zambia, read them in over 40 different languages. The UNESCO's Index Translationum puts Enid fifth on the list of 'most translated authors of the world'; one step ahead of Shakespeare who ranks at number six." (Originally published in DAWN)
November 28, 2013 - Pier Master says: I printed off a free family quiz telling me that Enid Blytons works have been translated into 3300 different languages, Wikipedia tells me 90, does anyone have the correct answer?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not me!
November 26, 2013 - Milsy says: Were Enid Blyton books ever sold in America? Why wasn't she as popular here as other countries?
Bets says... Bets says: I cannot really say why. However, the only Enid Blyton book to win an award was "Mystery Island", which was the American title for "The Island of Adventure".

Fatty says: American towns and cities have little in common with sleepy British villages, where most of the stories were set. Much of Enid's foreign popularity was in the Indian sub-continent, which was influenced greatly by Great Britain.
November 25, 2013 - Fatty says: Sorry, but the link we put up for Baffled Chanter's blog post didn't work - it's now fixed! .
November 24, 2013 - Nabeela says: I must say its quite extraordinary how Enid Blyton makes up these stories!! What's your opinion Bets? You are my favourite character in the Five Find Outers!
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for the high place of honour, Nabeela! I think Enid had a wonderful imagination, and her days as a school teacher probably helped as well, because storytelling, and doing it well, are very important qualities that good teachers must possess. Enid seemed to have a natural talent with that!
November 24, 2013 - Tinky says: I have been enjoying the fan fiction Lynton-Martin stories, but it seems a shame to extract Blyton's characters and put them into the divorces of life! Perhaps the five find-outer continuations were a bit fanciful but they were more Blytonish.
November 23, 2013 - Danielle says: I love Enid Blyton and have enjoyed reading her books from an early age! Thanks.
November 21, 2013 - Brian Smith says: I have been enjoying Stuart Tresilian's brilliant illustrations in the first editions of the Adventure series and have counted a total of 362 illustrations in the eight books, What a shame they are not used in newer editions.
Bets says... Bets says: It is indeed a pity, Brian.
November 21, 2013 - Baffled Chanter says: Hello. I was,am and have always been a Blyton fan. Her books and the stories that she weaved with her characters were my constant companions throughout my childhood. Though her memory had taken a backseat as I got caught up in the hassles of growing up, her books have taught me the magic of words and the beauty of imagination. Thank you Ms Blyton. I've tried to pen down my thoughts on her in a humble blog post. Do check it out if its not too much to ask. : ).
November 14, 2013 - Paul says: Did Enid ever make any predictions about life in the future in any of her stories?
November 14, 2013 - Brian Carter says: Following my recent post about a competition now running in my website, please note that the correct address for the website is Thanks Brian Carter.
November 13, 2013 - Brian Carter says: Congratulations to everyone who has done well in the general knowledge quiz about Enid Blyton's books. You can now move on to win a prize in a competition that's running right now in my website: All you have to do is to choose the correct answer from three multiple choice answers to the following question: What did Enid Blyton's father say when she told him she wanted to give up music to take up teaching? In the Competitions Page you'll find out what the multiple choice answers are and how to enter the competition. At the same time you can find out what Enid Blyton – The Untold Story, my new biography of Enid Blyton, is all about. Brian Carter.
November 12, 2013 - Ana says: Hi! I once remember that I posted as Timmy-dog and said this site needs colour. Well, I can't help thinking it was silly of me. Well, you said Keith would revamp the site, but why hasn't he done so yet? Seriously, Keith said that in 2009! Gosh! Anyway, I've been reading Keith's books, and they're AWESOME!! Love 'em! Thanks Keith! A LOT! Cheers, Ana.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Keith is extremely busy with his writing and his day-job. Who knows, one day.....
November 12, 2013 - Fatty says: Like the Enid Blyton Society forums, we too appear to have a Mark A Cooper fan club sending in posts - some under different names, but all coming from the same source. This is ringing some alarm bells. Therefore, this subject is now closed..
November 12, 2013 - Nigel says: Further to all this nonsense about how author Mark A Cooper writes on the style of Enid Blyton, and the supposed fact that he is "Prince William's favourite author" - the photograph of Prince William supposedly reading Fledgling is not in fact Fledgling! The photograph was taken when William was 18, in 2000 - ten years before the book was published! I think someone's trying it on, Fatty and Bets!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Here is a link to the picture. Thanks, Nigel.
November 12, 2013 - Tonks says: Interesting comments, Ronny Manis. I tend to find that - and I am NOT old - I still find the Enid Blyton books a cracking read. If Barney and Fatty had smartphones and computers they'd Google on all they wanted to know, and play computer games instead of going out and having adventures and solving mysteries with good old brain power - so it wouldn't be much of a book!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Here is the description of one of the Jason Steed books: After going under cover and uncovering a child trafficking organization in Britain, 12 year-old Jason Steed settles into an elite American Military School for boys and finally feels normal. When a peacekeeping force working for the United Nations are taken hostage... Doesn't sound much like Enid's Secret Seven to me! As Mark A Cooper has only written three Jason Steed novels in five years, he doesn't quite have the prolific writing skills of our Enid!
November 11, 2013 - Tally Ho Harry says: Fatty says: If you like modern stories set in modern times, then don't read Enid Blyton. Fatty he was just saying that the Secret Seven could be continued and why not sue a successful writer who has a similar style, no need to be a rotter to him. And the Jason Steed series is written in the 1970's just written for kids of today, the stories could remain the same but must appeal to young people if we are to keep Enid books going and read by the next generations when we are all gone. I too have enjoyed the similarities between the authors, my grand children adore Coop's novels and enjoy Enid when I read to them, and translate some in a language they understand. This is the first time I have seen someone put "Don't read Enid Blyton" on any site let alone this one.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Harry, firstly, don't take my words out of context - you conveniently left out the first part, If you like modern stories set in modern times....

Secondly, let's nail this point that Cooper writes in a "similar style" to Blyton. I have looked at one of these books, and quite frankly they have nothing in common with Enid's wonderful books.

Thirdly, our security team can see that you have posted here earlier under the name, Ronny Manis. It would appear that you might well have a vested interest in Cooper's books, and are possibly here to publicise them.
November 10, 2013 - Paul says: About the Adventurous Four - you don't tend to come across many Jills any more but Mary is one of those names that will never go out of fashion. It just won't. So I really don't know why they'd bother changing the names except because whoever currently owns the rights is an idiot.
November 10, 2013 - Tonks says: Yes, I noticed that, and felt a bit silly. That will teach me not to read the messages properly!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: We all do that from time to time!
November 9, 2013 - Ronny Manis says: It was interesting to read others noticed the similar style of Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper (The Jason Steed series author). I also found similarities, the stories are miles apart and both authors original in every way, but Cooper seems to be a modern version of Enid. His little characters are affectionate, mischievous and show good morals. Yet they are right up to date with young people of today, I have twin boys both aged 11 and could never get them to read a novel until they started the Jason Steed series, now Jake the oldest (By 15 mins) is reading the Famous Five books, he says they are not as exciting as Jason Steed but still enjoys them, although has trouble with the older sayings used. As Chris suggested and Tony and Nigel commented I don't think there are any unfinished manuscripts, however. When Ian Fleming passed away they kept writing the James Bond novels, how wonderful it would be to have someone like Cooper to write a new series of the Famous Five and Secret Seven. New adventures with new stories brought up to date 2013, with Smart phones and computers. This is something kids could relate to and would bring a whole lot of new fans that won't ever pick up a Enid Blyton novel. When we look at what happened to the James Bond series by new authors many where good, of course they got attacked by the 'Die-Hard' Ian Fleming fans just as Cooper would if he wrote a new Secret Seven series, but if it keeps kids reading and learning it has to be good. I don't think we could replace Enid Blyton but her work will live on, it is such a shame we can't continue the Famous Five and Secret Seven series and have them written for todays youngsters. Has anyone contacted Cooper and asked? I noticed he names Enid Blyton as his main influence and that Prince William no less has called Fledgling Jason Steed his favorite novel, he seems to come with Royal blessing. It would be nice to read a modern version, I wonder if Pop Biscuits would be replaced with Oreo Cookies?
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you like modern stories set in modern times, then don't read Enid Blyton.
November 9, 2013 - Tonks says: I have a reply for Will H, who posted a comment on July 24th. My recollections are slightly different, but with a bit of luck we may be thinking of the same thing - but I am not thinking of an Enid Blyton book. Is it Treasure of the Amory's by Malcolm Saville? Penny is the girl who has the images?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You are quite correct, Tonks, as Anita pointed out a few days later!
November 6, 2013 - Ming says: Very sad news about Shagufta indeed. I enjoyed reading her reviews and used to chat with her and Nigel quite often. Talking to her was incredibly easy because she was such a friendly, happy-go-lucky person. My condolences to all who were lucky enough to know her.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for your message, Ming.
November 5, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Although, sadly, we never met, I counted Shaggy as one of my friends. My friend Ming and I often 'chatted' together with Shaggy on Google Chat and I never dreamed that she was ill, such was her character of not 'moaning' about any ailments. Rest in peace, dear friend - we have lost someone special.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Shagufta was a true Blyton lover. Our commiserations go to her family and friends.

Bets says: Thank you for your message, Nigel.
November 5, 2013 - Bets says: I have some sad news to share today. Shagufta Naaz, who contributed reviews for all the St. Clare's books and The Circus of Adventure, passed away last Monday. She was from Pakistan. May all our prayers and best wishes go with her. You can read more about Shagufta in the "About This Website" section and here.
November 1, 2013 - Paul says: Enid Blyton was at her best when writing about nature. It's obvious how much she loved it. Also, with regard to criticism of the Five in tabloid-style newspapers, Anne Kirrin was intended by Enid to be seen by readers at the time as "wet" and a "sook" in comparison to George, and she was also a reflection of what 1940s and '50s society expected girls to be. Enid couldn't magically foresee the future and write for the Harry Potter generation.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I always thought that it was Anne who appeared 'normal', and George who was out of 'normal' stereotype. I certainly never saw Anne as 'wet'.
October 28, 2013 - Podgingtons says: My mother is desperately trying to find a book that she loved as a child. It was a collection of short stories and contained a story about two imps with squeaky shoes, I think called Pippity Squeak and Squeakitypip? Please excuse the spellings if these are all wrong. Does anyone know which book this story appeared in, please? I would really like to source it for her. Many thanks. Xx.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Can anyone help with this query?

Bets says: This might be a start? Enid Blyton Society
October 28, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Mehul, there is nothing new in canine replies in Enid's world. Her dog, Bobs, wrote many letters - they were even published in books! As well as our very own Buster, a great friend of Buster's, Barney, answers questions on the Enid Blyton Society website!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Very true, Nigel. Here is a link to Bobs' first book! Dogs rule, eh?
October 27, 2013 - Paul says: Given Enid used both names in her books, it's interesting to note what someone thinks of them today --here's what someone said about Millicent/Melisande on a message board: "the name Millicent and its variant Melisande sound so posh and prissy, like the annoying girl in the upscale school in some 1950's British kids' book, the character who was always tattling to the teacher and bragging about her new horse or something."
Bets says... Bets says: The only Melisande I can think of is the one in "Six Cousins" and "Six Cousins Again", where the character was indeed a posh and "prissy" girl who kept on bragging about her wealth - not directly at times, but just turning her nose up at what Mistletoe Farm had to offer was enough to imply it.
October 27, 2013 - Ilsa says: In reply to Granny (Oct 23rd) I wonder if you're remembering "The Silent Three" who featured on the front page of the weekly paper "School Friend"? I don't know if there were any books about them though. - They appeared in the Annuals for many years too.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for answering, Ilsa. :)
October 27, 2013 - Tinky says: Thanks, Bets, I guess that pops it nicely into perspective. It's funny, I have read many books over the course of a few years but for some reason I picked up an Enid Blyton again - and remembered what progressed my love for reading. I have many books now to go through and reread! And thank you, Keith Robinson, I enjoyed your Mystery of the Stolen Books.
Bets says... Bets says: If you enjoyed Keith's Mystery of the Stolen Books you'll enjoy Julie and Sally's fanfics too. Try heading over to the Enid Blyton Society's weekly serial as well! (Subscription required)
October 27, 2013 - Paul says: Bets: remember that the mega corporations are trying to have copyright extended to "infinity, less one day". At this rate, Enid will go out of copyright about the time that the Earth falls into the Sun!
October 27, 2013 - Mehul says: Yes, yes I know that, but when did Buster start answering (he can't type unlike Barney)?
Bets says... Bets says: He was behaving extra nicely over the past few days so we decided to let him go on the computer for a treat.
October 26, 2013 - Tinky says: Well! I never realised there had been "edited" reprints of her books! Here's to hoping you can buy new "old" ones again and not have to hang onto out tattered copies. I didn't think I was old enough to have "collectors" items which I bought from new. Sometimes we can be "too" politically correct. Whatever would Enid Blyton think, why, it makes the story no longer hers.
Bets says... Bets says: It certainly is a pity, though I am grateful that her books are at least available now. I would hate for her books to all go out of print - I'd rather have "edited" versions than no books at all. Enid Blyton is still one of the world's most popular writers, and for many children her books were the reason they enjoy reading. It's not easy to say that for many other popular writers.
I'm still waiting for the day we will be able to get facsimile editions with the original illustrations and dustjackets! I'm sure they would sell like hot cakes.
October 25, 2013 - Helene Pavey says: Hello, I am looking for a story that may have been written by Enid Blyton, possibly the Little Roundy Man. The story I remember was of a little round man, who lived in a little round house. In the story there was a wizard, or a witch or a magician who had magic boots and lured children into his cave. At some point the little round man traps the wizard in his little round house. I used to read this story in the 60s and have never been able to find it. I hope you can help.
Bets says... Bets says: The story is called "The Little Roundy Man" and was indeed written by Enid Blyton. It first appeared in 1930 in the 108th issue of "Sunny Stories for Little Folks". For a complete list of where the story has appeared over the years, check the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books.
October 25, 2013 - Johnny says: This site is a joy! I first read the Famous Five books from aged nine in the early 80s and recently wandered back down memory lane with a new copy of my favourite of the series, and the one most memorable to me, Five Go To Smuggler's Top. I was astonished at how much of the story I remembered and at how chunks of it came back to me out of the swirling (marsh?) mists of time as I turned the pages. Even the original illustrations from my musty old Hodder and Stoughton hardback hadn't been forgotten. Wonderful! I may have to read a few more now, the nostalgia is hard to ignore! Great site, thank you!
Bets says... Bets says: We're very glad that you enjoyed this website, Johnny. The Enid Blyton Society is another very good website, chock full of information about Enid Blyton's life and works. The Cave of Books contains the most comprehensive listing of Blyton's works anywhere on the internet, and the site has a very lively discussion forum which anyone can join. You might also consider subscribing to the Society for a small annual fee, for which you would get three fantastic Journals per year and access to the members-only Secret Passage.
October 25, 2013 - Mehul says: Buster?
Fatty says... Fatty says: He's Bets' and my dog!

Bets says: And what a great dog he is!
October 24, 2013 - Tinky says: Discovered this site a few days ago, I enjoy it. Love Enid Blyton books, but in advancing age, realise the room for improvement' for example, the amount of time the word "said" is used, and how many potted meat sandwiches they eat! I travelled to Corfe the other day, never realising it is said to be where Enid Blyton has made much of her stories. They say Corfe Castle was what inspired Kirrin Island and its castle. Is this true? So so interesting, how I love Dorset. There was a little Enid Blyton shop too, full of publications and trinkets. My friend also told me that EB was known to be a bit narrow, would come to Corfe for holidays with her husband and apparently never had kids, would shut herself up in a room to write, and ignore her family to the rude unfriendly extent. How true is this? I always admired EB as a kid, still do, because my dream was to be an author, but my lifestyle does not suit!!! (Fortunately! because I can see myself as narrow minded and rude too!)
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid said that Kirrin Island was inspired by a small island in the Channel Islands. Unfortunately, the National Trust's claim that Corfe Castle was the inspiration is unsubstantiated and speculative. Much has been made of the likeness of Corfe Castle to Kirrin Castle, but as that was down to Eileen Soper's illustrations, this has little to do with Enid! Enid and her family holidayed in Swanage, not Corfe, but would have passed through Corfe Castle en route. It is perfectly possible that she loved the look of the village and castle and used elements in her writings. Enid had two daughters, Gillian (now sadly deceased) and Imogen, who is the patron of the Enid Blyton Society and attends any Society days that occur. You can read more about Enid Blyton here.

The shop you refer to is Ginger Pop, and well worth a visit.

Buster says: Nothing wrong with potted meat sandwiches!
October 24, 2013 - Stephen Isabirye says: I guess what Paul means are transistor radios. I recall transistor radios being used in Five Go To Billycock Hill as well as Five Go To Demon's Rocks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I imagined he meant someone transmitting with a short wave radio, Not many transistors had a short wave waveband or the ability to transmit. Small transistor radios(in the UK) didn't really come into the fore until the early 60s.
October 23, 2013 - Paul says: Was there an Enid story involving shortwave radio? I remember that one of many children's book set during WWII that I read as a child involved the child protagonists having contact with family in the area of British East Africa that is now Kenya via a radio and since I was reading a lot of Blyton at the time, I can't remember whether she was the author of this particular story.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The only one that springs to mind is The Children of Kidillin, which features German spies transmitting during WWII.
October 23, 2013 - Granny says: Hi Fatty, I remember reading a series of books when I was young, I think they were by Enid Blyton, the story was set in a boarding school, where some of the students would dress up in cloaks and sneak about at night having secret meetings in secret tunnels. Would they have been Enid Blyton's stories if so what series of books would this have been.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, not sure about that one. Malory Towers and St Clare's feature plenty of midnight feasts, but I can't recall any tunnels. Maybe someone else can help?
October 13, 2013 - Lotte Rudolph says: Dear Enid Blyton Your books are what got me into books. The Famous Five and Five Find Outers are my favourites. I have dreams I'm part of them and their mysteries. I've bought all the Famous Five books and Five Find Outhers. And they both took me about five and a half months. I can see you put in a lot of effort towards your books and I can see you are a very skilled writer. Books are my favourite things - and you are definitely my favourite writer. Because of you I don't play video games or watch TV, I just read and read your books - and I will read them for ever! I will hand them to my children and grandchildren! Long live Enid Blyton!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Although Miss Blyton died in 1968, her books still live on - hopefully forever!
October 12, 2013 - The Travelling Preacher says: Recently, I read a really good Enid Blyton story, entitled, the Put-Em Rights. I have forgotten a character's name. She was the younger cousin of Podge. Do you know the name of this character? Thank you in advance and I love reading through your website!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yolande Paget is Podge's (Claude's) cousin. Thank you for your kind comments. You might like to take a look at the Enid Blyton Society website too - if you haven't already!
October 10, 2013 - Shanaya says: Hi Fatty, Hi Bets! Today's my birthday and I got 8 Enid Blyton books. Today's the best day of my life. I'm the biggest fan of Enid Blyton. Anyway, my question is did Enid Blyton write the Enchanted World series or Pamela Cox? Thanks a lot, from The five find outer's biggest fan, Shanaya.
Bets says... Bets says: Enid Blyton, and Happy Birthday!
October 3, 2013 - bookworm says: I found out there was a movie of Enid's life! Late, but still. I was shocked! Helena Bonham Carter does a wonderful job playing Enid.
Bets says... Bets says: It was indeed a wonderful portrayal, and Helena Bonham Carter also received several awards for her performance.
October 2, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Chris Horsefield said, "My question is can we get some of the unfinished manuscripts?" This is news to me. To my knowledge there are no unfinished manuscripts by Enid Blyton. I wonder, Chris, as to what you refer.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Intriguing.
September 30, 2013 - Tony says: I was surprised to hear that Mark A. Cooper writes in a similar style to Enid Blyton. I had never heard of him so I checked out his website to look at his Jason Steed series. I see that he has only written the two books and according to his website - 'Jason Steed has been called the 'New karate Kid' to 'Young 007'. A fresh version of Alex Rider. ' - surely nobody could seriously suggest that this Young Adult material is similar in any way to EB!
Bets says... Bets says: The Anecdotage can! It's alarming that other people appear to have started thinking along the same lines as Stephen.
September 27, 2013 - Chris Horsefield says: I was pleased that another Enid Blyton fan also thought British Author Mark A. Cooper has a similar style to Enid Blyton. When I read his first novel I was pulled into the story as if I was reading a Famous Five novel. On researching I see he was born in Lordship Lane Dulwich, London next door to where she was born and he names her as his main influence and inspiration for writing. While I find his novels riveting and similar style don't get carried away, it's not Orange Squash and fairy cakes, his 11 year old character witnesses far more than a boy that age should. My question is can we get some of the unfinished manuscripts, yes I know they were tossed away, but if the synopsis was given to someone like Cooper could he not write them just as authors now write Ian Fleming's James Bond books? It would be a treat to read a new novel with some pop biscuits and google buns. Unless we know of another children's author who could write them and get the style correct.
September 27, 2013 - Paul says: Bets: No I didn't win anything in the radio quiz as I failed the following question. I know a lot about Blyton but not so much about pop music.
September 21, 2013 - Bookworm says: I need some help. I've got this essay I have to do for English in which I have to write an autobiographical essay from the point of view of a famous woman. Naturally, I chose Enid Blyton. I was not able to gather much information from Wikipedia or any other websites and I was wondering if she wrote an autobiography. Or if someone could give a a few keypoints of her life that would be great! Thanks for any help! : -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Society site should be of great help to you, Bookworm. Check HERE.
September 18, 2013 - Wijithma says: For me the best writer in the world is Enid Blyton. I am a Sri Lankan. We speak Sinhala and English is not our main language. But since I started learning English in my school (Ferguson High School) I started reading Enid Blyton's stories especially Famous 5 and Secret Seven. Now I have improved my English language a lot. That credit should be gone to Enid Blyton surely.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There was no need to post your comment four times, Wijithma!
September 17, 2013 - SD Sharma says: I am an Indian and English is not our primary language. Thirty years back, my daughter was learning English when she was a kid. I gave her Enid Blyton's books like Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Towers, etc. She was so absorbed in these books that today she has a very good command on English language and is always invited in her office to write projects and reports. Enid Blyton has helped many persons like my daughter to learn English in a pleasant way. I think this is another important (though intended) contribution of Enid Blyton.
September 15, 2013 - Ana says: Oh, for goodness me! WILL someone ever write a post again?! Gosh! BTW, was here to ask what was the honey-like fruit Mafumu gave Peggy in 'The Secret Mountain' which I recently read and LOVED! Gtg, Ana. (Ik u guys dont like abbreviations but can't help it, I'm in a hurry!)
Fatty says... Fatty says: It must have taken you longer to say why you were using abbreviations than to write the words in full!
September 9, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Jane, try George Chedzoy's books. He has written three titles so far, and are very Blytonish - with mobile phones, but retain the mystery and adventure.
September 4, 2013 - Jane Thomas says: I'm a middle grade teacher in New York. For years I have introduced Enid Blyton to my students, many have never heard of her. I have always found her work very stimulating and I am pleased that her work has rubbed off on new authors like Prince William's favorite Mark A. Cooper, the author of the Jason Steed series, his work although very modern has the same style and he admits he is a fan and was heavily influenced with her work. Can anyone suggest other British authors who are up to date and also write in the same style as Enid Blyton.
Bets says... Bets says: The great thing about Enid Blyton is the huge number of books she's written. Have you read all the major series? Some of the lesser known ones, such as the novels (Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm, Six Cousins Again, Hollow Tree House, etc) are wonderful stories as well. Roald Dahl and J. K. Rowling seem like the obvious suggestions. J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and C. S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" books are also very good reads. You might be interested in browsing the "Other Authors" section on this website (link at the top of this page) and the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books.
September 4, 2013 - Anna says: Hi all! Can any one gie me a tip o the 2nd step of the do-it-yourself mystery??? Thanks Cheers, Anna Babotelli.
September 1, 2013 - Ana says: Hello, again, Fatty and Bets! I'm so sad that I didn't know about the solve-it-yourself mystery in the fan fiction. I read it, and I got the right answer with all the clues right. Sigh. I wish I'd known. Will there be anymore solve-it-yourselves coming up? Thanks a lot. Cheers, Ana.
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you enjoyed it, Ana! I am not sure whether we will have any more, but I personally do not think so. :-)
September 1, 2013 - katy1 says: I want to see Felicity at Malory Towers reviews on this website. How can I?
Bets says... Bets says: I'm afraid we do not have reviews for the Malory Towers continuation novels.
August 29, 2013 - TG says: I don't know how to post on the 'Talk About Blyton' thread, but Jean Anderson does and she has sharp eyes (July 28th). Mistakes can be entertaining and in this case I guess it was Eileen Soper's gaffe. Ann might have said, "Excuse me Julian, I just want to pat Uncle's knee" and then reached across. Curiously, this is one of the very few books (1955) where Soper is not credited so I'm wondering if she complained about it. After all, her name is practically synonymous with the 'Famous Five. '.
August 26, 2013 - Jinx says: Hello everyone!! Can anyone please shed light on how the traditional British school system used to work?? I see in the first page of Second Form at Malory Towers that Darrell is telling her mother that it is her fifth term and she will be in second form to which her mother replies that it is about time she is moved up. I thought there were 3 terms a school year then, but it seems like children were just left in a form until they did well enough to advance. Yet in the end of the first term Darrell is shown as one of the best in class placing 5th overall. Anyone know anything about this? : ): ): ) thanks!
August 21, 2013 - joanne says: Have 2 Clicky books w/Molly Brett pictures and 5 Mary Mouse w/ Olive F Openshaw pictures for sale. These appear to be class readers from the 1950's. Good/excellent condition. Any advice on where to sell these would be appreciated.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Enid Blyton Society forums have a For Sale section or you could try an online site such as eBay. Have you tried local secondhand booksellers?
August 9, 2013 - Imogen says: In The Secret Island you put 'the children took all the clothes they possessed to the hollow tree ; then later on you say 'and since the girls had none to change in to it was hard to keep their dresses clean and mended.
August 9, 2013 - Kevin says: Hi there, I want to give one of my nieces the Malory Towers series as a gift. However, my aunt says that in the more recent editions, Darrel's character has been neutred a bit - to make her politically correct. Well, my niece is a clever girl and deserves full-strength Blyton, so I would like to know how far back regarding editions do I need to go in order to get a non-bowlderised version? First edition is obviously good, but hard to find. Which other editions are fully written by Blyton? Thanks for any reply, Kevin.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You don't need to go back to first editions - as long as you buy older reprints you should be all right. Certainly the hardback editions will be fine. It is probably best to avoid paperbacks and hardbacks printed after the mid seventies. Take a look at sites such as eBay and other online book dealers and see what you can find. They are not expensive, so there is no need to spend a fortune!
August 6, 2013 - Jeni says: I didn't think of that, Nigel. You're right - can't miss what you never read! The new readers will never notice the 'new' text, simply because they never read the originals! Still, I will always prefer the 'original'. :).
August 5, 2013 - Paul says: Knowing a lot about Enid just helped me on a radio quiz here in Australia. They asked "Who tried to set up their own secret society after being denied entry to the Secret Seven? " They went through many callers who couldn't answer and I phoned in and said "Susie and Binkie". The host was quite thankful someone had got it right!
Bets says... Bets says: That's wonderful, Paul! Did you win anything for it?
August 5, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Jeni, most of us agree with you. However, the millions of new copies that are sold today, go to buyers who have little knowledge of the original scripts, so wouldn't notice much to be amiss. Apart from the strange currency values and the "missed" updated text.
Fatty says... Fatty says: At least I don't get beaten up in the Secret Room, in the new editions.... :-)
August 4, 2013 - Jeni says: Personally, I wished they wouldn't change the original amounts. I wished they wouldn't change ANYTHING about those original manuscripts. This way, we can see the value (or curse) of inflation throughout the decades, and how negative all that is. Sadly, I am outnumbered in my opinion. :(
August 3, 2013 - Manya says: Ahoy there! Can you suggest some sites for buying Enid Blyton books from India?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Most questions such as this one can be answered successfully by using a search engine. There is also an online site which advertises on this home page.
August 3, 2013 - Manya says: Hallo, Does anyone know why more than 80 % of Enid Blyton's books are set in Cornwall?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Interesting statistic. How did you arrive at this this figure?
August 2, 2013 - Manya says: Hey Fatty, I have something to ask! I had read the the Naughtiest Girl in the School's older version and in that it says that the pocket money of the children was 2 shillings a week, and the money that Elizabeth gets from her uncle and spends on Joan's birthday is a pound, but when I read the newer version (my old one was lost) the pocket money suddenly changes to two pounds and the money given by uncle Rupert to ten pounds. Another one is that in the book Last Term in Malory Towers the money taken back by Jo from matron is forty five pounds. Instead of twenty five pounds, but in the review by Laura canning it is 9 pounds and 5 pounds. Why this sudden change?
Bets says... Bets says: Inflation, I suppose. While 2 shillings a week was a great amount at the time the books were written, now it is sadly outdated and the value is much lesser.
August 1, 2013 - Will H says: My thanks to Anita and Nigel for your replies on my queries. I was sure it was an EB book but thanks I will check out the book you mentioned, I have found it on Amazon so I will get it to satisfy my curiosity.
July 30, 2013 - Jon says: Nigel, the web pages and all it's content (book scans) are no longer online, I simply run them on local host using XAMPP for any content done in PHP. I may even put my Famous Five pages on wordpress one day, as I may be able to share them that way. I still have to get round to re reading all my books again, then maybe I will see something I missed before.
July 30, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Jon, I empathise! However, and I make no apologies for plugging the Enid Blyton Society website, it is incredible the amount of new material that is added on a daily basis. The Cave of Books is an endless source of information and delights. I would like to take a look at your website, if I haven't already (knowing my memory)!
Fatty says... Fatty says: It is true what you say, Nigel (and there is no need for an apology), the Society Updates show the main additions, but Tony Summerfield is adding more on a daily basis to the wealth of material that can be found in The Cave.
July 29, 2013 - Jon says: Message to Nigel Rowe: Hi Nigel, I don't suppose there is much more to dissect now, most of us have already done it. I know I have when I had my old Famous Five website up and running, I still have all my old reviews, and my own personal thoughts and ideas on Blyton and the Famous Five. I have these safely stored on my hard drive i.html format. I did update all the content, including all my own personal book scans. But me being fifty, I don't seem to have energy to do anything with it all!
July 29, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: It does indeed sound like "Treasure at Amorys" -- Jon and Penny go on a cycle ride to the Isle of Oxney, near Rye. There they befriend an elderly Major, and volunteer the others to help him open his house, Amorys, for guests. Some Roman remains have recently been unearthed locally and some old acquaintances of the Piners are about: trouble blows up immediately.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you Anita and Nigel. You can read an excerpt from the book here.
July 28, 2013 - Anita says: In answer to Will H's query about a story featuring the discovery of an ancient Mithraic temple, I'm pretty sure he's thinking of one of Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine books (probably Treasure at Amorys, though I can't be certain as it's a while since I read the series).
July 28, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Apart from new messages that are put up, the site has had little added to it for a long time now. It is still a good database for fans to explore - reviews, book/series summaries and so on. In one way it is a shame that it has nothing new to offer, but in truth, what would be the point? The Enid Blyton Society website has additions and updates on a daily basis.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm glad you had something nice to say about us, Nigel! You are right about the EBS website though. Check it out here.
July 27, 2013 - Jon says: Great to see this site still going strong, I always come back to it every so often. My partner is away on her holidays, so I have got time to read all the great Famous Five reviews once again. Great work to all the chaps for keeping this brill site up and running.
Bets says... Bets says: Glad to know you are still enjoying the website, Jon!
July 25, 2013 - preethikabi says: Its too interesting to read the novels of Enid. Though I am an adult I enjoy and cherish reading the works of Blyton. Thank you for creating this website as I can be an 'informed' reader of Blyton.
July 24, 2013 - Francesca says: Hi I am doing a project for school on Enid Blyton. I have to do source sheets and I was wondering if you could tell me who created the website and when the information was published {just a year e. G 2013) thank you.
Bets says... Bets says: You will find the information on the About The Website section. You can also make use of the wealth of resources on the Enid Blyton Society website! Best of luck for your project! Do let us know how you get on.
July 24, 2013 - Will H says: I was an avid reader of EB books as a child. I have a recollection of a story but cannot recall which series it might be from so perhaps someone can help. My recollection is that the characters are in an old house on a cliff. One of the characters ( a girl) is having disturbing images flash in her mind and eventually they discover underneath the house an old Roman temple to the military deity Mithras, which is the key bit I remember. I am sure it is from an EB book but cannot recall which. Does this ring any bells with anyone? I would love to track it down.
July 24, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: An interesting website, Fatty. I was surprised to see that Carey had passed away - I had no idea.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, sadly he died of cancer and post-polio syndrome on 13th July 2002 at Woodbridge in Suffolk.
July 24, 2013 - Fatty says: There is a new Carey Blyton website - this is Carey Blyton, the composer and nonsense poet, nephew of Enid. The new site completely replaces an older site (which was written by someone else who's now retired), and contains a good deal of new material. The new site can be found here .
July 23, 2013 - Birdie says: I've been reading some Famous Five books which I got from my grandmother, they were hers when she was a girl! It's almost a complete set and one has somebody elses name in the front. I am enjoying Five Go Down To the Sea. I wish I could join the Famous Five club!
July 23, 2013 - Snigdha says: I remember reading about Darrell and Felicity Rivers in the Malory Towers series. And Joe, Beth, Franny in the Magic Faraway Tree. Darrell was my favorite. Can you give more names of these kinds of books please.
Bets says... Bets says: Use the links at the top of this page! Also check out Enid Blyton Society and its Cave of Books (link is to the left of the Society's homepage).

Fatty says: You may also like The Wishing Chair series, too, Snigdha.
July 23, 2013 - Manya says: I have remembered reading the name "BUTTONS' in a book. I am sure that it was a Blyton book,but I don't even remember if it was a animals name or a man's. I have searched through everyone of my books. None has a character with the name of Buttons. Please Help!
Bets says... Bets says: Philip Mannering in The Castle of Adventure has a baby fox called Button. I hope this helps!
July 9, 2013 - Shalini says: Enid Blyton has written Amelia Jane books too!
Bets says... Bets says: She certainly did!
July 5, 2013 - Manya says: I am a big fan of Enid Blyton and love to read her books! The Five Find Outers, the Famous Five, Malory Towers and the Secret series, the Secret Seven and many more! And by the way, Keith, the story you wrote for the fanfic of the Five Find Outers should have been published! I've read on many websites that it is likely that the character of George from the Famous five is based on Blyton herself! Can it be true?
Bets says... Bets says: It certainly is!
July 4, 2013 - tani says: I love Enid's books, I go mad about them.
Bets says... Bets says: Can you tell us more about what you like about the books, Tani?
July 1, 2013 - Nabeela says: Excuse me. Can you please tell me how to buy Enid Blyton books? I really love them!!!
Bets says... Bets says: Look in bookshops around your area, or look online. Links to various stores can be found right above the messages on this page.
June 30, 2013 - Sophie says: Are there differences between the Malory Towers Enid Blyton wrote, and Pamela Cox? Pamela Cox wrote the books after Last term at Malory Towers. Thanks!
Bets says... Bets says: I'm afraid I haven't read Pamela Cox's books, Sophie, but summaries of them can be found on the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books.
June 30, 2013 - Sarah says: I LOVE ENID BLYTON!! At the moment I'm reading Famous Five which I dream of being real! This has to be the best author in the world!
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you enjoy the books, Sarah!
June 29, 2013 - Abisha Chihobo says: I read a book of the author Enid Blyton called, The Valley Of Adventure, that carries Jack, Phillip, Lucy-Ann etc. I real enjoyed the standard English written in the book but it hasn't complete pages. I real want your assistance to get again the book here in Mozambique and some other books of adventures of the same author. Thank you l hope that you will take this into consideration. Your Servant. Abisha Chihobo.
Bets says... Bets says: Try using the links to Navrang near the middle of this page, they offer worldwide shipping at very low rates. You can also check out the Amazon Store. I'm glad to hear that you found the writing of Enid Blyton beneficial! :-)
June 28, 2013 - Manya says: Thanks for replying! I remember that I read a book once about three children and that they tried to find a hidden necklace. But I can't seem to remember the title! Please help me!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Could that be The Adventure of the Secret Necklace, Manya. There are, however, many stories - some short - concerning necklaces and jewellery.
June 25, 2013 - Cornish Girl says: Many thanks to everyone who has replied to my message. The search continues but as your readers suggest, it's probably not from an EB book. Many thanks for all your help though!
Bets says... Bets says: Do let us know if you can trace the quotation!
June 24, 2013 - Sharon says: Could you please tell me what the difference is between the 1943 edition and the 1956 edition of the Famous Five book Five Go Adventuring Again. Does it have the same Illustrator Eileen A Soper and also the printer Hodder and Stoughton? I am after the 1st editions of some of about 7 of the Famous Five books. Many thanks for your help, Sharon.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Enid Blyton Society Cave might be of help.
June 23, 2013 - Paul says: Although at the time Enid was writing, things would have been generally understood as "short hair - tomboy" and "long hair - feminine girl", are there any cases of "girly" characters with short hair or "tomboy" characters with medium to long hair in Blyton?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Wasn't Cecil Dearlove in 'Five Go Off To Camp' portrayed as a long-haired cissy?
June 22, 2013 - Nor Majidah says: Started reading Enid Blyton books when I was 10, a little bit late by the 60's standards when my my sis brought home some books borrowed from a friend and was hooked since! Now I'm in my fifties and do read her books to reminisce my beautiful childhood of the Famous Five, Five Find Outers, The Secret Seven and hundreds more! Can't remember them all! My all time favourite has got to be The Mystery of the Hidden House co starring Ern, Mr Goon's nephew! Bye!
Bets says... Bets says: Ern Goon is a wonderful character!
June 21, 2013 - TG says: Replying to the query from Cornish Girl: If Julie@owlsdene, Anita, Nigel Rowe, Fatty, and Bets don't know the answer then the remark probably came from another author. If it were Miss Blyton the most likely source would be in her Landmark series - Adventure, FF, Malory Towers, etc. Incidentally, it's not in the "Adventurous Four" books either. Quotations are often muddled as to their origins: Did you know - there are more than a thousand people out there who think that "Lashings of Ginger Beer" is a remark straight from an Enid Blyton book. Let them hunt for it. As Cornish Girl remembers someone quoting the sentence, why not search out that person? I don't think anyone on this website or the EBS forum has ever mentioned it, so the options are narrowing a little. Because Enid Blyton is so popular it could be that a fan reading something in another author's book and wanting to see it again might well look to EB as the most likely source (August 11, 2006 - John says: "I read a book as a child which I would love to find again but I can't remember the title. It was an adventure set in Cornwall. All I remember is that there was an old character in the book who was portrayed as the last native speaker of Cornwall and lived on a cliff top. Any idea anybody? "). It can't be ruled out of course that the passage may well have come from the EB pen and if locating it is of earth-shaking importance, I'd be inclined to run through the scores of fairy tales found in such works as the MacMillan series, concentrating on those that feature at least a couple of human children. It may take more than a week though!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, TG, for such a comprehensive reply. I doubted its authenticity when Anita didn't recognise it. I must say, I never remember reading such a sentence.
June 21, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Are you hinting that you might know, TG?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Perhaps!

Bets says: Knowing him, he probably is!
June 20, 2013 - TG says: "We're in Cornwall now, anything could happen." It's not in the Arnold series or in Malory Towers or in the Adventure series, and it's not even in the Kirrin books. So where to from there?
June 20, 2013 - Pete says: The Find Outers were my favourite when I was kid, thank you so much for the updated stories, have just re read the originals so these new stories were great, thank you again.
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you enjoyed the fanfiction! Our writers will be very pleased to hear about your kind remarks.
June 20, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: It was The Secret of Spiggy Holes that I was thinking of, Anita. I might have to re-read it!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Anita and I look forward to see if Nigel spots it! ;-)
June 20, 2013 - Anita says: I don't remember the quotation about Cornwall, but The Secret of Spiggy Holes and Five Go Down to the Sea are possibilities. I think The Island of Adventure is set in Cornwall too - though maybe I'm just assuming that from the description of the place.
June 19, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: In answer to Cornish Girl - I was thinking could it be a Malory Towers book. Or the Family at Red Roof's mentions Cornwall, but it's years since I read that one, and can't remember whether they visited. Also as Bets says - could it be Five Go Down to the Sea, that was based in Cornwall too. Just a few suggestions.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, I was thinking along the same lines, Julie. I don't somehow think it was a Famous Five book - I was thinking it might be a Malory Towers book. I also have a feeling one of the Secret series was located in Cornwall. Anita, where are you when we need you?! ;-)
June 18, 2013 - Cornish Girl says: Hello there, I once remember someone quoting that in one of Enid Blyton's books she writes "We're in Cornwall now, anything could happen"! I really love this quote and I'm doing a bit of research into it and wondered if anyone could help me?! Many thanks.
Bets says... Bets says: I think it might be Famous Five quotation, but I am not sure - I'll look into it and get back to you soon! :-)
June 18, 2013 - Niyati says: I am 30 years old. I am blessed that I was in a school which had an extensive collection of Enid Blyton books. I started reading them as early as from 3rd grade. And couldn't stop until I turned 15. I must have read at least a 100 of her books. I sincerely owe a lot to Enid Blyton for helping me master the English language skills. I still can't and never will forget the characters of Famous Five, Amelia, Noddy and Secret Seven. My favourite till date remains 'Those Dreadful Children' followed by 'Mr. Galliano's Circus'.
Fatty says... Fatty says: So pleased to hear how Enid helped you, Niyati. Thanks for sharing that with us.
June 17, 2013 - Nidhi Menon says: The books written by Enid Blyton are so good I have read them all. I also enjoy reading all of your comments.
June 13, 2013 - Diana :))) says: I like books by Enid Blyton!!!
Bets says... Bets says: Nice to hear it, Diana! What about the books do you particularly enjoy?
June 12, 2013 - Manya says: Hey Fatty, can you recommend sites for the sequels of Malory Towers written by Pamela cox for buying or reading with the help of ebooks, and also recommend some ebook sites on which we can download ebooks without any cost?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Google and you should find sites. Amazon or Play would be a start. As for free books, it's either illegal downloading or shoplifting, I'm afraid. Why do people always want something for nothing?
June 10, 2013 - Veni Martin says: Hi All, It'd be appreciated if you let me know about CSS font-face or similar font-types employed by Pan Macmillan int the first edition of Adventure Series books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sorry, Veni, but I have no idea. Maybe the Enid Blyton Society might be able to help.
June 9, 2013 - Sunil says: I am 24 years old, and I remember when I was 11, I was walking with my father at a "Book fair". English wasn't my primary language and my parents don't speak it, though I was learning it at the new expensive school my father was sending me to. I picked up "Five on a Treasure Island" just to make my father feel happy and think that my new school was good for me. That night I opened it and read ' "Mother, have you heard about our summer holidays yet? " said Julian, at the breakfast-table."Can we go to Polseath as usual? " '. My life has never been the same, today I am a successful MBA. Somewhere deep down, I feel I owe it all to that one book I read, which made me read the hundreds after that. Thank you Enid Blyton.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ah, I remember that line so well, reading it as a child. Thank you for sharing that memory with us, and I am so pleased that your life has turned out so well, maybe, as you suggest, down to that one book you read as a child.
June 4, 2013 - Paul says: When I was younger I kept mistaking "scolding" for "scalding". So I'd be reading Enid Blyton books and think that it was perfectly legitimate for a teacher or parent to pour boiling water on a kid whenever they were late or bought the wrong apron or something.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Well Paul, Enid's books always sold like hot cakes....
May 28, 2013 - Sarah says: This helped a lot thank you Fatty,and one thing I have all the series except Malory Towers - where do you think I can get it? I live in Ireland oh and I read Keith's paragraph it was great. Can you pass this to him?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, a book shop? ;-) We have links to online booksellers on this website. I am sure Keith will be pleased that you like his review.
May 27, 2013 - Sarah says: Hi! Fatty why is there no Enid Blyton day this year?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid Blyton Society questions should be raised with their own website rather than here. However, a look at this thread on the forums might be helpful to you.
May 27, 2013 - Sarah says: Bets is it annoying being small?
Bets says... Bets says: I love being the youngest!
May 26, 2013 - EB's GF says: Well you are wrong Fatty. Sooty is also featured in Five Go To Kirrin Island Again. But that is a Fanfic. But when did she ask about Pierre?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I am not wrong, Jesy was asking about Enid Blyton's stories. Fanfic is neither here nor there. Incidentally, you are rather too fond of accusing people of being wrong, You accused Keith of making an error in your last post and haven't apologised for that mistake. It is always sensible to check before levelling blame at someone.
May 25, 2013 - Jesy says: Can we see the 'naughtiest girl' series in this page?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Look in 'Other Blytons'. As for your other question, Sooty (I take it you mean Pierre Lenoir) only features in 'Five Go To Smuggler's Top'.
May 25, 2013 - Jesy says: R there any chinese Enid Blyton books? Please tell me yes! If yes, what are the names? Thank you!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're in Hong Kong, so surely you are best placed to find out!
May 24, 2013 - Lizzy says: Thank you Fatty. He looked about 78 so it could of been him, there was a big picture of the Famous Five on the platform.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Did you check out The Ginger Pop shop? Well worth a visit when you're in the village.
May 23, 2013 - Bay says: I have Enid Blytons autograph from 1949 in my autograph book is it of any value?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sadly we cannot give valuations. I would suggest you take the book to a dealer or look at an online auction site to see if similar items are for sale.
May 23, 2013 - lizzy says: I went to Corf e last year and went on the platform to see the steam train; the guard at the station looked just like Dick, but a lot older. Do you think it could of been him?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Who knows?! He would be about 78 now - could be one of his children though!
May 22, 2013 - Olga says: Could you kindly let me know contact details of rights owner for Ms Blyton's books? I am interested in translation rights.
Bets says... Bets says: Hachette Children's Books currently own the rights. Which language are you thinking of translating in? Good luck with your endeavor!
May 21, 2013 - Suchishmita says: Thanks for your reply, Fatty. I will surely try them. Has anyone read the 'Fun and games at Malory Towers'? I am the biggest fan of Malory Towers and unfortunately I can't find it anywhere. I like you all a lot and my best wishes to you all.
May 20, 2013 - Suchishmita says: Hi Fatty and Bets, can I read the sequels of Malory Towers here? If yes, where? Thanks a lot. I love this site and Love Enid Blyton. Take care, bye from Enid Blyton's biggest fan, Suchishmita.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We have no MT fanfic, but there are two full length stories on the Enid Blyton Society website. However, you need to subscribe to the Society to read them.
May 19, 2013 - shruti says: Hi Fatty and Bets! I have a question. Do any publishers publish the unabridged versions of EB's books?
Bets says... Bets says: I am assuming you mean original texts unaltered by any political correctness - I'm afraid, no. :-(
May 19, 2013 - Jesy says: I read it on this website: Link
Bets says... Bets says: That was Keith pulling off an April Fools prank!
May 19, 2013 - Jesy says: I saw on another website that Enid Blyton wrote 2 thirds of another Famous Five story, and forgot to get it published. Is it possible to put the manuscript on this page, so everyone can read it?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Nice to receive a post from Hong Kong. However, I think someone is pulling your leg! On which website did you read that, Jesy?
May 14, 2013 - Cláudia says: Thank you for your quick reply, Fatty! I think it's a shame really, because I believe that a lot gets lost through modernisation (and yes, the books have been severely changed in Portuguese! ) but maybe that's the norm now, Well, I've started reading "Upper Fourth at Malory Towers" in English - original version - and it's nice to compare it to my Portuguese one! May I stay in touch? All the best to you, Cláudia.
Bets says... Bets says: We would love for you to stay in touch, Cláudia!

Fatty says: We look forward to hearing more from you, Cláudia. The only way to read Enid's books as she meant them to be read, is to acquire early copies.
May 14, 2013 - Cláudia says: Hi Fatty and Bets! I went to a Portuguese bookstore on the week-end and was very happy to find the English version of two EB books, which I bought (Upper Fourth at Malory Towers and Five Have Plenty of Fun! )Nevertheless I was sad to see that the new Portuguese version of EB books is so different from the original: Apart from the use of modern terms, important parts of the books have been left out. Seriously! This version is completely different from the one I own (which as far as I can tell is very true to the original) and I do believe that it is shame that this is happening! I'm going to write to Portuguese publishers about this and if anyone else from Portugal happens to read this post I ask you what you think could be done to reverse this situation. Thank you, Best wishes, Cláudia.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Modernising Enid's books is apparent in the UK too, Cláudia - although possibly not as severe as in Portugal.
May 10, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Marie, probably because Cornwall is a magical, mysterious and wonderful county - much of it unchanged through the centuries. I suspect Enid loved it to boot!
May 6, 2013 - Marie says: Hello does anyone know why some of her books were set in Cornwall??
May 5, 2013 - Shruti says: Hi Fatty and Bets! yesterday night my sister and I had a superb midnight feast: -) inspired by EB of course. We had been planning it for days and it happened yesterday. Both of us love Blyton and needless to say we talked amongst other things about Elizabeth, Darrel and the twins. And we didn't get caught! That was a bonus! Lots of love to you all from me and my sister.
May 3, 2013 - Nabeela says: Hi Fatty how are you umm, I read some of the mesages and I umm really think you shouldn't offhand people like that because that really feels bad you know well that is all I've got to say, so Bye love from Nabeela.
Bets says... Bets says: Hello Nabeela, thank you for your message. Are you referring to Fatty's reply to Sanjana/Suchandra? If you look through those posts again the rudeness came from her and Fatty only replied to them. However if you think there were any unjust comments from either Fatty or myself please do let us know, but respectfully, as you did here. We appreciate all messages, encourage discourse and allow the questioning of people, but always in a respectful manner. :-)
May 1, 2013 - Mitch says: I came across your site doing some research on a Enid Blyton book I found in my basement. I'm trying to find some info on it and was wondering if you could provide some or point me in the right direction. It called The Valley of Adventure. Published by The Thames Publishing CO. London. Illustrations by Stuart Tresilian. The book has plain solid red covers with just the title and author printed on the spine. No date can be found anywhere. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have had a look in the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books, but couldn't find any information on this copy. I am sure it must be in there somewhere though. As far as I remember it was a wartime publication, and to save paper (which was rationed) was made into a smaller size. I have a copy of this book, and you are correct, there is no date of publication.
May 1, 2013 - Ana says: Hi! I'm back! Please do tell me how you got to know that idiot of Sanjana And Suchandra was same? Please do!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Foolproof technology! More than that I cannot say. :-)
May 1, 2013 - Nikki says: Thanks to reading Enid Blyton's books through much of my childhood and early teen years, my writing skills and imagination were developed. I particularly loved the Magic Faraway Tree and the Famous Five series.
April 30, 2013 - Nad says: Could you, confirm me the birth of Noddy (Oui-Oui in french) Please? Because, in France, nobody says that the first edition in England (London) is edited at the 29th october 1949. Please, confirm me. Thanks a lot. A Noddy fan : Nad.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Enid Blyton Society Cave of Books should tell you all you need to know about the little nodding man, Nad.
April 30, 2013 - Jean says: HI I have just acquired a book by EB called Shadow, the Sheep-Dog - 1969 edition. Is this a collectors item? Jean.
Bets says... Bets says: I'm afraid we cannot give any evaluations, however, it is certainly a nice book to have. The book was first published in 1942, so yours might not be a collectors item.
April 28, 2013 - Peter Cross says: Love the stories of the find outers today. Loved them as a kid. Just recently reading my old books of Famous Five and find outers as well as the mystery series. Jack. Kiki. Etc. So am loving the fan fiction of the find outers. More please.
April 27, 2013 - Nabeela says: Hello! has any one read the book summer term at Malory Towers. I am dying to read it can some one tell how it was I never got that book. Any way can I know Fatty and Bets Birthday dates please? love Nabeela.
Fatty says... Fatty says: 1. Millions have 2.Either nobody gave it to you or you didn't buy it 3. That we keep a secret!
April 25, 2013 - Coo says: Hi, Fatty and Bets, how are you both? Its me Coo, and I think that you would have remembered me as the Greatest fan of the Five Find Outers. I really love you all. I want to say to both of you, that do not care for any of the rude comments or messages, that you get from anyone. We all know that you both are great : -). And as for Fatty, he is the sweetest, cutest, polite, kind, intelligent and loveable. You are the best Fatty, so do not care for anything wierd that people say. Just keep up your great work, my dear, Fatty and Bets. My Best wishes, love and support is always for you : -). Love u both.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Coo! We don't mind the idiots, they make the rest of us look good!
April 25, 2013 - Paul says: Fatty and Bets have a method of checking who's who around here. It's called "checking the logs". It was being done in the early days of the web in the nineties.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I thought that meant seeing you had enough wood to go on the fire....... ;-)
April 24, 2013 - Suchandra says: Hi Fatty. How are you? I like you and please tell me what is Darrell Rivers' of Malory Towers Hair and skin color and what is her hair style. Thanks a lot. And Hi @Sanjana I want to talk to you. ; -).
Bets says... Bets says: May I ask why you are posting under different names, Sanjana and Suchandra? Your earlier comment as Sanjana is rude and disrespectful and we ought to ban you from this website. Please apologise to Fatty as he is nothing but a lovely person and does not deserve ANY of the mean comments you made.

Fatty says: We have the technology to know that you are one and the same person. You are an idiot, so any further posts will be binned. Hope you enjoyed your little game.
April 24, 2013 - sanjana says: I do really think Fatty is an idiot. He is the most idiot and rudest boy ever. Fatso, stop replying me. I want anyone to reply me except you, Fatso. Shut up and mind your own business, fat-head.
Bets says... Bets says: Your message speaks volumes about your own personality. I am posting this on the website just to make an example of what someone should NOT be like.
April 24, 2013 - Rasathma says: Hi! I'm a great fan of Enid Blyton and I've been reading her books from age eight onwards. Up to now, I've read her Noddy series, Famous Five and Secret seven. My next idea is to read the Adventure and Mystery series. Can I find those stories through this website?
Bets says... Bets says: Glad to hear you're enjoying the stories! Unfortunately you cannot read the stories online, however, see the links above to see from where you may purchase them.
April 23, 2013 - Amy says: I have read some Malory Towers, and many other books by Enid Blyton. She really has a way of writing that interests me and helps me write some of my own short stories. I love the way she is so creative and her ideas are amazing! I am happy to hear that Mary-Lou has some sense of her own. If it hadn't been for her I don't think Gwendoline had been found out. I hate Gwen and she is a rotten girl. Till now I have only read 3 books of Malory Towers but like Sally and Darrell the best. I have the characteristics of both in me so I kind of like them both. I think Daphne deserved to get expelled but it was very kind of the girls to give her another chance. Mary-Lou did help Daphne with her French homework and many other things. Lucky Mary-Lou to be saved just in time.
April 23, 2013 - Sanjana says: Hi everyone! I hate Fatty. He always boasts and thinks he is the best and smart but unfortunately he is NOT! I don't like him a bit. I like Bets, she is a dear and she always opens the key to a mystery but the credits goes to Fatty, for example, in the book, ' The case of the missing necklace' , Bets found the necklace but that Fatty got the credit. I like Pips, Daisy and Larry too and oh yes, how could I forgot Inspector Jenks. He is very kind to the children. I also love Malory towers and The Secret Seven series and all others by Enid Blyton and that other author who wrote Malory Towers. Good luck to all of you and have a great day!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Why did you say you like Fatty in your earlier post, now you say you hate him? Is your village missing an idiot?
April 23, 2013 - Jeni says: You know, I can't stand it when people make out EB to be, what she's not. I guess when they do that, it may make for good discussion, however in reality they don't have a leg to stand on.
April 23, 2013 - Sanjana says: Hello! I have read the Malory towers series and The Five Find Outers series and the books based on Nick terry and his sister Katie Terry. Well, I like Bets the most of all in the Five Find outers series. She is great because I was just like her when I was small. I like Fatty too cause he is intelligent and polite too. Could you possibly give me names of stories like 'Malory Towers' or the Five Find Outers?? Thanks a LOT! Love you Bets, Darrell, Fatty, Sally and the others. ; -) P. S REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
April 21, 2013 - Joe Flannigan says: I understand that Enid Blyton is "politically incorrect" for some obscure reason. Describing one character as "swarthy" perhaps? Whatever. I am in my mid-60s now and I have always remembered the wonderful adventures I went on, as a child, in her writings. She was a master, ineffable, incomparable. The world did not see such talent before, nor since.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Only idiots consider Enid to be 'politically incorrect'. The wise amongst us agree with you, Joe, and recognise her for the genius that she undoubtedly was.
April 21, 2013 - TG says: Saky asked: "Fatty, where can I find the FanFic where Larry, a journalist ends up interviewing Fatty?" I looked back a bit and found there were others who had been following the interaction between two former Find-Outers and I know it can be frustrating when something just disappears. For very good reasons (which I understand fully), "They Made Their Mark" has to be transferred, and I'm simply waiting to find a site for it. Yes, the expanded version is Raring to Go, and if a suitable host materializes, perhaps a note could be put on so that anyone who's interested can be redirected.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have asked Keith to consider this. Thanks for your reply.
April 20, 2013 - EB's GF says: Hello Fatty. I searched for the book of The Mystery That Never Was. There was a review by Keith on it. Well I 'd like to say that Keith is wrong. The boy's name is Nick Terry (not Nickie Frazer). His best friend is Mike (Not Kenneth) and Nick's sister is Katie (Not Winnie) and she is Nick's sister and not Penny's (her name is correct) best friend. Can't make head or tail of it, can you?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've checked my copy and the names are exactly as Keith says. I think you might be reading The Riddle That Never Was, a continuation novel edited by Gillian Baverstock. There was also another edition, The Young Adventures and The Mystery That Never Was.

Bets says: I have checked The Young Adventurers and The Mystery That Never Was and the characters are Nick, Katie, Mike and Penny. I think this might be the one EB's GF is reading.
April 20, 2013 - Hi everyone!! says: Hi everyone! I love the Five Find Outers and dog. I like your EVERYTHING. From the tea parties to the smell of a mystery, from the grumpy Mr. Goon to polite Fatty. Can you tell me what are some other great Blyton books?? Please tell me as soon as possible. Till then, take care. ;-).
Bets says... Bets says: Use the links at the top of this page - they're all great series.
April 17, 2013 - Saky says: Fatty, where can I find the FanFic where Larry, a journalist ends up interviewing Fatty? I think it was by T Gustafus or some such name (sorry!)
Bets says... Bets says: Terry Gustafson asked Keith to remove the story from the website because he wants to see if he could publish it.
April 15, 2013 - Lovaduck says: Hey Fatty, can you tell me that what is the colour of Fatty's hair? I am really surprised to read that in Strange Bundle Enid Blyton wrote that there was a wig of dark hair when Fatty disguised himself for Bets and the another sentence was like this: Bets could see his dark hair. Do you think that Fatty's hair is dark brown or black? Or anything like that as I am remembring that I've read in one of find outers novel that fatty's hair colour is blonde so plz Guide me I am so confuse reply me as soon as possible. Waiting for MY DEAR FIVE FIND OUTER'S reply. Then I will give you all treat in cafe where was a cow moving okay we will have macaroons or eclairs with lemonade. Take care.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I gave up correcting your punctuation half-way through! I would say his hair was a mousey colour, leaning towards a darker shade.
April 15, 2013 - Saky says: Hello. I just wanted to say that after yet another read of The Mystery of the Stolen Books, I find it just as good as an original EB FFO book. Shame Egmont didn't publish it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There are several more 'follow-on' Find-Outers' novels on the Enid Blyton Society website. You do have to subscribe to The Journal to access them though.
April 11, 2013 - Fatima h says: Well fatty than u tell me who barni is.
Fatty says... Fatty says: See Nigel's post below. This correspondence is now closed.
April 11, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: True, but I think the Barney in question is the office dog in the EBS HQ who answers questions on their message board!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You've got it, Nigel! I couldn't be bothered to reply, so left it up to Bets to sort out. That worked, didn't it??!! :-/
April 11, 2013 - Alicia says: Barni is a horribly misspelt version of a perfectly good name, if you're interested. Barney is a character from The Barney Mysteries series.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for clearing that up, Alicia!
April 10, 2013 - Paul says: With the death of Annette Funicello this week, I was wondering if anyone had ever read the piece comparing the Secret Seven to the Mouseketeers? It was on an old BBS not the web.
April 10, 2013 - Fatima h says: Well I was wondering who barni is will someone please reply to my question.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Why post under different names? ;-)
April 9, 2013 - Lilley says: Who is barni anyway.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Never heard of him. :-/
April 8, 2013 - nabeela says: OH! who is this Barney anyway? one of the EBF.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Haven't you posted on the Enid Blyton Society message board? In which case, you know who Barney is.
April 7, 2013 - lil says: I really like the Malory Towers books and the St Clare's books. They're the best books I've ever read, I think that Pamela Cox is a fab author to. I also liked the Naughtiest Girl in the School books. I hope that these books will be read forever.
Bets says... Bets says: I think they will!
April 7, 2013 - Ruth says: Hi, I have recently read the Six Cousins and loved it. I have also previously read Famous Five, Barney, Secret series, Circus series etc. Could you suggest any good Blytons. I am a college student. Cheers and keep up the great work.
Bets says... Bets says: Take a look at the Cave of Books on the Enid Blyton Society website!
April 6, 2013 - Coo says: Hey, Thanks for welcoming me : -) Fatty and Thanks to you too, Jeni, for appreciating my views. Actually, I really love the Five Find Outers, their lifestyle, houses, Fatty's shed, their tea parties, fun with Goon, the whole Peterswood and the topmost, their friendship. They are so close and sincere and they want to have fun and enjoyment with each other. Moreover, they are always their to help each other. And Fatty, eventhough so extraordinary, treats everyone kindly and equally and proves to be the best friend. I am right Fatty? : -). Five Find Outers are one the most important part of my life. I can not even think to live without them.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I love you all - even Mellisa!
April 6, 2013 - Alicia says: Jeni: Yes, I do see that and I do agree, though I--as a reader--prefer being able to relate to a character and it's not that I can't relate to Blyton's characters, but rather that I can't relate to Fatty or Bets alone as characters. Personally, that is what intrigues me and makes me evaluate a writer's successes and I'm certainly not suggesting that Ms. Blyton has failed in that respect (: .
April 5, 2013 - Nabeela says: HELLO! I hope you havent forgotten me yet? I havent had time to keep up with the website because I had exams and tournements to go. I an really really sorry. So what is the latest naws?
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you mean Gnaws, you'd better ask Barney.....
April 5, 2013 - Jeni says: I had a thought: Based upon what Alicia said, you don't have to "relate to a Blyton character" to enjoy that character in one of EB's story! For example, look at the (old) Star Trek series. In no way could those be "believable" characters. All the same they were fascinating to us. And we could watch them over and over and never get bored. The same with EB's books. EB's writing has that universal, magical appeal that no one can quite explain, yet is enjoyed by ALL. And we can read and re-read her books and never get bored by them. Now that is phenomenal! By the way, I think Coo's post was also great! Good for you, Coo. You (accurately) voiced the opinions of many here.
April 5, 2013 - Coo says: Hi, Fatty and Bets, how are you? I hope you both have remembered me. I am the greatest fan of the Five Find Outers. I love the Five Find Outers from the deepest core of my heart. I like all of them, but Fatty and Bets are very special to me. Eventhough, I can not say a word against anyone of them, as I do not find any faults with them, but it is impossible for me to tolerate anything against Fatty and Bets. They are the best of Enid Blyton's characters and ofcourse, the best couple too : -). Bets is so cute, intelligent and loveable. And as far as Fatty is concerned, he is so lively, extraordinary good, brilliant, sweet, kind, talented and has infinite good qualities. He deserves to be the leader as he knows best how to handle everything. He is great! My dear Fatty and Bets, I am always with both of you. Best wishes, Coo.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Welcome back!
April 5, 2013 - Alicia says: It's the least I could do, Jeni! Over the years, despite my inability to wholly relate with Fatty or Bets, I really did grow to like both of them as a team and they really were wonderful characters. I prefer being able to relate to a character and be with them on an equal level, rather than to trust them or get the feeling of being protected by them, but to each his own..
April 5, 2013 - Eddie Muir says: "Fatty and Bets are possibly Enid's greatest couple." I wholeheartedly agree with you on this, Nigel. In fact, I'd go as far as to say they are without doubt THE greatest Blyton couple!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think I agree as well!
April 4, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: You speak words of wisdom, Jeni. Once again, I agree with what you say. In Paul's defence, he did add a winking smilie! Fatty and Bets are possibly Enid's greatest couple.
April 4, 2013 - Jeni says: The thing about Fatty, is that he made you feel safe and you could trust Fatty. No wonder Bets was so attached to him. I'd be the same way. What young girl doesn't like a hero who will take care of her and protect her, has her best interests at heart? So to hear someone slam Fatty and Bets, well. That just doesn't sit right with me. By the way, I really appreciated Pete and Alicia "stepping up to the plate"! Cheers! Tip to Paul: Parentheses are a great aid. You could have simply wrote in parentheses, "tongue in cheek", and then people would have known you were jesting.
April 4, 2013 - Paul says: It's a shame no one noticed my tongue was in my cheek. Sorry about that.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I did think Fatty would have made a queer looking girl.....
April 4, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: Don't be absurb, Paul!! Bets was a perfect Princess Bongawee!
April 3, 2013 - Paul says: I was just thinking that a great test of Fatty's abilities would have been if *he* had been disguised as Princess Bongawee, instead of Bets. I'm sure he could do a passable girls voice ; ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: I can't somehow see Fatty as a cross-dresser. :-/
April 3, 2013 - Alicia says: I'm a little surprised--and please don't crucify me for this--that Larry is seen as kind or likeable, actually. Of all the Find-Outers, I liked Pip and Daisy best simply because they were so plain and average, a little like how I feel a lot of the time. Returning to Larry, though, I can remember instances when he, like Pip, often would demean Bets' intelligence (It's not GLUES, stupid, it's clues!") and even make a few comments towards Bets and Daisy that in today's world would be considered sexist ("No, you can't sneak out with us because you're girls,"). I'm fairly certain that very early on in the series he claimed that the rightful leader of the Find-Outers should be him as he was the oldest, even though his intelligence was sub par in comparison to Fatty's. So I am curious to see why Larry should, in Melissa's opinion, be the actual leader. Not that he isn't qualified for the position, but the more considerate and decidedly more humourous Fatty makes both a better protagonist and leader, even if as a character he is hard to relate to. I do not intend to offend anyone by this.
Bets says... Bets says: Very nicely put, Alicia!
April 1, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Yes, I see Pete's point on this. Anyone can spout opinion, but I think we would appreciate some reference points here, Melissa. I too would be interested to find some evidence of Larry's superiority.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Me too! ;-)
March 31, 2013 - Pete says: Melissa says: I love all Enid Blyton's. Characters except Fatty and Bets. I can't stand them! I wish Larry could be the leader for all the Five Find-Outers series as he appeared much more intelligent and likeable than Fatty. @Melissa, Could you please give a couple of examples of Larry's superior intelligence from the books to provide evidence to the uninitiated on the matter of your strident views? Cheers Pete.
March 29, 2013 - Jeni says: Ellen, I appreciate your input. Watching others suffer, is not amusing though. I've seen people walk around with masks, because they are highly allergic to perfumes. Many of today's perfumes are made from synthetic (chemical) sources, which can bother people. Perfumes of old, were made from rose petals and other flowers, maybe that's why they didn't bother people as much, back then. Some of the all natural essential oils like lavender and peppermint (two of my favorites) are quite pleasant.
March 29, 2013 - Tina Morgan says: The Magic Faraway Tree series are simply amazing!! It left me with lot of fantasy filled imaginations!! Thank You for writing such a wonderful book.
March 29, 2013 - Kash says: I love the books of Enid Blyton. Secret Seven is way awesome. She could write more books of SS. I just wish if she could be still alive. I always read her books. .
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thankfully, the hundreds (thousands, counting the short stories) of books Enid did write have left a wonderful legacy for us to enjoy.
March 29, 2013 - Lily says: I have read all of the Malory Towers books and as I finished "Last Term at Malory Towers" I couldn't help going on and reading the books about Felicity that Pamela Cox wrote. I finished the series and I have read all the books at least thrice. I have also read St. Clares ,Famous Five,Secret Seven ,the adventure series and the fatty books though I have only completed the series of Malory towers and St. Clare's. I am wishing that Enid Blyton was still alive so that she could write more Malory Towers books about Daphne ,Sally's younger sister.
March 28, 2013 - Ellen says: Jeni: Did you know that many people find it amusing when a girl or woman can't wear perfume because they are allergic to it? Maybe because perfume is so associated with femininity and womanhood, it strikes people as unusual when a female cannot wear it. This overlooks the fact that aftershave is just perfume for boys! I can't help thinking about how many of the girls I met at the auditions also liked Blyton and they told me that they wished they could have the freedom from their mothers/parents that many of Enid's characters had.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I can't see why anyone would find it amusing. Well applied make-up can enhance a woman and make her feel more confident. However, true beauty is beyond improvement. There are almost as many products available for men now as for women.
March 28, 2013 - Jeni says: What an interesting post by Ellen! So true. Look at photos of Enid, and you see a lady with barely any makeup on her face, if any at all. She obviously preferred the natural look, hence she'd advocate the same in her daughters! "Naturalness" is always best and many perfumes today cause allergic reactions in people.
March 28, 2013 - Ella says: I loved Malory Towers too but the Famous Five was my total fave! Enid Blyton died a month before my dad was born! I really wish Enid Blyton didn't die and even if she did I'll always read her awesome books and I'll always remember her! Xx Ella.
March 28, 2013 - Ellen says: In my younger days I did auditions frequently for TV and theatre parts. I know Enid encouraged Gillian in her acting parts at Benenden, but I doubt she would have done to Gillian what several mothers had done to their girls who were at the auditions - they'd been CAKED in make-up and most of them had been sprayed with massive amounts of perfume. I was a Blyton nut at the time and I couldn't help but think what Enid would say about these poor little girls.
Bets says... Bets says: She'd disapprove of it just as much as she disapproved of Bob's mother 'prettifying herself' in The Six Bad Boys!
March 27, 2013 - jeruelsa says: I fairly like Bets because she is the one who gives the final key to the mystery. Then the whole mystery becomes as clear as crystal.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you! :-)

Fatty says: How true! Many, if not most of the mysteries would have remained unsolved had it not been for Bets' moments of inspiration.
March 25, 2013 - Jeni says: It's time I said this: A few people on this site accused me of being a favorite of Fatty's, or vice versa. I am only vocalizing what others are thinking. That does not make me unique. It merely proves I am not afraid to step up to the plate and speak the truth. I have never been an introvert. Fatty and Bets, they both rock! And that's the bottom line.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have no favourites. However, some people are nicer than others. ;-)
March 25, 2013 - Jaime says: I really like Enid Blyton. I don't like Fatty as he seems so boastful and smart and Bets doesn't do much contribution the the group. I started reading Blyton's books since 5. I read The Greedy Rabbit first and I really liked it. Then I started reading Secret Seven and Famous Five for my school reading programme. I also kept on reading the The Greedy Rabbit series of books filled with morals. My favorite series are Malory Towers and The Adventure Series. I also finished reading the Secret Series in less than 2 months. I am now always borrowing Enid Blyton books in the library. Enid's books always have morals, like in the Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor, Martin is taught to stop stealing, Julian to use his brains more, the boastful and perfect girl to stop being like that and Elizabeth to stop accusing people before finding the truth and telling the head girl and head boy before accusing people. I just love your mysteries and adventure stories. I also love your boarding school stories too!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, seems to be an anti Fatty and Bets faction developing! I agree, Jaime, Enid promotes healthy morals, and that is very important, if learned at a young age, they should stay with us forever.
March 24, 2013 - Jeni says: Fatty gets the credit, because he earned it. Bets is just plain smart for adoring Fatty. Most of us on this site adore Fatty and Bets.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Jeni. However hard you try, there will always be a little attention-seeker trying to look superior. I don't care what people say about me, but I won't have Bets being unfairly criticised.
March 23, 2013 - melissa says: I love all Enid Blyton's books and characters except Fatty and Bets. I can't stand them! Fatty is so boastful and yet he gets all the credit for the solving of the mysteries, and Bets is just a silly adoring puppy. I love Larry and Daisy but unfortunately they hardly get a mention especially as the series moves on. I wish Larry could be the leader for all the Five Find-Outers series as he appeared much more intelligent and likeable than Fatty.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We probably couldn't stand you if we met you! ;-)
March 23, 2013 - Sandy says: In response to Michael Elson query - I am sure it is The Rockingdown Mystery. It is the first of a series about Barney and his monkey Miranda, Roger and Diana ( siblings) and their cousin Snubby and his dog Loony. A really great series - one of my favourites.
March 23, 2013 - shruti says: Hi friends, I only wanted to know if any of the fans on this site are from Cuttack, ODISHA, INDIA. And keep up the great work.
March 20, 2013 - Nitya says: When I was eight years old, I was introduced to the world of Enid Blyton by my teacher. The first book I read was the Adventures of the Wishing Chair. I was instantly hooked to it! I wouldn't put down the book even during meal-time! I began reading more of her books. By the end of three years, I had all the Famous Five books, Mystery Series collection, Wishing Chair books and Secret Seven. It was around the same time that I stumbled upon this website and I was quite a frequent visitor to this website! I even subscribed to the regular updates and kept receiving notifications! I soon grew out of these books and began reading other books and got busy with school. Years passed. A couple of days back, I decided to read the Mystery of the Invisible Thief again! And, Oh, My God! The book brought back long-lost memories! I felt as though I was meeting up with a friend after ages! The nostalgia that rushed over me! I was delighted! I've been on Misson-Mystery-Series since then and I have read five books already :) I can't imagine how my childhood would have been without Enid Blyton's books. Hats off to Enid Blyton for making my childhood what it has been :)
Bets says... Bets says: We are very pleased to have you back, Nitya!
March 17, 2013 - Anita says: I think Michael Elson is thinking of The Rockingdown Mystery. The boy who has nowhere to stay is Barney, and his friends are Roger, Diana and Snubby. A great read, full of atmosphere and adventure. It's the first book in the Barney Mystery series of six books.
Bets says... Bets says: Goodness, how silly of me to not think of it! Thanks for coming to the rescue as always, Anita!
March 17, 2013 - michael elson says: Hi all when I was younger I read a book that I was given (well a few really) and I've always wanted to read it again, I'm sure it's an Enid Blyton one. It's about a group of kids who find a friend who doesn't have anywhere to stay, they introduce him to an old house and he begins to live there, weird things are happening (can't remember what). The house is full of treasures like a kids room full of toys, I remember that they have to climb up a rope or something to get into the house. That's about all I can remember. I've been trying to find this book for ages if anybody could shed some light please let me know. As far as I can remember the book was a mustard colour if that helps. :).
Bets says... Bets says: It doesn't ring a bell for me, but perhaps someone else will be able to help. I hope you can track it down!
March 13, 2013 - Anonymous says: Hi, was wondering if anyone can help me I have a few old Enid Blyton books pupils hushed by the original publisher. Where would be best to sell them?
Bets says... Bets says: Try selling them on Amazon or eBay. Check to see how much similar books tend to go for, and use that as a guideline for pricing. :-)
March 13, 2013 - Stephen C. Cuttell says: I wonder if you could help me please, back in the late 70s (maybe early 80s) I had an LP of their first adventure with actual children and people as the characters speaking the roles, and a narrator. It had a white sleeve, and I think, not sure, that it had a black and white picture on the back to colour in. I am deperate to get hold of this again for my own children as it gave me so much joy listening to it when I was a child. All I can seem to get now is just a story being read by someone. And it just isn't the same. Please, can you tell me if I can still get hold of that LP that I loved so much as a child. Thank you so very much for your time in this matter. I do hope that you can help me.
Bets says... Bets says: See if any of material listed on the Audio Section of The Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books rings a bell!
March 10, 2013 - Farwa says: Hi guys! Spring has come, and I was wondering what Enid Blyton would write about it. What do you guys think?
Bets says... Bets says: I think you'll like this!
March 10, 2013 - Nabeela says: Hello! I think I like Bets. She is the kindest member in the FFO. I like her.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for your kind comments, Nabeela!
March 9, 2013 - holly says: I want to know about the Famous Five I've got some questions is it a good book? Rate it out of 5 and how good do you think it is Thank you :)
Bets says... Bets says: The Famous Five series has 21 books so it's hard to give a rating as different books have different strengths and weaknesses. I suggest you try reading them in order (they are definitely a good read) and then read the reviews (links at the top of this page).
March 8, 2013 - amatur says: I think that age doesn't matter in the books.
Bets says... Bets says: It certainly doesn't! All of Enid Blyton's characters are timeless and special.
March 7, 2013 - Saky says: Ellen, you have to realise that there is a pretty big age difference between Bets and the other FFO. Also (and this is my take), she is naturally meeker than the others. Also, is this website going to be mobile optimised like the Unearthly Tales blog?
Bets says... Bets says: Only Keith can tell! Unfortunately he has a lot on his plate right now, so a mobile optimized site is a distant possibility.
March 7, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: With regards your question, Anonymous about the Survival Guide - I guess you could contact the publisher, unfortunately, they don't hold all the rights to Blyton anymore!
March 5, 2013 - Ellen says: Hi I like the Find-Outers but Bets sobs a lot about things! If I had a penny for every time she cries - I'd be rich. Why is Bets such a crybaby?
March 4, 2013 - Anonymous says: 'The Famous Five's Survival Guide' - this book is in print but the solution to the 'unsolved' mystery is only available at However, this website is no longer active and my daughter is very upset. Please help someone. Thank you.
March 4, 2013 - Ella says: I know that Enid Blyton is died but I just want to send her a comment anyway Ms Enid Blyton I am very sorry that you have died but I just wanted to tell you, I really love you and your books take me away in daydreams to adventures of my own. I loved the Famous Five and the Secret Seven but I really miss you Xx Ella.
Bets says... Bets says: I'm glad you enjoy her works, Ella. Keep dreaming and always have fun!
March 3, 2013 - Saky says: Hey, guys! It's great to be on this site again. Fatty, is Julie Heginbotham planning anymore stories in The Five Find-Outers in Retirement? And contrary to some other users, I think you're new picture's really cool! :).
Bets says... Bets says: All in good time, my dear!
February 24, 2013 - EB's GF says: Fatty. What is mystery of the trendy trogs?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I haven't a clue.
February 21, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Peter S Wood raises a valid point. To me, Enid's characters are frozen in time. However, many people enjoy the fanfic that carries on with the characters in later life. It must be remembered that this is only the author's idea of what might have happened to the characters. It is all speculation, and the real characters will always be there, at the same age, in the same place.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And you, too, raise a valid point, Nigel!
February 20, 2013 - EB's GF says: I think I asked you last time. Who Is Jack Longfield. What happened to Jack after that?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Instead of asking, try a little research.
February 20, 2013 - Peter S. Wood says: I'm always unhappy to see old buildings knocked down and replaced by modern ones. Now they are planning to destroy, or perhaps already have done, Goon's Police Station. .
February 19, 2013 - Peter S. Wood says: What's all this about Fatty and Bets getting married? Surely this spoils everything? Like The Famous Five, The Find Outers never grow up.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sorry, but the link you provided to The Guardian's article, did not work, Peter.
February 18, 2013 - Isabelle says: Bets When you married Fatty - did you wear a dress or trousers on your wedding day?
Bets says... Bets says: A dress.

Fatty says: She's worn the trousers ever since, though. :-/
February 12, 2013 - Charlotte says: I'am looking for Six cousins at Mistletoe Farm 1987 edition, can anyone please help.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would try an auction site, such as eBid or ebay, Charlotte.
February 8, 2013 - Georgie Pillson says: Two good short-story books for Reena's little boy would be "Five-minute Tales" and "Five o'clock Tales" both published in Britain by Methuen, the people who publish (Five Find-outers (and Dog)'. Each book is part of a series of four: "Ten-minute", "Fifteen-minute" and "Twenty-Minute"; then "Six o'clock", "Seven" and "Eight".
February 8, 2013 - EB's GF says: Keith. Your story made me laugh. Was their an alien talking to Jack Trent, Jack um Jack um. Lets say Arnold. Jack Arnold, Jack of S. S. S. And the farm lad named Jack. Who is he, anyway? And what about the Jack of S. S. S. Ending up in the Find Outers Peterswood? In case you don't remember, it is the story on Heather's Blyton Pages.
February 7, 2013 - Jeni says: Ah, dearest Fatty, you guessed it! It is called "My Book of Fairies". It's got several "winners" of short stories that will surely stir up a young imagination!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Jeni! You can read Jeni's link HERE.
February 6, 2013 - Jeni says: This might be a good choice for Reena, Fatty. If my memory serves me correct, this was the first EB book I ever received, at the age of 8. Since Reena's son is only 5 yrs old, it might be better if these stories are READ to him, instead of him trying to read them. Having his mom whet his appetite for these stories might very well encourage him to try to read them himself later on. There are so many, many wonderful books by EB, it's difficult to choose! But I thought this might be an excellent version for Reena to start with, by getting the updated version of course! The one pictured is an older edition.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks for taking the trouble to supply a URL for the book, Jeni; unfortunately it didn't work! I can't make out from the code to which book you refer, as it is an Amazon link. Maybe you could tell us the title, please? I'm a pretty good detective, if I do say it myself, but I couldn't crack this one, save to say it probably had "Fairies" in the title?
February 5, 2013 - Reena Barraud says: Looking for Enid Blyton books for my son who is 5 yrs. Could you recommend some for his age? Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Where can I start?! I would say all of the short stories, and depending on his level of reading you could maybe have a look at The Secret Seven series. If you click on the links above you will get an idea of the stories, and you could do worse than explore the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books.
February 2, 2013 - Anonomous Pseudonym says: Hello, I've been looking at this website for a while (year or so) but left it because of certain reasons and now, when I come back, Fatty's had a face-lift! What's the go? I liked the old Fatty!
Bets says... Bets says: We're glad you're back! Fatty himself rather likes the new Fatty, though I preferred the old one too! :-)

Fatty says: It might be a different picture, but it's the same old Fatty!
January 31, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: I doubt whether even the Find-Outers could find out the truth as to who killed Emily Burns, EB's GF. If you read between the lines, you'll know that the 'secret department' were always one step ahead, and would always cover their tracks well!
January 31, 2013 - EB's GF says: Look at my second message Bets. Or my messages on Enid Blyton Society. What is your's and Fatty's favorite series?
Bets says... Bets says: I see! Mine are the Adventure and Mystery series.
January 30, 2013 - EB's GF says: Julie will have to write another Five Find Outers in Retirement. The readers can't rest until they know who killed Emily Burns.
Bets says... Bets says: Patience is a virtue, EB's GF! What does 'GF' stand for, by the way? Greatest fan? Good friend?
January 28, 2013 - Jasmine says: I like Famous Five series, I will buy the the other series soon.
January 27, 2013 - Nabeela says: Well, yeah I do play tennis we had many tournaments and we were invited to many School sports meets. So I had no time to visit this website. So as I asked before what is the latest news going on this website?????????
Fatty says... Fatty says: Why don't you spend some time reading posts and comments since your last visit?
January 26, 2013 - Nabeela says: Hello! I suppose you haven't forgotten me any more I couldn't visit this website because I had tennis tournaments. So what's the latest news.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You playing tennis, apparently! ;-)
January 25, 2013 - Ern says: @Pam Stoller: A pore old gardener said, "Ah me! My days is almost done. I've got rheumatics in my knee, And now it's hard to run. I've got a measle in my foot, And chilblains on my nose, And bless me if I haven't got, Pneumonia in my toes. All my hair has fallen out, My teeth have fallen in, I'm really getting rather stout, Although I'm much too thin. My nose is deaf, my ears are dumb, My tongue is tied in knots, And now my barrow and my spade, Have all come out in spots. My watering can is."
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ah, I remember it now! Thanks a lot, Ern.
January 25, 2013 - Pam Stoller says: In one of Enid Blyton's books, unsure if if was the Secret Seven or The Famous Five, she wrote a poem called "A Poor old Gardener". I am looking for the words of that particular poem and am wondering if anyone can help me? It started out - A poor old gardener said "ah me" my days is almost done, I've got a ---- on my knee and now its hard to run.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It sounds like one of Ern Goon's 'pomes', from the Find-Outers' series. Maybe someone can help?
January 23, 2013 - 2ndTimeAround says: Thanks, Fatty. That certainly explains the FF, and I do agree with the 'frozen time-line' - as a child I always imagined them as the same age throughout all the books. Any suggestions of the 'starting' ages of the SS? My lad is still asking!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would say that Peter and Janet are around 9 or 10, but that's only my opinion! You can read more about the Secret Seven here.
January 22, 2013 - 2ndTimeAround says: Having read SS and FF and Adventure series avidly as a child, I am now reading SS with my 6yr old. He is quite surprised at the children going out alone after tea and in the dark! A sign of our times. But it set us to wondering. How old are the SS children? And then for that matter, the FF children and all the others? Easy to figure out for the MT and SC girls as we know what Form they are in, but I realise I never knew for the non-school series. Anyone?
Fatty says... Fatty says: This might be of interest to you.
January 22, 2013 - Corinne Pepper says: Did Enid ever seriously consider having June expelled in Book 5 of Malory Towers? It would have packed quite a punch because we had got to know June.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It would indeed!
January 20, 2013 - steve northwest uk says: Hi just like to add my thoughts on Enid Blyton's books! During my childhood days in the 60s the Famous Five and later The Secret Seven books provided me with many hours of escapism from my working class background! Reading of boarding schools , and long summer holidays in places where castles, islands and tunnels not to mention old houses abound! Reading these books took me away from the grimy streets of Lancashire away to the Dorset fields and coast as well as other places we as children then would not get to see! Today kids books are too politically correct, they don't have the freedom that the Blyton books had! There are a few authors who can be likened to Enid Blyton and only one who could surpass her and the lady in question has had films made of her books (guess who). That said I would still prefer the Blyton books, bring on more ginger beer!!
January 20, 2013 - Avinash Machado says: Thanks Julie and Fatty.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for your patience - don't worry, our excellent writers are bound to send us some stories soon! Meanwhile, why don't you try writing some yourself? We'd love to read it, and if it is good enough, post it on the site.
January 16, 2013 - EB's GF says: I know how you feel. I feel the same way too. But I am a logical person too. If the dates and ages are not correct, then it messes up my work (which is a complete secret). But, let's forget it. I have just read Keith's review on Five on a Treasure Island. After reading it, I feel that Keith and I have the same personalities. If I was George (after treasure island), I will put a notice that said ''PRIVATE TRESSPASSERS WILL BE SENT TO PRISON Ask for permission from George Kirrin, Kirrin Cottage.'' I will also put a few trusted guards at every corner of the island. Three at every corner I reckon. Anyway, I am going to read Adventuring Again review.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm like that with spelling mistakes!

Bets says: And grammar!
January 15, 2013 - Jeni says: I agree with Bets, "can we all just enjoy the stories without picking on nitty gritty details." If one spends so much time worrying about those "beyond minor" details, then we miss the beauty of the story itself. We miss the fun of it all.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hear, hear!
January 15, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: I think that what you are missing, EB'sGF, is that those stories I wrote were written over a course of a few years, not all in one day or one year, the first story I must have started about 4 maybe five years ago. And I think I wrote about two maybe three a year. Hope this helps to clear up the misunderstanding of ages etc.
January 15, 2013 - EB's GF says: Fatty there are a lot of mistakes about dates and ages in Julie's stories. You were clearly 79 in that story and if Boysie was 90, you had to be 13 in Pantomime Cat. And in Missing Necklace, you said you were 14. And I never make a mistake in my calculations.
Bets says... Bets says: Can we all just enjoy the stories without picking on nitty gritty details! :-)
January 7, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: Avinash Machado, if I can come up with a juicy plot I may well do another Find-Outers in Retirement, you'll have wait and see!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Get thinking, Julie! ;-)
January 7, 2013 - Avinash Machado says: Is there any chance of more fanfic stories in the near future?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Julie? Sally? And others?
January 7, 2013 - Julie@owlsdene says: Yes, I have to come to my own defence with that Question, EB's GF. If you read the first story you will see that Buster is one of the few Buster's they've had over the years. Those fan-fics were started about 4 years ago, and of course working out Fatty's age, he would be now, about 81.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Julie. You may be interested in answering a question over on the home page!
January 6, 2013 - EB's GF says: Fatty. I have read the first 3 stories of Julie. Wouldnt Buster be dead by the time you were 77.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would have thought so. If you had read correctly, you would have seen that he is not the original Buster. What did you think of the stories?
January 4, 2013 - falicity says: Hello! I am from Sri Lanka. I'm studying at a school in Kandy. Well in Sri Lanka many people don't read Enid Blyton books. But I do. Bye.
January 4, 2013 - Sandeep Mukkadap says: May I know which neighboring country you are from, Falicity? I teach English language and literature to ore-university and college students in India and talk to them quite often about Blyton's life and her books, as well as the values we imbibe from her books. May I also ask, if you don't mind what you are doing, I mean, whether you're in school or college or working? I often and unblushingly steal from Barney these words whenever I talk about Blyton as I find them so perfectly apt: ' The best of her lives on in her books". That's absolutely true, we admirers of Enid Blyton will agree most fervently!
January 4, 2013 - Farwa says: Hi guys! Happy New Year! What do you think Enid would have done to celebrate it? There's some food for thought you keep you going.
January 2, 2013 - falicity says: HELLO! so Sandeep your from India I am living in your neighboring country. I forgot to wish happy new year to Mr. Goon,HAPPY NEW YEAR MR. GOON. BYE! cheers Falicity.
January 2, 2013 - Ana Asif says: Hallo, Happy New Year! Sorry I'm late about that Fatty! Sandeep, I am from India but I don't live there. Bets, do you have any special New Year Resolutions for 2013? Have you heard from Philip Hilton, Laurence and Margaret Daykin lately? I'd really like to hear from Mr. Goon and did he get a promotion or not yet, though. Anyway bye for now! Cheers, Ana.
Bets says... Bets says: My New Year's Resolution is to help Fatty solve another nice, juicy mystery!
January 2, 2013 - EB's GF says: Hello Fatty. My name's full form is Enid Blyton's Greatest Fan (I shan't reveal my real name yet) which I use at Enid Blyton Society. Fatty. Did you accomplish your dream of becoming a detective? I saw one message rrecently in which MR GOON was answering along with you.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Welcome, EB'sGF! Goon does sometimes comment if Bets or I have left the computer on, but he isn't supposed to! To see what I got up to in later life, read Julie Heginbotham's stories of the Find-Outers in later life. Click on Fan Fiction at the top of the page.
January 1, 2013 - Falicity says: Kitty you remind me of the character Kitty in the book St Clares. My she was really wonderful I think you are like that too. She came from Ireland. Well HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of the Enid Blyton fans. Hope you have a wonderful new year!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Happy New Year, Falicity!
January 1, 2013 - Pete says: Nigel, a million new year greetings and felicitations. Surely from an international perspective,in 1983 Elsie Tanner rose high above the stereotypical mundane prototype land-lady of the Mancunian Rovers return when she undertook former lover Bill Gregory's offer to become both his wife and the land-lady of the bar he owned in Portugal. In this international footing she rose geographically and stereotypically high above the other 51 other Rovers Return Northern maidens.
January 1, 2013 - Kitty says: I hope I write story books like Enid Blyton. A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Happy New Year, Kitty!
January 1, 2013 - Nigel Rowe says: Very interesting, Pete! However, I think you will find that the wonderful Elsie Tanner was never a landlady of the Rovers Return.
Fatty says... Fatty says: When did facts ever stand in the way of an Anecdotage? :-)
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Eddie - and a very Happy New Year to you too!

Fatty says: may I echo Bets' sentiment, Eddie!
December 30, 2012 - Pete says: Surely Stephen, your German-born landlady appears to have been the prototype or forerunner persona upon which the character of your American stereotype-prototype landlady would later appear. (albeit through further character development and stereotypical typecasting.) Surely, this was foreseen in The hit TV show Coronation Street when the original landlady of the Rovers Return, Annie Walker was eventually superseded by a land lady displaying both vulnerability and strength Elsie Tanner.
Bets says... Bets says: Oh, Pete! ;-)
December 27, 2012 - Stephen Isabirye says: Pete, I need to correct and inform you that the German-born landlady was different than the one that bought my book. The American-born landlady that bought my book is fairly recent.
Fatty says... Fatty says: That'll teach you to make assumptions, Pete! ;-)
December 27, 2012 - sue webster says: Not been this site for some time so have just been reading some of the messages. How about having a Famous Five Club on here? I was in the old FF Club and still have my badge and card.
December 26, 2012 - Sandeep Mukkadap says: For Ana, I too loved, and love the Five Find Outers books the best- yes even better than the Famous Five! Sounds strange perhaps, but each according to taste. Are you from India? My first book was 'Hidden House' in 1971, where Ern is introduced the first time, followed by 'Strange Messages' and then 'Secret Room' I think. Those days there were no computers and hardly any bookshops even in Indian cities like Bombay where I lived after I returned from England. We had to literally scramble for books in a small dingy sort of hovel-what the owner was pleased to call his circulating library, and some books were either vermin-eaten, mildewed, or both. No exaggeration here. I traded my marbles and kite and even wrote a composition for some-one, (I was good only in English whilst at school,) for 'Burnt cottage' and 'Vanished Prince,' so you're very lucky indeed! Wish you Happy Reading and Joy this Christmas and New Year from my side dear Ana!
December 26, 2012 - Pete says: Regarding Mr Stephen Isabirye's comments to Denise; By sheer coincidence I have just been reading a reference about the very same landlady in the notes section of his self penned work 'The Famous Five A Personal Anecdotage. ' Stephen writes: "14 Enid Blyton may have spoken truth to power with regard to the comparison between the American and English or European educational systems for that matter, for as evidence and statistics suggest, the American educational system, especially in primary [elementary] and secondary [high] school, does not measure up to that of European standards, for even a former German-born landlady to the author of this book had argued that she would not exchange her German education for that of America. Therefore, American educational system would continue to produce students of the likes of Sadie Greene or Zerelda Brass who happen to be all show and nothing else. Furthermore, one can get an erroneous impression from reading Summer Term At St. Clare's and Third Year At Malory Towers that Americans were averse to sports, which is not true. For instance, for historical, cultural, and economic reasons, African-Americans [blacks] have done very well in sports. If Sadie Greene or Zerelda Brass were African-Americans, the odds are that they would have spent a chunk of their time in the gyms in these schools or may have even been induced to take up games such as tennis as recent decades suggest." Regards Pete.
Bets says... Bets says: Wow, I find the first part of the note quite offensive.

Fatty says: Well, I didn't understand a word of it.
December 25, 2012 - falicity says: HELLO! I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Enjoy your Christmas. I don't celebrate it any way. HAPPY CHRISTMAS Fatty, Bets,Inspector Jenks and oh old MR. Goon.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you, Falicity. Sorry you feel unable to celebrate Christmas, unlike many religious festivals, Christmas is celebrated by people of other faiths and no faiths at all.
December 25, 2012 - Ana says: I wish everybody A Very Merry Christmas. I wonder why Fatty edited my last messages and put them together. Oh, dear! Only two more novels and the whole series is over. I must cry! I never liked and I never will like anything better than The Five-Find-Outers. I most, most sadly wish that Enid Blyton had written more! Anyway, a chocolate cake, a strawberry ice, potted meat sandwiches, a meat pie, a jam tart and a big bottle of ginger beer as a gifted Christmas Dinner! Cheers, Ana.
Bets says... Bets says: I grouped them together since they were all posted on the same day. Merry Christmas to you too! :-)
December 24, 2012 - Eddie Muir says: Wishing everyone at, a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS 2013! To reiterate what Julie has said, a special thank you to Fatty and Bets for all their hard work throughout 2012.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Eddie! It has been a pleasure!
December 24, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all at And a special thank you to Fatty and Bets for all their hard work through out the year. Best wishes Julie.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for your lovely message, Julie!

Fatty says: Yes, thanks, Julie - and by the way, keeeeeeeeep writing!
December 24, 2012 - Fatty says: All of us here at wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We love and enjoy reading all your comments, and although not all are published, all are read. Here's to a wonderful 2013! .
December 23, 2012 - EB's GF says: Fatty. So far only Bets and you and Inspector Jenks have been answering. Do others answer at well.
Bets says... Bets says: No, only Fatty and I run the Message Board and Talk About Blyton, while Inspector Jenks is the brains behind the entire website.
December 22, 2012 - Ana says: Well, Fatty even I do prefer holding a book but as I have it on the computer I can't help it! I'm not only enjoying the series I'm relishing, savoring and loving them! Bets I really must say that you are a really adorable and a very patient young girl. Lots of treble ice-creams with raspberry cream and chocolate sauce in line! For a few days my motive has been, 'Think Better, Think Like A Detective, Think like Fatty'!! :) Indeed I think so and it's helped figure and solve a lot of things out! Lovaduck, I just finished reading Mystery Of The Vanished Prince, Mystery Of The Strange Bundle, Mystery Of Holly Lane and Mystery Of Tally-Ho Cottage. Tally-Ho Cottage beats the whole lot of 'em. Fatty you have quite surpassed yourself now! Lovely, phenomenal, beautiful, ingenious, grrrreat and THE BEST! Frederick, my dear boy I must say that you're a very gifted and talented person! Three cheers for Fatty, Hip, Hip, Hurray!!
December 21, 2012 - Ana Asif says: Hello,everybody! I'm new here and I would like a bit of help. You know what Fatty and Bets? I've been reading the whole set of Five-Find Outers as soon as I sit on the computer, which means that I have the complete set of Five-Find Outers on my computer and I say I truly enjoy EVERY single bit. I'm reading all the novels in order for almost a week or two. That's a long time but then I need at least an afternoon to finish a novel. I'm currently reading The Mystery Of Tally-Ho cottage. I'm seriously longing for a tree house now! Providing you with macaroons, meringues and a big hot scone for tea! Cheers,Ana.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Welcome, Ana. We are delighted that you are enjoying the Find-Outers' series. How do you find reading them on a screen? I must say, Bets and I prefer to hold a book! Thanks for the food!
December 16, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: In answer to your statement Shamaullyaabid, about what Julian said, about being there till doomsday, he wasn't meaning it literally. It's a well known saying in the UK. Such as being in a long queue, one might say, "I wish they'd hurry up, or we'll be here till doomsday! So enjoy reading the books, but don't take every single word literally. After all, these books are only fiction!
December 16, 2012 - Imogen says: I wonder why Fatty likes being fat? I guess he wouldn't be Fatty if he was thin?
Bets says... Bets says: And I wouldn't like hero worshipping a "Thinny" half as much!

Fatty says: And I am still thrilled that you still hero-worship me, dear Bets!
December 14, 2012 - shamaullyaabid says: Hi. In the book Five have plenty of fun when the four children are locked into a room Julian says that perhaps they will be there till doomsday. I found this wrong because Anne who was at home knew the place were the children were and could call the police when the children would not have returned home. I wonder why Julian did not get that thought.
December 14, 2012 - Philip says: Noddy and Big Ears, were characters of my later childhood in the early 1960's. This Christmas I have decided to introduce both of these characters to my 1st grandson now 18 months, using a puppet theatre and the hand puppets of Noddy and Big Ears. I needed some stories to bring them to life and I bought a part series of the Noddy Books 1 to 24. How old are the books, is the original text still suitable for todays modern children?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sounds like a great idea. I am sure if you read the books, you will be able to make up your own mind as to the suitability of the text. Check out Noddy on the Society site.
December 13, 2012 - Stephen Isabirye says: Denise, you have a very interesting quite a akin to mine. It is always heartening to hear such surprise stories about some few people that know Enid Blyton in the USA. I too was surprised when at the top of her hat, my American landlady could remember books such as The Island Of Adventure (Mystery Island-The American title), The Sea Of Adventure, The Secret Island, etc. She too told me that she used to be engrossed in Enid Blyton books while she was in Wales in the late 1950s. Thus, incidentally, as a result of this Enid Blyton familiarity, she was one of the first people to purchase my book on Enid Blyton, titled, the Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not sure what your first sentence means. Did your landlady enjoy your book?
December 13, 2012 - falicity says: HELLO! HEY! Mr. Goon nice to have you here. Why don't you add a photo too scowling face and shouting GAH! at the Five Find Outers I think with you here we might have some fun! ha ha!
December 12, 2012 - Falicity says: HELLO! Now Inspector Jenks is on the website too. Cool when did you arrive Inspector Jenks? I am really happy to have you in this site.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Inspector Jenks has always been here, Falicity. He is always watching, but rarely comments, being a very busy and important person. He is, you might say, Keith Robinson's right-hand man.

Goon says: Gah! Still smarming up to the Inspector, toad of a boy!
December 11, 2012 - Keith Robinson says: Hello, all. Since I own this site, I thought a bit of shameless self-promotion might be in order. LOL. Anyway, just to say that Island of Fog is available for free today and tomorrow (December 11th-12th) on Kindle. Go to or, or see the banner above. This series might interest Falicity (below) since she's looking for books about discovering a magic land!
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Yes, it's a right riveting read about 12-year-old classmates who start turning into creatures from myth and legend.
December 11, 2012 - falicity says: HELLO! are there any any books like discovering a magic land or something like that because I like those books very much more than mystery books. Please let me know if there are books like that I hope so. Answer me Fatty or Bets.
Bets says... Bets says: Try reading The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, and The Folk of the Faraway Tree.
December 9, 2012 - Falicity says: HELLO! I see every one here are Blytons fans arent they? Melory Towers and St Clares are really alike. They play tricks on mamzella. How I laugh at those parts. And those tricks on Mr. Goon ha ha I truly enjoy those books.
December 8, 2012 - Denise says: Hello. I was born and raised in England now living in Los Angeles. As a child going to my room and reading was the way I coped with my home life. This year I wanted to get my 8 year old daughter who has autism with severe ADHD something different other than toys. She loves to read. And is excellent at it. I for the life of me could not remember the names of the books nor the author from years ago. Was in a town that I don't usually go to last night. Walked into a book store. Behind the counter was an American woman. I told her I was looking for these books but couldn't remember the names or author. Off the top of her head she said, The Famous Five and the Secret Seven. And Enid Blyton's name. I was stunned. How did you know? I asked her. She said when she was 10 years old she went to England for a period of time. And read the books. So today I will go online and purchase them for my daughter. The Famous Five and Secret seven. Great childhood memories for me.
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you rediscovered Enid Blyton, Denise, and I hope your daughter enjoys them as much as you did.
December 8, 2012 - falicity says: Hi! I am new here. I am a fan of Enid Blyton. I read St Clare's today I hope everyone enjoys it. Felicity is my favorite character in Malory Towers. Oh! so Fatty and Bets are running this site. I read the Mystery books too. It's so interesting. Five Find Outers go to find glues as Bets called it. HAH I really enjoy them. BYE.
December 7, 2012 - Jeni says: Good grief! With all the "lashings" of this and that, and "good, thick, buttery slices of bread" - I think I'm now going to bake some warm, fragrant home made bread! Oh yes, did I mention? Reading Enid Blyton can make one really HUNGRY! Not good for one's diet!
Bets says... Bets says: Sounds delicious!
December 6, 2012 - Isabelle says: Is this site run by Americans or English people? Is it an official site? Zerelda was probably the only Blyton teenager to be at secondary school and be interested in things like make-up and perfume and looking older. Isabelle O'Sullivan was my favourite of the twins at St Clares.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Enid Blyton Society and its website is the official society and website. We are run by people of all nations!
December 5, 2012 - Liam says: Yes. The tunnels in Demon's Rock go under the sea. From chapter 17 "So Jeremiah led them farther on under the rocky bed of the sea. It was strange and rather frightening to hear the constant noise of the water racing over the roof of the winding tunnel."
December 5, 2012 - Joshua says: FOR MATRON MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY: I think the quote you are looking for is as follows: 'All six children were very hungry, for the Taggertys had their tea late. They worked their way through the thick buttery slices of bread, and John discovered that he much preferred a good thick slice to the thin ones he had at home. You could really get your teeth into a thick slice. ' (page 69, Those Dreadful Children). Hope this helps and the essay goes well!
December 4, 2012 - Matron Munchausen By Proxy says: I would be EVER so grateful if anyone could help me with a quotation for an essay: I want to include a sentence from "Those Dreadful Children" but am unable to get quick access to a copy. I remember that there was a scene where the Carltons were envious of the thick slices of bread hewn by Mrs. Taggerty, and silently compared them to the more parsimonious slices which their own mother distributed. By any chance, could someone supply this quotation and a page number?
December 4, 2012 - Neil says: Those under sea tunnels again. Did the tunnel under the lighthouse in Demon's Rocks go under the sea? Not sure. I may be thinking of Smugglers Top but again not sure if that was under the sea or just around the Marshes.
December 3, 2012 - Neil says: Trying to remember how many of Enid's books featured a tunnel under the sea, I can remember one in Five on Kirrin Island Again and The Island of Adventure, but I have a nagging feeling there was at least another one, help put my mind at rest on this one!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Demon's Rocks? There must have been many more!
December 3, 2012 - Pete says: See also this. USE OF THE WORD 'LASHINGS' IN THE ENID BLYTON FAMOUS FIVE BOOKS 1. FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME Chapter Three A PLEASANT MORNING "Are they poisonous snakes that he has, I wonder? " said Dick."I don't somehow fancy having a caravan next to ours with lashings of poisonous snakes crawling round." 2. FIVE GO DOWN TO THE SEA Chapter Two TREMANNON FARM ‘Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, radishes, mustard and cress, carrot grated up - that is carrot, isn't it, Mrs Penruthlan? 'said Dick. ‘And lashings of hard-boiled eggs. ' 3. FIVE HAVE A MYSTERY TO SOLVE Chapter Two A VISITOR TO TEA They were all hungry for their dinner, and not one single morsel was left when they had finished! Cookie had made a tremendous steamed pudding, with lashings of treacle, which was, as usual, a huge success.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not forgetting the lashings that Pip Hilton received from his father!
December 3, 2012 - Pete says: Forgot to mention the 'lashings' of poisonous snakes in the Five Books! (courtesy of Miss Pepper's research! ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: "Lashings of comment!"
December 3, 2012 - Pete says: Nigel's reference to 'lashings' is indeed the only mention in the whole collection of famous Five books, including all the short stories. I conducted an exhaustive check on that topic for a related post over on the Enid Blyton Society Forums. A check on the other non Famous Five series of adventure novels Enid wrote still needs to be conducted however! Regards Pete.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks for your hard work Pete!
December 1, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: I might stand corrected! I have found on P23 (H&S) the sentence, "And lashings of hard-boiled eggs." As lettuce was mentioned earlier in the chapter, I may have been getting muddled!
December 1, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Very interesting, TG. I was not intentionally leading you up the garden path, I was sure in my own mind that when the children sat up to a high tea in "Five Go Down to the Sea" that 'lashings of lettuce' was mentioned. I will try to see if I can find the sentence when I have some spare time.
November 30, 2012 - TG says: During the first viewing of 'Five Go Mad in Dorset' the irreverence displayed was quite shocking but I grew to like it although feelings were mixed among other Blytonians. One contributor to "The Quarterly Publication for All Enid Blyton Enthusiasts" stated: ". The gross distortion of the characters was totally unacceptable to anyone with any degree of fondness for the original stories." Later on (1995) another writer expressed sentiments thus: "I found it hilarious from beginning to end; but when I thought about it afterwards, all the programme makers did was to gather all the things from the stories that now appear to be dated - for instance, George being a tomboy, Anne being the perfect little housewife, etc. In other words they made something out of nothing but that 'something' was very funny indeed. It was an enjoyable piece of comedy." Those 'Comic Strip' rogues seem responsible for the ongoing debate about "lashings" associated with ginger beer but it was just their satirical jibe at the author's use of the word, not all that many times, to describe an amount of food. So, as Alicia rightly points out there was 'lashings of treacle' (Mystery to Solve: Chap#2)."Hard boiled eggs," and "peas" feature as well (Down to the Sea #2, and #5). No "lashings of lettuce" to my knowledge but it was NR who said it so he might be leading us up the garden path (he's like that)."Hot scones? " That would have to be the Find Outers (Holly Lane #4)."Ginger Beer? " No! "Poisonous snakes? " Could that be NR again? No, it actually exists (Wonderful Time #3). I've always associated "lashings" with 'cream,' and would be prepared to bet the appropriate combination appears in an Enid Blyton book somewhere."Lashings of Information about the children's author? " That can also be found if one cares to search.
November 30, 2012 - Alicia says: In response to both Nigel and Sidney, I actually remember (surprise, surprise! ) lashings being used to describe the amount of treacle on pudding, as in "lashings of treacle on the pudding" in one of the Famous Five books. Or maybe it was Malory Towers, but I'm certain it was present in an Enid Blyton book. I feel like it may have been one of the Famous Five books, but I'm not entirely sure. Don't know if this is useful, but I just felt like contributing to the discussion!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you, Alicia.
November 28, 2012 - Corinne Pepper says: I've noticed that a lot of Enid's school stories seem more like her own schooldays than like the 1940s when she wrote them. Why she didn't ask Gillian and Imogen for help will remain a mystery.
November 27, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Sidney, to my knowledge, "lashings" was only used in describing quantities of lettuce! (Five Go Down to the Sea is one example).
November 27, 2012 - shamaullyaabid says: I feel so excited when I read Enid's Blyton books that I want read the whole book at once. For my last birthday my dad gifted me a whole set of the Mystery Series. I love Fatty the most. I even tried the two tricks that Fatty mentioned in The Mystery of The Secret Room.
Bets says... Bets says: Were your tricks successful?
November 27, 2012 - Anonymous says: Farwa, by the mere fact that there are no Harry Potter websites as good as Enid and The Enid Blyton Society ( speaks volumes about the popularity of Enid Blyton and how, respectively, selfless persons such as Keith Robinson and Tony Summerfield have dedicated themselves in preserving her legacy.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for your kind words, Anonymous. :-)
November 26, 2012 - Farwa says: Thanks for your kind reply, Fatty. By the way, guess what? My dad gifted me - not one - not two - not three, but a WHOLE treasure trove of Enid's books. I feel so lucky! Dear Fatty and Bets, Could one of you please tell me which series Amelia Jane was from?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Lucky you! As for Amelia Jane - err, Amelia Jane Series
November 25, 2012 - Sidney says: On a recent QI it was stated that the expression "lashings of lemonade/ginger beer" was not really mentioned in the Famous Five Books or if it was it was just a one off comment in one of the books. Is this true? Has caused some debate in our house as us "old' uns" think it was?! QI stated that it was the comedy starring Dawn French and Co "Five Go Mad in Dorset" that mentioned it two or three times that made people think it was in the books.
Bets says... Bets says: The statement never appeared in a Blyton book, "lashings of ginger beer" did indeed spring from the comedy.
November 24, 2012 - saffron says: Hi I have two more chapters to go in the Enchanted Wood I now can buy The Folk of the Faraway Tree and the Magic Faraway Tree, I really love your books.
November 24, 2012 - Pete says: It is well documented that Enid was not interested in the views of critics aged over 12. But just how many critical letters or notes did she receive from the under 12's in her day? Does anyone know? Regards Pete ps no offence Fatty, but still prefer the old pic- but happy that lots of others do like it!
November 24, 2012 - Paul says: I failed to notice as a child is that the O'Sullivan twins are Irish. Even though they apparently live in England and are driving distance from London. Fortunately they are not so overwhelmed by their own Irishness that they spontaneously break into an Irish jig or say "They're always after me Lucky Charms! ".
Fatty says... Fatty says: Their surname's a bit of a giveaway, Paul!
November 23, 2012 - nabeela says: Hey every one! I didn't get to go to the library yesterday. But my Mother bought me 2 new books! they are 'THE MYSTERY OF THE PANTOMIME CAT" and "ST CLARE"I am truly enjoying them! hope you enjoy your books too guys!
November 23, 2012 - Sandeep Mukkadap says: I envy Mr Penruthlan's joy and privilege of reading Enid's books according to the seasons as they appear in her fiction. Of course, he must be living in England or some European country to enjoy such luxury! I had spent several years in UK during the sixties and seventies and the last school I went to was Reinwood county school in Huddersfield. My Dad was working for his F. R. C. S exams a further qualification in Orthopedic surgery and it never occurred to me to follow Mr Penruthlan's way of approach. I now live in India and well, I've yet to know any-one out there who can claim this gentleman's technique of reading Blyton!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Over on the Society forums there is a Readathon Secret Seven thread where the first book in the series The Secret Seven is to be read as a winter reading.
November 23, 2012 - Farwa says: Dear Keith Robinson, I really like this website. It's very good to be able to raise questions and discuss with other people about it. However, many Enid fans like Harry Potter as well, including me. Most annoyingly, there's no Harry Potter forum that has the same quality as this site. Therefore, I want to request you to make a Harry Potter forum that has the same quality and features as this one.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm afraid Keith is so busy with his writing and work that he barely has time to look in on this one, Farwa. In any case, I am not even sure if he likes Harry Potter! Thank you anyway for your kind comments, which I will pass on to him. I believe this site is the official forum.
November 23, 2012 - Farwa says: Congratulations, Nabeela. Coincidentally, I finished "Five Go Adventuring Again" yesterday.
November 23, 2012 - Maria Demopoulou says: Dear sirs, will you please let me know whom to contact in order to ask information about the translation rights of Famous Five in Greece. Please let know know at your earliest convenience. All best Gutenberg Publishing House.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hachette now own the rights to all of Enid Blyton's work, with the exception of Noddy, which belongs to Disney.
November 22, 2012 - nabeela says: WE sure won! After practicing too hard why should we lose! My mother is taking me to the library today! And she is also going to buy me a new book!
Bets says... Bets says: Congratulations! Enjoy your new book!
November 22, 2012 - nabeela says: I'm tired! What with exams and tennis match I'm full of it. I need some freshness. What gives freshness is books. But not just books, they should be written by Enid Blyton.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Tennis, eh? Did you win? Either way, enjoy a good book!
November 20, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Fatty, Shruti might be referring to the fact that the Society site server had temporary problems lately, and it wan't always possible to access the site. Happily, all is well now.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Nigel for hopefully solving that little mystery!
November 15, 2012 - Shruti says: Hi, Fatty. Normally I post any questions or views on the society website. But lately I have been unable to post successfully due to some changes made in the site. But I always visit this site and I love reading the comments. I love Enid Blyton like all of you. Keep up the good work.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not sure what changes you mean, Shruti. Welcome here, anyway!
November 13, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I totally agree with you, Mr Penruthlan. It certainly adds to the atmosphere of the books when they co-inside with the weather outside!
November 13, 2012 - Mr Penruthlan says: Does anyone else like reading Enid's stories at the same time that they take place in the year? I have just read 'Secret Seven Fireworks' and now I'm reading 'Secret Seven on the Trail' (set in November with lots of cold and foggy weather). I find that it really adds to an adventure or mystery if you look outside and the weather is the same as in the book you are reading. I can't wait till Christmas - I think I'll start the season off with 'The Mystery of the Hidden House', move onto 'Five Go Adventuring Again' (hopefully there will be plenty of snow at Christmas! ) and finish off with 'The Mystery of the Strange Bundle' - how exciting!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Definitely! This goes for other author's books as well.
November 12, 2012 - Anita says: Natalie and Natasha might be talking about Rose Longfield's daughter, Melisande. She gets called "Smellisande" because she uses so much perfume.
Fatty says... Fatty says: So she does! Thanks Anita.
November 12, 2012 - Natalie and Natasha says: Which Blyton story has a girl from the city move to a farm and continue to act as if she is still in the city with overuse of perfume and her fancy city clothes getting all muddy and wet from farm life?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, sounds as if you could be thinking of Rose Longfield of Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm fame. She's not a girl, but a married woman, though.
November 11, 2012 - Coo says: Thank you so much Fatty and Bets for such good replies : -). By reading your replies, I felt as I was enjoying my Birth Day like the Five Find Outers do. Your replies had truly made my day special. For me you are always welcome. Have some macaroons, butter scones, eclairs and lemonade too, Fatty and Bets and join my party : -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Why, thank you so much, Coo! I'll start with a couple of macaroons!
November 11, 2012 - Coo says: Hi, Fatty and Bets. How are you both? Today is my Birthday : -). I am very happy and excited today. I want to share my happiness with both of you and also with others too because my happiness and enjoyment is incomplete without you all : -). And of course, without Five Find Outers too ; -) as they are my life. My best regards for all of you : -).
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for such a lovely message, Coo! I hope you have a smashing birthday with lots of macaroons, cake and ginger beer!

Fatty says: Happy Birthday, Coo! Make sure you have plenty of fun!
November 9, 2012 - Nabeela says: All right! All right! I was just being cross I'm sorry!
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for the apology.
November 9, 2012 - Hungara Padra says: You guys are missing the point! Believe me, I have nothing against Nigel and I accept absolutely that he is straight-forward and all that. What I felt was that as Fatty gently hinted a lack of diplomacy, which any one of us could have been guilty of! Also, the staff who handle the site have the power and the option to reject messages they consider inappropriate. Then needless controversy will cease. Sincerely sorry Nigel on my part for starting a hornet' nest!
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Hungara. We approved it because we felt it was your right to express your opinion and ours to defend ours, and now that it has been done, it's all water under the bridge. No need to apologize any further! :-)
November 9, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Thank you Eddie for your kind words. I also agree with Julie's comments.
November 9, 2012 - Eddie Muir says: I've been reading the latest messages concerning my very good friend, Nigel with great interest and I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with the comments made by Jeni, Anita and Julie. Nigel is always straightforward and and above reproach, as Bets rightly says.
November 8, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Let us not forget, that this site and the Enid Blyton Society site was really set up for adults. And although both welcome the younger visitor, the adults who belong to both sites sometimes can get a little 'tired' of some of the silly questions that the younger ones put forward! So I think the 'older' visitors can be excused sometimes for their 'bluntness', as they normally do accept with grace some of the questions posed by the younger visitor. At the end of the day, we are all on these sites to appreciate the author, Enid Blyton.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Indeed we are, Julie. A timely reminder that well-behaved children are always welcome here, but remember to play nicely.
November 8, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Thanks Anita and Jeni for your kind support. Being rude is never my intention, as for "it isnt (sic) his buisness (sic) anyway," I have no idea what you mean, Nabeela. As Fatty suggested, that seems rather a rude thing to say! I only asked if it was you who posted a rather silly comment over on the Society message board, and ended by saying you hadn't read any of Enid's books. That begs the question, what are you doing here?! That is, of course, if you are the same Nabeela, a question you haven't answered thus far. Possibly, as Fatty suggested, I could be more diplomatic at times, I will take that on board! :-)
Fatty says... Fatty says: Humbled to be of help, Nigel! Personally, I have never known you to be rude: had I, you would have been taken to task by me!
November 6, 2012 - Anita says: "Straightforward" is exactly the right word to describe Nigel, Bets! He asks pertinent questions but is always fair and ready to listen.
November 6, 2012 - nabeela says: Youare right Hungara I dont know why he is so rude to me. It isnt his buisness anyway. Thank you for agreeying with me!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Who's being rude now?!
November 5, 2012 - Jeni says: Like Bets and Fatty - Nigel speaks the truth. Since when is telling the truth "blunt and rude"?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Maybe a touch of diplomacy sometimes!
November 5, 2012 - unaiza says: I love Enid Blyton books and I am such a big fan of her and her write ups I am looking forward to read more Enid Blyton's books!! please recommend me some of the best books up to class 6 level.
Bets says... Bets says: Hi Unaiza. All of the main series are suitable. See the reviews at the top of this page.
November 4, 2012 - Hungara Padra says: I can't help feeling Nigel is rather blunt and rude in his messages when it comes to Nabela, although he may be a nice person indeed.
Bets says... Bets says: I had to look through both sites to see the pertinent messages but I really can't say that Nigel was overly rude to anyone, though he certainly might have been very straightforward. He, however, always is straightforward and above reproach. :-)
October 29, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: There is a Nabeela who has posted rather a stupid message on the Society message board. Is that you, Nabeela? You say (if it is you) that you haven't read any of Enid's books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, another mystery to solve!
October 29, 2012 - nabeela says: My uncle is in America he said he cannot find Enid Blytons books any where he said he can only get me Nancy dew mysteries. Why is that?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid's books were never that popular in America, so it isn't surprising that there are few books available now, over 40 years after her death.
October 28, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Nabeela, Bets picture is very apt, I think. She is looking for 'glues' with Buster, not doing up her shoe laces! If you're a fan of the Find-Outers, you'll know that it is taken from the very first book - The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I wondered who would "find-out" what Bets was doing in the illustration. Well done, Julie - a true "find-outer"! Incidentally, Nabeela, you have posted several questions which can easily be answered by a little research on this site. Seek, my friend, and ye shall find!
October 28, 2012 - Ananya says: I have read many of Enid Blyton novels? Has she written any poems? If yes,could you tell me where I could get it?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Search for "Poems" in the Enid Blyton Society Cave of Books, and see what comes up...
October 28, 2012 - nabeela says: OH! I didn't want to be rude. It is like as if Fatty is coughing or something like that's all. I'm so sorry if I hurt your feelings please forgive me. PLEASE!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'll get over it! ;-)
October 28, 2012 - nabeela says: Bets! you haven't changed a picture for ages. Fatty has changed a picture. So why don't you too change a picture. Your picture is like your tying your shoe laces. HA HA HA! I hope you change your picture. BYE!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Bets is beautiful as she is!
October 27, 2012 - susan says: I am reading the Five Find outers and dog for the fourth time, I love them, real escapism. I would love to have some pictures of the early illustrations to frame but cannot find any. Its a shame that nothing like this is available or wall plates for collectors.
October 27, 2012 - Eddie Muir says: I agree with, Julie. It is a lovely picture showing a very distinguished looking Fatty, whose comments on this Message Board are always informative and tactful. The same can be said for the responses of young Bets. It's always a joy to read what you both have to say.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Eddie! *curtsies*
October 27, 2012 - Samia says: I recently went to Sudan to help my father move house and there I found my original hard cover R series! I was a big fan of Enid Blyton and had all the Five series and others. But by far the best one was this. I brought them back with me and have started reading them (started on the plane) Now on Ring o'Bells. Still good reading but I realise with today's political correctness they would not be considered suitable. Lol. Funny that as a youngster in Sudan (now criticized for racism) I loved these characters. My peers in the UK did not.
Bets says... Bets says: I'm glad you're enjoying the books, Samia. :-)
October 27, 2012 - Jeni says: Fatty - that picture stays! It's perfectly alright.
October 27, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Abominable, Nabeela? What a strange word to choose.


1. Repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome: an abominable crime.

2. Very unpleasant; disagreeable: The weather was abominable last week.

3. Very bad, poor, or inferior: They have abominable taste in clothes.
October 27, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: It's a lovely picture, Nabeela. A very disguished looking Fatty I think!
October 27, 2012 - Nabeela says: Fatty I really think you should change your picture its abominable.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not as bad as your punctuation, though.
October 27, 2012 - Bodhisattva Sharma says: Enid Blyton's Secret Seven's are awesome. I have read the all 15 books and all were fantastic. Sometimes when I read the books it inspires me to make my own secret society like Peter. Peter's dog Scamper (the golden spaniel) is really funny because although he is not the member of the secret society he is taken to every meeting and he feels very proud.
October 24, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: I am often surprised when people post in asking a question of which the answer is readily available on this website. Although not updated that often, this website offers a considerable amount of information to the discerning reader. There are many links on the home page which I would have thought people would want to explore, but no, the same questions, such as "How many books did Enid write? " keep cropping up - and that question is answered just above the messages! Of course, as Fatty and Bets often point out, the real wealth of information lies in the Cave of Books, on the Enid Blyton Society website. Maybe, it is just simpler to ask a question than to search for the answer. Not so much fun though.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Nothing surprise me any more.
October 24, 2012 - Eustace R. Dewoh says: Bets and Fatty I'm in favor of editing out racist content, but very strongly against superficial "modernising" changes like changing the characters' names. The Adventurous Four is my favourite, dammit, and the girls' names are Jill and Mary, NOT Pippa and Zoe!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, it is absurd to change names. Imagine reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol, only to find that the old miser is now called Edward Scrooge.....
October 24, 2012 - sandeep mukkadap says: Thanks Bets, but where do I find Julie's fanfic please? Thanks.
Bets says... Bets says: Look at the link called Fanfic at the top of this page. :-)
October 23, 2012 - Sandeep Mukkadap says: Did Fatty finally team up with Inspector Jenks, or by a strange twist of fate form a gang of crooks and plague IJ for the rest of his life-or at least till IJ remained on the police force? I've been wondering since 1971! Will feel little comfy if I can get an answer to this. Thanks.
Bets says... Bets says: Read Julie's fanfic for more!
October 23, 2012 - Jeni says: You know, I have erred somewhat. I keep forgetting to also thank Keith Robinson for the pleasure of using this site. So, thank you, Keith! Also Inspector Jenks and anyone else I might have missed. Because of all your hard work, we - both adults and children - can have FUN at
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Jeni.
October 22, 2012 - Jeni says: Fatty - wow, you did handle that one with your usual grace and ease! Very impressive! One thing is certain, dear Fatty - we all will continue to admire you! Like Julie - I too am in awe of you! We quite think you are the cat's meow, and Bets is pretty awesome too! Thank you both for making this website fun for the rest of us. Thank goodness most of us here are cooperative, but you'll always find the uncooperative oddball out there. Such is life. But no worries - Enid sure knew how to take care of oddballs, so that the story always, always had a happy ending! Cheers!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Jeni. I'd better not say too much, or I'll be accused of having favourites! ;-)
October 22, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Oh, Fatty you are so masterful in your reply to Farwa. I'm almost in awe of you!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Unusual for me, I know, but modesty forbids!
October 22, 2012 - Fatty says: We would be grateful if you could provide an email address when you post - this will never be revealed or passed on. We need it to make sure that you are who you say you are. Future posts can then be checked. Your co-operation is appreciated. .
October 22, 2012 - Farwa says: I like the story Fatty very much, though I've read only one book, but the website Fatty is too proud. Honestly! He seems to have got a bee in his bonnet that he is perfect. He has answered in a very rude way to many people, (including me) just because they say a little silly thing, or if they say something against him. So bossy! He's friendly with Jeni, Nigel and Julie because they keep admiring him. Julie and Jeni keep saying that they're going to date him. And guess what he says in reply? He says that there are many people "in a line". And Nigel ALWAYS sides with him. And here's another thing. Fatty, this is a KID'S website, for God's sake! Please change your ways! P. S: I'm sorry if I offended anyone. But I think we should speak the truth, no matter how harsh or bitter.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, speaking the truth is a good trait. However, being a rude, ill-mannered child isn't. I initially treated your post with the contempt it deserved, but then thought it might be good for others to see you in your true light. You are only a child, so I will not be too hard on you. After all, it is your parents who should bring you up to be polite and respectful to adults, not me. Incidentally, this is not a "kid's website", and there is no need for blasphemy. It was conceived and is designed by Keith Robinson for all to see and contribute to. All that is, who remember their manners. By the way, I am perfect. If you read more than just one of the Find-Outers' books, you will see I am right. Any further posts that you submit in the same tone will not be approved. You have been warned.
October 21, 2012 - Wiron says: Hi, I would to buy a DVD collection the Famous Five that can play in region 2 DVD player. Any reference?
Fatty says... Fatty says: The newly available 70s series available from stores, including Amazon, are Region 2 enabled.
October 21, 2012 - nabeela says: HELLO! I am here because I have some doubts. How old was Enid Blyton was when she first wrote her first book? and there are movies of Famous Five right. So are there any more movies like the for example five-find outers or like that. PLEASE ANSWER ME!
Fatty says... Fatty says: No need to shout! You can find answers to most of your questions here, Nabeela.
October 17, 2012 - Coo says: Thanks for your best wishes Dear Julie : -). Whatever, I have said had came from my heart because you all are important for me. And I think that if one can bring smile on anyone's face, then what can be more valuable than this. And Thanks for replying Dear Fatty and Bets : -).
October 15, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: What a lovely message from Coo. A message like that must make up for all the 'ignorant postings' that Fatty and Bets receive. Best wishes to you too, Coo.
Bets says... Bets says: Indeed, it was quite heartwarming.
October 15, 2012 - Coo says: Thanks for remembering me Fatty : -). I am very happy to know that you have not forgotten me. You know what, I can never forget you and the others because You, Bets, and the Five Find Outers are in my heart and one of the important part of my life. And do not care for any of the rude messages. Anyone can say anything, but we know that you are the best : -), so I am happy always. My best wishes are with all of you and for dear Julie too : -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: "Coo," as Ern would say! :-)
October 14, 2012 - nabeela says: HELLO! thanks for the answer Fatty. And by the way what was the first book that Enid Blyton wrote? I hope you'll answer me Fatty or Bets. BYE!
Bets says... Bets says: It is hard to say exactly, since many poems were published in different magazines before Enid became a "formal" writer, but it is commonly taken to be Child Whispers, a book of poems, published in 1922. Hope this answers your question!
October 13, 2012 - Ring O'Bells says: Regarding the whole golliwog controversy, there seems to be a drive to exclude ethnic minority people from being the villains in children's books even though there are real-life minority criminals. I guess the powers-that-be want to avoid the prospect of a child accidentally attacking or saying something rude to an innocent person of minority background.
Bets says... Bets says: That certainly is a possibility, but in the views of most Enid Blyton fans it doesn't make sense to update the books in any way. :-)
October 13, 2012 - Dubgrrl says: Wow. Was watching TV earlier and saw that movie about Enid Blyton so started remembering her books and how much I adored them as a kid. There was one in particular. I was very young (around 4) and it was various animal stories, vague memories of a rabbit in one? I know I read and read it as a child. Any idea how I would track this down?
Bets says... Bets says: Are you thinking of Brer Rabbit?
October 12, 2012 - nabeela says: Hello! I cannot find a book called the Naughtiest Girl, either. Can you tell me where I can find those book too. PLEASE FATTY OR BETS. It`ll be awfully kind if you do.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have just looked on Amazon for you, and they are available to purchase. Depending where you live, they should be available in bookshops - certainly in the UK.
October 12, 2012 - Mary says: Hey Fatty I don't know why he's saying that Fatty is a liar but leave and forget it. It's not a big problem many people I have seen in my life they are just rude like him, just forget it because everybody knows who you are Fatty, you are my life. I love your character I will never say you are a character you are our life everyone loves you I love you the most you are so handsome and sweet. Please show this comment on the screen. You are special but I love all of the FFOs and of course Buster too.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I am overwhelmed - and that's something coming from me! ;-)
October 11, 2012 - Jeni says: I quite agree with Nigel - Fatty is truly the 'backbone' of this forum, along with Bets! I can't quite believe "K" (Kimpipitock) had the nerve to say what he did. How absolutely rude and uncalled for. Fatty, I too, must say you handled that with definite class, something "K" would be clueless about. Sad situation in our world: Idiots are on the increase.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for the support, Jeni.
October 11, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Good on you to publish that comment, Fatty! As Julie says, what an ill-mannered person he is. Of course, any forum is prone to idiots writing in, but you handled it with your usual aplomb! Fatty is nothing, eh? If you don't mind me saying so, you are everything to the Find-Outers and people of Peterswood!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Nigel. Kimpipitock (great name, though!) didn't put his email address in, obviously a weak person who didn't want me to be able to email him. He comes from India, home of many true Blyton fans.
October 11, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I'd add ill-mannered to that question by kimpipitock, Fatty!!! I didn't even understand it. What about Mr. Goon and why is Fatty a liar???
Fatty says... Fatty says: Goodness knows, Julie. I thought I'd let it through to show people what some of the idiots out there post!
October 10, 2012 - kimpipitock says: Fatty where is Mr. Goon and you are a liar because Fatty is nothing, Fatty is just a novel character.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Whereas you are just a sad and pathetic idiot. It is so easy to be like you, but you will never be like me.
October 9, 2012 - MJ says: Just wanted to say that I think the layout of this site is actually very good, it may be a bit dated but that's what makes it have that unique feel and I for one wouldn't want it changed. Also, this site is packed with interesting information about all of Blyton's book and its creators have done fantastic job!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Keith will be pleased! Thank you for your kind words, M J .
October 8, 2012 - Alex says: How many books has Enid written.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The answer is on this very page, it's big enough as well! A please and a question mark would have been appreciated. :-/
October 7, 2012 - MJ says: I must say I have to agree with Saky regarding Paul's post. I don't see why people try to find fault with irrelevant details in Enid's books. They should be enjoyed for what they are- wonderful books that children all over the world and even adults I'm sure enjoy and relish. I know I do and I'm in my late teens now. So cheers for each and every book that the lovely Enid Blyton has written!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I agree up to a point, but you can't excuse sloppy writing and editing, though. However, seeing how Enid churned out books so quickly, mistakes were inevitable. No excuse for some of the errors though, Alf/James and the Mrs Barnard debacle, for example.
October 7, 2012 - Pickley Mummy says: Hello, what a great site! My 6 year old daughter is starting to tire of purely picture books and as she is not reading yet I wondered if you could suggest which book I could start my daughter with? It's a long time since I read The Magic Faraway Tree, and I was an early reader. Is it too much for a not-yet-reader? She is used to a whole story beginning to end so this will be a big jump for her! Any thoughts would be wonderful! Best wishes!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you Pickley Mummy! You could try the many short stories or The Wishing-Chair series. However, great site that this is, the Enid Blyton Society and its wonderful Cave of Books should give you plenty of ideas. We could never match that contact - nor would we want to - explore, enjoy and keep reading!
October 7, 2012 - Nabeela says: HELLO! one of my cousins told me that there are books called `WINTER TERM AT MALORY TOWERS` is that true? I cannot find that in this website. Where can I buy those books. PLEASE ANSWER TO ME FATTY OR BETS.
Fatty says... Fatty says: No need to shout, but as you said 'please', I'll point you in the right direction. Although it says Enid Blyton on the cover (very misleading, and in my view, immoral), it is written by Pamela Cox. Scroll down on this page and you will see a list of additional titles.
October 6, 2012 - Coo says: Hi, Fatty and Bets, how are you? Do you remember me? I am Coo, the biggest fan of the Five Find Outers especially of both of you. Five find outers are really important for me. Fatty, your new picture is very nice. I really like your new look. You are looking like a great and deep detective and also the one with whom, a girl will want to dance ; -). I love these two sites of Enid Blyton and I love you, Fatty and Bets. Plz remember me always.
Fatty says... Fatty says: How could I ever forget you, dear Coo! Thank you for your kind comments.
October 5, 2012 - Devika says: Was Enid Blyton a teacher too? Is it true?
Bets says... Bets says: Yes, she was. More information about her teaching days can be found on the Enid Blyton Society, look at Author of Adventure.
October 4, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Fatty's new look is from the book Invisible Thief, Sally. When he, Larry and Daisy and Mrs. Williams, as she sits looking frail on the settee, just after the thief has been. A nice illustration I always thought.
October 4, 2012 - Pete says: If you jusp post your meassage on here without checking it first for errors and misttakes and things of of that type this is the sort of message you are left with! That why its always better to cjeck over what you intend to post becsuase although fatty is a very nice person ,he does like messages that he can actually read and undertand,isn; t that right fatty??
Bets says... Bets says: I was going to edit this, and then I realized just how tongue in cheek you were being, Pete! :-) Let this be an example of what posts should NOT be like!
October 4, 2012 - Sally says: I have been trying to remember which book this image of Fatty appeared in - guessing either Invisible Thief or Holly Lane. My only real disappointment in this series lies in the illustrations - there were a number of illustrators and the characters were all portrayed differently by all. In some, Fatty is fair and very plump (unattractively so) and in others dark and dishy as in this one. I wonder how Stuart Tresillian or Gilbert Dunlop would have portrayed the characters?
Bets says... Bets says: I can't recall it either! I agree with you about the illustrations not being uniform, personally, I prefer Treyer Evans' ones.
October 4, 2012 - Farwa says: Your new picture is indeed much better than the other one, Fatty! Now it looks like you are the clever boy who always said wacky things to Mr. Goon.
October 3, 2012 - Jeni says: I quite agree with Julie, Fatty! This photo of you is more suited to you than the previous one. As Julie said, "very distinguished looking"! Now there's a fellow a girl can ask to the dance!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ask away, Jeni, but you might have to join the queue! It looks as though opinion is divided on the 'new look' me!
October 3, 2012 - Anita says: Like Pete I preferred your old picture, Fatty, because you looked fatter and more full of yourself and altogether more Fatty-ish! You look smart in the new picture but I think you could do with a big plate of macaroons, chocolate eclairs, curranty scones and cream buns!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Can't please 'em all, it would seem! Ah well, back to the Dairy, I suppose, and a few plates of macaroons! Are you buying, Anita?
October 2, 2012 - Miss Marple says: Thanks Bets, I tried all the searches on the website, including Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books. Just can't find anything on it, don't know why. Thanks again, mm.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We appreciate your thanks, Miss Marple.
October 2, 2012 - Pete says: Really enjoyed the post by Paul Sparham. : A Few Leisurely Observations Policemen ---------------- "But no ringing up the police behind our backs this time, Joan, etc. Surely that must be the longest post ever included here?? Also Treepti's post regarding scotch eggs was truly unique. Was is some sort of code I wondered to myself. Or are we to be treated to more culinary experiences as the month unfolds?? Will wait expectedly Treepti ,with yes you guessed it,baited breath!! Fatty I much proffered you old pic,it doesn't seem like you any more sob. But I suppose you know best eh?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Pete. Anyone else have any thoughts? Pete, dear friend, I have only just noticed (thanks to Anita) your remarks re my picture. I've been exercising madly, sorry you don't like the new lean look!
October 1, 2012 - ms.marple says: Thanks Fatty, Hahaha. Maybe not??? The Magic Needle is not it. This book I have is titled 'The Wizard's Magic Needle' and on the back it says Titles in this series: The Five Little Elves, Puff the Gnome, The squirrel and his friends, Hoo Hoo the Owl, and The Little Yellow Bird. But I truly appreciate your response. Do you think this book is really not an original Enid Blyton? The book cover sure looks like one. Thanks again, mm.
Bets says... Bets says: Try looking through Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books.
September 28, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I see you have changed your picture, Fatty. You've chosen a good one of yourself. A very distinguised looking Fatty in his black shirt, and contrasting tie, I always thought.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Well spotted, Julie! Yes, I saw this illustration the other day, and thought it was better than the last one!
September 27, 2012 - Ms.Marple says: Hello, I am trying to find info on Enid Blyton's book, 'The Wizard's Magic Needle' and have come up blank, nothing at all. How come? It was originally published 1935 and again in 1985. Does anyone have any info for me? Thanks, mm.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Magic Needle may be the one you are looking for, Ms Marple. Maybe Fatty is a better detective, eh? ;-)
September 26, 2012 - old fan says: Do you know where I might get hold of a copy of Shadow the Sheepdog? I am sure it was an Enid Blyton book and I was given it for my 8th birthday in 1977. Thank you!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, only the obvious really (unless you come to my house!) - have you tried eBid, eBay, second-hand bookshops.....
September 26, 2012 - Gemini says: Seeking bedtime story - 1940's- Little Red Imp lives in tree, let into house by toys,disrupts them,lured into toy chest,sent off to the moon. Can anyone identify please. This is not the Red Imp story in the o'clock tales.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anyone?
September 20, 2012 - Jeni says: Thanks for catching that, Fatty - yes, Enid was NO racist. During her time, there were no "gender issues" like exists today. Today, just about everything is an issue, or has issues. Back in her time, people lived simpler lives and were happier for it. Today, the number of people on antidepressants is frankly amazing. The thing about children being seen and not heard - that is the marvel of Enid Blyton. She delved into childhood and brought out the beauty, imagination and adventure found in a child's mind, much to the surprise of many adults who believed in the "children must be seen and not heard" adage. Enid definitely proved in her hundreds of children's books, that children most definitely, are definitely worth being heard! Even today when adults (like myself! ) re-read her classics, we are grateful to this magnificent author for giving us former children a "voice"! Enid believed that children must be seen, heard, enjoyed and indulged when appropriate, yet not spoilt.
Fatty says... Fatty says: How true, old friend!
September 19, 2012 - Ranjini says: Thanks for the comments; although I instinctively knew that Blyton was authoritarian, right-wing, part of the middle-class elite living in her own world as a child, it gave me a sense of stability. Of course I've realised in later years a) that teachers generally did not like her style (and popularity); and b) she was totally racist and unaware of gender issues. But then, that is often the way things were in the 1940 s and 50 s, children really were meant to be seen and not heard, and I for one was sent to bed without any supper (except in my case it was tea. ) She got me reading, though, and I've never stopped. Incidentally, on googling her I discovered some of her worst excesses have been air-brushed out, and amazingly her books still sell 8 million copies a year.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sad that you think Enid was "totally racist". You are wrong, very wrong. Revisit your thoughts and re-evaluate your opinions, please.
September 19, 2012 - Treepti says: I have not had Scotch Eggs since I lived next door to an English couple when Philip was first born Dec. 12, 1977. She always made them for Christmas Eve and I just loved them. Your Salmon ones look like they were awesome. You are absolutely right about the salt. I did the same thing when I removed it from my diet and used it only for cooking/tenderizing and I only use iodized sea salt now instead of table salt. When you remove it, your system does get used to not having the salt overload. AND the same thing happens when you do this with sugar. Great eating my dear. I hope your luck at the party was as good as the other night.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Is this now the Masterchef Message Board? :-/
September 19, 2012 - Saky says: Paul, they are some interesting facts which, I'm sure, many didn't know. However, I thing I must point out that when you are reading, you don't really compare books to reality. Even though the books are set in a time period, they needn't get all the facts right - they are fiction. Also, though Enid Blyton books are timeless, they were mainly written for children. And I don't think Enid wanted to write a book with war in it. On the whole, her books are 'happy' books. Everyone has a great time (generally) and there's always a happy ending. Food makes you feel cosy and hence, happy. That's why, the protagonists have a nearly endless supply of food! As for policemen, well, the books are about the children! The whole point is that children solve the mysteries and catch the baddies. As for the rest of it, well, a book is a book. It's a storybook. It need not be accurate! All the points you mention don't really put us off the book when we come across them. In fact, most of us don't even sit and calculate the speed at which they must have ridden their bicycles! All I say is, enjoy the books without getting too scientific about it!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Well said! :-)
September 18, 2012 - Murphy Miu says: There's always some Enid Blyton's books in my backpack wherever I go. Even in high school till now university, my favorite books are Blyton's. I just seem to like the fantasy of the stories.
Bets says... Bets says: Good to know you still enjoy reading Enid Blyton, Murphy! They really are timeless stories.
September 17, 2012 - Paul Sparham says: A Few Leisurely Observations Policemen ---------------- "But no ringing up the police behind our backs this time, Joan," he [Julian] said. "This is something best done by Dick and me. " The "something" here refers to finding and freeing the victim of a particularly heinous crime - kidnapping. Faith in the police, despite the seriousness of the situation, is, as usual, extremely slender, and with good reason. When George was kidnapped in ‘Five Fall Into Adventure' the police do absolutely nothing but sit around Kirrin Cottage all day drinking cups of coffee and scoffing biscuits and cakes as fast as Joan can bake them. The police in ‘Five Have Plenty Of Fun' simply do nothing. Even the most obvious clues, like nearby tyre tracks in an area where cars are rare, are discovered by Julian and Dick. Needless to say that all the detective work, rescue of the victim and apprehension of the perpetrators is left to Julian and Dick. Fortunately readers are assured from the book's title that, while the police do nothing, kidnapped George is still having a jolly time. Policemen have sturdy bicycles, notebooks and pencils, ruddy faces and huge appetites, usually satiated at the expense of Mr and Mrs Kirren. They are bereft of anything else save praise for The Five after the children have done all their work for them. "Shake! ", he [the inspector] said "All of you! You're the kind of kids we want in this country - plucky, sensible, responsible youngsters who use your brains and never give up". In other words the police inspector is commending the children for all the attributes completely lacking in the police. One can almost hear their knees creak (as when panto-policemen do that knee-creaking thing with their legs) while uttering "hallo, hallo, hallo, what's all this then? " - before scribbling illiterate nonsense in their notebooks and peddling back to the station on those sturdy bicycles for another cup of tea and another slice of fruit cake. Food -------- Charles Hamilton's character, Billy Bunter, is well-known for filling up to the plimsoll line and a little over. Blyton's Famous Five combined nearly rival Bunter's almost inexhaustible capacity for food, and this at a time when rationing in Britain increased in severity after 1945. Even bread was rationed in 1946 although not, evidently, to the Kirrins. One reason for rationing was the danger that wealthier people might hoard food, pushing up prices and leaving others short. Hoarding is unpatriotically practised by Aunt Fanny in 1944. In 'Five Run Away Together' George spills the beans by revealing that Mother has dozens and dozens of tins of food hidden away in the store-cupboard in her parent‘s bedroom. "Golly! " said Dick, his eyes gleaming. "Soup - tins of meat - tins of fruit - tinned milk - sardines -tinned butter - biscuits - tinned vegetables! There's everything we want here! " 1954 saw the end to food rationing in Britain. However, no such limits were placed on the Five and their Blue Ration Books in 1951. In ‘Five On A Hike Together' they consume the following in just twelve hours : eight rounds each of cheese, egg, ham and pork sandwiches: chocolates and biscuits: a tureen of porridge and cream and golden syrup: bacon, eggs and mushrooms: toast and marmalade: a meat-pie: slices of ham and tongue: hard-boiled eggs and salad: pickled cabbage, beetroot and onions: raspberries and cream: cream cheese. Enid probably forgot to mention that the cream cheese went down with a barrel full of cream crackers. And who always slaves away in preparing these gargantuan feasts for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper and innumerable snacks in between? Yes, the woman in the apron. Women ------------ One constant in all the books is the day-to-day drudgery of existence for female adults during the 1940s and 50s (middle-class mothers excepted). The entire life of a woman seems centred, from dawn to dusk each day, around preparing voluminous amounts of foodstuffs (particularly via baking), washing clothes and bed linen and housecleaning. Do these women ever have leisure time for themselves? Apart from hanging out endless yards of washing do they ever even see sunlight? The answer is no since there is no mention (apart from wicked Maggie) of any woman appearing outside the confines of domestic drudgery. It is no wonder that Georgina wishes herself male - even when she is old enough to reproduce. We know that she is fifteen in one book (by inference that Julian is one year older and aged sixteen) but still pretends to be a boy! Such is the fear of being female. Fifteen is an age, however, where girls are actually little women and some are already mothers. Eileen Soper's illustrations even show George as a boy with breasts ('Five Go Down To The Sea‘ page 126). Julian and Dick, meanwhile, are portrayed as hulking great brutes (page 69). Speaking of illustrations, there is not a single one in the entire series where a woman is shown without her apron - the two mothers, Maggie and one picture of Mrs. Stick excepted. Women grow old in their aprons, die in them and are probably buried in them. R. I. P. Anne, meanwhile, is only play-acting at a servile life because once married to an appropriately nice wealthy man she will have a cook/housemaid just like her mother and Aunt Fanny. Once Anne's many children are at boarding school and out the way she will have absolutely nothing to do except indulge a long series of affairs while her doting husband is away on business. Poor deluded little Anne. Julian and Dick, meanwhile, will have the same fidelity problem with their future wives. After all, what is a woman supposed to do apart from breeding, cleaning and cooking and writing children‘s books? We know why Georgina wishes to be a boy, but what if Julian wishes to be a girl? Consider the following - "Julian was a tall strong boy, but because he always wanted to be a girl he never answered to any name but Julia. He wore his hair long, tied with a brightly coloured ribbon, and always wore a pretty frock patterned with michaelmas daisy flowers. Nothing pleased Julia more than playing with his dolls or helping mother with the housework. He was especially pleased when a stranger said what a tall and pretty girl he was. " Julian/Julia gender-bending sounds wrong to me whereas Georgina/George is acceptable. Can anyone versed in Freudian psychology explain why this should be so? Cycling Feats --------------------- In ‘Five have Plenty of Fun' we are told that Gringo's fair at Grantham is 12 miles away from Kirrin. Spiky, the roundabout boy, arranges to meet Julian and Dick at the fair at four o' clock. The boys set off to the fair at half-past-three on their bicycles. It doesn't take an Einstein to calculate that covering 12 miles in 30 minutes entails an average cycling speed of 24 mph. A quick check of cyclists' records for distance covered in one hour up to the year 1955 (when the book was published) shows that Julian and Dick were not far off the 1933 record of 29. 9 mph by Francis Faure, riding an aerodynamic recumbent bicycle. The UCI decided that recumbent bicycles were not allowed and Faure's record was disallowed. Julian and Dick, therefore, probably held the world record for upright bicycles until beaten by Eddy Merckx in 1972. All the more remarkable is that Julian and Dick are only children, riding heavy-framed road bikes. Wunnerfull! In ‘Five Get Into Trouble' the children and Timmy set off on their cycling holiday. Anne is worried that they are going to cover too many miles the first day. Dick airily reassures her that they are only covering forty or fifty miles the first day. The implication is that, once seasoned, they will be covering considerably more - perhaps seventy or eighty miles a day. Is even a mere forty or fifty miles really feasible for children burdened with baskets of food and camping equipment? Checking information on Bicycle Touring by adults on modern machines it appears that fifty kilometers or 31 miles a day is the distance modern tourists aim for. Some manage 120 kilometers or 76 miles on a day, but that is exceptional. Dick's modest forty or fifty miles on the first day is a child cycling feat worthy of wonder - if not downright disbelief. Class --------- This is a vast subject worthy of several volumes, so instead of people (middle-class, working-class and gypsies) I've considered two dogs as class representatives. Both dogs are mongrels, but because one (Timmy) is owned by George and brought up to be middle-class it is, of necessity, intelligent, powerful, plucky, loyal, chivalrous and well-mannered. The other (Stinker) is working-class, small, cowardly, smelly and stupid. ‘Nuff said, Sid! Picture Continuity -------------------------- In my sixth impression of ‘Five have Plenty of Fun' there is confusion between Sally the dog and Aunt Fanny. On page 57 Aunt Fanny suddenly becomes Aunt Sally. This colloquial idiom is particularly apt and one wonders if it is actually a printing/editorial mistake. What must be a mistake (surely) is the problem with picture continuity - either that or people change clothing every hour. In the space of that morning Aunt Fanny/Sally appears in 1. A dress with a wavy pattern design 2. A plain blouse and top 3. A dress embroidered with flowers and a cardigan. Picture continuity is sometimes so poor that in the space of minutes the furniture may change and curtain design magically transform.
September 17, 2012 - Farwa says: I just finished "Five on a Treasure Island". It was an amazing book.
September 17, 2012 - Farwa says: In response to Darrel71, on the Enid Blyton Society, there are a couple of forums you could join in.
Bets says... Bets says: I believe Darrell71 is already a member.
September 11, 2012 - Cher says: Also, I just notice that this site recommended Navrang for the purchase of Enid Blytons etc, I have to tell you that The Magic Chair series and The Faraway Tree series I bought was from them and never regretted it. I lost the link and now FINALLY after 5 years found it here. THANK YOU GUYS for this site!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You only had to Google Navrang, Cher!
September 11, 2012 - Cher says: @SpamCheck, I am not Bets or Fatty however that is one of my fav in the many Enid Blytons series. The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folks of the Faraway Tree. I also think there are a couple more to this series (The Wishing Chair and The Wishing Chair Again, I think these are the first two then the above) with Moonface and a whole bunch of other colourful characters. I am 38 now and I still sneek a peek at them which I bought for my niece. I highly recommend it for a break from reality and a wonderful imaginations!
September 7, 2012 - Anonymous says: Hello! I saw the a book called The Folk of the Faraway Tree in a book shop. I thought it was a good book. Should I buy that book and read. Or should I read another book. Please answer for me Bets or Fatty.
Bets says... Bets says: It certainly is a very good read, so I say go ahead and buy it!
September 7, 2012 - nabeela says: Oh! I can't stop reading Enid Blytons books. And my favourite series is Malory towers. I love them.
Bets says... Bets says: That's lovely, Nabeela - we would love to hear why you love Malory Towers the best?
September 6, 2012 - priyanni says: Great books Enid Blyton I read them loads :)
Bets says... Bets says: I am glad you enjoy reading them, Priyanni.
September 5, 2012 - Valerie says: Hello, my favourite series is the Malory Towers series. I just love the girls and their funny ways. They always seem to make my day brighter whenever they play their tricks. My favourite character is Darrell. She has a sense of humor and a temper. Mam'zelle Dupont is my favourite teacher in the book. I love it whenever Alica decides to play a "treek" on her! : ) I like Miss Grayling for her calmness, no matter what happens to the girls, Miss Grayling would always stay calm. And by the way, do any of you know where to find more information on Enid Blyton's books?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Try the Enid Blyton Society website, Valerie.
August 31, 2012 - Habdab says: Thank you Su. My memory isn't what it was. Sniggle Snoggle Snook it was.
August 28, 2012 - Darrell71 says: Where is the forums button like in top right corner in I want to join.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We have no forums, just the Message Board and the Talk About Blyton section.
August 25, 2012 - fatema says: Hi. Im fatema I love Enid Blytons books I know they r for childrens but these books take me far away where I havnt even been in my dreams. The Enid Blytons boooks teach me about lives of friends and familys and how to deal in problems and never loose hope. I love Enid Blytons books they r far the bext.
August 24, 2012 - Aine Greaney says: As a published author, here's my tribute to Enid Blyton and the start of a reading and writing life.
August 23, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi Habdab this is regarding your post on 8th August. I remember reading a book called Holiday Book which had a story titled Mr. Sniffty's Dustbin - any rubbish thrown in to the dustbin would disappear, may be it is the same one. Although this one does not have a magic mushroom with spots.
August 18, 2012 - Adverse Camber says: In the late forties or mid fifty's Enid Blyton directed a number of film strips for MiniCine like Gulliver in Giantland and Puss In Boots, the price for the film strip at the time was 3/6 and designed to be shown on a MiniCine projector. Each one of Enid Blytons film strips has her signature on them however they are clearly hers but are different, different pens used and different spacing for the double dash below and between the d and B. Do you or anyone else know anything about Enid Blytons involvement with MiniCine and if these signatures were reproduced during printing of the cardboard cover or are signed Enid Blyton herself. I look for to your reply. A Camber.
August 18, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I am sure your visit to Corwall will happen for you one day, Apurva. And I can safely say that you willl not be disappointed in the beauty of its landscape.
August 18, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi Julie! Your descriptions made a nice reading. I could almost see Carbis bay as I read about it just like when I read EB. As I kid I always wanted to visit Britain and see all that Enid would describe in her books and few years ago in 2006 I did get a chance to visit Norwich for a business visit. When I landed at Heathrow and stepped out of the plane, my 1st thought was ‘Enid here I come to your country and now I can see all that you would describe'. My work prevented me from visiting anywhere else except London but every time I walked through the lanes of Norwich or travelled by bus, I would look out and think how would Enid describe this lane or field or market and try seeing it through her eyes. I did not get to visit any coasts and I very much wanted to visit Cornwall however, a couple of my colleagues who are from Norwich sent me some photographs of Cornish coasts when they visited there in 2009. I still want to go and visit Cornwall and now Carbis bay also. I am hoping it will happen someday.
August 17, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Love reading your post, Apurva, you make writing all the more worth while. You may be interested to know that the place in Carbis Bay and in the last fan-fic where they all stayed in the holiday cottage are actual places that I love and have stayed in myself. This is why I was able to describe them in my writing. They are truely lovely places in which to stay. Best wishes - Julie.
Fatty says... Fatty says: And I can vouch for the beauty of the area.
August 17, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi! I feel I should thank all those who have been contributing to this site and giving a common platform for all EB fans and I would also like to include all those who are involved with the Society site as well. We all know the feeling we had when we would start reading a series and after finishing a book and would be looking forward to laying hands on the next in the series. I had the same feeling while waiting for fanfics from both Julie and Sally and still do as I wait for more stuff from Julie. Thanks Sally for your reply to my post, I love all the pairs in your stories but my favourite will always be Snubby and Lucy-Ann. Fatty and Bets also make a lovely pair and I love the way Julie describes the places where the 5 visit, be it Carbis Bay in Cornwall or the farmhouse where Ern gets them to go in the last fanfic. It reminds me of all the descriptions by EB in the Adventure series and Famous Five books of the places that the characters would visit to spend their holidays. I am enjoying reading the Find-Outer series again especially Fatty being cheeky to Goon and all his disguises. We all love Fatty don't we with his cheek and boasting!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Apurva. You've summed it up perfectly.
August 15, 2012 - Sally says: Thank you Apurva for such a lovely post and such appreciation. I have been on holiday and away from all things Blyton (except in my imagination! ) for over two weeks and have only just seen this post. Having just re-read the orginals, hopefully the fanfics will be more enjoyable. I had the idea two years ago that the children from the Barney Mysteries and the Adventure series would meet in later life and there needed to be a link - the obvious partnership for me was Snubby and Lucy-Ann - similar age (both 11 in the first books) and both having lost their parents as children and needing family security. I thought Snubby would find Lucy-Ann with her kindness and femininity very appealing and it would be love at first sight for him. Barney would inevitably be more cautious and less confident. Glad you enjoyed them, but no more plans for a fifth instalment as such. Thank you again and glad they have brought such enjoyment.
August 14, 2012 - sai vineeth says: I just want to download books from net because only I get reading books only by net I just love reading her books. Thank you.
Bets says... Bets says: I understand your situation, Sai, but reading them for free online is illegal.
August 13, 2012 - Unaiza from Pakistan says: Fatty can you please tell me a website from which I can download Enid Blytons books for example St. Clare and Famous Five and more. Plzz tell me I do so love her books. You wont believe it I have a craze of books from the time I started t o read Enids books I finish one book in one day truly. Plzz tell meeeeeee!!!!!!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I believe Amazon had some Blyton titles in their Kindle store. Of course, you can always do your own research, Google is your friend!
August 12, 2012 - unaiza says: I love Enids idea of different books the things she write in her books shows what her personality is and ofcourse she is a really good person. It seems so strange that one person has got so many ideas for example the faraway tree,Malory Towers,st. Clares ,Famous Five, Secret Seven, naughtiest girl and so on I love her books!!!!
August 9, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Hello Apurva, Fatty is quite right, I am very pleased you enjoyed my fan-fics. It's so nice to hear such feedback. Thank you.
August 9, 2012 - Su says: In reply to Habdab, there is a story called the Sniggle-Snoggle Snook in The Blue Story Book. I checked and the creature is made of plasticine by the toys to chase away a goblin who picks on the clockwork mouse. Could this be the story you are after?
August 9, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi! I have been reading all my Enid Blyton books all over again and now have finished the Famous Five series and the Barney Mysteries. I have already read Sally's fanfic about the Lyton-Martins and after finishing the Barney series I went back and read some of her stuff again. Hey Sally I loved it all over again. It was nice to read about Barney-Diana and Snubby-Lucy-Ann. Well you could always see that Diana had a soft spot for Barney but Sally how did you come up with Snubby and Lucy-Ann being together, I really like it. After reading all your fanfic I was waiting to devour the next however, you replied to my post saying that you had planned for only these 4 installments. If you ever think of writing about them further I will be the happiest person. I also love the way Julie writes the fanfic on Find-Outers. Fatty and Bets make a lovely couple and thanks to Julie I get to read about them as a couple. I always loved Barney's character as a kid and still do however, I enjoyed reading Snubby now, as a kid I thought him to be an idiot and lot of trouble but I simply loved him this time. When I read EB's books during by school days I had made a list of her books in a note book listing out all her series from Famous Five, Secret seven, Barney Mysteries, Find-Outer series to secret series some of her farm books and also her bed-time stories, boarding school books and other individual books. I searched for that note-book last week and found that I had read more than 100 books and had marked out my favorite ones to collect. I am still collecting them and have decided to re-read all those books. Currently reading the Adventure series and Find-outer series and also simultaneously re-reading some of Sally's and Julie's stuff and enjoying it tremendously!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Apurva, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice post. I am sure that both Sally and Julie will be pleased to hear that their writing has given you so much pleasure.
August 8, 2012 - Saky says: Thanks Mu'minah!
August 8, 2012 - Habdab says: I remember reading a book about toys that were being bullied and they made a creature out of plasticine to frighten off the bully. They called it the Sniggle Snaggle Snook. Any idea what the book was called please?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've no idea!
August 8, 2012 - Habdab says: I remember reading a book about a magic bucket that you threw rubbish into and it disappeared. And there was also a magic Mushroom with spots on it in the story. Am I mixing things up in my memory? It's been such a long time since I read them. Does anyone have any idea what the book was?
August 8, 2012 - Mu'minah says: Saky, the story you're looking for is probably "All the Way to Toytown" in Eight O'Clock Tales. In this story a boy called Roger takes a doll who broke her leg to a hospital in toytown.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Mu'minah.
August 7, 2012 - Saky says: Hey guys. I'm trying to identify this book where a little kid drives into a toy world to help a wounded toy get to a hospital. I think it was a fairy tale or some bedtime story. Can somebody help me find that story?
August 7, 2012 - Farwa says: Well - I'M pretty choisy about my chocolate! And I'm sorry to say that I don't approve of ciggerates of any kind - chocolate, candy, or tobbaco! P. S: Thanks for supporting me, Fatty! : -).
August 6, 2012 - Jeni says: Er, Julie - you'd have to fight off Bets and me to dance first with Fatty! Regarding the chocolate, you're right. Kids don't notice awful tasting candy. Only when we grow up are our taste buds more discerning! Sigh, anything we ate as kids tasted good, and I mean anything - except horrid vegetables, which I now love as an adult!
August 6, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I didn't realize that you couldn't get the black jelly babies anymore! And I also used to love the candy cigarettes, and yes, Nigel, I too used to have the chocolate sets and there was a 'tools' one too. Screwdriver, hammer etc. The chocolate was poor quality, but as kids, who cared! I can't believe that no one would want to dance with you Fatty! I would if I was younger!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're never too old, dearest Julie!
August 6, 2012 - Jeni says: Sounds like you indeed, Fatty! Interesting how you don't mind people calling you "Fatty". You're a good sort to not get offended. In Guyana if you called another school kid "Fatty", you went home with a black eye, guaranteed. Now if only we can get Bets to leave off her books and weigh in too!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Bets eats like a horse, but doesn't put on weight! I guess we're more tolerant in Peterswood than Guyana, Jeni! ;-)
August 6, 2012 - Jeni says: Say, Nigel - can we ask Fatty about those candied ciggies?! We need Fatty to weigh in on our discussion re: the classics, candied ciggies and asking girls to the dance and etc.! I'd love to hear what he says about all this.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, I remember them of course, but I don't think I liked them much. I was more into macaroons! I did go to a dance once, but was dressed as a ginger butcher's boy. No girl wanted to dance with me, and old Clear-Orf threw me out! Ah, happy days!
August 6, 2012 - Jeni says: Nigel, no, we never got the chocolate smoking sets in Guyana : ( Guyana, back then "British Guiana", was still a relatively 'poor' 3rd world country and we only got limited Enid Blyton books, and I literally devoured the EB books I was able to get. Chocolate, was an expensive rarity I wasn't privileged to enjoy. I still feel cheated, in not being able to access ALL of Enid Blyton's books, while I was a young girl in Guyana. You - smoking rabbit food?! Now that's something I can't quite picture! LOL Yes, I think it amazing that so many people enjoyed those candied cigarettes, who never turned to actual smoking when in adulthood. Yet they continue to claim that eating those candied ciggies cause people to smoke real cigarettes. Human ignorance sometimes has no limits, sadly.
Fatty says... Fatty says: That's like saying eating jelly babies caused people to become cannibals! Do you know, Bassett's don't make black jelly babies any more? How discriminating is that?!
August 6, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Thanks, Jeni! Do you remember the chocolate smoking sets? I used to get one at Christmas. It contained a chocolate pipe and cigar. I seem to remember the chocolate was of a very poor quality though. I still liked to have a pipe in my mouth. I remember one year I got an old pipe and smoked some rabbit food. It nearly killed me! Those we the days. Like you, I never wanted to smoke for real, so the sweet cigarettes never persuaded me to take up tobacco for real.
August 5, 2012 - Jeni says: Nigel, dancing is overrated, don't you worry about it. I used to be a dancing fanatic, once upon a time. I still can be, depending on the circumstances. Ah, I'm glad you too miss those sweet "ciggies", as you call them! By the way, you're still too polite! At least I think so. That elderly lady though, was looking out for your own good, that is why she told you off. Interestingly enough, about the sweet cigarettes - they were never mentioned in EB's books and I'm sure they were around when she was alive. She probably thought they were too controversial to be included in her stories. Those candied ciggies had an absolutely amazing taste, unlike any other candy I've ever had. What a shame they're no longer being made.
August 5, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Ah, those sweet ciggies, how I liked them! We also had fake ones that had talc inside, and if you blew, it looked like smoke coming out. I was told off as a schoolboy by an elderly lady for smoking! I was far too polite and nervous to explain! I've never been to a dance, I'm too young to remember those!
August 4, 2012 - Jeni says: Since we're talking about taking girls to the dance and black Bassett jelly babies, my weigh-in is to lament those wonderful sweet cigarettes that are now discontinued. That just about destroyed my world. Those little white "cigarettes" were the highlight of my young life in the 1960's-1970's (eek! I've just 'aged' myself on!) and now they're no longer around. By the way, I have never emerged a smoker because of those sweet cigarettes. Just my two cents :) By the way, I think it awfully romantic that "a boy takes a girl to the dance". Some things in life are just classic and shouldn't be changed. That said, I agree that there might be a boy here and there who would like a girl to take him to the dance! Nothing wrong with that either!
August 4, 2012 - Dakota Ioane says: Enid is the best author that is a kids author in the world.
August 4, 2012 - Paul says: Farwa, I just got piled on on a "progressive" Internet forum for daring to say that most people still say "taking a girl to the dance" rather than the other way around. I'm not some hen-pecked boob who sees bigotry in every utterance of Enid's. (Yes, it's no longer 1950 but most people still talk about a boy taking a girl to the dance, rather than a girl taking a boy to one. ) Also, remember how Warner Bros. withdrew the Speedy Gonzales cartoons in the Noughties because of pressure from the white left, only to reinstate them after sharp protests from Latino/a people who supported the Speedy character!
Fatty says... Fatty says: And there are no black Bassett's jelly babies any more. :-(
August 3, 2012 - Sandra Davis says: I have really enjoyed reading your reviews of Enid Blyton's various book in the FAMOUS FIVE SERIES. You mention the fact that in the original version of FIVE GET INTO A FIX Julian's mother is called MRS. BARNARD, and that you will call all of the family KIRRIN. However, this would not be correct: in the very first of the series, FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND, it is made very clear that KIRRIN was the maiden name of George's mother. Quentin and the three cousins' father are brothers, yes, but their surname is BARNARD. Fanny Kirrin became Fanny Barnard on her marriage to Quentin. You are also right about Alf and James. In September I am presenting a display of my original Blyton books at the Redland Museum in Cleveland, Queensland, Australia. I have 52 books and am having a great time rereading them all! Keep up the great work! SANDRA DAVIS.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Well, that's a different point of view. I still think Enid got into a bit of a muddle with the names. Maybe Fanny and Quentin were cousins, but Quentin was definitely a Kirrin. Thanks for enjoying our reviews.
August 2, 2012 - Farwa says: Paul, Julian is NOT bossy! In the old days, girls WERE taken care of. And Jeni, you're not old-fashioned. You said a perfectly normal thing! I don't know where people got the Julian-is-so-bossy idea from. Honestly! Isn't there ANYONE who likes Julian? P. S: If I'm raving too much, I can't help it, since I like Julian very much. Didn't the farmer's wife at Longman's Farm 'like' his very look, and give him permission to spend the night at the field? Bossy people are never liked. And Julian made funny jokes with the others, yes, he did! If someone wants me to quote such a time, I'm ready to do that!
Fatty says... Fatty says: There's even a Facebook page devoted to the boy!
August 1, 2012 - harish says: Hello I just completed the book ''Mountain of Adventure'' I liked the setting of the story that is Wales.
August 1, 2012 - Thomas Hoy says: I am looking for the name of a Secret Seven or Famous Five story in which they uncovered a theft by connecting a tramp's hobnail boots with the hobnail boot tracks found at the scene of the crime. Hope somebody can help me.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You have already asked this question on the 28th July, Thomas! However, I'll put it up again as a reminder to our loyal readers to see if anyone can come up with a title. It might even be a Find-Outers' story, but doesn't ring any bells with me as far as I can recall.
July 31, 2012 - Jeni says: Hmmmmm. I'm not sure I agree with Paul. I, for one, wouldn't mind being "protected to a stupid degree by a male"! Hence, I like Peter from the Secret Seven. I'm an old fashioned gal, you see.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Of course girls need protecting, it's what any decent boy would want to do! Good on you, Jeni!
July 31, 2012 - Jeni says: Henrietta might want to try Amazon also. Amazon is absolutely great for finding out of print books at very low prices. It's where I shop for all my books!
Fatty says... Fatty says: It surely is. Abe books is another online dealer that might be able to help.
July 31, 2012 - Henrietta says: I am in my 50's and have read all the classic mysteries and school stories by Ms Blyton. I am in Jamaica and would desperately love for my grand kids and students to enjoy these books like I did. How can I get copies of these books since they are probably out of print. The ones i'm interested in are Bobbsey Twins series, Famous Five and Secret Seven, Mallory Towers and St. Clairs.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've no idea what bookshops in Jamaica stock, Henrietta, but you could try our online links on this home page (Navrang, for example), or you could try an online auction site, such as eBay or eBid. I also like the Bobbsey Twins' books, but they are by Laura Lee Hope, not Enid Blyton. Good luck!
July 31, 2012 - Maddy says: Anita, thanks for providing the title of the story and the name of the book. It has been a very very long time since I read that story. Yes - I suppose the ending was chilling, but I remember thinking how silly the boy was, for wishing that he was the other boy. Why, he could have easily wished that he could SWIM just as well as the other boy, and save himself the trouble. : -) Thanks again for your help - and for pointing out that the Dragon books doesn't contain the story. I'm going to search eBay for a copy of the book. : -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: We can usually rely on Anita to come up with the answers!
July 31, 2012 - Paul says: I'm glad Fatty, not Julian of the Famous Five posts here. Julian in the books is a bossy prat. Not as bad as Peter in the Secret Seven though - Peter was a sexist bully. In fact, any male in the books who think the girls need protecting to a stupid degree deserves some dislike.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm, controversial! Thanks, Paul! :-)
July 31, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: I must say that I too dislike reviews that name the villains/give too much of the plot away. I have written several reviews for this site and I have tried not to do this. I apologise if I have.
July 31, 2012 - Farwa says: I wanted to say that in the Enid reviews, you give away too much, including the ending. It spoils the fun if one learns the ending in the review. You should end it with something like, "They were trapped by the goblins. Will they find their way back home or not? Read the story to know." That way one gets curious.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I agree with you, Farwa. I have had a quick look and not all give the game away, but some do reveal plot secrets.
July 31, 2012 - Farwa says: According to the Enid review, "The Enchanted Wood" is a good novel. Should I go for it? It seemed quite good - just the thing I like! Or should I toss it aside, and read something else? Please reply, Bets and Fatty.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Go for it, Farwa! It is a splendid series.
July 31, 2012 - Farwa says: "Party With The Fairies" was a very sweet story. It seemed as if Enid herself was telling it!
July 31, 2012 - Anita says: The story Maddy is looking for is 'The Boy Who Was Too Clever'. It was first published in 'A Second Book of Naughty Children' (Methuen) and has since been reprinted in the Dean 1991 edition of 'A Book of Naughty Children'. It's worth pointing out that the Dragon 'Naughty Children' books don't contain that story. It's a great cautionary tale but I find the ending quite chilling.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks, Anita.
July 31, 2012 - Madison says: I like " The Mystery of the Missing Jewels". Bets is really funny and lively! I think you should add more exciting bits into it!
July 30, 2012 - Saky says: Rogoz, we can also consider iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian the Famous Five! They rule many people's lives.
July 30, 2012 - Maddy says: Hi, I remember reading this short story a long time ago when I was a kid. It's about a boy who was given a wish, and he wished that everything he wished for would come true. Along the story, he wished for a toy ship he saw at a shop, and when he was chased by a policeman, he wished for the policeman to go the other way (and he got his wish! ) At the end of the story, he saw another boy swimming in the sea and he wished that he was the other boy. And he was, and he couldn't wish himself back, because he was now the other boy. Unfortunately, I can't remember the title of the story, or the book the story is in. Does anyone happen to know it?
Bets says... Bets says: The plot sounds vaguely familiar, though I can't pinpoint it exactly. Look in the Cave of Books for stories containing 'wish' in the title. I know this is a long stretch, but perhaps reading the titles will jog your memory.
July 30, 2012 - Jeni says: That is too funny, rogoz! But how accurate! My personal favorite is "Google"! Google teaches me a lot and helps me a lot.
Bets says... Bets says: Me too! How did we manage without it?
July 30, 2012 - rogoz says: The Famous Five are now being called Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. Just who are these imposters? Bet they'd have trouble making a ham sandwich.
July 29, 2012 - Farwa says: The story, "Five Go On A Monster Hunt" was really funny. I loved it! Just the kind of thing the Five would do! I want the writer to write more stories!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ah, an April Fool's Day prank by our own Keith Robinson. I can confirm that he owns this website, Farwa.
July 28, 2012 - Saky says: Farwa, if it comes down to who has been on the site longer, I think I'll win hands down as I certainly haven't seen you around. And as Bets said, it wasn't just Fatty but also Rogoz. And like most people here, I feel Fatty, Bets and Inspector Jenks do a great job around here!
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Saky. Let's just leave it at this, shall we? :-) There's no more need to defend any of us.
July 28, 2012 - Joanna says: Well said Bets! I'd have dished out a good clip behind the ear to a cheeky kid in my time!
July 28, 2012 - raani mukharji says: There should be a facility to read online books cause we can't get these from every where because they are not available in every country.
Bets says... Bets says: Reading books online for free is illegal, especially as Enid Blyton's works are still under copyright. If, however, you are willing to pay for them, Kindle has some.
July 28, 2012 - Dr Thomas Hoy says: Hi everyone. I am writing an academic paper which includes fragments and memories of my personal cultural history and their effect on my juvenile thinking about culture and society. One of these memories was of a Secret Seven or Famous Five story in which the sleuths solve the crime by noticing a tramp (possibly a gypsy tramp) wearing hobnail boots and realizing that there were hobnail boot tracks at the scene of the crime. I'd be very grateful if anyone knows which story this might be from.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I am sure one of our avid readers will come up with the answer, Dr Hoy. We do have plot summaries on the website which, if you have time, might provide the answer. Just click on the links near the top.
July 28, 2012 - Farwa says: This is with reference to the story, "Five Grow Old Together". I hated the story. Instead of thinking of the Five as old people, I will forever think of them as young. All my friends follow my example.
July 28, 2012 - Farwa says: Well, Saky, it seems that you are new to Enid Try looking at certain comments of Fatty's, and you'll know why I said that. And don't think that you were very polite either. And Imogen, I really found your comment cute. I'm a FF fan myself. I wish Tim was mine!
Bets says... Bets says: Farwa, kindly provide evidence if you must accuse a moderator. Please do remember that Fatty and I both have lives outside of this website, and we do this because we genuinely care about Enid Blyton, and her fans. We take out time from our lives in order to respond to the messages. Fatty is a very busy person, and so am I. He, however, is better at dividing time between and real life than I am, and often fills in for me, and for this, I am very grateful. Yes, Fatty makes caustic comments at times, and so do I, but they are all done in jest and good humour. Sadly it seems that you're taking them far too seriously. I've spent the past quarter of an hour looking through your messages and Fatty's replies, and I've noticed a very interesting pattern: YOUR message started off as somewhat rude, and Fatty reprimanded you. He isn't the only one you've been rude to - I can think of Rogoz off the top of my head. Do remember that this website is for everyone, and that means there are a lot of people who are older than you here, who deserve your respect. There are younger ones, who will look up to you as a role model. It is rather ungrateful of you to be rude to one of the people that help run this website. It would do you good to watch your tone. Don't misunderstand me: I am not asking you to leave. I am asking you to show some respect. I would much rather have said all this in an email, but since all your messages are public, my reprimand should be public as well.
July 27, 2012 - Saky says: So, are there any new fanfics on the way?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Only our writers can answer that one, Saky!
July 27, 2012 - Saky says: Farwa that was incredibly rude. I think you should apologize to Fatty.
July 26, 2012 - Imogen says: Hi Enid Blyton, I love your Famous Five books. Are the five real? When is the Famous Five tv series on and in what country? My favourite people in the Famous Five are Julian, Anne and Dick. I got the whole series of the Famous Five at home except for the survival guide. My name is Imogen and I am 8 years old. I love the Famous Five! love Imogen.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad you like the Five, Imogen. They certainly seem real to me! I'm afraid I can't help you with the world's tv listings though.
July 26, 2012 - Paul says: Farwa, Haven't you learned yet not to mess with Fatty? Although, there could be more girls than Bets in the interest of sexual equality. Never really cared for Bets in the books. All those times she "sobbed" something.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Paul. Bets has matured now, and is an admirable companion!
July 25, 2012 - Neil says: Have the Find Outers ever been translated to screen? I know the Famous Five and Adventure series have been dramatized on TV and film, but although I love both those series of books the Find Outers were my favourites.
Fatty says... Fatty says: No, they haven't. In my opinion, a Find-Outers' story would make an ideal "Sunday tea-time" television serial, set in period, of course.
July 25, 2012 - Farwa says: I'm glad you're back, Bets. I'm fed up with Fatty. Why doesn't Julian from the Famous Five replace him?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Maybe you have a suggestion on who could replace you. Edgar Stick, maybe?

July 25, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: In answer to Paje's question, according to the book by Norman Wright, the Famous Five productions on the stage were: - 1955/56 staged at the Princess Theatre. 1956/57 staged at the London Hippodrome 1996 The Famous Five Musical staged at the King's Head Theatre, Islington 1997 The Famous Five Musical toured the country including Bath, Oxford, Woking, Canterbury and Worthing. If you're interest is in the Famous Five Paje, this is a really good book to try and find. The Title is The Famous Five Everything You Ever Wanted To Know.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Julie. I knew of the musical but wouldn't have remembered the rest!
July 25, 2012 - Paje says: Can anyone tell me if any of the Famous Five stories have been translated into scripts for the stage?
Bets says... Bets says: I don't think so, but I suppose someone else will know better. Blyton on TV/stage is not my area of expertise at all.
July 24, 2012 - Farwa says: What's up with Bets?
Bets says... Bets says: Hello, Farwa! I'm all right, thanks, just incredibly busy! Fatty's been a gem in filling in for me. My favourite series are the Adventure and Mystery books.
July 23, 2012 - Sue Webster says: Hi, I havent been on for ages so thought i`d better. I love the Famous Five and like Neo. I miss being a kid again. I`m still a big kid at heart and like doing some things I did as a child. Being a grown up is so boring. I`ve not got many friends so guess i`m a bit of a loner and so love going off exploring especially with my i--spy books etc. I dont think its abnormal. Its fun! and I'm like George in the Famous Five!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Nothing abnormal about you, Sue! Thanks for your post, it is always good to hear from old friends.
July 23, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: If you joined the Enid Blyton Society, Farwa, then the journal you receive would have a picture of Imogen on the front cover, which was taken at the Enid Blyton Day this year.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It does indeed. Thanks, Julie, for a reminder of how special the Journal is.
July 23, 2012 - Farwa says: Means she must be alive!
July 18, 2012 - Farwa says: You - you spoke to her? Wow! When?
Fatty says... Fatty says: The last time was a couple of months ago.
July 17, 2012 - Farwa says: Is Imogen alive?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Imogen was certainly alive the last time I spoke to her.
July 16, 2012 - Aurgha says: I was a frequent visitor to this site when I was around 11-12. Now I'm almost 18 and am quite surprised to see this site is almost the same. I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton. Famous Five, The Five Find-Outers were my favourites. I loved Fatty's character too : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: The best things in life remain constant. Isn't that reassuring? Welcome back, Aurgha.
July 16, 2012 - Anita says: Shirley Ann might be thinking of 'Whatever Next! ', in which Eileen misses a trip to the zoo because she didn't mend the hole in her pocket, repair the puncture in her bicycle tyre, etc. The story can be found in Enid Blyton's Sunshine Book, among other places.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Anita.
July 15, 2012 - Shirley Ann says: I am looking for the title of a short story I read as a child, I read mostly Enid Blyton, Famous Five, Secret Seven and The Naughtiest Girl in the school, so I feel this short story I read may be by the same author. It was about a little girl going on a school trip and her mother telling her the night before to prepare for it and to sew a hole in her pocket, needless to say she doesn't take heed, and suffers the consequences the following morning, resulting in her missing the trip and walking home to mother in floods of tears, and mummy making her sandwiches and tea, and the lesson was learnt, lol. I cried my eyes out over that story, but I am unable to find what it was called. Can anbody help? : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anyone?
July 15, 2012 - Farwa says: How can we post our stories on this website?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Email fanfic to the website, where it will be considered.
July 15, 2012 - Farwa says: Which is the most popular series by Enid Blyton?
Fatty says... Fatty says: At a guess I would say (due to TV and sales) it would be a toss-up between The Famous Five and Noddy. The success of these two series probably takes the shine of Enid's other lesser known series and stand-alone books, which is a pity.
July 15, 2012 - AARI says: Hi all,i am a great Enid Blyton fan. I read a lot of books but I keep coming back to the secret 7,adventure series etc as they are my favorite and these books r the ones that brought the habit of reading in me. I also collect books. The secret 7 is a book which always stays as my best friend. I love also the faraway tree series. I am in my 11th but still these books are the ones that mean a lot to me more than all the other books I have got. I encourage everyone who start to read to start with books like secret 7,Famous Five,far away tree,adventure series etc. I also request the people who read this if my thing is posted to keep reading Enid Blyton.
July 15, 2012 - Darrell Rivers says: I love the Malory Towers series! I agree that Pamella did an excellent continue on of Malory Towers, I would've thought Enid Blyton had wrote them herself. I would love if Malory towers was made into a movie or tv show, even if someone could write another series of Daphne (Sally's sister) school years. Is there any other boarding school stories?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Check out our links!
July 11, 2012 - Janice Eller says: When I was a young teeneager in the 60's I was fortunate to have had all 6 Brains Benton mystery books. As my taste in literature matured I donated the books to my local library. Now years later I would give almost anything to have those books back.
Fatty says... Fatty says: People unfamiliar with the books can read about them HERE.
July 7, 2012 - Neo says: I don't know what happen to me, is it normal or abnormal. Since I'm rereading all Enid Blyton book, seems to me that I really really miss my childhood and want to go back to my past. But if I think again and again, even if I have De'Lorean time machine and fly back to my childhood, I'm still cannot having those wonderful life again. Ohhh my sweet memory.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sounds normal to me, Neo!
July 7, 2012 - Salman Khan says: I love your book "Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm" and "The Secret of Cliff Castle". Enid Blyton is my favourite writer.
July 6, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi Fatty! I do read Julie's series on the Five Find-Outers of course and I am waiting for the next like all of you are :)
Bets says... Bets says: Good to know!
July 5, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi, I have started reading the Famous Five books once more after a gap of 3 or 4 years. I loved them as a kid and got the whole lot some 4 years ago. I am currently reading the 8th book - Five get in to trouble and have come to the Owl's Dene bit and was reminded of Julie as her monicker on the Society forums is Julie2owlsdene. When I first went through this site and read about Julie I couldn't remember this book and Owl's Dene in it, but now that I am reading it I love it. When I was a kid I would like Julian but now I find him bossy and like Dick better with his sense of humor and tricks. Also as a I kid I felt that the 5 have smashing adventures and wished I could have them but now as a mother of a two year old I doubt I would be easy in my head if my son was as adventourous. Sigh! Well I still enjoy reading them will keep doing so even I am 70 or something.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Of course, you can enjoy Julie's writing both here and on the Society website.
July 4, 2012 - rogoz says: The CFF films were done partly at Corfe castle - it's easy to recognise and in the credits. Unfortunately, the re-release was done exactly as a serial, whereas they should have edited out all the Introductions and simply made one ordinary film. There was also a fair bit of story padding. The BandW shoot was done very well.
July 4, 2012 - vamsi garimella says: It is a boon the children have got for having a writer like Enid!!! I love to live with her stories every minute!
July 3, 2012 - Gillian Weaver says: Does any one know that they made movies for the Famous Five? I think the 60s and 70s version is better than the 90s. They are available on youtube by a user named ( mandreke5 ) if anyone's interested.
Fatty says... Fatty says: These are not movies as such, but children's television programmes, made for the ITV network.. The CFF however, made two feature films; Five on a Treasure Island, released in 1957 and Five Have a Mystery to Solve in 1964.
July 2, 2012 - Saky says: Aditya: that happens to me too (my name is Aditya too)! I just turn the auto correct off on my iPhone. That does the trick.
July 2, 2012 - Weaves says: Can you still buy the original text versions or do they now only come in 'revised' formats?
Fatty says... Fatty says: As far as we know, most (if not all) books have been revised - if only to change words that are deemed unacceptable by today's publishers.
July 1, 2012 - Gillian Weaver says: Hi, I read all of the Malory Tower Series and I LOVED THEM. But when I found out Pamela Cox had continued Felicity's life at Malory Towers I started reading it and to be honest, I would have thought Enid wrote them herself. AMAZING website. Keep up the good work!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: There's a couple more by Lisa Newton (one has just started in serial form) on the members' section of the Enid Blyton Society website.
June 28, 2012 - Aditya says: THAT life was better! PS. In school they don't allow you to use any other thing to write than a pencil and a paper.
June 27, 2012 - Connie says: I am a huge fan of Enid Blyton. My favourite book the Wishing Chair Collection was written by her. Enid is my favourite author and I have many of her books, including: Malory Towers, Famouse Five, Secret Seven, Amelia-Jane and Twins at St. Clares. I have started to write my own novels and I owe it all to Enid Blyton. She inspired me to become an author. Thank you!!
June 27, 2012 - Aditya says: Hey! I'm back! I know it's been a long time, but I was busy reading Blyton. PS: Drat my iPad 1's spellchecker! It was suggesting 'Amity' for my name.
Fatty says... Fatty says: When I was your age, I had to make do with paper and a pencil.
June 24, 2012 - Carro says: For sale: The Castle of Adventure, First print,MacMillian and Co. Ltd, 1946 .
June 22, 2012 - Jeni says: Er, Fatty, this is probably the silliest inquiry I've made thus far, but can you tell me if a "dust cover" comes with all of EB's books, or do some of them just have an illustrated "hard cover"? This will help me determine the EB book that was stolen from me. I'm 99% sure the book that was stolen from me had a hard cover with no dust cover. A lot of the titles look familiar but I need to keep perusing to be sure. My last ridiculous question to you is, are ALL of EB's books listed in the Cave of Books, or is it possible some books are missing? I'd like to think that the Cave has ALL her books ever printed, this will help me find out the title of my stolen book. Eventually I'll be able to narrow things down and figure out the exact book cover of the book that was stolen from me. It's only a matter of time before I do.
Fatty says... Fatty says: As far as I know, all books are listed in the Cave, but you'd be better off asking that question on the Enid Blyton Society website message board. Many books published in later years had a printed cover on the book as opposed to a paper dust wrapper.
June 21, 2012 - Jeni says: Dear Fatty: No, that cover doesn't ring a bell. I would love to see several dust covers from the years 1970 to 1972; maybe from 1969 to 1972 would be more accurate? Also, were there other EB books of "assorted fairy tales"? I mean, there is a tiny percentage of doubt that the title was indeed "My book of Fairies". An 8-year-old brain is not very reliable, I'm afraid. What I DO remember, is that the book had various fairy tales in it. When I looked at a copy of "My Book of Fairies" I had purchased some 15 years ago, that seemed to be the book. I still think the "dust covers" would be my best bet in identifying the actual book though. In fact, I don't remember there being an actual "dust cover". It was a HARDCOVER book, with a very colorful cover. Try my best, I cannot remember the illustration on that cover. Now have I thoroughly confused you, Fatty?!
Fatty says... Fatty says: No, not really! The link I gave was to the Society's Cave of Books, and there were several covers to look at not just one. Click on 'Reprint covers' and you can see them all. The contents is also displayed, did any of the titles of the stories ring a bell with you?
June 21, 2012 - Lesley says: Thank you both so much. I have looked at both and the Big Six looks the most likely but I am going to get both so I can see. I'm really grateful for your help : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Lesley - let us know if they're the right ones!
June 21, 2012 - Jeni says: My very first Blyton book, was a birthday present from my precious Aunt. I believe I was 8 or 9 years old. I read it through that same day (sadly) and the very next day, took it to school to show it off, and proudly decided to lend it to a school mate, who persistently refused to return it. When I kept asking her for my book, she threatened to beat me up. Meanie and a rotter. I'll even say her name, "Myrna Wren". I have never forgotten that name, although I've forgotten pretty much all the other names of kids in my school. Moral of this story: Never lend your precious Blyton book to anybody. Instead, direct them to the nearest library or bookstore to get their own copy!! The Aunt who gave me that book has since passed away, giving my stolen book even more sentimental meaning than ever. I'm 99% sure of the title of the hardcover book, I'm thinking it was "My Book of Fairies". It had a colorful cover. If anyone has an idea how I can obtain a copy of this very book, please let me know. I'm guessing the book was published sometime during 1969 or 1970 - around that time frame.
Fatty says... Fatty says: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" goes the old saying, and I can share similar stories, Jeni. Could THIS be the book you are remembering?
June 20, 2012 - Anita Bir... says: For sale: Five on Kirrin Island Again.
June 20, 2012 - Daisy Daikin says: Hi Bets, do you know how old the children are in the last Adventure series book? (especially Lucy-Ann).
Bets says... Bets says: Age in the major series show very little continuity, Daisy. I would guess around 14, though.
June 20, 2012 - Ilsa says: I wonder if Lesley is thinking of one of Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine books. There is one set in the Norfolk broads called Sea Witch Comes Home. Basically the plot is about smuggling paintings across from Holland - it's years since I read it, but perhaps that will ring a bell?
June 20, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Lesley, you have me intrigued at which book this could be. Another book on the Broads by Arthur Randsome is called The Big Six. This I believe is more of a detective novel. Could this be the book?
June 20, 2012 - Lesley says: Thanks Bets and Julie. I'm not so sure I read the Coot Club at all. Its so weird, I remember reading a book, and I was convinced it was a Famous Five one, where they solved one of the mysteries on the Broads. I was so intrigued by the descriptions of the little hidden broads etc that it stayed with me and as soon as I got the chance I took a trip on the Broads. We loved it so much we moved to Norfolk and now have a boat on the Broads!! I decided to reread the book and now have no idea what it was!!!!
June 19, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: I think Deb means formats for other eBooks, such as the Sony eReader. I don't know the answer without researching, Deb, but you could try Googling books for the reader you own.
June 19, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I think maybe the book you could be meaning Lesley is The Coot Club, by Arthur Ransome - that book was based on the Norfolk Broads.
June 18, 2012 - Deb says: I see that there are Enid Blyton books available for the Kindle, do you know if other formats will be available?
Bets says... Bets says: What other formats do you mean?
June 18, 2012 - Lesley says: Please can you help? I am sure I read an Enid Blyton book about the Norfolk Broads. I thought it was Famous Five or the mystery series but I cant find it anywhere. Do you know what I might be thinking of??
Bets says... Bets says: I'm afraid I'm unaware of it Lesley - though I am sure someone will come up with an answer very soon.
June 17, 2012 - patricia says: Hi Bets, this is Patricia again."Pasukan Mau Tahu" is Five Finding Outers in Bahasa Indonesia.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for clearing that up! :-)
June 16, 2012 - Farwa says: Fatty, Bets, I need some help. My mommy or dad might buy an Enid Blyton book for me this week. Can you suggest a good book or series to try?
Bets says... Bets says: If you've already read all the main series (see the buttons at the top of this page) you might want to try a one off novel, such as House-at-the-Corner, or Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm and its sequel, Six Cousins Again.
June 12, 2012 - Neo says: Is there any ghost element or spooky spirit in an Enid Blyton story. Did she believe in that?
Fatty says... Fatty says: There was a short story, The House in the Fog which was quite eerie. The most famous is probably Five Go Off To Camp, which featured 'spook' trains on the moors.
June 9, 2012 - Imli says: George (or Georgina) from the Famous Five was my favourite character and I have practically spent everyday of my childhood with an Enid Blyton in my hand. I wish I could meet the great woman in person. Just to be able to say thank you for making our childhood so beautiful.
June 8, 2012 - veronica says: I love the Five Find-Outers series and my favourite charactor is Bets.
Bets says... Bets says: I am honoured!
June 6, 2012 - Sally says: Glad you enjoyed my series on the Lynton Martins and Mannerings and Trents. The last story, Rockingdown Revisited, brought the series full circle and I was not planning to continue the series. Thanks for reading them though, and I enjoyed writing them!
June 5, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Thank you, Apurva. Glad you enjoyed the story.
June 5, 2012 - Apurva says: Hi Julie, The Unusual Invitation is as good as ever. Loved it and waiting for the next. Hey Sally, when is the next installment of the series on Snubby and the Martins coming? I have been waiting for it for ages. I love the stuff that Julie and Sally have been writing. Keep it up as we are waiting for more : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Apurva.
June 5, 2012 - Richard, aged 60 says: I love Enid's books - especially the Adventure series, The Barney books , the Galliano's Circus ones and the Famous Five. I am 60 and when stressed or depressed love to dip back into Enid's work! I just read the comments about Anne in the Famous Five and Lucy-Ann in the Adventure series and I would like to defend both. They are not irritating , but actually I feel advanced feminist heroines. Both are afraid but think about what they are doing and carry on. That shows strength of character and real courage. If you are naturally unafraid and rush headlong into things without thinking about them then that is instinct not courage. As to Lucy-Ann being slavishly devoted to Jack , goodness the poor kid has lost her parents tragically and then has been sent to live with an unpleasant uncle. Well I think most at that age would become slavishly attached to their only close relative (who is just as attached to his parrot). I think they are two of Enid's greatest character creations.
Bets says... Bets says: Wise words, Richard. :-)
June 3, 2012 - 7upromana01 says: Errrrr, Gee. That is a lot of books. Bets, what is your favourite book/series by Blyton?
Bets says... Bets says: The Adventure and Mystery series. Can't decide which is better. :-)
June 3, 2012 - patricia says: Hi there, I'm from Indonesia and an avid reader of Enid's book during my Primary School years so certainly I read it in Bahasa Indonesia. I wonder what's Mr. Goon's nickname in English? In Bahasa Indonesia his nickname is translated "Si Ayo Pergi", I'm really curious because I never read Five Find Outers (in Bahasa Indonesia it's translated as "Pasukan Mau Tahu") in English. Thank you for answering.
Bets says... Bets says: Hello Patricia - Mr Goon's full name is Theophilus Goon, but the children refer to him as Clear-Orf, because he always tells them to 'clear orf'. What does "Pasukan Mau Tahu" mean?
June 1, 2012 - mad reader says: I loved the Adventure series. I found the first two books at an old second hand shop but I can't find any more and the shops over here in Australia don't sell any because they are apparently out of print. Is there any way that I can get a copy of the rest some how?
Bets says... Bets says: Check the 'Buy Enid Blyton books' page at the top. :-)
May 31, 2012 - Farwa says: Fatty, Bets, there's a mistake on this website. The word poetry, was misspelt as as "Portry".
Bets says... Bets says: That was intentional - Mr Goon's nephew Ern says portry instead of poetry.
May 31, 2012 - lala2 says: Is there a Enid Bllyton fan club? If so what is it called?
Bets says... Bets says: I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for, but on this website, and on the Enid Blyton Society lots of people come together to discuss Enid Blyton.
May 31, 2012 - diya says: Enid's books are an absolute smasher! I wish someone would continue her work.
Bets says... Bets says: You can read many fanfics on this site, Diya.
May 30, 2012 - 7upromana01 says: How many books did Enid write?
Bets says... Bets says: Check the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books!

Fatty says: Welcome 7up! Never mind the Society Website, the answer to your question is just above these posts. Come on - seek and you will find!
May 29, 2012 - Kelly says: Film directors should make films of Malory Towers.
Bets says... Bets says: Would love to see a film of Malory Towers.
May 29, 2012 - Farwa says: Hi Fatty, Please tell me, what is the main idea in Malory Towers, and how many books are there in the series?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You can find all your answers on this site and on theEnid Blyton Society website.
May 25, 2012 - Anmol Venkatesh says: Hi Fatty I live in India and would love to celebrate and be in touch with the society is there one here? I am interested in getting the journal, is it possible I live in Bangalore India.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not to our knowledge. You could always start one! Check HERE for details of Society membership.
May 24, 2012 - Timmy says: Woof! Woof! I mean that your site is black and white!
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you like lots of colour, try our friends over at the Enid Blyton Society website! I rather think our colours are quite classy! Keith was going to revamp our site, but he seems to have forgotten....
May 23, 2012 - Timmy-dog says: Woof! Good morning! (Gnaws bone)Hallo Fatty! Are you a character from Enid's book or a real person? Woof,woof! Anyway just add a bit of color to this site,it looks truly sad because of Blyton's death! Another bone please!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've just pinched myself, and I feel real to me! Not sure what you mean by adding colour, though.
May 22, 2012 - Alicia says: I'm pretty certain there was an error there the first time I checked (and it didn't work when I reloaded the page). Thanks Fatty..
Fatty says... Fatty says: I expect the error was with you, old thing! ;-)
May 22, 2012 - Alicia says: They're not twins? I feel stupid now. Thanks Fatty, that is helpful. Another question -- are there other versions of the cover of that book? The book I remember reading had a blue cover, with children cutting a cake on the front. I sort of want to find this book to read and I don't think I'll find version that old in a local library.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Alicia, if you checked the link I provided, you would see the three covers - one of which is the blue covered version you refer to, just underneath where it says Reprints.
May 22, 2012 - Alicia says: I miss this site. Anyway, I know I must be an awful person to come on here just to ask this and not come on regularly (stupid GCSEs), but does anyone remember an Enid Blyton book that features twins (a girl and a boy) attending a boarding school. I vaguely remember one scene that has to do with a birthday and a midnight feast? I haven't been able to google it because I don't remember the name. And the few people I've tried asking claim that it's probably not an Enid Blyton book, but I'm certain it is. I hate it when I forget things like this -- and I really don't know any other place that is more knowledgeable when it comes to Enid Blyton.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Mike and Janet Fairley spring to mind, Alicia. They featured in Mischief at St Rollo's - written by Enid Blyton under the pseudonym of Mary Pollock, which might explain why your friends think it wasn't by Enid. The children weren't twins though, Janet was a year younger than Mike, but she was put in the same class as she was "rather bright". You can read more about this story HERE. I hope this is of help -- and you're not an awful person, you're always welcome to post!
May 19, 2012 - Anmol Venkatesh says: Hi fatty,hi bets I am currently very interested in Blytons books can u name some books other than the Famous Five , Secret Seven, barney series, secret series, Malory Towers , St Clare's and the books on magic and fantasy I really liked both ur charecters in the books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Check out the Enid Blyton Society website and Cave of Books. Nothing can compete with that!
May 19, 2012 - Blueberry says: Doesn't Shock for the Secret Seven have the same plot as The Mystery of the Invisible Thief? About a small man in big boots, the thief being someone that is never suspected because the come everyday. They were both good books but I realized that straight away.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Both stories contain large footprints, but have different plots.
May 17, 2012 - oshmita says: Hi. I like every book of Enid Blyton, especially the Famous Five. I like Timmy, too! But I did not understand,when Dick and Julian were in the tunnel in the story, 'Five Go Off to Camp', how did the evil person came inside, and how were the bricks were removed?
Bets says... Bets says: I'll have to re-read the book to answer your question!!
May 15, 2012 - Aditya says: Eh? I just adjusted some settings and the site's viewing properly again. Miracle, eh? Or was it the Inspector?
Fatty says... Fatty says: We may never know! Glad all is working well for you now.
May 13, 2012 - Holly Nelson says: Does anyone know how I can find out if my copy of the mystery of Holly Lane is a first ed? It is a red hardback copy with first published in 1953 written inside and catalogue no 5473/u. Kind thanks, Holly.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It was certainly first published in 1953 so I would imagine it was a first. Any subsequent reprints are listed, so if yours just lists one date, it probably is.
May 12, 2012 - Blueberry says: Hi, the review for Secret Seven Win Through has a slight error. In paragraph 7 the one after the Message on paper, second last line and seocd last word it says othen not oher. Just thought I'd let you know. : ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Blueberry. I am wondering why you think othen should read oher. It is ironical that your post pointing out an error contains two spelling mistakes! Kettle and Pots? ;-)
May 11, 2012 - Aditya says: Hello Inspector Jenks, I'm just browsing on my first-generation iPad with 3G +Wi-Fi. I opened this site, and the home page, instead of leaving two gaps on the side as your site wiews on my desktop, but is stretching and filling the whole width, making ALL the links to series reviews crazily aligned and not proper! Also the top banner saying in Blyton's handwriting Enid is viewed properly! Can you solve this?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have checked this on an iPad, and it appears just as it does on a PC or laptop. Maybe your settings need adjusting? I have passed this on to the Inspector, but he is on a difficult case at the moment and might not have the time to investigate this.
May 11, 2012 - Blueberry says: I love Enid Blyton's Find Outers. She must be a genius the way she thought of deducing the criminals. Anyway 'Fatty', You're a genius. And don't get too big headed about what I said. *wink*.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Moi?
May 10, 2012 - Paru says: I am from India. Grew up reading all Enid Blyton books Blue Dragon, Red Dragon, and Green Dragon series, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins. : ) When migrated to US and had a child went looking in the libraries for these books, and was very disappointed when couldn't find them. I am very excited to come across this link/web site.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Take a look at the Enid Blyton Society website as well, Paru. You'll have a whale of a time!
May 10, 2012 - Teresa Barrett says: Hi Eileen! The book is definitely Hollow Tree House! It was one of my favourites as a child. Read it recently to my young daughter and she loved it too. Another favourite of mine is "The Family at Redroofs". If you haven't read it you're in for a treat!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Teresa.
May 8, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: I think the book you might be thinking of, Eileen, could be Hollow Tree House. They finally run away and live inside a hollow tree.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Julie. You may well be right!
May 7, 2012 - Eileen says: Trying to remember a book by Enid Blyton. It starts with two children a boy and girl who have no parents and are reared by a mean aunt. They want to go on a seaside trip with their school. She refuses to let them but they go anyway and when they come back the girl brings a string of seaweed as a present to the aunt who hits her with it then they run away.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I know it but the title escapes me! Anyone able to help Eileen, please?
May 5, 2012 - Vanetta says: Blyton's are truly a delightful experience, regardless of the reader's age. Ah, the hours I spent with a torch under the bedsheets, too eager to wait till morning, reading about the adventures of the Famous five, of Fatty and his gang, and the Secret Seven! George, Timmy Anne, Dick and Julian, Fatty, Bets, Larry, Daisy, Pip, Buster and Mr Goon and all the others, were my childhood companions. Fond memories,which I am revisiting now.
May 4, 2012 - Kay says: Hi I'm looking for a book about a mr topple? He had a gypsy stile caravan with feet, they had adventures and he had brownies, I think I would have been 3yrs old I'm 59 now. Li did a lot of research a few years ago but have lost everything please can you help,mi know it was a hard book with a dust sleave which was a cream and pale green colour. Please can you help me find the title and where I might be able to buy it. Thank you so much Kay.
Fatty says... Fatty says: This sounds like Mr Tumpy and his Caravan.
May 3, 2012 - Shirone Ben-Mohammed says: Enid Blyton books are simply the BEST!
May 3, 2012 - Isabelle Fisher says: Hi I read Enid Blyton Books whilst growing up and now my daughter has starting to enjoy them. I was wondering what the top ten most sold books are by Enid Blyton.
May 2, 2012 - Róisín Kelly says: Enid Blyton books are amazing. I've been a fan since the age of six. I would advise anyone to read them. I read them all the time.
May 2, 2012 - MoonChild says: Been a Blyton fan since the age of 10, and still haven't outgrown them. I wanted to know where I can read more fanfic or continuation novels??
Bets says... Bets says: Some Fanfic is available on this site (see the link at the top of this page). Members of the Enid Blyton Society have access to a password protected Secret Passage, which, amongst much treasures, contains original, full length novels. One chapter is uploaded every Monday, and part of the excitement is the wait for the next chapter! You will have to subscribe to the Journal (£10 for UK subscribers, £12 for European subscribers and £14 for the rest of the world) in order to get the password to log in to the Secret Passage. Three Journals per year, chock full of rare content for just a tenner is a great value for money!
May 1, 2012 - Chloe says: Hi, I have four first edition copies of Enid Blyton Books that my grandmother gave me as a little girl. I am thinking of selling these now and would like to know the best way of going about it. Thanks to anyone who can help. (I live in Australia).
Bets says... Bets says: Hello Chloe - you could try selling them on eBay. The Enid Blyton Society forums has a Buy and Sell section, so that is an option you might explore. Keep in mind though that the process is entirely at your's and the buyers' risk, and the Society will not be responsible for anything.
April 28, 2012 - Rasathma says: Fatty, you're being tricky all the time in the mystery series and you've wonderful stuff in your pockets all the time. How do you find all these tricky things? Do you create them in you own? Anyway they're fantastic! I loved the way which you disguised in the mystery of the disappearing cat.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Rasathma!
April 26, 2012 - Anita says: To Melanie who is trying to remember a Noddy LP she had, maybe something here will help jog her memory: Audio Section
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Anita!
April 26, 2012 - Melanie says: I had a couple of Enid Blyton lp's as a child, including "Noddy gets into trouble", "The twins at St Clares" and the first Noddy record read by Enid herself. One has eluded my memory though. To the best of my knowledge it featured Noddy going to the seaside and meeting a wizard. I can't for the life of me remember the title! Can anyone help?
Bets says... Bets says: I'm not very well versed in Noddy, so I'm stumped here! I hope someone else can help you. Reviews for most of the Noddy books can be found on The Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books; perhaps reading them will jog your memory? I hope this is a helpful pointer.
April 25, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Thank you, Sally. I'll look forward to meeting you too at the Enid Blyton Day along with friends old and new. Best wishes - Julie.
April 24, 2012 - Sally says: Enjoyed the second part of the story, Julie. And an interesting ending! Look forward to seeing you on the 12th!
April 24, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Glad you enjoyed it, Avinash.
April 24, 2012 - Avinash Machado says: Great fanfic by Julie. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks Julie.
April 23, 2012 - Jill says: HI, I was wondering if you know what edition (or year of printing) of the Magic Faraway Tree I am trying to locate. This was my daughter's favorite book when she was young and by mistake it was given away (she has never forgiven me for that! ) I bought a replacement book but it was a later print as some of the details had been changed, Dick has become Rich. It seems to have been updated to be more "politically correct". Seriously annoyed when this is done to books! I think the same thing has happened to The Wishing Chair books as well. Thanks Jill.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You can see all editions on the Society website, Jill. Click here.
April 23, 2012 - muskan says: I loved all the books of Enid Blyton. I started to read her from standard 5. The first book I read and they were amazing. I always took books from library and I always returned the issued book as fast as possible to get the new book of the Mystery series.
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you like the books so much, Muskan. Perhaps they will inspire you to use more punctuation in your messages in the future? This post was submitted as one long sentence, and no punctuation makes long sentences hard to understand! :-)
April 22, 2012 - emily says: Has anyone read the Malory Towers books I am wondering if they are good?
Bets says... Bets says: They certainly are!
April 21, 2012 - TG says: Rosieandall Enquiry (April 20th) – In case you don't recognize the story title it's "The Proud Little Girl". Rosieandall (April 20th) – The tale you enquired about appeared in an old "Sunny Stories" magazine but it was reprinted as most are, in a late forties collection of tales so the artist should be familiar (Bowe). You can see a picture of the cover in the fantastically fabulous Enid Blyton Society "Cave" (online). Look for "We Want a Story. " "Sunny Stories" magazine is actually mentioned in the tale, and the people who take part are Annette Hill, her parents, and the other girl - Maria.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for the reply, TG!
April 20, 2012 - Rosieandall says: Hello, I am trying to remember a book from childhood and, having trouble finding which book it might be. One story in the book was about a little girl, Annette, about her and her new blue coat and another child who had only an old brown tattered coat. By the end of the story, Annette, hands over her new coat to the other child. Can anyone help with the book title, book was a collection of short stories, I've been searching for over a year!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anyone?
April 19, 2012 - Caz says: Thanks Juile. I think you're right, it wasn't Enid Blyton it was a comic. 30 years ago now since I read all Enid Blyton school books so my memory failing me. Got a six year old girl myself so now wanted to introduce her to the magic of all the Enid Blyton books. Cheers Caz.
April 19, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Hello Sally, yes even old Fatty has to move with the times! Best wishes Julie.
April 19, 2012 - Sally says: Just catchin up with my reading and have enjoyed the first part of your story, Julie. Great to read about the Find Outers again - using mobile and satnavs! How life changes! I look forward to the second part next week.
April 19, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Oh, well done, Fatty! You really are a great Find-Outer. I've not seen a picture of the Four Marys in many a year. The comic and annual was called Bunty too. So my memory isn't failing yet!!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: If only we'd had Google back in the 40s!
April 19, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: In reply to Caz, I remember as a child reading a comic which featured a serial with 'The Four Mary's. I think the comic was called Bunty or maybe Judy! If that's any help, no reference to Blyton though!
Fatty says... Fatty says: A little Googling and THIS came up.

The Four Marys - Third Formers at St. Elmos - are four wide-awake young British girls who have low-key mysteries and adventures usually involving pets or cameras or tuck shops. They've been in the Third Form since 1958 and probably are thinking of retiring soon. The "Four Marys" were, in reality, 4 young women chosen to be ladies-in-waiting to Mary Queen Of Scots, and also are a female music trio from Newcastle. Pop culture references live on!

Thanks, Julie!
April 19, 2012 - Nigel says: Maybe Caz is referring to the Adventurous Four books, which feature a character called Mary.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Could be, Nigel. Caz?
April 19, 2012 - Imelda says: The first book that I read was by Enid Blyton. Can't remembered what was the title though. Read most of her books, but switched to The Famous Five, Secret Seven, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Grew up reading these series. Hmmm, wonder still today can I find them in bookstores? Maybe they can be found in second hand bookstores.
April 19, 2012 - Eddie Muir says: Chick and I are very pleased to announce that we have a new grandson, HARRY EDWARD, a lovely brother for Ben (who is now 3 years 4 months old). Harry was born last night at 9. 08pm, weighing in at 7lb 3oz. His parents, Julia and Neil, are both very well and delighted. I am especially pleased that they have chosen my name as his middle name. Brilliant.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Congratulations, Eddie and Chick! Make sure there are plenty of Blyton's on the nursery shelves!
April 18, 2012 - Caz says: Please help? Trying to find 'the four marys' books that were written by Enid Blyton decades ago but not sure what the title of the books actually were.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm not sure, either. There was Mary Mouse, but many more than four books were written. Or do you mean there were four girls called Mary in the stories?
April 18, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Thank you, Nigel. Praise from our Nigel, is praise indeed! - Best wishes - Julie.
Fatty says... Fatty says: To be savoured for the occasion, Julie! Only kidding, Nigel! ;-)
April 17, 2012 - Nigel says: Another great read from Julie. Well done, old thing, you certainly have the knack for telling a story!
April 17, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Thank you, Trevor, so pleased you enjoyed it. I'm also intrigued as to what possible endings you have thought of! Best wishes - Julie.
April 17, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello Julie! Congratulations on your excellent 'Part One' of 'The Unusual Invitation'! I can't wait for the next part. My head is swarming with endless possibilities for endings.
April 17, 2012 - emily says: I think that there should be a boarding school like St Clare's that is like described in the books. Also a film should be made for the St Clare books (I will be auditioning if happens!)
April 16, 2012 - John Bailey says: I have a book being published 'Discovering the Dorset Coast' and have some text covering Enid Blyton in Dorset and want to include a cover of a Famous Five book only 6cm x 4cm but very relevant alongside the text on the Isle of Purbeck and Swanage. How do I get permission.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would have thought by contacting the publishers, in the case of the FF, that would be Hodder, (formerly Hodder & Stoughton).
April 16, 2012 - Julie@owlsdene says: Thank you, Eddie. Hope you enjoy part two. Fatty my dear friend, you're making me blush! Many thanks - Julie.
April 16, 2012 - Eddie Muir says: I've just read the first part of your superb new Five Find-Outers story, THE UNUSUAL INVITATION, Julie. What an unexpected treat! Now I'm looking forward to Part Two next Monday.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You've done us proud, Julie!
April 16, 2012 - Macmohan says: Why is your blog is pop up blocked in my computer? I can't open it.
Bets says... Bets says: Your browser must be blocking all pop ups. Check the Settings, and add to the list of websites that are allowed pop up windows.
April 15, 2012 - yanti herlanti says: I come from Indonesia, the Famous Five is my favourite series. There are many people in Indonesia who read and like her books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Delighted to hear it!
April 13, 2012 - Graham Williams says: I understand that the Secret Seven novels were written whilst EB lived or stayed in the area of Rye and Winchelsea in East Sussex and the stories therefore featured aspects of that area. Is this correct?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid lived at Green Hedges at the time, and as far as I know, there was no connection to East Sussex.
April 8, 2012 - Rasathma says: Thanks Fatty, I've read most of the novels of Enid Blyton and I'm hoping to enjoy her books in the near future too!!!!!!!!!
April 8, 2012 - Mathstopper says: What is the age of Julian in the last Famous Five book?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think there's a mention of him being sixteen.
April 7, 2012 - Olivia says: Enid Blyton is amazing as well as the best children's author. Her books are very interesting and my children love them. We have got nearly every one of the books and read all of them at least twice! I enjoyed them as I was a kid and I still do!
April 2, 2012 - Pra$il says: Fatty, the 22nd edition is a short story collection. Isn't it?
Fatty says... Fatty says: It isn't the 22nd volume in the series! Five Have a Puzzling Time is a book of short stories.
April 2, 2012 - Anita Bensoussane says: Just adding to Bets' reply to Miss Smith. The address to which to send the letters can be found on the Enid Blyton Society website, towards the bottom of this page: Previous letters and replies can be seen here. .
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Anita.
April 2, 2012 - Janet Lott says: Please can someone help. My mother sent food parcels to Enid Blyton from Australia during WWII. Her letters and gifts are still in our family. I have a children's table cloth 34 x 34 inches with 16 divisions depicting 8 coloured panels of story characters and the 4 serviettes are made from a simillar cloth, quartered, material; Linen. Is anyone interested in purchasing this set.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You might post your offer on eBay or use the For Sale section of the Enid Blyton Society Forums
April 2, 2012 - Miss Smith says: Hello! I am a primary school teacher in the North East of England. My class have been reading Famous Five stories and have written letters explaining which story they liked the most etc. I would really like to actually send the letters so the children can see them being posted. Is there an address for an Enid Blyton fan club that I could send them to where the members would possibly think about writing a short reply to the letters? Kind Regards.
Bets says... Bets says: Many letters end up going to the Enid Blyton Society. In other words, to Tony Summerfield. The Enid Blyton Society Forums have a section called 'Letters From Children' - all the letters are posted exactly as sent, online, and the members reply there. Their addresses, however, are kept confidential, as are full names, unless they specify that it is okay for them to have their names on the internet. I hope your class is enjoying the books!
April 1, 2012 - anne says: I am doing lit quiz and Enid Blyton questions come up a lot.
Bets says... Bets says: That's interesting - what kind of a quiz is it?
April 1, 2012 - Alex.D says: I believe that Enid Blyton would be one of the best author children's books. I understand children are very busy these days (my self certainly included) but you should always leave the for reading a good book. (especially Blytons) What I am really trying to say here is that Enid Blyton's books will keep you extremely entertained as they are very rich in information and practically take you into the adventure itself.
Bets says... Bets says: Well said, Alex!
March 30, 2012 - Rasathma says: Can you tell me more about the books written by Enid Blyton?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Check out the links on this page, and visit the Enid Blyton Society. Clicking on The Cave will tell you all you need to know.
March 30, 2012 - Thomas Baer (again) says: I don't really like the Secret Seven because they are too short. I really like the adventure books though because there is always something interesting about to happen. ( Especially when Kiki the Parrot is around!!)
March 29, 2012 - Thomas Baer says: I've read quite a few Enid Blyton books but only a few I have really liked. Whereas at the moment, I am reading ISLAND OF ADVENTURE and I think it is really good. I love Kiki the Parrot!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: It would be interesting to know what you don't like and why, Thomas.
March 26, 2012 - Paul Austin says: It was mentioned in the final edition of Enid's biography by Barbara Stoney. It is a lovely idea. Are there many surviving letters from Enid herself to children?
March 25, 2012 - Mathstopper says: Which Famous Five book do you think is the best for the age group 13-15?
Bets says... Bets says: All, I would say!
March 24, 2012 - Trisha says: My father was a great fan of Enid Blyton books, especially the Five Find Outers! Well, like him, EB has always been my favorite author! May her soul rest in peace!
Bets says... Bets says: Glad to hear your father also read and enjoyed Enid Blyton! It just goes to show that her words were indeed timeless. :-)
March 24, 2012 - Paul Austin says: Bets, I think that Darrell Waters Ltd had a system in the 1980s and 90s where someone at the company would answer the letters arriving still addressed to Enid long after her death. I think it was mainly for the children writing to Enid, though.
Bets says... Bets says: I think you're aware that many letters addressed to Enid now end up in Tony's hands, and he uploads them all in the Letters From Children section of the Enid Blyton Society Forums. I'm not sure about the Darrell Waters' system - this is the first time I'm hearing of it. It sounds like a lovely idea, though.
March 23, 2012 - Mathstopper says: Thanks awfully Fatty, for showing me where to get more info about the five. How could I become a member of the Famous Five Society.
Bets says... Bets says: Not sure what you mean by the Famous Five Society, Mathstopper. If you mean the Enid Blyton Society, check here.
March 23, 2012 - Diana Zakayo Nkya says: My father read me your books when I was a kid, then he give me insparation to continue read and I love you so much, his name was Mr Zakayo Nkya you write to each other in 1985 but he pass away in 2002 may. God bless you!
Bets says... Bets says: Enid Blyton passed away in 1968, so I don't think she wrote to your father in 1985! Are you sure you have the date or name of the writer correct?
March 21, 2012 - Mathstopper says: I wish I could get hold of that 22nd unpublished edition of Famous Five. Even though it was not completed, it would be exciting to read it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It's not the 1st of April yet, is it? As well as our site, more information on the Five can be found here.
March 20, 2012 - Nepolean says: I just read about the 'Famous Five Adventure Trail 2012' from the link above. Wow, it sounds so exciting! How I wish to participate!
March 19, 2012 - Paul Austin says: I just read that Gillian Baverstock lost her daughter Sian, just a year before her own death. Sian was only 44! Apparently Sian gave a reading at Enid's memorial service according to Barbara Stoney's biography.
Fatty says... Fatty says: More information can be read here.
March 18, 2012 - Aishwarya says: Rahul, all decent bookstores (Om Book Shop or Tekson's, to name a few) stock Enid Blyton's books, including the Secret and Adventure series. If you want to borrow the books instead of buying them, you could try the British Council Library or Eloor Library in South Extension, although you'd have to be a member. You say you have a problem with online ordering. If it's using a credit card online that poses a problem, you could always order the books from not only do they have an extensive collection, but they also have a Cash on Delivery option. Hope this helps!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Aishwarya.
March 18, 2012 - Sandhya says: Thanks for helping me!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're welcome!
March 18, 2012 - Ananya says: I have read many Enid Blyton books all through my life!! I also know that there are poems written by her and also I would like reading- A child whispers( Enid's first book). I would like to read them. I live in India! can you pls help me-where can I find the books or where can I read them online?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Google is your friend! Good luck!
March 18, 2012 - Sandhya says: If I can't read them tell me a site from where I can download the books PLEASE.
Bets says... Bets says: Reading them online is ILLEGAL, as I already mentioned.

Fatty says: Unless of course, you pay for them. Try Amazon.
March 17, 2012 - Rahul says: I live in New Delhi, India. I have a problem. Secret and Adventure series are not easily avalible here. I am not very keen on online ordering. Please help me!
Fatty says... Fatty says: What do you expect me to do?
March 17, 2012 - Sandhya says: I love the books of Enid Blyton but I've not read the whole series of Secret Seven, I want to read it online. I've searched it too but not got can anyone help me please.
Bets says... Bets says: Enid Blyton's books are only available in print. Sorry, but reading them online is illegal, so we never point to any links that might have them for free.
March 16, 2012 - Paul Austin says: I think the general increase in casual dress in modern times would be a shock to someone of Enid's generation. Thankfully our school had done away with hats by my time, but in Enid's times it would've been considered inappropriate to go out without a hat, and that would've applied to both sexes and all social classes. Don't the SC or Malory girls wear berets? And there's no way Enid's male characters would have gone to work without a tie. It's amazing how completely fashions change, even in the space of a few years. The very 1970s pictures on some of that era's reprints covers always make me smile because they're just totally wrong for the contents inside.
March 16, 2012 - Juwayriah says: I would buy the 12th edition if you want to sell it.
Bets says... Bets says: I will forward you Sue's email address so you may contact her privately. Good luck!
March 16, 2012 - Jill says: I have a signed letter to my dad from Enid Blyton. Any ideas where I can sell it?
Bets says... Bets says: Try eBay or the For Sale section of the Enid Blyton Society Forums.
March 14, 2012 - Sue says: Hello, I have a Magic Faraway Tree hardback 1967 12th edition and was wondering about it's value please. Has dustcover behind plastic jacket but not perfect-could send pics. Just wondered if you could help. Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sorry, but we can't do valuations, Sue. You could look at eBay to see if a similar book is on offer to get a rough idea of its worth. As it is a 1967, 12th edition, I wouldn't think it would fetch more than a few pounds, though. It was first published in 1943, by George Newnes. A first edition with dust jacket would be worth more!

Bets says: Sue, I have forwarded to Juwayriah your email address as she is interested in the book. She should be contacting you shortly. Good luck!
March 13, 2012 - Ann says: What series would be appropriate for a nine year old to read? I would love to start buying the Famous Five for my niece.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You could try one of the school series of books, Ann. Malory Towers would be more than suitable for a nine year old girl. Most of Enid's series, such as the Famous Five or Mystery series would be suitable, too. You could always try a one-off book, such as The Boy Next Door, if it is available where you live. If you look at the series listed here on this website (click on the picture links at the top of this page) you will have a better idea.
March 13, 2012 - huda saeed enid blytons biggest unknown fan says: Dear Enid Blyton your books are nice,fun,exciting and suspicious to read. I have been reading your books for over 5 years. You are my favourite author. I like your books very much. I know a lot of names of your books like Christinas kite,the walkaway shoes,the very peculiar cow,pretty star the pony,the wishing spells,adventures of the wishing chair and much much more.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad Enid has provided you with plenty of enjoyment. Sadly, Enid is no longer with us, having passed away in 1968.
March 12, 2012 - Nigel says: Now that Noddy has been acquired by a US group, Classic Media. He will surely give Mickey Mouse a run for his money!
Fatty says... Fatty says: As CM own Postman Pat, how about Noddy Goes to Greendale?! News story
March 12, 2012 - Stephen Isabrye says: I read somewhere that after Noddy was criticized for being something of a "snivel," Enid said that her books were read in both rich as well as working class families.
March 11, 2012 - Paul Austin says: Given the red-top newspapers portrayal of her as disliking "oikish commoners" and lower orders, it would be interesting to know Enid's real reaction towards the working class and towards trade unions. Did authors even belong to trade unions?
March 10, 2012 - Have Noddy says: I have a set of first edition Noddy books, good condition, no dust jackets. Any collectors out there interested?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You could also try the Enid Blyton Society forums, For Sale forum.
March 9, 2012 - Aditya says: [clears throat] Hello, Trevor. In response to your post on February 26th, Fatty is right about Rupees, although there is a symbol for it now. You can read more about it by Googling 'INR'.
March 9, 2012 - Anita says: In answer to Paul, yes, Enid Blyton wrote a story called The Chocolate Cigarette
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Anita. :-)
March 8, 2012 - Saky says: @Elgin, perhaps you are right. I guess I should have thought it through more.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It's all a learning curve. Good luck, anyway!
March 7, 2012 - Paul says: Was there any use of the old fashioned chocolate cigarettes and cigars in Blyton? Not to mention coconut tobacco!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ah, I remember them well! We also had fake cigarettes that were filled with French chalk or talc. You blew gently and they smoked!
March 7, 2012 - Jane Thomson says: Hi, is Nigel doing an Enid Blyton day this year at all please? And does he arrange accommodation/refreshments for attending delegates at all? Love Jane XX.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Enid Blyton Society Day will be held this year on Saturday the 12th of May. As this is a Society function, you would have been better off asking on the Society message board, Jane! I must point out, that all of the work involved in putting on the Day is down to Tony Summerfield, and not Nigel! You can gain more information from a thread on the Society forums. Refreshments will be available, but booking accommodation is down to you to arrange! Try Googling for accommodation in Twyford. Tickets for the Day can be booked online, and are selling quickly!

Bets says: There are usually caterers at the Day, but you are also welcome to bring a packed lunch. Do remember that the tickets do NOT include meals, you have to pay for them yourself.
March 7, 2012 - Elgin Wore says: I have looked at your blog/site, Saky, and there isn't much to look at! People have set up various sites before, and most have fizzled out. I can't see much that you can add that the excellent Enid Blyton Forums aren't capable of. With the message board on, we are well supplied with plenty of Blyton chat and information.
March 5, 2012 - Saky says: Hello, everyone. The site ( is up and running. If you are interested, please register/sign up! Please use your display name here as your username there.
March 5, 2012 - PurpleP says: Hi, Does anybody know where I can find the illustrations online that accompany the story "Oh, Fipperty Gibberty! "? I can't find my story book from my childhood which had this story in it. Thanks!
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you read the story in The Little Green Imp and other stories (Beaver, 1985), Peter Dennis was the illustrator. The story also appeared in Enid Blyton's Happy Hours Story Book (No. 2) (Dean 1964), although the illustrator was uncredited. Unfortunately, I have no idea if the illustrations appear online.
March 4, 2012 - kim says: What age group would you put Malory Towers in. I read them as a child but can't remember how old I was.
Fatty says... Fatty says: 8-100?
March 4, 2012 - Saky says: Fatty, the link is and I just checked that it loads. Could you please try again? I must have given you an incorrect link that time.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Seems fine now! Not much to look at though, is there?
March 4, 2012 - petrina m. salim says: Are there videos for the storybooks? And where are they bought?
Fatty says... Fatty says: The 70s Famous Five television series is reported to be coming out later this year on DVD. Otherwise, there should be plenty of VHS videos available on sites such as eBay.
March 2, 2012 - Trevor says: Wow! "Five Go Back To Kirrin Island" is an absolutely amazing book! It is a similar style to Enid Blyton's and dare I say. Maybe. Maybe. A-little-better? I'd recommend this book as an excellent read to anyone who has read the "Famous Five" series. Keith Robinson and Nigel Rowe I believe wrote some chapters and are frequent posters, so I must ask; how was this book formulated? Someone write a chapter and the next person continue it seems but did you have to make it up as you went or were you given the outline? Also, do you plan to do another?
Bets says... Bets says: The Round Robin was written years ago by members of the Yahoo! Blyton group (now almost defunct). I believe the story was made up as it went along, with each member writing a chapter, and sometimes, two or three. I don't think there are any plans to do any more at present by the Yahoo! members, but there are a couple of threads running in the Games section of the Enid Blyton Society forums.
March 2, 2012 - John Winterfield says: Looking forward to reading more of TG's work. It's been a long wait! I thought as it said The End at the last chapter, that was it!
March 1, 2012 - TG says: Trevor (Feb 26th) – Didn't realize your enquiry was posted as far back as August. I'm very sorry about all this. I honestly thought Bets was up to managing the case because of her excellent mystery-solving record during the earlier Peterswood years. However, this particular assignment may be a little offbeat and, after all, she's only a girl. Actually, I'll correct that – she's now an extremely attractive 22 year-old. I've removed the file from her tray and presented it to the next on the list – Inspector Jenks. As we all know, he possesses considerably more investigative experience than "young Bets" although I'm in no way criticizing that Find-Outer's abilities. "Slightly Different Strokes" for "Slightly Different Folks" is how I'd put it and I'm sure you will agree that we can be confident JJ will bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
February 29, 2012 - Saky says: Keith, I was thinking of setting up a blog based Blyton site. Would you like to contribute to it?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I wouldn't have thought so. :-)
February 29, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello Inspector Jenks, Fatty, or Bets, I would just like to ask, how many words roughly would have Enid Blyton's books have been? I mean the novels. They'd be in the 10's, 20's, 30's, and 40 thousand's wouldn't they?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I've never counted them!
February 29, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello Liz Filleul, What an excellent story you have written! "Five Grow Very Old Together"! I just wish that I could write like you lot on the Fan Fiction pages. And like Enid Blyton herself. Your story must be near to 13,000 words I would think. All exceptional! It is an absolute pain as you write in your story, how modern criminals today can actually legally "get-back" at the person who sent them to jail. The daftness and stupidity of it! But that's not what this post is for. It's to congratulate this magnificent achievement! Congratulations!
February 29, 2012 - Victoria O'Keefe says: Fatty, there's a disturbing tendency in the modern era to treat children and teenagers as pure and innocent little flowers Too Good For This Sinfull Earth. Recently the Advertising Standards Board banned a print ad for a theatre producton of Romeo and Juliet for "depicting a teenage girl in a sexualised situation". It's Romeo and Juliet! What sort of situation is she supposed to be in?!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ridiculous.
February 28, 2012 - Saky says: Podwall, there are scandals in everyone's life and in every family. But, it's the ones in the lives of famous people which come under the scanner. You have to realise that it can be very hurtful to relatives and the like! If you became famous, would you like it if someone wrote a book on details which you would prefer to be private? Just a thought.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm sure Podwall didn't mean to cause hurt, but i fully agree with you, Saky.
February 28, 2012 - Stephen Isabirye says: With due respect Julie, I will have to defend my book which has been subject to a lot of disinformation and distortion for quite sometime on the EBS forum, some messages on this website as well as the Yahoo Group and most of these messages have come from people that have not read the book in its entirety or even glanced at a single page of it. My book primarily is based on having researched Enid Blyton's most popular series such as The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Malory Towers, St. Clare, The Naughtiest Girl, Adventure, Adventurous Four, Mystery, The "R" (Barney) as well as prominent single non-series books such as House-At-The Corner, The Family At Red Roofs, The Put-Em-Rights, Six Cousins, Six Cousins Again, and the list goes on. My book exhibits a lot of citations based on Enid Blyton's novels and my bibliography amply demonstrates this aspect. Yes, it is true that Enid Blyton is not well known (rather than being less popular) in America. Yet, in an ironic manner, it was in the USA that Enid Blyton was awarded a literary award of merit by The Boys Club of America rather than in her native Britain where such recognition was conspicuously an exercise in futility. As for Podwall, at first I hadn't recognized that you live in California (I currently live next door in Arizona). In fact in the chapter, "Familial Politics," which I have already mentioned, I have a sub-titled article, "Enid Blyton and America," in which I described the influence of America's literature on Enid Blyton and vice-versa. For instance, Robert Arthur, author of The Three Investigators series based most of it on The Mystery (Five Find Outers) series and he was certainly introduced to Enid Blyton's books by his British-born friend and collaborator, Alfred Hitchcock. In this chapter, I also point out Enid Blyton's maiden and only trip to America which she fictionalized in The Queen Elizabeth Family. Despite Enid's having made only one trip to the USA in her lifetime, I was amazed at how much she knew about deficiencies in America's elementary and high school systems. I presume she garnered that information from newspapers like The London Times, The Observer, New York Times, educational supplements, etc which I am in no doubt she perused voraciously. The outcome of that reading was the creation of the Zerelda Brass persona in Third Year At Malory Towers, which though in several instances bordered on some stereotyping, nevertheless captured well the deficiencies in America's elementary and secondary educational systems. In my book, I also dwell on other positive aspects of Enid Blyton, including the environment, religion, the sciences, etc. For instance, in Five On Kirrin Island Again, partially reveals his project to his daughter, Georgina (George) of wanting to rid the world of coal, coke and oil, the key pollutants on earth. Thus, this aspect was being discussed way back in 1947 before former US vice-president, Al Gore was even born and who incidentally or ironically was mucl later to win a Nobel Prize advocating the same principles!!! The Anecdotage also has for the first time put Enid Blyton's in comparative literature with other writers of children literature from Africa and North America. All these are pioneering efforts which other previous writers on Enid Blyton had not touched upon. There is no aspect of Enid Blyton that I have discussed on Enid Blyton that has not been documented elsewhere. True there have been a few misunderstandings been on linguistic interpretations of an issue. Issues such as Enid Blyton's Dementia have been well-adumbrated by close Blyton family members and friends. For instance almost before she died, Enid Blyton's own late daughter, Gillian Baverstock in an interview with Anne Johnstone at the Edinburgh International Book Festival of 2006 said though she had invited her grandchildren at Green Hedges in 1961, upon their arrival Enid turned against them and could not remember them, an aspect she satirized in the Professor Hayling satire who after inviting the five children to his home, upon their arrival at his place, cannot remember them and threatens to call the cops on them in Five Are Together Again. Nonetheless, this ailment did not in any way diminsh Enid Blyton's ingeniousness as a top children's writer. As for Nigel, I too agree that the so-called stereotypes Enid Blyton had could be put within historical context after all Enid's then contemporaries in literature such as John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Herge (George Remes), Margaret Mitchell, Ian Fleming, as well as earlier ones such as Mark Twain and surprisingly even recent ones like J. K. Rowling could not and cannot escape stereotypical observations in their writings and/or in their films.
February 28, 2012 - Victoria O'Keefe says: Enid Blyton books are among the most edited kids books around. It's not just for PC reasons either. Old money (shillings, guineas, sixpences etc) have been changed to modern pounds and pence - and their values increased, so the Famous Five no longer all eat out on a shilling; they spend a tenner instead. In one Malory Towers book something as innocuous as cold cream has been changed to face cream in case modern kiddies might now know what the former is (the notion that they could simply ask someone doesn't seem to cross the editors' minds). Most references to slapping, punching, hitting etc have also vanished from modern editions. And naturally the cover art/illustrations now show modern kids in hoodies and trainers and jeans etc instead of kids from the 40s and 50s when most were written. Why has so much attention been given to Blyton books? Well partly because they're so popular and partly because they are actually a lot older than people realise - many being first published in the 1940s - which makes them too old to be 'modern' but not old enough to be historicals. Yet.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Very true, Victoria. Also great words of wisdom from our friend Julie.
February 28, 2012 - Julie@Owlsdene says: I always understood that Enid Blyton wasn't a very popular author in America, and it's good to hear that she's being promoted, but I hope promoted for the excellent books she wrote! For me, if you want to know true facts about Enid Blyton, then the best books to read are by the authors who are members of the Enid Blyton Society - The late Barbara Stoney, wrote an excellent book and was asked to do so by Enid's daughter, Gillian. The Enid Blyton Society is full of true information on Enid herself and by joining you get a Journal three times a year. I know Stephen Isabyre promotes his own book frequently, but it is only his opinions, and isn't full of any genuine facts, which is a bit of a concern for all who belong to the Society, as some may take it that he has researched such facts with Enid's family! I think it should also be taken into consideration that Enid's daughter, Imogen, is still living, and is an active member of the Society, and I'm sure that untrue facts are not very pleasant for any of Enid's family to read! Maybe podwall you should consider this fact before diving into the world of Enid Blyton!
February 27, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Podwall, good luck with your writing. I'm a bit confused as you imply the chapter headings have already been decided, "With the format they use, there is a section on personal life and scandal." You also say you are a "total fan" yet only have nine books?! As I say, I wish you well, but I can't see that there is a market for another Blyton biography. Barbara Stoney's is the definitive biography, and anything that you might write would, I would have thought, come from Barbara's source or another place such as the Enid Blyton Society. I only hope you won't be quoting or relying too much on our friend Stephen Isabirye, as one book on his theories is enough to last a lifetime. Why would you want to feature on "scandal"? I would have thought that any such material would be mainly speculation, and I can't see that anything would be gained by going down this road. As for "racist overtones", this has been discussed to the death. I would rather see a book focussing on the positive side of Enid, rather than a tabloid-type attack on her. Enid's books were a product of the 20s to the 60s, and cannot be judged by the PC codes of today.
Fatty says... Fatty says: More on Enid can be seen HERE.
February 26, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello Keith Robinson, Is there any update as to "Abhilasha's" sequel of the "Famous Five" called; "Five Go To Mystery Museum"? How is the "Mystery Of The Missing Chapters" going? - (I am referring to our conversation on this message board in August last year) Has T. Gustafson finished the story? Or at least sent a couple chapters to Keith Robinson? Phew! It's been a while since I've visited this website. Well, lets get surfing. Is there any more fantastic 'FanFic'?
Bets says... Bets says: All your questions will be answered by a quick look at the FanFic section! If Terry or Abhilasha did send any more sequels, they would be updated by Keith immediately, provided, of course, that they are of good quality.
February 26, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello Caoimhe Parsons, Would you have by any chance finished your book you were writing? Much appreciated if you could reply.
February 26, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello anyone, Would anyone be able to help me with a currency. What currency is "Rs."? I thought that "Leo152" and / or "Aditya" would be able to help (being Indians and I got it off an Indian website). Please reply.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Rupees?
February 26, 2012 - Trevor says: Hello Stephen Isabirye, I can assure you that you are not the only one thinking that Anne of the 'Famous Five' is a significant and very attractive character. I know some people have views of her being a "cry-baby" or similar things, but I disagree. Yes, I admit that she does have a "well-oiled-tap" but I personally think that Anne is a very necessary character in the series. A true masterpiece! Also, many share views of Bets (Elizabeth), in the 'Five Find-Outer's And Dog' series being also a "cry-baby" and as Anne; she plays a very imperative role in the series which none other character with different characteristics could manage. So Stephen, you are not alone.
February 25, 2012 - podwall says: Hi all, thanks for all the well wishes and comments. I'm writing an eBook for a start-up publisher, and from all of the titles they desired, I chose those whose subjects I'm most familiar. With the format they use, there is a section on personal life and scandal. I think with all writers, even those who adopted the "stiff upper lip" that Blyton did in her personal life, there is always some angst or driving force in their creativity. Several biographers have noted that Blyton's prodigious output was a way to escape, her therapy, as it were, which brought her income. The other thing criticized is her formulaic writing; the BBC banned her for almost 30 years, which I think hints at sexism on their part. I live in California, and getting kids to read, anything, is an effort in futility at times. But I digress. Blyton's a very complex character, which I think made her idealize a childhood with little parental involvement, lots of adventures, meat-pies and tea-cloths. And that's why we read her and she's still in reprints today. So the book isn't a hatchet job. I have 9 of hers stacked on my kitchen table that I've kept for 40 years so I'm a total fan. And a hoarder? I'm just putting her life in context to modern readers.
February 25, 2012 - Ice_Gemz says: Hi everyone, I have a large collection of Enid Blyton books, mixture of modern and vintage, 10 boxes full! All details are on my ebay listing (item number 110827854793), the listing has ended but as they didn't sell I still have them available. Please take a look and let me know if you are interested. As the collection is so large, it is collection only (unless you are willing to arrange a courier-approx £18 per box within the UK) from near Colchester in Essex.
February 25, 2012 - Ilsa says: Podwall - I find it rather sad that your publisher wants you to dig out any possible scandals, presumably to make your book more saleable - in their eyes anyway! If you read some posts on this site and on the Enid Blyton Society site, you will see plenty of comments regarding the accusations of racism which were levelled at Enid Blyton as such issues gained public attention. Those of us who were reading her books as they were coming out - that is in the 1940s and '50s, were totally unaware of any such slant. (I would say because there wasn't one!) It is felt by many of us who love her works, that she was portraying the accepted attitudes of her time and more has been read into her books in later years, which is thought by many of us to be in the mind of the critical readers, not the writer! Many of her books have been amended as you so rightly state to appease the Politically Correct and in most instances the alterations have not helped at all. There are some which we can reluctantly go along with though! I hope you will be able to do some thorough research and produce a balanced and sympathetic book.
February 25, 2012 - Julie@Owlsdene says: I see by your message, podwall, that you mention your publisher, so you already have a publisher for your biography of Enid Blyton? Would that be self published may I ask?
February 24, 2012 - Stephen Isabirye says: Podwall, I am heartened to hear of your attempts to write a biography on Enid Blyton. I have written and published a semi-biographical book on Enid Blyton, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage. Since you are mainly interested in family issues, I have a whole chapter on this aspect, titled, "Familial Politics," which dwells on the dynamics of family life with special emphasis on The Famous Five.
February 24, 2012 - Julie@Owlsdene says: Julian is mentioned as being 16 in Five Fall into Adventure, podwall, but after that no further ages are mentioned in the books. We have to accept that their ages weren't really taken into account as such, and the Five remained youngsters!
February 24, 2012 - podwall says: Thank you so much! I'm now finding material about the scandals (my publisher requires it, and what life wouldn't be complete without some). There is also quite a bit of material about racist overtones. I'd always thought she was quite progressive, as George was my hero as a young tomboy, but apparently the emended reprints from 1972 and a U. S. Publisher made some changes, similar to American author Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew). Again, thanks awfully!
February 24, 2012 - podwall says: Hi there, I'm writing a biography of Enid Blyton and have just dug up all my Famous Five books (which my 9-year-old refuses to read, to my dismay) and am refreshing my memory with them. I'm focusing right now on their appeal due to little parental involvement. Could anyone give me an idea of the age ranges of the kids? The first book has Dick and George as 11, Anne 10 and Julian 12. But by the time they're off caravanning then camping by themselves (Get Into Trouble), I can't place their ages. BTW, the website is "simply grand! " Thanks awfully for any input you can provide. Oh, one more thing. Or there could be more. Do any of her children's books ever mention WWII?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Ageing comes under much artistic licence! Julian is, I think, mentioned as being sixteen in a book at the end of the series. Smuggler Ben, The Adventurous Four, Children of Kidillin and Valley of Adventure mention the effects of WWII.
February 24, 2012 - Anne Kirren says: Enid's books are amazing. For one thing, they are funny, realistic, and adventurous. I wish the company "Hodder" would make better pictures in the books. Nevertheless, I think, THREE CHEERS TO ENID BLYTON! She rocks!
February 23, 2012 - mich says: I think Alana Ryan-Behan is thinking of the Adventurous Four maybe? I'm pretty sure they were held in caves there was something like that happening?
Bets says... Bets says: Here are reviews to the Adventurous Four series on the Enid Blyton Society website.
February 19, 2012 - Garie says: I have inquired in libraries. I have inquired in book stores large and small. I have mentioned the Secret Seven in my conversations with "readers" for years now. Never once did anyone know what the heck I was talking about. I had begun to think I had lost my mind. Whew. When I was a boy in the early 70's my home-town library (Rock Rapids, Iowa) had a bunch of these books and I think I read through each volume they had in matter of days. I loved the Secret Seven Mysteries.
February 19, 2012 - Aditya says: Maybe Alana Ryan-Behan is referring to The Secret of Killimooin?
February 19, 2012 - Rasathma says: When I read, the mystery of the spiteful letters I felt that Fatty is totally awe-some!! He disguised well as a telegraph boy. And that name Tippy Lo Loo was wonderful!! A good job Fatty!!!!!
February 16, 2012 - jamal says: Excellent author, love all her books, attempting to get more so I can enjoy.
February 15, 2012 - Ashokkumar sinha says: Even though I am nearly 50 years of age, I still read Enid Blyton's books. I find them pure and refreshing. Those who have not read her books, do not know what they have missed.
February 15, 2012 - Rowena says: Okay, thanks guys! A friend of mine recalls reading it in a Mystery Series book. Thanks for the info!
February 14, 2012 - Eddie Muir says: That was my thought too, Julie, but I don't recall Fatty saying "Goonalillypondicherrykarpurlakawoatee", even when he was pretending to speak in a foreign language in "The Mystery of the Vanished Prince". I'd be interested to know where you got the information from, Rowena.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks Eddie and Julie. As Find-Outers' experts, if anyone would know, you would!
February 14, 2012 - Julie@Owlsdene says: Are you thinking of the book, The Mystery of the Vanished Prince, Rowena, when Fatty, Larry, Pip, Daisy and Bets all speak 'nonsense' language to each other to fool Ern, Sid and Perce when they dress up in 'foreign' clothes!
February 13, 2012 - Rowena says: Does anyone know which book Fatty says "Goonalillypondicherrykarpurlakawoatee"? Or something to that effect? If any one knows, it would be great if you could tell me! Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't remember saying it! Anyone know the answer to this one?
February 7, 2012 - Neo says: Last night I just watch movies Enid. Hardly believe her life portrayed that way. Whatever, I still applaud her works.
Bets says... Bets says: That's the spirit! :-)
February 7, 2012 - Alana Ryan-Behan says: What's the story where the kids are being held prisoner in a series of caves and the villains use sleeping draught when moving them between caves?
Bets says... Bets says: Sounds a bit severe for Enid Blyton! I don't know of such a story, myself, but perhaps someone else will be able to answer your question. Are you thinking of the Valley of Adventure, by any chance, where Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip and Dinah are held captive in caves, while the villains stole valuable items that had been stored in the same caves?
February 2, 2012 - Nutty says: Thanks, Saky and Bets. Someone did say something about rolling over each other, but no where in that book did Enid Blyton elaborate about the game. Sounds intriguing, I find.
February 1, 2012 - Saky says: @Nutty, woo hoo collywobbles is a game where they howl and wail a lot. Not much is mentioned about it.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for answering the question!
January 31, 2012 - Nutty says: What exactly is the game 'woo hoo collywobbles' that Fatty teaches the others in The Mystery Of The Spiteful Letters?
Bets says... Bets says: I'll have to look into it! I'll get back to you as soon as I possibly can.
January 31, 2012 - Rapunzel says: When ever we right or response, why does fatty,bets or the inspector(in the Five Find-outers) reply? Why not Julian,daisy or any body else reply? I need someones opinion. I would be very happy if fatty himsely would tell me this.
Fatty says... Fatty says: When I get such a badly written post as this, I sometimes wish we had more help! Why would we need more characters to sort through the posts? Ever heard that too many cooks spoil the broth?
January 24, 2012 - Sue Webster says: Hi Rocky , i`d love that Enid Blyton diary if you still have it and want to sell it. May I buy from you for £5.
January 24, 2012 - Sue Webster says: Hi not been on the site for ages but thought I would. I`ve been reading some of pamela cox`s Malory Towers books and really like them. It was great tgo read that felicity became head girl and gwen came back to teach etiqette. ---bet i`ve spelt that wrong. Now i`m going to read the st c\lare`s books by pamela cox when finished the naughtiest girl ones. What do other readers think of the pamela cox books?
January 22, 2012 - Himali says: I love this book Malory Towers. Is it a real boarding school? Is all the things real? If yes then really it would be a fun to be there. I still cant believe all this its awsome. Is Alicia really married 8th time? And felicity is not talking to Darrell?? Is allt this real?? Is all the characters real? Can I meet them?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid Blyton wrote fiction and although may have been influenced by real places, rarely based her stories in an actual location.
January 22, 2012 - Sir Nikolas Valentine says: I have a worry that whoever acquires the Blyton copyrights after Chorion, particularly if it is a company of the American copyright industry such as Paramount or Universal, will take negative action against fan sites such as this one. Even the BBC has become harder in its' attitudes towards fans of its' shows in recent years.
January 21, 2012 - Aditya says: Hey!! Here's an interesting thing! If you type [url deleted] after the, then you get a topic named _ with a post December 31, '69. Inspector Jenks, can you please help me? Thanks in advance, Aditya.
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: There's nothing to help with, Aditya. If you manually type a link with a non-existent ID, then you're bound to get an error of some kind. It's the same with the other link you mentioned. In short, stop manually typing links and just use the navigation! Now, if you come across a dead link from the navigation itself, that's a different story and I need to know about it. (And in case you're curious, the date December 31, 1969, is a default date whenever a non-existent date field is called upon from the database.)
January 21, 2012 - Ilsa says: Fatty, you are a tease! Rasathma, if you have seen any titles of the Malory Towers books you should be able to see that they are school stories. Not at all mysterious!
January 21, 2012 - Saky says: Fatty, will SOPA and PIPA have any bearing on this site? Can they affect this site in any way?
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: No, I can assure you that Pip standing on his soap box won't affect Fatty's thinking in any way. (And if the Americans think they can censor Enid Blyton, well, they can jolly well think again!)
January 20, 2012 - Rasathma says: I've already finished reading two mystery series of Enid Blyton and presently i'm reading another two series. I need to read Malory Towers but I don't know whether it's a mystery book.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Malory Towers? It's a mystery to me! ;-)
January 15, 2012 - John Williams says: I, like my kids, loved the Noddy series and the Wishing Chair series; however, one of the girls at 16 just saw the biographical TV Movie about Enid and felt sad that Enid was not as kind to her her own children. I said that's part of growing up. Kids stories are fiction to make you enjoy the magic of the world rather than try to understand it's complexities. One good gesture she made was to support many charities. Perhaps her greatest gift.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you for the kind words, John. Enid was indeed a very complex person, and I too found the TV drama a bit unbalanced. It was certainly very true, but too little of Enid's generous side and her teaching days were portrayed.
January 14, 2012 - Hina says: I love you guys, you brought tears to my eyes, you proved that you'll be by my side through lows and highs. I know time flies but nothing can break our ties of the joy of Blyton times. Fatty and Inspector Jenks and Bets you really are the best, our bond survived time's test makes me feel real blessed you put my fears to rest I came here again after so many days you made me forget all the problems,all the pain made me remember the past gave me hope that all's not lost. I let myself free in this enchanting world once more just wannna thank you guys from the core. I'm really sorry for my punctuations and typos and whatnots, I just wrote what came to mind,and I can't bring myself to check it again. I dont know if you'll believe it or not but I'm blinded with tears. So much went wrong today and thanks to that I rediscovered I can't explain the difference this has made. I just wanted to let you know,and THANKS.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have added a few punctuation marks, Hina! Glad we've been of service! :-)
January 14, 2012 - Hina says: I have come back here after a long long time and surfed everything all over again. Today was an emotionally draining day and this site was one link to a happier time. When a problem was like not able to choose which book to buy or breaking my head over my brother's disinterestedness in Enid Blyton. Times have changed,people have changed,but one thing that remained the same is glad to see that messages are still punctuated,anonymous ones are still not allowed,the rustic look is still the same ,the sum question is still asked and all the wonderfull people that kept this place going are still around. Thanks a ton really needed this. Wish someone had invented a time machine. What wouldnt I give to go back to those days and lose myself in the magic of Enid Blyton and the others!
January 13, 2012 - Emma says: I would just like to congratulate Jennifer Patten. I came across this site by accident and read her continuation story of the Famous Five when they were older and, although I am in my late 30s now, it still made me cry with gladness. I grew up reading the Famous Five books along with other Enid Blyton stories and this brought back some happy memories. So thank you Jennifer Patten, I do not know if you are a professional writer, but if not you should be.
January 12, 2012 - Anita says: I'm pleased to hear you've tracked down a copy of the story for your daughter, Joanie. I loved Enid Blyton's cautionary tales as a child and I still consider many of them to be beautifully crafted and thought-provoking.
January 11, 2012 - Joanie says: Hello Anita! Thank you so much for the lead on 'The girl who found sixpence'. I've now tracked down a copy and my daughter is delighted. Thank you again!
Fatty says... Fatty says: A 'thank-you' is always appreciated! So glad you've now got a copy.
January 11, 2012 - Margaret says: Hi can anyone advise where best to get info on Enid Blyton for a 7 year old (my daughter who loves her books and Noddy) to research for her public speaking which is on Friday 13th. Thanks Margaret.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Take a look HERE, Margaret. Also explore the rest of the site for inspiration! Good luck to your daughter.
January 11, 2012 - Aditya says: In response to Pamela White's post dated December 25, 2011, I thinks that it would be worth about. Let me see. INR 125 or so(I do not know the value in pounds, since I live in India. ).
January 10, 2012 - Coo says: Hi, Fatty, Bets and everyone. How are you all? Do you remember me? I am one of the greatest fan of the Five Find Outers. I have read some of the previous messages and I am upset by reading some of them. And I want to say that Fatty, u are a wonderful person. Don't worry for any rude messages from anyone. You, Bets and Jenks are doing wonderful and great work. I really respect all of you. Keep up your good work. My best wishes are with all of you. And Fatty, always remember that you are a Marvel :-) and everyone knows this.
January 10, 2012 - Subina says: I read the naughty girl books when I was in year 8 that was back in 2007, the books were so good, today it came to mind and I was looking for the books to read again and I came to this website, Enid's books might be aimed at children but even teenagers such as me still enjoy it and I will read the books again if I find it in the local library.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad you enjoyed them, Subina. Why not check them out in the Enid Blyton Society Cave of Books? Plenty more to discover there, too!
January 10, 2012 - Kat says: Re my comment on 7 Jan. I am now reading Five Get into a Fix and Julian/Dick/Anne's mother is referred to as Mrs Barnard. In previous books if their surname has been mentioned it has been 'Kirrin'. Wonder why it's now Barnard?
Bets says... Bets says: Just a glitch!
January 9, 2012 - Anita says: The story Joanie is looking for is 'The Girl Who Found Sixpence'. It can be found in the book 'Tales After Tea': click HERE for details.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks, Anita. I knew you'd know! ;-)
January 8, 2012 - Rasathma says: I've almost finish reading the Secret Seven, Famous Five and the Noddy series and i'm looking forward to complete the adventure and mystery series. I love the book Mystery of the Disappearing Cat and I enjoyed the false clues that were kept for Mr. Goon. At that time Fatty hardly controlled his laugh. Enid Blyton's other books are really nice and so that I believe, SHE'S THE PERFECT AUTHORESS FOR CHILDREN.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Can't argue with that!
January 8, 2012 - Joanie says: Please help! My daughter and I are trying to track down an Enid Blyton story which was about a naughty girl who found sixpence and bought lots of cheap sweets. She ate them all and then was too sick to go to her friend's party. Her friend brought her some lovely (not-cheap) sweets to make up for missing the party but our heroine was now racked with guilt for keeping the money, eating the sweets and so on. She sorts it all out in the end. What story book was this story in? I'd love to try and buy it as a surprise for my daughter!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Rings nothing in my belfry, hopefully someone will know!
January 7, 2012 - Rocky says: Can anyone help, I own a small dark blue Enid Blyton diary from 1954, only a couple of pages been used it is in very good condition and was published by Collins, there is a serial number on the back which reads N9EB349, is it worth anything?
Fatty says... Fatty says: We don't give valuations, but you could try a site such as eBay to see if a similar item is on offer. Personally, I wouldn't have thought it would be worth that much, however, if a couple of collectors are interested, the value would rise. Maybe one of our regulars might have an idea of its value.
January 7, 2012 - AdrianL says: Does anyone know of a downloadable list/spreadsheet/database that lists books by series, eg Famous Five, Secret Seven etc.? We'd like to tick them off as we collect them and easily see which ones we are missing.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I don't know of a spreadsheet, but the complete series are listed in the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books - the example I have linked to shows the Famous Five books. Maybe you could use this information and design your own spreadsheet, Adrian.
January 7, 2012 - Saky says: In reply to Kat's comment, I THINK it's also mentioned in some book that Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin are related in some way other than marriage. Perhaps, both had the same surname!
January 7, 2012 - Kat says: I bought my son the box set of Famous Five for Christmas and have been re-reading them - I was a big fan as a child. One thing I remember I could never understand was why they were called Kirrin. If Kirrin was Aunt Fanny's families land and the cottage, island, farm etc belonged to her, how come Uncle Quentin and Julian/Dick/Ann's father were called Kirrin? Apologies if this has been asked many times before! Also, just having re-read Five go down to the Sea, Yan no longer says 'Iss', he says 'Yes'. That's a shame.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The English 'landed gentry', if powerful enough, could have a village named after them. An example of this is Dummer, in Hampshire.
January 6, 2012 - Rasathma says: I finished reading the book "Mystery of the Disappearing Cat" yesterday. It's very nice and Bets is really a good Find-Outer.
Fatty says... Fatty says: A good story and a great character!
January 6, 2012 - Joshua says: Keith Robinson, this is an amazing website that really does have so much to offer in every respect. You said in a previous post that you are toying with the idea of redesigning the whole website. I know what a huge job this is, especially on a website of this scale. However, without being rude (instead critical), I do think that the site does look rather dated in its grey scale colouring and old fashioned links. A new design would make the whole site more attractive, which could potentially boost the amount of users. Also, I think a new section could be added primarily for the use of children containing Enid Blyton related puzzles, word searches, crosswords and quizzes. I understand what a huge task it would be, and would not blame you in the least if you decided it was best not to do a whole redesign. Perhaps my ideas may be of some help to you though. Thank you for all you do as it is...
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: I passed your note on to Keith and he said thank you very much for the feedback and critique. Yes, the color scheme is dated, as is the narrow width of the page, and an overhaul is long overdue. Apart from the work involved in updating it, there's a lot of cogitating over the new design, which of course will not appeal to everyone no matter what it looks like! Your ideas about puzzles and so on are good, but alas, there probably isn't enough time in the day -- unless of course you or others are willing to contribute material that can be used? In theory, there's so much that COULD be added!
January 6, 2012 - Nigel Rowe says: Happy New Year! My word, the naughty children are about! Daniel, are you a naughty little boy or a mischievous adult? Either way, I think a visit to the Faraway Tree to see Dame Slap is in order! Sorry to disobey you, Bets, but I felt I had to comment! Personally, I get more laughs out of posts such as silly Daniel's, than a stream of "Enid Blyton rocks" type posts! Keep up the good work, Keith, Inspector Jenks,Fatty and Bets; and may everyone have a good Twenty-Twelve!
Fatty says... Fatty says: And a Happy New Year to you, too, Nigel! However, I tend to agree with Bets and Inspector Jenks, that the little boy has had enough 'air-play' now.
January 5, 2012 - daniel reynolds says: And to think I was going to give the book to you, if Enid Blyton was alive she'd be disgraced, sorry for wasting your time I wont come back to this site again, bye.
Fatty says... Fatty says: You are a very silly little boy, who, should Enid have featured you in a story, would have been taught a very strong lesson. Let's hope that someone teaches you that lesson, and that you become a better person for it. Your most recent post (which is not going to be published due to it's extreme rudeness) suggest that it may be a hard task.
January 5, 2012 - Saky says: Hello, Daniel. You cannot possibly be a fan of Enid Blyton. Her books always emphasised politeness and decorum. On the other hand, you have been quite rude to Fatty, even though it's not really his fault your book is not worth much! Please don't pollute this message board by posting unsuitable messages just because YOU got your hopes up.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for the support. I think it's no longer necessary to pay any more attention to Daniel's post, and I'd like to request all our regulars from refraining from commenting on it - let us all, in the spirit of Enid Blyton's books and goodness, move past it. :-)
January 5, 2012 - Joe says: Hi! Where can I find the book Enid Blyton, The Story of My Life, 1952? I need this book in electronic version. Help me please! I'm from Russia and love Enid more than all authors!
Bets says... Bets says: I don't think there are any electronic versions available, Joe. Sorry. I think you'll have to look for a secondhand copy on eBay or Amazon.
January 5, 2012 - Julie@Owlsdene says: Reading the rude message from Daniel Reynolds, has me thinking that he is probably now peeved that he hasn't got a book worth the fortune he thought it was!!!!!
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: And if it's called Magic Wishing Chair as he stated, then I doubt it's even an Enid Blyton book!
January 4, 2012 - Daniel Reynolds says: So you're telling me my Enid Blyton hard cover copy of the Magic Wishing Chair is only worth a fiver, as you call it; well you couldn't be much of an Enid Blyton fan then, could you? Me and my mother also have a near complete series of the Noddy collection, so who's Enid Blyton's number 1 fan now, you tell me, you don't even mention Noddy what a sad and sorry man/female you are, yours sincerely daniel reynolds.
Bets says... Bets says: I am sorry you feel Fatty's honest response asks for such an aggressive and personally insulting post. The edition you wished to sell was a 1987 reprint, which is, for the genuine collector (who usually only look for first editions with dust wrappers), far too new. The very same edition in boot sales/charity shops, etc., do go for less than £5, and it was precisely for that reason that Fatty wished you a good luck in selling it. No one over here competes for being Enid's so-called number 1 fan. Fatty's response to your original post didn't mention Noddy because it wasn't required. For the record, the moderator Fatty, as a child, used to be called Big-Ears because he has ears that stick out and voraciously read Enid Blyton.

Fatty says: My friend Bets has more patience than I have, as she has spent considerable time correcting your extremely badly written post - I would have left it as you wrote it. You very rudely say that I can't be much of a fan. What sort of a fan are you to get the name of the book wrong? You are, I thing, referring to Adventures of the Wishing Chair, there is no "Magic Wishing Chair" as you have said. I have done a little more research, and I see that I was being generous in saying it could fetch under £5. Unfortunately for you, these books (even a 1971 first edition) rarely fetch more than 50 pence.

Inspector Jenks says: I can't help wondering why we feel obliged to give so much attention to petulant ungrateful children like Daniel Reynolds. He needs to apologize or go sit in a corner until he's got over his tantrum.
January 4, 2012 - Nesita says: I agree with Arushi. But I think it's great to read the reviews only, otherwise my eyes will go blind reading Malory Towers.
January 4, 2012 - shashi says: Gives a big imagination on marvelous adventures. Nice.
January 4, 2012 - Al says: I really like Malory Towers.
Bets says... Bets says: I like it too, Al. What is it about the Malory Towers that make you like it so much? For me, it's mainly the organised setting of Malory Towers, and the natural pool.
January 2, 2012 - Sai says: The Secret Series rocks!!!
Bets says... Bets says: Glad you like them, Sai.
January 2, 2012 - Lesley Whittle says: It's good that Enid didn't have a school story with stereotypical Australian or New Zealander students. The cult of the outback and the bushman was out of date when Angela Brazil was writing her school stories, let alone 1946-1951.
January 2, 2012 - Aditya says: Huh? If ANY of the books were online, then the publishers, Hodder and Stoughton won't get any money, and THEN there would be complete disaster!
January 1, 2012 - Alisa says: I want to read all the stories!!! : )) I have only 3 books.
January 1, 2012 - Arushi says: Your site is fabulous but I want to read Malory Towers online but I only got reviews. Very bad.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not bad at all, Arushi. If we put up stories online, we would be stealing them. If you want to read them legally, you'll have to buy them. Very good! :-)
December 31, 2011 - Saky says: Here's wishing all Blyton fans a happy new year!
December 31, 2011 - Saky says: Hey Keith! I mainly use my cell for viewing the message board, talk about Blyton, sometimes fan fiction and portry. And I guess those are the most viewed pages of the site. Oh and Nigel, I've already done that on my ipod. But I generally use my sony phone.
December 31, 2011 - Sofia says: Happy New Year everyone!! 2012 is here at last!!! =).
December 31, 2011 - Keith Robinson says: Saky, a mobile version of the site is something I've been toying with (along with a complete redesign of the site itself). I have to ask, though: If you were visiting via your phone, what parts of the site would you be looking at? The message board? The "Talk About Blyton" section? The review and articles? All of the above? Many websites only have limited mobile content as it would be a challenge to have ALL the content "mobilized" in this way. So to all those out there who would like to see a mobile version of, what would you primarily use it for?
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Personally, I'd like to know when a telegram version of this website is going to be available!
December 31, 2011 - Keith Robinson says: Mr. Barling, thanks for your comments. Obviously we all have our opinions, and I do actually agree with you that the books are great when read as kids (and many are still great when read as adults). Maybe I should put a reminder on these pages that when I first started this website back in 2004, the entire purpose was to review the books with the critical eye of an adult. I actually find it interesting to analyze books in this way, and I'm not the only one do so. I raved about the books when I was younger, and I would heartily recommend them all to children today. But my website is (or was! ) primarily for adults of my generation who were reliving their childhoods, and was originally intended as a discussion point to explore the finer points of Blyton's writing (both positive and negative) rather than just saying "Wow, these books are fab! " That's also why I originally had a "Blyton Bloopers" section (Now "Talk About Blyton"); not everyone liked it, but many did. All that said, though, I do appreciate your opinion... if you'll just allow me to be the grumpy old sod I am today! : -)
December 31, 2011 - Nigel Rowe says: If you have an iPhone, open the web browser and view this (or any other, for that matter) website. You can then save it to the desk top, so that it appears like an App. Then all you have to do is click on the icon and lo and behold! I have done this with this site and the Enid Blyton Society website.
December 30, 2011 - Saky says: Hey Keith, could you please design a mobile compatible version of this site? Thanks!
Bets says... Bets says: I'll let Keith know - it certainly will be very useful!
December 30, 2011 - Anonymous says: The mystery books are FAB!
December 30, 2011 - Mr Barling says: The review by Keith Robinson of Five on Finniston Farm seems to me far too negative. The one following by Nigel Rowe is much less so- still somewhat negative but in my view about the deserving amount. I enjoyed the book regardless of the elements of repetion and 'cooked up plot lines' from previous Five books because it is subtly different in places and there is some excellent dialogue and excitement eg several dramatic interactions between Mr Henning and Grandad and the super scene where George takes Junior's breakfast tray up to him resulting in considerable subsequent curtailment of the boy's arrogance as well as the end of the twins hostility to the Five which warmed my heart. I also like the happy Five story endings always even if predictable- it's so "escaping" and relieving in the face of (in real life) a hopeless and corrupt global monetary and economic system where the bad guys in this plutocracy just keep on winning and only economic collapse (coming) gives us any hope to the end of the madness. Mr Robinson, if I may say so your reviews at times seem to me more than a touch over confident and withering. This authoress has given me years of solace and escapism in the face of a very difficult childhood. The repetition and cliches in eg this book, I assure you were not evident to me as a child and I loved the book- I think you make the mistake of not tempering an adults (your) intellect, awareness and criticism with the fact that these books were written for KIDS who I suggest to you do not notice or worry about the plot weaknesses / repetions from former books that an adult notices.
Bets says... Bets says: Thanks for the feedback, Mr Barling. :-)
December 28, 2011 - YA reader says: The Boy Next door! Is that book written about the author Mark A. Cooper who was born next door to her? I don't think she was still living in that house when he was born there, but I wanted to ask.
Bets says... Bets says: I don't know, actually - perhaps one of our more knowledgeable readers will.
December 28, 2011 - Saky says: You know what would be really cool? If we all selected a series and started writing a chapter each following the storyline, with each of us adding some details until the finale! It could be edited by Fatty or Bets or Inspector Jenks. That would be a really cool fan fiction. Whatsay, Fatty? : -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: This already happens on the Enid Blyton Society Forums, so you might like to take a look there. You'll find them in the Games section.
December 26, 2011 - Anusha says: I like all the books written by Enid Blyton. I have all her collections. A Merry Christmas to all.
December 25, 2011 - Ravindu says: Enid Blyton's books are sooooooooooooooo cool that I have been addicted to reading them in the past few days. I wish Enid Blyton (late) and this website a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
December 25, 2011 - Pamela White says: I have the First Term at Malory Towers published in 1946. It says inside "This book is produced in complete conformity with the authorized economy standards" I lived near Enid Blyton at the time and called on her and asked her to sign it for me. She wrote " Best wishes from Enid Blyton." How much is it worth? Anyone any ideas.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We can't give valuations, but if it was a first edition with d/j an original signature and message would increase it's value. Maybe the Enid Blyton Society could help you more.
December 24, 2011 - Fatty says: All of us here wish all our visitors and friends to this website, A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
December 24, 2011 - Eddie Muir says: May I echo Julie's message, and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2012. And definitely keep writing, Julie!
December 24, 2011 - Julie@Owlsdene says: I would just like to wish all at Enid a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes, Julie.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Merry Christmas to you, too, Julie -- and keeeeeeep writing! :-)
December 23, 2011 - Aditya says: You're welcome, Leo!
December 23, 2011 - Leo152 says: Thanks, Aditya for helping me. (Q: Where is the picture of Inspector Jenks).
December 23, 2011 - Pra$il says: Fatty, are the Famous Five games still printed?
Fatty says... Fatty says: No.
December 22, 2011 - Paul says: Do you think Enid would have approved of modern, secular Britain where in many places you have to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" for fear of being sued? The past of Enid's world is a different country but I wouldn't mind travelling there just to enjoy a world where you didn't have to apologise for being an Anglo-Saxon Christian.
December 21, 2011 - Pete9012S says: Dear Fatty, Bets and Inspector Jenks can I just send a great big thank you to you all for all the hard work you do here on this site and elsewhere- answering questions, queries and all the other various requests you receive every single day! All the best Pete9012S.
Bets says... Bets says: Thank you, Pete! Much appreciated.
December 20, 2011 - daniel reynolds says: Hi how are you, ive got a copy of Enid Blytons adventures of the magic wishing chair, the spine of the book reads dean and son ltd, the publishing reads as follows darrel waters limited, 1937 and the abridged version edition is published by dean and son, ltd 1971. The cover has the blonde haired boy and the red haired girl sitting on a which looks like a oak chair its a hard cover each corner has been pushed over other then the bottom right and the bottom of the spine is a little creased aswell on the bottom of the spine it has my name printed on the back of the front cover which reads daniel reynolds, 4 raymond st, noble park. I was wondering if this book would be a book worth adding to your collection and if so how much would you give me for it, yours sincerly daniel reynolds, hope to hear from you soon, thanks. Ps have a merry x mas and if so a happy ramadan.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Far too much punctuation for me to start to correct in this post, Daniel! We don't buy books, but good luck in selling it. It isn't of much interest to a genuine collector though, as remainder bookshops have these on sale for under a fiver. Happy Christmas to you too! (Other celebrations included!)
December 19, 2011 - Sixtyeight year old Blyton fan. says: Enid Blyton got me through my schooldays. I was born with a disfigurement (harelip) and my adored father committed suicide when I was just in my teens. I escaped and kept my sanity in Blyton's world. Just recently I reread the Mystery of the Strange Bundle and when I came to the bit where Fatty throws his voice and convinces PC Goon that a pig, a dog and a whimpering man asking for his "auntie" are in the ransacked house, a huge guffaw burst out of me waking up my husband!!
Bets says... Bets says: Glad to know Enid Blyton has helped you through your troubled times. :-) Best wishes to you.
December 19, 2011 - Aditya says: Hello Leo152, I am an Indian too. I think you can find it on Amazon.
December 19, 2011 - Leo152 says: Please help me. I live in india and I can't find the two short stories of Find Outers anywhere. I can't even find Enid Blyton's Adventure Treasury. Is it still sold here (i saw it 5 or 6 years ago but I did not read any books then so I didn't buy).
Bets says... Bets says: Not being an Indian, I wouldn't know. Sorry I couldn't help.
December 16, 2011 - ABS says: St Clare's was one series in which I liked all the characters except the protagonists. I thought the twins actually lacked personality of any kind, as in any quirkiness unlike their classmates. Anyone else agree with me?
December 16, 2011 - Abantika Basu says: I am a big fan of the Famous Five. But in the seventh book - five go of to camp - the spook trains were not real. Then why did the shepherd say they were real.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think you need to read the book again.
December 16, 2011 - Kajal says: St Clare's was one series in which I liked all the other characters except the protagonists. I thought the twins basically lacked personality of any kind, as in any quirkiness unlike their classmates. Anyone else agree with me?
Bets says... Bets says: I agree! In the first book, however, the twins did show some depth: reluctance to fit in, pure rebellion and finally acceptance. Then they faded away into the background.
December 15, 2011 - justine lougheed says: Hi! anyone got a copy of "hop skip and jump" , coker series, (or later??? ) for sale.? for a special Christmas gift. Thanks and merry Christmas! Justine.
December 14, 2011 - Georgekirrin says: What's the difference between 'Keith Robinson's Blog' and 'Blog'?
Bets says... Bets says: No difference.
December 14, 2011 - Aditya says: Fatty, Internet Explorer 9?? I'm on Windows XP, and I can't seem to find it!
Bets says... Bets says: You need to download it.

Fatty says: Click here to download. Windows XP is an operating system, IE9 (or Firefox, for that matter) is a web browser.

Inspector Jenks says: Actually, if you're on Windows XP, you can only upgrade as far as IE8. You need to Vista or Windows 7 to upgrade to IE9 and above. I would recommend using Firefox. Many websites these days use moderns styles like rounded corners and drop shadows that IE8 simply ignores. Firefox is a much better browser than IE.
December 14, 2011 - Miranda says: It's funny that Enid fought against her mother imposing traditional femininity on her but took quite the opposite view in her books. Enid was needlessly cruel to her mother by cutting off all contact even when her mother was dying of dementia-related illnesses.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Enid said that she based the character of Georgina Kirrin on herself, so perhaps she was just offering an alternative point of view. I don't know much about Enid's relationship with her mother, so am unable to comment on their relationship.
December 11, 2011 - Aditya says: Oh dear, my memory's really terrible. Anyway, in the Malory towers section, in It's all Dutch for me! , the link to a Dutch Enid Blyton site doesn't lead anywhere but I get a message 'The page cannot be displayed' in Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Well it works for me! Can you speak Dutch then, Aditya?

Bets says: Internet Explorer 6, Aditya! You need to come out from under that rock and upgrade to a modern browser such as Internet Explorer 9, Firefox or Chrome. I just checked the link again, it's perfectly all right.

Fatty says: I didn't pick up on that, Bets! IE6, eh? You need to upgrade, Aditya! Why not try Firefox? A great browser.
December 11, 2011 - Aditya says: Is there an Enid Blyton novel called The Children at Red-Ceiling or something similar?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You might be thinking of The Family at Red-Roofs, Aditya.
December 9, 2011 - Tor says: I'm looking for a novel called I think Winter Adventure when children stranded by bad weather find a crashed pilot. Can anybody help?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not me, I'm afraid. Anyone else?
December 8, 2011 - Pete9012S says: Further to Gelinos question,could you tell me the winner of the 2. 45pm at Ascot this Saturday? (If its not too much trouble! )Many Thanks, Pete.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I could, but as I've got a load of money on it, I won't, Pete! :-)
December 7, 2011 - Aditya says: Who answers to our posts on this site on the Message Board and Talk About Blyton!?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Well, that's an odd question. I answer some, Bets answers some and occasionally Inspector Jenks answers some. Why do you ask?
December 7, 2011 - Gelino says: Hi! I live in the Philippines, and I was wondering whether Enid Blyton's 'The Secret Seven' books are still in mass production here in my country. I was wondering whether you'd know? If they're still being sold here, could you by any chance tell me in which particular book store? In my knowledge, The Famous Five books could still be purchased here in National Bookstore, a well known bookshop in the country. Thanks for the help!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have no idea! Short of 'Googling' (which you can do yourself) I can only suggest you enquire at a local bookstore. They would be the people to tell you if and where the books are available. You have said they are available in your National Bookstore. You live in the Philippines - we don't! You could also buy from an international online bookseller.
December 5, 2011 - biggest fan says: I love Famous Five, Malory Towers and Adventure the 5 are wonderful but only as children love Blyton.
Bets says... Bets says: I'm not sure I understood this properly, so I'm not editing any of this. Could you please rephrase that in a later post? :-)
December 4, 2011 - rogoz says: Suzanne is a bit wrong - 'Joan' pops up in Five Fall into Adventure ~ Plenty of Fun ~ Secret Trail ~ Billicock Hill ~ Demon's Rocks ~ Together Again. It seems to depend on who was editing the manuscript, if not EB, because you won't see 'Joanna' and 'Joan' in the same book.
December 2, 2011 - Melisande says: My mother bought the CDs of Kate Winslet reading the Faraway Tree for me and I was really excited until I found out that they contain Dame Snap and Joe, Beth and Frannie. To quote the Rich Texan from the Simpsons: "Blanks. They just aint the same!"
December 2, 2011 - Shyla says: Enid Blyton is my favorite writer. I always wish I could have the ideas she has. The kind of books she writes delights people of all ages. Her books are spell binding and, well I don't have words to write.
December 1, 2011 - Melisande says: I was just reading the story of Samantha Smith, the American girl who went to the Soviet Union in the early 1980s and thought that her story of being a child peace activist would have made a good Blyton story. Although Enid would have given Samantha a happier ending than the one she was given by real life.
Bets says... Bets says: No doubt about that - the happy ending, I mean.
November 27, 2011 - Suzanne@Levenstock says: In all the Famous Five books I've read, the Kirrin's help is called Joanna. But on this site, in the review section, she's Joan. I've always wondered why the names were different.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Haven't we all?! Just one of Enid's faux pas, I imagine.
November 24, 2011 - Ellie Stewart says: Enid Blyton is my hero, she is a great author and is much loved by children everywhere.
November 23, 2011 - Anaa says: Enid Blyton is the most wonderful authoress of the world. I was 4 when I started reading her books and I enjoyed them I have more than 110 books of hers. I do not write that well, when I will grow up I will buy all her books and read them as well; she is at top of my charts and Fatty is the best. I do not like Larry and I have all series of the Five Find Outers and Dog as well as many others and never forget I am Enid's no. 1 fan.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I have put your post into the third person, as Enid sadly passed away in 1968. I am so pleased you enjoy reading her books.
November 23, 2011 - Sally says: Mahana - if you loved the Rat-a-Tat Mystery, you are likely to love even more the preceeding 4 titles. Most of us agree that the first four books of the series were the best, in which Barney is a homeless circus boy, in search of his father. The Rat-a-Tat Mystery and following Ragamuffin Mystery were added by EB much later in 1956 and 1959 respectively, as a result of fans pressing her to write more. I suggest you start with the Rockingdown Mystery and read them in order - you won't be disappointed. Then, if you really enjoy them, dare I suggest you might take a look at my fanfics on this site based on the characters, starting in the lead up to Barney's 50th birthday in Return to Rubadub. Happy reading!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Good advice, Sally. I think it usually pays to read in series of books in chronological order.
November 22, 2011 - Pra$il says: Hello Aditya, My name is spelt as Prasil, I put Dollar sign so that it would look interesting. Yes my name is a bit strange but my name and my Dollar sign instead of 'S' doesn't matter for this site. Right Fatty?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Whatever rocks your boat. my friend!
November 18, 2011 - Mahana says: I didn't know till tonight that Enid Blyton wrote the Rat-a-Tat mystery. I'd been thinking about the story on and off a bit this year (and I finally looked it up now). And every now and then before this year. I love the story. I read it heaps as a little kid and I don't know what happened to our copy of it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Barney series is a brilliant read. See if you can read some more! The Rat-a-Tat Mystery is a favourite of mine - I love the footprint trick in the snow!
November 16, 2011 - fatman says: Enid Blyton's books are the BEST, I've nearly got them all!
November 13, 2011 - moo says: I love Secret Seven which do you think is the best series to read??
Bets says... Bets says: Aren't they all fantastic?
November 12, 2011 - Valia says: Hello all - I recall reading many Enid Blyton books as a child but cannot remember which series. I do recall there being a number of kids (but not as many as 7) getting into adventures. My favourite one involved a hidden cave - does anyone remember this storyline. I would really like to purchase this book in particular for my 8 year old.
Bets says... Bets says: It sounds like the Valley of Adventure - check out the reviews in the Adventure section, linked to at the top of this page.
November 12, 2011 - Aditya says: Who's Pra$il by the way? Rather a strange name, if you ask me! Nobody uses a dollar sign for a name! ; -).
Fatty says... Fatty says: I could ask, "Who are you, by the way?!"
November 10, 2011 - Sue says: I want to buy some books for my niece. I am not that familiar with the specifics of the Enid Blytons books. The Magic Faraway Tree and The Enchanted Woods', what age group are they aimed at? She is 8 but an advanced reader.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not an easy one to answer, as much depends on the child. If you are not familiar with the stories, take a look HERE. If she enjoys reading magical tales about fairies and elves, then I would buy a copy for her. If she doesn't enjoy it, you can always read it yourself!
November 10, 2011 - Aditya says: Do you see a section on the homepage titled Books can be bought seperately or as complete sets? in that, what's the title of the books third and fourth from right? Can you tell me which books they are? : .).
Fatty says... Fatty says: There's an idea for a quiz! Who can come up with all the titles? I have already given one away to Pra$il!
November 10, 2011 - Aditya says: Huh! I really think my school might give less homework! Did any one write a fanfiction story on The Naughtiest Girl series? And did anyone write a book on the Naughtiest girl in the second form and above? Grateful for Answers! Aditya.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Anne Digby wrote six sequels, Aditya, which you would have known if you had looked in the Society's Cave of Books!
November 9, 2011 - Pra$il says: I have one question- do you see a bold line on the home page named as 'Books can be bought separately or as complete sets', do you spot a book third from left, can you tell me which book it is?
Fatty says... Fatty says: It is First Term at Malory Towers, published in 2000 by Mammoth, illustrations by Jenny Chapple, cover illustration by Paul Catherall.
November 9, 2011 - Stephen Isabirye says: Anh, in addition to Barbara Stoney's biography, you may want to consult The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage, which is a semi-biography of Enid Blyton as well as analysis of The Famous Five and other key Blyton books and series.
November 8, 2011 - anh says: I love your books and want to write your biography.
Bets says... Bets says: Well, before you think of that, you should know Miss Blyton died in 1968! Barbara Stoney wrote her biography in 1974. In the meantime, try reading a short biography by Anita Bensoussane here.
November 6, 2011 - Caoimhe Parsons says: I am going to write a book based on the Enid Blyton two different series. The series are Malory Towers and The Famous Five. I think that they are the best written books.
November 6, 2011 - Aditya says: Frederick Trotteville Kalai Vanan, as Bets has said, try to improve your grammar and spelling, otherwise your books will not be read by anyone. I agree with Bets that your book will be an absolute no-no! And, Bets, you won't see me till Thursday evening!
Bets says... Bets says: Good heavens, Aditya, one post is enough! No need for six more saying exactly the same thing! :-)
November 5, 2011 - Paul says: I got called a racist elsewhere online for having a golliwog avatar. When I pointed out that it was simply because I'm a Blyton fan and she wrote about golliwogs, the attacks got worse.
Bets says... Bets says: We all know Enid Blyton wrote about golliwogs in good spirits.
November 5, 2011 - frederick trotteville(kalai vanan) says: Check out my book which, im writing on Famous Five blogspot see it on frm above lynk and facebook by the following lynk. Friends, view them and too, share it to ur frynz. Im a sprouting author, efforts to release it in year 2012, as it is gonna be the 70th year after the release of 1st part of Famous Five. I want support and suggestions frm all of u. -(kalai vanan).
Bets says... Bets says: Here's a suggestion: take care of your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. There's supposed to be a space after every comma, and an apostrophe between I and m in I'm, and it's spelled link and friends. As a writer, mistakes like these - be it on a message to, or an email, or your book - are an absolute no-no!

Fatty says: If that is the standard of the writing of your book, I think I'll give it a miss.
November 2, 2011 - Nigel Rowe says: Aditya, as Bets has said, the Society site is very comprehensive. Tony Summerfield has devoted so much time (and is still doing so) to the Cave of Books, that in order for this website to come any where near to that would mean copying and pasting (in other words, stealing) information and illustrations from the Cave. What is the point in that? I am glad you have found the Society website. Might I suggest you explore the Cave of Books thoroughly, and wonder at its delights and treasures.
November 2, 2011 - Aditya says: Good book. Nice, short and a good ending to a series. Isn't there a section for Naughtiest Girl or Noddy books in this website? In the website of the Society, there is a section for Noddy and one for Naughtiest girl.
Bets says... Bets says: Which book are you talking about? The Society's page is very comprehensive and well done, and at the moment having another page here is unlikely to produce much new content. Therefore, it would feel repetitive, and there isn't a need for one here when another one exists (and a fine one it is too!) on a website we frequently link to.
November 2, 2011 - Aditya says: ;-) You'll be rid of me, Fatty, for a week 'cos I'm going to be deep in studies! But after a week it's back to Malory Towers(that's the series I'm reading now) and curling up on the couch! And, on the topic of studies, how's my English? ;-).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Pretty good! Good luck with your studies!
November 1, 2011 - Sally says: Hi Priansh. Rockingdown Revisited was written as the last of the series of 4, which took the series full circle to the original one, but I might at some stage continue with a story about the clans set at a different time. I do have a full time job and so writing can only be fitted in during the evenings and weekends! So glad you enjoy them though.
October 31, 2011 - Sofia says: Just wanna ask something; Hasn't Keith written four books? The Island of Fog, Labyrinth of Fire, Mountain of Whispers and Lake of Spirits?? : -/.
Bets says... Bets says: Follow Keith's blog and you'll know more!
October 31, 2011 - Priansh says: Haven't been able to visit this site for a while now. Sally, no more stories? Reading about Barney and gang has been so much fun, please don't stop now.
October 31, 2011 - ash walker says: Please can someone help me I am trying to find in hardback the Magic Faraway collection the ones that were published around 1980-1990 please can someone help. My sister wants them badly for her daughter.
Bets says... Bets says: Try checking Navrang or eBay.
October 31, 2011 - Alexander says: Hi, How are you folks? How old was Mrs Blyton when she died. Lots of love from Alexander!
Bets says... Bets says: It's simple math! Subtract 1897 from 1968, and you get 71!
October 29, 2011 - Aditya says: Can anybody write a fan fiction story about the Famous Five? 'Cos they're my favourite, and I don't have no talent for writing.
Bets says... Bets says: Did you try reading the Round Robin in the Fanfic section?
October 29, 2011 - Aditya says: In the article "On the trail of Peterswood" by Keith Robinson the last sentence says "Thanks to both and Graham". Thanks to both who and Graham?
Bets says... Bets says: I suggest you read the page fully, Aditya! Seek and ye shall find.
October 29, 2011 - Aditya says: Thanks for the link, Fatty. I got 26th place in the Enid Blyton Society quiz.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad to be of service!
October 28, 2011 - Ilsa says: Ginger may be remembering the Mary Mouse books. They are small and I have a feeling Rory may have been the baby's name - but it's probably 60 years since I read one too!
October 28, 2011 - Ginger says: Does anyone remember a small Enid Blyton book for very young children which featured a mouse (maybe a family of mice) and a baby called "Rory". I am talking about somewhere in the region of sixty years ago!!
Bets says... Bets says: I'm afraid I don't know of a story like that, but I'm sure someone else will!
October 27, 2011 - Aditya says: In the Quiz section of this page, when you finish the quiz you get a scoreboard. At the bottom, there is a link, 'Enid Blyton Society'. That link doesn't lead to nothin'. Can you fix this, please?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks for pointing this out, Aditya. I have forwarded your comment on to the Inspector's office. Meanwhile, to try the Society quiz, click HERE.
October 27, 2011 - Aditya says: Why do only Fatty, Bets, and Inspector Jenks reply to our posts?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You do ask a lot of questions, Aditya!

PC Goon says: Happy now, Aditya? Gah!
October 27, 2011 - Aditya says: Does anybody know what that "Google Custom Search" is for? I read the text above it, but I still don't know.
Bets says... Bets says: It's to search for things on this website, i.e.,

Fatty says: Why do you ask when it is explained what it is for?
October 27, 2011 - Aditya says: Bets, is there a book about the third and sixth forms in St Clare's?
Bets says... Bets says: There are indeed! They were written by Pamela Cox. Check them out in the Society's Cave of Books. This should answer your other question too. :-)
October 25, 2011 - Aditya says: Thanks for the information about the Malory Towers continuation, Bets! I really hate the 2004 St. Clare's book covers. I like the old illustrations better!
Bets says... Bets says: You're not alone - and you're welcome!
October 25, 2011 - Aditya says: Oh no, long time no see. Anyway, is there any book that continues Felicity and her gang's adventures till the sixth form in Malory Towers? OK, maybe I shouldn't use the word 'adventures', but I don't know what to use, really!
Bets says... Bets says: There are six, in fact - written by Pamela Cox. Check out the titles under the heading "Sequels" here.
October 24, 2011 - kesha 100 says: the books are relly interesting the series of naughtiest girl is ever really interesting and has a good moral I n it.
Bets says... Bets says: Your spelling is terrible, Kesha!

Inspector Jenks says: To be fair, Bets, Kesha's spelling isn't so bad, but her grammar and punctuation leave a lot to be desired. ;-)
October 23, 2011 - Dickie Mint says: I have numerous Blyton books in my possession but one which is a bit of a mystery to me is a book I was given many years ago titled " The Queer Adventure ". It was first published in 1952 and is marked " originally entitled The Yellow Fairy Book ". Can anyone provide me with some info on this book please.
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Yellow Fairy Book was actually first published in 1936. Again, we are indebted to the work carried out by Tony Summerfield in the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books. Click HERE for details of The Yellow Fairy Book/The Queer Adventure, illustrations and a review by Terry Gustafson. Of course, as you have also asked the Society's Barney, you will know this already!
October 22, 2011 - Aditi says: I am a great fan of Enid Blyton. But I am now going to be 13 in May and I am growing pretty bored with it. It may also be because I have collected most of her famous novels. That is why I am currently finding solace in Harry Potter books. But I still want to read some more of Enid's books. Please recommend some. It may be noted, however, that I have already read Famous Five,Malory towers,st. Clare,barney mysteries,adventure,mystery and some Secret Seven books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Maybe you need a break and explore books for older children. Rest assured, you will return. Why not explore the Enid Blyton Society's Cave of Books and see what else might appeal to you.
October 22, 2011 - Anita says: Lettice wrote: "Political Correctness is a tool of Cultural Marxism for the suppression of free speech and for making conservative and traditional ideas appear unacceptable. It has nothing to do with not causing offence to anyone, that is called good manners." I'm not sure about it being a Marxist tool, but I think many would agree with Lettice that "political correctness" appears to be more about suppression and anti-conservatism than about not causing offence.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Re-reading Lettice's post, I can see your point, Anita. Apparently, we are not supposed to call Eskimos Eskimos, any more. They are to be referred to as Inuits. I wonder how many Eskimos were behind this decision?
October 22, 2011 - Carol-weave says: I am a grandmother, and a writer and I am so delighted to find this page. On the strength of it I am returning to Enid Blyton's books, and I have to say I have been listening to one of the Secret Seven's books on audio this week. I like to listen when I drive. I'll begin with the Faraway Tree adventures, then I'll start the Famous Five and work my way through them. Then I will make some comments. Thank you for having me.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thank you for finding us! I look forward to your comments.
October 22, 2011 - Jeff says: I just came across this website. Amazing, I am 70 now, but wow when I was a kid, after reading Secret Seven, we (the Neighbourhood kids) formed our own little SS and had a great time with our meetings. Just like the book!!! Wonderfull days!! Thanks.
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you've time on your hands, Jeff, take a look at the Enid Blyton Society website. That'll keep you occupied for days! Thanks for your kind words, and welcome to!
October 21, 2011 - Paul says: I just saw that conservative trolling in response to my post about PC. Dear Lord, how do they find us? Thanks for being understanding Fatty about my admitting to lying on the internet. I'm not a troll, I just make stuff up to get people to talk to me because I'm lonely and stuck living with my elderly parents because of my real life disability.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I assume you're referring to Lettice's post, Paul. It didn't make a lot of sense to me. We are all different, Paul, and all handle life's problems in our own way. I would think people would respect your honesty, I'm not sure that living 'under a lie' will offer much consolation, though. You could always channel your imaginative skills into writing.
October 21, 2011 - MarkusCell says: One book which I can vaguely remember includes a museum and maybe a Mummy's tomb. Which book was it?!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm. Anyone help here? For some reason Ship of Adventure sprang to my mind...
October 20, 2011 - Lucy says: I absoloutely LOVE the St Clare's series,I have nearly finished the Easter Term of the First Form. Enid Blyton is amazing at drawing the reader in. Initially I asumed I was too old for the book when I received it for my birthday. Yet I think it has nearly reached my favourite book. No matter how old you are, do not assume it's babyish (I was put off a little by the cover) but now the sight of it makes me want to sit down and read a chapter or two instead of going on the computer or watching tv - I usually end up reading more than a chapter or two though-IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!
October 20, 2011 - Eddie Muir says: Rockingdown Revisited has been a thoroughly enjoyable read. Many thanks, Sally.
October 19, 2011 - Sally says: Thanks to everyone who enjoyed reading Rockingdown Revisited and for your kind comments - I enjoyed writing it. No plans for a future follow on, Priansh, but I appreciate Roger and Jack didn't have prominent roles. This wasn't deliberate but it was difficult to give everyone a strong role as it involved two series. As others have said, Roger was somewhat of an underdeveloped character, whereas Barney and Snubby were both strongly drawn by EB. I would have liked to involve Philip more too as he was always one of my favourites. But he was invariably overseas, being the adventurer he was!
October 18, 2011 - Aditya says: Why were the names of the people in the Adventurous Four changed?
October 18, 2011 - Eoin says: Thanks very much Fatty, I appreciate the advice!
October 18, 2011 - Eoin says: Hi. I'm a primary school teacher. I really enjoyed 'The Boy Next Door' when I was a child and I want to do it with my class. When I enquired about getting copies for my class I was told that 'The Riddle of the Boy Next Door' is about to be reprinted. Can anybody tell me if 'The Riddle of the Boy Next Door' is the same book as the 'Boy Next Door'? Thank you!
Fatty says... Fatty says: The Riddle of The Boy Next Door is an updated version of the original story, and was edited by Gillian Baverstock. I would avoid it, Eoin, and search out second hand, original copies. Of course, that might be difficult if you require several.
October 17, 2011 - Priansh says: Nice finale Sally. Enjoyed reading it. Maybe your next story could have Roger and Jack taking a more active role?
October 17, 2011 - Aditya says: I must be in a post-ish mood today -- Three Posts in a day! Anyway, what was the last book written by Enid? Can I know please?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Her last two books (excluding reprints of earlier material) were re-tellings of Bible stories, The Man Who Stopped to Help and The Boy Who Came Back, both published in August 1965.
October 17, 2011 - Aditya says: Sorry, two posts in a day, but did Enid write a book on how the Secret Seven club was formed? Because in the first book, The Secret Seven, it is clear that the club was formed earlier. Grateful for answers!
Fatty says... Fatty says: You can read all about the forming of the Secret Seven HERE website.
October 17, 2011 - Julie@Owlsdene says: I would imagine that Anne25 is refering to Ragamuffin Jo from the Famous Five, Fatty! But who knows!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I was confused as she included the name in a list of Peterswood characters!
October 17, 2011 - Ilsa says: I have very much enjoyed Sally's latest fanfic. Thank you Sally. It was great.
October 17, 2011 - anne25 says: Sorry to ask but whenever we write does fatty or bets only reply? I mean why does not daisy or peter or jo etc reply?
Fatty says... Fatty says: I could ask why do you not use capital letters for proper nouns? We run a tight ship here, and too many cooks spoil the broth. Our good friend, Inspector Jenks replies when we need a senior touch. Who's Jo, by the way?

Inspector Jenks says: And who's Peter, for that matter?

October 17, 2011 - Aditya says: Keith, can you add something on this website? I'm gettin' a bit bored.
Inspector Jenks says... Inspector Jenks says: Oh dear, Aditya. Have you not been following Sally's brand new 5-part serial over the last few weeks?
October 17, 2011 - Aditya says: I recall a dog named Loony in one of Enid's books. Can you tell me the name of the book, please?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Loony appears in the Barney Mysteries, Aditya.
October 16, 2011 - Julie@Owlsdene says: Another good fan-fic from Sally. Well done.
October 15, 2011 - Catherine says: The Radio Four panel quiz on a literary theme, the Write Stuff, had Enid Blyton as its author of the week the other day. This means that the programme starts with competitors selecting something from her works and ends with them writing a pastiche on her. They did some skewering of her perceived xenophobic tendencies.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I'm sorry that I missed that.
October 15, 2011 - Anne Kirrin says: How many books did Enid write? I know this is a silly question, but can't help it.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yes, it is a silly question, Anne! You obviously don't look at this page. Cast your eyes up...
October 14, 2011 - Suzanne@Levenstock says: Hey!! Couldn't anyone possibly write a story about the kids from the secret series? And them just as they are, rather than as adults.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Trevor Bolton already has! Check HERE for details and a review by our own Julie Heginbotham.
October 12, 2011 - Sally says: Thank you Priansh. So glad you are enjoying it, and hope you like the conclusion, or rather finale. I enjoy writing about old childhood friends!
October 12, 2011 - Lettice says: Paul: Political Correctness is a tool of Cultural Marxism for the suppression of free speech and for making conservative and traditional ideas appear unacceptable. It has nothing to do with not causing offence to anyone, that is called good manners.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Blimey! You sound a barrel of laughs.
October 11, 2011 - priansh says: Enjoyed reading your latest story Sally. I have read all your stories and love the way you have built the relationships between Barney and the rest. Waiting for the conclusion!
October 9, 2011 - Sally says: Thanks Claire. I hope you enjoy the last two instalments. The fourth one should be up soon.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It's up now!
October 9, 2011 - Paul says: Oh, don't worry, Freddie, er Fatty, I'm sure the publishers will get to you in good time ; ).
Fatty says... Fatty says: Over my fat body!
October 9, 2011 - Paul says: Saky: According to its proponents, Political Correctness aims to avoid offence to those people who are marginalised by wider society, for example, blacks, and to reflect modern attitudes on ethics and children's rights, which is why June Johns no longer gets a spanking over the summer in Last Term at Malory Towers and why Carlotta threatening to spank Angela in St. Clare's is now changed to a scolding.
Fatty says... Fatty says: It's a marvel that I'm still called Fatty! Thanks, Paul.
October 8, 2011 - Saky says: Just out of curiousity, what's the PC Brigade???
Fatty says... Fatty says: Hmm. Try Googling. If you can't find out, maybe someone else can explain?
October 7, 2011 - Claire says: Just finished reading Rockingdown Revisted part 3. Looking forward to reading the next part. Keep writing Sally I love reading about how Barney and the gang are as grown ups.
October 7, 2011 - Saky says: I found that some of the newer versions have some stuff edited out compared to my parents' editions. Why is this?
Fatty says... Fatty says: The ever encroaching march of the PC Brigade.
October 6, 2011 - Emma says: I just read about the editions from the 80s brought from UK to the States which made me get my father's (born in 1945) Swedish ones that I've inherited (and read about a g'zillion times!) They are beautiful drawings that I can't find on any of the British editions. I can't find the artist's name anywhere. I should probably ask a Swedish publisher but I just thought I'd have a go since I was already on here. Like the site, E.
October 5, 2011 - namita says: In 5 go to kirrin island again,in hodder publications,i found out that the publishers have edited about alf,the fisherman. But ur review says that its james. Can u please clarify this?
Fatty says... Fatty says: You're lucky this got past the rubbish bin! However, it is a valid question. Our reviews are based on the original editions. Enid, for whatever reason you may speculate, re-named Alf, James in later stories. Later editions have been corrected by the publishers.
October 4, 2011 - Mick says: Further to my post on 29 August regarding the possibility that I may write something for the FanFic section. The project is under way at last. Many drafts and changes have ensued, but the story is finally starting to come together. I've found the hardest part to be transferring the events from the 1940s to the early 1960s and filling-in the lives of the Five during the intervening years (their late adolescence and 'twenties'). Also, my available time is somewhat restricted, which doesn't help. More news later. Keep up the good work, and may I say again, what a great site I've found this to be. All the best.
October 4, 2011 - Saky says: I just finished reading 'The Little Theatre - Revisited' of The Five Find-outers in retirement series and I feel the story is just fantastic! Kudos to Julie Heginbotham!
October 4, 2011 - Saky says: I've actually been checking this site out for a long time, but this is the first time I'm commenting! The site is great and filled with information and I'm going to keep coming back for the 'portry' and fanfics.!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad you like us, Saky. Don't forget to check out our friends over at the Enid Blyton Society as well!
October 3, 2011 - Sofia says: No, I don't think that's necessary, Fatty. I mean I didn't do that. I just opened a new page and wrote the URL without using Google.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Glad all is working now!
October 3, 2011 - Sofia says: Are you sure it says that, Fatty? Because Stephen's blog loads to me. : -/.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Amazingly it works for me too, now! I think you may need to be signed in to Google to be able to see it?
October 3, 2011 - Paul says: Did Enid ever explain how Goon became the village policeman despite his obvious incompetence?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Not as far as I know, Paul.
October 3, 2011 - Stephen Isabirye says: Fatty, how about trying this URL linkage,
Fatty says... Fatty says: Sorry, Stephen: The blog you were looking for was not found. If you are the owner of this blog, please sign in.
September 30, 2011 - DaisyDaykin says: Does anybody know who owns the copyright for Malory Towers?
Fatty says... Fatty says: At present Chorion . However, the firm is being sold off, and to date, the Blyton brand has not be bought.
September 30, 2011 - Stephen Isabirye says: Paul, I am also one of the selective few that found Anne's persona to be quite complex but very interesting. In fact, I have written a blog titled, Anne The Real Conscience Of The Famous Five.
Fatty says... Fatty says: As you can see, Stephen, your link hasn't worked.
September 29, 2011 - Anita says: Aditya didn't explain, but the spelling of the name is "Isabel" in the St. Clare's books.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Thanks for that, Anita. I wouldn't have known that either!
September 26, 2011 - Aditya says: Can you fix this error please? In the review for The Twins at St. Clare's, it says 'but Pat and Isobel are being sent to the sensible St Clare's.' I want to report an error in this website. Under the words '', there is a section called 'Fan Portry'. Should it not be 'Fan Poetry'?
Bets says... Bets says: I don't see anything wrong with either of the two 'errors' you pointed out, especially the first one. Where's the mistake, pray tell? And it is meant to be 'Portry' - Ern Goon never called it 'poetry' or a 'poem', he preferred 'portry' and 'pome' respectively.
September 26, 2011 - Treesa says: I wish if I could know the last written book by Enid Blyton? Please!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Your wish is my command, Treesa. In August, 1965, 'The Man Who Stopped to Help' and 'The Boy Who Came Back' were published - the last full-length books to be written by Enid.
September 26, 2011 - Beeth:) says: I am being Enid Blyton for a Notables evening at my school. If anyone has any contact details of her grandchildren or anyone she could have been in contact with, please please please get back to me! I need to include as much information as possible : ) Thank you!!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I am sorry we cannot help you, Beeth. Enid's family keep themselves out of the public eye, and we can not make any details public. Have you looked at the Enid Blyton Society website? It contains a biography of Enid which contains many fascinating details which may be of help to you in your research.
September 24, 2011 - ByTheCoast says: Hello! I wonder if anyone know the conact information or the address where I can send fanmail to Laura Petela, Paul Child and Marco Williamsson, please? (I have alredy found Jemima Roopers) Greatful for answers!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I would think you need to address your atrocious spelling first. Badly spelt posts like this normally go in the bin!
September 23, 2011 - Paul says: I must be the only person on the planet who liked Anne of the Famous Five. I mean, she was a bit of a drip, but I d