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Enid Blyton - Author

Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children’s publishing. With over 700 titles published, Enid Blyton’s stories remain timeless classics, adored by children throughout the world.

Soon after Enid Blyton was born in 1897, she fell gravely ill with whooping cough. Her father, Thomas Blyton stayed up with her night after night until her cough subsided and she recovered. From that time on, Enid followed her father wherever he went, and it was through her father that she developed a love of nature and animals – an enthusiasm which stayed with her throughout her life. It was also her father who instilled in Enid her love of books, and she would often be seen sneaking into her father’s library and borrowing a pile of books.

As a young woman Enid was faced with many choices; her father had planned a career in music for her, while she felt drawn to writing. In the end, she became a teacher, though her passion for writing never dwindled. In 1922, a collection of poems by Enid was published - it was her first step toward her dream of becoming an author.

At 27 years old, Enid married Hugh Pollock and moved to London. Enid had two children with Hugh, and soon after wrote her first novel, The Adventures of the Wishing Chair. Enid divorced Hugh after almost 20 years of marriage, and remarried Kenneth Waters in 1943.

Throughout the 40 and 50s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, mysteries, magical stories, farming stories, stories for younger children, best-selling series like The Famous Five and Noddy…her writing knew no bounds!

Apart from breaks to play golf and spend time with her children, Enid’s working week was consumed with writing new stories, correcting proofs and answering the hundreds of letters she was, by now, receiving weekly. She explained that her characters evolved organically and her stories seemed to naturally form, she described herself as “merely a sightseer, a reporter, and interpreter.”

Enid fell ill with Alzheimer’s disease in her old age (a disease that affects people’s memory) and she died in 1963. Her spirit lives on in her books and she is remembered as one of the most-loved and celebrated children’s authors.

If you are interested in more about Enid Blyton you may like to visit The Enid Blyton Society.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Enid Blyton

Island of Adventure
Enid Blyton
A surprise holiday at Craggy-Tops for Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot should have been perfect! With the sea breaking below them at the bottom of the cliff, Jack's delight at being surrounded by so many birds and...
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The Enchanted Wood
Enid Blyton
This beautiful new deluxe edition is the perfect gift for any Blyton fan: for seasoned readers and for a new audience. A funny, magical adventure that will delight children again and again. It is of course the first book in...
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Five Run Away Together
Enid Blyton
August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Recently I was unpacking some boxes and I came across a small...
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The O'clock Tales
Enid Blyton
With over 100 exciting and magical stories by Enid Blyton packed into this collection, it's the perfect book for children just starting to read; the first stories are only 3 or 4 pages long and ideal for reading together at...
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton's most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood...
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Famous Five's Survival Guide
Enid Blyton
The perfect book for all fans of mystery, outdoor action and adventure and of course, the Famous Five. Packed with useful information on surviving outdoors and solving mysteries, here is the one mystery that the famous Five never managed to...
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Silky and the Rainbow Feather (Enchanted World)
Enid Blyton
Picking up where the hugely successful Faraway Tree series left off, the inhabitants of the Enchanted Wood face the biggest threat to their existence yet - the death of the Faraway tree! Magical, mystical and completely loveable, the Enchanted World...
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Petal and the Eternal Bloom (Enchanted World)
Enid Blyton
Picking up where the hugely successful Faraway Tree series left off, the inhabitants of the Enchated Wood face the biggest threat to their existence yet - the death of the Faraway tree! Magical, mystical and completely loveable, the Enchanted World...
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Melody and the Enchanted Harp (Enchanted World)
Enid Blyton
Picking up where the hugely successful Faraway Tree series left off, the inhabitants of the Enchanted Wood face the biggest threat to their existence yet - the death of the Faraway tree! Magical, mystical and completely loveable, the Enchanted World...
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The Magic Faraway Tree (Enchanted Wood)
Enid Blyton
When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man...
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The Folk of the Faraway Tree (Enchanted Wood)
Enid Blyton
When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man...
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Naughty Amelia Jane
Enid Blyton
Meet Amelia Jane, the terror of the toy-cupboard. There are no words to describe how bad this naughty little doll is as she bullies all the nice toys in the cupboard – but she doesn't always get her own way. ...
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The Famous Five: Five go to Smuggler's Top
Enid Blyton
A choice of David Almond, September 2011 Guest Editor, and Ali Sparkes, November 2009 Guest Editor. David Almond: "Anyone of my age is pretty sure to have read Enid Blyton, just as they probably read the Dandy and the Beano and Superman and...
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