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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


The Enchanted Wood
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...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Children's Classics | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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The O'clock Tales
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...
Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2010
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
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...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: - Released: 04/12/2009
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Famous Five's Survival Guide
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...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2008
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Silky and the Rainbow Feather (Enchanted World)
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 series follows the...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
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Petal and the Eternal Bloom (Enchanted World)
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 series follows the...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
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Melody and the Enchanted Harp (Enchanted World)
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 series follows the...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
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The Magic Faraway Tree (Enchanted Wood)
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...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Audio Books
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2007
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The Folk of the Faraway Tree (Enchanted Wood)
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 and Silky the...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2007
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Naughty Amelia Jane
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. ...
Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2001
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The Famous Five: Five go to Smuggler's Top
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 Rupert...
Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/1997
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Five Run Away Together
Five Run Away Together
Enid Blyton
Who's been on George's island? And what is locked in the mysterious trunk hidden on Kirrin Island? The Famous Five think they're on the trail of smugglers - until they hear a child scream... Emma Chichester Clark joins Quentin Blake, Oliver...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2012
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