Summer Holiday Stories by Enid Blyton
  

Summer Holiday Stories

Written by Enid Blyton
Illustrated by Mark Beech

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Enid Blyton’s short stories are made for summer reading: whether they are about magic, fairies and pixies, or set in the real world of fields, woods and meadows, they exude a sense of happiness, order and content, of children able to influence things for the good especially if they themselves are kind and helpful. It’s irresistible stuff, and don’t forget too that Blyton is the expert at creating page-turning reads; often addressing her readers direct, she concentrates entirely on plot and action, catering for her audience’s voracious appetite for a good story. The 22 stories in this collection are just the right length for children to read themselves, or for parents to read at bedtime, and are as full of adventure and sunshine as anyone could wish. ~ Andrea Reece

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Summer Holiday Stories by Enid Blyton

School's out! So go on a picnic in the woods, visit the seaside or take a trip on a magic aeroplane in this enchanting collection of stories perfect for summer holidays. Enid Blyton has been delighting readers for more than seventy years with her endless summers of magic, fun and adventure.

Enid's best-loved characters include Noddy the wooden boy, Timmy the dog from The Famous Five and the mischievous twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan from the much-loved boarding school series St Clare's! This collection contains original stories dating back to the 1930s.

The short story format makes Summer Holiday Stories accessible for early readers as well as for parents and grandparents wanting to re-live the delights of Enid Blyton while passing them onto a new generation of readers.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Famous Five, Enid Blyton’s best-loved adventure series, which is being celebrated with a new cover livery by illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

About the Author

Enid Blyton

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

Author photo reproduced with permission of Hachette.

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Paperback

Author

Enid Blyton
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Author's Website

www.enidblyton.co.uk/

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Publisher

Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

1st June 2017

ISBN

9781444932782

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