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Enid Blyton - Author

About the 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

Author photo reproduced with permission of Hachette.

Featured books by Enid Blyton

Five on a Treasure Island

Five on a Treasure Island

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

First published in 1947, these books have been a regular feature on bookshelves across the land since then. I grew up with them, and couldn't put these adventures of this family and their dog down, as I was pulled in chapter by chapter.  There eponymous gang are siblings Dick, Anne and Georgina (or should I say George!), cousin Julian and Timmy the dog.. Follow them on dozens of adventures by the wonderful Enid Blyton, with 22 in the series, there are plenty to keep you busy! Books in The Famous Five Series: 1. Five on a Treasure Island  2. Five Go Adventuring Again  3. Five Run Away Together  4. Five Go to Smuggler's Top  5. Five Go Off in a Caravan  6. Five on Kirrin Island Again  7. Five Go Off to Camp 8. Five Get into Trouble  9. Five Fall into Adventure 10. Five on a Hike Together  11. Five Have a Wonderful Time  12. Five Go Down to the Sea  13. Five Go to Mystery Moor  14. Five Have Plenty of Fun  15. Five on a Secret Trail  16. Five Go to Billycock Hill  17. Five Get into a Fix  18. Five on Finniston Farm  19. Five Go to Demon's Rocks 20. Five Have a Mystery to Solve 21. Five Are Together Again 

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Five Go Adventuring Again

Five Go Adventuring Again

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In their second adventure, the Famous Five find a thief at Kirrin Cottage. They think they know who it is, but need to prove it. Will the discovery of a very old map help uncover the true culprit? This edition features a fabulous new cover, bound to appeal to today's young readers.

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Five Run Away Together

Five Run Away Together

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In their third adventure, the Famous Five discover that someone has 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...Fabulous new cover artwork will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

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Five Go to Smuggler's Top

Five Go to Smuggler's Top

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book four, the Famous Five stay at the large old house at Smuggler's Top. They discover secret hiding places, underground tunnels, and one night they catch people signalling out to sea! Are there still smugglers at Smuggler's Top? Fabulous new cover artwork will draw readers into this accessible timeless classic.

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Five Go off in a Caravan

Five Go off in a Caravan

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book five, the Famous Five go on a caravan holiday. When they stumble across a circus troupe, the gang are thrilled. But some of the circus people have more sinister plans than just clowning around...

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Five on Kirrin Island Again

Five on Kirrin Island Again

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book six, Uncle Quentin has locked himself away on Kirrin Island. What's he up to and why won't he let anyone visit? Then the Famous Five discover that a suspicious stranger is watching Uncle Quentin's every move. Can the Famous Five warn Uncle Quentin in time? Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will bring new readers to this timeless classic.

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Five Go off to Camp

Five Go off to Camp

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book seven, the Famous Five investigate spook trains in the dead of night. The trains seem to vanish into thin air, but where do they go? The Five discover an unusual underground tunnel system and a secret train-service. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery? Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will bring new readers to this timeless classic.

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Five Get into Trouble

Five Get into Trouble

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book seven, the Famous Five investigate spook trains in the dead of night. The trains seem to vanish into thin air, but where do they go? The Five discover an unusual underground tunnel system and a secret train-service. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery? Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will bring young readers to this timeless classic.

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Five Fall into Adventure

Five Fall into Adventure

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book nine, the Famous Five are really worried - George and her devoted Timmy have disappeared. Not only that, somebody has broken into Kirrin Cottage. Could there be a connection? Will the Five find George and Timmy and bring them home safe? Fabulous new cover artwork will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

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Five on a Hike Together

Five on a Hike Together

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book ten, Dick is woken by a light flashing through his window. Is someone trying to send him a coded message? When the Famous Five hear of an escaped convict in the area, they are on red alert. The police won't help, so the Five have no choice - yet again, they'll be solving this mystery by themselves...Brand-new contemporary cover artwork will appeal to today's young readers of this timeless classic.

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Five Have a Wonderful Time

Five Have a Wonderful Time

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book eleven, the Famous Five are on an adventurous holiday in horse-drawn caravans. They discover a ruined castle that looks deserted. But is that a face at the window? Or is it a trick of the light? Just who is hiding in the castle? A brand-new edition with fantastic contemporary cover artwork to appeal to today's young readers.

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Five Go Down to the Sea

Five Go Down to the Sea

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book twelve, somebody is flashing lights from the top of the old tower on the treacherous rocks off the Cornish coast. The Famous Five sense danger. But can they solve this mystery without getting hurt themselves? A fantastic new edition featuring inviting contemporary cover art, to appeal to today's young readers.

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Five Go to Mystery Moor

Five Go to Mystery Moor

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book thirteen, the Famous Five find out about something dangerous out in Mystery Moor. They'll have to risk the treacherous mists and follow the trail if they want to find what's lurking in the shadows. Do they know what they've let themselves in for? Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will be loved by new readers of this timeless classic.

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Five Have Plenty of Fun

Five Have Plenty of Fun

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book fourteen, George is not pleased when Berta, a spoilt American girl, turns up at Kirrin Cottage in the dead of night. But George hasn't got time to be jealous, Berta is in hiding from kidnappers. The Famous Five are the only ones who can protect her - but will they take on dangerous criminals to help out a stranger? Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will be loved by new readers of this timeless classic.

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Five on a Secret Trail

Five on a Secret Trail

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book fifteen, the Famous Five go camping and pitch their tent near a ruined and seemingly abandoned cottage. When Anne hears strange noises at night the others don't believe her...Until they see the ghostly lights. Is the cottage really haunted, or is there another, equally sinister, explanation? Fabulous new cover artwork will draw young readers into this timeless classic.

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Five Get into a Fix

Five Get into a Fix

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book seventeen, the Famous Five are skiing and having lots of fun. But who is living in the mysterious house near their chalet? The caretaker claims it's been deserted for years, but the Five are sure they've seen a face at the window. A terrified, and haunted face. Have the gang got the courage to find out?

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Five on Finniston Farm

Five on Finniston Farm

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book eighteen, the Famous Five hunt for the lost dungeons of a ruined castle on Finniston Farm. The friends are determined to find them, and whatever they hide, but they are not alone. Can the Famous Five get there first? Fabulous new cover artwork will draw young readers into this timeless classic.

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Five Go to Demon's Rocks

Five Go to Demon's Rocks

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book nineteen, the Famous Five travel to Demon's Rocks and discover a very old and valuable gold coin. Demon's Rocks is famous for its stories of bountiful treasure, but if the myth is reality, who does the treasure belong to? The Five are determined to find out, but first they need to know who else is exploring Demon's Rocks for the treasure...Fantastic brand-new contemporary cover artwork will draw young readers into this timeless classic.

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Five Have a Mystery to Solve

Five Have a Mystery to Solve

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book twenty, the Famous Five visit Whispering Island, another mysterious place with a million stories surrounding it. Is it really haunted? It's all fun and games until the Five get stranded there and realise they're not the only ones on the island. Fabulous new contemporary cover artwork will draw young readers into this timeless classic.

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Five are Together Again

Five are Together Again

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. This fantastic new edition features fantastic contemporary cover artwork to appeal to young readers. In book twenty one, the Famous Five are camping out near the home of a famous scientist. But when his important research papers go missing, he needs the gang's help to get them back. Can the Five work out who took them? And why?

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Five Go to Billycock Hill

Five Go to Billycock Hill

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book sixteen, it's holiday time at Billycock Hill and the Famous Five make new friend - a real pilot! But when he disappears with top secret equipment, the Five begin to wonder if their new friend could be a spy, or worse, a traitor. Whatever his motives, the gang feel duty-bound to investigate...Fabulous brand-new cover artwork will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

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Other books by Enid Blyton

Bunny's First Christmas

Bunny's First Christmas

Author: Enid Blyton Illustrator: Becky Cameron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2022

An adorable Christmas picture book about friendship from a storyteller loved by many generations. As Christmas approaches, most of the toys in the toyshop are excited to be going to new homes. But Bunny, the littlest one, is worried. He can't imagine life outside the shop or without his best friend, the sailor doll. When Bunny is selected as a present to be given away at a Boxing Day party, he hopes desperately to go to kind children. Luckily, a happy surprise is in store for him! A perfect story for sharing the Christmas spirit with the youngest children, beautifully illustrated with charming colour pictures throughout.

A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Royal Birthday Party Colour Short Stories

A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Royal Birthday Party Colour Short Stories

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2022

A full-colour short story taken from the magical Wishing-Chair series. Perfect for new readers. Be whisked away! When Mollie and Peter go to buy their mother a birthday present, they discover the most extraordinary thing: a chair that can fly and grant wishes! Together with their friend Binky the Pixie, Mollie and Peter wish to become a prince and princess for the day, celebrating the birthday of Princess Peronell at the royal palace. But whatever do you give a princess for their birthday? Also available in this short story series: A Wishing-Chair Adventure: Off on a Holiday Adventure A Wishing-Chair Adventure: A Daring School Rescue A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Witch's Lost Cat A Wishing-Chair Adventure: A Summertime Mystery A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Goblin and the Lost Ring A Wishing-Chair Adventure: Home for Half-Term A Wishing-Chair Adventure: Santa Claus and the Wishing-Chair

Stories of Wonders and Wishes

Stories of Wonders and Wishes

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A magical collection of enchanting tales by the world's best-loved storyteller. Perfect for children aged 5 and up! Prepare to be dazzled with stories of witches, wizards and magical folk. From spells and enchantments to potions and wishes, there's magic and wonder brewing in this bumper collection by Enid Blyton. These traditional tales are ideal for younger children being read to and for newly confident readers to read alone. Each story stands alone and is the perfect length for reading at bedtime or in the classroom. Enid Blyton remains one of Britain's favourite children's authors and her bumper short story collections are perfect for introducing her to the latest generation of readers. Read all of Enid Blyton's bumper short story collections. New in 2022: Bedtime Stories Stories of Mischief Makers Stories of Wonders and Wishes Christmas Treats *** Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Fairy Fun

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Fairy Fun

Author: Enid Blyton Illustrator: Becky Cameron Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A gorgeous picture book to delight all little readers, featuring pixies, elves, fairies and other magical friends. Collect the whole series for a year-round library of beautiful books. In this beautiful collection of stories by the world's best-loved storyteller, Enid Blyton, a pixie searches for confetti for his friends' wedding, a poppy meets a magical pal and two children discover a fairy party at the bottom of their garden. With charming colour illustrations by Becky Cameron, acclaimed illustrator of Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton and of Paddington and the Christmas Wish, this is the perfect gift. Step into a world of fairies, magic and nature with the Stories of Fairies and Fun series. Look out for: Animal Adventures Exciting Treasures Shining Secrets Sunshine and Snowflakes Starry Nights Delightful Treats Special Surprises Twinkling Raindrops Dreamy Adventures * Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.

The Enchanted Library: Stories for Cosy Days

The Enchanted Library: Stories for Cosy Days

Author: Enid Blyton Illustrator: Becky Cameron Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A gorgeous picture book to delight all little readers, featuring sparkling showers and chilly spells. Collect the whole series for a year-round library of beautiful books. Follow a little fawn as he hides from the rain and a pixie looking for shelter in the winter in this beautiful collection of stories by the world's best-loved storyteller, Enid Blyton. With charming colour illustrations by Becky Cameron, acclaimed illustrator of Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton and of Paddington and the Christmas Wish, this is the perfect gift. Step into a world of magic and nature with The Enchanted Library series. Look out for: Stories of Nature's Treasures Stories of Favourite Friends Stories of Animal Secrets Stories of Dreamy Adventures Stories for All Seasons Stories of Starry Nights Stories of Fairy Fun Stories of Woodland Adventures Stories of Tasty Treats * Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Woodland Adventures

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Woodland Adventures

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A gorgeous picture book to delight all little readers, with squabbling squirrels and woodland animals who can change colour. Collect the whole series for a year-round library of beautiful books. In this beautiful collection of stories by the world's best-loved storyteller, Enid Blyton, the autumn leaves are falling as a squirrel, dormouse and jay fight over acorns and snow is settling as Tessie, Pat and Johnny go on a hunt for animal 'wide-awakes'. With charming colour illustrations by Becky Cameron, acclaimed illustrator of Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton and of Paddington and the Christmas Wish, this is the perfect gift. Step into a world of magic and nature with The Enchanted Library series. Look out for: Stories of Nature's Treasures Stories of Favourite Friends Stories of Animal Secrets Stories of Dreamy Adventures Stories for All Seasons Stories of Starry Nights Stories of Fairy Fun Stories for Cosy Days Stories of Tasty Treats * Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Starry Nights

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Starry Nights

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A gorgeous picture book to delight all little readers, with shooting stars and starry bedrooms. Collect the whole series for a year-round library of beautiful books. Paddy-Paws the rabbit and his friends search for a fallen star, while Donald helps to make bedrooms for the birds in his garden in this beautiful collection of stories by the world's best-loved storyteller, Enid Blyton. With charming colour illustrations by Becky Cameron, acclaimed illustrator of Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton and of Paddington and the Christmas Wish, this is the perfect gift. Step into a world of magic and nature with The Enchanted Library series. Look out for: Stories of Nature's Treasures Stories of Favourite Friends Stories of Animal Secrets Stories of Dreamy Adventures Stories for All Seasons Stories of Fairy Fun Stories of Woodland Adventures Stories for Cosy Days Stories of Tasty Treats * Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Tasty Treats

The Enchanted Library: Stories of Tasty Treats

Author: Enid Blyton Illustrator: Becky Cameron Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2022

A gorgeous picture book to delight all little readers, featuring ice creams and hot potatoes. Collect the whole series for a year-round library of beautiful books. Share surprise ice creams on sandy beaches and hot roast potatoes on bonfires made of old twigs in this beautiful collection of stories by the world's best-loved storyteller, Enid Blyton. With charming colour illustrations by Becky Cameron, acclaimed illustrator of Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton and of Paddington and the Christmas Wish, this is the perfect gift. Step into a world of magic and nature with The Enchanted Library series. Look out for: Stories of Nature's Treasures Stories of Favourite Friends Stories of Animal Secrets Stories of Dreamy Adventures Stories for All Seasons Stories of Starry Nights Stories of Fairy Fun Stories of Woodland Adventures Stories for Cosy Days * Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.

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