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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

'There was something else out on the sea by the rocks - something dark that seemed to lurch out of the waves ...What could it be?' Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin Island, with its rocky little coast and old ruined castle on the top. Over on the island, they make a thrilling discovery, which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle on a dangerous adventure. Who - and what - will they find there? Fantastic new cover art will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

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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

A Wishing-Chair Adventure: Santa Claus and the Wishing-Chair

A Wishing-Chair Adventure: Santa Claus and the Wishing-Chair

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

A brand new full-colour short story from Blyton's magical Wishing-Chair series - an excellent companion to the successful Magic Faraway Tree Adventure series and perfect for readers age 5+ Mollie and Peter could never have imagined something so wonderful as a magic Wishing-Chair! It flies you anywhere you want and grants your every wish. When Mollie and Peter come across Santa Claus with a broken sleigh and runaway reindeers, they have have to help him work a plan to rescue Christmas. Short chapters and beautiful full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson make the Wishing-Chair Adventures series perfect bedtime reading for children aged five and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans. Also in the Wishing-Chair Adventures series: A Wishing-Chair Adventure: A Royal Birthday Party 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: Home for Half-Term A Wishing-Chair Adventure: A Summertime Mystery A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Goblin and the Lost Ring 'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' - Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Mysteries, Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Her fantasy books, including The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, are among her most popular creations and they promise to enchant boys and girls for generations to come. Enid Blyton takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. She remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers and is consistently voted a children's favourite in reader polls.

The Magic Faraway Tree Gift Edition

The Magic Faraway Tree Gift Edition

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Discover the magical world of The Magic Faraway Tree in this beautiful paperback gift edition. The second book in the series and where Enid Blyton's classic adventure begins! With stunning full-colour artwork from illustrator, Mark Beech. The perfect gift for any child. Join Joe, Beth and Frannie as they take their cousin Rick on an adventure he'll never forget - up the Magic Faraway Tree! Along with their friends Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy, the children tumble from the fun of the Land of Toys to the thrill of trying to escape the Land of Dreams. Will they ever make it home for tea? Join the children and their new friends Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky the Fairy as they explore this most magical of all fairytale worlds. Children of 5 years old, 6 years old, 7 years old, 8 years old - or any age you can think of - will treasure this bookshelf must-have and wonderful Enid Blyton gift! ENID BLYTON is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Magic Faraway Tree, The Wishing-Chair series, The Mysteries, Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Her fantasy books, particularly The Magic Faraway Tree are among her most popular creations and they promise to enchant boys and girls for generations to come. Enid Blyton takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. She remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers and is consistently voted a children's favourite in reader polls.

Bones and Biscuits Letters from a Dog Named Bobs

Bones and Biscuits Letters from a Dog Named Bobs

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

It's a dog's life! An adorable book of letters from Bobs the dog, by much-loved author Enid Blyton. The perfect gift for animal-lovers of all ages. Bones and biscuits! If a cheeky bird didn't fly down to my nose and eat a crumb off my left whiskers! Really, people have no manners at all these days! In this very funny book, Bobs gives us his opinions on everything from fireworks to frogs, cats to Christmas, in his own words. This illustrated collection of his letters takes us through a year in the life of Bobs, the adored pet terrier owned by national treasure Enid Blyton. Written by Enid Blyton every week to entertain young readers in the 1920s-40s, these have never been published together in book form before. The perfect gift for readers of any age, from 7 to 97, who love dogs and funny stories.

Christmas Wishes Contains 30 classic tales

Christmas Wishes Contains 30 classic tales

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Curl up with this sparkling collection of Christmas stories from the world's best-loved storyteller. Perfect for children aged 5 and up! Embrace the spirit of Christmas with tales of magic and wishes galore in this heart-warming collection. From a dog who discovers the joy of Christmas to Santa Claus who gets himself out of a muddle with a little help from his friends, these stories celebrate shared times, festivities and wonder. Filled with lots of festive fun, these stories are ideal for younger children being read to and for newly confident readers to enjoy independently, 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 the perfect way to introduce her work to a new generation of readers. Read all 15 bumper short story collections. New in 2020: Nature Stories Stories of Rotten Rascals Magical Fairy Tales Christmas Wishes *** 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.

Magical Fairy Tales Contains 30 classic tales

Magical Fairy Tales Contains 30 classic tales

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Hold on to your lucky charms and delve into this bewitching collection of 30 fairy tales and magic stories, retold by the world's best-loved storyteller. Perfect for children aged 5 and up! Watch out for cats in boots, three bears who live in the woods and strange unicorns in this magical collection of short stories by Enid Blyton. From lost slippers and fairy curses to imps without names and a dragon called Mr Wumble, there's fairy magic brewing. Who will live happily ever after? 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 2020: Nature Stories Stories of Rotten Rascals Magical Fairy Tales Christmas Wishes *** 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 Famous Five Collection 3 Books 7-9

The Famous Five Collection 3 Books 7-9

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. Five Go Off To Camp Ghost trains in the dead of night that seem to vanish into thin air? The Famous Five are on to it! If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery? Five Get Into Trouble Dick has been kidnapped! The gang finally track him down - to a lonely, abandoned house - but then they too are siezed! How will the intrepid Five get themselves out of this mess . . ? Five Fall Into Adventure George and her devoted Timmy have disappeared! Not only that, somebody has broken into Kirrin Cottage. It's going to be tough getting to the bottom of this mystery when there's only three of them. This 70th anniversary edition features the Classic editions of three Famous Five adventures (books 7-9) in one volume and contains the original cover art and inside drawings by Eileen Soper.

A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Goblin and the Lost Ring

A Wishing-Chair Adventure: The Goblin and the Lost Ring

Author: Enid Blyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

A brand new Hallowe'en themed full-colour short story from Blyton's magical Wishing-Chair series - an excellent companion to the successful Magic Faraway Tree Adventure series and perfect for readers age 5+ Never in their wildest dreams, could Mollie and Peter have imagined something so wonderful as a magic Wishing-Chair that will fly you anywhere and grant your every wish! And so when a goblin steals their mother's ring, they set off on an adventure on the wishing-chair to the goblin village to get it back! Short chapters and beautiful full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson make the Wishing-Chair Adventures series perfect bedtime reading for children aged five and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans. Also discover in the Wishing-Chair Adventures series: A Wishing-Chair Adventure: A Royal Birthday Party 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: Home for Half-Term A Wishing-Chair Adventure: A Summertime Mystery A Wishing-Chair Adventure: Santa Claus and the Wishing-Chair 'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' - Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Mysteries, Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Her fantasy books, including The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, are among her most popular creations and they promise to enchant boys and girls for generations to come. Enid Blyton takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. She remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers and is consistently voted a children's favourite in reader polls.

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