10 Interesting Facts About Enid Blyton

The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Malory Towers, Noddy... Enid Blyton's books have long been favourites in the world of children's fiction. A sometimes controversial figure, you cannot doubt her enduring and ever-lasting popularity - or the knack she had for writing a real page-turner. Here are 10 facts you might not know about this legendary author.

1. Enid Blyton was born in East Dulwich in 1897.

2. She was a head girl at her school.

3. She used to write her books using a typewriter sat on her lap. She claimed to never plan anything, but simply let her imagination run wild...

4. Blyton was able to write 10,000 words a day.

5. She used to use the penname Mary Pollock.

6. She wrote over 600 children's books during her lifetime.

7. Her books have sold over 600 million copies.

8. Her first poem - 'Have You?' - was published in Nash's Magazine in 1918.

9. Blyton's stories tended to fall in one of three categories: adventure (Famous Five); boarding school (The Naughtiest Girl); and magical fantasy (The Magic Faraway Tree).

10. Enid Blyton was played by Helena Bonham Carter in a 2009 film about her life.

  • The Magic Faraway Tree and Wishing-Chair Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780603570827 - Enid Blyton
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    A much-loved children's author who was the talent behind the Famous Five, Malory Towers and the Secret Seven, this magical six-book collection will introduce a new generation of readers aged 7 and over to two of Enid Blyton's fantasy series - The Wishing-Chair and The Faraway Tree.

    Joe, Beth and Frannie move home and come across the Faraway Tree, which soon offers them a gateway to many exciting and magical adventure. The Wishing-Chair series follows Mollie and Peter as they head off to buy their mother a birthday present and end up finding a chair that can grant wishes!

    Six funny and amazing adventures that will enchant readers and keep them thoroughly entertained.
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    Meet Noddy the little wooden boy who comes to life in Enid Blyton's most enduringly popular creation. What better way to celebrate best-loved author Enid Blyton's birthday on 11 August than with a gorgeous new edition of the first classic Noddy storybook? Noddy Goes to Toyland tells of Noddy's first encounter with Big-Ears and his move to Toy Town. First published in 1949, this edition contains the original text by Enid Blyton and illustrations by Hamsen van der Beek.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

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  • The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781444936285 - Enid Blyton
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    Written by Enid Blyton - one of the world's favourite children's writers and the author who brought the world The Famous Five, Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl series - The Secret Seven are a group of friends who meet in a shed and solve some startling mysteries.

    Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara make up the Secret Seven. They meet in a shed with 'S.S' on the door and to get in you'll need to know the password and wear the right badge. Peter is head of the society and he makes jolly well sure that everyone abides by the rules...

    While the gang eat cake and drink lemonade, they puzzle over the peculiar goings-on in their local community and make it their mission to put things right. To do this, they have to keep watch, search for clues and ask the right questions. From burglaries to stolen animals and missing children, there's always a case to be cracked!

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