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.