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Enid Blyton Turns 120

August 11, 2017

Enid Blyton Turns 120

Today (August 11th) is Enid Blyton’s 120th birthday! Enid Blyton was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, churning out hundreds of books in her lifetime (some say the count is around 700!). She is a beloved children’s author, with original and updated versions of her books still massively popular today.

Her best known series are the Famous Five, Secret Seven, and Noddy books. Her writing was largely unplanned; she wrote the events of her stories as they came to her. The sheer quantity of writing she produced caused suspicion that she was employing ghostwriters, but this was something that she always denied.

Arguably her most popular series, The Famous Five follows the adventures of four children: Julian, the eldest and their leader; George, the rebellious tomboy and cousin to the other three siblings; Dick, the cheeky but reliable middle-child, the same age as George; Anne, the youngest, who scares easily but is ultimately very resourceful; and George’s dog, Timmy, who is loyal and affectionate.

There are 21 Famous Five novels in total, and although most of them are set in the school holidays, the children barely age at all. While this may be seen as a chronological oversight on Blyton’s part, their perpetual youth is part of what makes the series so appealing: the characters get to stay young forever, always finding new adventures with no time limit on their fun.

Blyton wrote books for children of all ages, as well as producing poems, essays, and articles on a vast range of subjects, and contributing to various magazines. Her writing made a huge impact on children’s fiction, practically defined the genre for a large portion of the twentieth century, and certainly shaped its future.

  • Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island cover
    Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island

    Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog. Together they are THE FAMOUS FIVE. Join the adventure!

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  • St Clare's Collection 1 cover
    St Clare's Collection 1

    Enid Blyton's classic and much-loved school series - full of adventure, fun and mischief!

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  • The Naughtiest Girl Collection 1 cover
    The Naughtiest Girl Collection 1

    The classic boarding-school series from the best-loved author of the Famous Five - loved by readers for more than 70 years.

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  • The Secret Seven Collection 1 cover
    The Secret Seven Collection 1

    The perfect introduction to the bestselling series from the author of the classic Famous Five series, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2012.

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  • The Find-Outers: The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage cover
    The Find-Outers: The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage

    Whenever there's a mystery, the Find-Outers are on the case!

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  • Noddy Classic Storybooks: Noddy Goes to Toyland cover
    Noddy Classic Storybooks: Noddy Goes to Toyland

    Make way for Noddy in new editions of the classic storybooks with original texts and illustrations.

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  • The Enchanted Wood cover
    The Enchanted Wood

    When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures.

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  • Malory Towers: First Term cover
    Malory Towers: First Term

    Enormously popular all over the world, Enid Blyton's school series combines everything that makes school so special - friendships, learning, sports, plays and mischief!

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