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Welcome to the website of the Enid Blyton Society. Formed in early 1995, the aim of the Society is to provide a focal point for collectors and enthusiasts of Enid Blyton through its magazine The Enid Blyton Society Journal, issued three times a year, its annual Enid Blyton Day, an event which attracts in excess of a hundred members, and its website. Most of the website is available to all, but Society Members have exclusive access to secret parts as well! Join the Society today and start receiving your copy of the Journal three times a year. Don't forget also that we have an Online Shop where you'll find back issues of the Journal as well as rare Enid Blyton biographies, guides and more.

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Posted by Natasha on August 13, 2018
I am a huge Enid Blyton fan and I love her books so much. I read them every day and my favourite series is the Famous Five. Enid Blyton made me become the best reader in school and inspired me to be a writer.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad her books bring you so much joy, Natasha!
Posted by Deborah on August 10, 2018
I am looking for a story which my grandmother used to read to me. From my research so far, I think it might be the story 'Foxglove Fairies' on page 130 in Enid Blyton's Seventh Bedside Book (not Seventh Bedtime Book). The story I am searching for involves fairies hiding their dancing shoes inside the foxgloves. Does anyone have a copy of this story in order to confirm whether or not this is the story and book I am searching for please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid 'Foxglove Fairies' isn't the right story, Deborah, as it's about foxgloves having a mat of hairs and a pathway of dots to keep out flies but attract bees - and about fairies using fallen foxglove bells to make gloves. I wonder (though I'm not sure) whether the story you remember might be A Fairy Secret, in which fairies hide their shoes in the dead-nettle.
Posted by Paul on August 2, 2018
Blyton's authorial approval of bullying and cruelty as a way of making wayward children conform makes one seriously wonder if she was bossy or a bully in her own school days? Contrast Blyton's positive use of bullying in her stories with Roald Dahl or C. S. Lewis, both of whom were seriously bullied in school and remained so haunted by it in adulthood that they fought society's acceptance of bullying in their fiction.
BarneyBarney says: I doubt Enid Blyton was a bully at school as she was popular and was entrusted with positions of responsibility, including Head Girl. Bullies are punished in the school stories, but there are also cases of children getting together to teach someone a (sometimes rather harsh) lesson. If you count the latter as bullying, what about the extreme actions of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? As for C. S. Lewis, he sneers at people's lifestyles in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: "He [Eustace] didn't call his Father and Mother 'Father' and 'Mother', but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotallers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open." Enid Blyton tends to be singled out for criticism while the same or similar things are ignored in the work of other authors!
Posted by Paul on August 1, 2018
The one instance I find most cruel and hurtful in the whole Malory Towers series is when the whole group of them set out to prick Maureen's conceit in In the Fifth at Malory Towers. They invite her to show them her work for the pantomime, and then laugh at her efforts as if she had deliberately made them comical. Poor silly Maureen, to be so humiliated! "Cruel to be kind", they call it.
BarneyBarney says: There are quite a lot of cruel incidents in the series and some of the worst are carried out with deliberate maliciousness and an attempt to harm, rather than with the aim of being "cruel to be kind".
Posted by K on July 31, 2018
As a teacher, I am looking to pass on some of my childhood favourites. I remember having a book of short stories of Enid Blyton. This would have been in the late 80s/early 90s. I remember it being red and shiny, with a picture on the front cover. I'm sure it had the story "The Girl who Found Sixpence" in it. Do you have any idea what book this might be? A later edition perhaps?
BarneyBarney says: I'm familiar with that story but I'm afraid I don't recognise the description of the book. One book that was around in the 1970s - 1980s that was red and shiny was Fireside Tales.

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