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The Enid Blyton Society
The Enid Blyton Society


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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 Paul Austin on May 17, 2018
Darrell and George are Blyton's most obvious self-insert characters. There's a desire in her story writing to be upper-middle-class which is interesting from a woman who was born above a shop.
BarneyBarney says: I wouldn't say George is upper-middle-class. In fact, there are many characters in Enid Blyton books who aren't upper-middle-class. Think (for example) of the Galliano's Circus folk, the Longfields at Mistletoe Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Twiddle, the families in The Six Bad Boys and the Faraway Tree children.
Posted by Paul Austin on May 17, 2018
Just going by her vocabulary in the first chapter of First Term at Malory Towers, Darrell seems a million years older than the senior students. "Gracious!".
BarneyBarney says: I expect that's how a girl of Darrell's social class would have spoken in the 1940s.
Posted by Diana on May 16, 2018
I don't remember whether this half-remembered story from my childhood was written by Enid Blyton and I would love to know. It's about a king of the elves, I think, who offers the hand of his beautiful daughter to the one who can show him something that no-one has ever seen before. There are lots of suitors but, of course, everything has been seen by someone. The winner presents a nut and tells the king to open it. There, inside, is the kernel of the nut which no eye has ever seen before. Does anyone remember this story?
Posted by Wendy King on May 14, 2018
Sorry, for butting in, but I didn't grow up in Britain and thus never had the chance to read this lady's writings. All other Google searches did not result (surprising) in an answer, so I hope you won't be insulted by my asking . . . What does it mean when someone says "It's not all Enid Blyton"? I was able to find the Sir Garnet expression when it came up in Downton Abbey, but this one has me flummoxed. I could guess, but I wouldn't want to get it wrong. It was all Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie when I was young, several decades ago, :-). Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I don't think I've ever heard anyone say "It's not all Enid Blyton". If they mean "Life is not all Enid Blyton", they'd probably be referring to the fact that real life isn't as fair and jolly and idyllic as life in an Enid Blyton book - i.e. good people aren't always rewarded, wrongdoers sometimes go unpunished, there aren't heaps of homemade cakes for tea every afternoon and things don't necessarily end happily.
Posted by Carmel on May 14, 2018
Could you tell me who illustrated the coloured plates in The Eleventh Holiday Book? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: The coloured plates are by Mary Kendal Lee.

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