Author Focus: Enid Blyton

Name: Enid Blyton.

 D.O.B: 11 August 1897.

Location: East Dulwich London.


Enid Mary Blyton  was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into almost 90 languages; her first book, Child Whispers , a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery stories and biblical narratives, and is best remembered today for her Noddy, Famous Five and Secret Seven series.

Blyton’s first book, Child Whispers a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. In July 1923 Blyton published Real Fairies, a collection of thirty-three poems written especially for the book with the exception of “Pretending”, which had appeared earlier in Punch magazine. The following year she published The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies.

In the 1930s Blyton developed an interest in writing stories related to various myths, including those of ancient Greece and Rome; The Knights of the Round Table, Tales of Ancient Greece and Tales of Robin Hood were published in 1930. In Tales of Ancient Greece,Blyton retold sixteen well-known ancient Greek myths, but used the Latin rather than the Greek names of deities and invented conversations between the characters. The Adventures of Odysseus, Tales of the Ancient Greeks and Persians and Tales of the Romans followed in 1934. Blyton’s first full-length adventure novel, The Secret Island, was published in 1938, featuring the characters of Jack, Mike, Peggy, Nora, and Prince Paul of Baronia.

Blyton had an interest in biblical narratives, and retold Old and New Testament stories.The Land of Far-Beyond (1942) is a Christian parable along the lines of John Bunyan’sPilgrim’s Progress (1698), with contemporary children as the main characters.

Blyton worked in a wide range of fictional genres, from fairy tales to animal, nature, detective, mystery and circus stories, but she often “blurred the boundaries” in her books, and encompassed a range of genres even in her short stories.

Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved writers of children’s stories.

Notable works.
Five on a Treasure Island.
The magic faraway tree.
The enchanted wood.
Book of Brownies.
The island of adventure.
The mystery of the missing necklace.
Secret seven adventures.
Mr Galliano’s Circus.
House at the Corner.
The folk of the faraway tree.

Our Recommendations.

Five on a Treasure Island


The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There’s a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure?

Further Reading.

Bio culled from various sources.


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