Enid Blyton

One of the world’s best-selling authors, Blyton’s stories and verse are as quintessentially British as cream teas and red phone boxes. With their classic mix of adventure, magic and humour (not to mention legendary picnics) her books have been selling in their millions since they were first published in the 1930’s. Amongst her best-known stories still flying off the shelves at Waterstones are the intrepid Famous Five and Secret Seven as well as the enchanted land of The Magic Faraway Tree.

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The Famous Five

Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island
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Famous Five: Five Go Adventuring Again
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Famous Five: Five Run Away Together
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Famous Five: Five Go To Smuggler's Top
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Famous Five: Five Go Off In A Caravan
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Famous Five: Five On Kirrin Island Again
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Famous Five: Five Go Off To Camp
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Famous Five: Five Get Into Trouble
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Famous Five: Five Fall Into Adventure
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Famous Five: Five On A Hike Together
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Famous Five: Five Have A Wonderful Time
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Famous Five: Five Go Down To The Sea
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Famous Five: Five Go To Mystery Moor
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Famous Five: Five Have Plenty Of Fun
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Famous Five: Five On A Secret Trail
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Famous Five: Five Go To Billycock Hill
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Famous Five: Five Get Into A Fix
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Famous Five: Five On Finniston Farm
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The Secret Seven

Secret Seven: The Secret Seven
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Secret Seven: Secret Seven Adventure
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Secret Seven: Well Done, Secret Seven
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Secret Seven: Secret Seven On The Trail
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Go Ahead, Secret Seven
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Secret Seven: Good Work, Secret Seven
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Secret Seven Win Through
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Secret Seven: Three Cheers, Secret Seven
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Secret Seven: Secret Seven Mystery
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Secret Seven Fireworks
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Secret Seven: Good Old Secret Seven
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Secret Seven: Shock For The Secret Seven
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Look Out, Secret Seven
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Secret Seven: Fun For The Secret Seven
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The Magic Faraway Tree

The Enchanted Wood
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The Magic Faraway Tree
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The Folk of the Faraway Tree
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Up The Faraway Tree
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The Magic Faraway Tree Collection
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The Enchanted Wood Gift Edition
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The Magic Faraway Tree Gift Edition
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The Land of Birthdays
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The Land of Magic Medicines
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The Land of Enchantments
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The Land of Toys
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The Land of Dreams
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The Land of Goodies
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The Land of Do-As-You-Please
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The Adventure Series

The Island of Adventure
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The Castle of Adventure
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The Mountain of Adventure
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The Circus of Adventure
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The Valley of Adventure
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The Sea of Adventure
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The Ship of Adventure
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The River of Adventure
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Malory Towers

Malory Towers: First Term
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Malory Towers: Second Form
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Malory Towers: Third Year
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Malory Towers: Upper Fourth
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Malory Towers: In the Fifth
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Malory Towers: Last Term
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Malory Towers: New Term
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Malory Towers: Summer Term
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Malory Towers: Winter Term
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Malory Towers: Fun and Games
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Malory Towers: Secrets
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Malory Towers: Goodbye
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St Clare's

The Twins at St Clare's
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The O'Sullivan Twins at St Clare's
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Summer Term at St Clare's
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The Second Form at St Clare's
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The Third Form at St Clare's
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Kitty at St Clare's
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Claudine at St Clare's
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Fifth Formers of St Clare's
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The Sixth Form at St Clare's
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St Clare's Collection 1
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St Clare's Collection 2
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St Clare's Collection 3
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St. Clare's Collection
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Third Form at St Clare's
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Stories for Younger Readers

The Wishing-Chair Collection
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The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair
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The Wishing-Chair Again
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More Wishing-Chair Stories
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The Amelia Jane Collection
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Naughty Amelia Jane
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Good Idea, Amelia Jane
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Amelia Jane Gets into Trouble
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Amelia Jane is Naughty Again
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Amelia Jane Again
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Other Stories

Animal Stories
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Springtime Stories
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Enid Blyton's Summer Stories
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Winter Stories
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Stories of Magic and Mischief
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Stories of Wizards and Witches
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Brer Rabbit Story Collection
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The Wizard's Umbrella Story Collection
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The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection
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Fireworks in Fairyland Story Collection
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Mr Galliano's Circus Story Collection
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Secret Stories: The Secret Forest
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Secret Stories: The Secret Island
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Are We There Yet?
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The Seaside Family
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Our Best Gifts for Enid Blyton Fans

Treasury of Bedtime Stories
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Favourite Enid Blyton Stories
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The Magic Faraway Tree Gift Edition
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The Enchanted Wood Gift Edition
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The Famous Five Treasury
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Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island
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Famous Five: Five Go Adventuring Again
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Famous Five: Five Run Away Together
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Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island
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The Island of Adventure
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The Land of Far Beyond
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Christmas Treats
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Biography

There can be few readers who didn’t start their reading lives with an Enid Blyton or two on the bookshelf; her books remembered now as much for elaborate picnics (the infamous seemingly endless ginger beer) as their inventive plots. An extraordinarily popular and prolific writer, at her peak Blyton produced somewhere upwards of fifty books a year and her novels have been selling in their millions since the thirties. In 2008 she beat Jane Austen, Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling to the position of Britain’s best-loved author in a Costa Book Awards poll.


Tales From Childhood

A voracious reader as a child, amongst Blyton’s favourites were Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women; books that inspired her, she said, to think that, 'when I grow up I will write books about real children… that’s the kind of book I like best. That's the kind of book I would know how to write.’

Her early life provided her with plenty of material for her later writing with her experiences as Lacrosse captain and Head Girl inspiring her popular St Clare’s and Malory Towers books. For a time the young Blyton lived with a friend at Seckford Hall and the rumoured hauntings and secret passages of the house are echoed in many of her mystery and adventure stories.

Many of her characters were drawn from real people, including smuggler turned secret-service agent Bill Smugs who was based on someone she met in Dorset who begged to be turned into a character saying ‘couldn't you possibly put me into a book and make me a Secret Service man? I really could have adventures then... Put me in as I am, with no hair on top.


From the Schoolroom to the Faraway Tree

Blyton worked as a governess and teacher before marrying and turning to writing full-time. Many of her stories were rejected by publishers until her first book; a collection of poems entitled Child Whispers was published in 1922 later followed by collections of retold myths and legends including her own versions of Tales of Ancient Greece and Tales of Robin Hood.

Her real breakthrough came with the publication of the Brer Rabbit stories and The Faraway Tree series which were published just as the Second World War broke out. Many of her best-known series were begun during wartime including The Naughtiest Girl series, St Clare’s and The Famous Five.


A Friend For All Your Childhood Days

The later war years and early post-war period were the most productive years of her writing career during which she continued her earlier series as well as introducing a host of new characters including Noddy and his friends in Toyland as well as the launch of her own magazine where she regularly corresponded with her fans – some readers continued to write to her well into adulthood.

Blyton consistently wrote for children of all ages and was adamant that she wanted her readers to share in the pleasure of her stories throughout their lives commenting, ‘I want to know you from the very beginning, and go with you all through your childhood… I want to keep in touch with you all through your childhood days.