Get to know Enid Blyton.

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Enid Blyton, 1897-1968, wrote over 600 books for children, and is still regarded as one of the most popular of all children’s writers. In the 2008 Costa Book Awards, Enid Blyton was voted the best-loved author, ahead of Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Shakespeare. Her books are translated into more than 90 languages, and have been adapted for film and TV.

In 2012, Hodder Children’s Books celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first publication of The Famous Five by reissuing the first five titles, in aid of the charity House of Illustration, with new covers by Quentin Blake, Chris Riddell, Emma Chichester Clark, Oliver Jeffers and Helen Oxenbury.

 

Some quick facts about Enid

  • Born in South-East London in 1897
  • Became a teacher when she finished school
  • Taught for five years before marrying and having children
  • 1922 published her first book which was a collection of poetry called Child Whispers
  • She wrote over 800 stories averaging 13,000 words per day
  • She was the first author to trademark their signature!
  • Died in 1968 but remains a publishing phenomenon
I want to know you from the very beginning, and go with you all through your childhood till you are old enough to read adult books. I don’t want you to be friends with me at one age only, I was to keep in touch with you all through your childhood days. – Enid Blyton

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