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Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton was our author of the Summer Term 2014


Enid Blyton was British writer for children’s books born on 11th August 1897. Enids love for writing had surfaced from the beginning of her childhood. Although her mother never approved of her writing and thought it was a mere waste of time her father encouraged his daughter to take part in all such activities. Enid gained confidence and started sending her work to different magazine. Finally her efforts paid off and her poem named ‘Have you?’ was published for the first time in Nash’s magazine. 


Enid was a very bright child who excelled in studies, was a talented pianist and had remarkable writing skills. She attended St. Christopher’s School in Beckenham where she was the head girl. Later she became a trained teacher and taught at Bickly Subiton and Chessington. During this time she never gave up writing. She hoped to become a published author one day. Her dreamed was fulfilled when her first book ‘Child Whispers’ was published in 1922. It was a compilation of children’s poems. Two years later she got married to Hugh Alexander Pollock who was a book editor at the firm that had published two of her works.


Enid Blyton is most famous for her books ‘The Famous Five’ which is a mystery series with 5 characters Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and a dog named Timmy. Her other well known novel from the ‘Mystery series’ was ‘The Adventurous Four’ where four children get wound up in different mystery expeditions. Another follow up is ‘The Secret Seven’ similar to the previous two novels; with a society of seven children who work on various mysteries. 


Her stories were generally of 3 types. One was where children who are fairly independent from their parents or even authority figures move around solving mysteries and going on adventures. The second is the boarding house theme; where the story revolves around school life and its happenings like parties, practical jokes and relationships between the different characters. The third type is the world of fantasy where children are in a magical place with elves, goblins, fairies and other types of imaginative creatures.