Sunday, September 11, 2011
I came across a movie about Enid Blyton on YouTube called Enid featuring Helena Bonham Carter. She was a prolific writer of children's books and short stories. Noddy and Famous Five have been popular with children for many years and ones that I enjoyed as a child. Ms. Blyton (also known as Mary Pollock) was born in East Dulwich and grew up in Beckenham - both are areas in London near where I spent my childhood. She was a prolific writer and was reported to have written over 6,000 words a day, publishing hundreds of books over a forty year period. Over 750 million of her books have been sold worldwide and even though she died in 1968, over 8 million Enid Blyton books continue to sell each year. At one time it was questioned whether she actually wrote all her books as so many were published.
The movie is broken up into six parts, but are all available to view on YouTube.