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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Enid Blyton

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.

Part 2
Part 3
 Part 4
Part 5
 Part 6


Dorte H said...

I think children all over the world loved The Famous Five. In Denmark we certainly did, and they were the very first detective novels I read. My older sister and I went to see the first one in the local cinema, and after that I was just sold. I think I must have been seven, and one scene where George was in danger, scared me quite a bit.

K9friend said...

Now that is one very prolific writer!


Cozy in Texas said...

Pat, Our 1,600 words a day for NaNoWriMo doesn't seem as much now does it?

Cozy in Texas said...

Dorte, I didn't think about her books spreading so far and wide. Enid Blyton left quite a legacy.

Cheryl said...

I had not heard of Ms. Blyton before. I'm anxious to read one of her books now with my daughter--thanks for sharing! (And thanks also for popping by my website the other day...)