English Literature

Enid Blyton 1897 - 1968


Enid Blyton was probably the single most popular and prolific childrens writer of the 20th century.

Some of her major book series include: Noddy, The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Adventure Series, The Secret Series, Malory Towers, St Clare's, The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair. By the time of her death in 1968, she had become the most prolific author of all time, and with over 700 books and 10,000 short stories to her name, she is likely to remain so for years to come.

Her books have been translated into over 40 languages, and have sold over 400 million copies to date throughout the world.

Of all her books, The Famous Five are probably the most famous of Enid Blyton's creations. In this series of books the characters: Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy (the Dog) make up the Famous Five. Julian, Dick and Anne are brothers and sister, and George (really Georgina!) their cousin. Each book contains a seperate and thrilling adventure, which usually takes place during the school summer holidays.