Enid Blyton (1897–1968) is and has been one of my favourite writers since I was a child. A prolific writer, she publisher over 700 books (wikipedia lists 762 during her lifetime) and while she writes children’s fiction, she writes across a range of genres–mystery, adventure, and detective series like the Five Findouters, the Famous Five, the Adventurous Four, the Secret Seven, the Secret Series, the Adventure Series, the Barney Mysteries; school series, like St Clares, Malory Towers, the Naughtiest Girl; fantasy and magic like the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books besides standalones featuring pixies, brownies, goblins, and other fairy and magic folk; farm stories like the Six Cousins, and Willow Farm; circus stories like Galliano’s Circus, and the stories featuring Pip and Susy-ann; nature books like the Animal Book among many many others including short stories, re-tellings, poems, and puzzles.
She may not be considered ‘literary’ but she is creative and fun, and I for one love her stories and characters. Since last year, I began revisiting one of my favourite series, the Five Findouters chronologically for the first time and sharing reviews and experiences on this blog. I plan to continue this with her other books and series and there will be plenty of posts on this page. Hope fellow Blyton fans will read and enjoy and readers new to her will pick some up as well.