The most prolific and fastest writer… EVER!
PROLIFIC: During her lifetime Enid Blyton wrote over seven hundred and fifty books and countless magazine articles.
FAST: Professor Peter McKellar, a New Zealander, contacted Enid Blyton requesting information on her imaginary processes for a psychological study he was pursuing at Aberdeen University. She happily obliged and the two of them corresponded for a number of years.
In one letter, dated 28th.January 1955, Enid Blyton writes:
"…I have just finished a book called River of Adventure. I began it on Monday and finished this afternoon (Friday). It is 60,000 words long and the writing flowed like its title."
60,000 words in five days! That is an average of 12,000 words a day. No other writer has ever been able to write as fast as that.
FAST AND PROLIFIC: From the beginning of 1951 until the end of 1954 Enid Blyton wrote a total of one hundred and ninety-two books. That is almost a book per week for four years.
It seems that Enid Blyton was quite a complex character with many very extraordinary abilities.
To get the complete picture of I recommend:
'Enid Blyton: The Biography' written by Barbara Stoney.
All the above facts and many more can be found in this book.
Julian, Dick and Anne meet their cousin George
and Timmy the dog for the very first time.
The five row across to Kirren Island, a place that
contains all the ingredients for a magnificent adventure: a ruined castle, a sunken wreck of an old sailing ship and hidden treasure. This book is a great introduction to the many adventures of:
The Famous Five.
Castaway Hill stands just off the coast of southern Cornwall, surrounded by a treacherous marsh and swirling mists. Directly on top of this hill straddles an imposing, giant, gothic, stone building: 'Smuggler's Top'. A narrow, winding causeway is the only means of access. Take one step on either side and be sucked down by the slimy mud to a certain death. A perfect location selected by Enid Blyton for this fourth adventure of The Famous Five.
Dick is sleeping rough in an old barn. Outside is wet and windy. Someone knocks on the window and whispers hoarsely "Dick. Dick. Two trees. Gloomy water. Saucy Jane. And Maggie knows." A piece of paper, containing a roughly scribbled map, flutters to the floor.
Find out how The Famous Five decipher this strange message. An Enid Blyton masterpiece.
It is the dead of night. The Famous Five are camping on Mystery Moor. A low flying aircraft is circling above. Then something extraordinary happens. An object falls with a thud, bounces and lands not far from Julian. Thud, thud, thud! Anne gives a squeal. "Are they trying to bomb us or something?" Find out by reading this magnificent Famous Five adventure.
Mr. and Mrs. Stick and their nasty son, Edgar: 'The Family From Hell'. A child's chilling midnight scream. Flash...Flash...Flash: A light signalling in the dead of night from a boat way out at sea. A hidden cave and a kidnap. All this adds up to another runaway Famous Five adventure story.
The Famous Five are staying at Tremannon Farm, close to the rocky, Cornish coastline. Why does the giant of a farmer, Mr Penruthlan, wander the countyside during the darkest hours of the night? Meet 'The Barnies': strolling players featuring 'Clopper' the hilarious horse, who hides a sinister secret. Is the light, that burns atop a ruined tower on dark, stormy nights, intended to lure ships onto the jagged rocks below? Another fast moving Famous Five adventure.
Enid Blyton wrote the first Famous Five adventure in 1942. That makes The Famous Five 71 years old this year. This first adventure was called: Five on a Treasure Island and it is still read by thousands of children every year.