Pippastef and Fiona are the founders and main writers who run World of Blyton.
I’ve been reading Enid Blyton books since my mum introduced me to them when I was little, and since starting collecting the books about ten years ago my shelves are now fit to bursting with about 230 Blyton books! I originally agreed to help on the blog – intending to just make suggestions and proof read articles, but I’ve been well and truly bitten by the blogging bug.
I’m 29, live in Dundee, Scotland and I work part-time in the reference and information department of Dundee’s central library as well as doing Saturdays in a clothes shop though I do have a degree in children’s nursing. The rest of my time is spent reading (not just Blytons, but lots of children’s and teen books along with a few for grown-ups), watching TV (I love Hollyoaks, Only Connect, Call the Midwife and One Born Every Minute amongst many others) posting on the Enid Blyton Society Forums and getting out for walks with my camera. I somehow also squeeze in time to eat and sleep. But never enough!
Books are one thing that I have always had in my life. I was first introduced to Blyton aged five or six, but I temporarily “outgrew” her. I discovered, though, that one does not simply grow out of Enid Blyton. Around the age of 13 I rediscovered her books, namely the Famous Five and have been an avid fan ever since. My two favourite series are the Famous Five and Malory Towers. I also take a special interest in the 90s TV series of the Famous Five.
I am 24 and have a BSc in Sociology and Religious Studies and Theology. At the moment I am a senior library assistant. I am a keen writer and I’m working on my second full length fan fiction novel featuring Julian Kirrin, Sally Hope and Darrell Rivers. I am gradually growing in confidence in my ability as a writer, and hope to keep on improving.
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Aaron first started collecting Enid Blyton books a year and a half ago and since then his collection has grown to over 300 books.
He is 14 years old and home-schooled in Northern Ireland. He enjoys reading Blyton, sketching, playing piano, horse-riding, and cycling. He also reads C.S. Lewis, Michael Morpurgo, Baker Street Boys, 39 Clues, Carolyn Keene, Josh Lacey, Louisa May Alcott and Lauren St. John. His favourite Enid Blyton Series are the Five Find-Outers, the Farm Series and the Adventure Series. He has a nearly complete Dean rewards set, which are his favourite editions.
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Abi is 14 years old and would love to be an author when she grows up. She lives by the seaside and enjoys writing, reading, going on countryside walks and connecting with animals.
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Ben is a 20-something journalist with a recent BA Honours degree from Chester University. Since he was a child he’s had a passion for Enid Blyton’s books. Growing up, he read the Find-Outers, Naughtiest Girl, Malory Towers, St. Clare’s, and his favourite, the Famous Five.
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Cathy is in her early thirties, and is a pet/wildlife artist living in the South West.
She has adored Enid’s books since she was about 5 years old, when her mum introduced her to them, and has lovely childhood memories of reading her mum’s copies of Enid’s books, which she has since acquired for her own, and still reads all the time! Her favourite series would have to be the Adventure Series, Barney, Secret, and the Famous Five!
Her main interests are her beautiful cat, painting and drawing, and photography. She loves going out for walks on the beach and round the coast, and adores exploring old houses and castles and delving into their history! She also like interior design and DIY, and sewing, and she’s thrilled to be able to share her writing with fellow Enid Blyton fans!
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Chris is an avid, possibly obsessive, re-reader of the books he first read as a child, with Enid Blyton being a particular favourite, especially Famous Five, Adventures and St. Clare’s. Apart from Blyton he is a great fan of the Jennings stories and the Swallows and Amazons series. As well as re-reading, he collects the books in the editions that he originally read them.
He is 50 and lives in England. He has a BA and a PhD in Politics, and is a university professor.
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Corinna is from New Zealand, where she grew up collecting Enid Blyton books. After being bitten by the travel bug, she spent two years living in England and her travels included visits to Dorset, Bourne End and the Enid Blyton Day in Twyford 2012.
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Francis Kelly was born in Kiel, Germany in 1950. His father was an intelligence officer. Brought up by his loving parents and a German lady, Erica, he was thoroughly spoilt in an emotional way for the first 4 years of his life. When they left for England in 1954, Erica’s role was taken up by the lovely Enid Blyton. Starting on Noddy and moving into the iconic ‘Adventure’ and ‘Famous Five’ books his early development was taken care of. He has never forgotten this and will spend the rest of his life standing up for Enid, collecting her books and promoting her values.His career involving IT is now over and he spends his retirement in Guildford pursuing his interests including, of course, Enid and her books.
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Fred McNamara is a freelance writer with a degree in creative writing and film studies from Hull Uni. He was born in Reading but moved up to Lincolnshire when he was six because (he knows how posh that sounds) his family needed more space for the horses.His mum and brother are both professional horse riders and have been for most of their lives. He never caught on with the horses, preferring classic rock, story-writing, baking, and of course, Enid Blyton. He’s only recently got back into her work but is loving her more than ever! He also has his own blog, Mind of Fred.
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Also known as Julie2owlsdene, Julie is a retired grandmother who not only likes to read books by Enid Blyton, but also likes to write fan-fiction of the Find-Outers.
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Pete has been happily married for over twenty years. He is a devoted father (and chauffeur) to two almost fully grown up daughters. He was introduced into the mystical art and lifestyle choice that is Enid Blyton by his dear grandmother, who bought him the two books that changed his life forever Five on a Treasure Island and The Mystery of The Burnt Cottage. He decided at that very early age (eight or nine) that he was never ever ever going to stop reading and collecting Enid’s books!
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Poppy Hutchinson is 14 years old, and would like to be an author when she grows up. She lives in the north of England and enjoys writing, reading Enid Blyton books, sports and the countryside. She also has her own blog now, reviewing books.
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Su is a 40-something mother-of-two who grew up in Lancashire, England reading her cousin’s old hardback Enid Blyton books. She now has a collection of over 400 books and shares a birthday with the great lady herself, albeit quite a few years later.
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Sunskriti is 13 years old, and lives in Maharashtra, India. She is a student of course, and loves to read, write sometimes, and play! She is fascinated by England and how different it is from where she lives. She also loves the Enid Blyton Society!
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