♔Enid Blyton- the Queen of Children’s Books

Enid Blyton only intended to write six or eight books in the series, but owing to their high sales and immense commercial success she went on to write twenty-one full-length Famous Five novels. By the end of 1953 more than six million copies had been sold.

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The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, 1942

Enid Blyton intended to write only six or eight books in the series, but owing to their high sales and immense commercial success she went on to write twenty-one full-length Famous Five novels. By the end of 1953 more than six million copies had been sold.

Today, more than two million copies of the books are sold each year, making them one of the biggest-selling series for children ever written, with sales totalling over a hundred million. All the novels have been adapted for television, and several have been adapted as films in various countries..

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Timmy, he belongs to George and the two are devoted to each other.

In the UK, Blyton’s titles sell at the rate of one a minute and the recently published spoof Famous Five stories for adults have hit the book sales jackpot. Five on Brexit Island has sold more than 372,000 copies in the UK. The new series includes, Five Forget Mother’s Day, Five Lose Dad in the Garden Centre, and Five Get Beach Body Ready.

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Five on Brexit Island

Anne McNeil the editorial director of Enid Blyton Entertainment, which gave its permission for the parodies, reckons that far from being appalled, Blyton would have been ‘thrilled’ to reach a new audience adding:

We are certain Enid Blyton would have delighted in the gentle parody of her characters – characters which have helped to create a multi-million-selling global brand.

in 2008, a survey by the Costa Book Awards saw Blyton voted the “most-loved author”, beating Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, and Jane Austen.

Ginger beer anyone?

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