Another Blyton Blog

November 27, 2010 at 1:16 am | Posted in Learning Stuff | 1 Comment
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Enid Blyton and archives: two of my favourite things, together at last! Seven Stories, the Newcastle-based centre for children’s books, recently purchased a number of Enid Blyton manuscripts at auction. These include annotated typescripts for Famous Five, Five Find-Outers (The Mystery of Holly Lane), Malory Towers, Adventure (Circus and River of) and Noddy books, as well as for the 1955 play Famous Five Adventure (in which a young boy has to pass himself off as a girl – the antithesis of George!).

The papers are currently being catalogued and conserved by Seven Stories’ team and you can find regular updates on this process on their Blyton blog (does archivist Hannah Green have one of the best jobs in the world, or what?!). Once the cataloguing is completed, the Blyton archive will be available to consult at the Seven Stories Centre by appointment. It’s eventually hoped that much of the collection will be digitised and put online too, and there are also plans afoot for a Blyton exhibition.


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  1. As a person that has published extensively on Enid Blyton, this methos of archiving blytonian literature will prove to be very invaluable indeed.
    Stephen Isabirye is the author of The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (

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