Enid Blyton At Old Thatch

Author: Tess Livingstone
Editor: Connor Court Publishing
ISBN: 9781921421037
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23 colour photos, 60 black and white photos. For Enid Blyton, Old Thatch was "a wonderful place to write stories in." From her 400 year old home to the surrounding Thames Valley, where she set her most celebrated mystery series, this book is a gateway to some captivating places. Along river pathways and leafy lanes, around stately manors, snow-covered churches and country pubs, its journey will delight Enid Blyton at Old Thatch is NOT another analysis of why her books still sell in their millions. Nor is it a politically-correct critique of golliwogs and the supposedly hidden lives of Noddy and Big Ears. This book is a celebration of place, of a beautiful village along the banks of the Thames 40 miles west of London, where Enid Blyton lived in a 400 year-old thatched house called "Old Thatch." Step back in time with Enid's daughter, Gillian Baverstock, to a childhood she remembered fondly. "Old Thatch" is now open to the public in spring and summer and its owners, Jacky and David Hawthorne have one of the best award-winning gardens in Britain. Enid Blyton also set one of her most exciting children's series, the Mystery stories, in the village and surrounding areas such as Marlow, Taplow and the ancient woodland, Burnham Beeches. Enid Blyton at Old Thatch is about escapism with a touch of history and fantasy. It is also a great travel guide to one of England's most green and pleasant landscapes. Enjoy it - life is too short to be serious all the time! "It looks like a fairytale house, bit it is real and wonderful." "Old Thatch experiences the best of the four seasons in style - riverside fun in summer, leafy autumns, cosy firesides on wintry days and spring blossoms." "Even many Bourne end residents who number themselves as Blyton fans do not realise that the author set her best series of children's novels in their village and surrounds." "Many of the Find-Outer settings were part of the early childhood landscape of Gillian, Enid Blyton's daughter." "Stepping back into the Find-Outers' world also means walking beside the Thames river path, catching the London train, boating, exploring a stately mansion such as Cliveden near Taplow or discovering the charms of nearby villages." "Many places close to Bourne end open pathways to other writers who lived in the general vicinity. These include Miton, Thomas Gray, G.K. Chesterton, Kenneth Grahame and the Shelleys." ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tess Livingstone is the biographer of Australia's Cardinal George Pell, and the editor of seven other books - on business, education, theology, and a children's book. Her work has been published in Australia, the UK and the USA.

Old Thatch Series

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Tales Of Old Thatch

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The Real Enid Blyton

Author: Nadia Cohen
Editor: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1526722046
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She is the most prolific children’s author in history, but Enid Blyton is also the most controversial. A remarkable woman who wrote hundreds of books in a career spanning forty years, even her razor sharp mind could never have predicted her enormous global audience. Now, fifty years after her death, Enid remains a phenomenon, with sales outstripping every rival. Parents and teachers lobbied against Enid’s books, complaining they were simplistic, repetitive and littered with sexist and snobbish undertones. Blatant racist slurs were particularly shockingly; foreign and working class characters were treated with a distain that horrifies modern readers. But regardless of the criticism, Enid worked until she could not physically write another word, famously producing thousands of words a day hunched over her manual typewriter. She imaged a more innocent world, where children roamed unsupervised, and problems were solved with midnight feasts or glorious picnics with lashings of ginger beer. Smugglers, thieves, spies and kidnappers were thwarted by fearless gangs who easily outwitted the police, while popular schoolgirls scored winning goals in nail-biting lacrosse matches. Enid carefully crafted her public image to ensure her fans only knew of this sunny persona, but behind the scenes, she weaved elaborate stories to conceal infidelities, betrayals and unconventional friendships, lied about her childhood and never fully recovered from her parent’s marriage collapsing. She grew up convinced that her beloved father abandoned her for someone he loved more, and few could ever measure up to her impossible standards. A complex and immature woman, Enid was plagued by insecurities and haunted by a dark past. She was prone to bursts of furious temper, yet was a shrewd businesswoman years ahead of her time. She may not have been particularly likeable, and her stories infuriatingly unimaginative, but she left a vast literary legacy to generations of children.

The Publishers Weekly

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Looking For Enid

Author: Duncan Mclaren
Editor: Portobello Books
ISBN: 1846274915
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This is a strikingly inventive and unusual portrait of the most successful English writer for children (until J. K. Rowling), Enid Blyton, who entertained millions worldwide with her myriad adventure stories and mysteries but was herself both an adventure and a mystery. This book is for everyone who ever wondered what kind of woman Enid Blyton was. Enid Blyton gave us the Famous Five and Fatty's Find-Outers, the Enchanted Wood and the Wishing Chair. Some of us, encouraged by austere critics, have pretended no longer to want what Enid gave. We have pretended that we were not once upon a time enthralled by her stories. We have chosen to forget how much we loved the time we spent in their company. And we have feigned disdain. Now, Duncan McLaren offers lapsed devotees the possibility of honest redemption. If you're willing to acknowledge that Enid Blyton once mattered to you, you are warmly invited to accompany Duncan on an adventure that will investigate what made Enid Enid and endeavour to reach the source of her torrent of stories, those that came when she was 'letting her mind go free'.

101 Amazing Facts About Enid Blyton

Author: Jack Goldstein
Editor: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1783336943
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Did you know that Enid Blyton very nearly became a professional musician rather than an author? Or that it was the secret passageway and haunted room in a house in which she stayed that inspired her to write many wonderful stories? Why did she hate her mother so much? And what was she like at school? This fascinating book contains over one hundred facts about Blyton, organised into categories for easy reading. Whether you are studying her for a project or you are just interested in finding out more about the much-loved children’s author, this is the book for you.

The Talking Teapot And Other Tales

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Enid Blyton

Author: George Greenfield
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With annual worldwide sales of over ten million copies, Enid Blyton is one of the most successful and famous writers in the world. But who was the real Enid Blyton? Was it the driving force who wrote 600 books in her 40-year career and yet found time to be a devoted mother and a friend to countless young readers? Or the cold self-absorbed woman described by her younger daughter? Or perhaps a mixture of both? This biography describes her life and background, her two marriages, the development of her career and her writing methods - sitting hunched over a manual typewriter, supported by a plank on her knees, her 'inspiration', style and characterisation. It also deals with the multi-million pound business that the Enid Blyton indusstry has become since her death in 1968.