- Enid Blyton ( Mary Pollack) was born on 11th August 1897 in London.
- She had a difficult relationship with her mother. Her father moved away when she was young. She didn’t attend either her mother’s or father’s funeral.
- Blyton went to St Christopher’s School in Beckenham – she was head girl. She enjoyed her lessons, other than math.
- She trained as a teacher at Ipswich High School. As a teacher she wrote in her spare time.
- Blyton’s first published book, of poetry, was titled Child Whispers. It came out in 1922.
- In August 1924, Blyton married Major Hugh Alexander Pollock. He was the editor at the publishing house George Newnes. He published some of Enid’s books.
- Blyton authored many children’s books and series, the most famous of which are: The Famous Five series, The Adventure series, The Mystery series, The Secret Seven series, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Noddy books, The Malory Towers series and many, many more.
- Her books have sold more than 600 million copies.
- Blyton sometimes wrote under the pen name Mary Pollock.
- Despite being a well-loved writer, it seems that Enid Blyton wasn’t a very pleasant person. She cheated on her husband, and when they were going through a divorce she tried to stop him from seeing their children. Her daughter, Imogen, called her “arrogant, insecure and pretentious”.
- Blyton wrote her books on a typewriter, not planning her stories in advance, allowing her imagination to take her from the beginning to the very last word. She was able to write 10,000 words in one day!
- Enid Blyton died on the 28th of November 1968. She was 71 years. She was cremated, and her ashes are placed at Golders Green Crematorium.