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Enid Blyton | Remembering the creator of Noddy and the Famous Five

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In 2008, Enid Blyton was voted the UK's best loved writer, beating JK Rowling, Austen and even Shakespeare. Yet, although characters like Noddy and the Famous Five still have devoted fans, Blyton has become a controversial figure, dogged by criticisms of her writing style and accusations of sexism and racism.

In this collection, we hear from Enid Blyton herself, her family and friends and also her critics, as we discover the reasons for her success, and explore the difficult life of this prolific storyteller.

Enid Blyton Collection

Enid Blyton in her study.

Home for the Day

Enid Blyton

BROADCAST 1963
8 MINUTES

'My love of children is the whole foundation of all my work.'

Enid Blyton in her garden.

Success Story

Enid Blyton

BROADCAST 1974
30 MINUTES

What was the key to Enid Blyton's success as an author?

Enid Blyton photographed in 1952, at her desk in Green Hedges.

Woman's Hour

Sue MacGregor Interviews Enid Blyton

BROADCAST 1974
3 MINUTES

The children's writer talks about her career.

Enid Blyton photographed in 1949 at her home, Green Hedges.

A Childlike Person

BROADCAST 1975
44 MINUTES

A portrait of Enid Blyton, by her friends and relatives.

Enid Blyton photographed in 1949 with her two daughters Gillian (left) and Imogen (right).

Queen of Adventure: Enid Blyton

BROADCAST 1997
39 MINUTES

Blyton: love her or loathe her?

Children queuing for Enid Blyton's autograph in 1945.

A Fine Defence of Enid Blyton

BROADCAST 2008
28 MINUTES

Why do Blyton's books appeal so much to children?

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