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Enid Blyton (1897-1968)
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Children’s author who wrote over 600 books with sales of 400 million worldwide.


1897 Born at 354 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich (later bombed & built on) on 11th August.

189? Moved to Chaffinch Road, Beckenham with family.
190? Moved to Clockhouse Road, Beckenham.
1907 Went to St Christophers School for Girls in Beckenham. Later head girl.
1910 Father left home
1911 Had a poem published in Arthur Mee’s magazine
1913 First holiday abroad.
1915 Left St Christophers School
1916 Trained as a teacher
1919 Taught at Bickley Park School
192? Governess to a family in Surbton
1921 Met Hugh Pollack
1922 First book of poetry published Child’s Whispers
1923 More work published.
1924 Married Hugh Alexander Pollack at Bromley Registry Office.
1926 Lived at Elfin Cottage, Shortlands Road. Beckenham.
1929 Moved to Old Thatch Cottage, Bourne End, Bucks
1931 Birth of first child, Gilian
Began taking holidays in Dorset.
1933? Birth of second child, Imogen
1937 The Adventures of the Wishing Chair published, her first full-length book (?).
1938 The Secret Island published, her first full-length adventure title
Moved to Beaconsfield, Bucks.
1942 Couple divorced.
First Famous Five book: Five on a Treasure Island

1943 Married Kenneth Waters.
1946 First Mallory Towers book: First Term at Mallory Towers

1949 First Secret Seven Book: The Secret Seven
Wrote first Noddy Book: Noddy Goes To Toyland

1952 Autobiography The Story of My Life published
1953 Negotiated new publishers and started Enid Byton magazine.
1955 Noddy filmed for TV

1965 Last book published
1967 Husband died
1968 28 Nov: Enid Blyton died in a Hampstead nursing home.

Enid Blyton; The Biography - Barbara Atorey (1974)


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