Win an Enid Blyton Book Bundle

FF Colour Read Happy Christmas FiveThe Christmas season is in full swing. The trees are being put up and the sense of creeping dread about what presents to buy has set in! Its a real dilemma trying to decide what to buy the children, this year its exacerbated for us as even the three year old has most things he wants. Children seem to have so much nowadays.

There is such a huge array of toys and video games to choose from that you can feel paralysed by abundance of choice. At the same time, many parents feel nostalgic for their own, simpler childhoods.

Enid Blyton is, for a lot of people, a staple of their own childhoods. I’m really conscious that these books had a reality positive influence on my formative years and the Enid Blyton estate want to make sure that the legacy of Far Away Tree and the Famous Five carries on down generations. Their message of friendship, family and adventure is a timeless value that we all want our children to carry on.

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The Enid Blyton estate has commissioned a survey to mark the launch of Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories, The Famous Five Annual and The Magic Faraway Tree 75th Anniversary Edition. It found that children, on average, stopped believing in Father Christmas two years earlier than their parents did. The average age for children to stop believing is now six years old, whilst for their parents,  it was eight years old. I find that really shocking!

However the good news is that almost half of the children surveyed in the UK aged 7-11,  still believe in Father Christmas thanks to the fact that 90% of adults are going to great lengths to keep children believing in this special time.

The latest Enid Blyton annual is out now, its the latest in a long line since 1957. To celebrate the continuing popularity of Enid Blyton’s stories, the Enid Blyton estate is kindly offering readers of Being a Mummy a festive bundle of her classics as a competition prize.

In order to win this bundle all you need to do is comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite Enid Blyton story is and why? Does it remind you of Christmas or a special moment in your life? Did you simply enjoy the story?

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126 Responses

  1. laura banks 8th December 2015 / 9:25 pm

    i always loved the secret seven

  2. 8th December 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Mallory Towers

  3. tamalyn roberts 8th December 2015 / 11:33 pm

    so many to choose from, the wishing chair is one of my faves, along with mallory towers, the famous five, brer rabbit, etc

  4. Tracy Nixon 9th December 2015 / 8:16 pm

    OMG how can you ask that when I loved so many as a child! The Enchanted Wood was one of my many many favourites! I loved Enid Blyton and must have owned every book she wrote!

  5. ashleigh allan 9th December 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Famous five!

  6. Sean 9th December 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Famous five was definitely a firm favorite, I would love to see my boys get as much enjoyment out of Enid Blyton books as I did as a child!

  7. Sonia Cash 9th December 2015 / 11:31 pm

    The Enchanted Wood

  8. georgina prince (was Davies) 9th December 2015 / 11:35 pm

    i loved the famous five not picked one of these books up for such a long time xxxx

  9. Sarah Cooper 10th December 2015 / 9:33 am

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  10. Anna 10th December 2015 / 10:10 am

    My favourite is the Naughtiest Girl in the school series – loved it as a kid, and read them all with my eldest last year and he loved them all too! We are reading the secret seven series at the moment and he is also loving that

  11. Sam Goodwin 10th December 2015 / 10:39 am

    The Famous Five series because i remember reading them at school!

  12. morag p 10th December 2015 / 10:57 am

    The school series – loved Mallory Towers and the St Clare’s books.

  13. Susan Lloyd 10th December 2015 / 11:42 am

    Mallory towers is my favourite x

  14. iain maciver 10th December 2015 / 11:45 am

    secret seven

  15. sharon martin 10th December 2015 / 12:01 pm

    The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair

  16. Jon Sellers 10th December 2015 / 12:49 pm

    The Secret Seven – Shock For The Secret Seven when Jack resigns and dogs are disappearing

  17. Hayley Lynch 10th December 2015 / 1:37 pm

    famous Five ,Mallory Towers and St Clares

  18. Emilie Curry 10th December 2015 / 1:49 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree and The Enchanted Wood:-)

  19. Rosie Foster 10th December 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Great Prize

  20. amy bondoc 10th December 2015 / 2:51 pm

    The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair i always loved it, my daughter also loves to read it 🙂

  21. Marylyn Hammersley 10th December 2015 / 8:06 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  22. AMANDA ROBINSON 10th December 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Its between The Faraway Tree & Naughty Amelia Jane they also the favourites of my 2 girls

  23. Jo m welsh 10th December 2015 / 9:07 pm

    The enchanted wood

  24. olivia Kirby 10th December 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Noddy and Big Ears!

  25. Fiona Paley 10th December 2015 / 11:36 pm

    My favourite is The Circus of Adventure

  26. Jo Hutchinson 11th December 2015 / 12:20 am

    I love The Magic Faraway Tree

  27. Catherine McAlinden 11th December 2015 / 5:57 am

    I think I loved them all! I’d probably choose Famous Five!

  28. Lynsey Buchanan 11th December 2015 / 5:59 am

    The magic Faraway Tree

  29. Ruth Harwood 11th December 2015 / 9:37 am

    The Famous Five books xx

  30. Laura Pritchard 11th December 2015 / 10:27 am

    I loved The Magic Faraway Tree.

  31. Tracy Newton 11th December 2015 / 11:43 am

    I loved Enid Blyton when I was a kid. I can remember reading all the Secret Seven books, but my favourites were The Amelia Jane stories

  32. cheryl price 11th December 2015 / 1:13 pm

    I used to love Mallory Towers

  33. Michelle O'Neill 11th December 2015 / 1:52 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  34. Paula Readings 11th December 2015 / 7:22 pm

    The secret seven

  35. Kirsten Barthy 12th December 2015 / 11:16 am

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  36. claire woods 12th December 2015 / 12:48 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  37. Helen Metcalfe 12th December 2015 / 4:59 pm

    I loved all the Famous Five books growing up and the Book of Brownies. I read them to my children and I think a new set is needed for future grandchildren!

  38. Heather Brannan 12th December 2015 / 6:06 pm

    The famous five!

  39. Elizabeth Doody 12th December 2015 / 8:45 pm

    The Famous Five was always my favourite!

  40. Alison Joyce 12th December 2015 / 8:46 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  41. Jenna Parrington 12th December 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Ohhh I love them all but would have to be The Adventures of The Wishing Chair 🙂

  42. Margaret Massey 12th December 2015 / 8:52 pm

    It has to be The Enchanted Wood or Five Go to Smugglers’ Top. They were the first Enid Blyton books that I read and they drew me into a magical world.

  43. tracey ryder 12th December 2015 / 8:59 pm

    the famous five

  44. caroline walliss 12th December 2015 / 8:59 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree.x

  45. Mark Colvin 12th December 2015 / 9:08 pm

    I read the secret 7 all the time!

  46. elaine robinson 12th December 2015 / 9:14 pm

    I love all the Mallory Towers books

  47. Mark R 12th December 2015 / 9:29 pm

    The Faraway Tree books

  48. Caroline H 12th December 2015 / 9:38 pm

    It was always any Famous Five for me.

  49. Zoe G 12th December 2015 / 10:12 pm

    The Island of Adventure, I used to love reading Enid Blyton, makes me want to read them again

  50. Stephanie Tsang 12th December 2015 / 10:34 pm

    I love The Magic Faraway Tree.

  51. Helen Gossage 12th December 2015 / 10:38 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  52. tanya clarke 12th December 2015 / 10:42 pm

    the enchanted wood

  53. fozia Akhtar 12th December 2015 / 10:49 pm

    The secret seven

  54. Jackie ONeill 12th December 2015 / 11:41 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  55. nicola 12th December 2015 / 11:42 pm

    The secrecy seven

  56. CAT CULMER 13th December 2015 / 1:43 am

    I adored Enid Blyton, I was even in the fan club. I loved the Faraway Tree and the Adventures of the Wishing Chair

  57. Sarah prescott 13th December 2015 / 7:49 am

    Famous five and was always singing the tune around the house, Julie, dick and ann George and timmy the dog ☺☺

  58. 13th December 2015 / 8:23 am

    Loved Enid blyton as a kid especially the Malory towers books

  59. cheryl pearson 13th December 2015 / 9:43 am

    the Famous Five series

  60. PAULINE HILL 13th December 2015 / 12:31 pm

    The Famous Five Series They Were MAGIC

  61. Nazrana Haque 13th December 2015 / 5:03 pm

    ohhh too many too name… famous five, the invisible thief, the secrect seven… x

  62. Val Hartley 13th December 2015 / 6:47 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  63. Lisa Evans 13th December 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Malory towers

  64. helen tovell 13th December 2015 / 8:15 pm

    The adventurous four series

  65. Jo JOnes 13th December 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Mallory Towers

  66. Caroline Blaza 13th December 2015 / 8:44 pm

    I love The Enchanted Wood. Merry Christmas x

  67. Victoria N 13th December 2015 / 8:49 pm

    The Magic Faraway tree

  68. Sheri Darby 13th December 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I loved The Famous 5 Books

  69. Rahela 13th December 2015 / 11:44 pm

    I love the Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm. I only recently read this for the first time at the grand old age of 31 and enjoyed it every bit as I imagine my 10 year old self would have. Enid Blyton is an institution.

  70. aaron broad 14th December 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I liked the famous five books

  71. 14th December 2015 / 1:12 pm

    Famous Five was my favourite, could read it over and over again

  72. leigh boyle 14th December 2015 / 1:22 pm

    the far away tree was one of my favs x

  73. Julia P 14th December 2015 / 1:36 pm

    mallory towers – must have been a big influence as I went on to work in Boarding schools.

  74. gemma brown 14th December 2015 / 1:42 pm

    i used to love famous five. i wanted to be george(ina)

  75. Christine Caple 14th December 2015 / 3:51 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  76. tracey grevatt 14th December 2015 / 4:17 pm

    the magic faraway tree

  77. Keith Hunt 14th December 2015 / 4:23 pm

    famous five go off in a caravan

  78. Diane S 14th December 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I always loved Tales of Toyland – particularly the bit where they had to build their own houses out of kits. The suspense of the fairy being found out as not a real toy nearly finished me off age 6!

  79. Angela Kelly 14th December 2015 / 5:40 pm

    I can’t remember the name but I loved a book about some children who ran away to an island, built their own shelter and so on, I thought it was awesome. I also liked the Folk of the Faraway Tree.

  80. Michaela Hannah 14th December 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I used to love the enchanted wood

  81. theresaparker 14th December 2015 / 6:57 pm

    The magic faraway tree…thank u

  82. Victoria Prince 14th December 2015 / 7:34 pm

    Near impossible to pick just one! She’s written so many amazing books. I think possibly my favourite is The Children of Willow Farm

  83. Hannah Cummings 14th December 2015 / 7:53 pm

    The Faraway Tree we had the cassette audio book of this when I was small and always used to listen to them when we went on holiday xx

  84. Matt McAndrew 14th December 2015 / 9:16 pm

    The Enchanted Wood

  85. donna l jones 14th December 2015 / 9:41 pm

    The Enchanted Wood

  86. SHAZZ AZI 14th December 2015 / 9:49 pm

    The Enchanted Wood

  87. Jane Middleton 14th December 2015 / 10:22 pm

    famous five

  88. Kristy Brown 14th December 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I don’t think I can pick just one – I loved the Famous Five though

  89. Patricia Avery 14th December 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Such a hard question. Grandma bought Noddy books at a jumble sale in the early 50s and taught me to read before I started school. I graduated to Famous Five and Secret Seven after a while and I can still remember how I felt when I visited the library on a Saturday morning to find one I hadn’t read. Recently I loaded some Famous Five on my Kindle and found them so dated and hard going yet my 8 year old grandaughter loves them 🙂

  90. Vicki Violet Morris 15th December 2015 / 12:05 am

    Loved Malory Towers as a kid

  91. Mickie Bull 15th December 2015 / 12:08 am

    The Magic Faraway Tree!

  92. carol rowley 15th December 2015 / 12:21 am

    I loved the Famous Five

  93. Vickie Jackson 15th December 2015 / 8:01 am

    My favourite was definitely from The Famous Five series (five get into trouble) it showed that although they were brave there were people that weren’t so nice and it gave me a wakeup call as a kid about stranger danger.

  94. Jo Carroll 15th December 2015 / 10:21 am

    My fave is The Magic Faraway Tree. x

  95. Hannah Igoe 15th December 2015 / 11:09 am

    We love the secret seven at the moment, book 1 is our favourite

  96. Kirsteen Mackay 15th December 2015 / 12:05 pm

    The Secret Seven

  97. Anrola 15th December 2015 / 12:39 pm

    It has to be Five on Kirrin Island – we were all fans in our house!

  98. Susan B 15th December 2015 / 4:44 pm

    The Famous Five series is absolutely excellent and I loved reading about and dreaming about their adventures.

  99. Laura H 15th December 2015 / 4:56 pm

    My favourite is the Enchanted Forest

  100. Aaron Milne 15th December 2015 / 5:39 pm

    Mountain of Adventure

  101. melanie stirling 15th December 2015 / 6:59 pm

    All of The Famous Five books were my favourite.

  102. jamie banks 15th December 2015 / 7:59 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree x

  103. shelley stevenson 15th December 2015 / 9:02 pm

    enid blyton was my fave books growing up as a child and loved all her famous five books… so long ago i cant remember the titles but the famous five and the secrets of pirates cove was one imsure.. 🙂

  104. Shirley Evans 15th December 2015 / 9:10 pm


  105. Sarah Lee 15th December 2015 / 9:10 pm

    The secret island

  106. Lesley Burrows 15th December 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I loved Mallory Towers, read again and again as a child. Conjures up memories of my lovely mum sitting snuggling up on the sofa reading together, ahh!

  107. Janet Rumley 15th December 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Mallory Towers xxx

  108. Leanne weir 15th December 2015 / 10:25 pm

    I used to love mr pinkwhistle

  109. David crabb 15th December 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Noddy…. How can you ever top Noddy! Eternal and delightful.

  110. Jessica K 15th December 2015 / 10:52 pm

    The Famous Five, first one I read so a little more special than the others 🙂

  111. Natalie Crossan 15th December 2015 / 10:57 pm

    The Magic Faraway Tree

  112. Karen Gray 15th December 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Oh my goodness! How do you choose? I grew up with Enid Blyton’s books. The first one I can remember is The Tales of Mr Pinkwhistle (?) and then, of course, Famous Five, the Secret Seven, Malory Towers , The Magic Faraway Tree, The Wishing Tree….such happy memories 😉

  113. Monica Gilbert 15th December 2015 / 11:08 pm

    I’m American and had never heard of her before moving here. So I don’t have a favorite. I’d love to read some of these books to see why they’re so popular (ideally before my daughter hits the age of being interested in them).

  114. Elaine Livingstone 15th December 2015 / 11:14 pm

    The wishing chair, the idea of getting away when ever you had a problem appealed

  115. Lori Mckillop 15th December 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Famous five 🙂 Thanks for the chance 🙂

  116. 15th December 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Secret seven

  117. sallyann johnston 15th December 2015 / 11:28 pm

    The Mallory Towers Books x x

  118. tracy sinclair 15th December 2015 / 11:50 pm

    The Famous Five books were always a favorite of mine x

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