As a kid I was fond of playing different games, but when I saw My Mom reading Perry Mason Mystery, I thought of reading a novel too. I asked Mummy for the book. She then suggested me to read Enid Blyton and Mosi got me 4-5 novels. It was summer vacations and I started reading the first one “Treasure on Kirrin Island”. Firstly it was quite boring for me to read the novel, but as Mom used to read novel, so I also wanted to do the same 🙂 . I started reading it and got so much involved in the story that I kept on reading it for the whole day. This cultivated reading habit in me which I think is the best hobby 🙂 . I used to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, but nothing could actually replace “Enid Blyton”. Today I came across a fan club of Enid Blyton on facebook and it reminded me of my childhood. Here’s the link for the fan club “Enid Blyton“. A nice info about her life:
Blyton was born on 11 August 1897 at 354 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, the eldest child of Thomas Carey Blyton (1870 – 1920), a salesman of cutlery, and his wife, Theresa Mary, née Harrison (1874 – 1950). There were two younger brothers, Hanly (b. 1899), and Carey (b. 1902), who were born after the family had moved to the nearby suburb of Beckenham. From 1907 to 1915, Blyton was educated at St. Christopher’s School in Beckenham, where she excelled at her endeavours, leaving as head girl. She enjoyed physical activities along with the academic work, but not maths. Blyton was a talented pianist, but gave up her musical studies when she trained as a teacher at Ipswich High School. She taught for five years at Bickley, Surbiton and Chessington, writing in her spare time. Her first book, Child Whispers, a collection of poems, was published in 1922. On 28 August 1924 Blyton married Major Hugh Alexander Pollock DSO (1888 – 1971), editor of the book department in the publishing firm of George Newnes, which published two of her books that year. The couple moved to Buckinghamshire. Eventually they moved to a house in Beaconsfield, named Green Hedges by Blyton’s readers following a competition in ‘Sunny Stories’. They had two children: Gillian Mary Baverstock (15 July 1931 – 24 June 2007) and Imogen Mary Smallwood (born 27 October 1935). In the mid-1930s Blyton had an experience of a spiritual crisis, but she decided against converting to Roman Catholicism from the Church of England because she had felt it was “too constricting”. Although she rarely attended church services, she saw that her two daughters were baptised into the Anglican faith and went to the local Sunday School. By 1939 her marriage to Pollock was in difficulties, and in 1941 she met Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters (1892 – 1967), a London surgeon, with whom she began a friendship which quickly developed into something deeper. After each had divorced, they married at the City of Westminster register office on 20 October 1943, and she subsequently changed the surname of her two daughters to Darrell Waters. Pollock remarried and had little contact with his daughters thereafter. Blyton’s second marriage was very happy and, as far as her public was concerned, she moved smoothly into her role as a devoted doctor’s wife, living with him and her two daughters at Green Hedges. Blyton’s literary output was of an estimated 800 books over roughly 40 years. Chorion Limited of London now owns and handles the intellectual properties and character brands of Blyton’s Noddy and the Famous Five.
She will be always an all time fave of all the teenagers 🙂 🙂