Looking for Enid : The Mysterious and Inventive Life of Enid Blyton, Paperback

Looking for Enid : The Mysterious and Inventive Life of Enid Blyton Paperback

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Enid Blyton gave us the Famous Five and Fatty's Find-Outers, the Enchanted Wood and the Wishing Chair.

Some of us, encouraged by austere critics, have pretended no longer to want what Enid gave.

We have pretended that we were not once upon a time "enthralled" by her stories.

We have chosen to forget how much we loved the time we spent in their company. And we have feigned disdain. Now, Duncan McLaren offers lapsed devotees the possibility of honest redemption.

If you're willing to acknowledge that Enid Blyton once mattered to you, you are warmly invited to accompany Duncan on an adventure that will investigate what made Enid Enid and endeavor to reach the source of her torrent of stories, those that came when she was "letting her mind go free."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 6 one-page full colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781846271168



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Too much of Duncan looking, not enough of Enid found. This is a tiresomely whimsical travel/memoir by a narcissist whose one joke was to keep coupling Blyton with sex. It was a bit amusing at first, but I wish he had talked more about the hundreds of books she wrote and the cult status she achieved in children's literature. Simplistic, snobbish and limited she may have been, but she deserved more of the spotlight in this book than her fatuous seeker. No. I did not think this one worth my time or money.

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