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FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS OF ENID BLYTON IN HIGH PLACES

NICOLA STURGEON

First Minister of Scotland

Enid Blyton's Five on a Treasure Island has a special place in her heart.

Had it not been for the publication of a book in which 15 fans of Enid Blyton had been invited to select chapters from Enid Blyton's storybooks and say what they liked about them, we might have never known that Nicola Sturgeon had a special place in her heart for Enid Blyton's Five on a Treasure Island.

Featured first in the book, Favourite Enid Blyton Stories, published by Hodder Children's Books in 2018, she shared with readers her fond memories from reading the book:

'My own passion for reading began when I was a child. Back then, Enid Blyton's Famous Five books were ones I returned to again and again. I have very fond memories of spending time in the company of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog and of sharing in their adventures,' she tells readers in her introduction to the selection of chapters from the book.

'Five on a Treasure Island has a particularly special place in my heart,' she emphasised in another paragraph, 'It's the first of the Famous Five books, and is certainly one of my favourites. It's a thrilling tale, full of mystery, fun and friendship...'

If you'd like to read more, and see her selections from chapters 5, 6, and 7, and the introductions and selections from the other 14 fans, you can buy a copy of the book from Amazon.com or search the Internet for other booksellers.

 AAMIR KHAN

Enid Blyton was a major factor in how he turned out.

Aamir Khan, the adorable Bollywood film star of international fame, confessed during an interview given to Blakely, Rhys of The Times (London, England) September 11, 2010, that Enid Blyton was a major factor in how he turned out:

"I didn't watch so many films as a child ...I grew up reading Enid Blyton ... She was a major factor in how I turned out. You should understand: I was educated in English, I think in English, my tastes may not be typically hardcore India." 

In his newspaper article with the title: 'Bollywood giant brought up on Blyton eyes Britain', Blakely Rhys explained that Aamir is probably most familiar in Britain for playing the lead in 'Lagaan', the story of a peasant revolt against land taxes under the British Raj.

Then surprisingly, he participated in a quiz about Enid Blyton's books that is carried in the enidblyton.net website, where there are 50 multiple choice questions.* He scored 30 (60%) and this earned him a place on the Score Chart. Not bad for someone who was drawing on his memory of Enid Blyton's books he had read as a child.

*This quiz has long since been taken off the enidblyton.net website.

VIKAS SWARUP

Vikas Swarup is a high-flying Indian diplomat who has become a bestselling author. His first debut novel, Q & A, was adapted for the screen with a makeover title: Slumdog Millionaire, a wonderful film that has won 4 Golden Globes Awards and transformed him into an overnight celebrity.

In an interview carried in the Metro (London, England) 14/06/13 to promote his new book: The Accidental Apprentice, he revealed that he was fascinated by scones he had read about in one of Enid Blyton's books:

"One of the first authors I read was Enid Blyton. She wrote about scones. I'd never heard of scones in my life - I'm from a small town in India, no one was making scones - but reading her books made me curious about the English countryside". To find out what The Accidental Apprentice is all about and to order a copy please visit his website: www.vikasswarup.net/books/the-accidental-apprentice

UPDATE

THE ACCIDENTAL APPRENTICE TO BE MADE INTO A FILM

I'm so pleased to announce that this book, which has done so well since its launch in January, 2013, is to be made into a Bollywood film. You can read all about it by clicking, once again, the link to his website just given, then click on HOME NEWS.

Congratulations Vikas. Can't wait to see the film.

NIGELLA LAWSON

Enid Blyton taught the 'Domestic Goddess' to read

There's hardly anyone here in England who has not heard of Nigella Lawson. She's the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer. But she is also a TV chef who mesmerises television viewers, not only with her innovative cooking shows but also with her stunning looks.

However, what many people do not know is that she's a journalist, writing principally for The Times (London, England). So it was that when Enid Blyton was rehabilitated, that is, her books were approved of by the National Centre for Research into Children's Literature, she wrote a brilliant piece on the subject in The Times, April 16, 1997, with the title: 'The Secret Power of Noddy & Big Ears'. 

What we're concerned with here is not the opinions she expressed on the subject, but her expression of the benefits she derived from reading Enid Blyton's books at the time when they were being banned from schools:

"...I wallowed in the Mallory Towers books and the Naughtiest Girl in the School ... and from that I learnt that reading was pleasurable, that reading was the best escape route into a rich, imaginative, private world, that reading was a delight and a solace and that books were the best company. From Blyton I went on to the Brontes, to Tennyson, to Aldous Huxley and Oscar Wilde ... In short, Enid Blyton taught me how to read."

To learn more about Nigella Lawson and to see her amazing range of cookbooks and recipes that are still available to order online, please visit her website: www.nigella.com


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