Why I love Enid Blyton: Famous fans like Nicola Sturgeon and Jacqueline Wilson share their favourite stories

Published on: 02 November 2018 Author: Catriona Wightman

A brand new Enid Blyton anthology is celebrating some of her most beloved stories - all chosen by famous fans of the author.

Two of Mark Beech's illustrations from Favourite Enid Blyton Stories, copyright © Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Enid Blyton is one of the most beloved children's authors ever - and now a group of famous fans have revealed their favourite stories for a brand new anthology.

Favourite Enid Blyton Stories includes excerpts from some of the writer's most popular tales, hand-picked by famous fans including Lucy Mangan, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Gemma Cairney and Danny Baker.

We've been lucky enough to get our hands on some extracts from the book, so read on to find out which stories Jacqueline Wilson, Laura Mvula, Nicola Sturgeon and Mel Giedroyc picked... (click on the pictures for a bigger version!)

Jacqueline Wilson picks The Story of My Life

Who knew - without Enid Blyton, we may never have met Tracy Beaker! Here, Jacqueline explains how Enid's chapters about writing left a lasting legacy...

Jacqueline Wilson explains why she loves The Story of My Life by Enid Blyton


Nicola Sturgeon chooses Five on a Treasure Island

The Famous Five books have to be some of Blyton's most popular stories, but it was the very first one that really struck a chord with Scotland's future First Minister - and one character in particular that she loved...

Nicola Sturgeon explains why she loves Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton


Illustrations by Mark Beech, copyright © Hodder & Stoughton Limited


Laura Mvula loves Well, Really, Mr Twiddle!

Award-winning musician Laura didn't always love reading - but it was Enid Blyton's Mr Twiddle stories that got her hooked. She explains how she would devour the stories along with hot chocolate and snacks... and shares the life (and style) lessons the tales taught her.

Laura Mvula explains why she loves Well, Really, Mr Twiddle! by Enid Blyton


Mel Giedroyc goes for First Term at Malory Towers

The world of Malory Towers wasn't exactly what Mel was used to - but Enid Blyton's tales about magical life of boarding school became a secret passion that sticks with her today...

Mel Giedroyc explains why she loves First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

Favourite Enid Blyton Stories is out now, published by Hodder Children's Books.

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