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  1. says:

    Simply marvellous As a fan of Enid Blyton in my youth, this book instantly appealed to me I watched the film Enid back in 2009, a film which was largely based on Imogen Smallwood s memoirs, and can certainly see similarities between the two though a lot seems to have been added to the movie for cinematic purposes The story is, quite frankly, heartbreaking and it is awful to see how detached Smallwood was from her mother, especially considering the apparent closeness between her and Gillian This level of neglect only led to social isolation and bitterness on her part which only proved to further the distance between the girl and her mother Indeed, the novel Six Bad Boys does seem to show some sort of recognition of this on Blyton s part because the story recognises that a child is usually bad as a result of abuse does this suggest some sort of regret on Blyton s part Smallwood further critically assesses her mother s children s books and relates them to her own authorial experiences and influences A good read for anybody who read the Blyton books when they were young.


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    I remember when this book was first published in 1989 I read a review of it in the newspaper, and was in tears My mother comforted me, thinking that I was distressed because I had not realised that Enid Blyton, one of my all time favourite authors, was dead The true reason for my distress, though, was realising that the perfect writer s life that I imagined Enid Blyton to have heavily influenced by her autobiography, My Life was in fact really a lie In My Life she describes her beautiful old house with its magnificent garden, filled with hedges and roses and waterlilies, her playful dogs, her loving daughters, her husband who bought her a beautiful statue of a little girl reading, her daily routine of writing and reading, and I wanted that life To read that she used to beat her daughters and locked them away in the nursery and sent them to boarding school against their will so they grew up to hate her shook my own dreams of how I wanted my life to be So I always wanted to read the autobiography of her daughter Imogen, and one day, seeing it in a second hand shop, I bought it In a way, I m glad Imgon does not come over well in her autobiography It s clear it can t have been easy for Enid either And I certainly understand the frustrations of trying to write and bring up a young family.


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    I was turned on to fluent reading by Enid Blyton and had to banned from buying any of her books by my parents when i was about 10, as my room had no space I read the Biography by Barbara Stoney in the late 70 s and was shocked to find that Enid was not such a wonderful mumsy person that we all thought, The BBC based their play Enid on the book earlier this year with the wonderful Helen Bonham Carter playing Enid Blyton She came across as a cold unfeeling calculating person, who lived in a fantasy world and couldnt cope with anything unpleasant and just brushed it under the carpet, this included her 2 daughters The oldest daughter seems to have been easier to deal with and seems to have got throught childhood relatively unscathed.The youngest daughter who seems to have agreed with Barbara Stoneys book , appears to have grown up unloved and unwanted and spent most of her time with a variety of nannies upstairs in the nursery Their father just disappeared out of their lives with no explaination although he did see the eldest daughter a couple of times, a new stepfather moves in , the girls are sent to boarding school and Imogen hated the school and this starts a pattern of bad behaviour This book is really sad a young girl has no close friends or allys , her mother and stepfather have eyes only for each other,and her mothers writing was paramount to everything else,, she grows up angry and has to watch her mother inviting other children into the house to have tea and playing games with them, when her own daughters were not even allowed in the front room.It would have been easy for the to walk away from her mother as she obviously married and had children of her own, but her mother suffered from dementia before her death in 1969 and her daughters were obviously there for her Although there was no physical punishments, i really felt for Imogen and the anguish she went through and i hope she managed to have a happy and fulfilled life in adulthood, although i guess always being known as Enid Blytons daughter must have been a trial, although when Stoney s book was published people maybe understood her a little .


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    I read this as part of trying to know something about Enid Blyton as she was such a unique and complex woman, because as a child I read all her earlier series and because I was transported repeatedly by The Magic Faraway Tree This bio is written by her younger daughter and is the third bio now that I have read It was good to read with the bio by Barbara Stoney who wrote with permission by EB s eldest daughter Gillian Both refer to the same childhood and this bio, because written by the daughter, combined with the other by an unrelated writer but with the elder daughter s input, brings EB alive They are honest, it is not a rosy picture, but also protective which revealed a lot about how difficult it is to capture EB in focus.


  5. says:

    A good read, an interesting insight into Enid Blyton I felt it was a little whiny All things weren t perfect but she ha a privileged upbringing and nothing particularly horrible happened.


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    Imogen Smallwood wrote this book about her childhood with her mother, the renowned and prolific British children s author of the 1940s and 50s It is very often an unkind telling, not quite of the Mommy Dearest ilk but similar in that Enid Blyton had died when her daughter wrote it Imogen admits throughout that she was not an easy child at one point she states tellingly, I decided, that as some people in the world were always unhappy, perhaps if I was of of them, someone else might be let off Imogen also says that much of her life she was without friends Although she at times seems to have admired her mother and certainly benefited from her mother s success they shopped exclusively at Harrod s, Imogen had horses and a first class education , to me she comes off as a rather miserable, churlish child, envious of the attention her mother gave her stories, of the fans her mother had and far too willing to expose any fault her mother may have had Although she was about 50 years old at this book s writing, Imogen seems so childish towards the end of the book she admits to becoming stuck at age 9 , ungrateful and all too anxious to criticize her mother At Christmaswe each had our own carefully wrapped pile and traditionally my mother s was much the largest, she states This was because Imogen s stepfather purchased the gifts for Enid with Enid s own earnings however, the book is filled with this kind of dig Gillian, Imogen s older sister by four years, writes a few careful words at the end where she states that this is not her own story rather her sister s, and she mentions some things she admires about the book.After saying all this, I enjoyed the book the photographs are wonderful I enjoyed learning about the many talents and complexities of Enid Blyton and about her family One of the neighbors of Green Hedges described Enid this way, She was incredibly vibrant everyone else in the room sort of faded.


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    This was a really interesting insight from Enid s youngest daughter Well worth a read not only for those of us who grew up reading Enid Blyton, but also for anyone interested in the way of life for very affluent families in the interwar period.I met Ms Smallwood at an Enid Blyton society event a few years ago and she is impressive quiet and reserved but I really wouldn t have wanted to get on the wrong side of her.


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    Fascinating