Christmas presents

This week I’ve been cataloguing some of the books which we acquired as part of the Enid Blyton Collection.  Four of these books were given as presents by Enid to her two daughters, Gillian and Imogen, and have been inscribed with personal messages to the girls.  One in particular seemed appropriate to share here, given the time of year – a pocket-sized presentation copy of The Book of Common Prayer with Hymns Ancient and Modern, which was given to Gillian as a Christmas present in 1951.  It is inscribed on the front flyleaf “For my darling Gillian, with much love, Mummy.”

Book of Common Prayer given to Gillian Baverstock by Enid Blyton, Christmas 1951

Inscription by Enid Blyton on front flyleaf of Book of Common Prayer

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3 Responses to Christmas presents

  1. Your blog is absolutely fascinating!! If only I lived closer to this project, I would volunteer to assist in any way possible. Enid Blyton has always been a favourite of mine, since childhood. Now as an adult, her stories and tales still stay with me very much. I’m going to link your blog on my site, and will stop by again soon!


    • Mrs.Gillian Karimloo says:

      Mr . Tumpy’s Caravan has been published. I own a copy! I
      have read it to my son! It is beatifully illustrated in black and white.

      Yours sincerely,
      Gilly Karimloo

      • Hi Gilly, Thanks for your comment – Enid did publish a picture strip book called ‘Mr Tumpy and His Caravan’ in 1949, which is the book you have a copy of. However, that book is very different (despite the confusing similarities in name!) to the novel typescript we have entitled ‘Mr Tumpy’s Caravan’. We had assumed, when we first got the collection, that what we had was an early draft of the published picture strip book, but on further investigation we established that ‘Mr Tumpy’s Caravan’ is a completely different work, in both format and content, from the published ‘Mr Tumpy and His Caravan’. It’s just the similarity of titles which makes it so confusing! But Enid Blyton often used very similar, sometimes identical titles, for completely different stories and books, so that reuse of the name is perhaps not surprising.

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