Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series

The folk of the Faraway TreeAnyone an Enid Blyton reader?

Her Faraway Tree series, first published 60 years ago, is to be made into a film by Sam Mendes’ production company. Previous films include the Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road, as well as the recent stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Faraway Tree series tells the adventures of three children who stumble upon an enormous magic tree in an enchanted forest. The four books in the series are The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of Faraway Tree and Up the Faraway tree (on order).

Although they were written between 1939 and 1951, the stories of Jo, Bessie and Fanny and their treetop friends – Moon-Face, Mister Watzisname, Silky and the Saucepan Man, are still  popular. In fact Enid Blyton’s books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages. This series has lots of 5 star ratings from our readers.

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The Famous Five shoot a film together

Five run away together‘Their adventures fighting smugglers, thieves and evil scientists, fuelled on a diet of potted meat sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer, have captivated children for over 70 years,’ according to  The Guardian 

Now the rights to The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton have been acquired from Hodder by Working Title – that’s more than 20 books- and they will launch a live action franchise based on the adventures.

The books have been adapted for TV before – in the 1970s and 1990s, as well as a 1957 film ‘Five on a Treasure Island’. There was a 2012 German film called Fünf Freunde, based on the book Five on Kirrin Island Again. There may also be a FF musical, as Old Vic Productions recently acquired the stage rights.

Enid Blyton died in 1968, and has sold 100 million books globally.