The author, Enid Mary Blyton, was born in London in 1897. She began writing poetry in her early teens. She was trained as a kindergarten teacher, later became a journalist specialising in educational and children's publications, and had two daughters of her own. Maybe it was this personal and professional experience that gave her such insight into children's mind. By the 1950s, Enid Blyton was a household name. She wrote a total of over 600 books, is one of the most translated British autors, and since her death in 1968 to the present day has remained overwhelmingly the most popular children's author in the eight to twelve age group in Britain.