Enid Blyton (1897-1968) is one of the most successful children’s writers ever. Her prolific output of 700 books has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold in excess of 400 million copies worldwide. For the first time ever, the first three adventures of The Famous Five (Il-Famuzi Hamsa) and first two of The Secret Seven (Is-Sebgha) are now available in Maltese for a whole new generation to enjoy.
The titles are as follows:
– Hamsa Jergghu Jmorru fuq Avventura
– Hamsa fuq Gzira Tat-Tezor
– Hamsa Jaharbu Flimkien
– L-Ghaqda Sigrieta tas-Sebgha
– L-Avventura tas-Sebgha
The translator Charles Briffa said “Translating Blyton was itself an adventure that sent me back to my childhood when, every Saturday morning, I used to lock myself in my room and read a worthwhile book. As a child, Blyton always intrigued me. From her books I moved to other more difficult reading with confidence, even at the tender age of eleven.” He continued to say that the addition of these new books will make a great contribution to the availability of good quality children’s literature in the Maltese language. The stories are fun, action-packed and easy to understand even for children who may normally find reading in Maltese complicated.
Miller Distributors limited recently acquired the rights to publish the works of Enid Blyton. Simon Debono from Miller Distributors limited said; “we are thrilled to have acquired the rights to publish these books in Maltese. There is a great demand for children’s literature in the Maltese language. Till now, international children’s books have not been available in Maltese locally. This is a vacuum we are intending to fill starting with the introduction of these first five books. Mr Debono continued; “the response has so far been very encouraging and we have received many positive comments from primary and secondary school teachers”. “Following the successful launch of these first books, we are currently planning to publish new titles so that we will be able to offer a wider range in the near future”. Simon Debono concluded; “we believe that these books will be among the best-sellers this Christmas.
The Enid Blyton books in Maltese are available from all leading bookshops and book stockists.
About Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton was motivated by the desire to empower children with the joys and skills of reading and the discovery of the world around them. Her books and stories combine exciting and powerful narratives with a clear and incisive style of writing, allowing children to use their imagination to the full while at the same time feeling an integral part of the story.
The world famous Blyton signature is a byword for fun and action-packed stories, appealing to boys and girls from pre-school to early teens. She created an unrivalled group of successful and internationally renowned series which include mystery and adventure stories such as The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Adventure Series and The Mystery Series, school stories such as Malory Towers, St Clare’s and The Naughtiest Girl, fantasy tales such as The Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood and The Wishing Chair, and of course the much-loved Noddy stories for younger children.
Many of these series have been developed into successful film and TV programmes — both animated and live action – with key broadcast partners around the world. There have also been numerous audiotapes based on her works, including a recent version of The Enchanted Wood read by Titanic star Kate Winslet.
The Blyton appeal is truly international. In Germany, Blyton is a household name thanks to her pre-teen series Hanni und Nanni (St Clare’s) and Funf Freunde (The Famous Five) while in France, Oui-Oui (Noddy) has been one of the best-loved pre-school characters since the early 60’s, and Club des Cinq (Famous Five) has been in continuous publication in the prestigious Bibliotheque Rose since it first launched in 1954. Blyton books continue to attract new readers around the world: in The People’s Republic of China, the Beijing Publishing House has recently translated and published the 24-part series of original Noddy books, the first time Blyton has entered the Chinese market.