Enid Blyton was born in 1897 above a shop in East Dulwich in London.
Her father Thomas Blyton was a cutlery salesman from Sheffield, who enjoyed painting, writing poetry, playing the piano and taking photographs. Enid is said to have adored him.
For her mother there appears to have been little love. Theresa Blyton was good looking woman very conventional and obsessively house proud. When Thomas started an affair with another woman Enid's mother moved out with her children to Beckenham.
Despite being rather musically inclined, Enid decided to train as a kindergarten teacher at Ipswich High School, and then went on to open her own infants' school taking on about 14 pupils. She had to create all her own lessons for her pupils and it was this writing that made her realise that her true vocation was writing for children.
In 1924, Enid married Hugh Pollock, a
soldier-turned-publisher, a divorcee eight years her
senior. She gave up teaching career and concentrated on
her writing and also started a family. It was shortly
after her marriage, that her career as a writer really
began to take off. She continued to contribute to
the magazine 'Teachers' World' with both fiction and