Huge £50,000 Enid Blyton “Noddy” Memorabilia Sale Makes Me Kind Of Sad But Also Happy.
by Anura Guruge
Growing up in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, in the late 1950s and early 960s, Enid Blyton dominated my life. I had the complete set of Noddy books and those were the books that were read to me most often and as such the books that I started to read (when I was three). I was a precocious bugger to be sure. I could read both Sinhalese and English at three and would read books in either language one after the other — as my fancy took me. But I read mainly English books — and most of all Enid Blyton books. I had all of the Enid Blyton books. So Enid Blyton was a big part of my life. Not sure what memorabilia I had other than the books. Yes, I once bought Matthew, my son, a Noddy car. But none of my kids, to my chagrin, took to Noddy though I did try to get them hooked. Maybe it is a British thing.
Yes, I would like to get some Noddy stuff — not that I need it. I regret that I no longer have a complete set of Noddy books. All my Enid Blyton books were given to relatives when we left Ceylon in 1967.
I will have to look around. Just thought I will let you know about this auction IF you happen not to read the U.K. press.