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Enid Blyton caravan story discovered

Posted by Linda Davidson

An unpublished and previously unseen Enid Blyton novel has turned up in an archive of the late author's work.

The novel, titled Mr Tumpy's Caravan, was found in a collection of manuscripts auctioned by the author's daughter in September and is a 180-page children's fantasy story about a magical caravan.

"I think it's unique," stated Tony Summerfield, head of the Enid Blyton Society. "I don't know of any full-length unpublished Blyton work."

Comet caravan taps owners will be delighted to hear that the novel, following the adventures of a caravan with feet and a mind of its own, will remain with Seven Stories.

The Newcastle-based children's book centre combines a gallery, children's activity hub and a preservation centre and aims to save and celebrate great British children's books, authors and illustrators.

An estimated 500 million copies of Enid Blyton's books have been sold around the world, with updated and reprinted versions of her most popular stories still selling eight million copies a year.