Enid Mary Blyton was born on 11th August 1897 in East Dulwich, South London and spent her childhood in Beckenham, Kent, with her two younger brothers, Hanly and Carey. Enid’s father, Thomas, to whom she was very close, was a clothing wholesaler. Her mother, Theresa, devoted her time to housework, expecting her daughter to contribute to household chores.
Enid Blyton was a bright, popular and sporty girl, and was appointed Head Girl in her final two years at St. Christopher’s School for Girls in Beckenham. Outside of school life, Enid created a magazine called Dabwith two friends, for which Enid wrote short stories.