The Enchanted Wood

Enid Blyton

Illustrated by Jonathan Burton

Introduced by Michael Morpurgo

The first adventure in the Folio Society editions of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ series, Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood features Jonathan Burton’s enchanting illustrations and a new introduction by Michael Morpurgo. 

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‘Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were.’
  1. Michael Morpurgo

Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ trilogy has captivated readers for more than 80 years and this landmark new Folio series will ensure that legacy continues. The Enchanted Wood introduces Jo, Bessie and Fanny, as they move to a new house and discover the magical world in the woods just beyond their back door. Innocent, fantastical and full of fun, this is a trip down literary memory lane for older readers, while children will be whisked away to incredible lands on wonderful adventures, as they follow the antics of Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy.

The truest text to the original 1939 publication, this is the edition that best preserves Blyton’s magical world for modern readers. The characters are reimagined by award-winning illustrator Jonathan Burton, whose artwork retains the nostalgic charm of Blyton’s world, while adding a generous dose of wit and playfulness. Meanwhile, in a new introduction, Michael Morpurgo shares his memories of discovering the author; the spark that ignited a lifelong passion for reading and, ultimately, becoming a writer himself. 

Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed paper case sides with design by the Jonathan Burton

Set in Maiola with CAT Childs as display

200 pages

Printed full-colour throughout with a double-page title spread, 4 full-page colour illustrations and chapter motifs

Plain slipcase

9˝ x 6¼˝

‘When do you suppose we could go up the Faraway Tree?’ Fanny kept asking. ‘Oh, do let’s go, Jo.’

Blyton’s stories encapsulate the innocence of youth with a sense of independence and freedom. As such, far from simply being whimsical bygone tales, they are full of excitement, peril and fantastical adventures – with the safety net of a guaranteed happy ending. One of Blyton’s best-loved series, ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ trilogy introduces readers to magical worlds and characters that pique their imaginations. From upside-down encounters in the Land of Topsy Turvey, to limitless treats in the Land of Goodies, and the Land of Do-As-You-Please, where all your wishes come true, the ever-changing worlds at the top of the Faraway Tree are the stuff of childhood dreams.

About Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton (1897–1968) is one of the most popular children’s writers of all time: her books have sold hundreds of millions of copies in dozens of languages, and continue to inspire new generations with a love of reading. Famously prolific, she sometimes published more than 50 books a year, with more than 750 appearing in total across a 40-year career. Blyton’s best-loved fiction is from long-running series – including The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and Malory Towers – and she also created enduring characters such as Noddy. Her creativity was coupled with a pioneering instinct for marketing and publicity, including the licensing of characters for board games, jigsaw puzzles and adaptations in other media. Blyton was born in South London and spent much of her adult life living in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. 

About Jonathan Burton

Jonathan Burton has worked as an illustrator since 1999, after graduating with an MA from Kingston University, London. He has been awarded two silver medals from the Society of Illustration in New York, two Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts, and has received the Overall Professional Award for 2013 from the Association of Illustrators. For The Folio Society he has also illustrated Cover Her Face by P. D. James, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the full 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series by George R. R. Martin and the entire Hitchhiker's series along with an extraordinary limited edition of Adams’s comedic space odyssey. Most recently, he illustrated the Folio edition of The Enchanted Wood. Jonathan lives in Bordeaux, France.

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo is the best-selling author of over 140 books for children, including The Butterfly Lion (1996), Kensuke’s Kingdom (1999) and Private Peaceful (2003). The theatrical production of his award-winning 1982 novel War Horse celebrated its tenth year in 2018 with a return to the National Theatre. In 2011 War Horse was released as a film directed by Steven Spielberg. Morpurgo and his wife, Clare, founded the charity Farms for City Children, which offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to gain hands-on experience in one of three country farms. In 2003 Morpurgo was appointed Children’s Laureate, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He received an OBE for services to literature in 2006 and a knighthood in 2018.


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