10:23 23 February 2011
An unpublished and previously unknown Enid Blyton novel has turned up in an archive of the childrens authors work.
The book, titled Mr Tumpys Caravan, was found in a collection of manuscripts auctioned by the family of Blytons eldest daughter.
The 180-page fantasy story about a magical caravan was bought by the Seven Stories childrens book centre in Newcastle.
Head of the Enid Blyton Society, Tony Summerfield, said:
I think its unique. I dont know of any full-length unpublished Blyton work.
My Tumpys Caravan follows the adventures of a caravan with feet and a mind of its own.
The collection of original typescripts was auctioned following the death of Blyton's eldest daughter, Gillian Baverstock, in 2007.
Blyton, who died in 1968, remains a childrens favourite thanks to such characters as the Famous Five, Noddy and the Secret Seven.
An estimated 500 million copies of her books have been sold around the world, with updated and reprinted versions of her stories still selling eight million copies a year.
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