Enid Blyton’s lesbian lover was my GRANDMOTHER: Academic’s book claims Famous Five author struck up secret romance with female artist who illustrated her books following years of speculation
- Grandson of Lola Oslow claims his mother told him of the romance years ago
- Oslow was an illustrator for Blyton and worked with her on Book of Fairies
The author of a new book has claimed that his grandmother had a secret romance with Famous Five author Enid Blyton.
The grandson of Lola Oslow, who was an illustrator for Blyton and worked with her most notably on Book of Fairies, has claimed that she had an affair with the author.
Nicholas Royle, a professor of English at Sussex University, made the revelation in his new book David Bowie, Enid Blyton and the Sun Machine, which was published last month.
In it he writes: ‘One day my mother said to me: “Your grandmother had an affair with Enid Blyton”. Those were her words.’
It is not the first time Enid is specualted to have had a lesbian relationship, with a memoir of her ex-husband’s subsequent wife claiming that she had mutliple affairs while married.
The author of a new book has claimed that his grandmother had a secret romance with Famous Five author Enid Blyton (pictured)
The grandson of Lola Oslow, who was an illistrator for Blyton and worked with her most notably on Book of Fairies, has claimed that she had an affair with the author (pictured)
Mr Royle does not know exactly when the affair took place and he admitted that he wishes he asked his mother more about it when she first told him decades ago.
He said: ‘I was in my twenties and I was an angry young man who wasn’t interested in the least in a dead grandmother I’d never met, or Enid Blyton.
‘Looking back, when I think about it, I think hiw could I have just let that go like that?’
Over the course of her 40-year career, Enid produced more than 800 books, most of them sun-splashed stories of midnight feasts, lacrosse matches and picnics with lashings of ginger beer.
A published author by her twenties, and already on her way to becoming reasonably wealthy, she had shown very little interest in men.
That is until she met Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, a former soldier ten years her senior who was an editor at the firm which became her regular publisher.
Still, Enid was certainly not the sort of woman to let such little things get in the way and, by 1924, barely a year after they had first met, she had become Mrs Pollock.
However, Pollock later left Enid for another woman named Ida Crowe, who were married together for 28 years before he died.
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