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Back in September, the Seven Stories children's book center in Newcastle, England paid around £40,000 for a collection of manuscripts. The books included Malory Towers and Secret Seven books which have already been published as well as a manuscript for Mr Tumpy's Caravan, an 180-page fantasy story. There is in existence an Enid Blyton book called Mr. Tumpy and His Caravan but that is a picture book. This manuscript is a different story, telling the adventures of a magical caravan with feet and mind of its own.
Imogen Smallwood, Blyton's youngest daughter confirmed to BBC News that it is a whole book about a different Mr Tumpy and a different caravan.
Seven Stories has a mission to save and celebrate great British children's works and plans to hold an Enid Blyton exhibition in 2014. The charity cannot publish the newly-discovered work, because Blyton's publisher Chorion retains the rights to all of her works.