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E. Nesbit - Author

Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) was a mischievous, tomboyish child who grew up to be an unconventional adult. She and her husband were founder members of the socialist Fabian Society and their home became a centre for socialist and literary discussion. Their friends included some of the time’s greatest writers and thinkers, including George Bernard Shaw and H G Wells.

Everything about Edith showed her as a woman trying to break out of the mould demanded by English society at the time – she expressed her individuality through her clothes, hairstyle, lifestyle and her habit of speaking forcefully on almost any subject. She lived her socialism and late in life her charitable deeds brought her close to bankrupcy.

E Nesbit – she always used the plain initial for her writing and was sometimes thought to be a man – started to write for children after years of successful writing for adult magazines. She was asked to write about her childhood but instead of facts chose to describe her happy girlhood in fiction. The result was books still read today, firm bestsellers for decades. She was brilliant at combining real-life situations with elements of fantasy and humour. Films – such as The Railway Children - have kept her stories in the public eye and her magical fantasies, including Five Children and It, continue to delight each new generation of children.

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The Railway Children
E. Nesbit - illustrated by Kim Ji-Hyuk
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis's father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to the country and the railway that runs nearby becomes their...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Railway Children
E. Nesbit
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis's father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to the country and the railway that runs nearby becomes their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Five Children and it
E. Nesbit
Magic and adventure are beautifully combined in this wonderful story about wishes and what ifs? Arriving at the White House for their holiday, Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother set about looking for adventure by digging in the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Oxford Children's Classics: Five Children & It
E. Nesbit
When the five children meet 'It' in the gravel pit their lives suddenly become a lot more interesting. This magical (but grumpy!) creature will grant them one wish per day, but as the children discover, you should always be very...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/03/2013
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Five Children and it
E. Nesbit
Magic and adventure are beautifully combined in this wonderful story about wishes and what ifs? Arriving at the White House for their holiday, Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother set about looking for adventure by digging in the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Railway Children
E. Nesbit
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis's father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to the country and the railway that runs nearby becomes their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Phoenix and the Carpet
E. Nesbit - illustrated by H. R. Millar
A sequel to Five Children and it that continues the magical adventures of siblings Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother.
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/1995
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The Railway Children (Oxford Children's Classics)
E. Nesbit
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis's father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to the country and the railway that runs nearby becomes their...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2012
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The Railway Children (with an introduction by Jacqueline Wilson)
E. Nesbit
January 2010 Guest Editor Sophie Mckenzie on The Railway Children by Edith Nesbitt 'I loved reading as a child and remember getting totally absorbed in this book. I identified strongly with the main character - responsible, sensitive eldest child Roberta...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2010
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Five Children and It (with an Introduction by Quentin Blake)
E. Nesbit
Chosen by Quentin Blake. Magic and adventure are beautifully combined in this wonderful story about wishes and what ifs? Arriving at the White House for their holiday, Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother set about looking for adventure...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2008
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