The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

The Railway Children

Written by E. Nesbit
Illustrated by Kim Ji-Hyuk
Part of the Illustrated Originals Series

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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 greatest source of adventure. One day, they come up with a brilliant plan to make use of the friends they’ve made through the train to prove their father’s innocence and bring him back safely. Will it work? A book to treasure and return to again and again and features the complete and unabridged text. If you love a good story, then look no further. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Three middle-class children, whose father is wrongfully in jail, try to help their mother solve the family's financial problems. Homely Victorian style illustrations.


The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

When their father is suddenly taken away, Bobby, Peter and Phyllis must leave London for a simpler life in the country. They make new friends, discover the thrill of the railway and eventually uncover the mystery of their father's disappearance. An original and unabridged edition of E. Nesbit's moving classic.

About the Author

E. Nesbit

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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384 pages


E. Nesbit
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2016




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