The Railway Children (Oxford Children's Classics) by E. Nesbit

The Railway Children (Oxford Children's Classics)

Written by E. Nesbit

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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? One of the best known classics in children's literature and a firm favourite of all the family. This wonderful addition to the Oxford Children's Classics range is 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.


The Railway Children (Oxford Children's Classics) by E. Nesbit

When their father goes away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis have to move with their mother from their London home to a cottage in the countryside. At the local station the children make friends with the porter, Perks, and spend their time waving to the passengers on the trains. But although they have many adventures on the railway, one question still remains... Is their father ever coming back?

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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240 pages


E. Nesbit
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st March 2012




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