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E. Nesbit - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by E. Nesbit

The Phoenix and the Carpet

The Phoenix and the Carpet

9+ readers

Author: E. Nesbit Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2012

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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Other books by E. Nesbit

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Author: E. Nesbit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2020

Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel and Horace Octavius ( H.O. ) Bastable are desperate to help their widowed father to restore the family's fortunes after his business fails. Their moneymaking schemes, from digging for treasure in their South-London garden to becoming highwaymen on Blackheath, mainly lead to a good deal of trouble, until one adventure promises to change everything...

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

Author: E. NESBIT, GRANDMA'S TREASURES Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2019

The sequel to Five Children and It follows the wondrous adventures of Robert, Jane, Cyril, Anthea, and The Lamb as they discover a clever phoenix and a magic carpet. The children find an egg in the carpet, which hatches into a talking Phoenix. The Phoenix explains that the carpet is a magic one that will grant them three wishes a day. The children are on a fantastic ride with the hopelessly vain but good-hearted phoenix and his flying carpet. They travel to a French castle, to a tropical island, foil a burglar, arrange a marriage, change people's disposition, and have to figure out how to get 199 Persian cats, 398 muskrats, a cow, and a policeman out of their house. Their charming adventures not only entertain but teach them, and the reader, a few gentle lessons. The Phoenix and the Carpet is a wonderful book for the young and the young at heart. The adventures are continued and concluded in the third book of the trilogy, The Story of the Amulet

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

Author: E. NESBIT, GRANDMA'S TREASURES Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2019

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT The Five Children Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and Hilary the baby go to the country, they decide to go digging in a sand pit. There they find a furry creature with two horns on its head holding its eyes. The creature is the Psammead, a grumpy sand-fairy, the last of his kind, who grants a wish a day. Soon they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpected consequences. The Five Children and IT offers a generous amount of fantasy, humor, and adventure, as the children are repeatedly subject to wishes gone comically wrong.

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

Author: E. NESBIT, GRANDMA'S TREASURES Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2019

At the end of Five Children and It Robert, Anthea, Cyril, and Jane promised not to ask the Psammead for another wish as long as they lived, but expressed a half wish to see it again some time. The children are reunited with the Psammead in a London pet store; the Psammead can't grant their wishes anymore - not after the last adventure - but he does tell them where to find half of an amulet of great power. The ancient Amulet can grant them their heart's desire and journey through time. The children desire the return of their parents, and their magic adventures start over again with a journey through time to ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Atlantis. The trilogy of Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet.

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

Author: E. NESBIT, GRANDMA'S TREASURES Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2019

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT The Five Children Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and Hilary the baby go to the country, they decide to go digging in a sand pit. There they find a furry creature with two horns on its head holding its eyes. The creature is the Psammead, a grumpy sand-fairy, the last of his kind, who grants a wish a day. Soon they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpected consequences. The Five Children and IT offers a generous amount of fantasy, humor, and adventure, as the children are repeatedly subject to wishes gone comically wrong.

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

Author: E. NESBIT, GRANDMA'S TREASURES Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2019

At the end of Five Children and It Robert, Anthea, Cyril, and Jane promised not to ask the Psammead for another wish as long as they lived, but expressed a half wish to see it again some time. The children are reunited with the Psammead in a London pet store; the Psammead can't grant their wishes anymore - not after the last adventure - but he does tell them where to find half of an amulet of great power. The ancient Amulet can grant them their heart's desire and journey through time. The children desire the return of their parents, and their magic adventures start over again with a journey through time to ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Atlantis. The trilogy of Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet.

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

Author: E. NESBIT, GRANDMA'S TREASURES Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2019

The sequel to Five Children and It follows the wondrous adventures of Robert, Jane, Cyril, Anthea, and The Lamb as they discover a clever phoenix and a magic carpet. The children find an egg in the carpet, which hatches into a talking Phoenix. The Phoenix explains that the carpet is a magic one that will grant them three wishes a day. The children are on a fantastic ride with the hopelessly vain but good-hearted phoenix and his flying carpet. They travel to a French castle, to a tropical island, foil a burglar, arrange a marriage, change people's disposition, and have to figure out how to get 199 Persian cats, 398 muskrats, a cow, and a policeman out of their house. Their charming adventures not only entertain but teach them, and the reader, a few gentle lessons. The Phoenix and the Carpet is a wonderful book for the young and the young at heart. The adventures are continued and concluded in the third book of the trilogy, The Story of the Amulet

Five Children and IT

Five Children and IT

Author: E. Nesbit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2019

Five Children and It is a children's novel by English author E. Nesbit. It was originally published in 1902 in the Strand Magazine under the general title The Psammead, or the Gifts, with a segment appearing each month from April to December.

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