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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 Illustrator: H. R. Millar 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 Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: E. Nesbit, Anna South Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/03/2022

A tale of blissful independence and adventure, Edith Nesbit's beloved children's classic is a timeless story of joy, hope and the importance of family. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition of The Railway Children features the beautiful illustrations of C. E. Brock, and an afterword by editor and publisher Anna South. Peter, Phyllis and Roberta's lives change overnight when their father is taken away by two strangers. They move from the comfort of their London home to a small country cottage, and are left to their own devices while their mother writes day and night to support the family. But with their new poverty comes more freedom than they ever dreamed of, and the railway line at the bottom of their garden offers the trio a world of new friendships that will change their lives forever.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: E. Nesbit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2022

This beautiful HarperCollins Children's Classics edition is perfect for every bookshelf. Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis have lost their father. He has disappeared and, with him, their happy life in London too. They have a new life now, in a new place, in a new (but truly quite old and shabby) home beyond the train tracks. Each day of this new life, they greet the 9.15am train and hope it carries their love to Father, wherever he has gone. But the railway promises to bring something else entirely . . . Along its tracks, the siblings will stumble upon unexpected friendships, madcap adventures, a near disaster or two and, just maybe, a way to find their father. Endlessly enchanting and entertaining, this story from the author of Five Children and It remains as heartwarming today as when it first appeared in 1905. Complete your library with HarperCollins Children's Classics.

Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Author: E. Nesbit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2021

This beautiful HarperCollins Children's Classics edition of E. Nesbit's Five Children and It is the perfect addition to any bookshelf. When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother move to the countryside, they encounter 'It' - a grumpy, strange-looking Sand-fairy known as a Psammead. The Psammead can grant the children one wish every day - but whether they request to be beautiful or rich, to fly or live in a castle, it seems every wish is destined to lead the five children into a great deal of trouble . . . This classic fantasy adventure from the author of The Railway Children is full of magic and mishaps, bringing to life the saying 'be careful what you wish for'. Complete your library with HarperCollins Children's Classics.

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Author: E. Nesbit Illustrator: Peter Bailey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2020

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

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

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

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

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

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