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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

Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Author: E. Nesbit Illustrator: H. R. Millar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

'I love her books - particularly the Five Children and It sequence' - Neil Gaiman Digging in the gravel pit on a hot summer's day, five children discover 'it': a grumpy creature with eyes like a snail's, ears like a bat's, and a tubby body all covered in fur. 'It' is a Psammead, an ancient sand-fairy who has the power to grant the children one wish a day. That, you might think, would be a dream come true! But you need to be very careful what you wish for: whether it's for wings, treasure or beauty, things can - and often will - go wrong. With all the illustrations by H. R. Millar, newly scanned from the original edition. Five Children and It is the first book in the Psammead trilogy: next, discover The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet. 'The cheerful, child-centred anarchy of Five Children and It is still my inspiration and delight' Kate Saunders, Guardian 'My all-time favourite classic children's author' Jacqueline Wilson 'If Britain is to children's fantasy as Brazil is to football, then Edith Nesbit is our Pele - endlessly surprising and inventive. But she is more than that. There were fantasy writers before Edith Nesbit but she is the one that brought the magical and the mundane together in a moment of nuclear fusion. She opened the door in the magic wardrobe, pointed the way to platform nine and three quarters. She even had a hand in building the Tardis. And these are among her minor achievements. She is also simply the funniest writer we have ever had, while being the one who could most easily and sweetly break your heart with a phrase. Just try saying Daddy oh my Daddy without catching your breath. She made the magic worlds feel as near as the Lewisham Road and she bathed the Lewisham Road in magic' Frank Cottrell-Boyce This collection of the best in children's literature, curated by Virago, will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago 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

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

THE STORY OF THE AMULET

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

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

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

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

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

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