E. Nesbit

The Railway Children
  • The Railway Children

    • E Nesbit

    Including an introduction from writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis, curator of Sunday Times Bestseller Feminists Don't Wear Pink.

    When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country.

    The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself.
    Each day, the children run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father.

    Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance. . .

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Edith Nesbit was a mischievous child who grew up into an unconventional adult. With her husband, Hubert Bland, she was one of the founder members of the socialist Fabian Society; their household became a centre of the socialist and literary circles of the times. E. Nesbit turned late to children's writing. Her first children's book, The Treasure Seekers, was published in 1899 to great acclaim. Other books featuring the Bastable children followed, and a series of magical fantasy books, including Five Children and It also became very popular. The Railway Children was first published monthly in the London Magazine in 1905, and published as a book in 1906, which has been in print ever since.