The Extraordinary Life of E Nesbit

By Elisabeth Galvin

Published by Pen & Sword History, October 2018

A ground breaker in every sense, the Edwardian author Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) changed children’s books forever with her much-loved novels, The Railway Children and Five Children and It. Her stories of female heroines, magic, adventure and time travel continue to influence children’s literature more than a century later. Her personal life was every bit as colourful as her fiction. As a cigar-smoking socialist, she was a founder of the Fabian Society and George Bernard Shaw and HG Well frequented her wild bohemian parties. Author Elisabeth Galvin has included an acknowledgement to the Biographers’ Club in this book. She is appearing at the Yeovil Literary Festival, The Johnson Studio, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Dorset, on 28 October at 2pm, admission £5; and at the Richmond Literature Festival Dorset, Hampton Library, London, on 15 November, at 7.30pm.