Earlier generations of children loved Edith Nesbit. So did I, and the ordinarily extraordinary stories still bewitchI loved Edith Nesbit’s writing as a child, as did most of my contemporaries. In the school library, the copy of The Phoenix and the Carpet had been mended several times with aged Sellotape – Five Children and It, The Story of the Treasure Seekers and The Wouldbegoods were all out on rotation. The books were read to us on drowsy Friday afternoons, and we took them home and read them again ourselves until they fell to pieces.She remains a writer of unusually enduring popularity. No shiny box of essential children’s classics can fail to feature at least one Nesbit title – Five Children and It has never been out of print since its first publication. The secret of her perennial appeal is the fine balance she strikes between the exotic and the down-to-earth, the exalted and the humorously mundane. Her child protagonists, stolid, bumbling middle-class kids with the best of intentions, narrowly avoid the worst of outcomes through their own good natures and occasional magical intervention. But whether they’re dealing with amulets, firebirds, railway porters or incensed uncles, they show a native imagination …read more

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