Gillian Tindall

Not for Children

The Extraordinary Life of E Nesbit

By

Pen & Sword 182pp £19.99 order from our bookshop

When Doris Langley Moore wrote the first biography of Edith Nesbit, some nine years after the beloved children’s author had died in 1924, much of the material she uncovered had to be supressed. It was too soon, it was felt, to reveal what an unconventional private life had been led not only by the creator of The Railway Children and Five Children and It but also by her husband, the equally successful but soon-forgotten Fabian and journalist Hubert Bland. Time brought social change, of course – something both Edith and Hubert were keen on – and by the 1980s Julia Briggs felt able to write a well-researched and thorough biography, exploring the many apparent contradictions in Nesbit’s redoubtable personality and variegated behaviour.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'One of the reasons for its longevity is that it has virtually nothing to say about science and technology at all,… ,
    • 'The characters in many of these stories are trapped in the obsessive present tense of their own thoughts; in the m… ,
    • 'Libraries, for much of their existence, have embodied in microcosm many of the characteristics of the totalitarian… ,
    • 'Moss and Cynthia buy several properties through which to launder their ill-gotten gains, take lots of drugs, have… ,
    • 'Never mind the imperial cult. This is the cult of Boris. What happened to Rome?' From the LR archive:… ,
    • Thirty-two years ago this month, we published Muriel Spark's short story, 'A Playhouse Called Remarkable' Read it… ,
    • Time travel, bicycles and white horses populate @WomackPhilip's roundup of children's books by @marcussedgwick,… ,