The Extraordinary Life of E Nesbit (Hardback)
Author of Five Children and It and The Railway Children
- As featured in the Mail On Sunday's You magazine, 14 October 2018: Sex, lies and a very un-Victorian scandal: The racy private life of author E Nesbit
- As featured by The Guardian: Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has written the foreword for Elisabeth Galvin’s biography on Nesbit. Writing in The Extraordinary Life of E Nesbit, Wilson notes that Noël Coward was among Nesbit’s most passionate admirers. “The books certainly rivet me too – and I hope … Galvin’s biography will introduce many more readers to her children’s books,” she said
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Imagine being one of the most well-loved children’s authors of all time, yet your readers don’t know if you’re a man or a woman. Or even your real name. E. Nesbit is really Edith Nesbit, who wrote more than 100 novels, plays and poetry collections for children and adults between 1885 and 1923.
This year marks the 160th anniversary of her birth and this new biography reveals how Nesbit's colourful private life influenced her writing, from a love affair with George Bernard Shaw to the bohemian parties with H.G. Wells to the death of her son aged just fifteen.
With a foreword by best-selling author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the book shows how J.K Rowling was influenced by Nesbit and includes interviews with Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins,, who appeared in the beloved 1970 film of The Railway Children.
Review article 'Glowing in flowery crimson' by Elaine Showalter as featured byTimes Literary Supplement, 3rd January 2020 - review article by Elaine Showalter
Elisabeth Galvin's book is well researched, very readable, and to be commended.Children's Books History Society
Article (covering 4 pages) 'Fortunate Magic' as featured bySussex Life, May 2019 – words by Amanda Hodges
Author article "A Life Less Ordinary" forThis England, Summer 2019
A detailed account of an author whose life was full of drama, trauma, true friends, love and betrayal; but who used all of these personal elements to her to create wonderful stories.For the Love of Books
A good insight into a complicated woman's character who was a true Bohemian to her last days.
Article 'E Nesbit's amazing life story' as featured byWoman's Weekly, 12th March 2019 – words by Clare Walters
Article 'A family affair as featured byYours RETRO magazine, issue 16
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ So much lies beyond The Railway Children.Amazon Customer
This is a fascinating insight into the life of the amazing woman we all know as the writer of The Railway Children. I wonder how many even know that E. Nesbit was Edith Nesbit, well, I knew that much but the whole story amazed me, even shocked me in places. To think that The Railway Children was published over 100 years ago and the film versions and stage adaptations have been so successful that hardly anyone of any age does not know the story or the name of the writer, yet E. Nesbit died close to poverty following a life of so many ups and downs and her grave is marked by a simple wooden structure. She was one of the founders of the Fabian Society her son Fabian was actually named after the society. The Railway Children has overshadowed the life of this complex woman but Elisabeth Galvin has meticulously researched her life to provide one of the best literary biographies for some time.
Elisabeth Galvin gives a lively account of a wild bohemian who smoked cigars, had plenty of affiars, cycled around London and founded the Fabian Society.Evergreen, December 2018
As featured byLiterary Review, December 2018
As feature inThe Irish Daily Mail
Article: 'Colourful life of rail tale author' as featured byKeighly News, 25th October 2019 – words by Alistair Shand
Article: 'New book on colourful life of novelist' as featured byTelegraph & Argus, 22nd October 2018
As featured inThe Mail on Sunday 14/10/18
As featured inThe Guardian 19/7/18
As featured on the 'Book Shelf'Candis, August 2018