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Railway Children

Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
By: (1858-1924)

A thrilling spy story, a children's adventure, a charming portrait of early twentieth century life in London and the countryside and a heart warming family tale are all combined in this classic of children's literature The Railway Children by E Nesbit.

The book has remained on the list of the best-loved children's books ever since it was first published as a serial story in The London Magazine in 1905. Later, it was published in book form and won acclaim from critics and readers across the world for its wonderful elements of character and plot.

Edith Nesbit the author published more than sixty books during her long and illustrious career as a children's writer. She was considered to be the first modern children's writer and departed from the hitherto focus on fantasy and fairytale type of themes that were considered suitable for children. Apart from writing for children, she wrote several novels for adults. She also dabbled in poetry, horror fiction and collaborations with other writers. Her works include another famous book, The Secret Garden which also explores the childhood landscape and influenced generations of children's writers. She was also a political activist and laid the foundations for the present Labor Party in England. Her dominant themes were children in real life settings, contemporary events, children's encounters with the mysterious and often nefarious activities of grown-ups, a deep psychological insight into the mind of a child and the enduring love of nature, family relationships and the simple pleasures of countryside life.

The story opens with the description of three little Londoners who enjoy an ordinary, peaceful life in the city with visits to the Zoo and Madame Tussauds. They have a charming, well-appointed home and loving parents. Things take a sudden turn for the worst when Father suddenly leaves after receiving mysterious “bad news.” Mother decides equally suddenly to move with the children to the country-side and here begins their adventure with the railways. They befriend a strange Old Gentleman who invariably travels on the 9.15 train from near their home and get drawn into bizarre and dangerous events.

Said to be based on contemporary events such as the Dreyfus Affair, Russian dissidents who were fighting the Tsarist regime and the circumstances leading up to World War I, The Railway Children though ostensibly written for children certainly appeals to readers of all ages. It has been adapted extensively for radio, stage, television and screen and has retained its freshness and thrill over the hundred plus years since it first made its debut.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 29 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 21, 2020
Subject: Review Railway Children
Karen Savage did an amazingly superb and brilliant job reading this book. Applause to her. I did not want this book to end.
Reviewer: - May 29, 2020
Subject: narration
a well narrated story
Reviewer: - March 16, 2020
Subject: Railway Children
O how I loved this story. The reader really brings it to life. I laughed I cried I cringed. Absolutely wonderful presentation. Thank you for reading this.
Reviewer: - November 21, 2019
Subject: Railroad Children
I love the book and the reader!!!!
Reviewer: - December 3, 2018
Subject: Railroad Children
This is such a fun book to listen to, the reader is excellent. A perfect match!
Reviewer: - June 30, 2018
Subject: great
this is agreat story filled with sadness
Reviewer: - May 16, 2018
I love it soo much it amazing!
Reviewer: - January 17, 2018
Subject: Railway children
This book is awesome
Reviewer: - July 11, 2017
Subject: Wonderful
This is a wonderful book with a bit of sadness what makes this book wonderful and beautiful.❤❤ ❤ ❤
Reviewer: - July 1, 2017
Subject: Great
This is a very fun and great story. If I had the book I would read it every night. ☺
Reviewer: - April 19, 2017
Subject: Correction to your bio of E. Nesbit
She didn't write The Secret Garden.
Reviewer: - October 9, 2016
I love this book. I wish there was a way to save what you have read.
Reviewer: - September 6, 2016
Subject: 5 stars
Charming book, excellent reader!
Reviewer: - August 7, 2016
Subject: railway children
this ebook is so amazing but to much info at the start had to skip.
Reviewer: - July 21, 2016
Subject: wonderful
wow this book is amazing! Oops, have to read again! Thank you
Reviewer: - May 10, 2016
Subject: Info
Beautifully read! E Nesbit did not write The Secret Garden, F Hodgson Burnett did.
Reviewer: - February 21, 2016
Subject: Railway Children
A sweet story beautifully narrated by Karen Savage.
Reviewer: - January 19, 2016
Subject: Railroad Children
Charming book, beautifully read!
Reviewer: - November 29, 2015
Subject: great1#
i love it
Reviewer: - November 24, 2015
Delightful book brought alive by such wonderful reading. I so enjoyed it! Thank you!
Reviewer: - August 3, 2015
Karen Savage is an excellent reader and this is a very engaging book. Great for a car trip.
Reviewer: - May 28, 2015
Awesome English voice! Thank you, Alexandra Perkins! Wonderful reading!
Reviewer: - December 5, 2014
Subject: Great Story & Reader
Thoroughly enjoyable classic read by Karen Savage. Great way to spend a rainy afternoon with the children!
Reviewer: - November 2, 2014
Great read. Thank you.
Reviewer: - July 23, 2014
Beautifully read.
Reviewer: - July 5, 2013
Reviewer: - May 31, 2013
Well read!
Reviewer: - February 20, 2013
Subject: Perkins
Alexandra perkins is the best.
Reviewer: - January 25, 2013
Good Reader of a Good Book!

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