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It's 1919 and Jane and her cousin Lucilla leave school to find that their guardian has gambled away their money, leaving them with only a small cottage in the English countryside.... Read more
It's 1919 and Jane and her cousin Lucilla leave school to find that their guardian has gambled away their money, leaving them with only a small cottage in the English countryside. In an attempt to earn their living, the orphaned cousins embark on a series of misadventures?cutting flowers from their front garden and selling them to passers-by, inviting paying guests who disappear without paying?all the while endeavoring to stave off the attentions of male admirers, in a bid to secure their independence.
E. Nesbit was born in Surrey in 1858. A world-famous children's author, her works include The Railway Children and Five Children and It. She also wrote several works of fiction for adults. With her husband, Hubert Bland, she was one of the founding members of the socialist Fabian Society; their household became a centre of the socialist and literary circles of the times. She died in 1924.
When Father goes away one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, They soon come to love the railway near their cottage and all associated with it.
When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead - an ancient Sand-fairy. Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause.
Paul Copley and Timothy Bateson star in a BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of E. Roberta, Peter and Phyllis lead an ordinary suburban life with Mother and Father, enjoying trips to the zoo and the pantomime.
A timeless journey.
If you enjoy fantastic family adventures, then it's full steam ahead with The Railway Children! Not only does this edition have the complete, unabridged text, it is also full of extra material to help you get the most out of the story, and gives lots of recommendations for other books you might enjoy.
Julia McKenzie and Simon Carter star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of E Nesbit's much-loved children's novel. The Psammead is a magical sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes: but the children can only have one wish a day, and the wishes only last until sunset.
It's 1919 and Jane and her cousin Lucilla leave school to find that their guardian has gambled away their money, leaving them with only a small cottage in the English countryside. In an attempt to earn their living, the orphaned cousins embark on a series of misadventures?cutting flowers from their front garden and selling them to passers-by, inviting paying guests who disappear without paying?all...
Join Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis as they tell the story of how they became The Railway Children. One of the country's best loved novels is brought thrillingly to life to life in Mike Kenny's brilliant stage adaptation.
'Don't you know a sand-fairy when you see one?'I dare say you have often thought about what you would do if you were granted three wishes. The five children - Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother - had often talked about it but when they are faced with the grumpy sand-fairy they find it difficult to make up their minds.
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