Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children’s literature. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later affiliated to the Labour Party.
I have a baker’s dozen of her books which I will be adding to this page; the work goes slowly because I keep forgetting that I’m supposed to be formatting, and I start reading instead…
The Bastable series has made me laugh out loud quite often.
Another well-known series is the “Psammead Trilogy.”
The titular children meet a magical creature that grants wishes. Being beautiful as the day, for instance— or having a mountain of gold sovereigns. Or wings. But so many of their wishes go sideways! Little by little the children learn how to control their desires and expectations.
But this is not a book about controlling desires and expectations. Make no mistake, this is a book about magical adventure; but as the author remarks in one chapter; “I did not mean it to have a moral, but morals are nasty forward beings, and will keep putting in their oars where they are not wanted…”