Edith Bland was a very successful author and poet who wrote under the name _E. Nesbit_. Many of her books were for children and several, such as The Railway Children (1970), were turned ... See full summary »

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E. Nesbit
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Hubert Bland
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Alice Hoatson
Michael Menaugh ...
Paul Bland
Jenifer Armitage ...
Iris Bland
Simon Turner ...
Fabian Bland
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John Bland
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Rosamund Bland
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Edith Bland was a very successful author and poet who wrote under the name _E. Nesbit_. Many of her books were for children and several, such as The Railway Children (1970), were turned into film. Edith married Hubert Bland and theirs was a different relationship as it included another woman, Alice Hoatson, who lived with them. Both Edith and Alice bore Hubert Bland two children and both women seemed to have accommodated themselves to living under the same roof. Edith was eccentric and loved to write, particularly poetry which it is said she wished she had spent more time writing. The loss of her son Fabian when he was only 15 years-old was a particular shock. She and her husband were founding members of the Fabian Society, which was named after her beloved son. Written by garykmcd

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5 December 1972 (UK)  »

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a tale of a writer and a mouse
14 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Edwardians' presented six stories of people within the Edwardian age - made in colour, most now exist in black and white only, and 'E Nesbit' is one of those episodes.

The loss of colour aside, there is much to treasure here. Judy Parfitt, James Villiers, Jane Lapotaire in the cast, quotes from Nesbit books and poems, and a story, although a little slow, which does engross the viewer.

On its own, 'E Nesbit' is an interesting drama and portrait of a popular writer. Within the series it sits uneasily amongst portrayals of inventors, performers, politicians, and tricksters, all with their separate characteristics. It does suffer from only existing in a sub-standard print which doesn't present it as intended, but somehow there is enough here to make it still worthwhile.


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