Press Release: Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Edith Nesbit

Illustrated by H. R. Millar

‘The cheerful, child-centred anarchy of Five Children and It is still my inspiration and delight’
kate saunders, Independent

The moment Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and baby brother, the Lamb, set eyes on their new home they know it is ‘a sort of Fairy Palace’. Only a few days pass before they do, indeed, find a fairy living nearby. ‘But not at all like any fairy you ever saw or heard of or read about.’

The awakening of the grumpy Psammead – or wish-granting sand-fairy –

is one of the great scenes of children’s literature. ‘Let me alone’ are the Psammead’s first words to the fascinated children – and with that we are swept into an exhilarating adventure where the everyday and the astonishing exist side by side.

Each morning the children hurry to the gravel-pit to meet their new friend. But each wish he grants lasts only until sunset, leading to unforeseen predicaments. Having wings does seem like an awfully good idea, but forgetting that your wings will disappear punctually at sunset can leave you in a pretty beastly fix!

The Folio edition of Edith Nesbit’s 1902 tale includes the original line drawings by H. R. Millar, one of which features as a charming binding design. The characterful period images perfectly complement one of the best-loved fairy stories in the English language.

‘‘An unparalleled talent for evoking hot summer days in the English countryside’’

noel coward

Product information

Three-quarter-bound in buckram with textured paper front board. Set in Imprint.
224 pages. 51 black-and-white integrated illustrations. Plain slipcase. 8˝ x 5¼˝.

UK £24.95 US $36.95 Can $49.95 Aus $49.95



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