'The Railway Children' is a heart-warming story of three children whose world is suddenly turned upside down. From living in a plush London suburb the children find their father suddenly disappears ('on business' according to their mother) and they must move to a much smaller house in the countryside and learn to survive without servants. While the children worry constantly about the loss of their father, they thrive in the rural environment, making new friends and having a variety of exciting adventures: rescuing an injured boy, stopping a house fire and preventing a train crash by waving at the driver with a red petticoat. Eventually, their father returns and the true reason for his long absence is revealed. A skillful, charming tale, imbued with much wisdom, this 1906 book is a gem for older children and grownups.
Edith Nesbitt was a prolific children's writer, publishing over forty books, including the classic 'Psammead' series, which is also available from Aziloth Books.