- “Eleanor Fitzsimons’ painstaking research gives us a new insight into the bizarre Bohemian life of the ground-breaking children’s author E. Nesbit. It’s a fantastic read.”
- “Absolutely superb!”
Hilary McKay (children’s author of The Skylarks War, shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards)
- “What a stirring and unexpected story Eleanor Fitzsimons tells and what a subject she has found. I can’t think of a single writer who doesn’t owe something to Edith Nesbit’s glorious books for children. The extraordinary woman who wrote them proves to be every bit as brave, funny and imaginative as her own intrepid characters.”
- “Nesbit was the mother of modern children’s fiction and this intelligent, sensitive and minutely researched biography gives the truest picture yet of the woman herself, and the influences that shaped her brilliant imagination.”
Kate Saunders, Costa Children’s Book Award winner for Five Children on the Western Front
- “In this long-overdue new biography, Eleanor Fitzsimons gives us a nuanced yet compelling portrait of E. Nesbit’s many-faceted personality, life and works, as well as of the politically and culturally vibrant milieu in which she lived.”
- “I’ve always loved the work of E. Nesbit—The Railway Children and Five Children and It are my favorites—but I knew nothing about the extraordinary, surprising life of this great figure in children’s literature. Eleanor Fitzsimons’s account is so gripping that I read this biography in two days. “
Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author
- “Eleanor Fitzsimons paints a detailed picture of the radical politics and unconventional personal life of the author of The Railway Children, and makes a strong case for how these elements informed E. Nesbit’s most famous works – a fascinating biography.”
Emily Midorika, author of A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf
- “E Nesbit was one of the greatest writers from the golden age of children’s literature. She was also a brilliant, complicated woman, who lived a life filled with emotional entanglements and intellectual dispute. It is a life told with panache and elegance by Eleanor Fitzsimons. A must-read not just for those interested in the early years of feminism, or in children’s literature, but for anyone who cares about the complexities of the human soul.”
Anthony McGowan, winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize
- “A fascinating insight into late 19th century/ early 20th century bohemian literary life, and a rare glimpse into the world of an unconventional, enigmatic and staunchly socialist children’s author. I loved it.”
Cathy Cassidy, winner of the Queen of Teen Award
- ‘An exceptional biography about an absolutely fascinating individual.’ Adam Roberts, Vice-President of the H.G. Wells Society
Here’s the verdict from Publishers Weekly – “Fitzsimons delivers a sprightly and highly readable life of a writer who deserves even wider recognition.”
Kirkus Reviews in their review described it as: “A fascinating, thoughtfully organized, thoroughly researched, often surprising biography of the enigmatic author of The Railway Children.”
In a starred review, Booklist decides that I make “a compelling case for her [Nesbit’s] stature as an important writer,” adding: “This biography is long overdue.”
Highlights from a lovely review in the Wall Street Journal include “meticulous and invaluable”, “author of the fascinating Wilde’s Women”, “brings to light many previously hidden biographical watermarks”, “fine biography”.
The critic at the New York Times wrote “In her biography, Fitzsimons handily reassembles the hundreds of intricate, idiosyncratic parts of the miraculous E. Nesbit machine”
In an absolutely lovely review in the Washington Post regular critic Michael Dirda, who has a Pulitzer Prize for literary criticism, calls The Life & Loves of E. Nesbit a “fine new biography” and “informative and entertaining”.
The amazing Kate Atkinson told the Daily Mail that she is reading it at the moment and described it as “very well-researched,” while on Twitter the absolutely marvellous Marian Keyes (@MarianKeyes) included The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit in a photo of the books she is “REALLY DYING to read.”
The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit has a huge spread in the Daily Mail with a limited opportunity for readers to buy my book at a discounted price of £16. It is also available to buy in many bookshop chains and independent bookshops and you can buy on Amazon.
‘Fitzsimons makes extensive and excellent use of Nesbit’s fiction and poetry, and in doing so she illuminates both Nesbit’s work and her life… highly readable.’ The Irish Times
‘Areadable and thorough biography.‘ Review in the Guardian
‘What a great book… it’s wonderful!’ BBC Radio, Jo Good Show
‘An affectionate and detailednew life of Nesbit.’ Spectator
‘The first major biography of E Nesbit in 30 years… She has used Nesbit’s letters and deep archival research to reveal an extraordinary life story, bringing new light to the life and works of this famous literary icon.’ Dorset Echo
RTE Culture: ‘Meticulously researched… a very worthwhile addition to the body of work which surrounds this fascinating woman, mother, author and friend.’
Fantastic review in The Irish Times: ‘Eleanor Fitzsimons paints an insightful and lively picture of children’s author E. Nesbit… Fitzsimons makes extensive and excellent use of Nesbit’s fiction and poetry, and in doing so illuminates both Nesbit’s work and her life… like all the best literary biographies, this highly readable book will send readers back to that writing.’
The Life & Loves of E. Nesbit is also included in the Washington Post Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2019 and in the Dallas Morning News Top 100 Books of 2019.