The Treasure Seekers Series

(The Bastable series)

by Edith Nesbit


Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English writer and poet, who published her books for children as E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 such books. She was also a political activist and co-founder of the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later affiliated to the Labour Party.
Her novels exerted considerable influence on subsequent English children's literature, most notably Arthur Ransome's books and C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis notes in the first chapter of The Magician's Nephew that the portion of the action of that book that takes place in this world happens at the same time as that of the Treasure Seekers. The American writer Edward Eager was also influenced by this and other Nesbit books, most notably in his Half Magic series, where he mentions the Bastable children and other Nesbit characters as heroes of his characters. 
Nesbit's influence on other British and American children's literature rests largely on the following motifs: her protagonists are a set or sets of siblings from a separated or incomplete family. The events of the story take place while the children are isolated as a group,for example, while on holiday. Through magic or complex imaginative play, the children face perils that they overcome through pluck. Another notable feature is the depiction of the realistic quarrels and faults of the children. J. K. Rowling, writer of Harry Potter, ranked Nesbit as one of her favourite authors, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers as her favourite of Nesbit's books.
British writer Michael Moorcock later used the character, or at least the name, of Oswald Bastable for the hero and first-person narrator of his trilogy A Nomad of the Time Streams, published from 1971 until 1981, an influence on the nascent genre of steampunk.
Excerpted from The Story of the Treasure Seekers on Wikipedia.

person AuthorEdith Nesbit
language CountryEngland
api GenreAdventure, Children's Literature
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
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book_online EbooksProject Gutenberg
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headphones AudioThanks to Librivox | Internet Archive
auto_stories Read online1. The Story of the Treasure Seekers 
--Main Novel. Read by Karen Savage--
The Story of the Treasure Seekers is a novel by E. Nesbit first published in 1899. It tells the story of Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavius  Bastable, and their attempts to assist their widowed father and recover the fortunes of their family.


2. The Wouldbegoods
--Sequel. Read by Hazel and Alan Chant--
The Wouldbegoods, a sequel to The Treasure Seekers, reacquaints us with the six Bastable children. Again, the story is told by you-may-not-know-who, and the children find all sorts of ways in which to amuse themselves in the country during the summer holidays. The children do their best, but they do get themselves into trouble, right from the beginning, when their latest brainwave is to create a jungle in the garden.


3. New Treasure Seekers
--Sequel. Reader: Collaborative--
The Bastable children fill their free time with entertainments that don't always turn out as they plan. But whether telling fortunes at a fete, unwittingly assisting an elopement, reforming their nasty cousin Archibald or even getting arrested, it is all good fun, and usually in a good cause.


4. Oswald Bastable and Others
--Sequel. No audio--
Four more stories about the Bastable children and a collection of short stories by the author.