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.