No. 34: The Railway Children

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“The Railway Children is an uncomplicated story that plays charmingly with a topic dear to the hearts of British culture: class, and the fear of what happens to good people when their social status is lost.

It’s the tale of a middle-class Edwardian family by the name of Waterbury, told through the eyes of the three children, Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis. They have an idyllic life in the London suburbs, with servants and status and as much food as they could ever need. Then Mr. Waterbury — a civil servant in the Foreign Office — is accused of being a spy and arrested. Mrs. Waterbury decides to move the family to rural Yorkshire ‘to play at being poor for a while.'”

Back catalogue: Anglophenia: 10 British Children’s Books Every Older American Kid Should Read

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