Strickland Gillilan on mothers

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a mother who read to me.

~Strickland Gillilan

I  was one of these lucky people whose  mum read to me when I was little – ten picture books or half an hour, whichever came first, every night. My love of reading definitely comes from her. Last night, a four wheel drive drove into the back of my car, sending me spinning. Luckily, no one was hurt, but my poor little Thursday, my Toyota Corolla (named after Thursday Next, the hero of Jasper Fforde’s novels) has been stuck too badly to recover. My mum is going to have to be my personal driver until I can find another car. Today, she took me to the library, where I’ve picked up Charlotte Sometimes, Monster Blood Tattoo and The Railway Children. Thanks Mum!



  1. Juile Hoyle

    HI Georgi in our home we love the Railway Children and were fortunate to see it performed at Waterloo Station in London last September. William, aged 9, has listened to it, watched it and just needs now to read it for himself

    • Wow! I love all the different ways that William has come across the story. When he grows up it will be a special book for him, for sure, especially since he was lucky enough to see it performed. Everyone seems very fond of ‘The Railway Children’, but I have never read it before, but I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Jan

    I came to your blog after you commented on my post on Rilla of Ingleside. I just re-read The Railway Children over the weekend – what a coincidence! We definitely have reading tastes in common!
    As an adult I noticed that Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis are more helpful to their mother than my children are. I pointed this out to my 19 year old, but I am not sure if she sees it as an inspiration to change her ways.

    • I have never read it! I just recently read ‘The Enchanted Castle’ for the first time, but otherwise I’ve never read any Nesbit. For some reason I wasn’t interested when I was a child. Reading ‘The Enchanted Castle’, though, made me think that I was ridiculous, and simply judging a book by its cover, because I really love the way Nesbit writes. I’m looking forward to ‘The Railway Children’!

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