The Last of the Dragons

The Last of the Dragons and Some Others by E Nesbit 

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye

“Why”, said Effie, “I know what it is. It is a dragon, like St George killed”.  And Effie was right, the winged creature that came crawling out of the boot was really a little dragon. In fact there were ‘winged lizards’ appearing all over the country, though the newspapers of course never called them dragons for fear of looking silly.

Indeed, as E Nesbit cheerfully remarks, ‘No one believes in dragons nowadays.’ I loved E Nesbit. You were in such safe and confident hands when you were reading her books. The characters were formed and exactly defined – you could get into the minds of each of the children.

I adored the Psammead and I still can’t quite understand how Nesbit made the magic in her books so reasonable and appropriate. There is never a false note and her stories were loved by C S Lewis who I feel based much of the style of the Narnia stories on her writing.

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The cover of this Puffin edition captures the juxtaposition of magic and everyday grime that is part of Nesbit’s world. Magical grit!

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Read Gore Vidal on the writings of E Nesbit here.

One thought on “The Last of the Dragons

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