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Harding's Luck

(House of Arden #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  25 reviews
With the assistance of the magical Mouldiwarp, Edred and Elfrida travel back in time to earlier periods of English history, searching for clues. Harding's Luck is a sequel to The House of Arden, a great favorite of Nesbit fans; it's a story of injustice, poverty, deformity, magic, romance, suspense, sacrifice, and triumph over adversity that comes to its point with a fatef ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1909)
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Are Edith Nesbit's novels where J. K. Rowling got the idea for her Harry Potter series in which magical witches and wizards live secretly among normal humdrum people (muggles)? It was Nesbit, who wrote 60 children's novels, that first started writing about everyday English children discovering magical people, charms, and spells in their midst. One of the founding members of the Fabian Society, Nesbit was famous in her time for her Socialist beliefs and friends. However, presently it is her child ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written but somewhat off-balance children's fantasy novel. Although it is a sequel to The House of Arden the connection isn't made explicit until over halfway through. The first half is free of magical elements and reads as a fairly realistic story of a poor London boy living first in a squalid house with his unloving aunt, and then on the road with a tramp who takes him on thinking his lameness will get them more charity. ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh, so good to read an undiscovered Nesbit! Makes me feel seven years old again. Something about her ability to put you in places, complete with scents and cool breezes and warm sunlight through your shirt - without mentioning any of these things, is a sort of magic I will always be in awe of.
I definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before this one. It was very enjoyable, but I dropped a star because I didn't like the ending. ...more
Mary Ann
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The story of a courageous and noble young boy.
(The ending made me feel sad:(((
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arrrgggg, I did not realize this was a sequel to another book of hers until I was halfway done. So maddening. To be honest, I didn't really need to read the first one to understand this one but still....I like things in order.

Just like all her other kids books I've read, this one was great. I love her style, her writer's voice, really everything she does. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I didn't love it quite as much as some of her other books. Dickie can be a bit too goody goody, like a
Chris Fellows
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed reading E. Nesbit's House of Arden. In House of Arden, Edred and Elfrida meet a young boy, Richard Arden, on one of their trips to the past. They get along with their cousin very well. He seems to understand them and accept them. They even learn that he has "seen" the world they come from, that he knows things he couldn't possibly know unless he had also visited the future. In Harding's Luck, a companion novel, readers learn more about "Richard Arden." The story follows the adve ...more
3.5 stars-- I enjoyed this more than "House of Arden," but I doubt I will ever want to revisit it. Dickie was a dear, though. Not crazy about the ending, but at the same time I'm glad he got to be happy... yet I don't entirely understand what happened to the first Dickie who was there. ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Harding’s Luck is the second book in Edith Nesbit’s House of Arden series. It has been so long since I read the first book that I had forgotten most of it, but it didn’t really matter. There are a couple of characters from the first book, but Nesbit does a great job of filling in the reader on their past. Dickie Harding is being raised by his auntie (not really his aunt) and she is a cruel, hard woman who doesn’t hesitate to punish poor Dickie for the least infraction. Dickie is 5-years old, lam ...more
2.5 stars. A little confusing for younger kids because the “magic” isn’t understood to be magic by the main character until about halfway through the book. While this book eventually ties in to the first novel, it took a long time. Also, the ending wasn’t what I thought it should have been.
Cynthia Moore
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this on my Kindle. Delightful. E. Nesbit never disappoints.
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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Picture yourself a resident of the 1908 "Downton Abbey" world, and receiving this volume as a birthday gift. You would first become acquainted with an "Oliver Twist"-like character, Dickie, an orphan who has never known a mother and whose father left him only a plaything as a legacy with the parting words, "Keep this, it will bring you luck."

Nesbit weaves a tale that is part Dickens, part Burnett (as in Little Lord Fauntleroy), and part Ruskin (as in "magical"). The magical turn comes as a comp
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book, a sequel to "The House of Arden", tells of Dickie, a little boy who leaves his harsh caretaker only to take up with a traveling beggar. Somehow, the boy manages to travel back in time and meet up with the Arden family. Nesbit does a lovely job of connecting the children from the first book (Edred and Elfrida) and their adventures with the Dickie's adventures. Together, the children manage to find the Arden's lost treasure, enabling them to do good to the family estate and the country ...more
A.C. Fellows
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's thought-provoking to read and, in some cases, re-read E. Nesbit's stories, seeing all the aspects of them that might well have directly inspired later, more widely known series, like the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. Adventures in other worlds. Fairy-tales twining with real life. Talking animals and children taking charge and getting things done while the adults muddle about in the middle-distance.

Harding's Luck is definitely not the smoothest of E. Nesbit's stories. The section that refers t
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This was one of my favourites of E. Nesbit's books when I was a child - though I had to keep getting it out of the library because it wasn't one of the ones that gets infinitely reprinted.

Having just re-read it...yep, still a favourite.

I love how Dickie's time-travelling happens via his "moonseeds" and family talismans. I love how he loves Beale, who is almost the first person in his life to be kind to him, and how he recognises that Beale needs someone to "keep him straight", and how he takes o
Kit Campbell
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet book, probably my favorite of E. Nesbit's that I've read. Very clear descriptions and great characters.

There is a bit in the middle that's a bit lacking. This book is a "sequel" to another book, The House of Arden, which I have not read, and for a bit the events of the two books overlap, and this book goes into a brief summary of the events of the other book for the duration. I found this a little confusing, but ultimately it seems like this part isn't important to this story and I don't s
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Before there was JK Rowling, there was E. Nesbit, who turned out a remarkable number of good books involving children and magic.
I enjoyed this, but only realized a third of the way through that it's the second in a trilogy. Back to square one.
Sue Lyle
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favourite book from my childhood.
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
You really have to read this one together with "house of Arden" in order to understand it. Not the greatest of Nesbit's books, but a grand tale with plenty of magic and noble deeds. ...more
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another great Nesbit, sequel to House of Arden. The tone occasionally gets too earnest for me (Dickie's goodness is slightly over the top) but still a wonderful story. ...more
Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Nesbits... (sequel to The House of Arden).
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally awesome. I love everything about it. I waited nearly 50 years to finish reading it and it was worth it!
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later co

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