Home Chimes was a British magazine published weekly from 2 January 1884 until 26 December 1885, and thereafter monthly until December 1894.[a]A total of 212 issues. Edited by the novelist F. W. Robinson and published by Richard Willoughby, its main focus was on fiction, especially from younger, less-well known authors, a precursor of the popular fiction magazine. Robinson’s own work tended to be deeply religious, or set among the poor, but in contrast the magazine’s content was largely humorous and light-hearted.
Notable contributors included Jerome K. Jerome, who was working as a clerk at twenty-five shillings a week when Robinson commissioned a series of essays from him that were subsequently collected in book form as The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886); others were J. M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, and Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children (1906).
As Robinson is reported to have said to one of his contributors, G. B. Burgin, “Though the magazine doesn’t pay, it helps you youngsters train on for a generation of readers I shall never see”.