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Writing in and beyond the second half of the twentieth century, Nina Bawden produced more than forty novels: twenty-three for adults and twenty children. Not all can be noticed here. She said that she often did not decide until a book was actually in progress whether to write it for children or for adults, and that the classification is even sometimes a matter of marketing. Bibliographic Citation link. She also wrote an autobiography and a work of bold and indignant socio-political protest, and was a regular book reviewer.
19 January 1925 Mary Mabey (later NB) was born in London, eldest in a family that included two brothers. Bibliographic Citation link.
1953 NB's first novel, Who Calls the Tune, was published by Collins. It was a detective story or crime novel, "a kind of climbing frame within which I could write about the things that interested me." Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-July 1987 NB's issued her novel Circles of Deceit, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in the year of its publication. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 March 2005 In Dear Austen, a book in the form of a letter to her husband, Austen Kark, who was killed instantly in the Potters Bar train disaster, NB relates how she tried to make sense of her loss, and failed. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 August 2012 NB died at the age of eighty-seven. Bibliographic Citation link.
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