Nina Bawden

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Writing in and beyond the second half of the twentieth century, NB 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.
Bawden, Nina. In My Own Time: Almost An Autobiography. Virago, 1995.
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She also wrote an autobiography and a work of bold and indignant socio-political protest, and was a regular book reviewer.
Photo of Nina Bawden in front of a row of small houses with stone facades, wearing a blue coat and a black hat, 1974.
"Nina Bawden" by Tony Evans, 1974-01-01. Retrieved from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/english-novelist-and-childrens-writer-nina-bawden-in-1974-news-photo/834573246. This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.

Milestones

19 January 1925
Mary Mabey (later NB ) was born in London, eldest in a family that included two brothers.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
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.
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Bawden, Nina. In My Own Time: Almost An Autobiography. Virago, 1995.
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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.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
(17 July 1987): 766
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
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.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
22 August 2012
NB died at the age of eighty-seven.
Watts, Janet. “Nina Bawden Obituary”. The Guardian.

Biography

Birth and Family

19 January 1925
Mary Mabey (later NB ) was born in London, eldest in a family that included two brothers.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.