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Nina Bawden


United kingdom children’s author and novelist whose most widely known works are the Witch’s Daughter, Carrie’s Battle, as well as the Peppermint Pig. She was shortlisted for the renowned Booker Award in 1987, and was also shortlisted for the Shed Man Booker Award 23 years afterwards. She researched politics, economics, and idea at Somerville University, Oxford. She was the 2004 receiver of the Golden Pencil Award on her behalf literary function. She got two sons with her initial hubby, Harry Bawden. Pursuing her divorce, she wedded BBC reporter Austen Kark, with whom she got a girl. She and fellow writer, Shirley Hazzard, both had written works which were shortlisted in 1987 for the renowned Lost Guy Booker Prize.

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Full Name Nina Bawden
Date Of Birth January 19, 1925
Died August 22, 2012, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Children's Author
Education Somerville College, Oxford
Nationality British
Spouse Austen Kark
Children Perdita Kark, Robert Bawden, Nicholas Bawden
Awards Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Phoenix Award
Nominations Booker Prize, Lost Man Booker Prize, Carnegie Medal, Edgar Award for Best Juvenile
Movies Carrie's War
Star Sign Capricorn

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1Nina Bawden and her husband Austen Kark, the former head of BBC World Service, were travelling in the train that was involved in the Potter's Bar train crash on 10 May 2002. Nina Bawden suffered extensive injuries but survived; Austen Kark was killed.



Carrie's War2004TV Movie novel
Family Money1997TV Series original story - 1 episode
The Witch's Daughter1996TV Movie novel
Screen Two1990TV Series novel - 1 episode
The Finding1987TV Movie story
The Peppermint Pig1977TV Series novel - 5 episodes
Carrie's War1974TV Series novel - 5 episodes
On the Run1971novel
The Runaway Summer1971TV Mini-Series novel - 4 episodes
The Witch's Daughter1971TV Mini-Series novel - 5 episodes
JackanoryTV Series book - 19 episodes, 1967 - 1971 novel - 1 episode, 1967
A Handful of Thieves1969TV Mini-Series book author - 1 episode
The Solitary Child1958novel

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1[commenting on the news that Jarvis, the company that maintained the track at Potter's Bar where her husband died in a train crash, had gone into administration] One had a sense when Jarvis went into administration that right had finally been done. I would have opened champagne, but of course I have no one to share it with.
2When I was fourteen, the war came. My brother and I were evacuated in a school train, labelled like parcels with our names and addresses hung on cards round our necks, to a mining valley in South Wales. We lived there for three years with a number of foster parents, some nice, some nasty, but chiefly, like Mr. Evans in "Carrie's War", a mixture of both. Since billets were scarce, we had to learn to keep on the right side of our hosts, which meant watching them rather more closely and warily than most children need to watch adults. We spent the school holidays with our mother on a Shropshire farm, where we were unreservedly, almost lyrically happy. This beautiful county later became the setting for "The White Horse Gang" (1978).

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