The writer Nina Bawden died peacefully this morning, August 22 2012, at home in North London with her family. She was 87 years old.
Born in 1925, she was a much-loved author of forty-eight books for children and adults and was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. Her most famous children’s story, Carrie’s War, was based on her childhood evacuation to Wales during the war. Her adult novel, Circles of Deceit was shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize. One of her last books, Dear Austen, followed the terrible train accident at Potter’s Bar in 2002 which killed her husband, former Managing Director of the BBC World Service, Austen Kark and badly injured Nina Bawden herself. In 2010 her 1970 novel Birds on the Trees was shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Award. She had three children, two of whom pre-deceased her.
Her publisher of her adult books at Virago, Lennie Goodings says 'Nina Bawden was a gently fierce, clever, elegant, wickedly funny woman. She wrote slim books but they were powerful and extraordinarily acute observations about what makes us human. I think she was especially good on what goes on behind the façade of good behaviour. She was a wonderful storyteller and she was writing to the end: with the help of her son, Robert Bawden, she finished a piece on growing up in the 1940s for a forthcoming Virago anthology just days before she died'.
Please contact her publisher at Virago Lennie Goodings for further information
020 7911 8093
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