If you have ever read the 1993 Phoenix Award-winning book Carrie's War or The Peppermint Pig, you have read the works of the wonderfully talented Nina Bawden, a Children's author from the UK who unfortunately died today (August 22nd, 2012) at the age of 87.
Nina Bawden, born and raised in Ilford, Essex in the UK, attended Somerville College in Oxford, where she received a Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree. After finishing college, Bawden started her writing career, publishing 40+ titles, and receiving various awards for her works, including:
- 1993 Phoenix Award: Carrie's War (1973)
- 1976 Guardian Prize: The Peppermint Pig (1975)
- 2010 Lost Man Booker Prize (shortlist): The Birds on the Trees (1970)
According to various sources, Nina Bawden died at her home in North London at the age of 87 years old. Many fans of her writing have left their respects via Twitter below.
Sad news about Nina Bawden. Carrie's War - a classic. Great writer. RIP.
RIP Nina Bawden, thank you for giving me some magic when I was too small to realise how important magic words would be to me.
So sad to hear Nina Bawden's died - I met her years ago and loved her energy
Am sad. Nina Bawden had passed away. She wrote such captivating stories 🙁 #rip
RIP Nina Bawden. She wrote some brilliant stories, what a wonderful lady.