Nina Bawden Dies at 87, British Children's Author


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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.